Amerant Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTB and AMTBB) (“Amerant”) announced today that Kristy Amaro has been named Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
A new C-suite position at Amerant, Amaro, who joined the company in 2006, will lead the organization’s efforts to further a culture that recognizes and creates opportunities for diverse representation throughout the enterprise.
Most recently, Amaro served as People and Organizational Development Manager, working with all organizational levels to develop, promote and deliver learning solutions that develop staff potential and support the organization’s business strategy.
She was also the Change Management lead for Amerant’s Digital Transformation strategy, successfully leading a diverse team to drive digital adoption.
“We are excited to announce Kristy as our new CDO,” said Jerry Plush, Vice Chairman and CEO of Amerant. “She is well-respected within the organization and in the community, and we are confident that she will be very successful in this essential role.”
A key member of the Human Resources team, she has also served as Amerant’s VP of People & Organizational Development, where she worked in partnership with business leaders to identify critical business issues and design organization development and strategic plans to enhance company performance.
Prior to joining Amerant, Amaro managed the learning and development function in the luxury hotel industry. Early in her career, she also served as a public school educator in under-resourced communities.
“My passions have always been around improving the employee journey and experience,” said Amaro. “I’m proud to have been chosen for this new role at Amerant and view this as an incredible opportunity to further our environmental, social and governance efforts.”