Tesla has taken a step toward greater by naming Linda Johnson Rice, an African American executive who leads the Johnson Publishing Company, to serve as an independent director on its board, along with James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox. The move comes after a year of criticism by some shareholders that Tesla’s board was too insular.
Johnson Rice’s company JPC publishes Ebony and Jet magazines and is the parent of Fashion Fair Cosmetics. She becomes the second woman on Tesla’s board, joining Juniper Networks’ Robyn Denholm.
“Linda has extensive corporate board experience, having previously served on the boards of a number of companies across a variety of industries, including Bausch & Lomb, Continental Bank, Quaker Oats, Dial Corporation, MoneyGram and Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and currently serving on the boards of Omnicom Group and Grubhub,” Tesla said in a statement on Monday. She also works with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors and The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.