Publicis Groupe has appointed Geraldine White as its new U.S. chief diversity officer, to oversee the company’s ongoing racial equity and inclusion efforts.
White will be managing a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the creation of more equitable policies for the agency’s multicultural staff, and helping the group pursue the goals laid out in its Seven Actions commitments last year.
“I look forward to continuing to advance the strong momentum we have made in our journey to place diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of our organization,” said White.
The appointment was announced a few days after the company released some disappointing internal data about the diversity of its U.S. workforce, revealing that just under one-third of its more than 21,000 American staff identifies as a race other than white.
As of last month, just 5.9% of the agency’s employees identified themselves as Black, up from 5.4% in mid-2020, but still a far cry from the more than 13% of Americans who identify as Black. Hispanic and Latino employees are similarly underrepresented with just 8.3% of Publicis’ workforce identifying as such.
Geraldine White replaces Ronnie Dickerson Stewart, who departed in January after just one year on the job.