Diane Parker, an industry veteran with a two-decade career at the Associated Press, has now moved over to the Meredith Corporation, according to a press release.
Effective Jan. 28, 2021 — Parker will be the VP of Diversity & Inclusion at the media empire, which is home to such magazine brands as Sweet July with Ayesha Curry, People Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly.
“Diane is a proven leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion work and will be an outstanding addition to our team,” said Dina Nathanson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, in a press release. “Making Meredith a more diverse and inclusive workplace is a top priority for the organization. Diane has expertise in recruitment, talent retention, employee experience, and partnering with content creators. Her experience at the Associated Press made her a perfect fit. I am excited to partner with her as we continue to move our D&I program into the future.”
For her part, too, Parker is excited to join the Meredith Corporation’s media family.
“Meredith has made great progress in its Diversity and Inclusion program, focusing on its three pillars of recruitment, retention, and education, and I look forward to keeping the momentum going,” she said in a statement. “I am particularly eager to work with Meredith’s outstanding employee resource groups and Diversity and Inclusion committee. It is exciting to see employees leaning in to make a difference not only for their coworkers but for Meredith’s customers, clients, and the communities they serve.”
Diane Parker is just the latest Black woman to be hired to an executive position at a media company. Not long ago, fellow industry veteran, Michele Thornton Ghee was named the CEO of Ebony and Jet Magazines.