Zimbabwe's Masiyiwa appointed to Netflix board
11 January 2021 | Art and Entertainment
Zimbabwean business mogul and philanthropist Strike Masiyiwa has been appointed to content streaming giant Netflix’s board of directors as the company looks for new markets on the African continent.
In a statement, Netflix chairman and co-CEO Reed Hastings announced Masiyiwa's appointment, saying his entrepreneurship will bring valuable insights to the organisation.
"We are delighted to welcome Strive to the Netflix board. 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."
Masiyiwa becomes the first African to join the board of the platform which has more than 190 million subscribers across the globe.
Moving on up
His appointment ensures that Netflix still has one black director following the departure of Susan Rice, who became first black board member in 2018. Rice is leaving to join American president-elect Joe Biden's administration.
Masiyiwa, the founder and executive director of Econet Global, was named among the top 50 most important people in business in 2020 after his institution, the Higher Life Foundation, paid more than 1 700 healthcare workers who had embarked on industrial action.