Kimberly Davis is a trailblazer and change agent, positively disrupting the financial and sports industries over her illustrious 35+ year career. Well-regarded as a resilient and visionary thought and business leader, Davis brings change to life through sound strategic planning and solid organizational development. She is an inspirational storyteller, an architect of coalitions and a culture builder who believes that successful business contributes to healthy, vibrant communities. Driven by data and a passion for progress, she has consistently provided structure and glide paths for organizations to realizetheir potential for sustainable business growth.
As Senior Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs at the National Hockey League (NHL), Davis has set the League on a new course to attract, retain and develop fans, with a specific focus on bringing historically marginalized communities into the fore. Reporting to Commissioner Gary Bettman, she positively influences and impacts the decisions of 32 NHL Club owners and executives relating to culture, multi-cultural marketing, youth participation, and community and social impact. In doing so, Davis aims to improve access and availability of the sport and grow the League’s business for the long term.
Previously, as Senior Managing Director at Teneo Consulting Worldwide, Davis led the firm’s leadership development and corporate responsibility practice. She advised Fortune 500 companies, CEOs, and cultural icons, including tennis legend Billie Jean King on creating the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative – a partnership with CEOs to advance gender diversity and pay equity.
Before Teneo, Davis spent more than two decades at JPMorgan Chase. She most recently served as Managing Director of Global Corporate Social Responsibility, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Davis has been recognized as #1 on Sportsnet’s list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Sports, as well as honored by Sports Illustrated in “The Unrelenting” Most Powerful Women in Sports and “100 Influential Black Women in Sports.” In addition, Ms Davis has been recognized by USA Today Sports “50 Most Influential Black People in Sports”, “Hockey News’ 2021 “Top 100” Most Influential Leaders in the Sport, Essence Magazine’s “Woke” Change Agents, Adweek’s “30 Most Powerful Women in Sports,” and Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers.” She has also been featured in Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” In 2012, Ms. Davis was profiled with First Lady Michelle Obama in Essence Magazine’s “28 Most Influential Black Women in America.”
She currently serves on the boards of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Communities in Schools (National) and the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). She is a former Trustee of Spelman College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Institute.
Davis earned a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and has completed Executive Leadership Programs at both the Aspen Institute and Stanford University.