Night Market Hires Innovative Industry Leader Kimberly Chulis to Critical Role of VP of Data Science

NEW YORK, Oct. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Night Market, Horizon’s recently launched eCommerce data intelligence company, today announced it has hired Kimberly Chulis, Ph.D., as VP of Data Science. The move is effective immediately and Chulis will report directly to Randy Browning, President of Night Market.

Night Market is designed to provide brands with unique insights into consumer purchase behaviour within the walled gardens of Amazon, Google and Facebook, thus giving brands unprecedented control of the consumer e-purchase journey. The role of VP of Data Science represents a significant hire as Night Market continues to bring together performance media and retail expertise to provide brands with a more sophisticated approach to maximizing their revenue potential.

Chulis is a 20-year data science veteran known for her innovative work in advanced analytics, predictive modeling and cloud-based ML and AI solutions for major technology companies such as Microsoft and IBM. At Night

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Tech Moves: Airbnb HR leader joins Convoy; OutSystems hires Microsoft vets; Highspot’s new chief scientist; and more

Sunita Solao. (Convoy Photo)

—Digital freight startup Convoy announced Sunita Solao, previously an HR leader at Airbnb, as vice president of people and a new member of the company’s executive team.

“Finding the right leader for our People function has been my top focus,” said Convoy CEO Dan Lewis in a statement. “The world is changing and a new normal is emerging for how we do our best work. I look forward to partnering with a creative force like Sunita to take the best of what we know, and build for the future during this unprecedented time.”

Solao was previously head of people and talent for Airbnb’s Homes Business team. She held prior HR leadership roles at eBay, Magento and GE Healthcare.

“I recognized in my first conversation with Dan that the Convoy team was as passionate about shaping a high-performing culture based on values as I am, which was

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The Tech Hires Chan Zuckerberg’s Katrina Stevens as President and CEO | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Katrina Stevens, who oversees a $200 million portfolio of grants as director of learning science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has been chosen as the fourth president and CEO of The Tech, the organization announced today. Stevens, who has 25 years’ experience across the education ecosystem, will guide the strategy for reopening The Tech Interactive in downtown San Jose and for implementing the organization’s 20-year vision to develop problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally.

“Our search committee had an impressive pool of candidates from all over the world,” said Christopher DiGiorgio, The Tech’s board chair and interim CEO. “Katrina stood out for her understanding of The Tech as the Silicon Valley treasure that it is, coupled with her deep knowledge of the larger education ecosystem. As a results-oriented, empathetic leader, Katrina is the ideal person to lead our efforts to

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AppLovin hires Morgan Stanley to lead IPO

A man plays a game on a smartphone.

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AppLovin, the U.S. mobile app and gaming company backed by private equity firm KKR, has hired Morgan Stanley to lead preparations for an initial public offering (IPO) which could come early in 2021, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company has flirted with the idea of an IPO for years, but had never taken a concrete preparatory step. It is the latest mobile gaming startup to eye a stock market listing, as demand for video games surges among consumers staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sources requested anonymity because the IPO preparations are confidential and cautioned that the plans are subject to market conditions.

“Today gaming is a fractured, fragmented market. I think the market will consolidate, and I think AppLovin will be one of those consolidators,” Ted Oberwager, a managing

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Cybersecurity firm Censys hires new technology chief

Fresh off an investment round that netted the company $15.5 million, Ann Arbor cybersecurity firm Censys Inc. has a new executive running innovation and technical strategy.

The company announced Monday that Derek Abdine, a veteran of cybersecurity companies, had been hired as the company’s new chief technology officer. Abdine, 37, will remain based in Los Angeles but travel to Ann Arbor quarterly once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

“I joined Censys because companies still face significant challenges securing systems despite a robust cybersecurity industry and there is a shared belief that one of the core issues for this stems from problems with internet-facing configuration and computing infrastructure,” Abdine said in a news release. “Censys is one of the few companies I’ve seen that is truly innovating in cybersecurity, and their team is loaded with some of the brightest, focused people in the industry.”

Prior to joining Censys, Abdine worked as the

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New Hires to the Holodeck: Fidelity Investments Tries Collaboration Via Virtual Reality

As coronavirus lockdowns drag on, IT leaders are feeling hard-pressed to keep collaboration fresh among their remote workforces through video chat and other digital tools.

