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BlackLine board welcomes renowned D&I spokeswoman Barbara Whye

27 Apr 2021

BlackLine has welcomed renowned diversity and inclusion (D&I) spokeswoman Barbara Whye to its board of directors, charged with helping BlackLine improve its diversity efforts.

Whye, who is currently Apple’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, brings more than 25 years of technology experience to her position on the BlackLine board.

The company aims to evaluate, improve, and expand its efforts across environmental, social and governance (ESG), including the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

Whye has also worked at Intel as chief diversity and inclusion officer, where she lead a US$300 million ‘diversity in technology’ initiative. She was also responsible for Intel’s investments in programs that deliver positive global impact, including corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education portfolios, with an emphasis on girls and underserved populations.  

Says Whye, “I am honoured by the opportunity to join the BlackLine board and excited to contribute to the continued growth of this extraordinary company that has emerged as the leader in modern accounting.” 

“I find BlackLine truly committed to driving excellence and its leadership’s unwavering focus on innovation, collaboration, inclusion and customer success is unmatched.”  

Whye initially began her career in electrical engineering, and she has worked across multiple positions in leadership and product engineering roles.

She has also been named as one of Fortune’s 2020 Most Powerful Women in Business. 2019 Black Enterprise ‘Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity’ award.

BlackLine CEO and board member Marc Huffman comments, “Diversity, equity and inclusion are deeply rooted in our core values in service of our global workforce, our customers and the communities in which we work and live.

“We look forward to Barbara’s guidance as we advance a culture of inclusion that empowers employees to think, create and serve in a workplace where everyone truly feels they belong.”

BlackLine founder and executive board chair Therese Tucker adds, “Barbara is a powerful force for positive social change. She shares my passion and commitment to advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in technology and leadership.”

Whye holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University’s Darla Moore School of Business.  

BlackLine provides automated accounting services, such as financial close, accounts receivable and intercompany accounting processes to more than 3,400 customers worldwide. BlackLine is Based in Los Angeles and has regional headquarters in London, Singapore and Sydney.