The 10 Most Important Executive Moves This Week

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Chewy Co-Founder Ryan Cohen. Image credit: Ryan Cohen

This week, GameStop named its new Chairman, and Walmart tapped a Disney leader as its creative chief, and Nikola lost its fuel cell devopment lead.

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. Qualcomm Hires HMD Exec To Lead North American Business

Juho Sarvikashas been confirmed as chipmaker Qualcomm’s new VP and President of North America. He most recently had served as the Chief Product Officer for HMD Global, the mobile phone manufacturer created from the mobile phone business that Nokia sold to Microsoft in 2014, then bought back in 2016.

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2. GameStop Selects Activist Investor as Chairman

GameStop has experienced a flurry of high-profile executive moves over the past couple of months as it retools its leadership to better adapt to e-commerce. Now, the video game retailer has announced that it intends to elect activist investor and Chewy co-founder Ryan Cohen as its next Chairman.

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3. Walmart Taps Disney Exec As First-Ever Creative Chief

Walmart has lured Jean Batthany from Disney to serve as the retail and e-commerce titan’s SVP and Chief Creative Officer, a newly-created role. As Walmart’s creative chief, Batthany leads the vision for consumer centric communications across all of the company’s channels and develops breakthrough and innovative marketing at all consumer touch points, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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4. Credit Suisse Removes Senior Executives After Bank Loses $4.7 Billion From Hedge Fund Collapse

Two senior Credit Suisse executives will be removed after the bank suffered a $4.7 billion loss from the collapse of the U.S. hedge fund, Archegos Capital. Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Lara Warner, and Head of Investment Bank, Brain Chin, will be leaving the company.

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5. GE’s Ex-Investment Chief Takes Over As Icahn’s CEO After Florida Move

Icahn Enterprises, the conglomerate owned by billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, has named a new CEO to replace Keith Cozza, who will part ways with the company after 7 years as its leader. Former GE Chief Investment Officer Aris Kekedjian will take his place as CEO beginning May 31 and take a spot on the company’s Board of Directors.

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6. Zendesk Gets a New CMO and Adds NBA, Netflix Execs to its Board

Zendesk announced a slew of executive moves on Wednesday morning. The CRM software company appointed Alex Constantinople to Chief Marketing Officer and promoted outgoing CMO Jeff Titterton to Chief Operating Officer. Alongside this C-suite shuffle, Brandon Gayle and Steve Johnson will also join the company’s Board of Directors.

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7. Nikola Loses Key Fuel Cell Development Leader

Electric truck maker Nikola has lost Jesse Schneider, the company’s EVP of Technology in charge of hydrogen and fuel cells. Schneider has left the company, effective April 1, to pioneer renewable-energy-powered electric charging and hydrogen fueling stations as the CEO of ZEV Station.

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8. Jason White will be CMO of MTV Entertainment Group

Jason White is joining ViacomCBS as MTV Entertainment Group’s new CMO, replacing Jacqueline Parkes who stepped down from the position last year. White will report to President of Entertainment & Youth Brands, Chris McCarthy.

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9. Logitech Promotes Najoh Tita-Reid to CMO

Najoh Tita-Reid is Logitech’s newest Global Chief Marketing Officer, the company said in an email last week. She is moving from her current role as Head of Global Commercial Marketing of B2B and Commercial Retail at Logitech, where she leads global commercial marketing strategy and has launched over 100 new products according to her Linkedin page.

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10. Zola Mashariki Named Head of Studio Operations at Audible

Audible has hired Zola Mashariki as Head of Studio Operations. In her new role, Mashariki will oversee original content, manage studio operations and implement content strategies. She reports directly to EVP and Head of U.S. Content, Rachel Ghiazza, a former Spotify executive who joined Audible in 2019.

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