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Acorns Nabs Ex-Amazon Executive

Irvine-based Acorns Grow Inc., which is preparing to go public, has hired as its president David Hijirida, a former top executive for Amazon.

Hijirida was a director at Amazon for 12 years where he managed product, marketing, engineering, and operations teams across leadership roles in Amazon Global Payments, Amazon Web Services and Amazon Advertising.

After Amazon, Hijirida was chief executive at the digital bank Simple Finance, which was bought by BBVA and then shut down.

Acorns, an investing startup that has attracted several heavyweight investors, plans to go public later this year at a valuation topping $2 billion. His appointment comes about a month after Acorns hired Twitter Inc.’s Rich Sullivan as chief financial officer.

Hijirida holds an MBA from Wharton School, a masters of science in applied physics from Cornell University and a bachelor of science in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan has been a journalist for 40 years. He spent a decade in Latin America covering wars, narcotic traffickers, earthquakes, and business. His resume includes 15 years at Bloomberg News where his headlines and articles sometimes moved the market caps of companies he covered by hundreds of millions of dollars. His articles have been published worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post; he's appeared on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He was awarded a Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University.
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