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Effective 30 July 2019, Renée E. Tirado is now Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) at Italian luxury fashion brand Gucci, the company announced in a media release.
She will be based in New York, and will report directly to Gucci’s President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri.
In this role, Tirado will design, develop and implement a global strategy to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace and increase Gucci’s workforce diversity, and will ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are implemented across all regions by hiring and leading a global team of DE&I advocates.
Further, building upon Gucci’s existing corporate culture initiatives, Tirado will oversee the Cultural Awareness Learning Programme for all global employees, the Global Multicultural Design Fellowship Programme, the Internal Global Exchange Programme, and Employee Resource Groups while aligning with parent company Kering’s overall DE&I vision.
At a grassroots level, Tirado will work to advance the initiatives launched in the last several years, such as support of the LGBTQIA community and gender equality through Gucci’s membership of Parks, support of the UN LGBT Business Conduct Standards, and US Supreme Court brief in favour of LGBTQ workers, participation in UNICEF’s Girls’ Empowerment Initiative, and Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign.
Commenting on her new responsibilities, Tirado said: “I am in the business of making human connections that start with the foundations of inclusivity, respect, and diversity to ensure Gucci remains culturally relevant and economically competitive.
“I am honoured to join a company that puts these non-negotiable values at the forefront of their business model, not as ‘a nice to have’ but as a key component of its business strategy.”
Bizzarri added: “This appointment is a fundamental building block to further our commitment and support the initiatives already in place. As a learning organisation, we have challenged ourselves over the last few months to accelerate our vision to develop a stronger organization.
“I am confident that Renée will help us create the meaningful change we want to see not only in our company but in the fashion industry.”
Prior to joining Gucci, Tirado most recently served as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Major League Baseball, where she developed and led the D&I strategy for the league and its thirty club markets.
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