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Topia Names Jacky Cohen VP of People & Culture

SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2019) — Global Mobility Management company Topia announced today that it has appointed Jacky Cohen to the role of Vice President of People and Culture. Cohen brings more than a decade of experience in HR and people management to the role, where she will guide Topia’s strategic emphasis on employee engagement, experience and success.

The former head of People Business Partners at Lyft and HR Business Partner at Pandora, Cohen has a wealth of experience in scaling employee-centric HR operations through massive growth. As Topia accelerates its growth trajectory, Cohen’s leadership and guidance is crucial in helping the company’s people functions scale productively, effectively and seamlessly.

“There’s no question that when you invest in the success and happiness of your people, they’re much more invested in the work they’re doing and that is directly reflected in how they engage with customers and with one another,” Cohen said. “Because talent management and employee experience are at the heart of what we do here at Topia, this is a great opportunity for us to lead by example, to show our customers that we’re committed to our core values.”

On the heels of significant transformation at Topia, including a major acquisition, a complete rebrand and the transfer of leadership from co-founder Brynne Kennedy to new CEO Shawn Farshchi, formalizing people and culture strategy at the executive level is critical to Topia’s continued growth trajectory.

“Talent enablement plays a vital role in Topia’s business strategy, and therefore, it’s critical that we approach it from a high-level perspective,” Farshchi said. “Jacky’s focus on HR’s impact on business outcomes, processes and decisions makes her a key contributor and strategic partner at the executive level.”

As part of this effort, Cohen will prioritize enhancing employee engagement, establishing critical HR processes, and recruiting talent with the right skills and whose values align with Topia’s.

“My mission is to ensure our employees have an impactful, positive experience at Topia and enable them to both achieve business outcomes and grow professionally,” she said. “HR is not just an administrative function; it’s a fundamental business strategy that affects every aspect of the organization. By executing on this approach, it raises the bar for what we expect from our people, and what they expect from our People team in terms of supporting their performance and success.”

Cohen joined Topia in November 2017 as Director, People and Culture. Previously, she spent nearly two years at Lyft and five years at Pandora, including various roles related to HR, performance management, talent planning, benefits and more. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and earned an MBA at the University of San Francisco—Masagung Graduate School of Management. 

Topia’s cloud-based GMM platform provides a 360-degree view of customers’ mobile talent, simplifying global talent management by bridging mobility and HR systems. With Topia solutions, fast-growing companies can improve efficiency, reduce costs, eliminate compliance risks and transform the employee experience. Topia powers global mobility programs for many of the world’s most trusted brands, including Schneider Electric, Dell, Veolia, Société Générale, Equinor, AXA and others. Find out more at

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About Topia
Topia, the industry’s leading provider of Global Mobility Management software, empowers market-leading enterprises to mobilize global talent and deliver unparalleled employee experiences while allowing organizations to continuously adapt to meet the business needs of tomorrow. With Topia, HR teams can now experience automation of the entire mobility process, from scenario-based planning and compliance risk management to expat payroll, reporting and more. Topia’s data-rich, interactive employee application delivers a consumer-grade experience by centralizing relocation-based tasks and data while providing interactive tools to help take the stress out of moving. Topia powers global mobility programs for many of the world’s most trusted brands including Schneider Electric, Dell, Veolia, Société Générale, Equinor, AXA and more. Founded in 2010, Topia has raised over $100M from New Enterprise Associates and Notion Capital and operates headquarters in San Francisco and London with offices throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC. For more information, go to and follow Topia on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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