General Motors CEO Mary Barra has revealed the individuals that will serve on its newly established inclusion advisory board, which will help implement new protocols and policies within the company to support inclusion and equality.
Among the board members will be GM president Mark Reuss, chief financial officer Dhivya Suryadevara, chief technology officer Matt Tsien, senior VP of communications Craig Bucholz, director of global human resources Kim Brycz and chief people officer for GM’s Cruise subsidiary, Arden Hoffman.
A number of other individuals from outside GM will also serve on the board. Among them will be social justice advocate Tonya Allen, Ignition Media Group CEO Dennis Archer Jr. and CEO of Ingersoll Automotive, Todd Ingersoll.
In a statement, Barra reiterated her desire to see GM become the most inclusive company on the planet.
“The board will guide our work to improve diversity and inclusion in our company, with the ultimate aspiration of making GM the most inclusive company in the world,” she said in a memo announcing the board members this week, as quoted by Automotive News.
“We have a lot of work to do as a board and as a company, but this is an encouraging start,” Barra also said in the memo. “Please continue the dialogue with one another and in your own social circles, because dialogue leads to understanding and understand leads to change, Together, we will do this.”
One of the first orders of business for the General Motors Inclusion Advisory Board will be deciding how to spend the $10 million in funding it has set aside for supporting racial injustice and equality. The automaker has already said it will give $1 million of the funds to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is described as “America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice,” but has yet to say where the remaining funds will go.
“We want to be part of meaningful, deliberate change and we will not allow ourselves the passivity of urging others to act,” Barra also said. “We are taking action.”
Barra announced her intention to set up the new board in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that erupted in the U.S. and abroad as a result of the 46-year-old’s death.