Raymond James is taking steps to bolster its diversity strategy with the appointment of a new hire from diversity and inclusion consulting firm Cook Ross, the company says.

Pedro Suriel joins Raymond James as vice president of diversity and inclusion effective May 13, the company says in a press release.

In this capacity, he will partner with the leader of Raymond James’ Financial Advisor Networks, which includes the Network for Women Advisors, the Black Financial Advisors Network and the Pride Financial Advisors Network, and will chair the firm’s diversity and inclusion advisory group, Raymond James says.

Suriel was managing director of client services at Cook Ross, according to the press release.

Prior to his stint at Cook Ross, Suriel spent more than 20 years with Accenture, most recently as managing director and partner in the company’s diversity and inclusion practices in North America, Raymond James says.

Suriel also sits on the board of small business mentoring non-profit SCORE Association, according to the press release. He also previously served as director and board member of the Hispanic IT Executive Council, Raymond James says.

“We’re excited to add a professional with Pedro’s experience and talent to our already robust diversity and inclusion program,” Chris Aisenbrey, Raymond James’s senior vice president, organization and talent development, says in the press release. “As Raymond James continues to grow, ensuring both our businesses and our strategy remain aligned with our cultural imperatives will help ensure we continue to attract the best talent.”