Abbe Raven

NMAH Board Member; Vice Chairman of the Board; Chairman Emeritus of A&E Networks

Abbe Raven is Chairman Emeritus of A+E Networks, an award-winning global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment of television networks, websites, DVDs, gaming, and educational software. A+E Networks encompasses A&E Network, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN, H2, FYI, History en Español, Crime & Investigation Network, Military History, and LRW, as well as A+E Indie Films, A+E Studios, A+E Networks International, A+E Networks Digital and A+E Networks Consumer Products. Abbe Raven was the longest running employee at A+E Networks, having begun 33 years ago as a production assistant and risen through the ranks, ultimately heading both A&E Network and HISTORY, and in 2005, becoming the second CEO in the company’s history. Raven became Chairman Emeritus in February 2015 and continues to serve as A+E Networks strategic corporate business advisor. In June 2013, Raven was elevated to the newly created position of Chairman, serving A+E Networks as strategist and business advisor, spearheading long-term business and revenue opportunities as well as public policy initiatives. She is a Director and on the Executive Committee of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She serves on the board of PENCIL and serves as "Principal for a Day" and mentor at her NYC High School alma mater. She serves on the board of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She has served as vice chairman of the board of directors of the NCTA (National Cable Television Association). She also served on the boards of NAMIC (National Association of Minorities in Cable) Foundation and the CTAM Educational Foundation. Over the last 10 years, Raven has been named to The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, which listed her as one of the Top 5 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment. In September 2012, Raven was again named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune. Her many awards include: the prestigious New York Women in Communications Matrix Award; the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association; and the New York Women in Film & Television MUSE Award. Raven has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and the Cable Center's Hall of Fame. At a White House ceremony in 2007, Raven accepted the prestigious Preserve America Presidential Award from first lady Laura Bush, the highest national award for historic preservation, for HISTORY’s longstanding commitment to historic preservation.  Ms. Raven received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Buffalo in 1974 and a Master of Arts in Theatre and Film from Hunter College in 1977. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hunter College and Florida Southern College.