Azuree Montoute-Lewis, Bridgette O'Neal

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has named Azuree Montoute-Lewis as global head of diversity, equity and inclusion and Bridgette O’Neal as its US DE&I chief.

Montoute-Lewis joins WPP on Sept. 15 from Fitch Ratings, where she set up its DE&I unit and expanded the talent management function.

Earlier she did an almost ten-year stint at Citicorp in talent & diversity positions, overseeing the Black Heritage Affinity Group, executive development and assessment, talent reviews and succession management functions.

Montoute-Lewis also worked at Dun & Bradstreet and JPMorgan Chase. At H&K, she reports to CEO AnnaMaria DeSalva.

O’Neal, who has more than 25 years of brand advertising, multicultural marketing and DE&I experience, was most recently at Interpublic Group.

At IPG, she handled the launch of its Business Resources Group, including the Asian Heritage Group, Black Employee Network, IPGLGT, SOMOS and the Women’s Leadership Network.

Prior to IPG, she ran marketing programs at Ebony and Jet, Time Inc. and Marriott International.

O’Neal reports to H+K global president Richard Millar.