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Former Disney Executive Anne Sweeney Joins Netflix Board

30 Mar, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Anne Sweeney

SVOD leader board expands to nine members

Netflix March 30 announced the addition of two additional members to its board of directors, including Anne Sweeney, who until last year was co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television at the Walt Disney Co.

The other new board member is Brad Smith, EVP and general counsel, legal and corporate affairs at Microsoft Corp. The additions increase the size of the subscription streaming pioneer’s board to nine members.

Sweeney's entertainment experience spans more than three decades, including senior roles at Disney, 21st Century Fox and Viacom. Until she stepped down in January, she oversaw Disney's cable, broadcast and satellite properties around the world since 2004.

Smith has served as Microsoft's general counsel since 2002, including broad global technology and public policy experience since joining the company in 1993, according to Netflix. He spent three years leading the company's legal and corporate affairs team in Europe and five years as deputy general counsel responsible for such teams outside the United States. His area of expertise includes competition law, intellectual property, government surveillance and privacy.

"We look forward to benefitting from Brad and Anne's perspective as we continue to build our global Internet TV network," Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, said in a statement.

Current Netflix board members include Hastings, Richard Barton, CEO of Zillow; A. George (Skip) Battle, investor; Timothy Haley, managing director of Redpoint Ventures; Jay Hoag, general partner of Technology Crossover Ventures; Leslie Kilgore and Ann Mather.

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