Twitter has hired Jeffrey Siminoff away from Apple, TechCrunch discovered on Tuesday. Twitter’s human resources chief Brian Schipper has since confirmed the hire on Twitter, saying that Siminoff will serve as the micro-blogging startup’s new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, replacing its departing director Janet Van Buysse who spent six years at the company.
According to Siminoff’s LinkedIn profile, he had led global diversity and inclusion efforts at Morgan Stanley for three years before joining Apple as its director of worldwide inclusion and diversity from September 2013 up until now.
Between 1992 and 1999 he served as a Senior Litigation Associate with litigation and advisory firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.
“We all do better not in spite of our differences, but because of them,” Siminoff said in October of last year sharing additional thoughts on his initiatives at the iPhone maker, such as Women@Apple-Tech which strives to make a difference for women in tech:
Everyone has a role in making diversity matter. At Apple we know that inclusion inspires innovation, and all of us—both men and women—can and should find ways to inspire women and girls to pursue and stick with studies and careers in technology.
The innovation that their perspectives bring make us stronger and our products better. I’m proud to be one of many leaders at Apple who are actively working to make a difference for women in tech or who are just beginning to think about their career goals.
Siminoff is also one of the founding leaders of Out Leadership, a global LGBT leadership organization, TechCrunch noted. He graduated from Duke University and won the Individual Equality@Work Award by the Empire State Pride Agenda which recognizes leadership achievement in workplace equality.
Apple’s commitment to inclusion and diversity is well documented on its website.