From the east aspect of SP to Silicon Valley: Brazilian would be the new CEO of Slack
The corporate communication platform Slack, based in Silicon Valley, will have a Brazilian CEO.
Executive Lidiane Jones will replace Stewart Butterfield, founder of the tool. He will leave the company in January 2023, just over two years after it was purchased by Salesforce, for $27.7 billion (BRL 145 billion at current exchange rates).
Who is Brazilian? Born in São Paulo on the east side, Lidiane holds a degree in computer science from the University of Michigan (USA) and worked at Apple, Microsoft –where she stayed for 13 years– and Sonos before joining Salesforce in 2019.
She also serves on the board of Compass, an NGO focused on helping low-income families led by black or Latino women develop alternatives to leave poverty.
- “Being a person who was very poor, I know that nobody wants others to feel sorry for them, nobody wants to be considered inferior to anyone”, she said in an interview with the institution’s website.
- “I found out about Compass through a friend’s recommendation, after I talked to her about what it was like to grow up in Brazil, and how my mother helped me overcome several challenges and put so much effort into helping me get an education,” said Lidiane.
Chair dancing: Butterfield’s departure comes less than a week after Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor resigned. Taylor was one of those responsible for the billionaire deal.