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Michelle Thornhill promoted by Wells Fargo to SVP, Manager for Enterprise Diversity

(May 15, 2013) Wells Fargo recently named Michelle Thornhill, senior vice president, as strategy and integration manager reporting directly to the head of Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion. For the last five years, Thornhill served as the African American segment manager at Wells Fargo. In this role, she led the development and execution of the enterprise marketing and engagement strategy for African American consumers and communities.

As Strategy and Integration Manager, Thornhill is now responsible for providing strategic leadership consultation in support of Wells Fargo's diversity and inclusion business goals and objectives. Thornhill will focus on developing the enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion implementation strategy. As the central facilitator of strategic planning and coordination for this area, her role involves partnering with Wells Fargo leaders and key stakeholder groups to support them in their efforts to strengthen and sustain an inclusive culture for Wells Fargo.

"Michelle's commitment to diversity and inclusion has proven to be a great asset for Wells Fargo," says Jimmie Paschall, head of Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion, Wells Fargo. "Diversity and inclusion is not only about acquiring diverse talent, but also developing and promoting diverse talent from within. We look forward to the work Michelle will do in supporting what we consider a business imperative."

Wells Fargo ultimately aims to become known as one of the world's greatest companies, a goal of which Thornhill feels requires a solid foundation around a common diversity and inclusion strategy.

Thornhill brings more than fifteen years of experience developing consumer initiatives for diverse audiences in the financial services and nonprofit sectors, and has traveled both domestically and internationally in support of these goals. Her educational credentials blend finance and public policy with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Masters of Science in Organizational Behavior and Culture from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

As a mother of two young boys, Thornhill is extremely passionate about education and serves as a co-chair of the advisory board for New Leaders of Charlotte. She believes that all children should have access to a quality education and considers it a personal priority to play her part.

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