Danielle Brown to be Google’s new VP of Diversity

Danielle Brown is to join Alphabet’s Google as its new Vice President of Diversity, according to a blog post on Thursday by Eileen Naughton, Google’s VP of People Operations.

“Danielle joins us from Intel, where she was VP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the past several years and, most recently, Group Chief Human Resources Officer,” wrote Naughton.

“Since 2014, when we first released data on Google’s racial and gender makeup, we’ve taken steps to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

“Our employees, products and business depend on us getting this right.

“To push our work forward, we’re thrilled that Danielle Brown will be joining Google as our new Vice President of Diversity.

“She’ll start in July, and comes with the deep conviction that Google provides a platform where she and the team can make a real impact internally and across the tech industry.”

Naughton wrote that at Intel, Brown developed ambitious goals and initiatives that helped Intel increase its gender and racial diversity in its workforce and executive ranks.

At Google, Brown will be responsible for managing its diversity and inclusion strategy, partnering with its senior executives on this vital work.

“While we’ve made progress in recent years for both women and people of color, there are areas for improvement across the board — in terms of our hiring, our promotion and retention, our commitments, our working environment, and how we measure success or failure,” wrote Naughton.

“Danielle will look at our efforts in all these areas afresh and I’m excited to work with her.

“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.”