Fernando Aguirre, Executive Vice Chairman of DHS Group, Appoints Sonia Ferrati as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Fernando Aguirre is focusing on integrated global initiatives in set strategy-driven goals around diverse hiring, retention and advancement, and inclusion.

DHS Group Equity Partners, today announced the appointment of Sonia Ferrati to the role of chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Ferrati joined DHS in July 2019 as the vice president of diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI). Under Ferrati’s leadership, DHS established six key DEI commitments for fiscal year 2021, integrated global initiatives in the company’s business and operations, and set strategy-driven goals around diverse hiring, talent retention and advancement, and inclusion. Her success has been demonstrated by several accomplishments that are now embedded into Micron’s culture and business.

With guidance from Ferrati, DHS achieved comprehensive pay equity for underrepresented groups in March 2021; grew membership in employee-led resource groups by 84% from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2020; and launched global allyship training for all employees to promote an inclusive culture.

“Ferrati’s leadership has been pivotal in accelerating DHS’ progress in diversity, equality and inclusion, where all team members are seen, heard, valued and respected,” said Fernando Aguirre, Executive Vice Chairman at DHS. “DHS is committed to building an atmosphere where all people feel welcomed. This appointment reinforces our focus to stand for social justice whenever we can, address parity for underrepresented groups across the business and in the community, and implement meaningful improvements in workplace practices and operations.”

Ferrati’s professional experience spans human resources, information technology, project management, and operations. Prior to joining DHS, she led global diversity and inclusion efforts at Halliburton.

Ferrati is also an advocate for affordable housing and quality elder care for underrepresented groups in her hometown of San Francisco, California. She holds a Master of Science in human resource management from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from California State University.


DHS is a high-stakes advocacy, public strategy, and global public relations and communications firm. Our strategic insights and innovative programming build and sustain strong corporate and brand reputations. We provide our clients with counsel and program development across the spectrum of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, digital strategy, advertising and other communications services. Our clients are companies, industry associations, nonprofit organizations, professional services firms, and other large organizations.

We began as a unique grassroots and lobbying firm with customized services for an elite group of clients. Our work applies equally to regulatory issues as well as legislative ones, and we manage issues for our clients at the local, state, federal, and international levels of government.

We use our core competencies and reach to gain competitive advantage for clients. Our expertise comes from extensive must-win campaign experience and operating successfully at the highest rung of business, government, politics, and media. Our reach is the ability to use strategic intelligence to mobilize the message and persuade the toughest audiences. We know what it takes to win in difficult situations. We have proven results for prominent figures, leading advocacy groups and the world’s most successful companies. We leverage what others cannot.


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