People Moves Americas: Reddit, Wells Fargo, Robinhood, Visa
In a week where Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, lands his first C-suite executive position, as Chief Impact Officer of Silicon Valley mental health unicorn BetterUp, we round up the latest executive transitions across the Americas.
From Chief Creative Officer to Chief Product Officer to Chief Diversity Officer, discover the latest C-suite appointments in the financial services, consulting and media industries.
Leslie Sims joins Deloitte as Chief Creative Officer
Award-winning creatibe executive Leslie Sims joins Deloitte Digital US as Chief Creative Officer and Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting. Recognised as a Top 10 US CCO by AdWeek and one of the Most Creative Women in Advertising by Business Insider, Sims brings extensive experience setting and resetting the reactive vision for Fortune 500 organisations such as IBM, US Navy, Mastercard and Staples.
Sims has previously served as Chief Creative Officer, for Y&R and then for Ogilvy, where she led the national creative vision for both agencies, creating award-winning client work. In this new role, Sims will work across the entire business to integrate its creative capabilities and will help Deloitte Digital clients across the C-suite harness the power of creativity to develop brand-defining experiences.
According to John Peto, US head of Deloitte Digital, Sims’ “creative leadership will fuel new growth for clients, inspired our talent and elevate the human experience for everyone with whome she works”.
Aparna Chennapragada becomes Robinhood’s CPO
Having been a leader at Google for almost 13 years, most recently as VP overseeing product management for new product areas in augmented reality, Chennapragada brings more than two decades of experience across various industries, combined with a deep understanding of technology, information, AI and customer experience. In this new role for Robinhood, Chennapradada will focus on making the financial markets accessible to millions pf people through the firm’s suite of products.
Reetika Grewal named Head of Digital for Wells Fargo
Financial services expert Reetika Grewal is set to join Wells Fargo as head of Digital for Commercial Banking and Corporate & Investment Banking. Grewal joins from JP Morgan Chase, where she most recently served as head of Digital for the Commercial Bank, and prior to this she was global head of Payments Strategy and Solutions at Silicon Valley Bank.
Lauded for her work in the payments and innovation space, Grewal has secured multiple accolades, including PaymentsSource Most Influential Women in Payments for four consecutive years. Set to lead the digital transformation of the company’s commercial banking and corporate and investment banking businesses, Grewal brings “proven success in the payments and fintech industry” that will “help us delivery deeper financial experiences”, says Ather Williams III, head of Strategy, Digital, and Innovation.
Michelle Gethers-Clark becomes Visa's Chief Diversity Officer
Following more than two decades in senior leadership roles, Michelle Gethers-Clark has been appointed by Visa as its Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Corporate Responsibility, a newly expanded role that will see Gethers-Clark drive a company-wide approach to includsion and diversity, sustainability and social impact with a focus on inclusive and equitable economic growth.
Having spent more than 20 years in various senior roles at Amerivan Express and more recently as President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Greensboro, North Carolina, where she led fundraising and distribution of US$90 million to social impact programs, Gethers-Clark has “tremendous leadership experience closely aligning inclusion and diversity, social impact and philanthropic initiatives to business objects and producing transformational results”, says Al Kelly, CEO and Chairman. She is stet to join in May and will be based in the firm’s San Francisco headquarters.
Laura Nestler appointed VP of Community for Reddit
Global leader Laura Nestler has joined Reddit ’s executive leadership team as VP of Community. Nestler comes to Reddit with a 15-year track record of building strategic, high-impact teams and scalable community systems at growth-stage startups. In addition to nine years spend at Yelp, where she was instrumental in crafting the original community growth playbook, Nestler was most recently Global Head of Community at Duolingo, where she spearheaded community-focused global brand initiatives.
Passionate about community-led growth, Nestler is well-versed to lead Reddit’s Community Operations team, where she’ll be responsible for defining Reddit’s international community strategy, driving key initiatives for community development, evolving the company’s community governance model, and transitioning the team into a global organisation. “Laura embodies the true meaning of community and belonging and will be an excellent trailblazer as we mature our Community team and reach millions of more users across the globe,” says Alex Le, VP of Product, Design, and Community at Reddit.
