Netflix selected Susan Rice, former U.S. National Security advisor and envoy to the United Nations in the Obama organization, to its board of directors. Rice is the eleventh individual on Netflix’s board, which is led by Chief Executive Reed Hastings. Rice is a visiting research fellow at American University’s School of International Service and a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” Hastings said in Wednesday’s announcement. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity, and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”
Netflix pioneers have not been bashful about their political leanings. Hastings supported Hillary Clinton in the last presidential race and has openly scrutinized President Trump as being “Bad for America.” Ted Sarandos, who is Netflix’s chief content officer, has made donations to different Democratic causes, including the presidential battles of Obama and Clinton.
“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership, high-quality productions, and unique culture I deeply admire,” Rice said in Wednesday’s announcement.
Rice’s arrangement to Netflix’s board comes after reports this month that Obama is conversing with Netflix to deliver his own shows. The Times revealed that the shows would revolve around subjects that were vital to Obama and his wife, Michelle, during their time in the White House, for example, medicinal services and kids’ well-being. Netflix hasn’t affirmed the transactions. Rice filled in as a representative to the U.N. from 2009 to 2013 and was later named national security advisor, a part she filled from 2013 to 2017.
Rice started her career as an administration specialist with McKinsey and Co. She has served on a few sheets, including those for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bureau of National Affairs, National Democratic Institute, and the US Fund for UNICEF. The Washington, D.C., local is hitched to previous ABC News official maker Ian Cameron, and the couple has two youngsters.