SmartRecruiters appoints Rocki Howard as Chief Diversity Officer

San Francisco – November 19, 2020 – SmartRecruiters is excited to welcome Rocki Howard as Chief Diversity Officer to drive the company’s plan to be an anti-discrimination,  anti-racist force in the recruiting market. Rocki will serve as the company’s evangelist to transform the industry –  helping customers achieve better diversity outcomes, help under-represented candidates find jobs, as well as owning the company’s internal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. This will drive industry change and support our customers in making  diversity recruitment  a competitive advantage. 

As a respected D&I thought leader in recruiting, one of Rocki’s main initiatives will be developing the industry’s leading model in diversity recruitment practices.  This model will include our 10 Principles of Diversity Hiring and serve as a way for Rocki to partner with our customers to  transform hiring practices, promote diversity at scale and achieve Hiring Success. 

Rocki will also lead the implementation of Diversity programs internally for SmartRecruiters. Her focus on engagement initiatives, education, recruitment and workforce planning will create a culture where all team members can be brazen advocates for the under-represented and SmartRecruiters is a recognized role model in creating a diverse workplace. 

Her team will also spearhead diversity innovations in partnership with the R&D team, releasing new products to help clients achieve better diversity outcomes, from sourcing to screening, interviewing and ultimately hiring a more diverse workforce. 

“We believe you are who you hire. That’s why SmartRecruiters believes so passionately in being a disruptive force in the way our industry thinks about hiring diverse talent. We are taking a stand on being anti-racist and anti-discrimination and are committed to driving substantive and sustainable results for our candidates, clients and our industry,” says Rocki Howard, Chief Diversity Officer at SmartRecruiters.

“With about 1 million hires a year on SmartRecruiters’ platform, partnering with our customers to help achieve better diversity outcomes results in real impact. This is not about selling software. This is about driving change. We’re giving our customers a competitive advantage, a diversity advantage,” says Jerome Ternynck, Founder and CEO at SmartRecruiters.

Rocki is an industry-recognized recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in multiple recruitment disciplines, including leading TA teams.  In her most recent role for Resource Solutions, Rocki led a global team where her responsibilities included: heading the US operation, the NA Global Service Center,  the global Pre Employment Screening team and the organization’s global Diversity Council. Rocki’s commitment to diversity, leadership, people and  mentorship has resulted in industry recognition including: a finalist for HROA Global Provider Executive of the Year, EMpower’s list of Global Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives two years in a row and Involve/Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 HERoes Executives list. 

About SmartRecruiters

As a global leader in enterprise recruitment software, SmartRecruiters offers a cloud-based global Talent Acquisition Suite that allows teams to attract, select, and hire the best talent. 4,000 companies worldwide rely on SmartRecruiters to achieve hiring success—including brands like Bosch, LinkedIn, Skechers, and Visa—using recruitment marketing, CRM, AI, ATS, and a marketplace of 600+ connected vendors all within one scalable platform.

True to its mission of connecting people to jobs at scale, SmartRecruiters was recognized by Forbes as one of the Best Employers in 2020. For more information, visit or follow @SmartRecruiters on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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