The 10 Most Important Executive Moves This Week

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This week, Apple added a Board Member, Moderna Hired a Chief Commercial Officer, Starbucks elevated a new finance chief and IBM appointed a former Trump economic advisor as its Vice Chairman.

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. Apple Adds Education Advocate to Its Board of Directors

Apple has added Monica Lozano, one of the most respected Hispanic business leaders in the US, to its board of directors. Lozano is currently the President and CEO of College Futures Foundation, and spent 30 years as editor and publisher of La Opinión, the most-read Spanish-language newspaper in the US.

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2. Moderna Adds Chief Commercial Officer Amid COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Moderna has announced that Dr. Corinne Le Goff will join the biotechnology company as its new Chief Commercial Officer. She is joining the company at an important time as it launches its COVID-19 vaccine, prepares to start the Phase 3 study of its CMV vaccine, and pivots to a commercial-stage company.

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3. Salesforce Has a New Top Marketing Exec to Drive Growth in 2021

Salesforce has a new Chief Marketing Officer, Sarah Franklin, following Stephanie Buscemi's departure from the software company after more than six years on the job.

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4. Starbucks Targets Growth With CFO Promotion

Starbucks announced that Rachel Ruggeri, the company’s SVP of Finance for the Americas will step up to become its next CFO following Patrick Grismer’s decision to retire.

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5. IBM Hires Trump Admin and Goldman Sachs Vet as Vice Chairman

IBM has named Gary Cohn as the Vice Chairman of the company and member of its Executive Leadership Team. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 until April 2018.

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6. Qualcomm Names 5G Leader as Next CEO

Chipmaking giant Qualcomm has named Cristiano Amon as the successor to CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who plans to retire after steering the company for almost seven years. Amon, who currently serves as the company’s President, will assume the top spot on June 30, 2021.

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7. Comcast Names New Sky CEO as Part of Executive Reshuffle

Comcast announced that Dana Strong will succeed Jeremy Darroch as Group CEO of Sky, where she will report directly to Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts. Darroch will transition from his current role to become Sky’s Executive Chairman.

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8. New York Magazine Hires Star Editor to Run The Cut

From 2015 to 2018, Lindsay Peoples Wagner made waves as the fashion market editor at The Cut, New York Magazine's style and culture site. She then moved to Teen Vogue, where she became the youngest ever Editor-in-Chief of a Condé Nast magazine. Now, after two years at Teen Vogue, she's returning to The Cut - this time as Editor-in-Chief.

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9. Macy’s Promotes New Merchandising Chief to Enhance Store Experience

Macy’s announced that Nata Dvir will serve as the retailer’s new Chief Merchandising Officer to help refine its offerings and shopping experience. Dvir is a long-time Macy’s employee and began her career at the company as an executive trainee.

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10. Volkswagen Finds Exec to Lead EV Charging Efforts

Volkswagen has named Elke Temme as the leader of its newest business area, which covers energy, charging services, and charging infrastructure across all the group’s brands. Temme previously worked at RWE AG and innogy SE, which was spun off from RWE, where she held various positions throughout her 18-year tenure.

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