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Baker Tilly Appoints Shane Lloyd as Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading advisory CPA firm Baker Tilly US, LLP (Baker Tilly) appoints Shane Lloyd as head of diversity, inclusion and belonging, reporting to CEO Alan Whitman. He is the first executive in this dedicated role for Baker Tilly where its diversity, inclusion and belonging strategy is embedded into all aspects of its business.


Lloyd was first introduced to Baker Tilly as a lead consultant at Cook Ross, an organizational development firm hired by Baker Tilly to assess its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy and plan.

“Shane has tremendous ability to lead with both intellect and empathy, while setting the bar high for how we can keep getting better as an organization,” said Baker Tilly CEO Alan Whitman. “Personally, I felt challenged and inspired by the perspectives he brought.”

Following Cook Ross, Lloyd joined Amazon to advance their DEI efforts first within its Worldwide Consumer organization as the inclusion and engagement lead, and then as the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion learning leader. He has experience working in higher education at Brown and Yale Universities and in public health.

“I was drawn to Baker Tilly’s commitment to building the competencies and skills necessary to drive meaningful change,” Lloyd said. “Diversity and inclusion work means taking a methodical look at systems, and it also means going off script, valuing calculated disruption and taking risks. Baker Tilly embraces all of that.”

Lloyd holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in public health from Brown University. Lloyd serves as the vice chair for the Maryland Montgomery County Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee and holds advisory roles in several non-profit organizations.

About Baker Tilly US, LLP (bakertilly.com)

Baker Tilly US, LLP (Baker Tilly) is a leading advisory CPA firm, providing clients with a genuine coast-to-coast and global advantage in major regions of the U.S. and in many of the world’s leading financial centers – New York, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 148 territories, with 36,000 professionals and a combined worldwide revenue of $4.0 billion. Visit bakertilly.com or join the conversation on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Nissan Americas Names New Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Chandra Vasser, a 17-year Nissan veteran, named to newly-created role

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nissan has named Chandra Vasser to the new position of vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, for its Americas region.

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In this newly created role, Vasser will drive Nissan’s strategy to expand diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across business functions in the Americas region, while developing partnerships and plans to share the company’s DEI commitment with employees, customers and the community.

“Taking actions to strengthen our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is a critical part of the culture change that we’ve committed to with our Nissan NEXT transformation,” said Jérémie Papin, chairperson, Nissan Americas. “Chandra brings great experience to the role and will drive how we value equity and inclusion with all of our stakeholders, including employees, customers, dealers and suppliers.”

Vasser most recently was a director of finance for several sales and marketing functions in Nissan’s U.S. business operations. She joined Nissan in 2004 and worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the finance and purchasing functions.

Among her roles, she currently is a member of Nissan’s Diversity Advisory Council, and she previously worked as director of purchasing for several functional areas, which included leadership of supplier diversity. Under her leadership, Nissan was recognized as the “2016 Corporation of the Year” by the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC).

Vasser earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tennessee State University, and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She recently completed the McKinsey Academy’s Black Executive Leadership Program.

For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit nissanusa.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.


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Sheppard Mullin Appoints Lois Durant Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer OutBuro lgbt professional entreprenuer networking online community gay lesbian transgender queer bisexual nonbinary

Sheppard Mullin Appoints Lois Durant Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that Lois Durant has been named its first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO). Durant has served as Sheppard Mullin’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and Talent Management Strategy for the last three-and-a-half years where she has been responsible for managing the firm’s internal and external D&I efforts as well as the development and implementation of various talent management initiatives.

Lois’ demonstrated passion, creative drive, and ability to lead others to become more inclusive with our programs and initiatives have catapulted our D&I efforts forward as a firm,” said Luca Salvi, chairman of Sheppard Mullin. “We are thrilled to see her leadership continue in this new role as CDIO.”

As Director of D&I and Talent Management Strategy, Durant was instrumental in instituting new and progressive professional development, talent retention and D&I programs, including establishing D&I Office Working Groups, expanding the firm’s affinity group program, creating comprehensive training academies for junior and mid-level associates, leading the associate mentoring program, and creating enhanced evaluation processes. In this new role, Durant will continue to work alongside firm leadership and the Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Rena Andoh to support the retention and promotion of diverse talent throughout the firm.

Lois Durant, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, commented, “Sheppard Mullin supports and cultivates an inclusive working environment where attorneys and staff of all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to fulfill their personal and professional goals. Creating and implementing programs and policies that support and retain diverse talent speaks to the core of our firm culture. I am particularly excited to step into this new role and to further innovate and challenge ourselves, our clients, and communities to do better.”

Under Durant’s leadership, the firm has earned numerous awards for its D&I initiatives, including Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s prestigious Thomas Sager Award. Firm client Starbucks Coffee Company presented the firm with its Law & Corporate Affairs 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, which recognizes one law firm annually that “demonstrates true leadership in diversity and inclusion.”

