Facebook Nominates Black Woman to Board

Published On April 25, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis

Facebook has announced it is nominating its first African-American woman to its board of directors.

Peggy Alford will be the first African-American woman and second African-American to join the board. Alford joins former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault as the second African-American on the board. The nomination will take place at Facebook’s annual meeting scheduled for May 30th.

A statement from Alford said she was excited by “the company’s drive and desire to face hard issues head-on while continuing to improve on the amazing connection experiences they have built over the years.”

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of Alford, “Peggy is one of those rare people who’s an expert across many different areas from business management to finance operations to product development. I know she will have great ideas that help us address both the opportunities and challenges facing our company.”

Alford is joining a troubled company. Facebook has come under withering criticism for alleged privacy violations and data breaches across the globe. The company is being hit repeatedly by investigations and fines for its activities. Recently it has been reported that Facebook may setting aside as much as $5 billion to pay fines.

Alford is no stranger to the Zuckerberg family having served as the chief financial officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization Zuckerberg oversees with wife Priscilla Chan. Alford continues to work for PayPal as senior vice president of core markets. Her areas of responsibility includes some of PayPal’s largest markets in North America, the U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Australia.

African-American women have steadily increased their presence on Fortune 500 boards holding 26.2 percent more seats in 2018 than in 2016. There has also been a 45 percent increase in black women on Fortune 100 company boards.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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