Unum (NYSE: UNM), a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the U.S. and U.K., today said that Wade Hinton has been appointed vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for the company effective August 20.
In his role, he will be responsible for strategic diversity and inclusion programming to ensure Unum’s culture, environment and business approach in every area is inclusive and respectful to all. His work will accelerate Unum’s focus on inclusion and further empower diverse employees within the organization.
“Through a grassroots approach with executive support, we’ve made tremendous progress creating an inclusive culture where all of our team members can thrive,” said Rick McKenney, president and CEO of Unum Group. “I am confident that Wade will harness our energy and help us realize our vision of a world-class workplace that appreciates the unique talents and experiences of every team member.”
Hinton has most recently served as city attorney for Chattanooga. Prior to his appointment, he was the deputy general counsel for Volkswagen Group of America’s Chattanooga operations after spending several years in private practice. He also served as a consultant to County Mayor Claude Ramsey on issues related to diversity and minority business programs. A large portion of his professional and volunteer work has focused on diversity and creating an inclusive community.
Hinton serves on the board of directors for the Benwood Foundation, Friends of the Festival, the Company Lab (Co.Lab), and the Chattanooga State Foundation. He’s the past charter president of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Young Professionals Group and has served on the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, and Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP. Hinton is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, and graduated from Emory University and University of Memphis School of Law.