Former chief people officer of Uber joins Palo Alto as EVP and chief people officer

Liane Hornsey resigned from Uber in July following an investigation into how she handled allegations of racial discrimination at the ride-hailing firm.

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Liane Hornsey, former chief people officer of Uber, is joining cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks as their new EVP and chief people officer.

Hornsey has earlier worked with Nikesh Arora, the present CEO of Palo Alto Networks in her previous stints at Soft Bank and Google. She was chief administrative officer and operating partner with Soft Bank, while Arora was the president. She was VP-global sales at Google when Arora was CBO. Arora joined Palo Alto as the CEO in June this year. Hornsey is also known for being Google’s first woman vice president , human resources.

Hornsey has varied experience in sectors such as technology, music and media and banking. Before joining Palo Alto, she was working with Uber, the ride-hailing company, as SVP and chief people officer. At Uber, she was also a spokesperson on diversity and discrimination matters for more than a year and a half. She had quit following an investigation into the manner in which she handled accusations of racial discrimination at the company.

Palo Alto Networks is a ten-year old cyber-security organisation, presently serving 50,000 companies globally. It boasts of an employee base of around 5,000 people.

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