VMware hires Sean Kopelke as new technology director

Sean Kopelke

Sean Kopelke

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VMware has appointed former Microsoft technical director Sean Kopelke as its new senior director of technology for Australia and New Zealand. 

Kopelke has amassed more than 20 years experience in the technology industry, previously maintaining similar technical director roles with Microsoft Australia, Riverbed, Zscaler, FireEye and Symantec. 

As part of a newly created role, Kopelke will be responsible for leading VMware’s team of systems engineers and managers in their customer engagement. 

He will also partner closely with senior sales leaders to develop and execute the right technology strategies for VMware’s customers. 

“Sean brings deep experience in leading technical teams and helping a broad range of customers ensure they gain the best outcomes from their transformation strategies,” VMware A/NZ vice president and managing director Brad Anderson said.

“As businesses adapt to changing times, Sean’s expertise in cloud, security and emerging technologies will provide VMware’s customers with significant

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Night Market Hires Innovative Industry Leader Kimberly Chulis to Critical Role of VP of Data Science

NEW YORK, Oct. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Night Market, Horizon’s recently launched eCommerce data intelligence company, today announced it has hired Kimberly Chulis, Ph.D., as VP of Data Science. The move is effective immediately and Chulis will report directly to Randy Browning, President of Night Market.

Night Market is designed to provide brands with unique insights into consumer purchase behaviour within the walled gardens of Amazon, Google and Facebook, thus giving brands unprecedented control of the consumer e-purchase journey. The role of VP of Data Science represents a significant hire as Night Market continues to bring together performance media and retail expertise to provide brands with a more sophisticated approach to maximizing their revenue potential.

Chulis is a 20-year data science veteran known for her innovative work in advanced analytics, predictive modeling and cloud-based ML and AI solutions for major technology companies such as Microsoft and IBM. At Night

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Tech Moves: Airbnb HR leader joins Convoy; OutSystems hires Microsoft vets; Highspot’s new chief scientist; and more

Sunita Solao. (Convoy Photo)

—Digital freight startup Convoy announced Sunita Solao, previously an HR leader at Airbnb, as vice president of people and a new member of the company’s executive team.

“Finding the right leader for our People function has been my top focus,” said Convoy CEO Dan Lewis in a statement. “The world is changing and a new normal is emerging for how we do our best work. I look forward to partnering with a creative force like Sunita to take the best of what we know, and build for the future during this unprecedented time.”

Solao was previously head of people and talent for Airbnb’s Homes Business team. She held prior HR leadership roles at eBay, Magento and GE Healthcare.

“I recognized in my first conversation with Dan that the Convoy team was as passionate about shaping a high-performing culture based on values as I am, which was

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The Tech Hires Chan Zuckerberg’s Katrina Stevens as President and CEO

“Our search committee had an impressive pool of candidates from all over the world,” said Christopher DiGiorgio, The Tech’s board chair and interim CEO. “Katrina stood out for her understanding of The Tech as the Silicon Valley treasure that it is, coupled with her deep knowledge of the larger education ecosystem. As a results-oriented, empathetic leader, Katrina is the ideal person to lead our efforts to deepen our local impact and bring our programs to the world.”

Stevens will be the first female leader of The Tech, which was founded in the early 1980s; The Tech Museum of Innovation opened in 1998 and was renamed The Tech Interactive in 2019. She replaces Tim Ritchie, who became president of the Museum of Science, Boston, earlier this year.

“The spark that ignites a young person’s passion often happens in informal learning spaces like The Tech Interactive,” Stevens said. “I’ve

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Cybersecurity firm Censys hires new technology chief

Fresh off an investment round that netted the company $15.5 million, Ann Arbor cybersecurity firm Censys Inc. has a new executive running innovation and technical strategy.

The company announced Monday that Derek Abdine, a veteran of cybersecurity companies, had been hired as the company’s new chief technology officer. Abdine, 37, will remain based in Los Angeles but travel to Ann Arbor quarterly once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

“I joined Censys because companies still face significant challenges securing systems despite a robust cybersecurity industry and there is a shared belief that one of the core issues for this stems from problems with internet-facing configuration and computing infrastructure,” Abdine said in a news release. “Censys is one of the few companies I’ve seen that is truly innovating in cybersecurity, and their team is loaded with some of the brightest, focused people in the industry.”

