Warner Bros. Discovery Names Asif Sadiq Chief Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Warner Bros. Discovery has appointed Asif Sadiq to the position of chief global diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Sadiq will lead the media company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategy and global team, expanding on initiatives from both legacy Discovery and legacy WarnerMedia.

Sadiq reports to CEO David Zaslav and Adria Alpert Romm, chief people and culture officer.

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Sadiq most recently served as the head of diversity, equity and inclusion, international for WarnerMedia, and was a key architect of many of the company’s internal and content-focused initiatives on which WBD plans to build. Earlier, Sadiq held senior diversity positions at adidas, The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London Police.

In his role, Sadiq will chair WBD’s new business diversity council, a senior advisory board comprised of global leaders from the company’s sports, games, technology, revenue, and corporate groups. The council will assist in developing and instituting enterprise-wide diversity programs for employees across businesses.

“We want our employees to be able to thrive as their authentic selves, while using the power of storytelling to not only entertain audiences around the world, but also open minds and inspire action,” Zaslav said in a statement. “And I can think of no better leader than Asif to ensure that we champion the most thoughtful and impactful diversity, equity and inclusion program.”

In addition, WBD is establishing a creative diversity council, which includes Channing Dungey, chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group; Pamela Abdy, chairperson and CEO of Warner Bros. Film Group; Mike DeLuca, chairperson and CEO of Warner Bros. Film Group; Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO, HBO and HBO Max Content; and Kathleen Finch, chairman and chief content officer for U.S. Networks Group. Together these senior creative leaders will help ensure that DE&I is woven into the development, production and distribution process.

Sadiq is a member of the board of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Middlesex University, WORK180 and Hedley May. In addition, he is a chartered companion of the Chartered Management Institute and an executive member of World 50. Sadiq has been recognized as one of the most influential global D&I Leaders by Hive Learning and listed on People Management’s D&I Power List. He has won numerous awards and has been honored for his work with an MBE by the Queen.

WarnerMedia Appoints Asif Sadiq SVP, Equity And Inclusion, International

WarnerMedia has named London-based Asif Sadiq to the newly created role of SVP of equity and inclusion, international. The announcement was made by Christy Haubegger, EVP of communications and chief inclusion officer, to whom Sadiq will directly report.

Sadiq will be based in London and joins the Equity and Inclusion leadership in implementing a comprehensive strategy to address all aspects of diversity across the company’s workforce, programs, content, suppliers, and community, working closely with Gerhard Zeiler, head of WarnerMedia International, and his international leadership team.

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“Asif’s proven track record and innovation around equity and inclusion makes him the ideal choice as we continue to build on WarnerMedia’s global strategy towards an equitable and inclusive company,” Haubegger said in a statement. “We know his experience and knowledge will aid us greatly in our efforts to advance business growth through an inclusive workforce and content that reflects the global audience we serve.”

Sadiq has a long career in the diversity and inclusion space with senior executive roles at adidas, The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London Police. He has reportedly been named as one of the most influential Global D&I Leaders by Hive Learning and occupies a place on the CIPD’s Top 20 Power List.  He is a winner of numerous awards including the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards and was honored with an MBE in 2017 by the Queen and granted the freedom of the City of London in 2016.

In addition to his accolades, Sadiq is currently a leadership fellow at St George’s House at Windsor Castle, co-author of “Global Diversity Management” and “Diversity Management that Works,” and an Alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.