A six-time honoree in CableFAX magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Cable list, Suzanne Norman is Senior Vice President, Programming & Business Operations for CMT. As the network’s most senior female executive, Norman oversees day-to-day operations and business objectives for CMT. Based in Nashville, Norman advises CMT’s senior executive team and acts as the key liaison to Viacom leadership.
Her wide range of responsibilities includes operational and financial oversight of the channel’s broad portfolio of brand extensions. She also spearheads the brand’s digital operations, programming and special events, working on such celebrated shows as the “2016 CMT Music Awards” which ranks as the most watched in awards’ history. Norman is credited with helping CMT more than triple its operating income. Under her ambitious growth strategy, CMT underwent a successful brand refresh that attracted a new and more diverse audience with hit series including “Nashville,” which ranks as CMT’s highest rated original to date, “Sun Records,” and more.
Norman joined CMT in 2001, and most recently served as Vice President of Finance for CMT where she was responsible for the network’s budget development and management. Previously, she was Accounting Manager at CBS Cable. She also held finance roles at Gaylord Entertainment and KPMG.
Norman is an alumna of the CTAM Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School for high potential cable executives and Leadership Music. In 2013, Nashville Business Journal named her a “Woman of Influence” for making a positive impact on the community. She sits on the boards of CMT Canada and Clarksville Academy. Additionally, Norman is a member of the Country Music Association (CMA), the Tennessee Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), Leadership Music and SOURCE. She serves as a mentor to military spouses as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program. She is a CPA, and earned a BBA in Accounting at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virg.
(Updated June 2017)