The 10 Most Important Executive Moves This Week

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This week, Google named a new HR leader, Volkswagen elevated a new finance chief, Dropbox appointed a new board member, and Anna Wintour got a promotion.

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 Has a New HR Chief to Guide It Through 2021

Google has been faced with substantial labor-related challenges over the past year, making the selection of a new HR chief crucial. The company's current VP of People Operations, Eileen Naughton, announced in February 2020 that she intends to step down later in the year. The company has now named Fiona Cicconi as Naughton's successor.

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2. Anna Wintour to Serve as Condé Nast’s First-Ever Content Chief

Media titan Condé Nast unveiled a brand-new global content strategy meant to transform its creative services and streamline operations around the world. However, the biggest announcement of all was the revelation that Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour will helm Condé Nast’s creative efforts as its first-ever Chief Content Officer.

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3. NerdWallet Selects eBay Exec as CFO to Guide Rapid Growth

NerdWallet, the financial guidance resource trusted by 100 million consumers annually, has found its new financial guru, Lauren St. Clair. She is stepping in as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and will lead the company's financial operations. NerdWallet also plans to utilize her deep experience in financial planning, investor relations, and business acquisitions to continue its rapid growth at home and abroad.

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4. Dropbox Adds Twitch Co-Founder to Board to Advise Growth

Dropbox is expanding its Board of Directors with the addition of influential tech entrepreneur Micheal Seibel. Effective immediately he will sit on the global collaboration platform’s board alongside prominent leaders like former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Nike CFO Don Blair.

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5. Volkswagen Promotes Top Finance Leader From Audi to Ensure Its Electric Future

Earlier this week, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG announced a major executive realignment as it gears up for a greater push into electromobility and digitalization. One of the biggest changes was the naming of Dr. Arno Antlitz as its next Management Board Member for Finance and IT, or in other words, its next CFO.

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6. Twitter Taps Activision Blizzard Exec to Lead Consumer Marketing

Twitter has hired Beverly Jackson as its first-ever VP of Global Brand and Consumer Marketing. Jackson will start her role at the social media giant in January 2021 and report directly to CMO Leslie Berland, who announced the move on Twitter.

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7. NASA Has a New Leader to Keep Its Astronauts Safe in 2021

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the independent US agency responsible for activities in the final frontier, has a new top safety official. Beginning in January 2021, W. Russ DeLoach will take over the role of Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance from Terrence Wilcutt, who plans to retire from NASA after more than 30 years on the job.

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8. Nasdaq Lures New ETF Listings Chief From Rival

Giang Bui will jump ship and join Nasdaq's ETF listings team, according to a source cited by Business Insider. Bui is filling a top spot on Nasdaq’s team that was vacated by Steve Oh this past October. As the Head of ETF Listings, she will oversee new fund listings and business development.

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9. Hyundai Refreshes Leadership To Prepare For Rapid Tech Changes

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group has refreshed its leadership across its lineup of subsidiaries, including a new CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, to ensure it can keep pace with mobility and smart city tech development.

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10. Getty Images Names Publishing Industry Vet As Next Finance Chief

Getty Images, the visual media company that is known for its vast collection of stock images, editorial photography, video, and music, named its next Chief Financial Officer, Milena Alberti-Perez. She will officially step into her new office in New York City in 2021.

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