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Spectra's Hughston Adds Chief Diversity Officer Role

Published on VENUESNOW.COM.
Posted by James Zoltak | Nov 24, 2020 | Faces & Places, General, Pulse

Spectra has named the company’s first chief diversity officer, elevating its senior vice president of human resources, William Hughston, to the position. Hughston will continue to handle his duties as head of HR as he adds responsibility for leading Spectra’s strategy and initiatives in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Creating the position is part of Spectra’s effort to formalize over the past several months its longstanding commitments to diversity “by establishing a diversity framework and strategy with measurable benchmarks and goals.”

“We are thrilled to now have a Chief Diversity Officer in place who will hold us accountable as an organization and set us up for positive change within our company, among our communities, and across the industry,” Spectra CEO Dave Scott said in a statement. “William’s outstanding leadership in our DEI initiatives, coupled with his undeniable passion for social justice, makes him uniquely positioned to take on this expanded role.”

Hughston was already at the forefront of Spectra’s diversity programs. He helped create the Philadelphia-based company’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Executive Council and its LGBTQ+ employee resource group known as Spectra Pride, among other efforts.

In an interview, Hughston spoke of the importance of taking deliberate, measurable steps toward creating and maintaining a workforce and executive team that reflects the diversity of the communities Spectra serves.