Former Obama Official Susan Rice Becomes First Black Person Appointed To Netflix Board Of Directors
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March 29, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Former Obama and Clinton administration official Susan Rice has become the first black person appointed to Netflix’s board of directors, reports ABC News.
Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings released a statement confirming the news.
“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” Hastings said. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”
A Netflix representative confirmed with Blavity that Rice is the first black person to serve on the board.
Netflix's Board of Directors already includes several prominent figures including Microsoft president Brad Smith and former president of Disney-ABC Television Group Anne Sweney. Rice will be the fourth female member on the board.
“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership, high-quality productions, and unique culture I deeply admire,” Rice said of the appointment in a statement obtained by ABC.
Rice served the Obama administration as National Security Adviser and ambassador to the United Nations. During the Clinton administration, she worked as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and a member of the National Security Council. She has served on several boards including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bureau of National Affairs, National Democratic Institute and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Predictably, some conservatives aren’t happy about the news and said they would be cancelling their subscriptions. Sucks for them.
Rice will began her tenure on March 26 but has not been appointed to any committees, according to Variety.