LA Tech ‘Moves’: Riot Games’ Co-Founder Returns and Snap Bolsters Branded AR

Molly Wright

Molly Wright is an intern for dot.LA. She previously edited the London School of Economics' student newspaper in the United Kingdom, interned for The Hollywood Reporter and was the blogging editor for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

LA Tech ‘Moves’: Riot Games’ Co-Founder Returns and Snap Bolsters Branded AR
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Moves, our roundup of job changes in L.A. tech, is presented by Interchange.LA, dot.LA's recruiting and career platform connecting Southern California's most exciting companies with top tech talent. Create a free Interchange.LA profile here—and if you're looking for ways to supercharge your recruiting efforts, find out more about Interchange.LA's white-glove recruiting service by emailing Sharmineh O’Farrill Lewis (sharmineh@dot.LA). Please send job changes and personnel moves to moves@dot.la.


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Riot Games has named Marc Merrill as its new president of games. Merrill co-founded the video game developer and previously served as its co-CEO until 2017, before stepping down and assuming the role of co-chairman.

Snap has hired Resh Sidhu as global director of Arcadia, the social media firm’s creative studio for branded augmented reality. Sidhu joins from ad agency Barbarian, where she was chief creative officer. Snap also named Jeff Miller as Acadia’s executive director and Lidiia Bogdanovych as Arcadia’s executive producer; they will continue to serve as Snap’s global head of creative strategy and director of lens design, respectively.

Animation studio Invisible Universe has appointed David Levy as chief creative officer. Levy most recently served as director of animation at Disney+.

AI-powered fintech platform Camino Financial has promoted Michael Chamberlayne to chief financial officer. Chamberlayne was previously the company’s senior vice president of finance and corporate development.

Relativity Space, an aerospace company that designs and produces 3D-printed rockets, has hired Mariana Garavaglia as chief business and people officer. Garavaglia joins from Peloton, where she served as chief operating officer.

Fintech banking platform Dave has hired Michael Goodbody as chief marketing officer. Goodbody was previously vice president of marketing and growth at Credit Karma’s Money division.

Kollectiff, a Web3 venture studio, has hired Rupert Runewitsch as chief operating officer and chief growth officer. Runewitsch was previously a strategic advisor at amp&go and founded the startup Vista.

Marketing research company MarketCast has hired Jenna Lauer as its new head of brand and custom research. Lauer joins from market research agency Hall & Partners, where she served as managing partner. MarketCast also promoted Zoë Friend to lead the company’s Content Insights practice.

Video game developer Scopely has appointed Salaam Coleman Smith to its board of directors. Coleman Smith is currently a director on the boards of Pinterest and Gap, Inc.

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This Week in ‘Raises’: Saviynt Lands $205M, Pagos Secures $34M

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.

This Week in ‘Raises’: Saviynt Lands $205M, Pagos Secures $34M
This Week in ‘Raises’:

While it was a slow week of funding in Los Angeles, security vendor Saviynt managed to score $205 million that will be used to meet the company’s growing demand for its converged identity platform and accelerate innovation.

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LA Tech ‘Moves’: Saviynt Gains New CEO, The FIFTH Taps Agency Veteran to Lead Creative Team

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’: Saviynt Gains New CEO, The FIFTH Taps Agency Veteran to Lead Creative Team
LA Tech ‘Moves’:

“Moves,” our roundup of job changes in L.A. tech, is presented by Interchange.LA, dot.LA's recruiting and career platform connecting Southern California's most exciting companies with top tech talent. Create a free Interchange.LA profile here—and if you're looking for ways to supercharge your recruiting efforts, find out more about Interchange.LA's white-glove recruiting service by emailing Sharmineh O’Farrill Lewis (sharmineh@dot.la). Please send job changes and personnel moves to moves@dot.la.

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Los Angeles’ Wage Growth Outpaced Inflation. Here’s What That Means for Tech Jobs

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College and previously covered technology and entertainment for TheWrap and reported on the SoCal startup scene for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Send tips or pitches to samsonamore@dot.la and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

Los Angeles’ Wage Growth Outpaced Inflation. Here’s What That Means for Tech Jobs

Inflation hit cities with tech-heavy workforces hard last year. Tech workers fortunate enough to avoid layoffs still found themselves confronting rising costs with little change in their pay.

Those national trends certainly touched down in Los Angeles, but new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the city of angels was the only major metro area that saw its wage growth grow by nearly 6% while also outpacing the consumer price index, which was around 5%. Basically, LA was the only area where adjusted pay actually came out on a net positive.

So, what does this mean for tech workers in LA County?

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