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NAMIC announces newly elected Board Directors

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) today announced the addition of five Directors to its Board. The elected Directors will begin serving three-year terms on January 1, 2016.

The newly elected members of the NAMIC National Board of Directors are: James Brown, SVP, Head of Content Distribution, Revolt TV; Jay R. Grant, SVP, Associate General Counsel, Univision Communications, Inc.; Mark Kang, SVP, Worldwide Distribution, INSP TV; Indrajit Ponnambalam, Group VP, Finance, Time Warner Cable; and Ninoska Zucconi, VP, Distribution Marketing, Univision Communications, Inc.

"NAMIC is honored to welcome these distinguished executives to the board," said Michelle L. Rice, Chair, NAMIC National Board of Directors and EVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, TV One.  "The expertise and professional experience that this group of diversity champions embodies is invaluable. With their support and guidance we look forward to advancing our mission."

The Directors set to begin serving terms January 1, 2016 as members of the Board's Executive Committee are: Chair - Michelle L. Rice, EVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, TV One; Vice Chair - Kevin Stephens, President, Commercial & Advertising Operations, Suddenlink Communications; Secretary - Ebonne Ruffins, Sr. Director, Diversity Communications, Comcast Corporation; Treasurer - Mark DePietro, VP, Business Development, ARRIS; Immediate Past Chair - Michael D. Armstrong, EVP & GM, International Brand Development, Viacom International Media Networks; and Eglon E. Simons, President & CEO, NAMIC National.

Additional members of the NAMIC National Board of Directors include: James L. Anderson, SVP, Communications, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Michael Cooper, VP, Distribution Marketing, FOX Networks Group; Oliver Dizon, SVP, Asset Management, ESPN; Alana Moton Leverette, Marketing Director, Business Services - Big South Region, Comcast; Carla Moore, VP, Talent Acquisition, HBO; Yasmine M. Ndassa, Sr. Director, Business Process Analytics, Comcast; Janet Parker, VP, Human Resources, Time Warner Cable; Belinda Turner Patterson, VP, People Services, Cox Communications; Jaime J. Rodriguez, VP, Business & Legal Affairs, NBC Universal; Ashok Sinha, VP, Global Brand Reputation & Corporate Communications, Starcom MediaVest Group; Michelle Strong, SVP, Distribution, National Accounts, A+E Networks; Wanda E. Townsend, VP, Government Relations, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Danielle Wade, VP & GM, Brighthouse Networks; Crystal B. Washington, SVP, External Relations & Vendor Management, Scripps Networks Interactive; Donna Rattley Washington, Regional VP, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Washington Metro Area, Comcast Cable; and Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Discovery Communications.


NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises 2,700 professionals belonging to a network of 16 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. Comcast | NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are NAMIC's Platinum Annual Corporate Sponsors. For more information, please visit and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


Charmaine Chapman
BTB Communications
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