There’s a new cable network president in the industry, it was announced today.
She’s the popular and well-respected Wonya Lucas.
Lucas will be the president and CEO of TV One, succeeding Johnathan Rogers, who is retiring as of July 31.
Most recently, Lucas has served as executive VP and chief operating officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel, guiding strategy and operations and overseeing the research and marketing departments. She started with Discovery Communications in 2008 as chief marketing officer.
Lucas was previously executive VP and general manager of The Weather Channel Networks, working with The Weather Channel, weather.com, The Weather Channel HD, Weatherscan, The Weather Channel Radio Network and newspaper syndication.
Said TV One Chairman and Radio One President and CEO Alfred Liggins: “Wonya Lucas is the perfect choice to help us build on the terrific success we have achieved at TV One over the past seven years. Her successful career as a top-level, mainstream cable programming executive will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow the network and the company. Her expertise in marketing some of the best brands in television will also be a tremendous plus as we continue to define and strengthen TV One’s brand in a constantly evolving media marketplace.”
According to the Discovey website, some of Lucas’ accolades include "being named among the ’75 Most Powerful Women in Business’ by Black Enterprise magazine [in 2010]. Previous honors include listing among the 2009 ‘Leading Women in Business’ and ‘Leading Minorities in Business’ by Cablefax Daily, recognition as a ‘Woman To Watch’ by Women in Cable Telecommunications, a Brand Builders Award at the 2006 Promax & BDA Conference, recognition as a ‘Women To Watch’ in the 2005 Wonder Women of Cable TV Awards, and the Inspiration Award for ‘Woman of the Year’ in the WICT-Atlanta’s 2007 Red Letter Awards. Lucas serves on the Board of Directors of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and she was the co-chairperson for the 2007 CTAM Summit. She also has served as a board member for WICT, Inc and is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute."