Beam Suntory named Victoria Russell as its first Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. In this newly created role, Russell will join the company’s Senior Leadership Team on Jan. 11, 2021, and lead diversity and inclusion across talent acquisition, career development and employee retention, marketing, community relations, and building organizational capability to better recognize bias and further drive an inclusive mindset. Russell will also support the development of diversity guidelines for the company’s supplier base and will work directly with Employee Impact Groups and leaders across the business. “We are determined to build a workforce that looks more like our consumers, and we’ve set ambitious goals to accelerate the progress we’re making,” said Beam Suntory CEO Albert Baladi. Russell joins Beam Suntory following a 14-year career at Louisville, KY-based Papa John’s International, ultimately being the first to lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the brand.