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BBDO Appoints First Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Jason Rosario Joins Global Senior Leadership Team

BBDO (Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn) Worldwide has announced that Jason Rosario has been hired as their first Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and will begin on September 8, 2020. Rosario brings over 14 years of experience, and a track record for driving change.

Mr. Rosario will be based in New York, report to BBDO Worldwide President & CEO, Andrew Robertson, and partner with senior leadership to impact agency diversity policy and plans, recruitment, retention, training, education, and leverage of the network’s work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, in the network, the industry, and society at large.

“We have a unique opportunity to transform BBDO, and the advertising industry at-large, through an intersectional and equitable lens. We want to continue to evolve our agency’s mindset to foster a new wave of inclusive culture and accountability, while, of course, doing great and resonant work for our clients. I’m excited to take on this next challenge at such an iconic agency and to see our progress in action,” said Rosario.

Rosario has worked with top clients including Netflix, Yahoo!, Spotify, Verizon Media Group, and Huffington Post, helping brands identify inclusive practices at the enterprise level. In 2017, he founded The Lives of Men, a social impact creative agency that explores themes around masculinity, mental health and culture. He has facilitated numerous workshops on allyship, psychological safety, race, and culture.

Rosario worked previously for Verizon Media Group as Manager of Global Diversity & Inclusion and was the Executive Producer and Host of the Yahoo! News original web series “Dear Men.” He has a background in financial services and is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business. Rosario also sits on the board of Made of Millions, a non-profit organization changing the negative stigmas around mental health. In 2019 he was selected as one of Black Enterprise’s “BE Modern Men of Distinction.”

ABOUT BBDO
BBDO’s mantra is “The Work. The Work. The Work.”  Every day, BBDO people in 289 offices in 81 countries work day by day, job by job and client by client to create and deliver the world’s most compelling commercial content.  BBDO is part of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com), a leading global marketing and corporate communications company.

Source: BBDO Worldwide



Citizens Bank Announces $1.5 Million Grant Program for Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Citizens Bank to award 100 minority-owned businesses with grants of $15,000 each

Citizens Bank has announced that it will award grants to minority-owned small businesses in recognition of the value that they bring as a vital part of our communities. With this program, Citizens will award 100 grants of $15,000 each ($1.5 million total) to 100 minority-owned businesses (customers and non-customers) across the Citizens 11 state footprint (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont), extending its ongoing small business grant program.

“These grants, part of our ongoing $10 million commitment to promote social equity and advance economic opportunity, extend our promise to building stronger communities in which we operate and are aimed specifically at minority owned businesses to help them realize the positive impact small businesses have in those areas,” said Jack Murphy, President, Business Banking, Citizens Bank.

This program will also include a partnership opportunity (optional to the grant recipient) with Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. If the recipient opts in, SCORE will match the business with a mentor to help build and sustain success.

Small Business Grant Program Details:

What: The Citizens Bank Minority-Owned Small Business Grant Program provides assistance to minority-owned businesses within Citizens Bank’s 11 state footprint. Grant Amounts: 100 grants total, each for $15,000, for total of $1.5 million.

Who: Open to both Citizens business banking customers and other businesses who are not Citizens customers in our branch footprint. This grant will be open to businesses that are at least 51% minority-owned, operated and controlled by an individual who is Asian American, Black American, Hispanic American or Native American, in business a minimum of 1 year, with annual revenue up to $1 million.

When: Applications for grants will open Monday, August 3, 2020, 10:00 AM ET – Friday, August 7, 2020, 5 PM ET. Grant award recipients and disbursement of funds will occur in mid-September.

Where: To enter, please visit www.Citizensbank.com/minoritybusinessgrant

How: Applicants can submit a 150-word essay answering the following question:

How would you use this grant to strengthen your business and community?

Entrants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Perceived effectiveness of entrant’s plan to use the grant to strengthen and sustain their business (40%)
  • Perceived effectiveness of entrant’s plan to use the grant to help their community (40%)
  • Appropriateness to grant program theme and Citizens Bank brand image (20%)

Source: Citizens Bank




Lowes Increases Its Minority Grant Program to $30 Million

Home improvement retailer increases its minority grant program to $30 million; efforts continue to focus on support for small businesses and nonprofits led by women and minorities in economically vulnerable communities.

