Pinterest (PINS): Salaam Coleman Smith Joins Board

By Amit Chowdhry ● October 21, 2020
  • Pinterest Inc (NYSE: PINS) has announced that it has appointed Salaam Coleman Smith to its board of directors, effective October 31, 2020. These are the details.

Pinterest Inc (NYSE: PINS) has announced that it has appointed Salaam Coleman Smith to its board of directors, effective October 31, 2020. Smith is a former Executive Vice President of Programming and Strategy at Disney’s ABC Family and Freeform and former President of Comcast NBCUniversal’s Style Media.

A couple of months ago, Pinterest appointed former Harpo Studios executive Andrea Wishom to its Board of Directors. And last month, Pinterest hired Marie Claire editor-in-chief Aya Kanai as its head of content and editorial partnerships. Pinterest pointed out that all of these hires contribute to the company fostering a platform with high-quality and inspirational content that resonates with global audiences.

Salaam had served as Executive Vice President at The Walt Disney Company’s Disney-ABC Television Group from 2014 to 2016, overseeing Programming and Strategy for ABC Family’s Freeform channel. And prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, she spent over 10 years at Comcast NBCUniversal where she served as President of Style Network from 2008 to 2013.

At Viacom, Smith was a senior executive within MTV Networks’ International Division and directed programming strategy for Nickelodeon’s global expansion in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. And she has served as a board member for several non-profit organizations, including Women in Cable Telecommunications and Dress For Success.

Smith is a Stanford University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.

KEY QUOTES:

“We’re beyond excited to welcome Salaam to our board. With decades of experience at three Fortune 500 media companies, Salaam brings a unique perspective that will help us lift up creators so they can share their passions, find new audiences, and inspire people all over the world. By bringing more world-class expertise to the team with our recent hires and board appointees, we’re investing to make Pinterest the home for the most inspiring and actionable content.” 

– Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder, Pinterest

“I’m thrilled to join the Pinterest board at a time of such transformation and growth, especially as an avid Pinner myself. Building on my extensive experience in the media industry, I look forward to amplifying the creative expression of Pinners around the world, contributing to Pinterest’s long-term content vision and helping the business continue its growth trajectory under Ben’s leadership.

I’ve benefited from strong mentors and workplace cultures and recognize how important it is for all employees to feel championed and heard. Through my work on the board, I look forward to helping shape how Pinterest cultivates and supports its incredible talent.”

– Salaam Coleman Smith