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Deena Fox is the new Global Chief People Officer

Berlin, 08-04-2021 – Gorillas Technologies GmbH expands its Executive Leadership Team and signs long-time international HR Exec Deena Fox as its first Global Chief People Officer. As of August 1, 2021, Fox is responsible for all aspects of Gorillas’ company culture and global people strategy. Fox brings to Gorillas broad experience from fast growing companies in the tech, retail, healthcare, and e-commerce sectors. With the appointment of Fox, Gorillas drills down on its people focus, while further strengthening its C-suite.

Gorillas has been all about its people since day one. Its large community of riders, warehouse and operations personnel, as well as management and support employees sit at the heart of its rapidly growing business. True to Gorillas' need for speed, the company has grown to over 10,000 people in just 1 year. It’s time for the young company to increase focus on its HR strategy and infrastructure, ensuring a strong foundation for future growth.

Deena Fox

Deena Fox

Fox has contributed to the successful growth stories of some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Having worked across a wide range of industries, she has experienced first-hand, the challenges and opportunities that come at different stages in every company’s life-cycle. Fox has built and led the people function in early-stage start-ups, companies preparing for and through their IPO, as well as large companies continuing to experience hyper-growth. Leveraging her many experiences and expertise, Fox will now devote herself to the mission of enabling continued, accelerated growth at Gorillas while nurturing the company’s diverse and inclusive culture.

“When I first heard the story of Gorillas, I was blown away by the explosive vertical growth, global ambition, and laser focus on execution - I immediately wanted to be a part of making history with this team,” says Fox. “What I found even more compelling, was CEO, Kağan Sümer’s, unequivocal commitment to balance Gorillas hyper-growth with a major focus on people and HR infrastructure. Gorillas continues to attract smart, kind, ambitious people all over the world and now, at the company’s one-year mark, it’s time to take our commitment to their growth, development, and experience to the next level.”

As Gorillas Global Chief People Officer, Fox will be part of the management board reporting directly to the Founder and CEO, Kağan Sümer.

“Gorillas is a diverse collective of authentic people, taking bold decisions to deliver on our mission. Through Gorillas rapid expansion, we’ve brought growth in commerce and job opportunities to the markets we operate in, but of all of the investments we’ve made or will make in the future, nothing is more important than investing in our people. I have great confidence in Deena’s ability to design and execute a global people strategy that will have a strong and immediate impact on our global workforce while positioning us well for the many stages of growth still ahead,” says Sümer.

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