New York-listed gambling technology and lottery systems supplier IGT Group has confirmed the promotion of Kim Barker Lee to the newly created role of Vice President of Corporate Diversity & Inclusion.
IGT governance confirms that Barker Lee will be tasked with implementing the group’s first ever ‘global diversity strategy’, working alongside IGT leadership and HR functions.
The executive appointment will see Barker Lee chair IGT Group’s ‘Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC)’, a program assisting IGT leadership and emerging talent on diversity impacts and workforce challenges.
“IGT is committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the global customers and communities that we serve. Bringing more diverse perspectives to the table drives innovation and will enable IGT to continue to deliver the best products and services to our customers. Kim is an excellent choice for this position. Her personal contribution to IGT, true passion for diversity and inclusion, and unwavering commitment mark her as exactly what this position calls for,” said Mario Di Loreto, IGT Executive Vice President of People and Transformation.
Barker Lee formerly served as General Counsel of IGT Group’s Illinois Lottery management subsidiary Northstar Lottery Group (2011-2017).
Confirming the appointment, IGT governance stated that it wanted to create relevant and measurable corporate goals with regards to its global corporate diversity policies and future initiatives.
“Diversity and inclusion goes beyond gender and race. We want to embed into our values a culture of inclusion where all our employees feel valued, respected, listened to, engaged, and empowered to contribute to the success of the Company. IGT will continue to achieve success by recognizing that diversity is an asset and a business imperative in today’s global marketplace,” added Kim Barker Lee, IGT Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.