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Snap Inc. has hired Darcie Henry, a longtime Amazon executive, as chief human resources officer reporting to CEO Evan Spiegel, according to Snap.

Why it matters: She becomes the third C-suite executive that Snapchat has poached from Amazon.

Details: Henry will lead Snap’s talent acquisition and management programs, as well as the companies' initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion, according to a press release shared with Axios. She will oversee other functions in support of hiring and retaining Snap talent.

  • Henry previously served as Amazon’s VP of HR, Global Consumer and Operations. She was with Amazon since 1998, and played an integral role in helping shape the tech giant's HR infrastructure.

Between the lines: Snap's current chief people officer, Lara Sweet, decided to retire from the workforce in March. Sweet held several different roles in her time at Snap, including chief accounting officer and interim CFO.

The big picture: Several executives parted ways with Snap after its IPO in 2017. The company has rebuilt its C-suite in the years since, bringing on Gorman and Andersen, as well as Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Mitchell from McDonald's and Chief Communications Officer Julie Henderson from 21st Century Fox.

What to watch: Snapchat said on its most recent earnings call that it plans to hire rapidly as it expands its products.

Go deeper

May 25, 2021 - Technology

D.C. files antitrust lawsuit against Amazon

Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, alleging the e-commerce giant's anticompetitive pricing practices result in higher costs for consumers and less choice in the online retail market.

Why it matters: The lawsuit concerns how Amazon negotiates with more than 2 million third-party sellers on the platform, which are crucial to the company's business and end up absorbing fees that Amazon charges to list their merchandise.

The E-commerce shopping spree

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Retailers have gotten really good at selling stuff online. So much so, investors want them to separate from the business units that do just that.

Why it matters: Spinning off these crown jewels may jeopardize both the physical and e-commerce sides of the companies in the long run by breaking the benefits of hybrid operations, analysts say.

2 hours ago - World

U.S. envoy to visit Sudan as "most dangerous" crisis intensifies

The sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty

U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.