Snap has poached Google’s Oona King to serve as its first-ever VP of diversity and inclusion.
The hire is part of a wide-ranging revamp of Snap’s top executive team, Variety reports, and marks the first appointment by Snap’s new chief people officer Lara Sweet. In a memo to staffers, Sweet said that King’s hire will serve to “ensure Snap’s employee culture represents the diversity of our global users,” as well as to “make Snap a more diverse and inclusive company at all levels.” King will start in her new role on June 11.
King, a former member of British Parliament, was named YouTube‘s global director of diverse marketing in 2016, and ascended to director of diversity strategy at parent company Google in 2018. Prior to that, she was the second black woman elected to British Parliament and served as an adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown on equality, diversity, and faith.
Variety notes that Snap has faced accusations of sexism in the past, and last month settled with at least three female employees who alleged that layoffs had unduly targeted female employees — a notion that the tech company denied. Snap’s former software engineer, Shannon Lubetich, has also previously called the company “toxic” and “sexist.”