December 17, 2018
Andersen Corporation, America’s premier window and door manufacturer, announced today that it has promoted David Edgerton Jr. to Director of Diversity and Inclusion, effective immediately. Edgerton will report to Karen Richard, Chief Human Resources Officer. In this newly created role, Edgerton is responsible for partnering with leaders across the company, in support of Andersen’s vision, mission and operating strategies, to cultivate a work environment that embraces diversity and promotes an open and welcoming community.
Edgerton joined Andersen in 2014 as an IT leader and was appointed to Andersen’s Inclusion Council in 2017. He serves as the board chair of Blacks in Technology, an organization focused on increasing ethnic diversity in the tech industry. He also is an adjunct instructor at three local universities and is the sole instructor for the mini-MBA program at Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) which is devoted to minority entrepreneurship growth and success. Edgerton received his MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and his electrical engineering degree from North Carolina A&T.
In addition, Andersen has joined the CEO Action for Diversity & InclusionÔ initiative, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. By signing the coalition’s pledge, Jay Lund, Andersen Chairman and CEO, joins more than 500 companies and organizations, spanning sectors, industries, geographies, and size, who agree to:
* cultivate workplaces that support open dialogue on complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion;
* implement and expand unconscious bias education; and
* share best known—and unsuccessful—actions.
"We are firmly committed to increasing Andersen’s diversity and fostering a culture where everyone is welcomed, valued and respected,” said Jay Lund. “We are proud to pledge our commitment to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion and I am confident David Edgerton’s leadership, combined with our team’s commitment, will strengthen diversity, inclusion, equity and access at Andersen and in our community.”
In addition to Andersen’s national CEO Action pledge, the company is also partnering with Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, CEO of Rae Mackenzie Group, to strengthen its position in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region, further reinforcing Andersen’s commitment to attract and retain diverse talent and to be a special place to work for all employees.