The 10 Most Important Executive Moves This Week

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This week, Apple named an engineering leader to a secret project, Walgreens found a new CEO, Delta added its first Chief Health Officer, and The Washington Post's Executive Editor announced he will retire.

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 Appoints Hardware Engineering Leader to Secret Project

On Monday, Apple named Dan Riccio, its longtime head of hardware engineering, to lead a secret new project as a vice president of engineering. Details about the project are nonexistent, but what we do know is that Riccio will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook which conveys the importance of his new gig.

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2. Walgreens Snags Starbucks' Rosalind Brewer, Making Her the Fortune 500's Only Black Female CEO

Come March 15, 2021, Walgreens Boots Alliance will have a new top executive, Rosalind (Roz) Brewer, who has been named as the company’s next CEO and a member of its Board of Directors. As it currently stands, when Brewer assumes her new post she will be the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company.

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3. Delta Air Lines Names First-Ever Health Chief Amid COVID-19 Recovery

Delta Air Lines has named Dr. Henry Ting as its first-ever Chief Health Officer. Ting will officially join the company on February 15, 2021. In this new role, Dr. Ting will reimagine the airline's approach to health and well-being by utilizing new technologies, artificial intelligence, data strategies, and innovative partnerships.

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4. Huawei Names New Cloud and AI Head as Smartphone Business Struggles

Huawei has selected Richard Yu to lead the company’s cloud and artificial intelligence unit, according to sources cited by CNBC. Yu is currently the head of Huawei’s consumer smartphone business and will officially take on his new role on February 7, 2021.

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5. Growing Birth Control Startup The Pill Club Adds Uber Eats Vet as CEO

On Monday, The Pill Club announced that Liz Meyerdirk would join the birth control startup as its new CEO. The company also added Dave Hsu, a former Honey exec, as CFO, and Jeremy Downs, who worked with Meyerdirk at Uber, as SVP of Growth.

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6. American Express Adds Hotel CEO to Board

American Express announced that it has added a wealth of hospitality industry experience to its board of directors with the election of Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. Effective January 27, 2021, Baltimore, the Chairman, CEO, and President of Park Hotels & Resorts, will provide American Express with insights from his more two decades guiding global organizations through significant changes in travel and lodging industry, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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7. Twitter Promotes Exec to Lead Entertainment Relationships

Twitter has named Ged Tarpey as Managing Director of Global Media & Entertainment, placing him in charge of the social media giant’s relationships with studios, networks and streamers. Based in Los Angeles, He will report to VP of U.S. Client Services JP Maheu, per Deadline.

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8. SoftBank Vision Fund Loses Another Executive

SoftBank Vision Fund's Managing Partner for the Americas and Asia, Colin Fan, is stepping away to become an adviser to SBIA, SoftBank Group’s investment arm, according to a report by Bloomberg. At the Vision Fund, Fan was an expert on emerging financial technology. He also oversaw the fund’s holdings in Alibaba Local Services, Fair, Flexport, Greensill, and Zume. His responsibilities will in part be taken over by Munish Varma, a managing partner based in London who will relocate to San Francisco.

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9. The Washington Post’s Executive Editor Retires After Turning the Paper Around

The Washington Post is losing a journalism giant, as Executive Editor Marty Baron announced his decision to retire earlier this week. He will officially step away from the newspaper next month on February 28 after a 45-year career in journalism.

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10. N26 Adds CFO With IPO Knowledge

German neobank N26 has hired a new CFO, Jan Kemper, as it continues to grow its executive team. When he starts in the second half of 2021, he will report directly to N26 co-founder Maximilian Tayenthal, who will take on the role of co-CEO alongside CEO and co-founder Valentin Stalf. Both co-founders will retain oversight of their current areas of responsibility within N26.

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