SOURCE: CDC Foundation

CDC Foundation

October 16, 2014 11:48 ET

Former Turner CEO Phil Kent Joins CDC Foundation Board

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - October 16, 2014) - Phil Kent, former chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) has been elected to the board of directors of the CDC Foundation.

"Phil brings to our board a wealth of talent, experience and insight gained from his leadership at an outstanding media company," said Charles Stokes, president and CEO, CDC Foundation. "Phil will strengthen our board's breadth of talent and experience, and we are delighted that he is joining our board of directors."

As chairman and CEO of TBS, Kent was responsible for a portfolio of networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner Broadcasting operates more than 130 channels in 30 languages in more than 200 countries.

Previously, Kent served as president and chief operating officer of CNN News Group, where he oversaw a strategic reorganization of the news division. His career at TBS, Inc. also included broad international experience as president of TBS International, the division overseeing Turner's business activity outside the United States.

Kent joined Turner Broadcasting in 1993 as president of Turner Home Entertainment. Previously he spent six years with Creative Artists Agency. In 1981, he helped launch Blair Entertainment, the television syndication division of John Blair & Co., where he began his career.

Kent served on the board of directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; is a past chair of the board of trustees of Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center; past chair of The Advertising Council, and is a member of the Dean's executive board of UCLA's School of Theatre, Film & Television. He is a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

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Established by Congress, the CDC Foundation helps the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do more, faster, by forging public-private partnerships to support CDC's 24/7 work to save lives and protect people from health and safety threats. The CDC Foundation annually manages more than 250 CDC-led programs in the United States and in 73 countries around the world. Since 1995 the CDC Foundation, which is the sole entity authorized by Congress to raise funds on CDC's behalf, has launched more than 760 programs and raised $450 million to advance the life-saving work of CDC. For more information, please visit

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