Amid increasing scrutiny over diversity issues in the tech industry, Rond Rock-based Dell Technologies has created the new job title of chief diversity and inclusion officer, and appointed Brian Reaves to this position.
Reaves was previously a senior vice president and head of diversity and inclusion for software company SAP.
In a statement Dell chief customer officer Karen Quintos had this to say about Reaves’ new job:
Brian’s leadership will further Dell’s rich history of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. Brian will partner with leaders and employees across Dell to continue our internal commitments, including our 34,000 strong Employee Resource Group (ERG) community and our program to engage leaders in candid conversations about the role of gender and diversity in the workplace. He will also build upon our external commitments, including partnering with our global operations team on our supplier diversity program, which sees Dell spend more than $4 billion a year with certified women-owned, minority-owned suppliers and small businesses, as well as our industry partnerships with leading groups including the Human Rights Campaign, Catalyst, Black Enterprise, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) and The Partnership. Brian has the enthusiastic support of Dell’s entire leadership team to drive programs and initiatives that will make meaningful impact to both our employees and customers.”
Like most tech companies, Dell Technologies has struggled to substantially move the needle when it comes to a more diverse workforce, despite embracing various programs designed to improve diversity.
In Dell’s latest report on the demographics ofits workforce the company said the number of women it employs is 28 percent -- a number that hasn’t changed in the past three years.
The report also said the number of people of color the company employs is 27 percent, which has also not changed significantly in the past three years.
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