Pinterest Appoints First Black Board Member Amid Claims of Discrimination
Pinterest Inc. appointed veteran media executive Andrea Wishom as a director, adding a Black woman to its board, as the image-sharing company contends with claims from former employees of discrimination and pay inequities.
Ms. Wishom worked for more than two decades at Harpo Studios, founded by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, before joining Skywalker Holdings LLC, where she is now president.
Pinterest Chief Executive and co-founder Ben Silbermann said in a Monday statement that the company had been talking to candidates over the past few months. He praised Ms. Wishom’s experience creating content and being a “passionate advocate for building a company culture of respect, integrity, inclusion and support—areas in which we must innovate and improve.” Mr. Silbermann added that Ms. Wishom “has spent her career outside of Silicon Valley and has a vision for reimagining the board/employee relationship.”
Ms. Wishom, in the same statement, said she was interested in Pinterest’s expansion into content and media and in Mr. Silbermann’s “vision of having a new type of conversation between employees and the board itself.”
“There are real challenges to address, and that responsibility is not lost on me,” she said. “I’m committed to listening and sharing my perspective and providing guidance as Pinterest continues to make positive strides forward.”