HR tech firm Oyster® has appointed ex-Facebook VP of Operations Ellen Silver as President and experienced Human Resources executive Mark Frein as Chief People Officer. The key appointments are part of Oyster's plan to scale its global operations as its customer base and employee count continue to expand.
Tony Jamous, CEO and Founder at Oyster said, "Ellen's expertise in operations, product, compliance, and risk management will help us deliver excellent service to our customers as we grow, while Mark's experience in leading remote teams will be invaluable as we seek to build a best-in-class distributed organization and culture that can act as an example for others to follow.
Silver joins Oyster after working with Facebook for ten years, where she was VP of Trust and Safety Operations and oversaw operational services in support of the growth of the company's global user base to over 2.8 billion people. At Oyster, in her role as President, she will be responsible for integrating and scaling its Product, Engineering, Operations, and Legal functions, driving strategic planning, and coordinating key parts of the company's social mission.
Silver shared that she would be focusing on helping Oyster continue to deliver a good experience to customers and team members all over the world.
Meanwhile, Frein brings vast operational experience to Oyster, having served as Chief People Officer at Return Path, InVision, and Lambda School. As Oyster's first Chief People Officer, he will focus on building the organizational structure, recruitment strategy, and culture as the company seeks to deliver an exceptional employee experience to every member of its fully distributed team.
2021 has been a year of growth for Oyster, which was founded in early 2020 as the worldwide shift to distributed and hybrid work began to accelerate rapidly. The company raised a Series A round of $20M in February and a Series B round of $50M in June.