Shopify’s VP of Talent Speer Leaves Company

Today we have sad news: Shopify’s executive shuffle continues as VP of talent Speer leaves company. Janeen (!) Speer joined Shopify back in 2018 as VP of talent, and before that, the Queen’s University graduate worked at WestJet, Lululemon and Starbucks in a senior HR and strategy  position.

Speer seems to be the last of the top-execs at Shopify sailing for friendlier harbors so to speak, after she left the Canadian based e-commerce platform last month to join a rapidly growing Calgary software company.

Speer will work as chief people officer at Benevity, and she calls her new job a “natural fit.” 

Benevity is a relatively weird company, as far as software developers go, i.e. it specializes in helping other companies track their charitable donations, which seems to be a big thing nowadays, since Benevity is looking to boost their workforce by 50 percent, i.e. to hire 300 new employees in 2021.

Speer was with Shopify for 3 years, and she helped supervise the doubling of the e-commerce giant’s workforce from 5,000 to 10,000 employees and supervised a group of more than 380 people.

Three other senior members of Shopify’s C-suite, i.e. the chief talent officer Brittany Forsyth, chief legal officer Joe Frasca and chief technology officer Jean-Michel Lemieux – left the company a few months ago

On top of that, former chief product officer Craig Miller left last October. Tobi Lütke, Shopify’s CEO and co-founder, added that role to his existing duties and Harley Finkelstein shifted from chief operating officer to president to help Lütke focus on Shopify’s growth.

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