Abbe Raven

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Abbe Raven
Born New York, US
Nationality US
Occupation Chairman, A+E Networks
Spouse(s) Martin S. Tackel (lawyer)

Abbe Raven is the current Chairman and former President and CEO of A+E Networks. She is also one of the original founders of The History Channel[1] and is the longest running employee at the company. She began her career there 32 years ago as a production assistant and went on to become President of both A&E and HISTORY networks, as well as the company's second CEO.

Background and education[edit]

Raven was born and raised in Queens, New York. She received her B.A. in 1974 from the Department of Theatre at the State University of New York at Buffalo.[2] At UB, she met her husband, Martin Tackel, who is an attorney and a commercial arbitrator.


Upon graduating from UB, Raven became a stage manager for off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. She then took an opportunity to work for A&E as it was starting up. She quickly rose to the position of Senior Vice President and was taken in charge of all production, post-production, and studio facilities. Raven then transferred to A&E's "The History Channel", where she was in charge of all programming. She served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager during this time.

Achievement and recognition[edit]

As President and CEO, A+E Networks tripled its earnings since she came into the position in 2005. Raven led A+E to expand its reach to over 330 million households in 150+ countries during this time.

In September 2012, Fortune named Raven as One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. In April 2005, she won the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association. In May 2007, Raven accepted the prestigious Preserve America Presidential Award from first lady Laura Bush. In October 2009, she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Raven also received the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award.[3] She currently serves as vice chairman on the board of directors of the NCTA (National Cable Television Association) as well as the advisory board of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She also serves on the boards of NAMIC (National Association of Minorities in Cable) Foundation and the CTAM Educational Foundation. Abbe is a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is on their Executive Committee. In 2014 she joined the Board of Pencil and continues today serving as “Principal for a Day” and mentor at her NYC High School alma mater.


  1. ^ "A+E Networks Profile". A+E Networks. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "History in the Making". UB Today. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Hush, Michele (2011), Abbe Raven, New York Women in Communications