This week, Apple made both a key hire and a high-profile cut, Amazon regained a top media exec, and Jay-Z joins Square's board.
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 Promptly Fires Ex-Facebook Hire After Employee Backlash
All in one week Apple has hired and fired Antonio Garcia Martinez, who would’ve been a member of its App Store and Apple News Advertising team, after receiving swift backlash from employees. Over 2,000 employees signed a petition by Wednesday calling for his removal after they learned of offensive and sexist views expressed in a book he had authored.
2. Blackburn Rejoins Amazon After Five Weeks at a VC
Jeff Blackburn has decided to return to Amazon, the company he left in February, to serve as the SVP of its new Global Media & Entertainment division. He joins from Bessemer Venture Partners, where he had worked for just 5 weeks.
3. Revolut Appoints 29-Year-Old CFO
Revolut has revealed that last month it appointed Mikko Salovaara as its new Group Chief Financial Officer, filling the role that had been filled on an interim basis since March 2020.
4. Jay-Z Becomes Board Member of Square
Square, the mobile payments company owned by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, has expanded its board to include Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z. In March, Square announced it was buying a majority stake in Jay-Z’s music company, Tidal, for $297 million.
5. Waymo’s CFO Departs Along With Its Chief Automotive Officer
On the heels of Waymo’s CEO transition, the self-driving startup has lost its CFO, Ger Dwyer, and its Chief Automotive & Corporate Development Officer, Adam Frost. The duo’s departure was first shared with employees earlier this week and confirmed to TechCrunch.
6. The Washington Post Names New Exec Editor Amid International Expansion
The Washington Post has named veteran journalist Sally Buzbee as its first-ever female Executive Editor, effective June 1. She succeeds Martin Baron, who retired at the end of February after eight years in charge of the 143-year-old news organization.
7. Brex Hires Barclays Exec as First Chief Compliance Officer
Fintech startup, Brex, has hired Frederick Reynolds as its first ever Chief Compliance Officer. Reynolds will report to Chief Legal Officer Kathryn Biber, who has previously served as the General Counsel for Sen Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and as Senior Counsel at Airbnb.
8. Apple Taps Tech Industry Veteran to Lead Communications
Apple has named Stella Low as its next VP of Worldwide Corporate Communications, a role that had been vacant since Steve Dowling left the company in 2019.
9. Teen Vogue Finds a New Editor
Two months after its last editor pick resigned, Condé Nast announced Monday that Versha Sharma, a managing editor at NowThis, will become Teen Vogue’s new Editor-in-Chief.
10. JPMorgan Chase Appoints Another CIO
JPMorgan Chase has made the decision to elevate James Reid to serve as the bank’s Chief Information Officer for its new employee experience division. The promotion, which is effective immediately, means Reid will now report directly to CIO Lori Beer.
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