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December 18, 2019
Dennis Wharton
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DeDe Lea Appointed to NAB Television Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- DeDe Lea, executive vice president of global public policy and government relations at ViacomCBS, has been appointed to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Television Board of Directors by Television Board Chair Emily Barr in accordance with NAB by-laws. The appointment is effective immediately.

Lea oversees all government affairs and public policy work for ViacomCBS globally. She previously served as Viacomís executive VP of global government affairs since 2013. During this time, Lea guided the development and execution of government relations strategy across company brands and businesses, both domestically and internationally. Before that, she led Viacomís government relations team as executive VP, beginning in 2005. Lea joined Viacom in 1997 as the companyís vice president of government relations.

Lea also served as vice president of government affairs for Dallas-based television broadcasting company Belo Corporation. Prior to her career at Viacom, she was senior vice president of government relations at NAB.

In 2019, Lea was named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. She was also recognized as a Top Lawyer by Cablefax magazine in 2018 and was a recipient of the 2014 NCTA Vanguard Award for Government and Community Relations.

Lea obtained a J.D. from Georgetown Law and graduated cum laude from Howard University with a B.A. in Broadcast Management. She currently sits on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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