Casper Revamps Exec Team including New CTO

Tim Denman
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Casper has announced a series of recent hires and new appointments to its board of directors to accelerate its vision of becoming the world’s largest end-to-end sleep company.

“Adding world-class, experienced leaders remains critical as we try to keep up with global demand across the growing business of sleep,” said Philip Krim, CEO and co-founder at Casper. “Our team — combined with our innovative sleep offerings, exceptional customer experiences, and relentless focus on our long-term vision — uniquely positions Casper to become the world’s go-to brand for better sleep.”

Casper has a full portfolio of obsessively engineered sleep products — including mattresses, pillows, bedding, and furniture—all developed in-house. In addition to its global e-commerce business, Casper owns and operates more than 50 Sleep Shops across North America and its products are available at major retailers.

Casper added the following individuals to its leadership ranks:

  • Emilie Arel, President and Chief Commercial Officer. Arel joins Casper with more than 20 years of leadership experience spanning retail, merchandising, customer experience, and marketing. Previously, Arel was the CEO of FullBeauty Brands, and also CEO of Quidsi, an Amazon company. Prior to Quidsi, Arel held multiple leadership positions at Gap, including leading over 220 stores and a team of over 12,000 employees. Arel will lead the retailer’s commercial and brand strategy.
  • Ben Clark, Chief Technology Officer. Clark comes to Casper from Wayfair, where, most recently as chief architect, he spent several years strengthening and evolving the home goods e-commerce company’s tech platform, while expanding the engineering team through several critical stages of its ongoing growth. His responsibilities included scaling the company’s customer recommendations, search and browse, customer-facing websites, software for operations and finance, as well as data and applications infrastructure. At Casper, Clark will focus on pushing digital products forward and enhancing the retailer’s systems to accelerate operational efficiency.

Casper added the following to its board of directors:

  • Diane Irvine, Independent Director. Irvine joins Casper’s board with over a decade of director-level governance experience across companies like Yelp, where she is chairperson of the board, as well as XO Group and D.A. Davidson. Irvine also brings extensive operating and financial experience from her previous roles as CFO and CEO at Blue Nile, the online diamond and jewelry retailer, where she also served on the board.
  • Jack Lazar, Independent Director. Lazar has previously served as the CFO of multiple public companies, including GoPro and Atheros Communications, and was a SVP/general manager at Qualcomm. He currently sits on the boards of brands like thredUP and Tile, as well as Mellanox, Silicon Labs, and Residio. He brings a wealth of governance, financial, operations, and public company experience to Casper, having worked with and operated in a wide variety of consumer and technology companies.