Elected July 2000 (Washington Gas), November 2000 (WGL Holdings, Inc.)
Debra L. Lee, age 60, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, a global multimedia company which owns and operates Black Entertainment Television (BET) and several other ventures. BET Networks is a division of Viacom, Inc.
Ms. Lee previously was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of BET Holdings (1992-1995), President and Chief Operating Officer (1995-May 2005), President and Chief Executive Officer (June 2005-January 2006) and was elected to her present position in January 2006. Ms. Lee serves on the board of directors of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Paley Center. Ms. Lee is also on the board of directors of Marriott International, Inc. and Revlon, Inc.
Ms. Lee has been a director of Washington Gas Light since July 2000 and a director of WGL Holdings, Inc. since November 2000. Ms. Lee has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University, a Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.