(September 16, 2009 – Burbank, CA) - Akihiko (Kiko) Washington has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. Entertainment, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO and Alan Horn, President & COO, Warner Bros. Washington now serves in an expanded role, responsible for managing the company’s worldwide human resources operation, which includes organizational readiness and development, recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee training and development, shared services, work-life initiatives and employee communications (working with the Studio’s Corporate Communications team). He will also continue to work closely with parent company Time Warner’s human resources staff to facilitate career development programs across all Time Warner divisions to ensure that the company has an extensive, well-trained talent pool across various business categories at all times. “In many ways, human resources is the lifeblood of an organization, responsible for attracting, developing and retaining the best talent in the business, and Kiko has been integral to the success we’ve had in that area and, consequently, as a company overall,” said Meyer. “Throughout his tenure at the Studio, Kiko has been a key member of our senior management team who has helped to move our businesses forward. He has also kept our human resources and employee programs among the best in the industry, and we look to his leadership to keep our workforce at the forefront of the many businesses in which we operate,” said Horn. Washington joined Warner Bros. in August 2000 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Human Resources Planning and International Human Resources Management at Time Warner. Before that, he spent 15 years at HBO, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, responsible for overseeing HBO’s global human resources planning and organizational development efforts. He also oversaw 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.
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