Business Insider hires its first female journalist
Business Insider has hired its first woman as its first reporter and a business analyst jobs.
Business Insider’s chief content officer, Katie Withers, is the first female reporter in its history.
Witherson joined the company in December and reports directly to founder and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
The news comes amid increasing pressure to diversify the company’s workforce and expand its role in the tech sector.
Wethers will report to Khosrovski as chief content editor and will work closely with the chief business officer, Arielle Gubler.
Businessweek reports that Wither, who will be joined by three others in the new position, will work on a daily basis.
She is the third woman in the business reporter role, joining two former female employees: one former senior editor, Sarah DeBartolo, and one former business reporter, Rachel Fessler.
The first was Sheryl Sandberg, who joined Business Insider in August 2017.
The news of Wither’s hire comes as Khosrockshahi and other executives are trying to diversification the company.
In a post announcing the hire, Khosrovskai said in the post that women in the industry are often “the ones taking on the hard, real, often scary jobs that no one else wants to do.”
“The fact that you’re a woman in tech makes it harder for you to be a part of the business team and is especially true if you’re someone who has a history of making tough decisions,” Khosrazhahi wrote.
“Women are more likely to take the difficult, risky, and sometimes difficult but necessary decisions.
And if you have a career in tech and you’re passionate about it, we are so glad to have you on board.”
Khusrazhahoski added that women, especially women in leadership positions, “are often underrepresented and underrepresented in tech.”
Khosrazhi also announced that he has hired a new chief operating officer, the company said in a statement.
He will be the first woman to lead the company, according to the announcement.
BusinessInsider’s senior editor of business news, Liz Siegel, wrote in an op-ed that the hiring of Wether is an example of the changes being made to the company and the company is working to create a diverse workforce.
“Business Insider is a startup, and it’s changing rapidly, with a focus on building its talent base and helping employees find the best career opportunities,” she wrote.
“[Wethers] is the only woman in her role.
That’s the key to this.
The fact that she’s a woman and is an expert in technology and business makes it easier for others to take on the tough, real jobs that few others want to do.
The diversity and inclusion of the workforce at Business Insider is not just about talent, it’s about culture.”