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ViacomCBS said on Monday that it has promoted Wincie Knight to the role of vp, global inclusion strategy at its ViacomCBS Networks International unit.
Based in London, Knight will report to Marva Smalls, the New York-based executive vp of global inclusion at ViacomCBS and executive vp, public affairs, kids & family entertainment brands at ViacomCBS Media Networks, as well as Maria Kyriacou, president of ViacomCBS Networks U.K., Australia and Israel.
In her expanded role, she will “join the U.K. cluster senior leadership team” and “continue to drive the company’s commitment to building a strong, inclusive culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and belonging,” the company said. She will also oversee the development of insights-driven strategic plans for diversity and inclusion across ViacomCBS Networks International and implement integrated solutions “that drive innovative and inclusive business behaviors at all levels of the company.”
Knight started at Viacom in 1999 and joined the Office of Global Inclusion team in 2014 as senior director, global inclusion strategy. She spearheaded Viacom U.K.’s first Inclusion Week in 2018, which was then expanded in 2019 to all of ViacomCBS’ offices in more than 30 countries.
Last year, she worked with the Office of Global Inclusion and the Viacom U.K. leadership team on commissioning a report to examine the experiences of Black, Asian, minority, and ethnic (BAME) employees at Viacom U.K. “to elevate accountability and transparency and to ensure equitable work environments for all employees,” the firm said.
Knight has also championed the importance of mental health by launching an employee-led mental health initiative for the U.K. operation.
“Wincie has been a longtime asset to our global inclusion team, and her work has helped transform ViacomCBS’ international diversity and inclusion strategy,” said Smalls. “ViacomCBS is committed to championing a culture that’s diverse, equitable and inclusive, and that creates a sense of belonging for all employees. Having worked with Wincie for 20 years, I am confident her appointment will further our mission to embed a vision and strategy that places inclusion, equity and belonging as the core of our company culture and business.”
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