5 Ways Leaders Can Create a Healthy Workplace Culture
This week (14th-20th June 2021) is Men’s Health Week. Physical and mental well-being have been important considerations for leaders over the past year, and it is essential this focus is maintained as we build back for the future. Here we have asked 5 experts for practical tips leaders can implement to create healthy workplace cultures.
Know the early signs of burnout
Recently it was reported by the BBC that burnout for health and social care staff had reached emergency levels.
Monkey Puzzle Training Co-Founder Karen Meager has studied the burnout recovery process in partnership with Coventry University: “The past year has seen people suffer from job-loss worries, work from home challenges, isolation, and feeling overworked. These are continuing, and all have the potential to contribute towards burnout. Healthcare workers, executives, leaders, managers and small business owners will continue to be the top people to suffer from extreme burnout.”
“At the onset of burnout, people commonly enter a phase of denial. So leaders need to be aware of those who are reluctant to take their time off, are compelled to work all hours, or have changes in their behaviour or mood, as these can all be indications of burnout taking hold. Encouraging them to take a burnout self-test provides a starting point to supporting these employees through recovery, as is role modelling healthy sustainable ways of working.” Karen suggests.
Encourage professional self-reflection
Creating an environment that encourages self-reflection is an effective tool for promoting personal development. Journaling may not be something you instantly think of for professional development; however, it is a successful technique for adults to aid mindfulness and productivity. “Journaling is a form of self-expression that can empower you to understand your feelings and ambitions and how to deal with them, therefore promoting positive well-being and a healthy workplace culture,” describes Elisa Nardi, founder of Notebook Mentor.
“Just 15-20 minutes of journaling a day over the course of four months are enough to lessen the impact of physical stressors on your health,” explains Elisa. “It can also inspire creativity, aid your memory, and help set actionable goals. It is an underused tool that can help employees manage tricky workplace situations such as conflict, illness or new leadership roles.”
Manage your stress and resilience too
As a leader or manager, often, your complete focus is on the business or protecting your team, but you cannot pour from an empty cup. Leaders should also have strategies in place to manage their own stress, so they can sustain high levels of positive energy throughout the day. “Fueled by a burning desire for success, I ignored all the warning signs of exhaustion, which eventually took its toll on me - I literally collapsed from stress, and I didn’t even see it coming.” reflects Sascha Heinemann, an expert in Performance Recovery and Stress Resilience.
“When leaders manage their energy, create healthy daily habits, and practice resilience, they are able to perform to their fullest capacity and to provide the best possible support for others.”
“Taking a break every 90 minutes or so helps you to refuel, recharge, and re-energize and ultimately allows you to get more accomplished, in less time, at a higher level of quality, and more sustainably. This role model contributes dramatically to a healthier, more engaged, sustainable, and productive workplace culture," he adds.
Instil a sense of purpose for your team
The idea that success equals working 12-15 hour days and giving everything of yourself to your workplace continues to prevail in many organisations. This is not healthy, nor is it productive for anyone involved. “The healthiest and happiest workplace cultures are the ones that are organised around purpose.” describes business and life coach Anand Kulkarni.
“Leaders should be giving meaning to the work they are doing within their business and beyond and sharing this purpose with their staff, rather than focusing on long hours, crippling workloads or someone else’s idea of ‘success’. When people understand why they are doing what they do and how this contributes to something greater, productivity and well-being is increased.” adds Anand.
Promote well-being from the top down
Leaders need to act as role models if well-being is to become embedded at the very core of the organisation. It’s very unlikely that employees will start acting in a new way that puts their own needs first if the leadership team continues to behave in an entirely different manner.
‘Many organisations have worked hard in recent months to put new policies in place that better support well-being, promote hybrid working and attempt to set clear boundaries, but many leaders seem to assume that they are exempt from it all, that’s when it all falls over’, explains leadership experts Martin Boroson and Carmel Moore, from The One Moment Company.
A recent ONS report into Homeworking in the UK revealed that people are on average working 6 hours extra per week, and many are working until late in the evening, indicating that the boundaries between work and life are more blurred than ever.
“Despite all of these wonderful opportunities for people to self-organise, if the leadership team continues to work in the office Monday to Friday, or are communicating at all hours, then it’s a clear indicator that hybrid working is simply a ‘bolt-on’ tactic rather than an integral part of the company’s approach to promoting the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.’