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Anne Sweeney & Microsoft’s Brad Smith joins Netflix board

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MUMBAI: Netflix, Inc has added former Disney Media Networks co-chair and Disney-ABC Television president Anne Sweeney, and Microsoft Corp executive vice president and general counsel, legal and corporate affairs Brad Smith to its board.

With this the total number of directors are now nine.

“We look forward to benefitting from Brad and Anne's perspective as we continue to build our global Internet TV network,” said Netflix co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings.

Sweeney's entertainment experience spans more than three decades including senior roles at the Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Viacom. Until she stepped down in January, she oversaw Disney's cable, broadcast and satellite properties around the world since 2004. Previously, she helped establish and served as FX Networks chairman and CEO, part of the Fox Entertainment Group of 21st Century Fox. Earlier in her career, she spent more than 12 years at Viacom's Nickelodeon network.

Smith, who has served as Microsoft's general counsel since 2002, has amassed broad global technology and public policy experience since joining the company in 1993. He spent three years leading the company's legal and corporate affairs team in Europe and five years as deputy general counsel responsible for such teams outside the US. His area of expertise includes competition law, intellectual property, government surveillance and privacy.

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