The 10 Most Important Tech Moves This Week

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top 10 exec moves by Jenny Nilsson

This week, Netflix found a gaming executive, an ex-Tesla exec became Metromile's data boss, and Okta recruited an digital chief from Google.

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. Netflix Taps an Ex-Facebook Exec to Shape its Foray Into Gaming

Mike Verdu is confirmed to be Netflix’s latest major executive hire as it looks to enter the growing cloud-based video game market. He joins the media streaming giant as its VP of Game Development and will sit under COO Greg Peters in their org chart.

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2. Gong Picks Tableau’s First Sales Hire as COO

Gong has named its new President and COO, Tableau veteran Kelly Breslin Wright. She joins the revenue intelligence startup’s day-to-day operations after serving on Gong’s Board for the past five months.

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3. Metromile Secures an Ex-Tesla Exec as its New Data Boss

Metromile has a new VP of Data, Colleen Qiu, who joins the auto insurance disruptor with a bevy of experience including time at Tesla and Poshmark. Qiu, who reports to CTO Paw Andersen, will lead all of Metromile's data infrastructure and processes.

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4. Okta Names Former Google and Salesforce Exec as First Digital Chief

Google’s John Zissimos has been named to Okta’s executive team as its first-ever Chief Digital Officer as it enters a new phase of growth. Reporting into Chief Marketing Officer Kendall Collins, Zissimos will be responsible for Okta’s holistic creative, campaign, digital, and brand strategy

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5. Tonal Secures a Top Lawyer After Massive Funding Round

In-home fitness tech unicorn Tonal has recruited ex-Calm legal exec M. Andrea Soria as its first-ever Director of Legal. Tonal has had a frenzied with a surge in sales and a $250 million Series E fundraising round, which closed in March 2021.

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6. LendingHome Recruits Tech Leaders To Fill CFO & CMO Roles

Cherie Yu and Bruce Schuman, have joined LendingHome and will serve as its new Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively. The duo bring a wealth of tech industry experience that CEO Michael Bourque believes will help the company maintain its rapid growth.

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7. Fossil Group Appoints Chief Digital Officer

Fossil Group announced on Monday that Holly Briedis has joined the company as Chief Digital Officer. In her new EVP role, she will be expected to lead the Texas-based fashion retailer in its new digital initiatives.

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8. Adapdix Names Former Intel Exec as Product Strategy VP

Chet Hullum has joined adaptive enterprise software startup Adapdix as its new VP of Product Strategy and Marketing. Hullum joins from Smart Embedded Computing, where he served as President and General Manager. He also spent time at Intel and GE.

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9. Dr. Mohak Shah Joins H1 as SVP of Data Science and Machine Learning

Dr. Mohak Shah joins the world’s largest healthcare database, H1, as SVP of Data Science and Machine Learning. An AI and machine learning veteran, Shah was previously the VP of AI and ML at LG Electronics, where he served for over three years.

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10. Gig Wage Appoints Clarisa Lindenmeyer as Chief of Staff and Brand Chief

Gig Wage has appointed Clarisa Lindenmeyer as its Chief Brand Officer and Chief of Staff to help support its rapid growth and eventual global expansion.

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