The Biggest Moves in Tech This Week

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These are the most notable hires, promotions, and departures within the US tech community in the last week. For executive news updated daily, check out The Org's People on the Move.

Executive Moves

Public Companies

Apple hired Ulrich Kranz to help with the development of the Apple Car. Kranz was formerly the CEO of Canoo and prior to that was a senior executive at BMW’s electric car division. Source | Full Story

Twitter has appointed Mimi Alemayehou to its Board of Directors. Alemayehou joins the social media giant’s board alongside the departure of Jesse Cohn, a Partner at Elliott Management, one of Twitter’s largest shareholders. Source | Full Story

Facebook's VP of Global Business, Carolyn Everson, announced that she has left the company after more than a decade. Everson's role as the head of the Facebook's global business teams will temporarily be filled by its VP for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Nicola Mendelsohn. Source | Full Story

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. As a result, Angela Strand, Lead Independent Director, has been appointed to Executive Chairwoman and will oversee the company’s transition until a permanent CEO is identified. Source | Full Story

Wipro announced the appointment of Anup Purohit as its CIO. Purohit was most recently the CIO of Yes Bank. Source

Inseego promoted Ashish Sharma to President. Sharma most recently served as Inseego's President of IoT & Mobile Solutions. Source

Akamai Technologies appointed Boaz Gelbord as SVP and Chief Security Officer. He has also served in Chief Information and Security Officer positions at Dun & Bradstreet, Bloomberg LP and Amplify Education. Source

Ceridian promoted Bill McDonald from Corporate Secretary to EVP and General Counsel effective July 1, 2021. Source

Coupa Software promoted Todd Ford from CFO to President of Finance and Operations. The company also announced that Tony Tiscornia was promoted from Chief Accounting Officer to CFO. Source

Persistent hired Suresh Prabhu as Chief Delivery Officer for Industry Verticals. Prabhu joins Persistent from Epicor Software, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of on-premise and SaaS solutions. Source

Ocugen hired Michael Shine as SVP of Commercial. Shine has held leadership positions within large pharmaceutical companies, including Novapharm Therapeutics, Colgate Oral Pharmaceutical, and Pfizer Vaccines. Source

Secureworks announced its plans to promote its current President of Customer Success, Wendy K. Thomas, to President and CEO, effective September 3, 2021. Source

Invitae appointed Roxi Wen as its CFO, effective June 21, 2021. Wen previously served as CFO at Mozilla Corporation. Source

authID hired Tom Thimot as CEO and Tripp Smith as President and CTO. Thimot was previously the CEO of Socure and Smith was the CTO at Clarity Insights, which is now Accenture AI. Source

Exasol appointed Jan-Dirk Henrich as CFO. Henrich joins Exasol from New Work SE. Source

Absolute Software hired Edward Choi as SVP of Global Alliances. Choi most recently led Samsung’s mobile alliances and business development team. Source

Bright Minds hired Tom Lategan as VP of Regulatory Affairs. Most recently, Lategan served as VP of Regulatory Affairs for Banner Life Sciences. Source

Growing Companies

Talkspace has selected Dr. Varun Choudhary as its new Chief Medical Officer to help scale its clinical practice and network of providers. Dr. Choudhary is a board-certified forensic psychiatrist, with a specialty in telepsychiatry, population health, collaborative care, quality metrics and autism/intellectual disabilities. Source | Full Story

Algolia has hired its first-ever Chief Product Officer, Bharat Guruprakash. He joins Algolia from Twilio, where he served as the General Manager of Twilio account security. Source | Full Story

Cockroach Labs named Lorenzo Montesi as CFO. Montesi was most recently the SVP of Finance at Cohesity. Source | Full Story

Zomato has officially named its CFO, Akriti Chopra, as a Co-Founder of the company. Source

Karat added Rachael Granby to its leadership team as VP of Interview Delivery. Prior to joining Karat, Granby served as the Head of Product and Client General Manager at Wonder. Source

