LA Tech ‘Moves’: PlayVS and Lassen Therapeutics Gain New CEOs

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’: PlayVS and Lassen Therapeutics Gain New CEOs
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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PlayVS, a local eSports platform, promoted the vice president of finance Joe Gibson as the new chief executive officer.

Clinical-stage biotech company Lassen Therapeutics appointed Frazer Life Sciences venture partner Maria Fardis as chief executive officer.

Jim Allwein joined wellness technology company Therabody as chief financial officer. Allwein held financial leadership positions at Atkins, Great Brands of Europe/Danone International Brands, Acirca-Walnut Acres, Hitachi America and Vital Nutrients.

Online supplement retail store iHerb added Miriee Chang as chief operating officer. Prior to this role, she served as the executive vice president (EVP) of business development at the company.

EV company Faraday Future welcomed Rich Schmidt as vice president of manufacturing. Prior to joining, Schmidt held leadership roles at Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Tesla.

Hyperice, a high-performance wellness brand named Andy Miguel as head of marketing. Miguel spent two decades with Nike and most recently oversaw the iconic Jordan Brand as head of marketing.

EVOTEK, a company that provides IT consulting services for businesses hired J/R Mendoza as community outreach director. Mendoza currently works for USC as an adjunct professor, but also worked for renowned organizations like BBDO, Disney, A+E Networks and Hearst Digital.

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Why Women’s Purchasing Power Is a Huge Advantage for Female-Led Leagues

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.

Why Women’s Purchasing Power Is a Huge Advantage for Female-Led Leagues
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LA Tech Week Day 5: Social Highlights
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LA Tech Week: How These Six Greentech Startups Are Tackling Major Climate Issues

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.

LA Tech Week: How These Six Greentech Startups Are Tackling Major Climate Issues
Samson Amore

At Lowercarbon Capital’s LA Tech Week event Thursday, the synergy between the region’s aerospace industry and greentech startups was clear.

The event sponsored by Lowercarbon, Climate Draft (and the defunct Silicon Valley Bank’s Climate Technology & Sustainability team) brought together a handful of local startups in Hawthorne not far from LAX, and many of the companies shared DNA with arguably the region’s most famous tech resident: SpaceX.

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