PSEG names chief diversity officer, foundation head

Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group announced it has named Barb Short its new chief diversity officer.

Short will also head the PSEG Foundation and oversee the company’s community involvement as senior director, PSEG corporate citizenship and culture, effective Thursday.

She is replacing Ellen Lambert, who has retired.

Prior to PSEG, Short was at CECP: The CEO Force for Good, where she was managing director, corporate leadership. Before that, she was director, global inclusion and corporate social responsibility, at Quest Diagnostics, and president, Quest Diagnostics Foundation.

“Ellen has done a great job focusing our company on building a culture that values diversity and inclusion,” Derek DiRisio, president, PSEG Services Corp., said. “Barb’s experience in nonprofits and various New Jersey corporations will allow her to build on that foundation overall, as well as take our D&I efforts to a new level — an area that is very important to our employees, community leaders, customers and shareholders. Barb has had the opportunity to lead best practice initiatives in both the diversity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility areas, and I look forward to seeing her implement those practices at PSEG.”

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“PSEG stands as a leader in societal investment in our state, in our communities and among its large corporate peers,” Short said. “This kind of distinction, from competitive global rankings to demonstrated employee caring, is earned over time, through the talent, leadership and caring of many. As a corporate peer who has admired PSEG’s leadership and as a longtime customer who has been grateful for its dedication and professionalism in the field, I’m honored to call PSEG’s 13,000 dedicated workers my caring colleagues.”