Publicis Groupe announced the appointment of Ronnie Dickerson Stewart (pictured above) as its U.S. Chief Diversity Officer. Additionally, Publicis Groupe has tapped its chief inclusion experience officer, Renetta McCann (pictured below right), to put into place its global Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee.
As U.S. Chief Diversity Officer, effective February 3, 2020, Stewart will be responsible for driving the organization's diversity and inclusion culture and initiatives in the United States. This includes leading the Talent Engagement & Inclusion (TE&I) Council, with the support of all diversity and inclusion (D&I) leaders and chief talent officers in the market, and coordinating the work done by the company's Business Resource Groups across markets. She will report to Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner, member of the Directoire and Secretary General.
"Diversity and inclusion forms part of the DNA of Publicis Groupe culture," said Heilbronner. "Our Viva la Difference motto reminds us constantly that our differences are our strengths, to be celebrated and vital to our success. Advancing these efforts are a priority and we are fortunate to have Ronnie lead on this front in our largest market."
Stewart looks forward to sharing her passion for people and for work around D&I, as well as leading Publicis Groupe agencies in the U.S. asthey advance their culture, diversity, and inclusion efforts. "I look forward to engaging our exceptional talent, nurturing partnerships, creating platforms, and developing resources that will continue to strengthen our existing, long-standing D&I practice," said Stewart. "I am proud to be a part of Publicis Groupe's ongoing journey to champion diversity, inclusion, and equity, not only throughout our organization and work, but also the industry- at-large."
Under Heilbronner's leadership, a Publicis Groupe global Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee will be put in place, with a focus on key priorities organization-wide to sustain inclusiveness in the workplace. Renetta McCann, Publicis Groupe's chief inclusion experience officer, will lead putting this group together, assembling D&I leaders and chief talent officers from various countries, building the agenda and the Steering Committee activities related to best practices, as well as specific programs fostering existing D&I local activities in order to have a greater impact. This mission will be in addition to her existing duties. Stewart will collaborate closely with this Groupe Steering Committee.
"Publicis Groupe has always been resolutely committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to count emblematic figures like Renetta McCann among its executives. As part of her outstanding career, she continues to make impressive contributions to drive inclusion and diversity inside Publicis Groupe," said Heilbronner. "It's time for us to accelerate our efforts, to get even more results, and everyone can contribute."
Publicis Groupe is frequently recognized for its D&I efforts and leadership. Most recently, the organization had 10 agencies recognized as "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality," receiving a perfect 100 rating on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)'s Corporate Equality Index. Publicis Media Americas CEO Tim Jones was inducted into the 2020 Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors, recognizing the ongoing work he and Publicis Media have done to advance diversity and inclusion within the company and industry, including spearheading unique efforts such as Publicis Groupe's Multicultural Talent Pipeline, now in its 10 year.
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