Twitter, Inc. announced today that the Board of Directors has appointed Debra L. Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, to serve as a Board member, effective immediately. Ms. Lee will also serve as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and, effective following Twitter’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, as chairperson of the committee.
“Twitter has been and continues to be a transformative service for the media landscape and the world,” said Ms. Lee. “I’m excited to help Jack, Omid, and the rest of the Board continue and further that impact in the years to come.”
“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, and has a clear passion for Twitter as a service and a company.”
Ms. Lee has been named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment, and was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the Washington Business Hall of Fame. She was also the first African-American female executive to be honored with the Distinguished Leadership Vanguard Award by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
Given all of the flack that Twitter has gotten for their ultra white leadership it’s good to see Debra Lee have the opportunity to step in to influence the social media company.