BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee Named Member of Twitter’s Board of Directors

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Debra LeeDebra Lee, chairman and CEO at BET Networks, was recently named board member at Twitter. She joined the BET, which was founded by African American businessman Robert L. Johnson, 10 years ago.

Prior to that, Lee was an attorney at the Washington D.C.-based law firm Steptoe & Johnson. She is also president of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation’s Board of Trustees. A graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Brown University, Lee was awarded the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the National Cable Television Association, making her the first African-American female executive to receive the honor.

In Twitter fashion, Twitter’s Executive Chairman Omid Kordestani tweeted Welcome @IamDebraLee, @BET chair and CEO, to the @twitter board!

On Monday, Lee tweeted: “Thrilled to be joining the @twitter board, “It’s transformed the media and the world like few other things in history (and continues to)!!”