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The Broadsheet: January 8th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Fortune has an exclusive interview with the newest female CEO in the Fortune 500, and we hear from Gannett’s former CMO Maryam Banikarim about her new role at Hyatt Hotels. Read on to hear what How To Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis said to critics last night at the People’s Choice Awards. Have a productive Thursday!


The first 90 days. Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su is the first female leader of a major semiconductor company. While she’s aware of this significant milestone, she is laser-focused on turning around the struggling business after just three months on the job. “That’s more important than do I happen to be the first [woman] today,” she said. Fortune


• W.H.O. to blame? Under the leadership of Dr. Margaret Chan, a pediatrician from Hong Kong who has led the World Health Organization since 2006, the organization has come under fire for its response to the Ebola epidemic in Africa. “The W.H.O. should have pulled out all the stops and said this is an emergency much earlier,” said the doctor who discovered the Ebola virus 40 years ago. My take? Hindsight is always 20/20. In 2009 when swine flu broke out, Chan was later slammed by critics for overreacting to the disease. NYTimes

• No rebound. In a forum hosted by AFL-CIO, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a speech detailing how the poorest Americans have still not felt the brunt of the economic recovery. “If you work at Wal-Mart and you are paid so little that you still need food stamps to put groceries on the table, what does more money in stockholders’ pockets and an uptick in GDP do for you?” she asked.   WSJ

• ‘Startlingly complete picture.’ At the Consumer Electronics Show, FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez discussed the future dangers of connected devices. “Any device that is connected to the Internet is at risk of being hijacked,” she warned, adding that the more devices we put online, the bigger the risk. She encouraged tech companies to collect as little information as possible from customers and then delete the info as soon as they can. NYTimes

• ‘Forget these women’ Phylicia Rashad, the actress who played Bill Cosby’s wife on The Cosby Show, spoke out for the first time on the multiple rape allegations against her former co-star. “Forget these women,” she said. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated.” Meanwhile, three more women have brought accusations against Cosby just this week. Time

• 2015 predictions. Seven Fortune 500 companies will name female CEOs, more women will join the COO ranks and the “having it all” debate will rage on are three of Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher’s predictions for this year.  Fortune

• Melissa Anderson, former head of human resources at paper company Domtar, will take a similar position at Duke Energy. She replaces Jennifer Weberwho will become Duke’s EVP of external affairs. Georgette Kiser, former VP and director of enterprise solutions and capabilities for services and technology at T. Rowe Price Group, will become managing director and CIO at The Carlyle Group.


A CMO explains her latest move

Maryam Banikarim has never been one to shy away from risk. In 2011 as the print journalism industry continued to decline, she joined Gannett — America’s largest newspaper publisher — as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. After successfully navigating the company through the spinoff of its publishing unit to help improve profitability, Banikarim is jumping into another industry rife with its own set of challenges.

On Wednesday, Hyatt Hotels named Banikarim global chief marketing officer. In an interview, she told me why she left Gannett, her initial plans for Hyatt and how her two teenage children affected her decision to take the job.

What spurred your decision to leave Gannett?

It was the right time. I came to Gannett for the transformation, and the company is now in an entirely different place than it was when I started. In August, we announced that we were splitting and that Gracia [Martore, president and CEO of Gannett and No. 43 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list] would be taking over the broadcasting/media unit. The split allowed me to have a moment to think about what I was going to do next. Now [the broadcasting/media side of the business] is going to be a $2 or $3 billion company when it was [a much larger company] when I started. I was very committed to Gracia, though, and it was a bittersweet decision.

What are your goals for Hyatt?

When you think about what people are interested in right now, we are much more interested in experiences. Partly because of social, we share so many of our stories with so many more people now. That is a huge opportunity for the hospitality category. There is a huge opportunity for community when it comes to hospitality brands. If you are a Hyatt person, you begin to identify yourself [with the hotel] as you stay in one place. There is so much untapped potential, because the world is changing and there is room to innovate. Hyatt has this incredible brand. All those things mean new and different things as we move into the future.

You have two teenage children. Did that impact your decision to leave New York City for Chicago?

I was a kid who moved a lot for various reasons. As a mother –and I bet as a father too — you take [children] into account as part of your consideration. It is such an incredibly important thing for your kids to experience living in different places. As hard as it might have been in the beginning, it makes you resilient. In today’s world, if you can’t be flexible and agile and go with change, you are at a disadvantage. None of us wants hardship for our children, but over time they will recognize they got something out of it.

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• Classic beauty. Last night, when accepting her People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series, How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis made light of a New York Times article earlier this year that said Davis was “older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful” than stars like Kerry Washington. “Thank you Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Peter Nowalk for thinking of a leading lady who looks like my classic beauty,” she said in her acceptance speech.  WaPo

• Remember CiCi? After heavily upsetting the 12th-seeded player in the U.S. Open last year, 15-year-old CiCi Bellis is working on her game and deciding when she will turn tennis into a full-time job. “Once I get to a certain ranking, I’ll turn pro,” said Bellis, who ranks No. 1 in juniors and 254th in the world. ESPN

• Hit a girl. A handful of young boys in Italy were instructed to slap a pretty girl in the face on camera. Their reactions are surprising, and worth watching if you have the time today.  Business Insider


What people said to a blonde woman studying engineering at MIT Quartz

7 email habits you need to break Fast Company

When a spouse’s career always comes first  Slate

Jennifer Aniston has something to prove  NYTimes


Obviously, that news is terrible and tragic and upsetting. You look at that and you look at the controversy surrounding <i>The Interview</i>, it makes you think about how important free speech is and how it absolutely must be defended. (We) cannot back down on free speech in any way.

Tina Fey responds to the terrorist attack on Paris' satirical newspaper <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> that left a dozen people dead.