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Mindfulness and Meditation App Headspace Taps Seasoned Tech Leader

New Chief Technology Officer Fulfills Headspace’s Senior Leadership Team Search

Today, Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, announced that Krithika Swaminathan will join the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) effective August 11, 2021. Reporting into Headspace’s CEO, CeCe Morken, Swaminathan will oversee a cross-functional team leading the company’s technology roadmap and innovation to help accelerate the company’s mission of improving the health and happiness of the world.

“Krithika is a seasoned leader with a deep technology background, specifically in SaaS, data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning which was the perfect experience combination we were looking for in this role,” stated CeCe Morken. “As Headspace excellerates and grows as the leading mental health resource around the globe, we have confidence that Krithika will lead our world-class technology organization to new heights.”

“Of all the possibilities to have landed in my lap, I find it most serendipitous that I should come across Headspace: a company that specializes in the life-changing practice of mindfulness and meditation,” said Swaminathan. “My own practice began 16 years ago, when one of my family members received a serious medical diagnosis. Finding a way through is arduous for anyone, but I found mine through meditation.”

Swaminathan continued, “This is an opportunity that fulfills my dream of giving back in a substantive and personally meaningful way, while exercising the full spectrum of muscles I have built through years working in technology. I had imagined refining my practice in mindfulness post-employment, but sometimes the universe has other plans. I believe this is one of those times, and I won’t turn my back to the opportunity.”

Swaminathan most recently held the position of Vice President for Artificial Intelligence at Intuit where she was responsible for leading the Consumer Applications and Security, Risk and Fraud teams and Machine Learning engineering for the Intuit Artificial Intelligence organization. For over 10 years, she established a proven track record for delivering transformational organizational and business results. She was also Vice President of Platform Engineering for the Consumer Group (TurboTax, Turbo, Mint) with responsibility for operations, site reliability, performance engineering, development productivity, quality and security engineering. Before that, she was Vice President for Site Reliability, Security and Quality Engineering for Intuit Platform. Prior to Intuit, Krithika spent six years as Senior Director of Engineering Services with Borland Software Corporation – now a subsidiary of Micro Focus International – where her data-driven approach resulted in a significant increase in test automation and developer productivity for the company. Her extensive corporate experience also includes senior engineering roles at Citrix and Compuware. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirappalli, India.

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