Just days after Apple released a report that revealed it’s not much more diverse than the rest of Silicon Valley, the company updated its executive leadership page in a way that spotlights more diversity among a lower rung of executives.
Apple’s website now features five additional executive profiles, two of which are women: Lisa Jackson, vice president of environmental initiatives, and Denise Young-Smith, vice president of worldwide human resources. The recent additions are all vice president-level executives who report to CEO Tim Cook.
Cook mentioned both Jackson and Young-Smith as examples of diverse executives in a letter that accompanied its transparency report on Tuesday. Apple hired both women within the last year and a half, 9to5 Mac reports.
Though they’re in non-technical roles—men make up 80% of Apple’s technical workforce—both positions are high profile, public facing jobs. At the very least, they make women much more visible at the male-dominated company.
Apple is clearly making an effort to increase workplace diversity, at least the public perception of it. It’s following a trend in which several big tech companies have admitted they’ve got a lot of work to do in terms of hiring talent that isn’t white and male.
Perhaps this brings us closer to the day when Apple will feature a female executive on stage at its annual WWDC meeting for the first time ever.
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