THE WHAT? Procter & Gamble has announced the appointment of Debra Lee, former chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET), to its Board of Directors, the first black woman to sit on P&G’s board.
THE DETAILS Lee’s appointment brings the total female board members to 50 percent, with the experienced leadership executive having been a advocate for equality and inclusion throughout her career.
According to a press release, “In 2009, she became the founder and CEO of Leading Women Defined, Inc., an association of strategic thought leaders that strives to engage in constructive dialogue that will positively impact the Black community.”
Having extensive governance experience, Lee’s is currently a member of the board of directors of Marriott International, Inc., Burberry Group PLC and AT&T, Inc while previously serving as a Director of Revlon, Inc., WGL Holdings, Inc. and Twitter, Inc.
THE WHY? Lees was lauded for her ‘experience, expertise and guidance’ with David Taylor, P&G Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stating, “We are delighted to welcome Debra to the Board. She has distinguished herself as a leader in the media industry for more than 30 years and brings broad, deep knowledge ranging from media strategy and programming to corporate risk oversight.”