THE WHAT? LVMH North America has drafted in Corey Smith to boost diversity throughout the luxury goods group via the newly created role of Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, according to a report published by WWD.
THE DETAILS Smith joins the curator of Louis Vuitton and Dior from Major League Baseball where he served as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.
“LVMH has demonstrated a deep commitment to creating opportunities for people regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or race,” Smith told WWD. “I look forward to working closely with the leadership team in North America to build on the foundation it has in place in order to ensure that the group continues to be an inclusive, forward-thinking and desirable place to work and that we can use the power of our brands to effect change.”
THE WHY? With the BLM movement continuing to build momentum, large organisations are increasingly under the microscope. Gena Smith, SVP of Human Resources and Head of Global Executive and Creative Recruitment revealed in a statement to WWD, “I am delighted to welcome Corey to LVMH as we accelerate our efforts to advance diversity, inclusion and equity across our group and brands in North America and further our commitment to fighting racism and intolerance. Corey brings unique expertise in both workforce and supplier inclusion, and will play an integral role in supporting our brands to ensure we meet the highest standards in promoting equality, for every person we work with and serve in North America.”