Top Executive Moves of The Week

Jade CooperNews

This week, Disney filled its vacant Chief Information Officer role, Barclays promoted a new Group Chief Risk Officer, and Gitlab hired a new Chief Financial Officer. Read more about this and other notable executive changes.


Taalib Shaah became the Group Chief Risk Officer of Barclays on Monday. He succeeds C.S. Venkatakrishnan, who moved to take on a new Group ExCo level remit with the bank. Shaah was previously Chief Risk Officer for Barclays International, which encompasses the Corporate & Investment Bank, as well as the Group’s international cards and payments business.


Katie Beirne Fallon became the Chief Global Impact Officer at McDonald’s on Monday, in a new role where she will head the newly created Global Impact Team. Fallon previously served as EVP, Global Corporate Affairs for Hilton.

Papa John’s

Ann Gugino became the Chief Financial Officer of Papa John’s on Monday, taking over from Steve Coke, who has been serving in the role in an interim capacity. Gugino was previously SVP of financial planning and analysis at Target.


Brian Robins joined GitLab as Chief Financial Officer on Monday. Paul Machle, the Company's former CFO, will assume an advisory role through the end of the year to aid in the transition. Robins joins GitLab from Sisense where he was the CFO.

Expansion Therapeutics

Renato Skerlj became the Chief Executive Officer and President of biotechnology company Expansion Therapeutics. Most recently, Dr. Skerlj served as Chief Scientific Officer for X4 Pharmaceuticals.

The Walt Disney Company

Diane Jurgens became CIO of The Walt Disney Company on Monday. She replaces Susan O’Day, who retired as CIO and EVP of enterprise technology in January this year. Jurgens previously served as Chief Technology Officer for BHP, a mining company based in Singapore.


John Hatem re-joined CyrusOne as Chief Operating Officer on Monday. Until April 2019, Hatem served as CyrusOne’s EVP of Data Center Design, Construction and Operations. He spent the last year working as an independent data center consultant. In addition, Chief Technology Officer Kevin Timmons left CyrusOne this week to pursue other interests.


Chet Kwasniak became the new Chief Financial Officer at CLEAResult on Monday, taking over from Rob Rodgers who had been in the role since April 2019. Prior to joining CLEAResult, Kwasniak was the CFO for CareerBuilder.


Three new executives joined the Avetta leadership team on Monday. Taylor Allis joined the company as Chief Product Officer, Christopher Lewis was promoted to Chief Technology Officer and Jitesh Chanchani joined the company as SVP of Partnerships.


Chris Dentiste became the Chief Financial Officer of vArmour on Monday. Prior to joining vArmour, Dentiste served as CFO of RSA, a standalone security division of Dell Technologies.


Christophe Bodin joined Tradeshift as Chief Revenue Officer on Monday, in a new role for the company. Bodin joins Tradeshift from cloud-based planning software company Anaplan, where he was Chief Customer Officer.


Jennifer Johnson joined Amplitude on Monday, as its first ever Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. Johnson was formerly the chief marketing officer at cybersecurity company Tenable.

Kindred Group

Johan Wilsby became the Chief Financial Officer of Kindred Group on Monday, taking over from Albin de Beauregard who left the company. Wilsby was previously the CFO of information security company Tobii.

Prospa Group Limited

Ross Aucutt joined Prospa Group Limited as its new Chief Financial Officer on Wednesday. Ross replaces Peter Loosmore, who has served as interim CFO since January. Loosmore will stay on for a short period to ensure a smooth transition. Ross joined Prospa from FlexiGroup Limited where he was CFO for almost four years.


Jeremiah Brazeau joined Twillo as its Chief Technology Officer on Thursday. Prior to Twilio, Brazeau was a SVP and distinguished architect at Salesforce.


Steven Totman joined Privitar as Chief Product Officer on Thursday in a newly created role. Most recently he served as Managing Director financial services at Cloudera.


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