Abbe Raven is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, bio.® , H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, LRW™, as well as A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products®. A+E Networks channels and branded programming reach more than 300 million households in over 150 countries. In March 2005, Ms. Raven became President and CEO of A&E Television Networks, which acquired the Lifetime brands in September 2009. During her tenure at A+E Networks, Ms. Raven has been honored for building some of the most prominent and highly valued cable networks and for standing at the forefront of numerous industry-wide initiatives.
In September 2011, Ms. Raven was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune Magazine. Over the last ten years, she has been named to Cable World’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Cable and The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, which listed her again this year as one of the Top 5 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment. She received the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association for her years of leadership in the cable industry in April 2005. At a White House ceremony in May 2007, Ms. Raven accepted the prestigious Preserve America Presidential Award from First Lady Laura Bush for HISTORY’s long-standing commitment to historic preservation. In October 2009, Ms. Raven was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In April 2011, she was the recipient of the prestigious New York Women in Communications Matrix Award.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Raven was President of A&E Network and The Biography Channel. She spearheaded the revitalization of A&E, launching it back into a top ten network. Under her leadership, A&E Network created a new crop of real-life programming, which led to double-digit growth in the network’s target demographic, a reduction in the network’s median age by almost 20 years, and a record 24 Emmy® nominations.
Previously, Ms. Raven was Executive Vice President and General Manager of The History Channel. Under her direction, The History Channel grew into a leading cable network and won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy Award and two George Foster Peabody Awards for outstanding documentary programming. Ms Raven was the original architect of The History Channel’s programming schedule.
Ms. Raven serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the NCTA. She is also on the boards of the NAMIC Foundation and the CTAM Educational Foundation. In 2009, she was appointed to the advisory board of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In December 2010, she was the recipient of a New York Women in Film & Television MUSE Award. In 2007, Ms. Raven was selected as an honoree of The Paley Center’s “She Made It” in recognition of her leadership and achievements in the world of cable television. In 2005, she was elected a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.