Twitter has hired away Apple’s Director of Worldwide Inclusion & Diversity, Jeffrey Siminoff, who will join the microblogging company as its new VP of Diversity and Inclusion from January.
Siminoff was first hired by Apple in September 2013, when he joined from the Human Resources department of Morgan Stanley. He’s also one of the founding leaders of Out Leadership, an LGBT leadership organization.
Diversity has been a topic of increased scrutiny in Silicon Valley over the past several years — with firms being pushed to step up the hiring of people from traditionally underrepresented groups, such as women, black and Hispanic would-be employees.
Personally, I’ve always thought that emphasis should be placed on making sure everyone is presented with the opportunity to become interested in areas like Computer Science at school, rather than focus on arbitrary quotas once people are out of university.
Apple, however, has shown itself to be firmly behind the call for diversity — under the belief that “Inclusion inspires Innovation.” Twitter no doubt hopes that can borrow some of Apple’s success in this area with its latest hire.
Best of luck to Jeffrey Siminoff in his new role!