The 10 Most Important Tech Moves This Week

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top 10 exec moves by Jenny Nilsson

This week, Microsoft elected a new Chairman, Instacart found its new top marketer, and Lordstown Motors lost both its CEO and CFO amid a scandal.

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. Microsoft Appoints CEO Satya Nadella as Chair

Microsoft has given its chief executive, Satya Nadella, even more responsibility by unanimously electing him as its new Board Chair. John W. Thompson, who is relinquishing his position to Nadella, will continue on as Lead Independent Director.

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2.Lordstown CEO and CFO Step Down After Special Report

Lordstown Motors has announced that its CEO and CFO have both stepped down from the company after a new special report from a board committee found inaccurate disclosures about its truck preorders.

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3. Boston AI Unicorn DataRobot Names CMO, CPO, and CTO

DataRobot has expanded its c-suite as it gears up to go public. The Boston-based AI unicorn has selected Elise Leung Cole as its people chief, promoted Michael Schmidt to CTO, and elevated Nick King to CMO.

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4. Instacart Fills Marketing Vacancy With Uber Exec

Instacart has a new top marketer, Laura Jones, who will step into the role that has been vacant since February 2021. Jones joins as the grocery delivery platform’s VP of Brand & Marketing.

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5. Algolia Selects Ex-Twilio Exec to Lead Product

Algolia has hired its first-ever Chief Product Officer, Bharat Guruprakash, to fuel its growth beyond search and cement its status as the API Platform for Dynamic Experiences.

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6. Talkspace Appoints a New Chief Medical Officer

Talkspace has selected Dr. Varun Choudhary as its new Chief Medical Officer to help scale the digital behavioral healthcare company's clinical practice and network of providers.

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7. Target Recruits Disney's VP of Technology

Target has recruited Disney’s Brenda O’Kane to join as VP of Infrastructure and Production Engineering, according to The Information. O’Kane reportedly left her jobs as Disney’s VP of Technology to join Target last month, however, the retail giant hadn’t confirmed her hiring until this week.

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8. Cockroach Labs Names Former VMware Exec as CFO

Cockroach Labs, the database software startup behind CockroachDB, has hired Lorenzo Montesi as its new Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, he was SVP of Finance at Cohesity and led go-to-market strategy for emerging businesses at VMware.

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9. Former Partnerships Lead at Google Hired as CEO of Pitch Intelligence Platform, Nytro AI

Pitch Intelligence Platform,, has named Mike Stone as its Chief Executive Officer. With extensive experience in SaaS partnerships and sales, Stone will bring the emerging technology company into the next stage of growth.

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10. CookUnity Adds Hew Loyd to Lead Marketing

Food tech startup CookUnity has made a big hire as it looks to expand its unique tech-infused meal delivery platform to new locales with the hire of Hew Loyd as its Chief Marketing Officer.

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