Further, SmartBear has named Mike Costello as the VP of Talent Acquisition, while Jurry De Vries has been appointed as Globalization Partners' GM for the Middle East.

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Former DEI and employee engagement lead at Nike and Target to guide Auth0's DEI efforts

Identity management platform, Auth0, has appointed Natalie Hausia-Haugen as its first-ever Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Hausia-Haugen brings more than 15 years of industry experience and will be responsible for accelerating Auth0’s DEI vision, policies and processes, and further developing Auth0’s culture of inclusion and belonging.

Prior to joining Auth0, Hausia-Haugen worked at Nike, where she held senior employee engagement, D&I, and people-related roles. She was a leader on Nike’s D&I employee council and the co-chair of Nike’s ERG for teammates of colour with roots in Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands. Before Nike, Natalie worked for Target, Inc. leading both local and national D&I strategies.

“Since Auth0’s inception, we have aimed to create a safe workplace and culture where every person can show up as their authentic self, speak their truth, learn, develop, and grow—at a global scale—and Natalie will play a key role in strengthening our efforts,” said Carolyn Moore, SVP of People at Auth0. “DEI is a top priority for Auth0, and we are honoured to have Natalie join our team in this newly-created role to help us continue to make a meaningful difference.”

Auth0, recently acquired by Okta, was recognised by Forbes as one of America’s Best Startup Employers 2021 List (ranked #11 out of 500). Based in Washington, it has offices in Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Seattle, London, and Buenos Aires.

Hausia-Haugen shared: “Auth0’s belief in and commitment to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion is truly remarkable and has been core to the company since day one—the team deeply cares and strives to create new standards, strengthen existing practices, and embolden others. I’m proud to join a team that is dedicated to its talented people and culture and passionate about fostering a space where courage, real freedom, and our shared humanity meet.


Worldline appoints Jose Raj as SVP & Head of HR in India

Provider of payments and transactional services, Worldline India, has appointed Jose Raj as SVP & Head of Human Resources India. He succeeds Zarin Bhathena who retired in end May.

Raj is based in Chennai, India and will be reporting to Olivier Burger, Group Head of Human Resources.

Commenting on the appointment, Deepak Chandnani, Managing Director, Worldline South Asia & Middle East said: "We are happy to on-board Jose Raj as Head of HR for India. We believe his vast experience in areas like talent strategy & development, compensation & benefits, business partnering & industrial relations across several industries will be a great asset to the company and its success.”

He comes with 27 years of experience in HR management. Before joining Worldline, he worked with Vestas India as Director Human Resources and has taken leadership roles in his previous stints in AREVA India, Royal Enfield and Ford India. He is a certified coach from the Neuro Leadership Institute. 

On his appointment, Raj shared: "My vision is to further imprint our great culture and continue to provide a positive and safe working environment, a healthy work-life balance, right conditions for the development of skills and talent and make Worldline as the preferred employer of choice in the digital payment space."


SmartBear Names New VP of Talent Acquisition

Massachusetts-based provider of software development and quality tools, SmartBear, has named Mike Costello (pictured below) as the company’s new Vice President of Talent Acquisition.

He comes to the role from American Tower where he spent the last eight years in various recruitment roles, most recently as Director, Talent Acquisition. While at American Tower, Costello hired and developed diverse and productive individuals. He also served Suffolk Construction for more than five years in various recruitment positions. 

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“SmartBear continues to experience rapid growth as every company evolves to meet the demands of customers in this digital age and works to ensure their software works as designed,” said Anne Scanlon, Chief People Officer at SmartBear. “Mike’s strategic leadership experience in talent acquisition for Fortune 500 companies will support us as we continue to build a diverse and productive team, strive for cultural excellence, and meet the changing needs of employees worldwide.”

SmartBear experienced a record, double-digit year of growth in 2020 and is hiring worldwide across sales, development, customer support, and more.

Costello is a former Boston University men's basketball captain with a four-year career as a shooting guard and small forward. He began his career in sales, and subsequently joined the Terriers' basketball staff as assistant coach in 2003 for four seasons where he assisted with recruiting efforts, academic advising, and counselling.

In the appointment, he said: "With a fantastic and unique global culture with our talented developers, entrepreneurs, and an overall world-class team already in place, I look forward to augmenting our teams by building on such a great foundation."

SmartBear has also hired Amber Haskell (pictured below) as the company’s new Diversity, Inclusion, and Communications Manager. Amber comes from MFS Investment Management where she spent seven years in various diversity leadership roles. 

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Industry veteran to lead government relations for Globalization Partners in the Middle East

Global employment platform, Globalization Partners, has announced the appointment of Jurry De Vries as General Manager for the Middle East focusing on government relations and global partnerships.

De Vries, an industry veteran, has extensive experience in leading and growing government compliance and HR systems. After a career in the Dutch Royal Air Force and ING Group, he went on to establish his firm Total Solutions Middle East, which was later sold to Vistra. He went on to become the MD Middle East and subsequently was appointed as a member of the Vistra Asia-ME leadership board.

“The Middle East represents a major opportunity for us, and Jurry’s leadership will be invaluable to our efforts there,” said Nicole Sahin, CEO and Founder, Globalization Partners. “We are thrilled that he has joined our team to help us forge key partnerships that will expand the reach of our solution that enables companies to achieve their growth goals faster than they could have imagined.”

Diane Albano, Chief Revenue Officer, Globalization Partners, added: "Jurry has spent the last decade building a thorough knowledge of the intricacies of the Middle East and is an incredible asset.” 

On his appointment, De Vries shared: "I look forward to strengthening our presence in the region and working with the team to support our large-scale growth goals at such a key moment in time for the company."

Lead photo / (from L-R) Auth0's Natalie Hausia-Haugen, Worldline's Jose Raj, Globalization Partners' Jurry De Vries [all photos are provided]

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