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Piedmont Hires Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Atlanta (July 25, 2019) – Piedmont Healthcare has hired Jo Anne Sims Hill to serve as its first executive director of diversity and inclusion.

Hill will be responsible for infusing diversity and inclusion into the culture of Piedmont’s workforce of more than 23,000 employees. A native of Columbus, Ga., Hill most recently served as director of diversity and employee engagement for Aflac, a member of the Fortune 100.

“We exist to make a positive difference in every life we touch and the only way we can deliver on that promise is to make sure that we are a place where all are welcome,” said Piedmont Healthcare CEO Kevin Brown. “Jo Anne has a proven track record of leading in the diversity arena and will be responsible for strengthening the culture of diversity and inclusion at Piedmont.”

Hill currently serves in Columbus on the Mayor’s Commission for Diversity and Prosperity and on the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where she chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee.

Among her honors, Black Enterprise Magazine included Hill in its Top Executives in Corporate Diversity from 2016-2018, and during that same period she made the Profiles in Diversity Journal Diversity Leaders list. In 2017, she received the Society of Human Resources Management Atlanta Impact Award.   

“I’m excited to join Piedmont Healthcare and look forward to working with our leaders, clinicians and employees,” Hill said. “I believe that when we celebrate what makes us unique as individuals, we can achieve greatness.”

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