Akihiko (Kiko) Washington serves as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. Entertainment, a post to which he was promoted in January 2009. Warner Bros. is a leader in every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution (including digital and physical content distribution) to animation, comic books, product and brand licensing, fan experiences and broadcasting.
Based at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Washington is responsible for managing the company’s human resources department on a worldwide basis, including organizational planning and development, recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee training and development, employee relations, employee communications, shared services and work-life initiatives. He also works closely with all WarnerMedia divisions on meeting overall human resources management objectives.
Washington joined Warner Bros. in August 2000 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources. He came from then parent company Time Warner, where he served as Vice President, Human Resources Planning and International Human Resources Management, working with the human resource professionals across Time Warner’s divisions to create a career development initiative with the objective of guaranteeing that the most talented and diverse pool of candidates was readily available to the company at all times. He also worked to improve Time Warner’s companywide human resources planning efforts to meet the demand caused by, and necessary for, the company’s continued growth.
Prior to joining Time Warner, Washington spent 15 years at Home Box Office, the company’s premium cable television network. As Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, Washington was responsible for overseeing HBO’s human resources planning and organizational development efforts. He was also responsible for the company’s domestic and international staffing, employee relations, training and development and employee communications initiatives.
Washington is a Trustee for The Mirman School and a Board Member for Yes2Jobs, an organization that develops and positions talent from South Los Angeles for careers in technology, media, finance and health services. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife, son and daughter.
Jewels grew up with an appreciation for food’s power to bring people together thanks in large part to the influence of her mother and grandmother. An accomplished chef who has worked with many high profile clients, Jewels has worked with organizations like Meals-on-Wheels and United Friends of the Children to promote health and nutrition for youth and those in need. In May 2009, Jewels and her sister, Jill, published their debut cookbook, “The Family Chef”.