BMO Financial Group has appointed Kimberley Goode as the Chief Communications & Social Impact Officer. She will lead a new team combining the Communications practice areas of Employee Communications, Media Relations, and Government Relations with the Purpose and Community Giving teams, creating a single organization unified in its focus on achieving the bank’s strategic priorities and purpose.
“Kimberley brings to BMO an exceptional skill set and reputation as a seasoned communications executive,” said Mr Fowler. “Beyond her impressive resume, she is being appointed to this role because of specific attributes she has consistently modelled throughout her career. She is a values-based, strategic and purpose-led leader. She has successfully led transformations focused on driving business results through integrated communications encompassing reputation management, brand building, corporate social responsibility, culture and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also a strong believer in the use of data to drive, measure, and adapt to maximize impact.”
Most recently, she was SVP of External Affairs for Blue Shield of California where she built a comprehensive reputation strategy, led a team that created a policy to transform healthcare, and led the launch of BlueSky, a program that helps youth improve their mental health.
Prior to that, she spent nine years with Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee where she integrated its communications functions and helped to reposition the company from insurance to a holistic financial services provider.
She also served as president for the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, the largest corporate foundation in Wisconsin. Preceding that, she held vice president roles in corporate, worldwide, and global communications with Visteon Corporation, Kellogg Company, and Prudential Financial, leading internal and external communications strategy, policies, and initiatives to preserve and enhance corporate reputations.
She is actively engaged with the Executive Leadership Council, the Bay Area Council, Children Now Leadership Council, and California Women Lead Advisory Council. Goode is a former board of trustees member with Milwaukee Urban League, Author W. Page Society, Action for Healthy Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, where she was active with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and led the university’s Blacks in the Communication student organization. She has earned numerous awards, including 2019 San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, Ebony Magazine’s Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications, and Savoy magazine’s Most Influential Women in Corporate America.
Congratulations Kimberley Goode. Keep leading the way!
This article was culled from Diversity Global Magazine.