Google Hires New Diversity Chief as Report Shows Modest Progress

Google Hires New Diversity Chief as Report Shows Modest Progress

Danielle Brown, a former VP, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Group CHRO at Intel, is joining Google as its new Vice President of Diversity, Google’s VP of People Operations Eileen Naughton announced in a blog post on Thursday. Brown’s appointment coincides with the release of Google’s latest diversity report, which Naughton points to as evidence of the progress the company is making in improving representation of women and people of color in its workforce:

Google’s updated workforce representation data shows that overall women make up 31 percent of our employees. In the past three years, women in tech roles have grown from 17 percent to 20 percent (from 19 percent to 20 percent over the last year) and women in leadership roles have grown from 21 percent to 25 percent (from 24 percent to 25 percent over the last year).

In the same period, our Black non-tech population has grown from 2 percent to 5 percent (from 4 percent to 5 percent over the last year). And in the past year, Hispanic Googlers have grown from 3 percent to 4 percent of our employees.

Naughton acknowledges, however, that Google still has a ways to go before it meets its diversity and inclusion goals. As Fortune’s Grace Donnelly points out, the company hasn’t made much progress in terms of racial and ethnic diversity in the past year:

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