BET CEO Debra Lee Joins Twitter Board

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The cable network executive tweeted the news on Monday.

Twitter is adding a media executive to its board, appointing BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee as one of its directors. 

The cable network executive tweeted the news on Monday morning, noting that the San Francisco-based tech company has "transformed the media and the world like few other things in history (and continues to)!!" 



Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said earlier this year that he wanted to add more diversity and an executive with media experience to the company's board. In April, Twitter appointed PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston and founder Martha Lane Fox to the board. 

The company also announced Monday that Marjorie Scardino has been appointed lead independent director. She will replace Peter Currie in the role, whose term will end following the company's Annual Meeting. Also stepping down this month is The Chernin Group's Peter Chernin

Lee joined BET in 1986 and rose to the role of CEO in 2006. She also serves on the boards of Marriott International and energy firm WGL Holdings. Lee is also, already, an active Twitter user with 67,600 followers who has penned 7,780 tweets since joining the service in 2012. 

Dorsey and Twitter executive chairman Omid Kordestani also tweeted about the news.