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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.”

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) (, a leading global marketing and corporate communications company.

Source: BBDO Worldwide

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,, 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

CMS Energy Names Angela Thompkins Chief Diversity Officer

CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), and its principle subsidiary Consumers Energy Corporation, announced Angela Thompkins, currently executive director of Inclusion and Strategic Talent Sourcing, will be appointed vice president & Chief Diversity Officer, effective August 1, 2020.

Ms. Thompkins will be responsible for setting and monitoring the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy, as well as partnering with leaders across the organization to improve results related to DEI. Additionally, she has responsibility for establishing and building relationships with communities and organizations that increase the availability of diverse talent within our long-term talent pipeline.

“Angela has a true passion for her work and is a champion for her co-workers and our company,” said Cathy Hendrian, senior vice president of People and Culture at CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. “Angela’s extensive background and wealth of experience helps her understand the unique perspectives we need to build a stronger, more inclusive organization, while ensuring every voice within the company is heard.”

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, provides natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Diversity Leader Beverly Jennings Launches the SEE Company

Advising, consulting and coaching corporations and business leaders to “see everyone elevate”

Beverly Jennings, former Head of Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), has launched SEE Company to enable diversity-forward and inclusion-focused enterprises to achieve significant growth.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jennings brings her C-level business knowledge, values-driven leadership and supplier diversity expertise to corporations and business owners, preparing them to succeed in an ever-changing environment.

With her signature approach and energy, Jennings is leading SEE Company with her vision to “see everyone elevate.” As a trusted advisor and certified business coach, she offers strategies and guidance for executives to deliver measurable success. Her three decades of experience span customer service, process excellence, end-to-end supply chain management and business development.

Jennings also extends her knowledge to Boards of growth-oriented organizations. She is Vice Chair and Executive Committee member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR), a non-profit of companies spending $1 billion or more annually with diverse suppliers, which J&J joined as the first healthcare company. She co-chairs the BDR Global Committee and leads the BDR Triad, which connects corporations, diverse businesses and investors for growth.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for Turtle & Hughes, one of the largest independent electrical and industrial distributors in the nation, and serves on the Board of Rose International, one of the leading minority- and woman-owned providers of workforce and technology solutions.

Her previous role at Johnson & Johnson was Vice President, Worldwide Process Excellence, Consumer Group. Earlier, she was Director of Manufacturing at Vistakon, now Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, with responsibility for 1,200 employees. Prior to that she served in a variety of Director positions including Quality, Customer Service and Distribution. For eight years, she co-chaired the African American Leadership Council National Employee Resource Group with 35 chapters and 1,500 members. In addition to healthcare, Jennings’ management experience encompasses the retail and food industries.

Jennings previously served as a board member to the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance, the Women Presidents’ Education Organization (WPEO), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Community First Credit Union and the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.

She has been recognized as a champion, sponsor, mentor and advocate for business and community. These include J&J’s Top 25 People of the Year, the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA) Legacy Award, the WBE Hall of Fame and a Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur (LWE) in New Jersey. She also received the WBENC Applause Award, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Masked Award, and was a Gateway Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction.

Source: See Company

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous Joins People for the American Way

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WASHINGTON, DC — The boards of directors of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation are honored to announce that Benjamin Todd Jealous has been selected as the next president of both organizations. Jealous will take office on June 15. He succeeds Michael Keegan, who has served as president of the organizations for 11 years and will continue to serve as a member of both boards.

Over the last decade, PFAW donations grew by more than 50 percent, the number of individual donors doubled, and the number of activists who call themselves PFAW members grew threefold. The organization has won key political victories, expanded its programs to nurture the next generation of progressive leaders, brought fresh awareness to the dangerous increase in far-right influence and influencers, and helped bring issues including democracy reform and federal judicial nominations to the fore.

Jealous brings to the organization decades of experience as a leader, coalition builder and campaigner for social justice, and the ability to combine the heart and soul of an organizer with the change-making skills of a seasoned nonprofit executive. In 2008, he was chosen as the youngest-ever president and CEO of the NAACP. During his tenure, he doubled the organization’s budget, grew its online activist base by hundreds of thousands and increased its number of donors eightfold, from 16,000 to 132,000. He also positioned the organization at the forefront of critical social justice issues such as the Trayvon Martin case, the fight against voter ID laws and major protests over the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies. He pushed for the organization to fight more aggressively for marriage equality, led efforts to register 374, 000 voters and mobilize 1.2 million new voters to the polls, and worked to pass key legislative accomplishments during President Obama’s first term, most notably the Affordable Care Act. In 2013, the Baltimore Sun named Jealous Marylander of the Year for his work on marriage equality, abolishing the death penalty and passing the DREAM Act. Jealous was the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland, and most recently served as a partner at Kapor Capital. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and he has taught at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

“Michael Keegan has been a visionary political leader at People For the American Way, investing strategically in key states and constituencies. At a time when so much is riding on Americans’ engagement in the political process, I am thrilled that we are passing the baton to Ben Jealous, who has a clear vision of what we’re fighting for and how to move us forward,” said Lara Bergthold, chair of the board of People For the American Way.

“Michael Keegan has led a transformed and transforming People For the American Way Foundation, one that is raising up and supporting progressive leaders who reflect the best of all of us. Ben Jealous embodies leadership that is committed to a more just and equitable America. We have been colleagues in the struggle and I am grateful to now have him as a colleague at People For,” said Rev. Timothy McDonald, chair of the board of People For the American Way Foundation.

“Serving as president of People For the American Way has been the honor of my life, and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Ben Jealous as our incoming president. Ben is a proven leader, and an inspiring and visionary individual who will continue building PFAW’s advocacy for progressive values and policies. I look forward to cheering Ben on and helping in any way I can at this critically important juncture in our country’s and our organization’s history. PFAW is committed to shaping a more just future for all our communities and Ben is the right person to lead us in that mission,” said Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation.

“I could not be more grateful to Michael Keegan for his leadership of People for the American Way over the past decade, nor could I feel more honored and proud to welcome its new president, the former head of the NAACP, a stalwart American, the honorable Ben Jealous,” said Norman Lear, founder of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation.

“I am thrilled to be joining PFAW at this critical moment, when the people of our nation urgently need change,” said Ben Jealous, president-elect of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation. “We are facing critical elections this fall. The pandemic has highlighted the necessity of finishing the work of MLK, Barbara Jordan and FDR. And the rising generation in America has made clear that we must finally and fully reform the relationship between police and our communities. I’m honored to build on PFAW’s long tradition of multiracial organizing and defending freedom, opportunity, justice and equality. With the support of our great members, staff, and board, we will win the fights we must win.”

Jealous will assume leadership of PFAW/PFAWF following an extensive nationwide search for a visionary leader to continue the organizations’ trajectory of success. Jealous’s selection comes at one of the most challenging moments in our nation’s history, as we confront the need to address the systemic racism that infects our nation, fight a global pandemic that disproportionately affects communities that have been historically marginalized, and prepare for the most consequential election of our lifetimes.

About People For the American Way

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.  Learn more:

Contact: Kawana Lloyd at People For the American Way


Phone Number: 240.472.2860

Source: People For the American Way

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