Techcrunch | Snap Chief People Office Lara Sweet has announced the hiring of Oona King as the company’s first vice president of Diversity and Inclusion.
King previously worked as Google’s Director of Diversity and Strategy. She has also been an advisor to the British Prime Minister on equality issues and was the second black woman elected to the British Parliament. King has also worked on diversity and inclusion leadership roles at YouTube and British broadcasting firm Channel 4.
The hiring of King came not long after Snap reportedly paid settlements to female employees who were allegedly laid off because of their gender. In 2017, former Snap engineer Shannon Lubetich criticized the company for having a sexist culture not welcoming to women and people of color. Snap has yet to release a public diversity report while many other companies in the tech sector have already released theirs. According to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, Lubetich’s criticism was a wake-up call for them. He said they already hired consultants to identify areas for improvement in relation to inclusion and diversity and changed their promotion structure.