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Twitter’s diversity chief is leaving after one year

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Jeffrey Siminoff departs at the end of the month

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Twitter’s executive exodus marches on unabated. At the end of the month, diversity chief Jeffrey Siminoff is leaving the company, the company confirmed to The Verge. Siminoff joined back in December 2015, having been the director of Worldwide Inclusion & Diversity at Apple. Yet the decision was initially criticized because Siminoff, a white male, was now in charge of helping Twitter improve its inclusivity and hire more employees from underrepresented minority groups. The news of Siminoff’s departure was originally reported by TechCrunch earlier today.

Also out at Twitter is HR chief Renee Atwood, who has already departed the company, says TechCrunch. In a statement, Twitter noted that Atwood, who joined only back in August 2016 from Uber, left for personal reasons. “We thank her for her contributions during her time at Twitter and wish her all the best in the future,” the company wrote.

The news of Siminoff’s departure comes just weeks after Twitter released its 2016 diversity report. The latest findings indicated Twitter is still predominantly male and white, yet now slightly less so. The report says Twitter increased the number of black employees on staff, but failed to hire more Hispanic / Latinx employees. Similar to most other tech companies, Twitter remains around 63 percent male, with white employees making up 57 percent of its workforce and Asian employees making up 32 percent. There does not appear to be any direct connection between these results and Siminoff’s departure.

Update at 2:05PM ET, 2/7: Added Twitter’s confirmation of Siminoff’s departure.

- Source: TechCrunch