Twitter Hires New VP Candi Castleberry Singleton to Lead Diversity Efforts

A few short months following the departure of Twitter’s VP of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey Siminoff, the social networking company has announced that Candi Castleberry Singleton is the newest member of the Twitter flock.

Similarly to other tech companies, Twitter has also been taking its fair share of diversity woes these past few years. Data released by The Pew Research Center showed that African Americans make up 28% of Twitter users, which is eight percent more than Caucasian users. However, black employees at Twitter account for only three percent of the entire workforce makeup. Castleberry Singleton’s hiring is an attempt for Twitter to run a company that’s employees more accurately represent its user demographics. The black exec will surely do her part in furthering the company’s diversity efforts.

“I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community. I’ve spent much of my career leading organizational change and building I&D into core business practices, and I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to Twitter and building on the company’s great progress!” Castleberry Singleton said exclusively in a statement to TechCrunch.

This isn’t Castleberry Singleton’s first rodeo. The newly crowned Twitter exec founded the Dignity & Respect Campaign. The self-proclaimed “change-agent” also has roots in Motorola, where she led their diversity and inclusion efforts, and Sun Microsystems where she led the Global Inclusion Center of Expertise –USA Today reports.

With Castleberry Singleton’s hiring, plus the hiring of the company’s new global group creative director Jayanta Jenkins – the company has reached its goal of having six percent or more minorities in leadership roles, per TechCrunch.

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