So some are turning to virtual reality. Fidelity Investments Inc., the financial services firm, has been exploring how virtual reality could be used to build workplace relationships among new employees working remotely. In May, it shipped brand-new virtual reality headsets made by Pico Interactive Inc. to more than 140 employees in its operations division. The workers were either new to Fidelity, or had recently moved into an operations role.

The goal was to replicate some aspects of a new-employee training program that would normally have happened in person in Boston over two weeks.

“We were able to use that visceral and collaborative element of virtual reality,” said Adam Schouela, head of emerging technology at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, which tests and evaluates cutting-edge

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Credit Suisse Hires Laungani for Asia Technology Deals

(Bloomberg) — Credit Suisse Group AG has hired investment banker Neel Laungani as the Swiss lender seeks to build its team for deals in telecommunications, media and technology in Asia Pacific, according to people familiar with the matter.



a blurry image of a table: A Credit Suisse logo is displayed at entrance to a Credit Suisse Group AG bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.


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A Credit Suisse logo is displayed at entrance to a Credit Suisse Group AG bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Laungani is rejoining Credit Suisse in Hong Kong as a vice chairman of investment banking in Asia Pacific with a focus on TMT, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. He has been a managing director and head of TMT for the region at Deutsche Bank AG since 2017.

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Hiring the veteran dealmaker would help fill the gap left by Alain Lam, who departed the Swiss bank earlier this year to join Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. as

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Coinbase is creating a new ‘Platforms’ team, hires executives from Venmo and Adobe

Crypto exchange Coinbase is building a new “Platforms” team and has hired two executives from Venmo and Adobe to join this team.

Shilpa Dhar, former head of product at Venmo, has joined Coinbase as VP of product. Ravi Byakod, former head of commerce engineering at Adobe, has joined Coinbase as VP of engineering.

Dhar and Byakod will lead Coinbase’s Platforms team and help the company focus on creating a “strong, scalable, and compliant infrastructure that can keep up with the growing cryptoeconomy,” said Surojit Chatterjee, chief product officer at Coinbase.

Before Venmo, Dhar worked for PayPal for more than ten years, and Byakod has had stints at Google, eBay and Flipkart.

It is unclear what specific products the Platforms team would build, but it hints at scaling the Coinbase Commerce platform since Dhar and Byakod have experience in leading commerce platforms.

The Coinbase Commerce platform helps merchants accept crypto payments.

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CKE Restaurants Hires New Chief Financial and Chief Technology Officers, as It Continues Its Impressive Brand Performance

FRANKLIN, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 22, 2020–

CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®, today announced the hiring of Lance Tucker as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Phil Crawford as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Both executives bring extensive industry experience in food service, franchising, growth, and innovation.

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Phil Crawford (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are excited to build on the strength of our current management team with the addition of these two exceptional hires,” said Ned Lyerly, Chief Executive Officer at CKE Restaurants. “Lance and Phil will be key contributors as we build on our brands’ momentum, innovate and address new consumer behaviors.”

Tucker returns to the Southeast from his position in Southern California where he served as EVP and Chief Financial Officer for Jack in the Box, Inc. Prior to that, he spent nine years at

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Mars hires former IFT chief science and technology officer as new head of R&D

Most recently, Dr. Velissariou served as the chief science and technology officer at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), where she oversaw science, technology, and policy strategies, advocated for the science of food, and partnered with stakeholders across industry, academia, government, and non-profits to advance the food system.

Prior to her role at IFT, Dr. Velissariou served in global corporate roles including VP nutrition R&D at PepsiCo, and various R&D positions at Kraft Foods in their coffee, refreshment beverages, cheese and dairy, and ingredient research segments.

“With global population growth and increase of supply chain complexities, I’m motivated by the legacy of resource, reach, and commitment of Mars to make a meaningful impact on the food industry,” ​said Dr. Velissariou.

Dr. Velissariou will report into Jean-Christophe Flatin, president of innovation, science, technology at Mars Edge (a business within Mars founded in 2017 focused on health and wellness through targeted nutrition) 

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