30 May 2022

Former CNBC lawyer joins executive recruitment platform True as GC

Aisha Christian was earlier general counsel for Rent the Runway

Aisha Christian Image courtesy of True

New Jersey-based executive recruitment platform True has added a former CNBC lawyer as its first general counsel. 

Aisha Christian has joined the company from the GC role at KIPP NYC, a network of private schools in New York. In her new role, she will oversee True’s corporate transactions, employment law, risk management, compliance, governance and M&A functions.

True said Christian brought extensive corporate and professional search experience, as well as insight into how the legal department of a scaling organisation should operate. 

‘Her role at True gives the firm’s infrastructure an incredible lift, and allows us to be more proactive in how we evaluate contracts, agreements and investments,’ the company added.  

Christian spent a little more than four years as GC at KIPP NYC. Earlier she had a stint as general counsel at Rent the Runway, a platform for renting and purchasing second hand clothing, and also spent six years as senior counsel for cable and compliance at CNBC/NBC Universal. She began her legal career in-house as a securities associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. 

True has also hired Didi Dayton as head of platform and community from Californian venture capital firm Wing and expanded the scope of its chief financial officer role held by Korhan Kivace to include the responsibilities of a chief operating officer. 

Brad Stadler, True co-CEO and co-founder, said: "The addition of Aisha to the team and Korhan’s expanded role signify that our business has entered a new phase of strategic growth. Our organisation will be even stronger as a result of their expertise.” 

Earlier this month, Bakery-café chain Panera Bread Company hired Burger King’s former assistant general counsel Marlene Gordon as its new general counsel, succeeding Genevieve Kelly who held the role until November last year. 

And in March, AI software company Cerence, which develops voice-powered digital assistants for the car industry, hired Lenovo’s litigation head Jennifer Salinas as its next general counsel as the company switched gears following CEO Sanjay Dhawhan’s move to SymphonyAI in December. 

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