The Harvard Business Review and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have produced studies that show more equitable spaces lead to greater productivity levels. And, while places like StockX already seem to have a healthy set of work already happening led by team members that contribute to an equitable culture, there’s still always room for improvement.

On May 10, it was announced that Damien Hooper-Campbell has been appointed as the first-ever Chief Impact Officer at StockX, in an effort to build on the work that’s already been done.

Customer First

According to a press release provided to AfroTech, Damien Hooper-Campbell has joined the c-suite as a critical team member who will oversee core functional areas, including Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), and environmental, social, and community engagement initiatives globally.

A significant component of his work will include managing how the company thinks about sourcing and hiring and how StockX approaches community partnerships and investments.

With over two decades of relevant industry experience, Hooper-Campbell had a personal connection that made him doubly connected to StockX and this role.

“My journey to StockX actually began as a customer. I’m a longtime sneakerhead and have followed [let’s be honest…have shopped] the marketplace since its launch in 2016, starting with a pair of Jordan 11 ‘72-10’ Retros. The platform’s commitment to leveling the playing field as it relates to providing access to current culture has always resonated,” Hooper-Campbell shared with AfroTech.

Building On A Strong Foundation

Having served in similar capacities at tech companies like Zoom, eBay, Uber, and Google, the Detroit-based cultural marketplace is excited to welcome Hooper-Campbell to the team as the CEO’s seventh c-suite hire.

“I don’t think I’ve even fully grasped what this opportunity will mean in terms of more deeply serving the communities in which we exist —with our hometown of Detroit as the foundation — but I can’t wait to dig in,” Hooper-Campbell said.

And of course, he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get down to business.

“My primary focus in the first couple of months will be on listening and learning: meeting colleagues globally, spending time in our offices and Authentication Centers to really understand culture and the nuances that exist in different geographies, and learning the business of StockX,” he said.