Warner Music Group has hired Maurice Stinnett, PhD, as their head of global equity, diversity and inclusion, according to a news release. In his new position, he will lead the brand’s equity initiatives, talent recruitment and development, and support the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
“Music is a force for good in the world, and the music industry is made up of artists, songwriters, and people from every background,” Stinnett said in the release. “Our business can and should lead the way in opening up a new era of diversity and inclusion. We’re at a turning point in history, and there’s a genuine commitment and desire for real transformation and transparency at WMG.”
“The past two months have seen an unprecedented reckoning in the fight against systemic racism and injustice. We’re committed to lasting change throughout our company and in our industry at large,” Warner Music Group CEO Steve Cooper said in the company news release. “Maurice brings impressive knowledge, experience, and passion to this important new post. He will be a dynamic leader who will hold us accountable to our promises and be a credible voice both within our company and in the global music community.”
Stinnett joins WMG from his previous position as vice president of diversity, inclusion, and culture at BSE Global. He has a long history of working in diversity and inclusion across the country and has earned numerous awards for his work. In 2018, he became the first Black man to be appointed as vice president of diversity and inclusion at an NBA team with BSE Global, the parent company to the Brooklyn Nets, NHL’s New York Islanders, and the Barclays Center.
“I’m grateful to Steve for this opportunity to help make a difference,” Stinnett added in the release. “As I step into this new role, I carry tremendous pride in the work accomplished by the entire BSE Global family in progressing racial equality and social justice. I will continue to cheer on the Nets and Liberty as a member of the Brooklyn community.”
He has also previously held posts including vice president of university engagement and chief diversity officer at Cleveland State University, dean of students at Central State University, and vice president and senior director of community engagement and education at CentroNia. He also served as chairman of the White House Initiative, World Leadership Program. Honors include the Jackie Robinson Trailblazer Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Rev. Jesse Jackson and the President’s Award for Community Service and Activism from the NAACP of Springfield, Ohio.
Stinnett holds a Doctor of Education degree in organization and leadership from Columbia University and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.