Here are just a few of the interesting executive changes making headlines over this past week:
Uber Targets Jones to Enhance Global Brand
Multinational online ridesharing company Uber made the recent announcement that Jeff Jones will be stepping into the role of president. Travis Kalanick, CEO and co-founder of the company, made the strategic decision to bring on Jones, chief marketing officer for Target since 2012, to redefine operations and revamp marketing on a global level. Jones brings to Uber his experience with top-notch operations such as Leo Burnett Worldwide, Gap, Coca-Cola, McKinney, and Target that will allow him to redefine the company’s global branding strategy.
National Instruments to Drive Growth and Innovation with Davern
To maximize the next phase of company growth, virtual instrumentation software company National Instruments has appointed Alex Davern to succeed current CEO and president James Truchard, effective January 1. Truchard, 73, will continue to serve as chairman of the board for NI. Given Davern’s track record, Truchard has confidence that his past success will lead NI toward growth and innovation. Davern has been with the company since 1994 and has served as COO and CFO. He previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the US and Europe.
Kirby Joins First Class with United Airlines
The US’s largest airline, United Airlines, announced effective immediately that former American Airlines president Scott Kirby will become its next president. Kirby, who is an industry veteran with 30 years of experience, will report to United’s CEO, Oscar Munoz. His diverse background includes senior leadership roles with America West Airlines up until the merger of America West Airlines and US Airways in 2006, when he was named president of US Airways. Kirby then went on to become president of American Airlines when American and US Airways merged in 2013.
Look for more Executives on the Move next week!
Laurie Rahn works on the Global Customer Experience team with a primary focus on ensuring data quality and maintaining key business relationships by supporting high-profile accounts within the telecommunications, technology, and strategic national industries. She holds a BA in journalism with a minor in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin. Laurie has been with Dun & Bradstreet for six years and has also worked for IBM and Sears Holdings.