Leading global financial services company Citi announced that Erika Irish Brown will join the firm as the new Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Global Head of Talent. In her new role, she will be responsible for driving Citi’s agenda on talent planning, succession planning and leadership development, and strengthening the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) work.
In a statement announcing the new appointment, Sara Wechter, Head of Human Resources at Citi, said:
“There is so much great work going on across the firm, and Erika will bring a fresh perspective on global DE&I strategies for all levels of the organization. This includes building our leadership pipeline, providing actionable counsel and support to our global network of Affinities and serving as an external partner to relevant industry groups, diversity organizations, and associations.”
Irish Brown joins Citi from Goldman Sachs, where she has served since 2018 as Chief Diversity Officer, where she helped launch diversity goals, board diversity efforts and the recently announced One Million Black Women initiative. Prior to Goldman, Irish Brown was the first Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg, and also served as SVP, Diversity and Inclusion at Bank of America.
“Erika will join our team in the next few months, and we will keep you all updated on opportunities to get to know her better. We are very excited to have her at Citi and know she will bring innovative ideas and initiatives that will help us think differently, foster a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and make an impact in the many communities we serve.”