In the latest leadership change at Viacom-owned networks, where reorganizations have been going on since Bob Bakish became Viacom CEO in early 2017, Deadline reports that longtime BET exec Debra Lee is stepping down from her post as chairman and CEO of BET Networks.
Lee’s exit after more than three decades with the company is effective Monday, May 28, 2018.
“Lee, who began her career with the company as its first VP and General Counsel in 1986, was elevated to President and COO in 1996 and became Chairman and CEO in 2005,” Deadline notes.
The report adds: “Lee’s exit is not completely surprising. Viacom laid the groundwork for the move in December when Scott M. Mills was named BET president, a role in which he would oversee overall strategy and day-to-day operations of BET Networks including oversight of the brand’s programming, ad sales and digital teams. At the time, Lee was set to continue in her chairman and CEO role but was going to step back from running the network, and was to serve as an advisor to Mills.”