Gorillas appoints ex-Amazon director as global chief people officer


Grocery start-up Gorillas has appointed ex-Amazon director, Deena Fox, as its first global chief officer.

In her new role, Fox is responsible for all aspects of Gorillas’ company culture and global people strategy.

According to the company, Fox has contributed to the “successful growth” of some of the world’s most recognisable brands, having worked across a range of different industries.

Prior to joining the grocery start-up, Fox has held senior positions at Bath & Body Works, Express Scripts and Hugo Boss.

In 2012, she joined Amazon as its director of human resources. She has also held senior positions at Vince, Jet and Oscar Health.

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“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,” Fox said.

In her new position, Fox will be part of the management board reporting directly to the founder and chief executive officer, Kağan Sümer.

Sümer added: “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.”

The news follows the grocery start-up is facing claims of intimidating staff and putting its riders in danger.

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