Midland-based Chemical Bank Names Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Strategic Partnerships


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Donnell R. White

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Midland’s Chemical Bank has announced that Donnell R. White has been named chief diversity officer and director of strategic partnerships.

In his new position, White will create strategies to attract, engage, and develop diverse talent across the organization. He will also focus on developing relationships with community groups and business organizations in Detroit.

“I am passionate about strengthening and empowering employees within the organizations that I serve, and, in my new position, I am thrilled to be responsible for developing and implementing new and innovative corporate-wide diversity initiatives, along with building partnerships with community groups and businesses in the city,” says White. “My time with the Detroit NAACP was deeply rewarding on many levels and has prepared me well for this new role. I am eager to get started and look forward to helping one of Michigan’s own build on its established momentum.”

Prior to joining Chemical Bank, White served as executive director of the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where he helped lead the organization’s largest local branch. He was also responsible for the strategic, financial, and operational oversight of the organization, including executive committee support, executive and professional staff supervision, grant and budget management, and fund development. White also served as the spokesperson and community liaison for the organization.

“Chemical Bank is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion at every level, and we are pleased to have Donnell on board to set our strategy and execution going forward,” says Thomas C. Shafer, president and CEO of Chemical Bank. “We are confident in his ability to help us become an employer and partner of choice as we continue to execute our growth plans.”

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