Arnnon Geshuri

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Arnnon Geshuri
Arnnon Geshuri - January 2016 by Myleen Hollero.jpg
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Nationality American
Alma mater
Occupation Human resources business executive

Arnnon Geshuri (born 1969 or 1970[1]) is an American corporate executive. He was vice president of human resources at Tesla Inc. from 2009 until 2017, Senior Director of Human Resources and Staffing at Google from 2004 to 2009, and Vice President of People Operations and Director of Global Staffing at E-Trade Financial Corporation circa 2002. In January 2016, he briefly served on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees before stepping down after opposition arose due to his historical involvement in collusion over recruiting practices in Silicon Valley.

Personal life

Geshuri was born in 1969 or 1970.[1] His father, Yosef Geshuri, is a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in psychology.[1] In Arnnon Geshuri's early life, his father worked at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, and he attended elementary school there at the university until the fifth or sixth grade.[1] In 1980 his family moved to Porterville, California, a small town in central California's San Joaquin Valley, where he attended high school and a community college. He has a younger brother Oren and an older sister Dorrit, both of whom also graduated with university degrees. Geshuri was described in a local newspaper article as loving Porterville and glad to have been raised in a small town, saying "I'm proud of where I'm from."[1] He said that during high school he had already planned to work for a large company, saying he was "interested in how people work and how big corporations work", so he "wanted to work in a big corporation and understand human behavior in the corporate setting".[1]

His mother, Irena Geshuri, said in 2002: "He's a keeper. He was very active. He never set still. He was always moving, always interested in everything. We had no doubt that he would succeed. He had the drive, intelligence and great parents."[1]

His wife's name is Rebecca Geshuri. They were married in 1997 or 1998.[1]

Education

Geshuri graduated from Monache High School in 1987, and Porterville College in 1989.[1] He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology from San Jose State University.[1][2]

Career and controversies

E-Trade and earlier career

Geshuri was the Vice President of People Operations and Director of Global Staffing at E-Trade Financial Corporation.[3] He also worked at Applied Materials (a major supplier of equipment and services for high-technology manufacturing), was an organizational effectiveness consultant for New United Motors Manufacturing, Inc. (an automobile manufacturing joint venture of General Motors and Toyota that was purchased by Tesla in 2010 to become the Tesla Factory), and in 2002 he co-founded ACI Technical (Analytical and Control Instrumentation Technical Services, a startup company for analysis of water and gas quality based in Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa).[2][4][5][6]

Google (2004–09)

He was the Senior Director of Human Resources and Staffing at Google,[3][7] where he worked from 2004 to 2009[8] and oversaw all aspects of recruitment.[2][3] While working at Google, Geshuri was involved in activities that later became the subject of the High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation case that resulted in a settlement of $415 million paid by Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel.[9] In one incident, after hearing of a complaint from Steve Jobs of Apple, Geshuri told Google's chairman Eric Schmidt that a recruiter for Google who had tried to hire an Apple employee would be "terminated within the hour" for the action, pursuant to what Schmidt called "a policy of no recruiting from Apple".[10] Geshuri said that such terminations were taking place "every six months or so", despite efforts to make sure recruiters were aware of the policy.[10] Geshuri maintained what he called a "Do Not Call list" of companies Google would avoid recruiting from.[11]

Tesla (2009–17)

He has been the Vice President of Human Resources at Tesla Inc.[3] since November 2009. Geshuri said the company was committed to bringing manufacturing jobs "back to California".[8][12] In 2015, Geshuri led a hiring spree for Tesla.[13] Geshuri is placing an emphasis on hiring military veterans in large numbers.[14][15] He left Tesla in May 2017, with Tesla saying he would be "taking a short break before moving on to a new endeavor".[16]

Wikimedia Foundation (January 2016)

Geshuri was appointed to the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees on January 5, 2016, with his appointment effective January 1, 2016, for a period of two years.[3] Geshuri's appointment was controversial among Wikipedia editors due to his historical involvement in the collusion over recruiting practices at Silicon Valley corporations that resulted in prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice.[9][17][18][19] A contributing factor in the controversy was that his appointment also took place in the wake of the unexpected removal of another board member, Dr. James Heilman, who had been widely supported in the Wikipedia community.[18][19] A non-binding petition of "no confidence" on his appointment was established, and of the 312 Wikimedia contributors commenting on the petition, 290 voted to request that Geshuri be removed from the Wikimedia Board of Trustees. The board's chair and vice chair announced on January 27, 2016 that Geshuri had decided to step down from the board. They indicated that Geshuri had said he wished to avoid letting the controversy surrounding his appointment be an ongoing distraction for the Foundation and the broader community.[9][17][20][21]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stackhouse-Hite, Anita (July 1, 2002). "Perspective: Small town, big dreams for Arnnon Geshuri". Porterville Recorder. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tesla Motors Hires Senior Google Recruiter as World's Leading Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Expands Staff". Tesla Motors. December 7, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Maher, Katherine (January 5, 2016). "Kelly Battles and Arnnon Geshuri join Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Analytical and Control Instrumentation (ACI)". ACI Technical (official web site). Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Group Companies". Invest In Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd (official web site). Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Arnnon Geshuri". Crunchbase. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ Libby, Brian (June 30, 2008). "How to conduct a job interview". CBS News. 
  8. ^ a b Hull, Dana (December 10, 2011). "The man to see about a job at Tesla". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Groden, Claire (January 26, 2016). "Wikipedia Members Vote Against New Board Member". Fortune. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Ames, Mark (March 25, 2014). "Newly unsealed documents show Steve Jobs' brutal response after getting a Google employee fired". PandoDaily. 
  11. ^ Hollister, Sean (January 27, 2012). "Steve Jobs personally asked Eric Schmidt to stop poaching employees, and other unredacted statements in a Silicon Valley scandal". The Verge. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ Hull, Dana (January 12, 2012). "Tesla gears up to hire manufacturing workers". Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ Hull, Dana (December 7, 2015). "Tesla Hopes Hiring 1,656 People Will Make It Profitable". Bloomberg. 
  14. ^ "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley". CBS News. September 1, 2015. 
  15. ^ Hull, Dana (July 3, 2014). "2014: Tesla Motors on a mission to hire American veterans". San Jose Mercury News. 
  16. ^ "Tesla Welcomes Gaby Toledano". Tesla official blog. May 23, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Mullin, Joe. "Wikipedia editors revolt, vote 'no confidence' in newest board member". Ars Technica. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b Lih, Andrew. "Wikipedia just turned 15 years old. Will it survive 15 more?". Daily Herald. (via Washington Post). Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b Ingram, Mathew. "Wikipedia Turns 15. Will It Manage to Make It to 30?". Fortune. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Wikipedia editors sign vote of no confidence". BBC News. January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  21. ^ Mullin, Joe (January 27, 2016). "Wikimedia's newest board appointment steps down amid editor hostility". Ars Technica. 
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