Akihiko (Kiko) Washington serves as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. Entertainment, a post to which he was promoted in January 2009. Warner Bros. is a leader in every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD and Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting.
Based at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Washington is responsible for managing the company’s human resources department on a worldwide basis, including organizational planning and development, recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee training and development, employee relations, employee communications, shared services and work-life initiatives. He also works closely with all Time Warner divisions on meeting overall human resources management objectives.
Washington joined Warner Bros. in August 2000 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources. He came from parent company Time Warner, where he served as Vice President, Human Resources Planning and International Human Resources Management, working with the human resource professionals across Time Warner’s divisions to create a career development initiative with the objective of guaranteeing that the most talented and diverse pool of candidates was readily available to the company at all times. He also worked to improve Time Warner’s companywide human resources planning efforts to meet the demand caused by, and necessary for, the company’s continued growth.
Prior to joining Time Warner, Washington spent 15 years at Home Box Office, Time Warner’s premium cable television network. As Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, Washington was responsible for overseeing HBO’s human resources planning and organizational development efforts. He was also responsible for the company’s domestic and international staffing, employee relations, training and development and employee communications initiatives.
Washington graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife, son and daughter.