Denise Young Smith

Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity, Apple Inc.

Denise Young Smith is Apple’s vice president of Inclusion and Diversity reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Denise leads Apple’s efforts globally to ensure an inclusive culture that’s representative and embracing of all diversities.

Since joining Apple in 1997, Denise has served in a number of key roles at the company, most recently leading Human Resources for the company. Prior to that, she was part of the leadership team that built Apple’s retail business worldwide, which now welcomes more than one million people every day. Before retail, Denise ran HR for Apple’s Worldwide Operations and Corporate Employee Relations teams.

Before joining Apple, Denise offered talent, HR and management consulting expertise to early-stage businesses including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers portfolio companies.

Denise has a master’s degree in Organisational Management from Grambling State University in Louisiana.