There are a number of women helping lead the company - not because they're women - but because they're capable, competent and totally brilliant at what they do.
At Atlassian, diversity is a big deal
Atlassian has expanded its board of directors, adding former Google executive Shona Brown and health start-up CEO Heather Mirjahangir Fernandez. Ms Brown joined Google in 2003 where she served as senior VP of business operations until 2011. She’s also on the board of PepsiCo and is a director of a number of nonprofits including the Nature Conservancy and Code for America. Ms Fernandez has worked as CEO of a digital health space Atlasssian said was “currently operating in stealth mode”. She previously served as a senior executive at real estate start-up Trulia. Atlassian co-CEOs and founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar are also on the board.
Inclusive culture is Atlassian's heart and soul
“The experience Heather and Shona bring across organisational strategy, marketing, culture, politics and philanthropy will be a great asset as we continue to scale,” explains Scott Farquhar. “Culture is the heart and soul of Atlassian and Shona’s history of advising on organisational structure and culture as Google grew from 1,000 to 30,000 employees during her tenure will be invaluable. She also shares our deep commitment to making a social impact. We look forward to her contributions to the Atlassian Foundation and our efforts on Pledge 1 per cent.”
“Heather’s impressive track record in sales and marketing at Trulia is a great fit for our model, which is much more aligned with consumer products than it is enterprise software,” remarks Mike Cannon-Brookes. “Both Heather and Shona bring a new set of functional and leadership experience to the board that will play an important role in our continued success.”
Diversity important for Atlassian's success
Mike Cannon-Brookes has said many times publicly that diversity is an important plank for Atlassian's continued success. “We have a head of diversity who travels around the world and tries to change things, and we’ve had some good traction. I think somewhere north of 40 per cent of our intern class this year is female, which is excellent. There are obviously some fundamental limiting factors in our industry that we need to work on. The number of girls doing computer science, those are going to be fundamental speed limiters over the long term. It’s a big issue and the best thing we can do at the moment is talk about it.”
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