Silvergate Media Names First Chief Diversity Officer


Silvergate Media has elevated Shelli Rottman to the dual executive position of chief diversity officer and executive VP of business and legal affairs.

Rottman will oversee Silvergate’s growing diversity and inclusion program, which is guiding the company’s pledge to create a more equitable and welcoming working environment. The program also aims to amplify fresh, diverse voices through mentorship and professional guidance. Rottman will be based out of the company’s New York office.

Rottman, who joined Silvergate Media in 2011, has led the company’s business and legal affairs team, supporting global licensing, content distribution, business development and production. Prior to joining Silvergate, she served as in-house counsel in the entertainment, fashion and publishing industries, including at Chorion, Liz Claiborne (now Kate Spade) and Condé Nast.

Rottman said: “I am thrilled to be able to make a meaningful impact in an area that is important to me. The overwhelming support for embracing new and emerging talent from different communities is clearly evident in the company’s philosophy and its substantial investment in new and exciting productions. This is an amazing opportunity to help promote and guide the next generation of diverse storytellers and their work.”

Waheed Alli, chief executive at Silvergate Media, said: “With her unique outlook and industry expertise, Shelli is the perfect choice to lead our efforts in shaping a more diverse and inclusive company culture and to align those values with our overall business strategy.”