BBJ: McCormick’s 1st Black president says she will strive for diverse hiring, mentorship

By Colleen Neely
August 3, 2020

Being the first is not new to Nneka Rimmer.

As a Black woman, she takes that role of trailblazer seriously.

Her most recent first is at McCormick & Co. Inc., where she took over Aug. 1 as president of the Hunt Valley company’s global flavors and extracts business.

She is the first Black president at McCormick.

Rimmer will join the Global Flavor Solutions Council and manage part of the portfolio of products, which include flavorings, fragrances and extracts such as vanilla that McCormick sells to other companies. The business-to-business portfolio represents about 40% of the company’s global revenue.

Rimmer said she wants to use her newly acquired power to ensure that fewer Black people are the first to do something. To accomplish this, she said she will seek diverse candidate pools when hiring and will mentor Black leaders in and outside of McCormick.

Companies across the U.S. are making efforts to diversify their workforce and McCormick is no different. The company, which reported $1.4 billion in sales in the second quarter, pledged in 2017 to fill 50% of leadership positions globally with women and 30% of U.S. leadership positions with ethnically diverse talent by 2025.

Rimmer began working at McCormick in 2015 as the senior vice president of corporate strategy and development, where she gave direction to mergers and acquisitions. She is a member of McCormick’s Management Committee, a team leading McCormick’s global operations.

Rimmer is also an executive sponsor of the Black employee advisory group at McCormick, which was created last month to find ways for McCormick to support Black employees.

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Source: Baltimore Business Journal