Prior to joining EVERFI, Michael served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) the pre-eminent media and entertainment brand serving African Americans and consumers of Black culture globally. As Chief Financial Officer and EVP, Mr. Pickrum was responsible for managing the financial operations for BET Networks as well as business development, strategy, content management and played a key strategic role in the overall management of the company. Prior to becoming CFO, Michael was EVP and COO of BET Interactive, LLC. and also facilitated the purchase of BET.com from the site’s original non-BET investment group.
Michael has a MS and BS in engineering from Stanford University as well as a MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael serves on the boards of Charter Board Partners and the Meridian International Center. Originally from the Midwest, he now resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his two amazing sons.