Durant has worked across all functional areas of talent management and has spent most of her career working at large law firms. Before joining Sheppard Mullin in 2018, she was a key member of White & Case’s Global Senior People Leadership Team and led the talent management efforts of all litigation practice groups, advising practice group leaders on talent-related matters. Prior to White & Case, Lois was Kaye Scholer’s Manager of Professional Development and Retention and worked closely with the D&I Committee to create and implement the firm’s D&I action plan. In 2020, Crain’s New York Business recognized Durant as a Notable Woman in Talent Resources. Durant earned her M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.A. from Fordham University.

About Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard Mullin is a full-service AmLaw 50 firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 15 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia. Since 1927, industry-leading companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to handle corporate and technology matters, high-stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. In the U.S., the firm’s clients include almost half of the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit www.sheppardmullin.com.


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Community Bank System, Inc. Appoints Maureen Gillan-Myer as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

SYRACUSE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Community Bank System, Inc. (NYSE: CBU) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Maureen Gillan-Myer will join the Company as its Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (“CHRO”). Ms. Gillan-Myer has over 29 years of leadership and oversight experience with respect to all aspects of human capital management and is currently serving as HSBC USA’s CHRO. Her appointment is effective October 1, 2021 and she will serve on the Company’s executive management team.

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Ms. Gillan-Myer joined HSBC USA in 2003 and has served in various leadership roles with increasing responsibility over her career with HSBC, including her current position of CHRO in which she leads a team of over 150 HR professionals and supports over 10,000 associates. Prior to HSBC USA, she held HR positions at two other financial services companies, Household Finance Corporation and Beneficial Corporation. She brings extensive experience in the financial services industry and a deep knowledge of leading HR strategies and implementing programs that produce an efficient and dynamic workforce.

Mark E. Tryniski, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are thrilled to have Maureen join our executive management team. The Company is fortunate to add an experienced CHRO who brings invaluable experience from a major financial institution. With Maureen’s significant experience and leadership, she is uniquely qualified to help us continue to develop an innovative, diverse and inclusive workforce and culture.”

Community Bank System, Inc. operates more than 225 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. With assets of over $14.8 billion, the DeWitt, N.Y. headquartered company is among the country’s 125 largest banking institutions. In addition to a full range of retail, business, and municipal banking services, the Company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services through its Community Bank Wealth Management Group and OneGroup NY, Inc. operating units. The Company’s Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc. subsidiary is a leading provider of employee benefits administration, trust services, collective investment fund administration and actuarial consulting services to customers on a national scale. Community Bank System, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Company’s stock trades under the symbol CBU. For more information about Community Bank visit www.cbna.com or https://ir.communitybanksystem.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following factors, among others, could cause the actual results of CBU’s operations to differ materially from CBU’s expectations: the successful integration of operations of its acquisitions; competition; changes in economic conditions, interest rates and financial markets; and changes in legislation or regulatory requirements. These statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of CBU’s management and CBU does not assume any duty to update forward-looking statements.


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PagerDuty Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer

Company Also Welcomes New Vice President, EMEA, to Lead Accelerated Regional Growth

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PagerDuty (NYSE: PD), a global leader in digital operations management, today announced it has appointed Roshan Kindred to the newly created position of chief diversity officer. Kindred is responsible for amplifying PagerDuty’s inclusion, diversity and equity (ID&E) initiatives, and is a strategic new member of the company’s executive leadership team. In addition, as international revenue increased by 38% year over year in its first quarter, PagerDuty also announced Jill Brennan will join PagerDuty as vice president, EMEA to continue to expand the company’s global reach.

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These two leaders come at a time when PagerDuty is on a fast growth trajectory, with solutions that solve the challenges associated with real-time, unpredictable, unstructured, mission-critical work. Kindred and Brennan will help to expand on PagerDuty’s vision to be the operations cloud for the modern enterprise, while creating a workplace and workforce where excellent experiences are available for employees, customers and partners.

Roshan Kindred, Chief Diversity Officer

“In our journey to find PagerDuty’s first Chief Diversity Officer, it was important that this individual could both scale our existing ID&E program and transform our corporate culture,” said Joe Militelo, chief people officer at PagerDuty. “When we connected with Roshan, we unanimously agreed she brought the right level of experience and passion needed to usher in a new era of inclusion.”

Kindred joins PagerDuty with more than 20 years of experience in customer experience, business and ID&E strategies. Most recently, Kindred was the chief diversity officer and principal at InSeason Development Group, where she established an ID&E roadmap that led Senior Executive Leadership to adopt diversity goals as part of an annual incentive compensation plan. Previously, she was the board chair of Iron Mountain’s DEI advisory board, where she developed a five-year ID&E roadmap for the service organization that experienced an increase in women and BIPOC representation by 13 percent in 15 months.

