Janet Rollé is the General Manager at Parkwood Entertainment, the media and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur Beyoncé. Ms. Rollé leads Parkwood’s business operations and development, including strategic partnerships and investments, finance, human resources, legal & business affairs, information technology, and marketing.
Ms. Rollé has over 25 years of business leadership experience for global consumer media brands. In October 2020, Ms. Rollé was appointed as the first female, first African-American and first Independent Director of BuzzFeed, Inc. She has served as EVP & CMO for CNN Worldwide, overseeing the positioning and promotion of CNN’s multiple networks and services. Prior to joining CNN, Ms. Rollé was BET Networks’ first-ever EVP & CMO. Before joining BET Networks, Ms. Rollé worked in senior roles at AOL and MTV Networks. She began her career at HBO, rising to Director of Marketing and New Media for HBO Home Video. For the past 10 years, Ms. Rollé has served as a Director of Carver Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRV), one of the oldest and largest African-American managed banks in the US. During her tenure on the board, the bank has raised $55 million in capital.
Ms. Rollé earned her MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the State University of New York at Purchase. We believe that Ms. Rollé’s significant operational expertise, deep knowledge of the global media sector and experience providing strategic direction to public and private companies qualify Ms. Rollé to serve as one of our board members.