Nancy Dubuc had a rewarding role at A+E Networks where she was CEO and was greenlighting hit shows such as Pawn Stars and Duck Dynasty. But when the call came from Vice Media to become its next CEO, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“When this opportunity came up, it occurred to me that the greatest impact I could have is working in an organization of young people who needed me,” Dubuc told entertainment journalist Sharon Waxman last November. “That would be my legacy if successful. And if not, shame on me, but if so, then that was more important to do.”
At the time, Vice Media was facing severe headwinds internally with the departure of top executives who were caught up in #MeToo and a lax corporate culture. In addition, the company had missed its 2017 earnings by $100 million leading to cost cutting.
But Dubuc saw a valuable opportunity ahead—making an impact inside the company as well as maximizing shareholder value.
“When I got there, the overwhelming sense that I got is that the majority of the organization wanted to be trumpeted and celebrated,” she told Waxman. “Because most of the organization was doing the right thing.”
Recently Vice Media streamlined its digital holdings and it is diversifying its revenue streams. Employee morale seems to be on the upswing too with Dubuc adding order and clarity to the nearly 2,500 employees spread over 35 countries.
Nancy Dubuc will join the Club for an insightful discussion about the company that she runs, discuss challenges and opportunities and shed light on lessons learned from over two decades as a media executive.
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Chief Executive Office, Vice Media
Nancy Dubuc is Chief Executive Officer of VICE Media, the global youth media company. As CEO, Dubuc oversees VICE’s portfolio of international businesses including VICE News, a multi-platform news division with the most Emmy-awarded nightly news broadcast on television; VICE Studios, a television and feature film production studio; VIRTUE, the advertising agency born from VICE; and VICELAND the award-winning television network in 170 million homes worldwide. VICE is available in over 80 countries and makes over 1,500 pieces of content every day in 25 languages, reaching hundreds of millions of young people across all screens
and platforms every month. VICE’s portfolio also includes the publications i-D and Garage, as well as the award-winning global production studio, Pulse Films.
Prior to joining VICE in 2018, Dubuc served as President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, Lifetime Movies®, FYITM, VICELANDTM and other industry-leading brands. Under her leadership, A+E Networks transformed into a global powerhouse, expanding its roster of top-performing channels, generating significant financial growth and reaching over 360 million households in more than 200 territories across a multitude of platforms. As CEO of A+E Networks, Dubuc championed innovative storytelling by investing in early-stage content and technology companies. She became A+E Networks’ third CEO in the company’s nearly 30-year history in June 2013.
Dubuc and VICE have shared a strong relationship since 2015, when Dubuc joined VICE’s Board of Directors and oversaw A+E Networks’ joint venture agreement with VICE Media that launched VICELAND, VICE’s linear network, in 2016.
Dubuc is known for her out-of-the-box approach toward content and storytelling, promoting diverse and cutting-edge programs. She is an experienced chief executive with an unmatched track record when it comes to running a sprawling international media company while also
producing and distributing award-winning content.
A graduate of Boston University, Dubuc received a Distinguished Alumni Award from its College of Communications in 2013. Dubuc is also the 2013 recipient of the NCTA Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership.
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