Facebook Welcomes Its First Black Board Member, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault

By TonjaRenee

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Facebook announced this week that American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault will be joining its board, The Hill reports.

fullsizeoutput_5a1bA few months ago, Facebook vowed to add a black person to its board of directors amidst criticism that the company’s C-suite lacked diversity. The promise came during a tense meeting between Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), who chastised the company for not being diverse enough.

There was some question as to whether or not Facebook was merely telling its critics what they wanted to hear, with one member of the CBC noting, “We get a lot of lip service from the technology companies.”

However, Facebook has kept its word. Chenault will make history as the first African American to join Facebook’s board of directors.

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