Debra Lee Stepped Down From Twitter’s Board of Directors

She will fill a similar role at AT&T

Longtime BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra Lee joined Twitter’s board of directors in May 2016, becoming the first African American to hold a seat. Lee gave up that seat Monday, and she will join telecommunications giant AT&T’s board of directors.

Twitter revealed Lee’s exit from its board in a Form 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Lee said in a statement included with that filing, “Twitter is a terrific company with a clear mission and strong leadership team. I believe Twitter has a bright future, and I wish (CEO Jack Dorsey) and the entire company continued success.”

Lee expressed similar sentiments in a tweet: “I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the @Twitter board for over three years. Thank you to @jack and the team who work tirelessly to ensure Twitter serves the public conversation. Wishing you continued success as I take on new challenges!”

Twitter said in the Form 8-K, “Twitter and the board are grateful to Ms. Lee for her service.”

The company did not offer any further comments, but Dorsey said in a tweet, “Thank you Debra! Going to miss your presence and voice.”

Lee left the cable programmer in May 2018. She had been with BET since 1986. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.