12 Black Women Leaders You Need To Know // Lilicia Bailey


Lilicia Bailey joined Belk, Inc. as an Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer in 2013.  She is the chief people strategist for human resources reporting to the Chairman and CEO, and serves as trusted advisor to the senior leadership team and Board of Director Compensation Committee. In this role, Bailey provides leadership and direction on all aspects of human resources and has an impact on the company’s success by shaping the culture and connecting the people strategy to driving business results.

Bailey was previously employed by Cox Enterprises, Inc., in Atlanta, Ga., where she served as senior vice president, business services, and global chief people officer of the company’s Manheim subsidiary since 2004.  In this role, Bailey was the company’s chief strategist leading its global people strategies function comprised of 300 human resources professionals in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.  Her corporate responsibilities included talent acquisition, compensation, organizational design, leader effectiveness, talent management, succession planning, diversity/inclusion, safety, security, communications, community, public relations, change leadership and government relations.

Prior to joining Cox Enterprises in 2002, Bailey spent 17 years with Home Depot, Inc. in Atlanta.

Bailey is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology.  She earned her Master’s degree in human resource management from Keller Graduate School of Management and an executive MBA degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

Under her leadership, Manheim has been recognized as a "Best Place to Work for People 50 and Over" by the AARP in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Bailey was named by the Atlanta Business League as one of "Atlanta's Top 100 Black Women of Influence", and recognized by Auto Remarketing magazine as a member of its "2011 Women in Remarketing". Bailey was named as one of Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America in 2012 & 2014”, which is an honor that includes prominent African-American executives from Fortune 500 companies across the country. The Society for Human Resources Management of Atlanta recognized Manheim’s Global People Strategies team with the prestigious Pegasus Award for Excellence in Human Resources. Most recently, Bailey was recognized in “Who’s Who of Charlotte”.

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