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Janessa Cox-Irvin

Global Head—Diversity & Inclusion

Years at AB  /  Years of Experience


Janessa Cox-Irvin is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at AllianceBernstein (AB) and a member of the Operating Committee. As Global Head of D&I, she partners closely with the CEO, other executive committee members and human capital to lead AB’s global D&I strategy, and provides thought leadership on advancing efforts that align with business priorities, meet the needs of a diverse range of clients and positively impact over 3,800 AB employees worldwide. Following the 2018 announcement of a headquarters relocation to Nashville, Tennessee, Cox-Irvin has led the development of a formalized D&I philosophy for Nashville, including a framework for community and employee engagement and corporate partnership. As D&I continues to be a critical focus area for many clients and prospects globally, she has successfully positioned AB’s approach to D&I as a differentiating factor. Cox-Irvin and her team have personally been involved in multiple client proposals and mandates. Known for her dynamism, she creates spaces for authentic discussions on challenging topics and often serves in an advisory capacity for clients, providing thought-provoking, practical solutions for organizations and individuals at various stages of the D&I journey. Prior to joining AB in 2015, Cox-Irvin spent 11 years at Deutsche Bank, where she served as D&I manager for the Americas region and was responsible for integrating diversity practices within the Corporate Banking & Securities and Global Transaction Banking divisions globally. She holds a BBA in human resources management from Pace University. Cox-Irvin is a mentor with the Step Up women’s network and the Young Women’s Leadership Network. She was a 2018 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Catalyst in Finance awardee and named to Crain’s 2020 list of Rising Stars in Banking & Finance. Cox-Irvin’s thought leadership has been featured in Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Ignites, FundFire and CNBC. Additionally, she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) D&I Advisory Council.

New York


Diversity is a fact, but Inclusion is a choice that requires intentionality. On our journey, we’ve committed to fully investing in our people, celebrating their unique difference and adapting to the changing landscape around us.

Janessa Cox-Irvin Global Head—Diversity & Inclusion