The regional leaders will report to Sadiq, who reports jointly to WBD CEO David Zaslav and chief people officer Adria Alpert Romm.
Warner Bros. Discovery has announced the leaders of its diversity, equity and inclusion team, with WarnerMedia UK SVP Asif Sadiq serving as its global chief officer.
Other key leaders include Karen Horne, SVP for North America; Rukasana Bhaijee, VP in Europe, Middle East and Africa; Niarchos Pabalis, director for Latin America; with a new role for Asia-Pacific to be announced soon. All four leaders will report to Sadiq.
In announcing the new configuration and team, WBD said it will “build on the strong foundation of both legacy companies, with established workforce programs and content/production initiatives continuing under a central strategy team. The end goal will be to drive long-term change both locally and worldwide.”
Overseeing these units will be Christian Hug, VP, Workforce; Grace Moss, VP, Pipeline Programmes; 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 of 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,” Sadiq said in the official announcement. “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.”