Depelsha Thomas McGruder

Depelsha Thomas McGruder
Board Member
Senior Vice President, Business Operations, Centric, BET Networks

Depelsha McGruder is Senior Vice President of Business Operations for CENTRIC at BET Networks/Viacom. In her role at CENTRIC, McGruder spearheads the operating plan that supports the network’s strategic and financial goals as well as the business model. She also serves as the primary point person on all day-to-day CENTRIC operational issues, including Legal, Human Resources, Finance and Accounting. In addition, McGruder is responsible for developing, negotiating and structuring new business partnerships that grow CENTRIC’s brand and business as well as managing CENTRIC’s digital efforts (centrictv.com). Before joining MTV in 2000, McGruder was a Senior Consultant in Accenture's Media & Entertainment Strategy practice. There, she advised top tier media & entertainment, telecommunications and high-tech companies on their strategies and business processes. Prior to her consulting work, McGruder was a local TV news anchor, reporter and producer at WMAZ-TV in Macon, GA and WFXL-TV in Albany, GA. McGruder graduated first in her class with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, Women in Cable Telecommunications, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Inc. McGruder resides in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with her husband and son.

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