Verizon appoints Schelling to oversee DE&I, talent acquisition, learning and development

Christina Schelling will be joining Verizon in Basking Ridge as senior vice president of talent and diversity, effective May 2.

After more than two decades as a proven and effective human resources leader, Schelling will lead Verizon’s diversity, equity & inclusion, talent acquisition, learning and development, career planning and leadership programs. Schelling will be tasked with driving DE&I efforts to develop a more unified approach within Verizon’s talent strategy and continue to champion a workplace where all employees feel valued and empowered to succeed.

“At Verizon, we are committed to creating a workplace that reflects the diverse communities around us. Diversity, equity & inclusion are our greatest superpowers and core to how we achieve and define success,” said Samantha Hammock, chief human resources officer, Verizon. “Christina’s proven track record and passion for creating a fully integrated talent organization with DE&I at the core will enable us to more deeply infuse DE&I into all of our ways of working.”

Most recently, Schelling was head of human resources for global corporate functions at the Estée Lauder Cos., leading all aspects of human resources for the company’s corporate leadership teams. Her responsibilities extended to leading the HR M&A Center of Expertise and managing the company’s global future of work strategy.

Previously, Schelling reimagined the talent strategy at Prudential in leadership roles across HR, including cultural and organizational strategies, performance management and talent acquisition, and was responsible for talent development, business transformation and diversity & inclusion at American Express.

“Having seen Verizon’s work throughout the pandemic to care for their employees, I’m delighted to be joining a company that clearly reflects my own beliefs. To truly drive change and achieve real progress, we must embed DE&I throughout our systems, processes and operations,” said Schilling. “By bringing together our talent and DE&I teams, we will strengthen how we find and develop the people we need to deliver on our future while creating an even stronger employee experience that empowers every ‘V Teamer’ to realize their full potential and come to work excited to show their full selves each and every day.”