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VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Apple Is Leaving at the End of the Year

VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Apple Is Leaving at the End of the Year
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Days after Apple released its diversity and inclusion report, the company’s relatively new diversity chief is set to leave at the end of the year.

Denise Young Smith is stepping down from her position at the company. Smith was most recently Apple’s Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity. Since joining Apple in 1997, Smith served in a number of key HR roles. Most recently, Smith was Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources and Talent. For over 10 years, she sat on the leadership team that built Apple’s retail organization. Before retail, she ran HR for Apple’s Worldwide Operations and Corporate Employee Relations teams. Prior to Apple, she offered talent, HR and management consulting expertise to early-stage businesses including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ portfolio companies.

Earlier this month, Cornell Tech, a joint venture between Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, said Denise Young Smith would join its engineering school as its executive-in-residence beginning in January 2018.

Smith will be replaced at Apple by Christie Smith [no relation], a long time human resources executive at Deloitte. Christie Smith will report to Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s human resources chief.

“We deeply believe that diversity drives innovation,” an Apple spokesperson told Fortune. “We’re thrilled to welcome an accomplished leader like Christie Smith to help us continue the progress we’ve made toward a more diverse workplace.”

Christie Smith has worked with Deloitte in various positions from 2010 to earlier this year. In March, she joined Grail as head of Human Resources. After six months at Grail, she is joining Apple.

Apple and other major tech companies have been trying to diversify their workforce, largely increasing the number of female and minority employees. Under CEO Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple has put itself at the front of social issues like LGBT rights, racial equality, and the tech industry’s need to improve workforce diversity. It will now be Christie Smith’s job to ensure a diverse and healthy workforce.


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