Get to Know the Diversity Executives Leading the Top Corporations

The critical role of diversity and inclusion executives is rapidly becoming more important at large corporations. A more inclusive environment not only benefits the company, it also strengthens the larger global competitiveness of American industry. Here, Black Enterprise wants you to get acquainted with the passionate and results-driven CDOs single-handedly increasing diversity at their respective companies.

Ash Hanson VP, Diversity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, Aramark


As CDO, Hanson has responsibility for the implementation and oversight of the global diversity and inclusion strategy for the company across workforce, workplace, and marketplace. She works with internal stakeholders and external partners to implement diversity initiatives such as the company’s global Employee Resource Groups, executive mentoring programs, a common D&I training platform across the enterprise, and creating partnerships with community organizations.

Cynthia Marshall, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Human Resources, AT&T Inc.


With more than 30 years of experience and recognition in the telecommunications sector, Marshall is proud to play a vital role in AT&T’s diversity efforts. “From the largest company to the smallest volunteer group, every voice matters,” she says of her diversity philosophy. “Everyone has a unique perspective to contribute to a cause, and we should welcome it from the beginning to deliver the best results.”

Cynthia Bowman, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Bank of America


Spelman alum Bowman was named CDO last year and serves as the chief strategist and leader for diversity and inclusion from a global standpoint. “Our focus on diversity helps us attract great talent, but our commitment to being inclusive helps us develop and retain talent, offering our customers and communities unique perspectives to best serve their financial needs,” she says.

Michael Ford, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Boeing


Ford develops and executes Boeing’s global strategy on diversity and inclusion, implements a diversity recruiting strategy, as well as develops partnerships with internal and external diversity stakeholders. “Employees who work in an environment where their differences count are more driven to achieve their full potential, which enables Boeing–and its people–to grow,” he says.

Eugene Kelly, VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Colgate-Palmolive Co.


Kelly aims to attract and retain the best people from a diverse and broad base of global talent; his prime motivation is to achieve equality. “Our Senior Team’s commitment to recognize, value, and leverage the differences that make each Colgate person unique is vital to the connection we share with our customers and the global communities we serve.”