Kamillah Knight has been named the new director of diversity and inclusion for Ferrero North America, the Parsippany-based company announced Wednesday.
In this role, Knight will be responsible for advancing Ferrero’s global efforts on diversity in North America and help shape the company’s inclusivity strategy across the region. Knight will report to Feng Ye, vice president of talent and diversity for Ferrero North America.
Ferrero North America is part of the global confectionery company Ferrero Group.
“Kamillah’s strong background and experience fostering inclusive cultures will help accelerate our existing efforts into more strategic action,” Ye said. “We are excited for Kamillah to join our team so that we can continue to drive greater accountability as we grow and expand our diversity and inclusion efforts.”
Knight joins Ferrero from Unilever, where she held various roles over her five-year tenure, most recently serving as the diversity and inclusion lead for the consumer-packaged goods company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Englewood Cliffs. In her position, she developed inclusivity training that provided leaders with education and skills to better manage diverse talent and also managed events and partnerships that supported Unilever’s diversity plans.
Paul Chibe, CEO of Ferrero North America, said Knight will help the company live up to its values and mission.
“Respect and responsibility are a cornerstone of our Ferrero corporate values, and our commitment to foster a more diverse and inclusive organization is a business imperative,” he said. “We’re moving forward on this journey to ensure that our business fully represents and reflects our consumers and society, and Kamillah will play an integral leadership role in helping further advance our progress.”
As a member of Ferrero North America’s human resources team, led by Antonio Bogi, senior vice president of HR for Ferrero North America, Knight will help build and deploy diversity and inclusion strategies and programs to attract, cultivate and elevate diverse talent.
Knight also will work collaboratively with business leaders to create tools and resources to support the adoption of practices and behaviors that enable a diverse and inclusive workforce. She said she is eager for the opportunity.
“Ferrero’s culture, where all ‘Ferrerians’ feel like family, is very special,” she said. “I am excited to work with the team to help create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our consumers and help make all employees feel included and welcomed at Ferrero.”
Knight holds a B.A. in economics and sociology and a master’s in public administration from Cornell University. She currently is pursuing an executive MBA from Cornell.