“I joined PagerDuty because of the innovative, action-based culture and the opportunity to change how individuals experience the technology industry,” said Roshan Kindred, chief diversity officer at PagerDuty. “As an ID&E practitioner, our greatest tool is our mindset – it’s what controls our beliefs and behavior. I believe that inclusive and equitable culture creation changes people and in return those people change others. These experiences compel people to broaden their mindset, be grateful to express their authenticity, and use their innovative ideas to positively change how we experience one another and the world.”

Jill Brennan, Vice President – EMEA

“Our digital operations platform is critical infrastructure, and PagerDuty has seen significant growth in the EMEA over the past two years,” said Dave Justice, chief revenue officer at PagerDuty. “Jill is key to opening opportunities as we expand further into Europe, and I look forward to seeing her build on PagerDuty’s momentum.”

Jill Brennan, a seasoned sales veteran with over 25 years of experience, will join PagerDuty in October and is based in Switzerland. Most recently Brennan was the SVP of EMEA Sales at Medidata, where she achieved significant growth and business expansion. Previous to this, Brennan led the multibillion analytics and hybrid cloud software group businesses for IBM across 26 countries and a team of 1000 employees in EMEA.

“I enjoy leading high-performing teams who embrace challenges while achieving sustainable revenue results,” said Brennan. “I’m looking forward to joining PagerDuty at a time of high growth, especially when most every organization is focused on achieving digital transformation.”

About PagerDuty

PagerDuty, Inc. (NYSE: PD) is a leader in digital operations management. In an always-on world, organizations of all sizes trust PagerDuty to help them deliver a perfect digital experience to their customers, every time. Teams use PagerDuty to identify issues and opportunities in real time and bring together the right people to fix problems faster and prevent them in the future. Notable customers include GE, Cisco, Genentech, Electronic Arts, Cox Automotive, Netflix, Shopify, Zoom, DoorDash, Lululemon and more. To learn more and try PagerDuty for free, visit www.pagerduty.com. Follow our blog and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook.


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Nada Llewellyn Joins Kramer Levin as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kramer Levin is pleased to announce that Nada Llewellyn is joining the firm as chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Ms. Llewellyn will advise senior leadership on a wide range of strategic initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Her C-level position is part of the firm’s increased investment in further developing its legal talent and builds on the commitment the firm made to diversity and inclusion in 2007 when it first hired a director to focus on the firm’s diversity initiatives.

Ms. Llewellyn joins Kramer Levin after serving as chief diversity officer, associate vice president for human resources and deputy general counsel for St. John’s University, where she oversaw the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and the human resources department. She was a member of the President’s Advisory Council and presented on matters related to diversity and inclusion to the board of trustees and board of governors. Prior to joining St. John’s University, Ms. Llewellyn practiced law at an Am Law 100 firm.

Howard T. Spilko and Paul Schoeman, co-managing partners of Kramer Levin, said, “We are pleased to welcome Nada to Kramer Levin. Her arrival represents a significant enhancement of our leadership team and underscores our long-standing commitment to diversity as well as our resolve to accelerate our progress as a firm and help create real forward momentum in the legal industry.”

Mat Rosswood, chief operating officer of the firm, added, “Nada brings precisely the experience and talents required to help us set and achieve diversity and inclusion goals that not only are consistent with overall strategy but help promote it. Hers will be an important voice in strategic discussions going forward, and I look forward to our work together.” Ms. Llewellyn will join the team of officers directly led by Mr. Rosswood.

Kramer Levin has historically recognized that diverse perspectives and experience have fundamental value and are necessary to achieve success. A champion for diversity, the firm has been recognized for its progressive policies, pro bono service and Diversity Committee by numerous publications, including Chambers and Vault.

Chris Auguste, chair of Kramer Levin’s Diversity Committee, said, “Nada is the right person at the right time to fill the role of the firm’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. In this position, Nada will provide a unifying voice for our diversity initiatives and ensure that we achieve our diversity, equity and inclusion goals.”

Ms. Llewellyn said, “I’m delighted for the opportunity to join Kramer Levin, a firm that is making significant investments now to help ensure the future success of its diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. I feel the energy and enthusiasm for positive change throughout the firm, and I look forward to collaborating with leadership and utilizing my experience to help accelerate that process.”

Ms. Llewellyn received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an associate editor of the University of Michigan Law Review, and her B.A. from Dartmouth College.

About Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin provides proactive, creative and pragmatic solutions that address today’s most challenging legal issues. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Silicon Valley and Paris, and fosters a strong culture of involvement in public and community service. For more information, visit www.kramerlevin.com.


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