Nicole Cokley Dunlap is in as Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.’s chief diversity officer, the company announced Aug. 24.
Cokley Dunlap brings more than 25 years of expertise to her role leading the retailer’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and will report directly to Lynda Markoe, executive vice president and chief people and culture officer. She will begin in her new role in September.
Cokley Dunlap joins Bed Bath from Macy’s Inc., where she’s currently vice president of diversity and inclusion strategy, a role she’s held since 2019. She held roles with increasing levels of leadership responsibilities across Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s Inc. in human resources, employee giving, diversity and inclusion, and store management since 1996.
She also serves as co-president of BRAG, a nonprofit organization that prepares and educates people of color for executive leadership roles in retail, fashion and related industries.
“Nicole is a consummate leader with tremendous relationships and expertise in DE& I and will help us deliver change that is needed within our company and the communities we serve. Building our community, both inside and outside the company, is of paramount importance as we execute against Bed Bath & Beyond’s transformation plans,” Markoe said. “One of our five key practices in our strategic transformation framework is championing diversity and community, and we are pleased to appoint a chief diversity officer as talented and proven as Nicole.”
Bed Bath has set diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to reach at least 50% women representation and at least 25% racial and/or ethnic diversity at all levels by 2030 as part of its Environmental, Social, and Governance strategy. Cokley Dunlap will oversee the strategy and execution of its goals as well as build relationships with customer communities and diverse business vendors.
“As a values-driven company, I am excited to be a part of Bed Bath and Beyond’s transformation to advance the DE&I goals,” Cokley Dunlap said. “With an emphasis on associates, customers and communities, I look forward to working across the organization to optimize DE&I initiatives to drive innovation and business results.”
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