Abbe Raven, Chairman emeritus of A+E Networks and former president and CEO. She is also one of the founders of the History Channel. Her first role at A+E was as a production assistant, 32 years ago.
"I always felt early in my career that the key to being successful is being passionate about what you do, by working really hard, and being willing to take new risks and steps in your creativity and business applications. I never set out from day one to be the CEO. I wanted to be the best executive that I could and was very happy to accept various challenges along the way. I was extremely lucky to be with a company that was continued to grow over 20-plus years, and then to take on new responsibilities. So having an early challenge being on the creative team that launched The History Channel, then later the rejuvenation of the A&E Network, those were stepping stones to being part of a company that was continuing to grow. I think the recognition that I was able to take on big challenges and build teams that could take more and more challenges said…it was a great place to be."
"But if you said to me 20-plus years ago that not only would I be CEO and that this company would be in 145 countries and have 7 networks and be part of the popular culture, I don’t what I would have said… It’s all about evolution, and not only evolving as a company, but also evolving as an executive. Through some pretty hard work and a dedicated team not only has the company achieved success but I’ve been part of that, and I’ve been blessed to be part of that.”
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