Dr. Maurice Stinnett has joined Warner Music Group as the label’s head of global equity, diversity and inclusion. In his new role, Stinnett will lead the charge on WMG’s equity initiatives and work towards implementing programs to help the company become a more inclusive workplace. He’ll also have a hand in talent recruitment and development, and will assist the company’s Executive Diversity & Inclusion Council.
Until recently, Stinnett was vp of diversity, inclusion and culture at BSE Global, operators of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and two of the arena’s prominent tenants — the Nets (NBA) and the Liberty (WNBA). Prior to BSE, he held senior roles at Cleveland State University and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
He will report to WMG CEO Steve Cooper and be based at the company’s global headquarters in New York City. Stinnett will work in partnership with Nina Bhagwat, head of inclusion & diversity at Warner Music’s UK office.
“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,” said Cooper. “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.”
Added Stinnett, “Music is a force for good in the world, and the music industry is made up of artists, songwriters, and people from every background. 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. I’m thrilled to be joining the company on this important journey, and I’m grateful to Steve for this opportunity to help make a difference.”