Apple has promoted longtime employee Denise Young Smith to head up its diversity efforts in the newly-created role of vice-president of diversity and inclusion. Smith, who was heading the Worldwide Human Resources program at Apple will now run diversity programs for the company.
Smith has been at Apple since 1997 and will report directly to chief executive Tim Cook.
“Our inclusion and diversity efforts are critically important to Apple’s future. Denise’s years of experience, expertise and passion will help us make an even greater impact in this area,” said the company in a statement.
SVP and CFO Luca Maestri will step in to temporarily fill the role until a replacement for Smith is found.