Last month, Microsoft announced that it is hiring Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, an IBM veteran as its next chief diversity officer (CDO). She recently held the role of Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of HR, leading the diversity agenda globally for IBM. After a day of the announcement, IBM announced that they are suing Microsoft for poaching its chief diversity officer.
According to the compliant IBM submitted the court, McIntyree had access to diversity data, strategies, methodologies and initiatives that are confidential, and that she “will use, rely on or divulge” these strategies in her new role at Microsoft. New York federal court agreed to hear IBM’s arguments and passed an order to prevent McIntyre from working for Microsoft until the case gets over.
Today, IBM announced that they have settled the dispute with McIntyree. As per the information from Microsoft and IBM, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre will now join only in July 2018. Microsoft gave the following statement,
“We’re pleased this matter is resolved and we’re thrilled that Lindsay-Rae McIntyre will be joining Microsoft as our Chief Diversity Officer. She’ll take up her new role in July 2018.”
And IBM gave the following statement,
“We’re pleased the court granted IBM’s motion for a temporary restraining order, protecting IBM’s confidential information and diversity strategies. We’re glad the action has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties and that Ms. McIntyre will not begin her new responsibilities until July.”