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Eugene Kelly

Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion


Eugene Kelly is Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion for Colgate-Palmolive, a $15.2 billion consumer products company serving people in more than 200 countries and territories. In this role, Eugene’s focus is on furthering Colgate’s efforts to attract and retain the best people from a diverse and broad base of global talent. In addition, Eugene leads the Corporation’s focus on Global Diversity and Inclusion while actively supporting its commitment to its’ Managing with Respect principles and ensuring that Colgate provides a most inclusive work environment for all people.

Eugene joined Colgate in 2001 as Human Resources Director, Global Finance & Legal. There, he provided HR leadership in the areas of succession planning, competencies/career tracks, staff development, performance management strategies and organizational change management. He was later named Human Resources Director, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, where Eugene led all Human Resources initiatives for business with particular emphasis on people development.

Prior to Colgate, Eugene spent four years with AOL/Time Warner where he served as Associate Director, Human Resources for Money, Mutual Funds, and Fortune Small Business Magazines

During his career, Eugene has also held Human Resources leadership positions with PepsiCo, Wendy’s International, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Eugene currently serves on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Councils for the Asia Society and the Conference Board. Eugene was recently recognized as one of the 2016 Harlem YMCA National Black Achievers in Industry and was named the 2015 Corporate Citizen of the Year by Determine To Educate, Inc.

Eugene is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.



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