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Globoforce Names Steve Pemberton as Its New HR Leader

The noted diversity and inclusion leader will further employee recognition in his new role.
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Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton was named as chief human resources officer for rewards and recognition company Globoforce.

Pemberton, the former chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the well-being enterprise of the drug-store giant, will work with Globoforce HR leaders and senior management executives worldwide to help them create relationships with their employees so they feel recognized, respected and appreciated, according to a Dec. 4 statement from the company. Pemberton also will take charge of Globoforce’s WorkHuman movement.

“As one of America’s most inspiring executives, Steve has been a proponent of the gift of kindness to help people fulfill their purpose,” said Globoforce CEO Eric Mosley in the statement. “He has dedicated his life to uplifting others and spent his career bringing these tenets to the workplace. Steve’s commitment to developing cultures of diversity and inclusion in the workplace has been relentless. We are confident that his deep and personal knowledge of human experiences, his empathetic nature and his strong passion for equality, access and opportunity will not only inspire us at Globoforce but also HR leaders around the world to create more human workplaces built upon positivity, respect and recognition.”

Former Workforce sister publication Talent Management (now Talent Economy) profiled Pemberton in 2014 when he was the vice president of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance.

“You can understand why I don’t subscribe to traditional definitions of diversity. … I’m a lot more interested in trying to connect us than going to our separate corners and qualifying our experiences based on the narrow lens of our own,” Pemberton said at the time.

In the Dec. 4 Globoforce statement, Pemberton advocated employee recognition as vital to a successful organization.

“To achieve success in today’s workplace, we must be committed to inspiring and empowering one another day in and day out,” Pemberton said. “This type of transformation starts with galvanizing HR leaders worldwide to build cultures based upon foundations of humanity, appreciation and diversity, inclusion and belonging.”

Before his role at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Pemberton was the chief diversity officer at job board Monster.com. Pemberton also authored his memoir, “A Chance in the World,” which describes his challenges in a foster care system and trying to solve the mystery of his identity.

Alexis Carpello is a Workforce intern. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com.