The addition of Alford, an African-American woman, comes as Facebook as well as additional Silicon Valley companies strive for the inclusion of more women as well as minorities in their boards as well as throughout their workforces.
“Peggy is usually one of those rare people who’s an expert across many different areas — through business management to finance operations to product development,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. “I know she will have great ideas in which help us address both the opportunities as well as challenges facing our company.”
Hastings departure had been talked about for some time due to Facebook’s growing interest in video services, according to Andrew Ross Sorkin. In 2017, Facebook launched Watch, its video streaming service, as well as last year, the company released IGTV, its Instagram video streaming app.
Hastings’ departure comes about three years after he got into a tussle with fellow board member Peter Thiel over their political leanings. In an August 2016 email, Hastings told Thiel in which he planned to dock his performance review over his endorsement of then Republican Presidential-nominee Donald Trump, according to a brand new York Times report.
“I’m so mystified by your endorsement of Trump for our President, in which for me the item moves through ‘different judgment’ to ‘bad judgment,'” Hastings reportedly told Thiel inside email. “Some diversity in views is usually healthy, although catastrophically bad judgment (in my view) is usually not what anyone wants in a fellow board member.”
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