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Sarah Wagener joins Chime as Chief People Officer

Former people and culture executive at Genentech, Facebook, Pandora, and DoorDash brings over 25 years of experience leading high-growth teams to Chime.

Chime Team • March 1, 2024

Chime is thrilled to welcome Sarah Wagener to lead the People, Talent, and Chimer Experience Team as Chief People Officer (CPO). Sarah joins Chime with over twenty-five years of experience spanning recruiting, diversity, and people leadership roles at biotech and tech giants like Genentech, Facebook, Pandora, and DoorDash.

 

As CPO, Sarah’s work will build upon the foundations of the People function at Chime, and focus on scaling and expanding the impact of the People, Talent, and Chimer Experience Team. Her work will continue to drive engagement and productivity, helping Chimers across the organization do their best work while fostering an inclusive workplace—all in service of delivering better products and services for our members. She will report to Chime CEO, Chris Britt.

“We’re excited to welcome Sarah as she takes the helm of our People Team and brings decades of HR leadership success to Chime. With her blend of creativity, curiosity, and seasoned experience scaling companies, I know she’ll empower Chimers and enhance our collective capacity to better serve our members. We can’t wait to see how she elevates the productivity, impact, and engagement of every Chimer—and propels us forward into the next phase of our growth journey.”
– Chris Britt, CEO of Chime

 

Before joining Chime, Sarah spent two years as Founder and CEO of Lucky 13 Advisors, where, as a trusted advisor, she helped first-time people executives unlock leadership skills, rapidly build confidence, and deliver meaningful results in record time. Prior to starting her own venture, Sarah served as CPO at DoorDash, leading the company’s people and culture strategy through rapid growth and an IPO. Previously, Sarah was Vice President of HR at Pandora, part of Facebook’s Recruiting Leadership Team, and Senior Director of Staffing at Genentech. Before pursuing a career in recruiting and leading people functions, Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Humboldt State University.

“I couldn’t imagine that I would find a fintech company with a mission that aligns so deeply with my personal values—but I did with Chime. I’m excited for this spectacular opportunity to join an established, experienced team and help them expand their impact and unlock their next level of growth. It’s only up from here.”
– Sarah Wagener, Chief People Officer

 


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