In response to the overwhelming need to help support small businesses across the United States, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) has announced it is increasing its minority small business grants from $25 million to $30 million while donating an additional $25 million to its small business grant program with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), doubling the amount already committed. The additional funds will focus on rural communities, which have been hard hit by the pandemic. The total $55 million commitment makes Lowe’s the largest donor to LISC’s Small Business Relief & Recovery Program and COVID Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund.

“Having grown up in a small town, I have first-hand knowledge of the extraordinary challenges small business owners in rural communities across the country face during the pandemic. We also remain committed to supporting minority small businesses that are being disproportionately impacted. Today’s announcement that we are increasing our minority grant commitment to $30 million while making an additional $25 million grant donation to rural communities reflects our commitment to double down on our small business grant program and is another step in putting actions behind our words to support all the communities we serve,” said Lowe’s President and CEO Marvin R. Ellison. “We cannot solve this need alone, and I encourage other companies to step up and make a difference in supporting small businesses, which are the cornerstone of our economy. Together, we can make a meaningful difference, especially for those in historically disinvested communities and areas hit hardest by COVID-19.”

Nationwide, 7.5 million small businesses may be at risk of closing permanently, according to a survey by Main Street America. Small businesses in rural communities often face even more hurdles than their urban counterparts due to limited access to bank credit, capital and other support services. For the purpose of these grants, rural communities will be defined based on the USDA Rural Development (RD) standard of a population with 50,000 or less. Without the resources, many of these businesses may permanently close, resulting in significant job loss to the area.

“This remarkable commitment from Lowe’s is a game changer for rural America, and as a someone who grew up in a small rural town, I know directly the impact this investment is going to make for the future of rural businesses, residents and communities,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. “With it, we can help rural business owners sustain operations and protect jobs during the current crisis, while at the same time investing in sustainable growth throughout small towns, agricultural communities and coal country.

These grants will provide immediate relief for critical needs such as rent, payroll and operational expenses to keep businesses running. The donation also helps connect both the applicants and grantees to a network of local small business development, support, advocacy and capital access organizations. These grant recipients will receive one year of technical assistance post-grant to help further ensure their survival over the longer-term.

Source: Lowes




XPO Taps Eduardo Pelleissone for Chief Transformation Officer Post

XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), a leading global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, has announced the appointment of Eduardo Pelleissone as chief transformation officer.

Eduardo Pelleissone joins XPO with 20 years of experience leading multinational operations in the food, logistics and transportation industries. He was most recently with Kraft Heinz Company and its predecessor H.J. Heinz for six years, where he led key strategic projects and served as executive vice president of global operations. While with Kraft Heinz, Pelleissone transformed the company’s global infrastructure, quality initiatives and financial performance, saving approximately $3 billion in costs while improving operational excellence.

Prior to Kraft Heinz, Pelleissone held executive roles with America Latina Logistica (ALL). His positions with ALL included chief executive officer, chief operating officer and commercial vice president of the agriculture division, as well as chairmanships of two ALL subsidiaries: cargo services provider Brado Logistica and road transportation provider Ritmo Logistica. Pelleissone holds a master’s degree in logistics, operations and services from COPPEAD Graduate School of Business in Brazil, and has completed the executive program of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

About XPO Logistics
XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is a top ten global logistics provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. The company operates as a highly integrated network of people, technology and physical assets in 30 countries, with 1,506 locations and approximately 96,000 employees. XPO uses its network to help more than 50,000 customers manage their goods most efficiently throughout their supply chains. XPO’s corporate headquarters are in Greenwich, Conn., USA, and its European headquarters are in Lyon, France.

Source: XPO Logistics



LaQuenta Jacobs Appointed Chief Diversity Officer at XPO Logistics

Leading U.S. logistics company appoints LaQuenta Jacobs to newly created position

 

XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), a leading global logistics provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world, has announced the appointment of LaQuenta Jacobs to the newly created position of chief diversity officer, effective August 3, 2020. Jacobs will provide cultural leadership and strategic direction as an advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion at XPO, and will report directly to the chief executive officer.

Ms. Jacobs is a progressive human resources executive with 23 years of experience leading organizational development initiatives for global public companies. She joined XPO in 2018 as head of human resources for the company’s last mile business unit, with responsibility for HR and recruiting operations in the United States and Canada. Prior to XPO, Jacobs championed inclusivity in senior HR roles with Delta Air Lines, Inc., The Home Depot, Inc., Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Corporation, among others. She has a degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University.

