Michael Pickrum is Chief Financial Officer of BET Networks, a leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. As Chief Financial Officer, Michael is responsible for managing the financial operations for BET Networks and plays a strategic role in the overall management of the company.

Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, Michael was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Interactive. He was responsible for the development and refinement of BET.com’s business model, driving the site’s growth and accelerating revenue. Under Michael’s leadership, BET.com has become a leading online destination for African American content.

A native of Cincinnati, Michael holds an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a master’s of science degree in engineering-economic systems and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Michael is the Treasurer for the US Capital Chapter of YPO and Board Member of the ATA Charter School & Charter Board Partner.