Twitch has hired Sara Clemens, former COO of Pandora. She is a tech and media veteran whose previous work experience includes LinkedIn and Microsoft’s Xbox team, also as COO.
At Twitch, Clemens will head all commercial, operations, and go-to-market teams, and she will be responsible for expanding the company’s business functions internationally. Clemens quit Pandora in February of 2017. At LinkedIn, Clemens led the company’s entry into China, and at Microsoft, she led products and partnerships for their Xbox division. She has also worked with Telecom New Zealand.
Other than Clemens, the company hired Mark Weiler as their new SVP, head of Platforms and Services. Weiler is a former Microsoft and Rubicon Project executive. Finally, Amir Shevat steps in as their new Vice President of Developer Experience. Shevat’s previous work experience includes working as Head of Developer relations at Slack.
“With our focus on listening to our community and providing the products and services to fuel their success, it’s important that we continue to invest in a leadership team that will ensure we are bringing these things to market in a timely and effective manner,” Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said about the new hires. “To that end, Sara Clemens, Mark Weiler, and Amir Shevat are all recognized leaders in their respective fields and extend Twitch’s role as a leader in social video.”
With Clemens joining Twitch, co-founder Kevin Lin will step down from his position as the COO, and will be reporting directly to CEO Emmet Shear.
“Twitch is a uniquely creator-centric company as demonstrated by the level of social engagement on the service,” Clemens said in a statement. “My goal is to apply my global experience from the technology, gaming and entertainment industries to optimize how the teams at Twitch work together to further the brand’s mission of enabling creators to connect with fans and build amazing real time experiences.”
Twitch was acquired by Amazon in 2014 for $970 million. Through this acquisition, Twitch added new features and integration with Amazon through programs like Twitch Prime.