Global payments technology company Visa announced that it has hired United Way of Greater Greensboro President and CEO Michelle Gethers-Clark, appointing her to the newly expanded role of Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Corporate Responsibility.

In her new role, Gethers-Clark will be responsible for leading the company’s inclusion and diversity, social impact and sustainability efforts globally, ensuring that Visa’s organization and culture are truly inclusive, and managing initiatives to enhance the company’s commitment to being a responsible, ethical and sustainable company. She will also oversee Visa’s social impact efforts to drive equitable economic growth with a special focus on supporting small and micro businesses.

The announcement marks a further expansion of sustainability and corporate responsibility roles at the company. In August 2020, Visa announced the appointment of Douglas Sabo as its first Chief Sustainability Officer, responsible for overseeing global corporate responsibility, sustainability and ESG partnerships, programs, formal reporting and communications at the company.

Gethers-Clark will join the company in May and serve on Visa’s Executive Committee, and will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Al Kelly.

Kelly said:

“As a global, purpose-led company we are guided by the belief that economies that include everyone, everywhere will uplift everyone, everywhere. Michelle has tremendous leadership experience closely aligning inclusion and diversity, social impact and philanthropic initiatives to business objectives and producing transformational results. We are very excited for Michelle to join our team and help us to continue to drive positive impact within Visa and around the world.”

While at United Way of Greater Greensboro, North Carolina, Gethers-Clark led fundraising and distribution of $90 million to social impact programs focused on producing positive life, health and economic outcomes for children and families. She has also held a variety of senior roles at American Express, including serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Card Operations.

Gethers-Clark said:

“It is my honor to join the Visa team and lead our strategic inclusion and diversity, social impact and sustainability efforts globally. I bring to this role a passion for partnering with internal and external team members to continue bringing to life what this work can mean for our company, our customers and our communities around the world.”

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