Cruise Automation, the Self-Driving Car Company based in San Fransico has made yet another addition to its leadership team. Cruise has decided to appoint Arden Hoffman as its Chief People Officer.
Cruise has been hitting hard on the pedal in the Self-Driving Segment – both as a technological and business company. It is currently one of the prominent names among the Self-Driving startups.
This is the second most notable recruitment done from Cruise in the past year. Last year, Cruise had appointed Dan Amann who was the President of GM, Cruise’s parent company as its CEO.
Arden comes to Cruise bearing expertise in Corporate HR Management acquired from a career spanning more than 15 years. Being an alumnus of UC Berkeley and an MBA Graduate from the Wharton School, Arden’s career kickstarted as an Editorial Assistant in PC World. Arden then moved on to other prominent and influential roles in companies such as Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Google, and DropBox.
Prior to joining Cruise, Arden was the Global Head of Human Resources at Dropbox. Having a person with expertise level of that of Arden in HR Management at Cruise at this point does make a lot of sense.
As the Chief People Offices, Arden will play the key leadership role in monitoring and regulating Cruise’s Human Resource activities at a global level.
Ever since its inception in 2013, Cruise has been actively increasing its headcounts. It has been following an ever-increasing curve with respect to the number of employees – from just 40 to over 1100 within a span of just two years.
The recent multiple rounds of funding from Hond and SoftBank has further accelerated Cruise’s recruitment activities. The company had also recently announced that it will be moving its team to a new office.
In one of their Twitter feeds, Cruise also added that under the leadership of Arden, the company expects to achieve a two-fold growth in the number of employees in 2019. A similar trend in the increase in employee count was found in Cruise in 2018 as well – the company nearly doubled in size. This comes as good news to the people with expertise in Machine Learning, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, and Business Management.