NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that Oris Stuart has been named the NBA’s Chief People and Inclusion Officer. Stuart, who is currently the NBA Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, will begin in this newly-created role on Aug. 15 and report to NBA President, Administration Bob Criqui.
As NBA Chief People and Inclusion Officer, Stuart will be responsible for leading the combined Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion groups. He will oversee diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League and its teams, support the growth and development of the NBA’s global workforce, and strengthen commitments to attract, retain, develop and engage diverse talent.
With a focus on people, culture, inclusion and innovation, Stuart will establish policies and expand programs to increase the representation of people of color and women in leadership roles and positions across the league. He will continue to lead the NBA’s Global Inclusion Council and efforts to grow the league’s network of Black-, women- and diverse-owned suppliers. Stuart will also work closely with senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 U.S. and international offices.
“Oris’ appointment as Chief People and Inclusion Officer is a testament to his impact on our leagues and teams over the past five years,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “His commitment to developing our employees and driving inclusion at every level of our organization make him uniquely suited for this new role.”
Stuart has 20 years of experience as a business executive in diversity and inclusion issues. Prior to joining the NBA in June 2015, he spent two years as a Senior Partner with Korn Ferry, an executive search and talent management firm, where he led its Inclusion and Diversity practice. Previously, Stuart served as the Chief Executive Officer for Global Novations, the world’s leading provider of diversity and inclusion consulting and training solutions. During his tenure with Global Novations, Stuart supported clients across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, guided the expansion of the firm’s technology and consulting platforms, and led its ultimate acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2012.
Stuart graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in electrical engineering and holds an MBA from Duke University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Black MBA Association and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization that empowers African-American corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplace and their communities.