Avalara appoints Ee Lyn Khoo as CPO

Khoo served the longest stint of her career at Amazon


Avalara, which provides cloud-based tax compliance automation solutions to businesses, has announced the appointment of Ee Lyn Khoo as its chief people officer.

In this new role, Khoo will lead the global people and culture-related initiatives, talent management and acquisition; diversity and inclusion; learning and development; total rewards including compensation and benefits; and organisational development at Alvara.

Recognising Khoo as “a talented human resources leader, who has led and scaled employee programmes for global technology companies,” Scott McFarlane, CEO and co-founder, Avalara expresses her confidence in Khoo’s appointment.

With people being critical to Avalara’s global growth strategy, McFarlane believes that Khoo’s “deep experience leading global people and culture programmes and creating a welcoming and inclusive culture will support Avalara’s one-of-a-kind workplace experience and enable our continued growth around the world”.

Prior to this appointment, Khoo was the chief people officer at Redfin, a technology-based real estate firm, which employs more than 4000 people across the US and Canada.

In the initial phase of her career, Khoo worked for General Mills, a food manufacturing firm for about six years in various HR functions, including HR operations and corporate HR.

Moving on from General Mills, Khoo joined Amazon where she ended up working for 13 long years. She joined Amazon in 2008 as principal HR for retail, where she provided HR leadership to the Company’s global retail technology and services business.

As she climbed up the corporate ladder at Amazon, Khoo played a crucial part in leading various businesses at the e-commerce company. She served her last position as VP-HR for consumer, physical stores and global expansion. In this role, Khoo led a team of 1,500 HR professionals supporting 2,50,000 employees in retail, operations, whole foods market/grocery delivery, and mergers and acquisitions.

Khoo carries a master’s degree in labour relations and HR from Michigan State University. She has graduated in communication studies, business and Spanish.

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