Head of Employee Experience, Allbirds; Former CHRO, AirBnB
Mark is a seasoned globally minded Employee Experience Leader who has chosen to work for big hearted companies and focus on how he and his team can unleash the talents and passions of a company’s employees. Early in his career, he worked with the likes of Best Buy, Levi Strauss & Company and Gap Inc. Mark also spent two years living and working in Paris, France for Thomson/Technicolor.
Mark was the pioneer of designing the Employee Experience at Airbnb, which has since created significant changes in the way organizations globally are looking at expanding the HR function to focus on the entire employee journey, and shifting the mindset and ways of working to focus on doing things with and for the employees, not to them. Glassdoor recognized Mark and his team’s work by naming them the #1 Place to Work in 2016.
Mark recently joined Allbirds, a B Corp, focused on sustainability, design and comfort, with a mission of Better Things in a Better Way, as their Head of Employee Experience. Mark is taking his learnings from his retail and start up past to help scale the business, people and culture at Allbirds.
Mark has his JD/MBA from the University of Colorado after four formative years at Colorado College. Mark chose to leave the practice of law after one year to focus his career on helping organizations do the right thing and to attract, develop, engage and retain creative and diverse talent to drive business results, curate the culture and create community connections.
In addition, Mark has been actively involved in social impact, including helping organizations enable their employees to help those less fortunate through volunteering programs and community involvement. He served on the Gap Foundation Board of Directors, and is currently on the Board of First Graduate, a non profit which helps those who are first in their family to attend and graduate college. In addition, Mark is an advisor to Backstage Capital, a VC started by Arlan Hamilton, which focuses solely on under-estimated founders (Women, People of Color and/or LGBT).