Mar 15, 2011

Well, isn't this some news I was totally not expecting.  President Obama has tapped BET CEO Debra Lee as an advisor for his Management Advisory Board.  I think anyone who is a reader of this site know that I am not particularly fond of Ms. Lee or the direction that BET has taken under her helm, but since I don't want to come across as a complete hater (which I am) I will just offer her a congratulations while doing my best Star Jones impersonation.
The President's Management Advisory Board (PMAB) was established by Executive Order on April 19, 2010 to provide advice on how to implement best business practices on matters related to Federal Government management and operation, with a particular focus on productivity, the application of technology, and customer service. The Board will hold their first meeting at the White House on Friday morning. This is part of the President's ongoing commitment to cut waste and get the most from taxpayer dollars.

The Board, chaired by the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Jeffrey Zients, will advise both the President and the President's Management Council, an interagency group that includes the deputy secretaries from the major executive departments and agencies.

The establishment of PMAB builds on the work of the President's Accountable Government Initiative and the 2010 White House Forum on Modernizing Government, which brought together 50 of the country's top Chief Executive Officers, who shared ideas about adapting their proven techniques and practices to spark improvements in efficiency and effectiveness across the government.

Debra L. Lee, Appointee for Member, President's Management Advisory Board
Debra L. Lee is currently Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc.  In this role, Ms. Lee has led the company's successful reinvigorated brand and programming strategy resulting in consistent increases in viewership and revenue. Prior to being named CEO, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the company from 1996 to 2005. She also previously served as Vice President and General Counsel for the company from 1986 to 1996. Before joining BET, she was an attorney at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP from 1981 to 1986. Ms. Lee holds a B.S. from Brown University and a J.D. from Harvard University.


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