Abbe Raven

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

Abbe Raven is the current chairman emeritus of A+E Networks.[1] Raven retired from her role as chairman on February 2, 2015.[2] She is also the former president and CEO of A+E Networks. Raven is one of the original founders of The History Channel[3] and is the longest running employee at the company. She began her career at A+E Networks 32 years ago as a production assistant. [4]

Background and education[edit]

Raven was born and raised in Queens, New York. In 1974, she received her B.A. in Theatre from the State University of New York at Buffalo.[5] She met her husband, Martin Tackel, while in school. Tackel is an attorney and a commercial arbitrator.[6]


After graduating from UB, Raven was a stage manager for off-Broadway and regional theatre. She took an opportunity to work for a company that was just starting, A&E. She was promoted to Senior Vice President and put in charge of all production, post-production, and studio facilities.[7] Raven then transferred to A&E's "The History Channel” as the Executive Vice President and General Manager[8] and was in charge of all programming.

In June 2013, Raven became Chairman of A+E Networks.[9]

Achievement and recognition[edit]

While Raven was President and CEO, A+E Networks tripled its earnings.[10]

In April 2005, Raven won the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association.[11]

Raven received the Preserve America Presidential Award from first lady Laura Bush.[12]

Raven is in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.[13]

In 2011, Raven also received the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award.[14]

In September 2012, Fortune named Raven as One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.[15]

Raven sits on the Board of Pencil and continues to serve as “Principal for a Day” and mentor at her NYC High.[16]

She currently serves as vice chairman on the board of directors of the NCTA (National Cable Television Association) [17] as well as the advisory board of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.[18] She also serves on the boards of NAMIC (National Association of Minorities in Cable) Foundation and the CTAM Educational Foundation.[19] Raven is a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is on their Executive Committee.[20]


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  2. ^ "Cable Pioneer Abbe Raven to Retire as A+E Networks Chairman Post". Variety. Retrieved 2 Nov 2014. 
  3. ^ "A+E Networks Profile". A+E Networks. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Announces New Board Members". Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Retrieved 16 Dec 2014. 
  5. ^ "History in the Making". UB Today. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "HTackel & Varachi Partner Profile". Tackel & Varachi. Archived from the original on 2015-02-12. Retrieved 11 Feb 2015. 
  7. ^ "THIS SLAVE FILM SHOULDN'T MAKE HISTORY". NY Daily News. 3 Dec 1997. 
  8. ^ "The Past Is Its Present and Future". LA Times Today. Retrieved 30 Sep 2001. 
  9. ^ "Abbe Raven Elevated To New Role as Chairman of A+E Networks; Nancy Dubuc Named President & Chief Executive Officer". Hearst. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "AAbbe Raven To Retire As A+E Networks Chairman". Deadline. Retrieved 2 Nov 2014. 
  12. ^ "2007 Preserve America Presidential Awards Presented". Preserve America. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "President and CEO, A&E Television Networks, 2010 Cable Hall of Fame". Preserve America. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Hush, Michele (2011), Abbe Raven, New York Women in Communications 
  15. ^ "50 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS". Fortune. Retrieved 8 Oct 2012. 
  16. ^ "Abbe Raven Elected to PENCIL Board of Directors". Pencil. Archived from the original on 2015-02-10. Retrieved 6 Oct 2014. 
  17. ^ "NMAH". C-Span. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "ncta welcome, abbe raven". NCTA. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Educational Foundation Board". CTAM. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "A+E Networks Chairman Abbe Raven Joins International TV Academy Executive Committee". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 Dec 2013.