Campbell’s hires chief diversity and inclusion officer

Campbell Soup Co. has created a role meant to bring diversity and inclusion to its workforce.

Monica Diaz will be chief diversity and inclusion officer, leading the company’s enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategy, creating new programs and enhancing existing initiatives to foster an inclusive culture and diverse workforce that mirrors Campbell’s consumer base, the company said.

Diaz will be based in Camden beginning Nov. 20, and will also act as adviser to Campbell’s leadership team.

“Diversity and inclusion are critical to our business success and are foundational elements of Campbell’s culture,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Bob Morrissey. “Monica’s proven track record in human resources, diversity and inclusion, wellness and talent management made her stand out among the many candidates we considered. Her nearly three decades of experience across many industries and geographies will complement the work we have underway and prove invaluable as we continue our efforts to build a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Diaz, 52, joins Campbell from ESPN, part of The Walt Disney Co., where she was vice president of diversity, inclusion and wellness.

Before ESPN, Diaz worked at Microsoft Corp. as global diversity and inclusion director, and at Merck & Co. in a variety of roles including global constituency groups director – diversity and work environment. Diaz is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, the Women in Cable Telecommunications, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility’s Corporate Executive Forum.

Previous honors include Cablefax’s Most Influential Minorities in Cable TV, the Tri-State Diversity Council’s Multicultural Leadership Award and Hispanic Executive’s Top 10 Lideres.

Diaz is fluent in both English and Spanish, as well as conversational in Portuguese. Diaz graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a masters of arts in industrial and organizational psychology.