In May, Apple hired Denise Young Smith, who is African American, as its first vice president of diversity and inclusion.

And now, another tech giant has made a similar—and major— move.

CNN reports that Twitter announced on Tuesday that Candi Castleberry-Singleton is its new vice president of inclusion and diversity.

“I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community. I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to Twitter,” she said in a statement, according to USA Today.

In 2016, whites and Asians represented nearly 90 percent of Twitter’s workforce, according to the company’s diversity report. Blacks and Hispanics, combined, represented just seven percent. The company’s leadership was 74 percent white and only two percent Black. And as with most of the technology industry, Twitter’s workforce in 2016 was male dominated, with women making up 37 percent overall.

Castleberry-Singleton, a Los Angeles native, has an MBA from Pepperdine University and completed Stanford University’s Executive Human Resources program. Her philosophy is that companies must view diversity as a core business goal, USA Today reported.

Her resume is stacked, too. She’s the founder and CEO of the Dignity & Respect Campaign, a consulting firm that helps organizations develop cultural awareness and build diversity. And she’s also worked at Motorola, Sun Microsystems and Xerox.

Twitter’s inclusion and diversity post has been vacant since March, when Jeffrey Siminoff stepped down.

USA Today said hiring Castleberry-Singleton is part of CEO Jack Dorsey’s new effort to make the company look as diverse as its users. Of course, Dorsey used Twitter to send a message to his new employee.  


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