Judy McGrath, MTV Networks Chairman and Chief Executive is leaving the network she’s been with for three decades now. McGrath began as a copywriter in 1981 and quickly rose to the top over the years, serving in different positions such as editorial director, creative director as well as executive vice president until finally in 2004 she ascended to the Chairman position she holds today. During her tenure she has helped the powerful network and its holdings (including not only MTV and MTV2 but other Viacom properties including Spike, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, and TV Land) turn from cable channels into powerhouse global brands. In a statement released yesterday she had this to say of her career: “Creatively, financially, all the brands and businesses are in wonderful shape today. I leave with pride, joy and gratitude for the ride of a lifetime.” McGrath doesn’t plan to retire, instead she has every intention to try something new.