Sesame Workshop Names Sherrie Westin as CEO


Sesame Workshop’s board of trustees has officially named Sherrie Westin as CEO after serving in the interim role since February and before that as president.

As president, Westin directed Sesame Workshop’s efforts to provide impactful early learning through a variety of media, as well as targeted social impact and research initiatives that reach children and families around the world. She joined the company in 1998.

“After an extensive CEO search, the Sesame Workshop board of trustees unanimously selected Sherrie Westin, who has proven herself to be deeply knowledgeable, tireless in her efforts on behalf of children and families, and passionately committed to our mission,” said Gaby Sulzberger, chair of the Sesame Workshop board of trustees. “Sherrie is the inspirational leader the Workshop needs, and she has the board’s absolute confidence and support as she accepts this role and leads us into the future.”

“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder—and no one has done more to advance that mission than Sherrie Westin, a seasoned leader with both proven experience and an unwavering dedication to uplifting the lives of children,” said Joan Ganz Cooney, creator of Sesame Street. “I can think of no better person to lead Sesame Workshop as it addresses the most pressing needs of children and families around the world.”

“Children are the most important investment we can make in our future. They are the reason Sesame Street was created 55 years ago and why the need for our work is greater than ever,” said Westin. “Carrying on Joan Ganz Cooney’s legacy is both humbling and inspiring, and I’m honored to work with Gaby, the trustees, and my colleagues to make sure that Sesame Street can continue to help children thrive for the next 55 years and beyond.”