(San Francisco, CA) The Pac-12 Conference announced today that veteran sports and entertainment human resources executive Quashan Lockett has been named to the newly created role of Chief People & Inclusion Officer. Lockett assumes the position effective immediately and will report to Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff. Serving on the Pac-12 Leadership Team and working across the conference office and with university athletic departments, he will oversee the organization’s holistic people function encompassing HR, talent development, change management, and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and will drive the enhancement and acceleration of the Pac-12’s values-based culture and DEIB and social impact strategies.
“The Pac-12 is committed to building a best-in-class organization and culture, and we are thrilled to have found a leader who brings a track record of success and deep experience in both human capital management and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging,” said Commissioner Kliavkoff. “Our Pac-12 universities and the conference have been at the forefront of DEIB efforts, and with Quashan’s appointment we will be in a position to extend our leadership and best support our valued employees and members.”
Lockett added: “I am thrilled to join the Pac-12 Conference as their first-ever Chief People & Inclusion Officer. Sport and athletics have the unique power to unify people, drive culture, and create positive change. I’m passionate about building inclusive, equitable and people-centric organizations and with the rapid and continuously evolving landscape of college athletics, I am excited to work alongside George, the Pac-12 executive team, and the member university athletic departments to ensure that our values and commitment to DEIB are front and center. I am looking-forward to supporting, empowering, and advocating for our student-athletes and employees and helping to elevate their overall experience and well-being to the next level.”
Quashan brings a 17-year track record of building high performance and culturally strong organizations across the sports, entertainment, retail, technology, and hospitality industries. His career has been highlighted by success in delivering impactful human capital management, organization development, and business transformation strategies to organizations, teams, and stakeholders. Quashan is also the founder of Color of Sports, a purpose driven change agency whose mission is to disrupt structural inequality, build a more equitable and humanized future – and drive social change – through the power of sports and entertainment.
Quashan most recently served as Global Head of Human Resources at On Location, a sports and entertainment premium experiential hospitality company owned by Endeavor. In that role, he provided strategic leadership for key people and organizational activities globally, including talent management, leadership development, people operations, organization development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to On Location, Quashan was Vice President, Human Resources and Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Legends, a premium experiences company whose clients include many of the world’s most iconic sports and entertainment brands. Quashan’s experience also includes senior roles at Avis Budget Group, Giant Eagle, and Aramark Sports & Entertainment.
Quashan earned a bachelor’s degree in Labor & Employment Relations from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and was recognized by Leaders as one of the top leaders in sport under 40.
Press Release courtesy of the PAC-12 Conference – Andrew Walker