Lowe’s names new EVP of human resources
Lowe's Companies has a new senior human resources executive.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based home improvement retailer has appointed Janice Dupre Little as executive vice president, human resources, effective June 22.
And the appointment arrives as companies examine diversity and equality in the workforce - a priority for Lowe’s - during an age of social and political unrest in America.
In a statement, Lowe’s said that Little is “a seasoned executive with 15 years of human resources and diversity and inclusion experience.”
Little joined Lowe's in 2017 and most recently served as senior vice president, diversity and talent management. Lowe's said that Little has worked company leaders to expand and develop solutions that support the retailer's mission while making diversity and inclusion a signature priority.
"We are pleased that as our executive vice president of human resources Janice will bring her deep understanding of diversity and inclusion to this leadership role," Lowe’s President and CEO Marvin Ellison said. "During her tenure, Janice has been integral in shaping our organization's global strategies for talent, culture, and leadership development.”
“We look forward to leveraging her extensive expertise and ensuring Lowe's remains a workplace of choice for current and future leaders,” said Ellison.
"I am honored and excited to lead the Lowe's human resources team,” Little said. “People are the company's most important resource. I look forward to the opportunity to build on Lowe's commitment to fostering an environment where individuals are treated fairly, valued, respected, safe, and inspired to serve customers and the community.”
Lowe’s operates more than 2,200 stores and has more than 300,000 associates.
On May 31, Ellison issued a social message about racism, hate, and insensitive behavior as protests were heating up across the nation.
Little's appointment fills an executive role that was left vacant following April’s unexpected departure of Jennifer Webber, former EVP of human resources at Lowe’s.
Prior to Lowe's, Little served as vice president, diversity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, for McKesson Corp. She also held several human resources leadership positions at Dell. Before transitioning into human resources, Little served in finance and accounting roles with Dell, IBM and Ernst & Young.