Richard L. Plepler is chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the overall management of the world’s most successful pay TV service, which provides two television networks—HBO and Cinemax—to over 131 million subscribers worldwide. He was named to this position in January 2013. Under his leadership, HBO’s original productions continue to raise the bar with some of the most innovative, honored and critically respected programming on television. This was recognized with a record 43 Primetime Emmys in 2015, the most of any network in 43 years. As co-president from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Plepler, in partnership with Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming, also greenlit some of HBO’s most acclaimed and successful series.
Mr. Plepler serves on the board of trustees for the Asia Society, the New York Public Library, and the Museum of the Moving Image. He is also on the national advisory board of the the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Plepler has received numerous accolades over his career: inducted into Broadcasting and Cable magazine’s Hall of Fame; named Media Person of the Year by The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity; the Directorate Emmy Award for his impact on the industry from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and the prestigious Drive of Change award at the FT ArcelorMittel Boldness in Business Awards. He is based in Connecticut where he lives with his wife and daughter.