- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 13, 2003

Scott Mills is using his 13 years of experience in financial and managerial positions to help run one of the nation’s biggest television networks among blacks.

Black Entertainment Television recently named Mr. Mills, 35, executive vice president and chief financial officer. The BET network reaches more than 75 million households, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“I felt Scott had great experience in the finance area, and that he understood the strategy of BET,” said Debra Lee, president and chief operating officer. “I felt he could hit the ground running because of his knowledge of BET.”

Mr. Mills spends most of his time managing the various aspects of the D.C. company’s finance department, including accounting, strategic planning, reporting and business development.

“The goal is to ensure that the finance department provides the BET senior management with the information, tools and resources the company needs to continue its extraordinary growth,” he said.

Ms. Lee said she hopes Mr. Mills and his staff of about 50 will continue to make the finance department “first rate.”

“At this point, having recently been acquired by Viacom, we’re looking toward the future and saying, ‘Where do we go from here?’” Ms. Lee said. “Scott will be a great addition to my executive team, and I’m glad to have him on board.”

Before becoming chief financial officer, Mr. Mills was chief operating officer for BET Interactive, where he was “instrumental” in building BET.com.

He also served as BET’s senior vice president of business development, where he led the creation of several brand extensions, such as the BET Books division, and some of the company’s former ventures in restaurants, financial services and studio design.

Before coming to the company in 1997, Mr. Mills was a vice president with the Lehman Brothers financial services firm. He also was deputy treasurer for Philadelphia.

Although he has been in his new job for only a week, Mr. Mills says the transition from BET Interactive to senior management is going well.

Mr. Mills lives in Silver Spring with his son, Dylan.

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