DUBLIN — Healthcare specialist agency Evoke Kyne has promoted account director Chanta’ Stewart to the newly-created role of vice president, head of diversity, equity and inclusion.

In her new role, Stewart will expand and shape the agency’s global DE&I initiatives while also serving as its in-house expert to help guide client engagements in this area.

Evoke Kyne CEO David Kyne said the appointment reflected the agency’s “commitment to fostering a workplace environment where diverse representation, inclusivity, equitable opportunities and a sense of belonging were at the forefront.”

He said: “The social, racial and healthcare inequities in our society have never been more apparent than they are today, and it’s critical for us to continue to invest in and expand on our DE&I efforts with the goal of better addressing the needs of our people, clients and partners.

“We are committed to being part of the change that is needed in our industry and I’m thrilled that Chanta’ will be guiding our DE&I efforts for both our teams and our clients alike.”

With the support of leadership and a global, cross-functional working group, Stewart will build on Evoke Kyne’s existing DE&I framework to develop a new, long-term global plan, including collecting baseline data, establishing key benchmarks and setting target DE&I metrics. She will also continue her role as a member of parent company Evoke’s Global DE&I Committee, a collaboration among its network of agencies to advance DE&I efforts globally.

Stewart said: “As a Black woman who has experienced exclusion and inequities throughout my life, I recognise the importance of having a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace as it enriches our team, our expertise and helps us become better people and partners.

“I’m so proud to work for an organisation that’s committed to creating long-term systemic and sustainable change. I will take a human-first approach to our DE&I efforts to ensure that the individuals and communities we serve, both internally and externally, are reflected in all that we do.”