January 24, 2022 – Hudson Gate Partners recently recruited Allan Smith as the first chief people officer for Mogo, a NASDAQ-traded digital payments and financial technology company in Vancouver, British Columbia. Daryl-Lynn Michaud led the assignment. “We’ve been fortunate to attract and build an outstanding team at Mogo, and we’re excited to have Allan lead our people efforts going forward as we look to significantly expand our organization while continuing to retain and advance top talent,” said Mogo CEO David Feller. “We believe his experience in building world-class teams in fintech and fast-growing software companies will make him a highly impactful new addition to our leadership team.”
Mr. Smith brings to Mogo 15 years of expertise as an analytical human resources leader with global experience in progressively demanding leadership roles in Fortune 50 as well as hyper-growth SaaS and fintech companies. Most recently, he served as senior director for fintech leader SoFi, where he led the people function across SoFi International and its subsidiary Galileo. Previously, he held multiple HR leadership roles with Amazon over a seven-year period of rapid growth. Mr. Smith also led a geographically dispersed global HR team for Anaplan and served as senior HR business partner with Veeva Systems. He has an MBA in organizational behavior/human resource management from Brigham Young University.
“Having worked at multiple high-growth, world-class organizations, I was attracted to Mogo’s strong position in the Canadian market, their growth trajectory and their vision to build a next-generation financial platform,” said Mr. Smith. “They have also assembled a talented and passionate team, and I look forward to building on this strong base to support the continued growth of the business.”
Mogo is empowering close to 1.8 million members with digital solutions to improve their finances. Through the free Mogo app, consumers can access a digital spending account with Mogo Visa Platinum Prepaid Card. The Mogo app also enables you to easily buy and sell bitcoin, get free monthly credit score monitoring and ID fraud protection, and access personal loans.
Hudson Gate Partners provides executive search services across the finance, communications, marketing services, technology, and healthcare industries. The search firm is headquartered in Water Mill, NY and has additional offices in Connecticut and Florida.
Ms. Michaud joined Hudson Gate Partners in 2020 and is head of the technology executive search practice. She also oversees the firm’s organizational development and leadership practice which helps clients of all sizes and maturities hire transformational talent. She has over 22 years of retained executive level search experience within the technology and finance sectors. Prior to joining Hudson Gate, she founded Insight-Full Solutions, where she focused on C-level through director-level retained search for large Fortune 500 firms, as well as for start-up organizations in their seed-level stages of funding.
Chief People Officer Recruiting
Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist companies across the nation to find new chief people officers. Here is a look at few recent searches from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners recently placed Kerry Unflat as chief people officer of Zipari, a modern consumer experience solution. Alex Bossetta led the assignment. “In this moment of continued growth and expansion, it’s more important than ever that we ensure our employees have what they need to succeed, inside and outside the office,” said Mark Nathan, CEO of Zipari. “With over 20 years of human resources and talent management experience – much of it with a fast-growing software company – Kerry is the perfect person for the job. We’re delighted to welcome her to the team.”
Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been retained by the Museum of Science in Boston to lead its search for a chief people officer. Spearheading the assignment are managing director Beth Schaefer and senior search associate Josyanne Roche. “At this critical time in its history, the Museum of Science is seeking a dynamic, mission-driven leader to serve as the next chief people officer,” said Koya Partners. “The CPO comes to the Museum of Science at an exciting time under new leadership and a renewed commitment to the great opportunity for impact that institutions like the Museum of Science can have in their community and in the world.”
WGNinHR Consulting was recently retained by venture-backed Arena to fills its chief people officer role. Reporting to the CEO, the chief people officer will play a critical partnership role in the company’s growth stages and beyond. The successful candidate will be able to quickly link the business strategy to a newly developed people strategy. She or he will lead major initiatives while ensuring that the company values remain as touchstones that continuously reinforce the desired culture.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media