San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
Gild, which brings meritocracy to HR through innovative recruiting technologies, today announced the formation of a new Advisory Board featuring a provocative mix of perspectives and expertise with which to guide the company.
From hacking to human resources, talent acquisition to design and open source programming, the new board includes luminaries from inside and outside of Silicon Valley. Armed with this diverse mix of innovation, insight and expertise, their mission is to challenge the status quo of recruiting and reinvent the hiring process for developers, technologists and beyond.
“Gild’s new Advisory Board brings together minds and backgrounds not commonly seen sitting at the HR table," said Sheeroy Desai, CEO and co-founder, Gild. "We purposely sought out expertise that would offer us – and the industry – a transformative perspective, and accelerate our growth through real differentiation."
The initial five-member board includes:
Amelia Merrill - VP, Talent Acquisition at RMS. Currently the head of talent acquisition at RMS, Amelia Merrill is developing a new employment branding strategy based on brand triangulation that will include a strong focus on social media and out-of-the-box ways to engage the RMS employee base and candidates. Prior to RMS, she was at Juniper Networks, WebMethods, and VeriSign. Her HR career has varied greatly from creation, development, and implementation of M&A and workforce reduction programs to HR business partner to talent acquisition leader.
Zach Holman - Developer Advocate at GitHub. In addition to his role as an evangelist and developer at GitHub, Zach Holman is a blogger, open source hacker, and “nontraditional” screencast filmer. Mr. Holman achieved national media fame when he introduced Facelette, a three-hour app experiment that married Chatroutlette with FaceTime. He continues to be a sought-after speaker within the developer community, where he has presented at Airbnb, the Ruby Conference, and most recently keynoted the 2012 BACON Conference.
Clement Mok – Acclaimed Brand and Design Guru. Clement Mok is an award winning designer, digital pioneer, software publisher, app developer, author, and design patent holder. A former creative director at Apple, Clement founded multiple successful design-related businesses, including: Studio Archetype, CMCD, and NetObjects. He was the Chief Creative Officer of Sapient, a Trustee of Art Center College of Design and the national president of AIGA. Currently, he’s a founding partner of SUGARFISH and SameSurf as well as start-ups on a variety of design planning and user experience related projects. He is a 2008 AIGA Medalist, has been published internationally and has received hundreds of awards from professional organizations and publications including I.D. magazine’s “40 Most Influential Designers,” and Chief Executive Magazine, which named him among 1998’s Tech 100 CEOs.
Austin Cooke - VP, Human Resources & Talent Acquisition at Vistaprint. As Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Acquisition, Austin Cooke is responsible for all aspects of Vistaprint’s efforts to attract, grow and retain the best talent in the e-commerce industry. Prior to Vistaprint, Austin was VP, Global Recruiting at Sapient, overseeing the company's growth from 85 to over 4,500 people from 1994 to 2006. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Human Capital Institute and Monster.com.
Eric Lane - HR & Staffing Leader. Eric Lane is the founder of Retirement v1.0, a consulting firm for HR and talent acquisition. Before launching Retirement v1.0, Eric served as VP of Human Resources at Intuit (2001-2011) and was a Vice President with Icarian (1997-2001) a Kleiner Perkins funded Workforce Planning service. Additionally, Mr. Lane served as CEO and Co-founder of CONCENTRICS Management, Inc. and has held senior HR roles at Silicon Graphics, Advanced Micro Devices and National Semiconductor.
The advisory board will be important to Gild as the company continues to develop more tools and services for recruiters and organizations seeking exceptional talent, such as the recently announced Gild Source talent recruitment platform.
“I, along with my colleagues, am excited to bring our varied experiences within the HR, tech and design communities to Gild and look forward to rolling out new offerings that hiring teams and managers rely on,” said Amelia Merrill, VP, Talent Acquisition at RMS. “Technology – like that which Gild provides – is driving the identification, engagement and recruitment of today’s best candidates for the most influential companies.”
“We’ve worked hard to assemble a non-traditional advisory board,” added Desai. “We prize de facto HR experience, so we gathered together the leading voices in talent acquisition. But we also sought out the most creative minds in design and development. What we’ve built is an eclectic team of expert advisors who share Gild’s belief: That emphasizing meritocracy is the key to successful recruiting.”