Weka hires first chief people and culture officer

Weka chief people culture Weka, the data platform provider for performance-intensive workloads, has recruited Iris Hermelin as its first chief people and culture officer.

Reporting to Liran Zvibel, co-founder and chief executive officer at Weka, Hermelin will be responsible for its global human resources organisation, recruiting and talent development, and shaping its culture and employee experience.

With more than two decades of human resources experience and recruiting, and working with public and privately held growth-stage organisations, Zvibel joins from experiential marketing platform provider AnyRoad, where she served as chief people officer.

Prior to this, Hermelin held several HR and recruiting leadership roles. She served as head of talent acquisition and people operations for Lyft’s autonomous vehicle division, building it from a team of seven people to more than 400, and supported its acquisition by Toyota.

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Hermelin said: “As AI continues to evolve and more organisations look to harness its incredible potential, Weka is making a profound impact on the businesses and research organisations it serves worldwide. I’m honored to have an opportunity to partner with Weka’s leadership team, which is deeply committed to investing in its people and culture, and excited to help this disruptive firm execute its ambitious vision by contributing to its future growth.”

Zvibel added: “As Weka continues to scale rapidly in the face of record growth and impressive customer demand, investing in our people and culture is a top priority. Iris brings deep experience and considerable expertise in recruiting top talent, building high-performing teams, and developing an organisational culture aligned to strategic business objectives that will be invaluable to supporting the next phase of Weka’s growth trajectory.”