Here are the latest people moves in the HR technology industry

Wrapbook Chief People Officer Lissa Minkin
Lissa Minkin

HR veteran Lissa Minkin joins payroll solution provider Wrapbook as chief people officer. Minkin most recently worked at Tile and has served in HR roles for eBay, Facebook and Time Warner. She will now oversee Wrapbook’s people experience, talent acquisition, people operations and total rewards program. “Lissa brings top-shelf expertise and leadership to her role, so we’re thrilled to welcome her to the team,” said Wrapbook CEO Ari Javid. Streaming video provider

Brightcove has named Trisha Stiles as chief people officer. An HR veteran for the past two decades, Stiles has served in HR roles at Tableau, CBS Interactive and NBC Universal, among other firms. In her new role, she will oversee talent and performance management and DEI efforts and will develop people practices. Stiles starts Aug. 29 and will report to Brightcove CEO Marc DeBevoise.

Olivier Gachot, CEO of Communo
Olivier Gachot, CEO of Communo

Canadian talent-acquisition platform provider Communo has named Olivier Gachot as CEO. A Silicon Valley veteran, Gachot will help clients find and hire talented and diverse people using the company’s AI- and ML-fueled talent matching platform. Gachot replaces current CEO Ryan Gill, who will continue to serve as an adviser and remain executive chair of the board. Gachot most recently served as chief revenue officer at Workspot and NewVoiceMedia and has held senior leadership positions at Lombardi, Spredfast and Skire.

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Brian Crofts has joined BambooHR as its chief product officer. Crofts hails from Auditboard and Pendo and spent 11 years at Intuit, where he helped develop QuickBooks and TurboTax. In the last five years, BambooHR has grown rapidly to reach annual recurring revenue of more than $100 million. Crofts’ appointment follows several recent hires including Anita Grantham as head of people.

Allison Manne, Findem
Allison Manne, vice president of customer success for Findem

Long-time HR exec Allison Manne has joined AI-recruiter Findem as its vice president of customer success. Manne moves from Gloat, where she served as global vice president of customer success. She previously held leadership positions at HR technology providers Namely, HireVue and Ultimate Software. “Over the past 15 years, Allison has built and led teams across pre-sales, customer success, account management and operations,” according to a statement from Findem.

Talent platform SeekOut has hired Claire Fang, Qualtrics’ former CPO, as its first chief product officer. In her new role, Fang will oversee product strategy and the teams that create the full suite of talent optimization offerings, including talent acquisition and internal talent solutions. SeekOut has added three key players to its team recently, including Jana Morrelli as VP of Customer Success. “What attracted me to Seekout are its purpose and values,” says Fang. “What Seekout is trying to solve is to surface the right job opportunities for employees and conversely find the right talents for the skills needed, while doing it at scale for thousands of companies and millions of people.”



HR technology provider HiBob has appointed Ze’ev Rozov as its new COO. Based in London, the technology veteran has previously served as CEO and co-founder for tech startups RewardPod and IconicFuture. “Ze’ev served as the COO of a HiBob customer, helping grow revenue 20x, completing five acquisitions and building a world-class organization. I don’t doubt he will duplicate this success here,” says Ronni Zehavi, CEO and co-founder of HiBoB.

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Talent recruitment solution provider Wedge has named Jason Seiden as head of strategy. The 20-year veteran has more than a decade of experience in the talent recruitment space and co-founded Brand Amber, an employer branding firm that was sold in 2017. Since then, he has served as an HR tech and recruitment consultant.

Performance management tool Betterworks hired Jamie Aitken as its new vice president of HR transformation. In this role, the 25-year HR veteran will support Betterworks customers with “innovative strategies to improve talent management practices, employee engagement and culture,” per a Betterworks announcement. Aitken has previously worked at SAP SuccessFactors, Bombardier Aerospace, PeopleFluent and other firms.

Talent acquisition and people analytics provider Crosschq has named Jo Avent as chief people officer following the company’s acquisition of recruiting analyst platform TalentWall. Avent was co-founder of the latter company and, earlier in her career, she was an independent consultant specializing in recruiting selection process design. “Going from co-founder to Chief People Officer is perhaps an unusual path but since I’ve done some aspect of every role in an organization,” she says. “I’m keenly aware of the dynamics between different teams and the challenges faced by each role.”

June Moves

HCM platform provider Lattice has added Cara Brennan Allamano as its first chief people officer. A 20-year HR veteran whose last role was as senior vice president at Udemy, Allamano will lead the firm’s global people team’s talent acquisition, onboarding, learning and development, and DEI efforts. Allamano’s HR resume runs deep, with leading HR roles at Planet, Pinterest and Adobe, along with founding PeopleTech Partners and StartupHR. “We are thrilled to tap her for deeper insights into the HR tech landscape as we continue to expand Lattice’s products and features through the employee lifecycle,” says Lattice co-founder and CEO Jack Altman.



Sudha Kaki has joined HR and benefits solution provider Ease as CTO. Formerly serving in tech roles at WebMD and Oracle, the 20-year technology veteran will lead Ease’s efforts to enhance its employee benefits and HR ecosystem for small- to medium-sized businesses. “Sudha’s technical expertise and experience executing innovative strategies will help Ease scale as a leading benefits administration and insurance software solution,” says Ease’s CEO and co-founder David Reid.

Jill Popelka, president, SAP SuccessFactors
Jill Popelka

Jill Popelka announced that she left her role as president of SAP SuccessFactors last week after working for 12 years at the company, including the last two as president. She wrote on LinkedIn: “Wow! What a great adventure! After 12 amazing years, Friday [June 2, 2022] marked my last day with SAP. And while I’m sad to close an incredible chapter of my career, I’m excited and hopeful for the next!” Popelka does not mention her next move, and SAP did not announce her successor. Watch this space.

Human capital management provider UKG announced that Chris Todd, president of UKG, has been appointed chief executive officer effective July 1. Current CEO and chairman Aron Ain will transition to executive chair where he will “remain actively involved with UKG,” per a press statement. As CEO, Todd will lead day-to-day operations, serve on the UKG board of directors as well as lead and communicate the company’s strategic, operational and cultural agenda.

Phil Albinus
Phil Albinus is HR Tech Editor for HRE. He has been covering personal and business technology for 25 years and has served as editor and executive editor for a number of financial services, trading technology and employee benefits titles. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and lives in the Hudson Valley with his audiologist wife and three adult children. He can be reached at palbinus@lrp.com and on social media below.

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