Industrial automation and digital transformation company Rockwell Automation announced today the election of William P. Gipson to its Board of Directors. In welcoming Gipson, the company highlighted his experience in leading diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Blake Moret, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Automation, said:

“William is a respected leader whose broad expertise driving business growth and product innovation will make him a great asset on the Rockwell Automation board of directors. His experience in leading one of the most admired global diversity and inclusion programs will also be an important complement to the perspectives of our talented board.”

Gipson recently retired from consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble, where he worked for over 34 years, and served for 8 years as P&G’s Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, concurrent with other roles including President–End-to-End Packaging Transformation. Gipson was a key member of the executive team that embedded citizenship strategies into P&G’s global operating model.

Gipson also serves on the boards of the Executive Leadership Council and the STEM Pathway to MBA at the University of Alabama.