Kelly (NASDAQ: KELYA, KELYB) named Keilon Ratliff its first chief diversity officer. Ratliff had served as Kelly’s VP since 2017.
A 23-year industry veteran, Ratliff joined Kelly in 2004 and held several operational leadership roles throughout his tenure. Ratliff most recently led the company’s automotive, energy and finance business, where he worked with Toyota Manufacturing in Georgetown, Kentucky, to expand career opportunities for job seekers with non-violent, non-relevant criminal records.
As the chief diversity officer, Ratliff will lead the development and execution of the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, including programs and partnerships to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce for Kelly and its clients. He will report to Kelly President and CEO Peter Quigley.
“Over the past two years, we have invested in a comprehensive DEI strategy and launched our Equity@Work initiative to make work more accessible to job seekers from underemployed talent groups. Keilon has been a driving force behind those efforts, and his business acumen, leadership, passion for breaking barriers to work and track record of success with clients and talent make him the ideal choice to scale these efforts,” Quigley said.
Ratliff also appeared on SIA’s 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Influencers list.
Ratliff’s current role as VP and vertical lead at Kelly Professional & Industrial will be transitioned to a successor over time.