Apple's VP Of Apple’s Inclusion And Diversity Departing Company

Christie Smith, the vice president of Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity, is departing the company. Smith reports to Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and People.

Apple said in an email statement confirming the message: "Inclusion and diversity are core Apple values and we deeply believe the most diverse teams are the most innovative teams. Christie Smith will be leaving Apple to spend more time with her family and we wish her well."

According to Apple, Smith's departure plan was completed two months ago, but Bloomberg's sources said Tuesday was her last day at work. Her LinkedIn account has also been updated to reflect changes in employment status, but Apple has not appointed a replacement.

Smith joined Apple in 2017, taking over the position from Denise Young Smith, and Denise Young Smith only served for six months. Prior to joining Apple, Smith worked as a customer consulting supervisor at Deloitte for 17 years.

Smith's departure comes after CEO Tim Cook announced Apple's Racial Equity and Justice Initiative and vowed to invest $100 million. Cook said the plan will build on Apple's existing work in the racial justice domain, which greatly expands Apple's scope and impact.

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