As Chief People & Diversity Officer of AMC Networks, Aisha Thomas-Petit is responsible for overseeing AMC Networks’ people and culture strategy, including global talent acquisition, leadership development, employee engagement, compensation, and the company’s benefits and rewards programs as well as fostering a culture that attracts and retains the industry’s best leaders and storytellers.
A key member of the senior leadership team, Thomas-Petit also leads the company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic roadmap and commitment to telling original stories that entertain with vivid characters, stories, and worlds that show the full spectrum of human experience. This includes the company’s mission to develop, bolster, and retain a diverse and inclusive community within AMC Networks’ workforce as well as in front of and behind the camera across the company’s portfolio of entertainment brands.
Prior to her current role, Aisha Thomas-Petit served as AMC Networks’ first Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, where she was charged with building on and advancing the company’s DEI foundation and strategic areas of focus.
Before joining AMC Networks, Thomas-Petit held various leadership roles over 7 years at ADP including serving as their Chief, Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer as well as Division Vice President of the company’s Major Accounts and Canada division.
A seasoned HR and DEI executive, Thomas-Petit also spent more than seven years at Barclays Capital (including 2+ years at Lehman Brothers before it was purchased by Barclays), where she ultimately became the HR Director for Global Operations, driving people strategy for over 4000 employees globally, and partnering with the Global Head of Investment Bank Operations to drive talent and performance management, development and compensation. Prior to Barclays, Thomas-Petit spent eight years at JP Morgan Chase, where she held several roles including Vice President, HR for Shared Technology & Operations and Investment Bank Operations, leading people strategy for a newly merged global organization of 2400 employees.
Thomas-Petit has been recognized by Cynopsis as a Top Woman in Media, by Cablefax Magazine in their Most Powerful Women and Diversity lists, and by Moves Magazine as a Moves Mentor Leadership award recipient.
She is currently a member of the board of directors for the New Jersey City University Foundation and The Opportunity Network, as well as a member of the New York Chief Human Resources Officer Governing Body and the strategic advisory board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Union, and Hudson Counties and the board commissioner of the Rahway Housing Authority.
Thomas-Petit holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Business Strategy from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Syracuse University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She resides in New Jersey with her family.