Global healthcare and pharmaceutical solutions company AmerisourceBergen announced that it has hired Dr. Lonie Haynes for the new position of SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. In his new role, Haynes will work with leaders across the company to define and execute on a holistic and results-oriented diversity and inclusion strategy, aimed at inspiring associates across all dimensions of diversity to achieve their full potential and advancing the company’s purpose to create healthier futures.

Steve Collis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at AmerisourceBergen, said:

“Diversity and inclusion are not just business priorities at AmerisourceBergen—they are a mindset that exists at every level of the organization. Establishing a Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer role is a crucial step in our journey to be a truly equitable organization, celebrates individuality while achieving our united purpose of creating healthier futures. Lonie brings an impressive history, a unique perspective and a proven ability to align diversity and inclusion with corporate strategy. I am confident he will be instrumental in helping us build a stronger workforce today and into the future.”

Haynes joins AmerisourceBergen from integrated health care delivery and financing network Highmark Health, where he worked for eight years, most recently serving as Chief Diversity Officer, responsible for aligning diversity and inclusion as a critical business component for advancing the mission and strategic business objectives of the company.  He has also held senior and management level Diversity roles at companies including AT&T and Sprint.

Haynes said:

“AmerisourceBergen has created a culture that strives to be collaborative and supportive, and encourages diverse perspectives to influence company innovation. I recognize the work that has already taken place, and I am eager to build on this strong foundation in order to create meaningful change and progress for all AmerisourceBergen associates and the communities they serve.”