CBCF Statement on Board Member DeDe Lea’s Appointment to New Role at ViacomCBS

David A. Hinson, CBCF President & CEO issued the below statement in response to Board Member Lea’s appointment following the proposed merger between Viacom and CBS.

October 11, 2019                                                                                          

CJ Epps

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) issued the following statement regarding Ms. Lea’s promotion.

CBCF Board Member Doretha “DeDe” Lea has been named executive vice president, Global Public Policy and Government Relations of ViacomCBS, effective upon closing of the proposed merger between Viacom and CBS.

Since 2013, Ms. Lea has served as Viacom’s executive vice president, Global Government Affairs. Pending the expected merger later this year, Ms. Lea will oversee all of ViacomCBS’ domestic and international government affairs and public policy work and initiatives. She will report to Bob Bakish who will serve as ViacomCBS president and CEO upon merger close.

“We are extremely proud of Board Member Lea and offer a heartfelt ‘congratulations’ on her recent appointment,” said David A. Hinson, president and CEO, CBCF. “DeDe’s input has helped to advance the mission of the CBCF in countless ways. This appointment and promotion is a true testament to her hard work and dedication to Viacom and her profession overall. We look forward to her future contributions at ViacomCBS and her continued support of CBCF. ”

Board Member Lea previously served as Viacom’s executive vice president, Government Relations beginning in 2005. Her career at Viacom began in 1997 as vice president of Government Relations, and continued as the department’s senior vice president. Prior to joining Viacom, Ms. Lea was vice president of Government Affairs for television broadcasting company Belo Corporation, and formerly, senior vice president of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters.

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit


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