NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2015 – OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager, today announced that James White joined the firm as Head of Diversity & Inclusion. In this role, White will be responsible for advancing inclusion as a core value and competitive advantage of the firm. White will be based in New York and will report to Andrew Doyle, OppenheimerFunds’ Chief Human Resources Officer.

“James’s appointment underscores our focus on cultivating a diverse workforce to best serve our clients and communities,” said Art Steinmetz, OppenheimerFunds’ Chairman and CEO. "James is an accomplished expert in his field, and we’re delighted to have him join the firm to help lead our strategy to drive innovation through a more inclusive culture.

Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds, White served as Vice President, Americas Diversity & Inclusion, at Credit Suisse, where he provided strategic leadership on creating an inclusive culture. He previously served as Human Capital Project Lead for the Investment Bank at Credit Suisse. Before that, White held a series of positions with increasing responsibility in Human Resources at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

“James brings robust experience and understanding across diversity and inclusion efforts that will help our firm build upon and enhance already established initiatives and programs. These efforts include looking at diverse slates of candidates when recruiting, building a strong culture of collaboration, and opening dialogue and driving action through our employee resource groups,” said Doyle.

OppenheimerFunds actively fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion. The firm currently offers three employee resource groups:

  • CONNECT helps women achieve their professional goals.
  • PROUD fosters a supportive community for LGBTA employees while promoting equality in the workplace.
  • Multicultural Network celebrates the rich and diverse cultures represented at the firm and in its communities.

A fourth employee resource group for Veterans will launch on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day.

“OppenheimerFunds is a widely respected global asset manager that recognizes the value of unique skills and experiences in the workplace,” said White. “I look forward to building on OppenheimerFunds’ established record of attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent.”