LA Tech ‘Moves’: Banking App Startup Taps Discord CMO

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’: Banking App Startup Taps Discord CMO
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Pediatric health monitoring company Miku appointed Johann Fernando as chief executive officer. Fernando previously served as FUJIFILM Healthcare’s COO.

Firststeps for Kids, Inc., an organization that applies behavior analysis (ABA) services for autistic children welcomed Matt McAlear as chief executive officer and Anne Swinney as chief operating officer. McAlear also serves as the host of the Speed Mentorship podcast. Swinney previously served as the senior vice president of payer strategy and growth at Kadiant.

Christoph Pachler joined gaming group FaZe Clan as chief financial officer. Prior to this role, Pachler was CFO, and managing director at Critical Content and divisional CFO for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Metaverse platform LAMINA1 appointed Rebecca Barkin as president. Barkin’s past leadership roles were at Madison Square Garden Sphere and Magic Leap.

Allen Media Group hired former BET Networks senior vice president Michele Ghee as president of multicultural advertising.

Bluon Inc., a company focused on supporting the productivity and efficiency of HVAC technicians, promoted Adam Curry to senior vice president of software and data. Curry previously served as the company’s vice president of software.

Mortgage lending company Synergy One Lending welcomed Scott Engel and Steve Haddad as vice presidents of production. Engel has been a senior consultant and sales manager at New American Funding, while Haddad was a branch manager at Finance of America Mortgage LLC.

InStride, a company that partners with businesses to offer its employees with education programs, added industry veterans Mark Laret and Nancy Schlichting to its advisory board. Laret was formerly president and CEO of UCSF Health, while Schlichting served as the president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System.

Banking app Dave tapped Tesa Aragones to its board of directors. Aragones previously served as chief marketing officer at Discord Inc and VSCO. She also held roles at iconic brands including Nike, Volkswagen, Apple, XBOX, Bacardi and Universal Studios.

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