SAN FRANCISCO: Pinterest has named Walmart director of global communications and media relations LeMia Jenkins as global head of communications.
Jenkins started in the role last Monday, reporting to CFO Todd Morgenfeld.
“I’ve loved Pinterest for years, and the opportunity to lead communications for a platform that millions around the world use every month to inspire their lives was one I couldn't resist,” Jenkins said, via email.
Jenkins has four direct reports: Michelle Kramer, head of international communications; Gregory Bell, head of corporate communications; Erin Maslan, head of product and ads communications; and Katharine Wang, communications chief of staff.
Jekins replaced Christine Schirmer, who is working on other projects at the company, according to a Pinterest spokesperson. Schirmer became head of comms in 2017 after SVP of marketing and communications Barry Schnitt left the company. Schirmer could not be reached for comment.
Jenkins said she has been tracking the issues facing technology companies, including whether platforms should be liable for the content of users and the debate about hate speech versus censorship, and she plans to address them.
“We want Pinterest to be a place for inspiration, and that means we need to be deliberate about creating a safe and positive space for our users,” she said. “Our goal is to clearly communicate the policies we’re putting in place to keep Pinterest positive and inspiring.”
Jenkins had worked at Walmart since 2018 and was named director of global communications and media relations at the retailer in January.
A Walmart representative was not immediately available for comment on Jenkins’ departure.
Previously, she worked at Caesars Entertainment and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Pinterest’s Q2 revenue grew 4% year-over-year to $272.5 million. The company posted a net loss of $100.7 million, compared to a net loss of $1.2 billion the year prior.