Apple Inc, the world’s most valuable technology brand, has announced the appointment of its first ever People Officer in a major executive reshuffle on Wednesday.
The hire reflects the company’s commitment to improve the culture of its workplaces across the world, placing emphasis on responsible management and greater respect for employees.
The new hire is Denise Young Smith, who previously served as Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources for Apple. She will now take up the role of Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion to oversee all aspects of the company’s commitment to employees.
This news comes just months after Apple’s Chief Executive Office, Tim Cook promised a major review of the company’s practices and policies related to diversity and inclusion. Mr. Cook also revealed plans to increase the number of women and minority staff in the company by offering more training and job opportunities.
In a statement, Mr. Cook commented, “At Apple we believe deeply in creating a culture of respect and inclusion within our company and beyond. We are thrilled to welcome Denise to the executive team. We know her strong leadership and decades of experience in human resources will bring greater focus and strategic insight to our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
It is anticipated that Apple’s new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion will introduce changes to the workplace so as to ensure the company has a workforce as diverse as the people it serves. This follows Apple’s commitment to a ‘safer, fairer and more sustainable’ workplace, announced last year.
Apple is one of the many technology companies taking efforts to diversify their workforce and create a more equitable workplace environment.
The move to hire a People Officer is a positive step by Apple to establish a work culture where employees respect each other and are inspired to bring their best to their roles. Apple’s leadership have reaffirmed their commitment to a ‘culture of togetherness’. It is hoped that the new appointment will bring this to life and benefit companies across the technology industry.
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