Image sharing and social platform, Pinterest, has appointed a black woman Andrea Wishom to its board, making her the first black person on the company’s board.
Wishom is also the third woman to be added to the board.
Reports say the new appointee, who has a strong background in operations management, joined the board to oversee and drive its new content and media expansion plan.
Wishom is touted to be an efficient manager of complex media enterprises, one of which is the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Pinterest selected Wishom given her skills and experience in media management as the tech company expands.
“I’ve spent my entire career inspired to take on challenges both creatively and culturally. I’m particularly interested in Pinterest’s expansion into content and media”, Wishom said.
Wishom’s appointment comes days after Pinterest staff staged a virtual protest on the company’s Slack workspace over alleged discrimination based on race and gender at the company. The employees also signed a petition, demanding change, transparency and proper representation.Andrea Wishom
Also, Pinterest’s former Chief Operations Officer, Françoise Brougher sued the company on August 11, for gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Apart from Wishom’s impeccable career and academic qualification, it is believed that her appointment is a strategic move and the company’s effort to redeem its image marred by racial and gender bias.
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In the year 2000, Wishom worked with Harpo Productions, where she produced began the Oprah Winfrey show. She later rose through the ranks – from producer to supervising producer.
During her 22 years of working with Harpo Productions, she produced “Oprah’s Farewell at The United Center,” “President Barack and Michelle Obama,” “The Legends Ball” (2005), and “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends who Paved the Way” (2014). She launched and developed the programs for The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Oprah Winfrey Network.
In 2011, when Oprah launched her cable network, Wishom became the executive vice president of programming, production, and development at the company. She developed and launched the cable network’s highest-rated show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter”.
One of her shows in which she was the executed producer, Super Soul Sunday, won a GLAAD award in 2015.
She joined real estate company, Skywalker Holdings, in the same year as Chief Operations Officer and currently serves as President of the Group.