ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks have hired Nzinga Shaw as the team's first chief diversity and inclusion officer.
The Hawks announced Thursday Shaw will guide Hawks executives "so that they can engender inclusivity in every facet of the business." She will report directly to Hawks chief executive officer Steve Koonin.
The hiring follows racially charged comments by owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry, which were revealed before the season. Levenson is selling his majority share of the team, and Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence.
In a statement released by the team, Shaw said her goal is to help the Hawks "continue to rebuild trust and partnership in the Atlanta community."
Shaw most recently held a similar position at Edelman, a public relations agency.