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New York, NY – September 19 – BuzzFeed, the world’s leading tech-powered media company, today announced that it has appointed Katie Sitter as its new Senior Vice President, People, effective September 30. Sitter will manage strategic programs to support the company’s continued business transformation, growth strategy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Sitter will be based in BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles office and will report to Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Eric Muhlheim.
As BuzzFeed’s Senior Vice President, People, Sitter will manage a diverse People Team whose members work across the organization, and oversee all strategic initiatives related to organizational planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“As we continue to strengthen and diversify our business, I’m excited to partner with a nimble leader who will serve as a trusted advisor to our leadership team, and encourage cross-team collaboration throughout the company to drive continued growth,” said Muhlheim. “Coming from a leading interactive entertainment company like Activision Blizzard, Katie is uniquely qualified to bring her expertise in both operational infrastructure and innovation to our People team and support our growing business in an ever-evolving media landscape.”
“Beyond the great entertainment and vital news it delivers to massive global audiences every day, BuzzFeed brings innovation to all areas of its business, and fosters a culture of collaboration, creativity, and experimentation that I’m eager to contribute to,” said Sitter. “I’m excited to join BuzzFeed as it works to build the future operating model for digital media.”
Sitter brings more than 15 years of HR experience to BuzzFeed. She joins BuzzFeed from interactive entertainment company Activision Blizzard, where as VP of Human Resources she developed talent strategies and advised stakeholders on the impact of talent-related strategic business initiatives and organizational changes. During her tenure at Activision Blizzard, she served a variety of groups including the corporate leadership teams and Activision Publishing’s Global Sales & Supply Chain, Marketing and Finance teams. Prior to joining Activision Blizzard, Sitter spent over 10 years at Deloitte serving in multiple HR-related roles.
Sitter started her career within Financial Planning & Analysis in the entertainment industry, previously working for Paramount and Sony Pictures. She holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Trinity College in Connecticut.
BuzzFeed is the world’s leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news and entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally. The company produces articles, lists, quizzes, videos, original series; lifestyle content through brands including Tasty, the world’s largest social food network; original reporting and investigative journalism through BuzzFeed News; strategic partnerships, licensing and product development through BuzzFeed Marketing; and original productions across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film and digital platforms for BuzzFeed Studios.