James Kinney, North American chief resources officer at Mother USA, has joined Ogilvy as global chief diversity, equity & inclusion office and North America chief people officer.
He succeeds Donna Pedro, who joined Ogilvy in 2007 as chief diversity officer.
Kinney is charged with fostering an open environment for staffers to thrive and achieve their authentic selves, according to the WPP unit.
In his NA post, he will oversee talent management, recruitment, learning & development working in tandem with Jag Dhanji, global chief people officer, and Devika Bulchandani, who is joining the firm as CEO of Ogilvy NA.
Kinney also held posts at Giant Spoon (VP of people), Interactive Education Concepts (VP of growth and Strategy) and 30KFT (Thirty Thousand Feet) Performance (director of human resources).