The 10 Most Important Executive Moves This Week

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This week, Facebook added its first-ever VP of Civil Rights, Intel named its next CEO, Dropbox agreed to part ways with its COO, and Walmart's e-commerce CEO will leave to build a city of the future.

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. Facebook Hires Roy L. Austin, Jr., Its First VP of Civil Rights

Facebook hired its first-ever VP of Civil Rights by bringing on longtime civil rights attorney and advocate Roy L. Austin, Jr. He joins the social media conglomerate from the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where he was a partner specializing in criminal defense and civil rights law.

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2. Intel Recruits New CEO Amid Fierce Competition

Intel announced that it will change its leadership with the appointment of Pat Gelsinger as its new CEO. Gelsinger, a 40-year technology industry veteran, will also join Intel’s board of directors when he officially steps into role currently filled by Robert Swan on February 15, 2021.

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3. Grubhub Names New Exec to Lead Sustainability and Community Impact

Effective on January 19, Grubhub has named its first-ever Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Devry Boughner Vorwerk, to help the company find its voice on key issues.

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4. After a Massive 2020, GoFundMe Adds New CMO

Between March and August 2020, the for-profit crowdfunding platform GoFundMe raised over $625 million through 9 million donations for people, causes, and charities. This stunning output is perhaps not surprising given the ongoing economic divide caused by the pandemic, but it has allowed the company to make several big hires recently, including new president Juan Benitez.

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5. Walmart’s E-Commerce CEO Exits After Record Year To Build a City of the Future

Walmart’s top executive in charge of its online offerings, Marc Lore, will retire at the end of January, according to a regulatory filing by the company. After Lore’s retirement, all aspects of the US retail e-commerce department, report directly to John Furner, the CEO of Walmart US.

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6. Payments Startup Bolt Hires Amazon Exec Maju Kuruvilla as CTO

E-commerce checkout startup Bolt has hired former Amazon exec Maju Kuruvilla as its first CTO. Kuruvilla most recently served as VP and GM of Global Mile, Amazon's international shipping and logistics organization, where he helped lead its global fulfillment and logistics teams.

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7. Dropbox COO Departs as It Cuts 11% of Workforce in Efficiency Bid

Entering 2021 Dropbox has made the decision to part with 11% of its workforce (315 employees) including its Chief Operating Officer Olivia Nottebohm, who is stepping down on February 5, 2021.

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8. Stripe Fills Long-Vacant Communications Role With IPO Veteran

Shannon Brayton is joining Stripe as its new Global Head of Communications, completing the company's almost two-year-long search. Brayton, who begins her new role on January 25, will report to the financial services company’s Co-Founder and President, John Collison.

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9. Ogilvy Names HR Leader To Oversee Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts

Ogilvy has tapped HR veteran James Nicholas Kinney to be its Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and Chief People Officer for North America.

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10. Symend Taps Tech Vet To Scale Outreach Tool For At-Risk Customers

Software firm Symend has appointed Corey Scobie as its new Chief Technology Officer. He will take over from Dean Skelton, who had served as CTO since March 2018 and will transition to lead technical onboarding as the SVP of Client Services Engineering.

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