The 10 Most Important Executive Moves This Week

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The new Head of LEGO Ventures, Cecilia Qvist. Image credit: Spotify

This week, Robinhood picked its first product chief, LEGO's investment arm found it's new leader, and Clubhouse made a pair of key additions.

These are our top picks for the most important executive appointments and departures this week. For executive news updated daily, check out The Org's People on The Move.

1. Google Exec Joins Robinhood as First-Ever CPO

Robinhood announced Thursday that Aparna Chennapragada has joined the company as its first-ever Chief Product Officer. In her new role, Chennapragada oversees all of Robinhood’s product, design, and research.

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2. L Brands founder Leslie Wexner will step down from the Board, and Permanently Leave Victoria’s Secret

L Brands Chairman Emeritus and former CEO Leslie Wexner, and his wife, Abigail Wexner, will leave the L Brands board. They will not stand for re-election in the shareholders meeting in May. The man behind Victoria’s Secret’s initial success has been under controversy for his relationship with Jeffery Epstein, which forced him to step down as CEO last year.

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3. Visa Appoints New Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Leader

Visa has a new member of its Executive Committee with the appointment of Michelle Gethers-Clark as the financial titan’s Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Corporate Responsibility. She will officially join the company in May and report directly to Chairman and CEO Al Kelly.

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4. Headspace Recruits Marketing Chief From Hulu

Headspace has revealed that Val Kaplan Zapata is joining the company as its new Chief Marketing Officer in April 2021. She will join the company’s senior leadership team and report to CEO CeCe Morken.

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5. Clubhouse Builds Out Team by Poaching Senior Netflix Exec

Clubhouse is expanding its team with the hire of Maya Watson as its new Head of Global Marketing. Watson comes from Netflix, where she spent the last four years working as a director of editorial and publishing.

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6. Nokia Names New Corporate Affairs Chief After Revealing Deep Job Cuts

Melissa Schoeb has joined Nokia as the company’s new Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, a position that places her at the forefront of the Finnish tech titan’s communications, government relations, brand, and sustainability efforts. She will be based out of the company headquarters in Espoo, Finland, and report to Nokia’s President and CEO, Pekka Lundmark.

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7. Emmanuel Faber to Step Down as CEO and Chairman of Danone

The Board of Directors at Danone, the French multinational food-products company behind Evian water, Activia yoghurt and Alpro soy milk, confirmed that Emmanuel Faber will step down as CEO and chairman. Gilles Schnepp, a Director who joined last year, is appointed as non-executive chairman, effective immediately.

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8. Poshmark Names its First-Ever Chief People Officer

Poshmark announced today the creation of its first-ever chief people officer. William Ingham, who most recently worked as Chief HR Officer at Visa Europe, has stepped into the role.

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9. LEGO Recruits Ex-Spotify Exec to Lead Investment Arm

LEGO Ventures, the famous Danish toy company' investment arm that funds startups focused on the innovation of creativity, learning, and play, has appointed Cecilia Qvist as its new Head.

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10. Paramount’s Post-Production President Resigns

Stephanie Ito, Paramount Pictures’ President of Post-Production, will leave the movie studio at the end of the week according to an internal memo obtained by Variety. In addition to her studio role, she also served as Executive Co-Chair for the Asian Media Professionals group at Paramount’s parent company, ViacomCBS.

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