ELC Names CEO, Aims to Increase African-Americans in Executive Roles

Washington — Oct. 17

The board of directors of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) announced Ronald C. Parker as its president and chief executive officer and Brickson Diamond as its chief operating officer.

The announcement precedes the ELC’s 2012 Recognition Gala, the organization’s marquee event highlighting its signature programs and the contributions of African-Americans in corporate America.

Parker has been an active ELC member for 17 years, serving on both ELC and ELF boards. In July, the board of directors began an extensive search to fill the organization’s president and CEO position. The selection committee conducted interviews with a number of candidates, including Parker, who were qualified to lead ELC.

In his new role, Parker will oversee ELC’s membership recruitment and growth; talent and professional pipeline development programs; the Community Impact Initiative; and the realization of ELC’s five-year strategic goals to add 500 African-Americans to the CEO position and those one to two levels below in Fortune 500 companies as well as 200 African-Americans to the boards of publicly traded companies by 2017.

Parker recently retired from his post as senior vice president for human resources, labor relations and global diversity and inclusion for PepsiCo Inc. He has worked in the food and beverage sector for nearly 30 years.

The ELC board, in collaboration with Parker, also announced the selection of Brickson Diamond as the organization’s new chief operating officer. Diamond will be responsible for the daily operations of ELC and will report directly to the president and CEO.

Diamond has more than 17 years of experience in the investment management business, spending 11 of those years with Capital Group Private Client Services.

He is chief executive officer of Big Answers LLC, an independent strategic consulting practice. Diamond is also an ELC member.

Source: The Executive Leadership Council