AnyClip has hired Kirk Iwanowski as CMO. Iwanowski was previously the CMO of Epix. Source

Spotzer has hired Hans Kwa as its new CFO. Source

Hathway hired Kimberlee May as AVP of People and Culture. May was previously Senior Director, Human Resources at DJO Global, Alliance RX and Prime Therapeutics. Source

Diamanti named Chris Hickey as CEO. Hickey joins from Quark Software, where he has served as CEO since January 2019. Source

Adverity promoted Harriet Durnford-Smith from VP of Marketing and Growth to CMO. The company also elevated Christina Schlesinger from VP of Sales & Account Management to Chief Customer Officer. Source

Seismic appointed Heather Cook as VP of Asia-Pacific. Cook previously held executive management roles at marketing technology companies including Hootsuite, Marketo (now part of Adobe), Oracle, and Dell. Source

Rapyd hired Casey Bullock as Chief Revenue Officer, Revital Lavie Cohen as Global Vice President of HR, and has promoted LeAnne Hoang to Global Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. Source

Quantcast hired Valerie Junger as Chief People Officer. Junger previously served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Hillspire. Source

Reven Holdings promoted Brian Denomme, Reven's Co-Founder and former COO, to President and hired Daniel Hoffman as COO. Hoffman was most recently the Chief of Design for a medical device company. Source

Emerging Companies

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. Source: Company Submission | Full Story, has named Mike Stone as its new CEO. Prior to joining, he served as a Content Partnerships Lead for YouTube and Google Play at Google. Source | Full Story

OpenReel has hired Jeffery Kuo as its top lawyer. Kuo will be leading all legal affairs and risk management activities at the startup that has recently raised $19 million in its Series A funding. Source | Full Story has hired Akshay Thakor, the former VP of Business Operations at Postmates, as its new SVP Operations to focus on developer success. Source

XMReality hired Alexander Sandström as its new Chief Technology Officer, effective July 1, 2021. Sandström was most recently employed at Amazon. Source

Bitpanda hired Lindsay Ross as its Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining Bitpanda, Ross served as a Global Director of People at MessageBird. Source

Celcuity appointed Igor Gorbatchevsky as VP of Clinical Development and Jill Krause as VP of Clinical Operations. Gorbatchevsky was previously the VP of Clinical Development at MEI Pharma and Krause was VP of Clinical Operations Quality at Odonate Therapeutics. Source

Cullgen hired Mark Deeg as EVP of Clinical Development. Deeg was previously the VP of Research and Development at Pear Therapeutics. Source

Garrison Technology hired David Wallick as a Security Consultant. Prior to joining Garrison, Wallick served as the Cross Domain Lead for a DC-based consultancy. Source

QOMPLX announced the appointment of Carol DiBattiste as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in July, 2021. DiBattiste was previously Chief Legal and Compliance Officer at Comscore. Source

One Identity appointed Rima Pawar as VP of Product Management, Joe Garber as VP of Marketing, Teri Robb as VP of North American Sales and Chris Wood as VP of Sales for One Identity and Quest Software Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ). Source

KULR announced Greg Provenzano as its new VP of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, he served as SVP of Sales for Advanced Energy. Source

Foresite named Matt Gyde as its new CEO and Chairman. Prior to joining Foresite, Gyde served as president, CEO and board director of NTT Security. Source

Top Data Science appointed Kai Lehtinen as COO. Lehitnen was previously the General Manager of Trimble Energy and Public Administration. Source

Knowland appointed Jeff Bzdawka as CEO. Bzdawka was most recently SVP of Global Hotel Technology at Hilton. Source

Kipu appointed Paul Joiner as CEO and Rick Pharr as COO. Joiner comes to Kipu from Availity where he was COO and Pharr was SVP of Operations at WebPT. Source

Birdeye hired Yang Chao as CFO. Source


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