AppDynamics Names First Chief People Officer
August 15, 2016
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Susan Lovegren has joined AppDynamics as its first Chief People Officer and will hold a position on its executive leadership team.

Lovegren joins AppDynamics from Juniper Networks where she served as the senior vice president of human resources and chaired the Juniper Foundation. At Juniper, Lovegren was responsible for setting the strategic program direction for its nearly 10,000 employees and overall culture to foster innovation.

With more than 25 years in leadership roles at technology companies, Lovegren has a proven track record for creating working environments in which employees thrive. In addition, Lovegren has campaigned for women in technology through partnerships with the Anita Borg Institute, Grace Hopper Women in Computing and Watermark. She has spoken publicly on these issues and currently co-leads Watermark’s C-Suite CHRO Network of women human resources leaders and is on the advisory board of Catalyst, a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

“Susan is a proven leader who has built successful programs, systems and relationships to help recruit, educate and develop employees at scale,” said David Wadhwani, President and CEO, AppDynamics. “Susan has the track record for creating great environments for people to do the best work of their careers, and our employees are going to get the most out of their experience at the company with her leadership.” Lovegren is joining AppDynamics at a seminal time for the company.

In this new role, Lovegren will lead the company’s vision and strategy around its people, shepherding its culture as AppDynamics continues to scale.

“AppDynamics has created something special for its customers with the App iQ Platform,” said Lovegren. “And we’re going to create something just as transformational for our employees. We want to enable them to do their best work at every stage of their career with AppDynamics, learn and lead by example, and give back to their local communities.” Lovegren is one of several new executives to join AppDynamics to help scale its success. AppDynamics wants to build and extend its market leadership with proven executives with consistent successes building cultures, operations and programs for the most discerning customer base. Employees are the face and front line of that relationship.

Over the course of her career, Lovegren has held senior leadership roles in human resources at Plantronics, Juniper and Agilent Technologies. She started her career at Hewlett-Packard where she spent 16 years in various HR roles learning how to build employee systems and programs for scale. Lovegren previously served on the Board of Trustees for Second Harvest of Santa Cruz County and supports a variety of educational and social causes. She earned a master's degree in human resources management from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's degree in radio and television broadcasting from San Jose State University.

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