Denise Young Smith is leaving her post as Apple’s first ever VP of diversity and inclusion after less than a year. Starting in May, Young Smith took the position after three years as Apple’s head of worldwide human resources. Young Smith will be most remembered for her controversial statements in Bogota, Columbia when she said that “12 white blue-eyed blonde men in a room” can be diverse “because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”
According to TechCrunch, Christie Smith will be taking over the position. Smith spent 17 years as a principal at Deloitte, focusing “on talent management, organizational design, inclusion, diversity and people solutions. At Apple, she’ll report to Apple VP for People Deirdre O’Brien, the company announced internally today.”
Before exiting the company Young Smith released one diversity report for Apple in which it revealed that the company as of July 2017, is 32 percent female worldwide. In America, “Apple is 54 percent white (down two percentage points from last year), 13 percent Hispanic (up one percentage point), nine percent black (no change), 21 percent Asian (up two percentage points), three percent multiracial (up one percentage point) and one percent other (no change).”
Leadership is a bit less diverse with Apple “predominantly run by men, who make up 71 percent of the leaders at the company worldwide. White people, meanwhile make up 66 percent of the leaders at Apple in the U.S.” Young Smith’s next job will be with Cornell Tech where she will be an executive in residence starting in January.