LA Tech ‘Moves’: MedMen Has a New CFO, While TrueCar and H2scan Find New COOs

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’: MedMen Has a New CFO, While TrueCar and H2scan Find New COOs

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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MedMen, a Culver City-based cannabis retailer, has hired Ana Bowman as chief financial officer. Bowman previously served as vice president of financial reporting and financial planning and analysis for Tilray Brands.

Online automobile marketplace TrueCar has promoted Jantoon Reigersman to chief operating officer. Reigersman will continue to serve in his role as the company’s chief financial officer.

Hydrogen sensor manufacturer H2scan has hired David Meyers as chief operating officer. Meyers previously held leadership positions at engineering consulting firm Altran.

Cosmetics manufacturer Prime Matter Labs has hired Michael Ervin as the chief operating officer. Ervin previously served as senior director of operations for Nellson LLC.

LeaseLock, a Marina del Rey-based insurtech platform for real estate, hired Sudip Shekhawat as senior vice president of engineering. Shekhawat most recently served as senior vice president of engineering for Interior Logic Group.

Electric vehicle manufacturer Xos has hired Steve Ivsan as head of program management. Ivsan previously served as chief procurement officer for Lightning eMotors and has also worked for automakers such as Chrysler, Tesla and Rivian.

Customer relationship intelligence startup Staircase.ai has appointed Sivan Michaeli-Roimi as vice president of marketing. Michaeli-Roimi was previously head of marketing at Frontegg.

Oluwafemi “Femi” Okusanya has joined Fourth Frame Studios, a new branding content studio launched by GameSquare Esports, as its head of studio. Fourth Frame has also hired Jordan Fisher as creative advisor for original IP development and Mark Rasoul as strategic brand consultant.

Arcules, a cloud-based video surveillance software provider, has appointed Jeremy Scott as North American sales director; Ian Compton as EMEA regional sales director and Erik Friis Mondorf as APAC sales director.

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Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

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Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

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From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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