Verizon’s Oath, the new company formed from a combined AOL and Yahoo, announced a board of advisers filled with famous athletes and models.
The board features Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, rapper Chuck D, supermodel Karlie Kloss, singer Ciara, professional golfer Rickie Fowler, professional soccer player Abby Wambach, NASCAR driver Joey Logano, professional basketball player Tamika Catchings, fashion designer Zac Posen, Morgan Stanley vice chairman Carla Harris, and firefighter and Vulcan Society president Regina Wilson. Capping it off, professional tennis player Serena Williams is chairing the board.
"As we look toward the future of Oath, it is critical for us to have the best minds, best talent, and best connectors in the world advising us on being globally competitive," said Oath CEO Tim Armstrong in a statement. "Oath's Board of Advisors, led by Chairwoman Serena Williams, represents the leadership, creativity, work ethic, and philanthropy we aspire to as a company and they will help us make Oath a company unlike any other.”
“I am on a continuous mission to challenge myself and others to take big risks,” said Serena Williams. “Serving as the Chairwoman of Oath’s Board of Advisors allows me to bring to life my goal of standing for inclusion—whether for black people in tennis, women in Silicon Valley, or creating clothes that fit every body type. I look forward to leading and learning from this team, and helping as we work together to build brands that ignite passion in people around the world. My oath is: perseverance, determination, pioneer.”
Oath launched earlier this year after closing its deal for Yahoo and beginning the integration process with AOL, which Verizon bought in 2015 for $4.4 billion. Oath brands include Yahoo News, HuffPost, Engadget, TechCrunch, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports and Tumblr.