Barings, one of the world’s leading investment managers, announced new executive appointments, including the hiring of Chasity Boyce for the newly created role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. In her new position, Boyce will focus on global initiatives that will bring more diversity and a culture of inclusion to Barings, including developing and executing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategies, processes, and programs that help attract and develop top talent resulting in a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The company also announced that it has hired Caroline Mandeville from TIAA to be its new Chief Human Resources Officer.

According to Barings, the firm created the role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer to ensure that the company grows and scales with a DE&I mindset. Mike Freno, Barings Chairman and CEO, said:

“We created the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer role to further our progress towards being a firm that recruits, recognizes and retains a diverse global team, and also behaves as an exemplary corporate citizen on all matters of racial equality and justice. Chasity will bring a level of passion and professionalism to the role that I am confident will help Barings increase our positioning as an enlightened employer.”

Boyce joins Barings from global real estate investment management firm Heitman LLC, where she served as Vice President, Head of Inclusion and Diversity. She has also held DE&I roles at global law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, including Diversity and Inclusion Manager, responsible for the development of programs, trainings and initiatives to foster diversity and inclusion through attorney retention and development, recruitment, pipeline promotions and social responsibility. According to Barings, Boyce is a legal scholar, with an A.B. in Public Policy from Duke University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law, and she is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law. She is the Co-Founder and Founding Board Member of the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP), serves on a number of Boards and community organizations, including the Women’s Bar Foundation and the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and is a frequent presenter and panelist on D&I topics.