LA Tech ‘Moves’: Netflix Has a New Marketing Chief, Faraday Future Continues Exec Shake-Up

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’: Netflix Has a New Marketing Chief, Faraday Future Continues Exec Shake-Up
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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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Netflix has promoted Marian Lee to chief marketing officer, succeeding Bozoma Saint John. Lee joined Netflix in July 2021 as vice president of marketing in the U.S. and Canada.

Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has hired Becky Roof as interim chief financial officer. Roof also serves as a managing director at consulting firm AlixPartners and succeeds Walter McBride in the role.

Food technology startup BetterBrand has appointed Steve Polonowski as president and chief commercial officer. Polonowski previously served as chief sales officer at Simple Mills.

Birch Creek Development, a solar power development company, has hired Jon Buttles as chief financial officer and Max Whitacre as executive vice president of project finance. Buttles previously served as CFO of Cypress Creek Renewables, while Whitacre previously held a similar position at Green Street Power Partners.

Richard Siklos has joined talent agency UTA as chief communications officer and partner. Siklos previously served as vice president of communications at Netflix.

Beautycounter, a clean cosmetics company, has hired Kara Trousdale as its chief commercial officer. Trousdale was most recently the chief marketing officer for Amazon Fashion.

Web3 creator platform DNABlock has hired Scott Broock as chief strategy officer. Broock was previously executive vice president of digital strategy and innovation at Illumination Entertainment.

Insurance technology company Sure has promoted Cassi Conrad as chief insurance officer. Conrad previously served as head of insurance at the company.

Biotechnology firm Terray Therapeutics has hired Feroze (Fez) Ujjainwalla as its head of business and Adam D. Hughes as its head of chemistry. Ujjainwalla previously served as director of business development and licensing at Merck, while Hughes was the executive director of medicinal chemistry at Theravance Biopharma.

Wine club Winc has hired Darren Plewes as vice president of wholesale. Plewes was previously a sales lead at Aquilini Beverage Group.

Alias Intelligence, a background investigations irm, has appointed Bill Murphy to its advisory board of directors. Murphy is currently a managing partner at Cresting Wave and was previously chief technology officer at Blackstone.

Hospitality technology firm Jurny has appointed Kevin Rohani to its board of advisors. Rohani is also on the advisory board for California State University, Fullerton’s entertainment and hospitality management program, as well as modular construction firm SG Blocks’ board of advisors.

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LA Tech ‘Moves’: Mapp Gains New CPO and CTO, Prodoscore Taps Boeing Exec

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’: Mapp Gains New CPO and CTO, Prodoscore Taps Boeing Exec
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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This Week in ‘Raises’: GITAI Lands $30M, Steno Gains $15M

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.

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A local space robotics startup raised fresh funding to expand the flight model manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and increase employment, while a remote litigation platform raised more funding to continue growing its footprint in new markets across the country, develop service channels for its clients and continue expanding its tech team.

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Gitai Raises $30 Million to Expand Manufacturing Footprint in Los Angeles

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College. Send tips or pitches to samsonamore@dot.la and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

Gitai Raises $30 Million to Expand Manufacturing Footprint in Los Angeles
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Space robotics company Gitai raised a $30 million Series B extension this week, bringing the total value of the round to roughly $47 million.

The funding will be used to further develop Gitai’s suite of space robots as well as build out its manufacturing footprint in Torrance. Previously Gitai announced it raised a $17.1 million Series B in March 2021; this additional raise is still part of that round.

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