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Apple’s Head of Diversity Departing After Just 6 Months

Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity is well known. Could the departure signal diversity trouble at the tech giant’s Cupertino headquarters?

By NTK Staff | 11.17.2017 @11:30am
Apple’s Head of Diversity Departing After Just 6 Months

Denise Young Smith, Apple’s first-ever vice president of diversity and inclusion, is leaving her post after just 6 months on the job.

Young Smith is perhaps best known for drawing fire for comments she made last month at a conference regarding her definition of diversity:

“And I’ve often told people a story– there can be 12 white blue-eyed blonde men in a room and they are going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation. The issue is representation and mix and bringing all the voices into the room that can contribute to the outcome of any situation.” – Denise Young Smith

According to the Tech Crunch, Apple’s leadership diversity breaks down as such:

At the leadership level, Apple is still predominantly run by men who make up 71 percent of the leaders at Apple worldwide. And white people make up 66 percent of the leaders at Apple in the U.S. Only 3 percent of Apple’s leaders in the U.S. are are black, only 7 percent are Hispanic and just 1 percent are multi-racial.

“Meaningful change takes time,” an Apple spokesman reportedly said upon release of the 2017 diversity report.

Young Smith apologized shortly after she made the remarks, likely in part due to the microscope under which many tech companies find themselves on the diversity issue.

Apple announced they hired Christie Smith to replace Young Smith. Christie Smith is a 17-year veteran of Deloitte.

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