was named vice president of community and player programs for the National Basketball Associations Development League. Prior to this appointment, Carr, who joined the NBA in 2001, served as senior director of player development for the NBA Development League. He now will oversee all community relations brand extension efforts and business acumen development for players, and will assist in the execution of premier NBA Player Development events. In 2004, he was one of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty Dynamic Achievers.” Carr earned his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University. In 2003 and 2006, respectively, he became certified in business communication skills and professional self-development and management from Michigan State University.
Loretha Jones and Stephen Hill
were named presidents of separate programming divisions at BET Networks. Jones will be responsible for original programming, news, development, planning and acquisitions, while Hill will oversee music programming and specials. Prior to this appointment, Hill was executive vice president of music programming and talent at BET. He oversaw the production of such music programs as 106 & Park, Rap City and The Deal, as well as network specials Spring Bling and RIP the Runway. Hill has been an executive producer for the BET Awards since 2002 and the BET Hip-Hop Awards since 2006. Prior to joining BET in 1999, he spent four years at MTV as director of music programming. He got his career start at Brown University’s radio station, WBRU-FM, in Providence, RI.
Prior to joining BET Networks, Jones served as executive vice president of MTV Films/Paramount Pictures from July 2007. Before launching her career as a producer, Jones was an attorney with the law firm of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, representing various clients in film, theater, television and music. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The City College of New York and a law degree from New York University School of Law. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Producers Guild of America and New York State Bar Association.
Anne Sempowski Ward
was promoted to president and chief operating officer at Johnson Publishing Co. Inc. Lisa Johnson Rice will continue to lead the company as chairman and CEO. Ward previously was president and COO at Fashion Fair Cosmetics. She joined JPC a year ago and now will be responsible for developing the company’s financial and operational strategies as well as implementing diversified initiatives to grow sales and brand equity across all JPC brands, including Ebony and Jet magazines and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Prior to joining Fashion Fair, Ward was assistant vice president of African-American marketing at the Coca-Cola Co. She also spent more than a decade at Procter & Gamble Co., where she led several brands and categories, including Pampers, Always, Tampax and hair care. Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and materials science and a Global MBA from Duke University.
was named vice president and general manager at General Motors’ Service and Parts Operations for North America. Previously president and managing director of GM de Mexico, he will now report to Troy Clarke, GM group vice president and president of GM North America, and will operate as the Global Process Leader for the after-sales portion of the global sales service and marketing function. Williams joined GM in 1983 as a reliability analyst at Buick City in Flint, Mich. His other roles included vice president of quality, GM North America; global executive director, supplier quality and supplier diversity, worldwide purchasing; and executive director, supplier quality, GM Europe. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.
Crystal L. Windham
was appointed director of General Motors North American Passenger Car Design, the first African-American woman in that position. She will head the interior-design team for GM North America’s Global Midsize Car, Global Compact Car and Global Small Car. A lead designer on the 2008 award-winning Chevy Malibu “Car of the Year,” Windham began her career at GM North America Design in 1994 and has held assignments across brand studios, including an international assignment at Adam-Opel from 1997 to 1998. In 2002, Windham was named design manager, Interiors, and subsequently design manager, Advanced Exteriors, for full-size trucks, and design manager, Exteriors. She has a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from the Center for Creative Studies and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy.