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Two new C-level executives, and AI athlete personalization at Strava

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Strava, ‘the world’s largest sports participation platform with over 44 million athletes and a million more joining every 30 days’, has welcomed two new C-level executives to its executive team.

  • Christine Park joins as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for overseeing finance and legal while helping Strava to continue the global growth of its business and community.
  • Yandong Liu joins Strava as Chief Technology Officer, and will ‘apply his passion for using artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance personalization and build rich athlete experiences.’

“Strava is already considered the best app for runners and cyclists, and we are focused on building tools for our community to stay motivated and support each other in pursuit of their goals,” said James Quarles, Strava CEO.

“Christine’s background in venture and with high-growth start-ups, coupled with her consumer tech and e-commerce operating experience, give her a strong perspective to help us prioritize the investments in our product and company. And Yandong’s experience with machine learning will help make Strava even more personalized, with recommendations for the next route to ride or running club to join.”

Christine is a Bay Area native with over 15 years of experience in both investing and operating businesses in e-commerce, consumer technology and media. Prior to joining Strava, she was Chief Operating Officer at Goodwater Capital and COO and CFO at Chloe + Isabel in New York City. She is a former competitive swimmer. Christine graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Prior to Strava, Yandong Liu was VP Engineering at NetEase, a leading technology company in Beijing, China, where he worked with teams to leverage machine learning technologies to deliver personalized news reading experiences. Before that he spent three years at Uber leading the development of its machine learning platform. Yandong holds a B.S. from Shandong University in China and an M.S. from Emory University in computer science, and was studying towards a Ph.D at Carnegie Mellon University before devoting himself to his professional career in 2011.



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