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Facebook’s chief diversity officer will now report directly to Sheryl Sandberg

Amid a heavier focus on race, diversity and inclusion in light of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, Facebook is making its chief diversity officer, Maxine Williams, report directly to COO Sheryl Sandberg, Sandberg wrote in a memo to Facebook employees today. Before, Williams reported to VP of Human Resources Janelle Gale.
“We are expanding Maxine’s role and putting Diversity & Inclusion at the heart of our ongoing management team discussions and processes – at the heart of all we do,” Sandberg wrote in the memo.
This is certainly a step up for Williams on the chain of command, but it falls short of having her report directly to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Diversity advocates for years have been calling for heads of diversity to report directly to the CEO. Many companies, however, have yet to do that. More often, tech companies have their heads of diversity report into the head of HR.
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