Costa Mesa, Calif., October 2, 2020 - Expanding on Experian North America's commitment to a culture of diversity and inclusion, the company announced today Wil Lewis will join the organization as its first-ever Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer. In this role, Lewis will build upon Experian North America's award winning programs to reflect the employees, clients and communities it serves, further the company's commitment to diverse representation and continuously evolve the workplace culture where all employees are celebrated for bringing their whole selves to work. He most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Executive for Bank of America.
'Embracing a truly inclusive culture, where everyone feels a real sense of belonging, is critical to building a diverse workforce and fostering innovation,' said Experian North America CEO Craig Boundy. 'Our diversity and inclusion efforts have always focused on how we can contribute to a more equitable society within our Experian North America family, the communities we operate in and among the consumers we serve. We're committed to being an agent for change and delighted Wil is coming on board to help lead that change with us.'
The creation of the new role highlights several critical components of Experian North America's commitment to diversity and inclusion:
Building a company where inclusion fuels collaboration and innovation to develop products which enable financial inclusion for all
Ensuring that every employee feels emotionally connected to the company in an environment that is safe and supportive
Attracting, developing and retaining talent that represents the communities in which Experian North America operates
Institutionalize processes that will increase the number of diverse suppliers, disability accessibility tools and enhance the impact of external diversity partnerships
At Bank of America, Lewis led 11 employee resource groups with more than 350 chapters in 40 countries with more than 180,000 memberships. During his tenure, Lewis' responsibilities also included talent recruitment and development, human resources and community impact. He has held positions in sales and operations before his career path in human resources leadership. Of service to his community, Lewis serves on the board for the Disability: IN, Centers for New Horizons and Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council.
'A truly inclusive workplace culture is not a destination, it's a journey. I'm looking forward to building on the momentum at Experian North America that continues to strive for ways to ensure equitable systems, processes and practices for fellow employees, consumers and our communities,' said Lewis.
Experian North America prides itself on supporting a positive work environment for its employees. This led to the launch of Employee Resource Groups in 2018, which now have more than 900 active participants, and The Power of You, a companywide initiative that aims to provide transparency into Experian's commitment to diversity and inclusion and is outlined in its 'Power of You ' annual report, now in its third year. The company received its recertification as a Great Place to Work for the third year in a row, and ranks in the top 20 Fortune Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance and the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For 2020. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation granted the company a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index.