Nissan Strengthens Its Commitment To Diversity With Promotion Of Keri Floyd Kelly


The Nissan Motor Co. has announced the promotion of Keri Floyd Kelli to director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for its North American branch.

Kelli will be responsible for developing diversity and inclusion strategies to integrate into the automaker’s business practices, directing the Executive and Advisory Diversity Councils, and cultivating sustained relationships with civic and community leaders and organizations.

Jeremie Papin, the senior vice president and chairperson for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said Kelli’s experience and knowledge have been a huge asset for  Nissan. 

“Keri’s experience and leadership make her the right person for this very important position,” Papin said in a release. “With Keri’s expertise, we will continue to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of Nissan’s business and meaningfully advance our culture.

The Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University graduate has spent more than 20 years at Nissan working in finance, diversity, talent management, purchasing, and other positions. Additionally, Kelli also has experience in the defense industry.

Kelli said in a statement she’s excited to continue her career at Nissan and to be part of a team dedicated to fairness and equality.

“I live by the mantras of ‘Do what is right,’ and ‘Be boldly you,’” Kelli said in a statement. “I’m stepping into this critical role at a critical time in society. I am enthusiastic to continue the DEI initiatives of Nissan and to be a part of a team that inspires and influences lasting change, respect and appreciation for our differences.”

Kelli received a bachelor’s in business administration and accounting from Tennessee State and a Master’s in Business Administration from Vanderbilt. Kelli also serves as a member on the board of directors of Youth About Business and has spent the last six years as the chair of the Tennessee State University College of Business Alumni Board.