3M names first chief equity officer - MassDevice

3MMMM) announced that it created a new leadership role to promote diversity and more, with James Momon assuming that position.

Momon will join 3M on Dec. 15 as VP of equity & community and chief equity officer as 3M looks to advance diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice both inside and outside the company, according to a news release.

St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M said Momon will bring together the company’s teams and strategies on workforce diversity and inclusion, along with social justice and 3Mgives.

Additionally, the appointment of Momon are slated to help progress equity in workplaces, business practices and communities around the world. The new executive will become a member of 3M’s executive conference and will work with the company’s leaders to advance its equity agenda.

“As countries around the world grapple with issues of equity, this is a pivotal moment,” 3M senior VP of human resources Kristen Ludgate said in the release. “3M wants to be part of creating systemic long-term change. I’m thrilled that James will help guide 3M on this journey. He has a proven track record of developing innovative diversity, equity and inclusion programs, experience with supplier diversity, deep human resources expertise, and leadership in coalition building.”

Momon calls himself an “HR professional by trade,” having worked at General Mills for nearly 20 years before taking the newly created role at 3M.

This is truly a unique role,” Momon said. “The ability to have so many levers to pull in creating a more equitable environment for our employees, communities and consumers is truly special. Very few philanthropy leaders have the ability to integrate the power of D&I and likewise very few D&I leaders have the ability to integrate the impact of corporate philanthropy and volunteerism. The combination of these critical strategic pillars in addition to the work we’re doing on racial justice is a truly unique opportunity.”

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