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Earlier this year, Danielle Brown, Google’s  chief diversity officer (CDO) since June 2017, resigned to lead the chief people operations of Gusto, a payroll and benefits startup. She announced the job change in a LinkedIn post.   

Eileen Naughton, Google’s VP of People Operations announced that Melonie Parker  would take over as Chief Diversity Officer and Director, Employee Engagement following a nine-month stint as Google’s Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Naughton wished Danielle “all the best in her new role at Gusto” and acknowledged her “excellent work over the past two years to improve representation in Google’s workforce and ensure an inclusive culture for everyone.”

Naughton said that “Melonie has 20 years of HR experience and a passion for improving workforce representation and inclusion. We’re deeply committed to this work and have made progress, but there’s more we need to do.”

Google has had one diversity-related issue after another (sexual harassment allegations, anti-diversity manifesto, employee-led walkouts, etc.) that perhaps it’s no surprise that its CDO has decided to seek another company.

It’s also worth noting that before Danielle Brown, another Google head of diversity Nancy Lee left the company in 2016, to retire. However, Lee has since joined Lime, an electric scooter startup as its chief human resources officer.

According to its latest diversity report, Google’s workforce is currently 68.4 percent male, 54.4 percent white, 39.8 percent Asian, 3.3 percent black, 5.7 percent Latinx and 0.8 percent Native American.  

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