Expands DEI Senior Leadership Team with Internal Talent in U.S. and Internationally
Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) today named Lisa Collins as Group Vice President, overseeing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) employee-initiatives across North America, reporting to Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Asif Sadiq. Collins joins a growing DEI team, structured to serve the regional needs of employees and to create global opportunities around content and pipeline program initiatives.
Bringing more than 20 years of experience working in entertainment human resources, Collins will create and implement internal DEI programs including: designing business unit specific programs focused on recruitment, retention, progression, performance management, leadership development and employee engagement; working with executives in the region to further embed DEI in all areas of WBD’s operations; and shepherding the growth of WBD’s Business Resource Groups.
In her previous role as Head of People & Culture Partners for Production at WBD, Collins led the team responsible for providing HR support to cast and crew members working on WBD productions around the world. Earlier, she served as the Director of Production HR at Netflix, where she led the global team focused on providing HR support to production cast and crews. Collins has also held HR leadership positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment and NBCUniversal.
“Lisa is already a highly respected member of the WBD team who deeply understands our employee population and has seen first-hand the positive impact equity and inclusion initiatives have on the corporate, creative and production processes – she is the perfect person to accelerate our employee programs throughout the region and will be an invaluable addition to my senior team,” said Sadiq.
Collins commented: “I am thrilled to join the DEI team. Under Asif’s leadership, the DEI organization has become a shining example of WBD’s commitment to training, retaining, and promoting talented colleagues from across the company. I am committed to this impactful approach and advancing our DEI initiatives to ensure our employees feel a sense of belonging and enthusiasm to build their careers here.”
In addition to Collins, a number of other WBD executives are moving into to new roles on the DEI senior leadership team, including Christian Hug, now serving as GVP of DEI International; Yvette Latour taking over as VP of DEI Workforce and Strategy, and Claire Brody, moving to Director of DEI, EMEA.
“With more than 60 years of combined experience, this new and expanded senior leadership team epitomizes the incredible talent we have at WBD, said Sadiq. “Their passion and dedication for our employees, brands, and content will further drive our success as we continue the important work of establishing WBD as an industry leader in the DEI space and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for our colleagues, our partners and our industry.”