Apple’s first-ever vice president of diversity and inclusion has reportedly decided to leave the position in a span of just six months on the job, and is planning to leave the company at the end of 2017.
According to TechCrunch, Denise Young Smith, a long-time Apple employee was the company’s first-ever vice president of diversity and inclusion when she was appointed in May this year. She joined the Cupertino giant way back in 1997, and was one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful African-American executives for a very long time.
The report further notes that Apple’s new diversity chief will be by an outside hire, Christie Smith, a 17-year veteran at Deloitte. However, she will not report directly to Apple CEO. Instead, she’ll report to Apple’s head of human resources Diedre O Brien as per the new arrangement.
It’s also worth noting that Christie Smith was engulfed in a controversy last month after comments she made during a conference in Bogota Columbia. She reportedly said that even a group of white men can bring as much diversity in the workforce by sharing their life experiences.
“Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT. There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation,” said Apple’s new diversity chief.
While Apple always brags about diversity in its workforce, but not everything is as it seems. According to the company’s latest diversity report, the total number of women in Apple’s workforce is 32 percent, same as last year (2016), and a mere 2 percent rise in the past three years. It’s also worth noting that Apple’s management is largely male -dominated, as only 29 percent of management positions are occupied by women.
Elsewhere, around 54 percent of the iPhone maker’s workforce is white, a percent decrease from 2016. Some 21 percent of Apple employees are Asian, a 2 percent increase from 2016, 9 percent black (no change since last year), 13 percent Hispanic (1 percent increase from 2016). The remaining 3 percent of the company’s total workforce is multi-ethnic, a 1 percent increase from last year.