Slack Names Edith Cooper to its Board of Directors

Slack, a cloud-based collaboration company, added Edith Cooper to its board of directors this week. Cooper spent more than two decades at Goldman Sachs and left the company last year as global head of human capital management. That post made her one of the most powerful Black women on Wall Street.

Cooper is Slack's second independent board member. Experts say her expertise in human resources will be valuable for the company as it prepares to possibly go public.
Slack's CEO said of Cooper in a blog post about her appointment. “She has an unrivaled depth of experience in the hardest challenges that modern organizations face, and Edith is going to be a huge asset as we continue to expand our capabilities,” Butterfield wrote. “She is a deep thinker, a good listener, and a wise strategist, and I’m thrilled to have her join us as Slack enters its next phase of growth.”

This appointment makes Cooper one of few Black women with board seats at one of tech's biggest companies. Robin L. Washington is on the board of Salesforce and Ursula Burns is on the board of Uber.