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Chair, NAMIC Board of Directors

Joiava Philpott elected as Board Chair, Welcomes Three New Members from ESPN, HBO and Viacom

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 29, 2018 / -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) today announced Joiava Philpott, vice president, Regulatory Affairs, Law & Policy Department, Cox Communications, as the newly elected board chairperson.

“As NAMIC continues to develop diverse and inclusive practices, we are thrilled to welcome these three outstanding leaders to our Board.” said Philpott, chair, NAMIC National Board of Directors. “The enthusiasm, talent, and expertise that each of our newest board members brings with them will prove invaluable as we move NAMIC’s mission forward.”

Additionally, three new directors join 24 other dedicated executives from throughout the industry. Newly elected board members are:

• Navin Kamath, vice president, Global Distribution, HBO
• Freddy Rolon, Jr., vice president & general manager, ESPN Deportes, ESPN
• Jason T. Williams, vice president, Global Inclusion Strategy, Viacom

The Executive Committee of NAMIC's National Board of Directors is comprised of the following: Chair – Joiava Philpott, vice president, Regulatory Affairs, Law & Policy Department, Cox Communications; Vice-Chair – Kevin Stephens, executive vice president, Business Services, Altice USA; Treasurer – Mark DePietro, senior vice president, Marketing, Vecima Networks; Secretary – Ebonne Ruffins, vice president, Local Media Development, Comcast Corporation; Member at Large – James Anderson, senior vice president, Communications, Turner Broadcasting, Inc; Member at Large – Danielle D. Wade, area vice president, Field Operations, Pacific Northwest, Charter Communications and Immediate Past Chair – Michelle L. Rice, general manager, TV One.

Currently serving as NAMIC National Board directors are: James Brown, executive vice president, Content Distribution, Talent and Marketing Groups, Revolt TV; Ann R. Carlsen, founder and CEO, Carlsen Resources, Inc.; Michael Cooper, vice president, Distribution Marketing, Fox Networks Group; Jay R. Grant, executive vice president & general counsel, Fusion Media Group, Univision Communications, Inc.; P. Sean Gupta, vice president, Strategy & Operations, BET Networks (a Viacom Network); Mark Kang, senior vice president, Worldwide Distribution, INSP TV; Jerold Lambert, group vice president, Legal Affairs, Mediacom Communications Corp; Bill Lee, vice president, Sales Professional Services, ARRIS; Cheryl M. Manley, senior vice president & associate general counsel, Employment Law, Charter Communications; Pragash Pillai, executive vice president, Operations – Optimum Region, Altice USA; Jaime J. Rodriguez, vice president, Business & Legal Affairs, International Distribution, NBCUniversal; K. Dane Snowden, chief operating officer, NCTA; Michelle Strong, senior vice president, Distribution, National Accounts, A+E Networks; Crystal B. Washington, senior vice president, External Relations & Vendor Management, Discovery, Inc.; Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, senior vice president, Business and Legal Affairs, Discovery, Inc.; and Ninoska Zucconi, director, International Audience Development, PGA Tour.

For more information on NAMIC and its Board of Directors, visit or contact the NAMIC National headquarters at 212-594-5985.

NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-cultural diversity, equity and inclusion in the communications industry. More than 3,500 professionals belong to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that target leadership development, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC collaborates with industry partners to grow and nurture a workforce that reflects the cultural richness of the populations served.

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