LA Tech ‘Moves’: MedMen and CUJO AI Welcome New CEOs

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LA Tech ‘Moves’: MedMen and CUJO AI Welcome New CEOs

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Cannabis retailer MedMen Enterprises named Edward Record as chief executive officer. Record previously served as chief financial officer for Hudson's Bay Company.

Cybersecurity and network intelligence solutions company CUJO AI appointed former Comcast executive Remko Vos as chief executive officer.

TikTok owner ByteDance appointed Julie Gao as chief financial officer. Previously, Gao was a senior partner at law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she was known for her work on initial share sales of Chinese startups.

Ecommerce platform Boosted tapped former Crocs executive Bill Bine as its chief supply chain officer, former Atom chief product officer Chris Brucia as its vice president of digital product and former Nike director Jeff Veldhuizen as vice president of brand, home & wellness.

Zevia, a plant-based beverage company, hired Sol de Janeiro’s former CFO and COO Denise Beckles as its new chief financial officer. Former Boston Beer Company senior vice president of supply chain Quincy Troupe has been tapped as Zevia’s chief operating officer.

Look Law, a technology-focused law practice, appointed Zeeshan Moha as chief strategy officer. Moha currently serves as managing director at Ventra7.

Dirk Gevers joined microbiome sciences company Seed Health as chief scientific officer. Gevers previously served as global head at Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.

Phonexa, an automation solution company, named Sara Malo as vice president of partnerships. Malo previously served as director of sponsor and exhibitor success for Phonexa's MailCon conference.

Marketing AI company Rad Intelligence hired Steven Elliott as vice president of client development and partnerships. Elliot previously worked as director of regional sales for Vivint Solar.

SEO agency GR0 promoted former head of content Bridget Reed to vice president of content, and former vice president of finance Kevin Hwang to senior vice president of finance and operations.

3D printing automotive manufacturing company Divergent Technologies welcomed former president of Goldman Sachs John L. Thornton to its board of directors.

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