CEO, Koplovitz & Co, New York, NY
Ms. Koplovitz is a widely acclaimed national leader in the television and emerging media businesses, as well as a successful entrepreneur, seasoned venture capitalist, author and keynote speaker. Ms. Koplovitz was the first woman to head a television network when she founded USA Network in 1977. Kay is also the visionary who created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams – licensing and advertising. As a visionary of what sports television would become, Ms. Koplovitz launched major professional and collegiate sports on cable television by negotiating the first contracts and creating first cable coverage for Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Masters from Augusta Georgia, the US Tennis Open and a collection of NCAA conference sporting events. She led USA Networks to first place in cable primetime and then she launched the Sci-Fi Channel. In 1994, she launched USANetworks International into 60 countries worldwide. In 1998, President Clinton appointed Ms. Koplovitz to chair the bipartisan National Women's Business Council. She used this platform to found Springboard Enterprises. An experienced public board member, Ms. Koplovitz is currently the Chairman of the Board of Fifth Pacific (formerly Liz Claiborne) and a board member of CA. She has served on the boards of Instinet, Oracle, Nabisco, and General Re.