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Friday, February 7, 2014

Microsoft's Appointment of New CEO: A Step Forward for Racial Diversity in the C-Suite

The appointment by Microsoft of an Indian-American, Satya Nadella, as its new CEO highlights its deep commitment to diversity and inclusion specifically,  and moreover, a victory towards greater racial diversity among top level executives.

"As we strive to bridge the digital divide so that people at all levels of society can benefit from the opportunities of the global knowledge economy, we recognize that it's more important than ever to honor diversity, both inside Microsoft and in the communities where we live and work." - Bill Gates on his thoughts about diversity and inclusion

The appointment of Satya Nadella, an Indian-American, has drawn mainly positive reactions from different sectors especially those concerned about seeing more diversity in all levels in companies.

The announcement draws attention to the fact that, for all the diversity initiatives at major corporations these days, C-suites are overwhelmingly white. Of all the Fortune 500 CEOs, only 23 -- or just over 4% -- are minorities, a classification that includes African Americans, Asians, and Latin Americans. Read more

Microsoft is leading corporate America by promoting an Asian American to the CEO office and an African American to the chairmanship. Such diversity is rare in the leadership ranks of major U.S. companies. Read more

Rare indeed, hence Microsoft has once again proven its leadership especially in its strong dedication to diversity.

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