19 Facts About Deborah Dugan


Deborah Dugan is an American executive who was the first female president and CEO of the Recording Academy, which presents the Grammy Awards, in 2019 and 2020.

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Deborah Dugan served as the president of Disney Publishing Worldwide from 2002 to 2006, having been at the company a total eight years, and CEO of Entertainment Rights North America from 2007 to 2009, and CEO of from 2011 to 2019.

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Deborah Dugan has been the co-chair of the storytelling nonprofit the Moth since 2008.

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Deborah Dugan's father was Thomas Dugan, who worked for a time in the US Justice Department and served as inspector general of the Peace Corps under Sargent Shriver, and her mother, a homemaker.

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Deborah Dugan attended the University of Florida, majoring in education, making the dean's list, and graduated.

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Deborah Dugan then went to and graduated from the University of Utah Law School.

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Deborah Dugan became a corporate attorney on Wall Street while doing pro-bono work for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

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Deborah Dugan then worked for Disney Publishing Worldwide for eight years, becoming its president in 2002, where she oversaw 275 magazines, including Discover and Disney Magazine, and published more than 4,000 new books, generating $1.

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Deborah Dugan then worked for British media company Entertainment Rights as president and CEO of the North America division, restructuring it and growing its biggest content work, one year, 27 percent.

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Deborah Dugan was senior advisor to the Tribeca Enterprises Board from 2009 to 2011, where she evaluated and executed revenue streams for Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal's company and rebranded its school.

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In 2011, Deborah Dugan started work as CEO of, co-founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver after interviewing for a job that wasn't the right fit.

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Deborah Dugan rearranged her life to travel to Africa, among other things, and, under her tenure, began to partner with Coca-Cola, Salesforce, Bank of America, Vespa, Snapchat, Nickelodeon, Moschino, Jeremy Scott, Latin America's telecommunications companies Claro and Telcel, German multinational SAP, among others.

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Notable campaigns under Deborah Dugan include the Super Bowl, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Beats by Dre, Starbucks, and Amazon.

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From 2011 to 2015, Deborah Dugan contributed to Huffington Post, in 2017 and 2018, to Forbes.

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Deborah Dugan began her tenure on August 1,2019, succeeding Portnow.

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Deborah Dugan was the first woman president of the $60M nonprofit, and her contract was for three years.

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On January 16,2020, Deborah Dugan was relieved of her duties and placed on administrative leave, accused of bullying her assistant, whom she inherited from Portnow, resulting in the assistant taking a leave of absence.

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Deborah Dugan is on the board of the Moth, co-chairing it since 2008, and the London-and-Nairobi-based creative nonprofit Girl Effect.

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Deborah Dugan is a member of Association of American Publishers, MPA – The Association of Magazine Media, and International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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