Fusion CEO Isaac Lee has been named to the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications’ 2014 class of Next Generation Leaders Awards.

The awards, presented in partnership with Multichannel News, honor emerging execs under the age of 45 for their work in fostering multi-ethnic diversity and inclusion within the communications industry. Lee will be recognized in the cable programmer category.

Lee, also the president of Univision News, oversaw the development and launch of Fusion – a joint venture between the Disney/ABC Television Group and Univision – in 2013.The new network provides a mix of original reporting, lifestyle, and comedic content to engage and champion and young, diverse audience.

“NAMIC is committed to developing as well as recognizing the pipeline of diverse professionals within the communications industry through our flagship programs, initiatives and events,” Alicin Williamson, interim president of NAMIC said in a statement. “We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of this distinguished group of leaders that are making innovative, creative and strategic business contributions while exemplifying NAMIC’s mission to educate, advocate and empower to advance diversity and inclusion within their companies.”

Lee and fellow honorees Sean Coar, group VP of strategy and business decisions, media at Time Warner Cable, Nodir Nazarov, VP of IP network technology at Cablevision Systems Corporation  and Fox Broadcasting Co. senior VP of event series development andproduction Shana C. Waterman will be recognized at the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast on May 1.