Kenneth Charles joins U.S. Bank as global talent leader

Kenneth Charles (Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank)

Kenneth Charles has joined U.S. Bank as a senior vice president of global talent. In this role, Charles will lead the creation of U.S. Bank’s enterprise-wide talent strategy by overseeing all diversity and inclusion initiatives, enterprise engagement, and recruiting functions across the company. 

Charles joins the bank from General Mills, where he was responsible for recruiting, culture and engagement, and the development and execution of General Mills’ global diversity and inclusion strategy. Charles has significant experience in identifying, influencing and leading corporate talent strategies. He was recognized as one of the 75 most influential people in the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly and as one of the Top Executives in Diversity by Black Enterprise.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ken to the U.S. Bank team,” said Jennie Carlson, executive vice president of human resources at U.S. Bank. “We have always believed that our collective strength as an organization comes from the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our employees. I’m confident that, through Ken’s leadership, we will continue to foster an inclusive and collaborative environment where people want to work and employees want to stay.”

Charles has significant experience in identifying, influencing and leading corporate talent strategies.

“Attracting, engaging and retaining top talent is critical to the success of any organization,” said Charles. “I’m looking forward to this new opportunity as a chance to use my experience and passion to further strengthen the holistic, end-to-end global talent strategy at U.S. Bank.”

He will begin his new role at U.S. Bank on July 24.

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $450 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,091 banking offices in 25 states and 4,838 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at
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