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Tag: Appointments and Executive Changes

Biden’s Pick for Top Antitrust Official Was a Star Corporate Lawyer

Biden’s Pick for Top Antitrust Official Was a Star Corporate Lawyer

Technology
Mr. Kanter left Paul, Weiss in 2020. His growing ties to companies that had competitive complaints against Big Tech companies increasingly brought up conflicts of interest for the firm. While Google is not a Paul, Weiss client, Apple, for example, is.If he joins the Justice Department, the issue of conflicts would probably be one of appearances rather than something that would require Mr. Kanter to recuse himself from the Google case, legal experts say. It is not a disqualifying conflict, they say, because the Justice Department’s role is as a prosecutor and Mr. Kanter is not switching sides, just becoming a Google adversary on behalf of the government.But it could be an issue that Google raises when the suit goes to trial. Similarly, legal experts view Amazon’s request that Ms. Khan, an o...
Katty Kay Resigns From Ozy Media Following NYT Report

Katty Kay Resigns From Ozy Media Following NYT Report

Business
Ozy Media was facing pressure on multiple fronts days after The New York Times reported that a co-founder had apparently impersonated a YouTube executive during a conference call with Goldman Sachs in February.Ozy lost one of its biggest stars, Katty Kay, a former BBC anchor and correspondent, who announced in a Twitter post on Wednesday that she had left the company. Ms. Kay wrote that she had handed in her resignation on Tuesday morning, adding that “the allegations in The New York Times, which caught me be surprise, are serious and deeply troubling and I had no choice but to end my relationship with the company.”Ms. Kay had joined Ozy as a senior editor and executive producer in June, after nearly three decades at the BBC. Last year, while still employed by the British media organizatio...

Erik Neander, Dayton Moore and Baseball’s Executive Title Inflation

Sports
The Tampa Bay Rays recently bestowed a new contract and a new title on their baseball operations leader, Erik Neander. He began the season with dueling corporate epaulets — senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager — and is now president of baseball operations. This was not, however, an elevation in rank.“This position is the same as it was yesterday, it just happens to have a different title,” the Rays’ team president, Matt Silverman, said. “It’s not a promotion — he’s been leading the department for years. But the title change itself is really just to make it more consistent with how the industry currently titles the department.”A week after Neander’s title change, the Kansas City Royals installed their own president of baseball operations, only their news release ...
Facebook Chief Technology Officer to Step Down in 2022

Facebook Chief Technology Officer to Step Down in 2022

Technology
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Wednesday that Mike Schroepfer, the chief technology officer and a longtime executive, planned to step down from his position next year, in a rare change to the top ranks of the social network.Mr. Schroepfer, who has worked at Facebook for more than 13 years, plans to transition into a role as a senior fellow, which he said would allow him to focus on activities outside the company.“This is a difficult decision because of how much I love Facebook and how excited I am about the future we are building together,” Mr. Schroepfer said in a post on his personal Facebook page. He said he would spend more time with family and on personal philanthropic efforts while continuing to work on recruiting and developing technical talent for Facebook.Mr. Schroepfer will be ...
Jaap van Zweden to Step Down as New York Philharmonic’s Maestro

Jaap van Zweden to Step Down as New York Philharmonic’s Maestro

LifeStyle
Jaap van Zweden, the New York Philharmonic’s hard-charging music director, announced on Wednesday that he would leave his post at the end of the 2023-24 season, saying that the pandemic had made him rethink his life and priorities.Van Zweden, 60, said in an interview that the upheaval of the pandemic had prompted him to reconsider his relationship with the orchestra, which he has led since 2018, as well as with his family, which he rarely got to see during his globe-trotting days before the Covid crisis. He said he felt it would be the right moment to move on, with the orchestra set to return to the newly renovated David Geffen Hall next fall, a year and a half ahead of schedule.“It is not out of frustration, it’s not out of anger, it’s not out of a difficult situation,” he said. “It’s jus...
Activision hires new executives after a workplace culture lawsuit.

