McDonald's announced Monday the hiring of Reggie Miller as its new vice president and global diversity, equity, and inclusion officer. Miller will start his tenure on November 9.
Miller brings knowledge and experience from his most recent role as Vice President of Global Inclusion and Diversity at VF Corporation, where he developed and implemented the 121-year-old organization’s first-ever formal diversity and inclusion strategy. While at VF—parent company to brands like The North Face, Timberland, Vans, and Jansport—Miller's global mindset, focus and commitment to making DEI a key business driver, helped to fuel their success in this space; leading to the organization being named a Noteworthy Company for diversity among Fortune 500 companies by Diversity Inc, The Best Employers for Diversity in 2020 by Forbes, and to Miller being named to the 2020 Top 50 Chief Diversity Officer list by the National Diversity Council.
"I’m proud to be joining McDonald’s at a time where diverse voices and perspectives are not just celebrated, but engaged in accelerating meaningful change,” says Miller. “As a global brand, McDonald’s has a strong foundation of creating opportunity throughout its value chain. I’m proud to be joining at this pivotal moment where the energy, resources and commitment to values-driven leadership is shared by all. I’m looking forward to getting to know the McDonald’s business through the lens of the people who impact it every day in countries and cultures around the world."
Throughout his career, Miller has worked in a variety of different disciplines including supply chain, merchandising, international project management, and multiple disciplines within human resources. Prior to working at VF Corp, he was the Director, Diversity Strategy and Support, responsible for the D&I strategy, reporting, and consultation for all Walmart stores in the U.S. and was a recruiter and D&I leader at Tyson Foods. As a U.S. Army Veteran, Miller served as a Supply Sergeant with deployments to Germany, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
"Reggie and I share the same goal: that in order to move forward, we must move away from the notion that the responsibility of diversity lies with one person, one department or one group," says Global Chief People Officer Heidi Capozzi in a note to employees. "It is not solely the job of those with 'diversity' in their titles. Reggie will provide the necessary leadership and guidance to support our collective ambition while empowering our business with the tools, resources and support so that every single person in our company can play an active role in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion."