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Plus, Twitter hired another HR exec from American Express, where Berland used to work.
Twitter has found someone to take over the human resources role that’s been empty for almost 18 months: Leslie Berland, who is already in the building as Twitter’s CMO and head of communications.
Berland’s expanded role was announced internally Thursday by CEO Jack Dorsey, according to a source. A company spokesperson confirmed that Berland is now overseeing the human resources team as “Head of People” and will continue to run marketing and communications.
Twitter has also hired Jennifer Christie, most recently a senior vice president of human resources at American Express, where Berland used to work. Christie is Twitter’s new VP of human resources; she will report to Berland and handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the team.
Twitter’s old VP of human resources, Brian “Skip” Schipper, announced he was leaving way back in January 2016, the same day Twitter lost a number of other key VPs.
Dorsey said during the company’s recent earnings call last month that he spends the “majority of my time on recruiting,” and Twitter has now filled two key vacancies that it had at the start of 2017: Berland/Christie on the human resources front and a new CFO from Goldman Sachs, Ned Segal, who is supposed to start at the company this month.
A Twitter spokesperson sent over the following statement explaining Berland’s promotion.
“As a company, we focus on customer engagement and experience end-to-end in a way that’s uniquely Twitter. To bring the best of Twitter forward, both inside and out, we want to apply that same way of thinking to our people. As CMO, Leslie puts the customer at the center, and she has always approached her work by listening and learning from our people first, and radiating outward. Her leadership will strengthen the synergies that exist between our People, Marketing, and Communications teams and better align our culture with our brand.”