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Emily Weiss will step down from her role as Glossier’s CEO to go on maternity leave.
“Glossier’s chief executive officer Emily Weiss is stepping down from the top role at the beauty brand she founded and ran for the past eight years. Kyle Leahy, a former executive at Cole Haan and Nike Inc. who joined Glossier as chief commercial officer in November, will take over as CEO effective immediately, Weiss said in an interview. Weiss, who is preparing to go on maternity leave, said she’d considered the move for some time and will exit her day-to-day role to lead the Glossier board as executive chairwoman. She plans to remain involved in decision-making on product, marketing, and retail upon her return.” [H/T Bloomberg]
“Time magazine has released its 2022 list of the 100 “Most Influential” people of the year, and in addition to bold-faced names like Volodymyr Zelensky, Zendaya, and Kris Jenner, there are a few noteworthy art-world stars including Faith Ringgold, Maya Lin, Francis Kéré, Nan Goldin, and Elizabeth Alexander. The annual list is divided into categories of artists, innovators, titans, leaders, icons, and pioneers, with photographs accompanied by short essays penned by other cultural and political luminaries.” [H/T Artnet News]
Phishers hacked Beeple’s Twitter account and stole nearly $400,000 in cryptocurrency.
“Phishers reportedly hacked into the Twitter account of digital artist Mike Winkelmann, who goes by the artist name Beeple and who skyrocketed to fame after selling a non-fungible token (NFT) for $69 million in March 2021. Users who fell for the scammers’ ploy collectively lost over $400,000. On Sunday, May 22, the scammers tweeted out an “official minting link” to a raffle for an upcoming “spring/summer collection 2021” collaboration with Louis Vuitton. One link emptied users’ crypto wallets once clicked, stealing $365,000 worth of crypto assets including cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Another link prompted users to send Ether to an externally owned account, netting the scammers another $73,000.” [H/T Hyperallergic]
Following mounting criticism of “buy now, pay later,” Klarna will lay off 700 workers.
“Swedish payment giant Klarna is going to cut hundreds of jobs in the coming days. Today’s news comes a few days after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company was going to cut its valuation in order to raise fresh capital. The company currently employs around 7,000 people. Cutting 10 percent of the company’s workforce means that around 700 people will lose their job at the fintech company. It will potentially affect all domains and offices around the world.” [H/T TechCrunch]
Bangkok studio All(zone) has landed this year’s MPavilion commission in Melbourne.
“How people should live in increasingly crowded built environments is a subject that obsesses Rachaporn Choochuey, and also one on which the Thai architect has staked so much of the work and reputation of her Bangkok-based studio, All(zone). All the more reason to applaud the decision by the Melbourne-based Naomi Milgrom Foundation to award to All(zone) the design of this year’s MPavilion. Planned annually, like the UK’s Serpentine Pavilion, the remit of the Antipodean version is to engage the local community through talks, cultural events, workshops and performances under the literal aegis of a temporary installation.” [H/T Wallpaper]
Gensler breaks ground on a new campus for the Los Angeles Chargers in El Segundo.
“Less than eight months after announcing plans to establish its new practice facility and headquarters in El Segundo, a groundbreaking ceremony held this week marks the start of construction for the new home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers. The Gensler–designed complex will be centered on a 145,000-square-foot main building featuring offices, a hospitality club, eSports gaming and content studios, and a 3,100-square-foot media center.” [H/T Urbanize Los Angeles]
Today’s attractive distractions:
Fragments of the planet Mercury may have landed on Earth millions of years ago.