SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Pinterest has named Walmart director of global communications and media relations LeMia Jenkins as global head of communications, according to PR Week.
Jenkins replaced Christine Schirmer, who is working on other projects at the company, according to a Pinterest spokesperson. Schirmer became head of comms in 2017 after SVP of marketing and communications Barry Schmitt left the company.
“I loved Pinterest for years, and the opportunity to lead communications for a platform that millions around the world use every month to inspire their lives was one I couldn’t resist,” said Jenkins.
Jenkins stated she has been tracking the issues facing technology companies, including whether platforms should be liable for the content of users and the debate about hate speech versus censorship, and she plans to address them.
“We want Pinterest to be a place for inspiration, and that means we need to be deliberate about creating a safe and positive space for our users,” she said. “Our goal is to clearly communicate the policies we’re putting in place to keep Pinterest positive and inspiring.”
Jenkins had worked at Walmart since 2018 and was named director of global communications and media relations at the retailer in January. Previously, she worked at Caesars Entertainment and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Tougaloo College. A master’s of public health from The Hebrew University. A master’s of public health in marketing and communications from The George Washington University, and a doctor of education from the University of Mississippi.