Entertainment - Featured - International - December 17, 2020

Strive Masiyiwa joins Netflix board of directors

By Kundai Mudzviti

ZIMBABWEAN billionaire Strive Masiyiwa has become the first African to be appointed to the Netflix board of directors this week.

Netflix Inc is the world’s largest streaming entertainment service.

The appointment has rated as his highest achievement in his career.

The company announced Masiyiwa’s appointment to its board on Wednesday.

Masiyiwa has a decorated track record; he is the Chairman and founder of Econet Group, a telecommunications and technology group with operations and investments in 29 countries in Africa and Europe.

Netflix has over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages.

In an announcement, Netflix co-founder, chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said the board is delighted to welcome Masiyiwa.

“His entrepreneurship and vision in building businesses across Africa and beyond will bring valuable insights and experience to our board as we work to improve and serve more members all around the world, ” he said.

Masiyiwa also serves on several international boards including Unilever Plc, National Geographic Society, Asia Society, and the Global Advisory boards of Bank of America, the Council on Foreign Relations (in the US), Stanford University, and the Prince of Wales Trust for Africa, and is a longstanding board member of the United States Holocaust Museum’s Committee on Conscience. A former board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he is Chairman Emeritus of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and African Union Special Envoy to the continent’s COVID response.

Speaking on the appointment, Masiyiwa said he looks forward to working well with the board and all stakeholders.

“Netflix is at the forefront of bringing great entertainment from anywhere in the world to everyone in the world, and I look forward to working with the board and all stakeholders to continue its traditions of innovation and growth,” he said.

Masiyiwa also joins a list of Zimbabweans who hold influential global positions.

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