Richard Plepler is chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., which provides the two television networks—HBO and Cinemax—to 142 million subscribers in over 60 countries and programming into over 150 countries. Under Mr. Plepler’s leadership, HBO continues to raise the bar with innovative, honored, and critically respected programming on television. This was recognized with twenty-nine Primetime Emmy Awards in 2017, the most of any network for the sixteenth year in a row.
Mr. Plepler has been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame by the Cable Center and into the Broadcasting and Cable Magazine Hall of Fame. He has been named Media Person of the Year by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. He has been presented the International Directorate Emmy Award from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Driver of Change Award at the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards, and the Variety Vanguard Award.
In addition to serving on the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Plepler serves on the boards of trustees for the Museum of the Moving Image, the Asia Society, and the New York Public Library. He also serves on the national advisory board of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.