Top CEOs to take part in Diversity Initiative

Washington, D.C. — Diversity Best Practices (DBP), the pre-eminent organization for promoting diversity in the workplace, has announced an upcoming CEO Roundtable to enable CEOs and other corporate leaders to examine their roles in diversity and inclusion at the companies they lead. Top executives from high-profile companies like Sodexo, Eastman Kodak Co., Adecco Group North America, Mount Sinai Hospital and BMW are just a few who will take part in this event.


The CEO Roundtable, set for Feb. 9 in New York City, provides an exclusive forum for CEOs, presidents and corporate officers to share their knowledge of diversity, with special emphasis on gender representation and people with disabilities.


This CEO Roundtable is part of DBP’s prestigious CEO Diversity Leadership Initiative — now in its ninth year. This event is hosted by Sodexo and sponsored by Adecco Group North America.


Following the CEO Roundtable, respective Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) will join the CEOs for a one-hour joint discussion. These CDOs will spend the morning at DBP’s annual Global Symposium, hosted this year by The New York Times. Both events are by invitation only. A CEO Report will be issued from the proceedings to all DBP members.


The following individuals are confirmed to attend the Roundtable: 

  • Michel Landel, CEO — Sodexo
  • Antonio Perez, CEO — Eastman Kodak Co.
  • Tig Gilliam, CEO — Adecco Group North America
  • Carol Evans, CEO — Diversity Best Practices
  • Peter Davoren, CEO — Turner Construction
  • Wayne Keathley, CEO — Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Doug Baker, CEO — Ecolab Center
  • Dr. Jennifer Howse, CEO — March of Dimes
  • Bob McLellan, CEO — Handgard Inc.
  • Mark Gordon, CEO — Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
  • Priyan Fernando, COO — AMEX
  • Stefan Sengewald, CFO, Executive VP Finance & Administration — BMW 
  • Michael Norris, COO and Market President Corporate ServicesSodexo
  • Judy Spitz, CIO — Verizon


Diversity Best Practices (DBP) (, based in Washington, D.C., is the pre-eminent organization for diversity-thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, benchmarking, publications and events, DBP provides its members with valued resources, information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create “first in class” diversity programs. Diversity Best Practices is part of Working Mother Media, which is a division of Bonnier Corp.

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