Intel CEO describes “threats” from employees over diversity efforts

CEO Brian Krzanich said top executives reported “threats” from employees at a conference Friday in San Francisco.

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“People worry that as a white man, you’re kind of under siege to a certain extent,” Krzanich said at a Friday conference in San Francisco, according to the online journal TechCrunch.

“There’s been a bit of resistance. We’ve even had a few threats and things like that on some of our leadership team around our position on diversity and inclusion,” Krzanich said. “We stand up there and just remind everybody it’s not an exclusive process. We’re not bringing in women or African-Americans or Hispanics in exclusion to other people. We’re actually just trying to bring them in and be a part of the whole environment.”

Intel was a pioneer in reporting diversity figures for its work force, which like other tech companies’ is overwhelmingly male, with Hispanic and African-Americans dramatically underrepresented. Intel had made little progress in changing that, though, until it announced a $300 million diversity initiative 15 months ago.

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Last week, Intel announced it will cut 12,000 jobs from its global workforce.

Diversity-in-tech advocate Stephanie Duncker talked to OB about her experiences in the Portland tech industry in the Q and A Must Read, “Tech Talks: Q & A with Stephanie Duncker.”

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