Debra Lee joins Twitter Board of Directors. Debra Lee is chairman and CEO of BET Networks. Ms. Lee is the first African-American, and the third woman, to serve on the company’s board.
BET is a media and entertainment company aimed at African-Americans. Lee joined BET in 1986 and became the CEO in 2006. She also serves on the boards of Marriott International and energy firm WGL Holdings.
As part of the announcement, Twitter also said that a board member, Marjorie Scardino, would serve as a lead independent director of the company.
“Debra’s addition strengthens our Board immensely.” Said Omid Kordestani, Twitter’s Executive Chairman. “She’s a highly respected leader in the media industry with decades of experience. She has a clear passion for Twitter as a service and a company.”
— Jack (@jack) May 16, 2016
Since Jack Dorsey returned as CEO of Twitter, Twitter is constantly making changes in higher management. Omid Kordestani, a former Google executive, joined Twitter as executive chairman last year. Last month, Twitter appointed Hugh Johnson, vice chairman and chief financial officer of PepsiCo, and Martha Lane Fox, to the board.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey want to add more diversity and an executive with media experience to the company’s board. In December, the company named Jeffrey Siminoff, previously head of diversity at Apple, as the company’s vice president for diversity and inclusion.
Lee serves on the board of Marriott International, Inc. and WGL Holdings, Inc., an energy company. She also serves on the board of a number of professional and civic organizations. She serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Advertising Council, as the President of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
She is also a Trustee Emeritus at Brown University. Lee holds a B.A. from Brown University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School. M.P.P. from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ms. Lee tweeted that she was thrilled to be joining the company’s board. The service has “transformed the media and the world like few other things in history.”
Thrilled to be joining the @twitter board. It’s transformed the media and the world like few other things in history (and continues to)!!
— Debra Lee (@IamDebraLee) May 16, 2016