Twitter’s CHRO and VP-diversity bid farewell


The social media company’s VP of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey Siminoff, is expected to leave the company by February end, while it’s CHRO, Renee Atwood has already quit.


Word is out that Twitter’s chief human resources officer, Renee Atwood, an ex-Uber employee, who had joined the company in August last year has already quit the social networking firm. At the same time, it is being expected that Twitter’s VP of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey Siminoff, will also be leaving the company at the end of the month.

In her last job at Uber, Atwood was the global head of people and places. Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, reportedly sent a note to let employees know about Siminoff’s upcoming exit, and said that he is leaving on his own accord. Although Atwood’s LinkedIn profile still reflects Twitter as her workplace, if reports are to be believed, she has left the firm.

Siminoff joined Twitter from Apple, where he was the director of worldwide inclusion and diversity. He joined in December 2015 to replace Janet Van Huysse as vice president of diversity and inclusion. Reports suggest that at the time of the announcement of his hiring, some people were sceptical of the fact that Twitter had hired a white man to lead its diversity and inclusion efforts.

Coincidenally, these exits come shortly after Twitter unveiled its 2016 diversity report, which revealed that it was making some progress around the hiring of under-represented minorities. Now, although it’s not necessary that Siminoff’s and Atwood’s departures could be related, considering the timing, the buzz is that it could be the biggest reason for their departure.

Twitter has experienced a slew of resignations at the executive level over the last one year. In December, Twitter’s now-former CTO, Adam Messinger, left the company along with its VP of product, Josh McFarland, who left resigned to join Greylock Partners. The month before that, Twitter lost Adam Bain, its COO.

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