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Renée E. Tirado joins Gucci to lead global DE&I efforts

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The Jakarta Post

-  /  Wed, August 14, 2019  /  06:31 pm
Renée E. Tirado joins Gucci to lead global DE&I efforts

Gucci boutique in Milan, Italy. Gucci is an Italian luxury brand of fashion and leather goods, part of the Gucci Group, owned by Paris-based holding company Kering. (Shutterstock/Cineberg)

High-end fashion label Gucci announced in late July the appointment of Renée E. Tirado as the global head of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). According to a statement sent to The Jakarta Post, Tirado is to act as the driving force behind the company’s mission to create a positive corporate culture.

In her new post, Tirado who was previously the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Major League Baseball (MLB), will be responsible for designing, developing and implementing a global strategy to improve Gucci as an inclusive and equitable workplace.

High-end fashion label Gucci announced in late July the appointment of Renée E. Tirado as the global head of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).High-end fashion label Gucci announced in late July the appointment of Renée E. Tirado as the global head of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). (Gucci/File)

She will also be expected to help increase workforce diversity, with a strategy that impacts the company’s current recruitment approaches as well as ways to review and promote talents internally. Furthermore, her expected contributions will include overseeing several programs from Cultural Awareness Learning to Internal Global Exchange, in alignment with the overall DE&I vision of parent company Kering.

Tirado said she was in the business of making human connections based on inclusivity, respect and diversity to ensure Gucci remained culturally relevant and economically competitive.

“I am honored to join a company that puts these non-negotiable values at the forefront of their business model, not as ‘nice to have’ but as a key component of its business strategy,” Tirado was quoted as saying.

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Tirado will be based in New York and report directly to the President and CEO of Gucci, Marco Bizzarri, while being part of Gucci Changemakers Council and the Chime for Change Advisory Board, which are positive actions needed to advance in a more diverse and inclusive society, and ultimately fostering unity.

The appointment of Tirado comes in light of a number of controversies that have arisen in recent months, involving Gucci’s wool balaclava jumper that was considered racially offensive. This move shows the brand’s commitment to fully upholding and respecting diversity as a fundamental value. (ran/mut)