Twitter Appoints Debra Lee As First Black Woman To Board of Directors

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 05/17/2016 | 01:30 PM EDT

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BET chairman and CEO makes history as tech company works on improving diversity

BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee has made history as the first Black woman appointed to Twitter's board of directors. 

“Thrilled to be joining the @twitter board,” Lee tweeted. “It’s transformed the media and the world like few other things in history (and continues to)!!”

The executive chairman of Twitter’s board, former Google executive Omid Kordestani, also tweeted about the new addition to the board, welcoming Lee.

The social media company has long struggled with diversity, and with the return of co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has been working to revamp things. 

Lee, 60, has headed BET for past decade. She previously served as the cable network's president and chief operating officer. Lee also serves on the board of directors for Marriott International. 

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