AMC Networks has tapped human resources veteran Aisha Thomas-Petit for the position of chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer.
In the newly created post, Thomas-Petit (pictured) will be responsible for building out the entertainment company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy while also working collaboratively with senior leaders to advance AMC’s DEI goals.
Based in New York, she will play a key role in mapping AMC’s policy to “build, develop and retain a diverse and inclusive community of talent within the company’s workforce,” as well as on-screen and behind the camera.
Thomas-Petit joins AMC Networks from ADP, an American provider of human resources management software and services, where she spent seven years and most recently served as its chief diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility officer. She also held various leadership roles in HR, including division vice president of the company’s Major Account and Canada division.
Previously, Thomas-Petit spent more than seven years at Barclays Capital, where she ultimately became the HR director for global operations. Prior to Barclays, Thomas-Petit held various senior roles over an eight-year period at JP Morgan Chase, including VP of HR for shared technology & operations and investment bank operations.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than business imperatives that spur creativity and drive innovation; they are at the heart of who we aspire to be and are interwoven into the very fabric of the company,” said Josh Sapan, AMC Networks president and CEO, in a statement. “Aisha’s successful track record and passion for integrating business strategy and diverse talent management to drive growth is a great fit for our company, particularly as we continue to shift our business to become more digitally focused. This role will bring a new level of focus integral to our evolution and we look forward to Aisha’s leadership and partnership as we continue to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture in our workplace and in the stories we tell.”