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Western Digital, Global Data Storage Leader, Appoints Lise Edwards as Senior Director of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Data-centric solutions company Western Digital has hired Lise Edwards as its Senior Director of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. Frederickson Partners managed the executive search.

In the role, Edwards will join Western Digital as a key member of the global HR team, and lead initiatives to promote and ingrain best-practice equity, inclusion and diversity (EI&D) across all functions and locations in the company.

“We’re very excited to have Lise join Western Digital in this important role,” said Lori Sundberg, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Human Resources Officer of Western Digital. “She brings years of experience in guiding EI&D strategic initiatives and programs, along with the proven expertise to help realize our ongoing goals for building diversity and belonging on a global level.”

Edwards joins from Robert Half International, where she served as Director of Inclusion and Diversity for two years, driving diversity as a global strategic initiative. Previously she was at Salesforce as Director of D&I and Compliance, and as Managing Program Director for Women in Leadership (WIL) for Americas, APAC and EMEA. Edwards was a co-founder of GenderAllies and an advisor at Women’s Startup Lab. She held earlier roles as Director of D&I at Oracle, Senior Principal of D&I at Genentech and Director of Diversity at EMC. Edwards earned a Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) degree at St. Mary’s College of California. An award-winning speaker, she was named one of the Top 100 Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence.

“We are very pleased to partner with Western Digital in placing Lise as Senior Director of EI&D,” said Valerie Frederickson, CEO and Founder of Frederickson Partners. “The company already has a strong understanding of how EI&D helps make teams more creative, productive and profitable. Lise has the deep expertise to help Western Digital continue delivering on this vision.”

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, the company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access, analyze, and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, the company’s industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands. More information is available at

Frederickson Partners recruits high impact human resources leaders for innovative companies. Frederickson matches startups, tech unicorns, and the Fortune 500 with world-class full-time and project-based talent. The country’s leading People executive search firm, Frederickson Partners is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices nationwide. Clients include Alphabet, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Gartner, Gilead, Intel, Pinterest, Qualtrics, Roche, ServiceNow, StockX, The Nature Conservancy, Twitter, Uber and Workday.

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