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Appnexus announced yesterday the appointment of Nithya Das to the new role of Chief People and Legal Officer; she will also serve on the company’s Executive Committee. Das formerly served as AppNexus’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel.
“Over her tenure at AppNexus, Nithya has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our mission, values, and culture and intrinsic value as a strategic partner to our executive leadership and functional teams,” said Brian O’Kelley, CEO, AppNexus. “In expanding her purview to both our People and Legal teams, we are setting AppNexus up to be proactive as we champion diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility in the tech industry. Nithya’s dedication to creating an inclusive environment at AppNexus, combined with her policy and legal experience, make her the ideal person to guide these efforts.”
The combined role of Chief People and Legal Officer is new to AppNexus’ corporate structure. As Chief People and Legal Officer, Das serves as a business and legal advisor to AppNexus’ board of directors and senior management on the company’s global legal matters and acts as the steward of AppNexus’ talent and culture, driving all programs involving hiring, growing, and enriching AppNexus employees and fostering an inclusive, global community.
Das also serves as the chair of AppNexus’ Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, as well as an executive sponsor of the AppNexus Women’s Network, advancing a diverse and inclusive workforce within AppNexus and the broader industry.
“AppNexus has always believed that attention to inclusion and social impact should be more than just checking a box; that we should always be thinking bigger,” said Das. “As thorny conversations in the tech industry increasingly span both Legal and People functions, I have been given a profound opportunity to shape and shepherd an inclusive and meaningful culture at AppNexus, and I’m very excited to keep it moving forward.”
Das joined AppNexus in 2011 and served as General Counsel for four years. Prior, she was a lawyer at Goodwin Procter, where she represented entrepreneurs and growth technology companies.