Activision hires new executives after a workplace culture lawsuit.

Technology
Activision Blizzard, the company behind popular games like Call of Duty, said on Tuesday that it was hiring two executives, including a new head of human resources, as part of an effort to build a more inclusive workplace and grow revenue.Julie Hodges, a senior vice president at the Walt Disney Company, will become Activision’s new chief people officer, the company said in a statement. Ms. Hodges will replace Claudine Naughton, who will leave this month “to pursue other interests,” the company said.Sandeep Dube, a senior vice president at Delta Air Lines, will fill the role of chief commercial officer. That job has been vacant since March.In July, Activision was sued by a California employment agency, which said the company had fostered a “frat boy workplace culture” in which women were ro...
Biden plans to nominate a privacy expert to Federal Trade Commission.

Biden plans to nominate a privacy expert to Federal Trade Commission.

Technology
President Biden plans to nominate Alvaro Bedoya, an online privacy expert, for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission, putting a critic of the technology industry in a key position to regulate the sector, according to two people familiar with the plans.Mr. Bedoya is a lawyer who has studied the way new technologies can violate privacy. He was an author of a 2016 report that called for Congress to more closely regulate the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement. And he was previously the top lawyer on the privacy subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.If he is confirmed, Mr. Bedoya will join an agency that is primed to take aggressive action against the technology industry and other corporate giants. The agency’s chair, Lina Khan, is a legal scholar who has argued for...
George Soros Is Making Changes at His Foundation While He Still Can

George Soros Is Making Changes at His Foundation While He Still Can

Business
Lurking in the background of every discussion is the fact that Mr. Soros just celebrated his 91st birthday. He is a year older than Warren Buffett, who recently stepped down as a trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The sprawling foundation Mr. Soros has funded for decades wants to refocus while he can still weigh in on the question that many large philanthropies face, which is how to keep the vision of the founder alive after he or she is gone?Mr. Soros declined through a spokesman to be interviewed for this article. Mr. Malloch-Brown, 67, the group’s new president and a veteran of the United Nations, the World Bank and the United Kingdom’s foreign office, is steering the organization through the transition period.“In its early days, the foundation was much better at adding t...
Two of Bank of America’s Post-Crisis Leaders Will Retire

Two of Bank of America’s Post-Crisis Leaders Will Retire

Business
“It’s rare to find a leader like Tom who combines capital-market expertise and the ability to connect and motivate people,” said Henry M. Paulson Jr., the former Treasury secretary and Goldman Sachs chief.As Mr. Montag helped rebuild the bank’s Wall Street arm after the crisis, Ms. Finucane helped spearhead efforts to convince detractors that Bank of America had become a better corporate citizen.She oversees public policy for the bank, which this year committed an extra $10 billion to an affordable-housing program through 2025. After George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were killed in police shootings, the bank pledged $1 billion over four years to advance racial equality. And as the debate over the minimum wage heated up, it announced plans to raise its base pay to $25 by 2025, just days befor...
Mayim Bialik to Fill In as ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host

Mayim Bialik to Fill In as ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host

Business
The sitcom star Mayim Bialik will temporarily take over weeknight hosting duties at “Jeopardy!” as the venerable quiz show regroups in the wake of last week’s departure of its new host, Mike Richards.Sony Pictures Entertainment named Mr. Richards, the executive producer of “Jeopardy!,” as the successor to Alex Trebek this month. But he stepped down on Friday amid a furor over sexist and offensive comments he made on a podcast several years ago.For now, Mr. Richards remains the show’s executive producer.Ms. Bialik, best known for her roles on “The Big Bang Theory” and “Blossom,” was selected by Sony to host “Jeopardy!” prime-time specials, although only one has been scheduled. She was one of several personalities who had competed against Mr. Richards to succeed Mr. Trebek, who died last yea...