This week in leadership updates, Headspace hires Val Kaplan Zapata as chief marketing officer; Connected Cannabis names Craig Lyon vice president, head of marketing; the Network of Executive Women elects three new board members; Lionsgate chief marketing officer Damon Wolf steps down; Sesame Workshop appoints Wanda Witherspoon first chief diversity officer; Petco announces three new board members; Wayfair’s chief product and marketing officer Ed Macri will retire and more.
Headspace Names Val Kaplan Zapata Chief Marketing Officer
Val Kaplan Zapata will be joining Headspace as the company’s new CMO starting in April.
Zapata joins Headspace from Hulu, where she spent nearly four years, most recently as vice president of growth marketing.
Connected Cannabis Hires Craig Lyon As Vice President, Head Of Marketing
Connected Cannabis has named Craig Lyon VP, head of marketing.
Lyon previously spent a decade at Nike, most recently as senior director of brand for the Central US and Canadian marketplace.
Network Of Executive Women Adds Three New Board Members
The Network of Executive Women (NEW) has elected three new members to its board of directors.
The latest members include Valerie Jabbar, group VP of Kroger, Mike Theilmann, EVP, chief human resources officer, Albertsons Cos.; and Jennifer Wilson, SVP brand marketing, Lowe’s.
Lionsgate Head Of Global Marketing Damon Wolf To Exit
Damon Wolf, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s chief marketing officer, is stepping down, according to Deadline.
Wolf first joined Lionsgate in June 2018 after serving as co-head of marketing at TriStar Pictures and Screen Gems for Sony.
Sesame Workshop Appoints Wanda Witherspoon As Chief Diversity Officer
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, has elevated veteran employee Wanda Witherspoon to the newly created role of chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer.
According to a company press release, Witherspoon will be responsible for ensuring the organization is committed to equity at every level of its global business practices, including vendor selection, employee recruitment, staff training and more.
Witherspoon has been with Sesame Workshop since 1997 as vice president of public affairs and special events, for which responsibilities which she will retain.
Wayfair Chief Product And Marketing Officer Ed Macri To Retire
Wayfair’s chief product and marketing officer, Ed Macri, will retire this year after being with the company for 14 years.
Bob Sherwin, Wayfair’s VP of marketing, will take over Macri’s position, which will be renamed.
Petco Adds Three New Members To Board Of Directors
Petco has announced the addition of three new board members. They include Sabrina Simmons, former EVP and chief financial officer of Gap, Mike Mohan, president and chief executive of Best Buy and Mary Sullivan, senior managing director and chief talent officer at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
McLaren Automotive Taps Gareth Dunsmore For Chief Marketing Officer
McLaren Automotive has hired Gareth Dunsmore to lead the company’s global marketing efforts as CMO.
Dunsmore joins McLaren after an 18-year run at Nissan Motor Corporation, where he most recently served as VP of brand and customer experience for Africa, the Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania.
Marriott International Elects Two New Board Members
Marriott International has elected two new board members—David Marriott, president of Marriott’s US hotel divisions, and Horacio Rozanski, president and CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
The additions bring Marriott’s board membership to 13.