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Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life

Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life

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February 13th 2012:From Oxygen to Kampala: The Extraordinary Vision of Groundbreaker Gerry Laybourne

American business executive Geraldine Laybourne has been a groundbreaking pioneer in the field of cable television programming. Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the television industry, she helped turn the children's network Nickelodeon into one of the most powerful in television, and in 2002 she launched Oxygen, a new cable network geared exclusively toward women. Known for her out-of-the-box management style, creative drive and commitment to collaboration, Laybourne’s innovations have not been limited to television. The Mentor Walk events that she started in the U.S. have

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Geraldine Laybourne

Geraldine Laybourne is the Co-Founder of Oxygen Media, a 24-hour cable television network for young women. She was Chairman and CEO of Oxygen Media until she sold it to NBC Universal in 2007. Gerry was a cable programming pioneer in the 80s and 90s: she led the team that created Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. As president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks, she ran cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and its ABC subsidiary. She was ranked #1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter and named one of the 25 most influential people in America by Time magazine. She is on the Board of Directors of Electronic Arts, J.C. Penney, Symantec
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