Warner Bros. Discovery has set the leadership team for its company’s newly structured Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group, headed by Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Asif Sadiq, with Karen Horne serving as SVP for North America, Rukasana Bhaijee as VP in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Niarchos Pabalis appointed Director for Latin America, and a new role for Asia-Pacific (APAC) to be announced soon. All four executives will report to Sadiq.
WBD will build on the strong foundation of both legacy companies, with established workforce programs and content/production initiatives continuing under a central strategy team designed to drive long-term change both locally and worldwide. Overseeing these units will be Christian Hug, VP, Workforce; Grace Moss, VP, Pipeline Programs; and Yvette Urbina, VP, Content/Productions. These teams will work closely with the previously announced Creative and Business Councils, which will be led by WBD senior leaders.
Additionally, the global DEI team will collaborate and partner with Johnita Due who leads Diversity for CNN in her role as EVP Integration and Inclusion, Sheereen Russell in her role as SVP for Ad Sales and Inclusive Monetization, and Monica Neal in her role leading DEI Communications and Marketing.
“A strong focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is a top priority for our company, and we are committed to doing everything we can to get this right — not only because it makes good business sense, but because it allows us to build stronger connections with employees, partners and consumers,” said Sadiq, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Warner Bros. Discovery. “I am thrilled to announce that we have put in place an incredibly talented and experienced global team, and are in the process of building and implementing a strategy that will enable us to have a positive, lasting impact locally, regionally and beyond.”