Bradley Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “I’m delighted that our first chief diversity officer is such a qualified candidate from within our own organization. LaQuenta is a unique talent – she cares deeply about the human aspects of diversity, and also knows how to advance cultural development within a public company of XPO’s size, with almost 100,000 employees. I look forward to working with LaQuenta in her new role.”

Source: XPO Logistics, Inc.




Wells Fargo Names New Head of Strategy, Digital and Innovation

Ather Williams will lead corporate strategic planning; define and manage digital platform standards and capabilities; and manage innovation priorities, opportunities, and company-wide efforts to drive transformation.

 

     Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has announced that Ather Williams III will join the company this October as head of Strategy, Digital and Innovation. Mr. Williams will report to CEO Charlie Scharf and serve on the company’s Operating Committee.
     “Ather is a strong, experienced leader with nearly three decades of global banking experience and deep expertise in strategic planning and delivering digital and innovative solutions for customers and clients,” Scharf said. “He is uniquely qualified to lead this group that aligns our strategic, long-term planning efforts with our strong focus on creating a more innovative, digitally enhanced company.”
     In his new role at Wells Fargo, Williams will lead corporate strategic planning; define and manage digital platform standards and capabilities; and manage innovation priorities, opportunities, and companywide efforts to drive transformation. His team will work closely with the company’s Technology Group and business lines to deliver digital solutions and innovation to customers that are integrated, intuitive, and seamless across channels. The formation of this group was part of the company’s February 2020 organizational announcement.
     Ather Williams joins Wells Fargo from Bank of America where he worked for nine years and most recently served as head of Business Banking, which provides strategic advice and solutions to small and mid-sized United States companies. He also served as head of Global Transaction Services, which delivers traditional, mobile, and digital transaction banking solutions to companies and institutions globally and was awarded two patents in payments under his leadership. Mr. Williams spent eight years in leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase with responsibilities that included business segment strategies, products, and technology solutions in Treasury & Securities Services.
     He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and in 2019 was named to EMpower’s Top Ethnic Minority Executive Role Models and Diversity MBA Magazine’s “Top 100 Executive Leaders under 50.” Williams holds bachelor’s and master’s of business administration degrees from Harvard University.
     “I look forward to joining Wells Fargo and helping lead the transformation that is underway,” Williams said. “This new group will play a critical role in driving the company’s strategic planning efforts and working across businesses to deliver simple, easy, and convenient access to digital solutions and innovation and provide long-term value to customers and clients,” he added.
Source: Wells Fargo




Georgie Brophy Joins Noblis as Director of Business Development

Noblis Names Georgie Brophy as Director of Business Development for Space Systems

Noblis, a leading provider of science, technology and strategy services to the federal government has named former General Dynamics Missions System executive Georgie Brophy as Director of Business Development. Ms. Brophy brings significant experience in space systems including satellite ground systems and mission operations, and will focus on the growth of the company’s Space Systems portfolio.

“Georgie brings strong analytical and operational skills in satellite ground systems and mission operations,” said Mile Corrigan, vice president, Noblis Federal Civilian Solutions. “Her experience with NASA and NOAA satellite programs, including the former Space Shuttle program, spans over 20 years and we look forward to her contributions across our space business.”

Noblis applies its space systems expertise across many clients, including systems engineering for space situational awareness sensors, testing space protection systems and doctrine, and enhancing ground architecture to help ensure our nation’s space resilience. Noblis also provides high-quality advisory and technical services for clients’ C5ISR missions in space and other domains, and engineering services for the telecommunication and networking infrastructure of the National Airspace System. The company leverages its expertise in traffic management, from space traffic to autonomous surface transportation, to help enable new entrants like drones operate alongside existing traffic. Noblis also provides systems engineering for the development of multiple key systems required to ensure safe launch range operations.

“Georgie has extensive strategy and business development expertise and a true passion for the space sector,” said Matt Salter, vice president of Business Development, Noblis Federal Civilian Solutions. “In addition to her work with NASA and NOAA she has been active in the aerospace industry community serving as president of the board of the Maryland Space Business Roundtable and as co-founder of the Goddard Advocacy Partnership, where she now serves as vice president.”

Prior to joining Noblis, Brophy has served in senior management roles in strategy, client relations, business management and business development in the federal government and commercial sectors. In previous government contracting roles Brophy led Space Shuttle mission operations for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Hitchhiker Program and supported satellite mission operations for numerous science missions.

