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Intel Diversity & Inclusion

Intel chief admits diversity drive has seen internal ‘resistance’

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By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

April 24, 2016 | 2 min read

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich has admitted that the company’s bid to become more inclusive to minorities has not been fully embraced by some employees.

Speaking at the PUSHTech 2020 conference on Saturday, he said: “People worry that as a white man, you’re kind of under siege to a certain extent.”

He added: “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. 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,” according to TechCrunch.

In the last 12 months the company has increased its minority workers by around 30 per cent.

However, earlier this week the chip maker announced 12,000 cuts to its global workforce, (11 per cent of its total) as the PC market continues to decline.

It commented that it is in a transformative stage looking to reduce its reliance on PC production to focus more on tech solutions and cloud computing.

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