Student lending company Sallie Mae has appointed Lori Aiken as chief diversity officer to lead the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, including the hiring and development of a diverse workforce.

Aiken has experience in human resources and talent management and of creating and reinforcing cultures focused on diversity and inclusion. She previously led the human capital function at JPMorgan Chase’s market expansion division. Aiken has also developed and supported human resource programmes at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom Media Networks, Merrill Lynch, and AT&T.

Sallie Mae’s chief executive Jon Witter said: “Our company culture is rooted in indisputable values and a moral obligation to do right by each other and our communities and that also extends to how we do business. Lori will further this mission-critical work and advance our efforts to become one of the most just and inclusive workplaces in the country.”

Aiken added: “Increasing access and opportunity through higher education is core to who we are at Sallie Mae, By ensuring an environment where our people thrive, we can continue to advocate for students and families, from all backgrounds, who aspire to forge their future through education. Our diversity, equity, and inclusion focus will reinforce our commitment to our customers by becoming more intentional about our culture. This will, in turn, allow our team members to further support our customers and the communities where we live, work, and serve.”

Sallie Mae is headquartered in Newark, Delaware.

Date published: 4 May 2021

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