Prior to joining Censys, Abdine worked as the

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New Hires to the Holodeck: Fidelity Investments Tries Collaboration Via Virtual Reality

As coronavirus lockdowns drag on, IT leaders are feeling hard-pressed to keep collaboration fresh among their remote workforces through video chat and other digital tools.

So some are turning to virtual reality. Fidelity Investments Inc., the financial services firm, has been exploring how virtual reality could be used to build workplace relationships among new employees working remotely. In May, it shipped brand-new virtual reality headsets made by Pico Interactive Inc. to more than 140 employees in its operations division. The workers were either new to Fidelity, or had recently moved into an operations role.

The goal was to replicate some aspects of a new-employee training program that would normally have happened in person in Boston over two weeks.

“We were able to use that visceral and collaborative element of virtual reality,” said Adam Schouela, head of emerging technology at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, which tests and evaluates cutting-edge

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Flowhub hires former Glassdoor exec Stephanie Jenkins as SVP of sales

  • Cannabis tech startup Flowhub hired Stephanie Jenkins as an SVP of sales. She was formerly an executive at Glassdoor.
  • Jenkins told Business Insider that when she was evaluating new opportunities, cannabis tech was the highest risk — but also potentially the highest reward — for her career. 
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When Stephanie Jenkins got on a Zoom call in early May, she knew it would be one of the toughest days of her career.

Then an exec at the job-hunting site Glassdoor, Jenkins says she understood the economic recession caused by the pandemic hurt many industries, but perhaps none more than recruiting. As company budgets dry up, hiring is usually the first cost on the chopping block. 

“I had to fire my entire team of about 160 people over a Zoom call that morning,” Jenkins told Business Insider over the phone. Glassdoor laid off around 300

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Cantel Hires Michael Drexel to SVP and Chief Technology Officer

LITTLE FALLS, N.J., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CANTEL MEDICAL CORP (NYSE:CMD) announced today that Michael Drexel has been hired as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer reporting to George Fotiades, Chief Executive Officer. Michael is based in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Mr. Drexel’s primary responsibilities will include driving the overall vision for the R&D function, oversight and leadership for all projects related to research, and the development of new and existing products. He will assume leadership of the Global R&D team, driving technical excellence and providing clear focus on core competencies to maintain and enhance customer value of our products. In addition, he will build close partnerships with divisional and regional leaders to develop and execute on a thoughtful and comprehensive plan to effectively meet Cantel’s objectives for current and future products.

Mr. Drexel has extensive leadership in product development including driving continuous improvement and developing management,

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Credit Suisse Hires Laungani for Asia Technology Deals

(Bloomberg) — Credit Suisse Group AG has hired investment banker Neel Laungani as the Swiss lender seeks to build its team for deals in telecommunications, media and technology in Asia Pacific, according to people familiar with the matter.

a blurry image of a table: A Credit Suisse logo is displayed at entrance to a Credit Suisse Group AG bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

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A Credit Suisse logo is displayed at entrance to a Credit Suisse Group AG bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Laungani is rejoining Credit Suisse in Hong Kong as a vice chairman of investment banking in Asia Pacific with a focus on TMT, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. He has been a managing director and head of TMT for the region at Deutsche Bank AG since 2017.


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Hiring the veteran dealmaker would help fill the gap left by Alain Lam, who departed the Swiss bank earlier this year to join Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. as

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Mars hires former IFT chief science and technology officer as new head of R&D

Most recently, Dr. Velissariou served as the chief science and technology officer at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), where she oversaw science, technology, and policy strategies, advocated for the science of food, and partnered with stakeholders across industry, academia, government, and non-profits to advance the food system.

Prior to her role at IFT, Dr. Velissariou served in global corporate roles including VP nutrition R&D at PepsiCo, and various R&D positions at Kraft Foods in their coffee, refreshment beverages, cheese and dairy, and ingredient research segments.

“With global population growth and increase of supply chain complexities, I’m motivated by the legacy of resource, reach, and commitment of Mars to make a meaningful impact on the food industry,” ​said Dr. Velissariou.

Dr. Velissariou will report into Jean-Christophe Flatin, president of innovation, science, technology at Mars Edge (a business within Mars founded in 2017 focused on health and wellness through targeted nutrition) 

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