REDMOND, Wash. – Feb. 11, 2018 – Microsoft Corp. has named Lindsay-Rae McIntyre as its next chief diversity officer (CDO). As CDO, McIntyre will implement and drive a multitude of existing cross-company initiatives to further Microsoft’s progress in building a diverse and inclusive culture. In addition to leading Microsoft’s efforts internally, McIntyre will also play a key role in building partnerships and working with leading organizations outside of Microsoft to help advance diversity and inclusion in the tech sector overall.
While transition timing has yet to be finalized, McIntyre will relocate to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and report directly to Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer.
McIntyre joins Microsoft from IBM, where she spent over two decades serving as the HR leader for several business units over the years in key regions around the world. She most recently held the role of Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of HR, leading the diversity agenda globally for IBM, and heading up the corporate processes to identify and advance executive talent. Her work and that of her team’s has been acknowledged through a variety of prestigious diversity-related awards.
“Diversity enriches our performance and products as well as the communities where we live and work,” said Hogan. “We have devoted substantial energy and resources to becoming a more diverse and inclusive company, and continuing our progress is central to our evolving culture at Microsoft. With her extensive expertise, Lindsay-Rae will bring great perspective and leadership as we look to build on our strengths in this area.”
“I am excited to join Microsoft, a company that has not only adapted well to rapid change in the business landscape but elevated the standards of what we can expect in a technology provider when it comes to diversity and inclusion,” McIntyre said. “I look forward to advancing that agenda and contributing to the foundation Microsoft is building.”
McIntyre received a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar, and graduated from the Cross Continent MBA Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
She has been a thought leader for topics ranging from supporting working mothers, creating great places to work for multicultural women, LGBTQ equality, paid leave, and flex time strategies. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities, was a teacher for the Deaf, and taught American Sign Language earlier in her career.
McIntyre has spent over 20 years in human resources in the technology industry, living and working throughout the U.S. and overseas. She and her husband Stephen have three small children.
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