ARLINGTON, VA; March 31, 2020— PBS today announced the election of Tina Sharkey to serve as a member of its Board of Directors.
Sharkey has driven innovation in media, commerce and community for more than two decades. As the co-founder and CEO of Brandless, she has pioneered the development and adoption of pivotal consumer brands and platforms that bring data and technology together.
Sharkey has been recognized as one of the ‘Top 100 People Transforming Business’ by Business Insider, named by Fast Company as one of the ‘Top Women in Technology,’ and chosen as one of Entrepreneur’s ‘Most Daring Entrepreneurs.’
In her previous roles, Sharkey scaled Johnson & Johnson’s BabyCenter to become the largest platform in the world for new and expectant mothers; oversaw AOL’s defining transition from a closed network to the open web; served as President of the renowned Sesame Street Digital Group; and co-founded iVillage, a pioneering online destination for women.
“As an executive, entrepreneur and investor, Tina has transformed the way we communicate, shop and share in the modern world.” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “I’m so grateful that she is bringing her tremendous experience and knowledge to support the essential mission of PBS."
“PBS is the gold standard of educational programming, balanced reporting and thought-provoking storytelling for all ages. There has never been a more important time in our history to support PBS and its member stations,” Sharkey said. “As a member of the PBS Board of Directors, I will work alongside the leadership team to ensure that future generations have access to PBS content and media wherever, whenever and however they choose to consume it.”
The 27-person PBS Board includes both Professional Directors, who are station leaders, and General Directors, who serve as lay members of the Board, as well as the PBS President. The PBS Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. PBS member stations elect the Professional Directors. The General Directors are elected by the entire Board, as are the PBS President and the Board officers.
PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’s premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV— including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.
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Eleanor May, PBS