Bed Bath & Beyond hires retail industry veteran to lead DE&I

Bed Bath & Beyond hired a former Macy’s vice president to lead its diversity, equity & inclusion strategy.

Nicole Cokley Dunlap will join the retailer’s leadership team in September as its chief diversity officer, the company said in a statement released Tuesday.

Cokley Dunlap will lead Bed Bath & Beyond’s efforts to achieve at least 50% women representation and at least 25% ethnic diversity at all levels of the retail chain’s workforce by 2030, the company said. She will report to Executive Vice President Lynda Markoe.

“Nicole is a consummate leader with tremendous relationships and expertise in DE&I and will help us deliver change that is needed within our company and the communities we serve,” Markoe said in a prepared statement. “Building our community, both inside and outside the company, is of paramount importance as we execute against Bed Bath & Beyond’s transformation plans.”

Cokley Dunlap has more than 25 years of experience in the retail industry, and most recently served as vice president of diversity & inclusion strategy for Macy’s.

“As a values-driven company, I am excited to be a part of Bed Bath and Beyond’s transformation to advance the DE&I goals,” Cokley Dunlap said in a statement. “With an emphasis on associates, customers and communities, I look forward to working across the organization to optimize DE&I initiatives to drive innovation and business results.”