Kenyan-born Caroline Wanga has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Essence Communications Inc, a United States technology and commerce company.
The 43-year-old has been serving as the interim CEO of Essence for the last seven months following the resignation of Richelieu Dennis.
In her new role, she will be responsible for shaping Essence’s future as the company seeks to maximise opportunities in new media technologies.
“Since the beginning of time, black women have been changing lives, changing communities, and changing the world and most often have not been recognised for it. While we may still be fighting for the C-Suite in corporate America, we have held practically every seat in the C-Suite of our lives: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Communications Officer, Chief Wellness Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and the list goes on, ” Wanga said, as was quoted by the Essence official website.
“I could not be more excited for the opportunity to serve this cornerstone of Black culture into its next phase of growth, innovation and impact alongside this incredible team of accomplished women. Essence has at our disposal some of the most recognised, trusted, and treasured assets through which to engage Black women and our communities in service to not just surviving, but thriving, and we are grateful for our broader teams across the organisation, who demonstrate commitment every day to ensuring that we are building our capabilities in service to that purpose.”
Wanga joined Essence Ventures, parent company of Essence, as Chief Growth Officer in 2020 from Target Corporation, where she served as Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Wanga began her Target career in supply chain, serving in a variety of transformational leadership roles, including modernising supply chain, business intelligence, digital, and strategy capabilities.
Before that, she held several non-profit roles. Among other accolades, Wanga has been named Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise and recognised at Savoy Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, as well as is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Talladega College Board of Trustees, and the American Airlines Community Council.
She previously served on the Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity Advisory Board for Twitter and as co-chair of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
Wanga is an innovative and inspirational thought leader and public speaker and earned her bachelor’s degree from HBCU Texas College.
Essence Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 20 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content.