Kearney hires global and European diversity, equity and inclusion director

Kearney Neil GriffithsGlobal consultancy partnership Kearney has recruited Neil Griffiths as its new global and European diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) director.

In this role, Griffiths will further shape and implement a comprehensive DEI strategy in alignment with Kearney’s values and goals. He will work closely with leadership and stakeholders across the organisation to ensure DEI performance reinforces the growth of the business and to drive progress to overcome barriers for all less represented identities within the business.

Griffiths will ensure DEI is further integrated into all aspects of the employee life cycle, including recruitment, development, and retention and will collaborate to ensure it is effectively communicated to employees, clients and the public. He will also support and further encourage the different affinity networks already in place at Kearney, which serve to create belonging.

Joining after 10 years at sustainability consultancy ERM, where he served as global head of DEI, Griffiths was previously director of brand and strategy at global engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. He held multiple volunteer leadership positions within organisations such as the International Association of Business Communicators and the Company of Communicators, leading two DEI task forces within the communication field.

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Griffiths said: “In 2023, DEI is about building resilient organisations; those who are getting this right are unlocking immense value from the people inside their business who feel safe, supported and able to thrive. I’m delighted to be joining the fantastic Kearney team and building on existing initiatives to help shape the next iteration of Kearney’s DEI strategy.”

Geir Olsen, head of Europe at Kearney, added: “Neil’s experience in DEI and wider culture and change programmes, which spans more than two decades, will be key in progressing our European DEI strategy. However, his passion in advocating for DEI change where it’s needed it just as valuable for guiding our client and employee relationships, and the communities in which we operate, across Europe.”