After Making 'Controversial' Comments, Apple's VP of Diversity to Leave Company

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Her most recent role before the vice president position was head of worldwide human resources.

Apple's first VP of diversity and inclusion has resigned and will be leaving at the end of the year, TechCrunch reported.

Taking over as VP of inclusion and diversity will be Christie Smith, who spent 17 years as a principal at Deloitte. Similarly, James Damore, whose Google memo had seismic impacts on the diversity conversation, has repeatedly said he and other likeminded white men are marginalised by Silicon Valley due to their beliefs, arguing he was sacked for railing against an "ideological echo chamber".

I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of colour or the women or the LGBT or whatever because that means they're carrying that around... because that means that we are carrying that around on our foreheads.

Apple has been looking for Young Smith's replacement for months, according to TechCrunch, which first reported Christie Smith's appointment on Thursday.

"We deeply believe that diversity drives innovation", a representative told the news outlet. "We're thrilled to welcome an accomplished leader like Christie Smith to help us continue the progress we've made in a more diverse workplace".

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She faced backlash over her comments on diversity while speaking at a conference last month.

It is worth noting that even though Apple is putting a great deal of effort in the empowerment of the black workforce, this year's diversity report shows that the number of black women working for the company hasn't increased since last year.

'For that, I'm sorry, ' she said in a company email.

Earlier this year, Cornell Tech, a joint venture between Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, said Denise Young Smith will be leaving Apple company and joining engineering school as its executive-in-residence starting January 2018. 'More importantly, I want to assure you Apple's view and our dedication to diversity has not changed'. The personnel change, it said, is a "planned departure". "But we know there is a lot more work to be done". Still, it's been hard for Apple and its peers to show significant percentage increases in diversifying its employee base.

Cook said in 2015: "We are proud of the progress we've made, and our commitment to diversity is unwavering".

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