Apple is adding to its executive roster by onboarding Intel’s head of Diversity and Inclusion, Barbara Whye.
Barbara Whye is set to join the tech giant in early 2021. Learn more about Barbara Whye and Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity department and the goals below.
Who is Barbara Whye?
Whye earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina, followed by her MBA from the University’s Darla Moore School of Business.
A champion of Intel’s Diversity and Inclusion culture with over 21 years of experience, Whye is a seasoned developer of new progressive strategies that have driven business results.
Whye has spent years in key leadership roles spearheading Intel’s STEM Education portfolio, which focuses on bringing resources to empower girls and underserved populations globally.
Apple Excited for Whye's Leadership Style
In a statement by Apple Spokesperson Kristen Huguet, Huguet describes Whye as
An engineer by training and a globally-recognized leader on issues of representation in the technology industry, Barbara has spent 25 years at Intel, helping the company make meaningful and durable positive change. Now, she will bring her immense talents and deep experience to Apple, expanding our companywide effort to hire, develop, and retain the world-class talent, at all levels, that reflects the communities we serve.
Apple's Inclusion & Diversity Statement
In June this year, Apple announced a $100 million racial justice initiative and has pledged to diversify its workforce. Apple's current statement on Inclusion and Diversity stands as such:
For the past five years, we’ve continued to hire more women and underrepresented minorities every year. This is driving our progress over time. As we bring in new team members and support their growth at Apple, we’re highly encouraged that our workforce will become more representative at all levels of the company.
Whye, who has made this year’s Fortune Most Powerful Women list, is also the recipient of:
- 2014 National Society of Black Engineers Career Excellence Award.
- 2015 Society of Women Engineers Spark Award.
- 2016 Inspiring Women of South Carolina Award.
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