Inclusivity is the cornerstone of our culture at Dell. Embracing the unique perspectives of our 140,000 employees around the world not only makes for a welcoming workplace where our teams thrive, but we’re also able to better serve our entire customer base by reflecting their diverse perspectives. Put simply, a diverse range of ideas, perspectives and experience drives innovation, and so when we cultivate a culture of inclusivity, both our employees and our customers win.
Earlier this month, we celebrated the one year anniversary of Dell’s combination with EMC by reflecting on our achievements over the past year, including our commitments to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We build on our commitment to a culture of inclusion today with the announcement of Brian Reaves as Dell’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
An experienced technology executive with a track record of success in advancing diversity and inclusion within the technology industry, Brian joins us from SAP, where he most recently led the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the company. Over the past 30 years, Brian has driven business and technology innovation as an engineer, executive and diverse leader at both established companies and start-ups. His perspective on diversity and inclusion in relation to customer innovation and business value will have a tremendous impact on our company and industry.
Brian’s leadership will further Dell’s rich history of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. Brian will partner with leaders and employees across Dell to continue our internal commitments, including our 34,000 strong Employee Resource Group (ERG) community and our program to engage leaders in candid conversations about the role of gender and diversity in the workplace. He will also build upon our external commitments, including partnering with our global operations team on our supplier diversity program, which sees Dell spend more than $4 billion a year with certified women-owned, minority-owned suppliers and small businesses, as well as our industry partnerships with leading groups including the Human Rights Campaign, Catalyst, Black Enterprise, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) and The Partnership. Brian has the enthusiastic support of Dell’s entire leadership team to drive programs and initiatives that will make meaningful impact to both our employees and customers.
Dell was founded with the purpose to drive human progress through the power of technology. We strive to fulfill that purpose each day by embracing all people, opportunities and ideas through a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion.