Hail the new chief

Chief diversity officer role has clout and direct pipeline to CEO
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/16/2008

The chief diversity officer is becoming a more popular role in the United States. It exists in a range of

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500 companies, from Johnson & Johnson and Aon, to American Express and Citi, to GE and Lehman Brothers. These leaders have clout, big budgets, high-calibre staff, and they report to the CEO or the executive committee, according to the New York-based Center for Work Life Policy.