Apple has announced the hiring of Barbara Whye as the company’s new vice president of inclusion and diversity. Whye currently holds a similar position at Intel and will join the Apple team in 2021.
The hiring was first reported by Fortune, which also included Whye on its list of the most powerful women this year. She joined Intel in 1995 as an engineer and since then Whye has held numerous roles at the company, such as leading engineering projects to start new Intel facilities around the world.
An Apple spokesperson confirmed that Barbara Whye will be working for Apple as a vice president for inclusion and diversity starting in 2021, when she leaves her position at Intel. The Cupertino-based company recognizes Whye’s talents as a “globally recognized leader” for the past 25 years.
She will now bring her talent and deep expertise to Apple, expanding Apple’s enterprise-wide commitment to recruit, develop and retain world-class talent, at all levels, who reflect the communities Apple itself embraces.
The Apple team has been seeking new leadership for its inclusion and diversity team since Christie Smith left the company last June.
Tim Cook has donated $ 100 million to combat racial injustice, and he is confident that actions like this should become even more frequent with Barbara Whye joining the team. At Apple, Whye will report directly to Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s current retail and personal SVP.
However, in the past Cook has already announced further and unspecified measures to foster diversity and inclusion within Apple. According to the company’s latest diversity report, 50% of Apple employees are white, 23% Asian, 14% Hispanic and 9% black. By way of curiosity, in specific positions of responsibility, the percentage of black people drops to 3%.