Brophy earned a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Source: Noblis



Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire Elected to Exelon’s Board of Directors

President and COO of A&R Development Corp. brings organizational leadership, marketing, compliance and strategic expertise to the board

Exelon Corporation has announced that its board of directors elected Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire as a director. Ms. Cheshire, 51, is currently president and chief operating officer of A&R Development Corporation, a diversified real estate investment firm that owns large-scale multifamily, commercial and mixed-use properties in the greater Baltimore-Washington region. She is responsible for managing the firm’s business operations, asset management and strategic initiatives.
“Marjorie’s experience in organizational leadership and her deep background in compliance, strategy, marketing and brand development will be an asset to the board,” said Mayo Shattuck, chairman of Exelon. “Her work advising and volunteering for civic organizations focused on business development, education and the arts also will bring a diverse perspective to our work.”
Prior to joining A&R Development Corporation, Ms. Cheshire held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the media and sports industries. Most recently, she served as senior director of Brand and Consumer Marketing for the National Football League. Prior to that, she was vice president of Business Development for television network Oxygen Media and served as a director and special assistant to the chairman and CEO of sports network ESPN. She also was a manager of Strategic Marketing for ABC Daytime and worked as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, a strategic consulting firm serving Fortune 500 companies.
Cheshire is a director for Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group, where she chairs PNC’s Compliance Committee.  She also serves as board chair of Baltimore Equitable Insurance. She is a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Source: Exelon Corp.




Department of Commerce Appoints David Byrd as National Director of MBDA

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, has announced that David J. Byrd will be the new National Director of the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).  Mr. Byrd will be the eighteenth National Director of the agency.

Established by an Executive Order in 1969, MBDA is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses in the United States.

“David’s vast experience in public service and as an entrepreneur are true assets to MBDA and the Department of Commerce,” said Secretary Ross. “In his new role, I fully expect him to continue to provide the type of leadership that will lay the foundation to usher in the next 50 years of opportunities and growth for minorities as well as the country as a whole.”

Mr. Byrd joined MBDA in October 2019 as the National Deputy Director responsible for overseeing the day-to-day departmental operations and establishing a streamlined information portal to track Agency milestones and program execution. As MBDA National Director, Mr. Byrd will oversee the development and implementation of Agency initiatives, policy agenda, and federal grant programs.

“I am honored to be selected by Secretary Ross to lead the Minority Business Development Agency”, said Mr. Byrd. “I am proud to take the helm as the National Director following several of my career mentors who were instrumental in shaping the mission and strategic direction of MBDA since its founding in 1969. I look forward to continuing the Agency’s work ensuring the resiliency and growth of America’s minority-owned firms today, tomorrow, and for future generations of minority entrepreneurs.”

Prior to accepting the fourth presidential appointment of his career at MBDA, Mr. Byrd served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development, at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  His more than 28-year career in public service has included executive positions at the county, state, and federal levels. Mr. Byrd is also an experienced entrepreneur who owned and operated a consulting firm specializing in government relations, political consulting, executive and life skills coaching.

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research. Our services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. For nearly 50 years, MBDA has been a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing greater access to capital, contracts, and markets.

Source: Minority Business Development Agency




U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLISHES ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE ON WAGE AND HOUR RULES, FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE AS WORKPLACES REOPEN

The United States Department of Labor has published additional guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect the workplace as workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance from the Department’s Wage and Hour Division includes frequently asked questions and answers that address critical issues in all three laws.

“The U.S. Department of Labor understands how critically American workers and employers need this information as they return to work. Continuing to provide it remains a top priority for the Wage and Hour Division,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “With so many workers and employers committed to the greatest comeback the American workforce has ever seen, we are providing ongoing guidance to help them better understand their rights and responsibilities to protect workers and help ensure a level playing field for employers as our economy recovers.”

Today’s guidance is the latest addition to compliance assistance materials the WHD has published. These materials include a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers resource about paid sick and expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA. WHD has also produced two guidance posters, one for federal workers and one for all other employees, that fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees of their FFCRA rights; Questions and Answers about posting requirements; and simple Quick Benefits Tips to determine how much paid leave the FFCRA allows workers to take.

FFCRA will help the U.S. combat and defeat the coronavirus by reimbursing, through tax credits, American businesses with fewer than 500 employees for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to the coronavirus. The legislation enables employers to provide such paid leave, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

WHD provides additional information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to the coronavirus and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

For more information about the laws enforced by the WHD, call 866-4US-WAGE, or visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Release Number 20-1335-NAT




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