LA Tech ‘Moves’: Activision Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

LA Tech ‘Moves’: Activision Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer
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Activision Blizzard appointed Kristen Hines as its first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Hines previously led the global diversity, equity and inclusion practice at Accenture.

Wastefuel, a developer of low-carbon biofuels from waste, named Jeffrey Briggs as chief operating officer. Briggs previously served as COO of Green Plains.

Payments facilitation company PayEngine hired Rashid Kamran as its chief technology officer. Kamran previously served as director of software engineering at ATT/DIRECTV and vice president for application development at MUFG Union Bank.

HR technology company Bambee has hired Lainie Cooney as chief people officer. Cooney previously held the same role at FanDuel.

Mindbody, a wellness technology platform, named Meisha Sherman as chief people officer. Sherman previously served as vice president of global human resources for Envista Corporation.

Omaze, an online fundraising platform, hired Scott Coleman as president. Coleman previously served as Pinterest’s head of growth and international and also held business development and product partnership roles at Google.

Netflix promoted former communications director Emily Feingold to vice president of communications.

FCTI, an ATM solutions provider, named Peter Kulik as its vice president of technology. Kulik previously served as the director of engineering, ATM technology at Citibank.

Cybersecurity startup NVISION named Anna Astakhishvili as head of marketing. Astakhishvili was previously a senior digital marketing manager at Cloudflare.

Creator economy AI company BEN Group named Jon Youshaei as head creator advisor for its TubeBuddy arm. Youshaei previously served as head of creator product marketing at YouTube and also worked on Instagram’s creator marketing team.

Health care venture fund Wavemaker 360 named Monica Jain as a venture partner. Currently, Dr. Jain is currently a surgeon and the surgical innovation officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Venture capital firm Chapter One named Jack Lipstone as venture partner, with a focus on DeFi investing strategy. Lipstone previously co-founded DeFi startup Rari Capital.

Sean Combs, most commonly known as Puff Daddy, joined holoportation startup Proto as an advisor.

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