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Welcoming Two New Members to Our Executive Advisory Board

Mike Theilmann, CHRO of Albertsons Companies, and Mara Swan, Former CHRO of ManpowerGroup and Molson Coors

We are incredibly excited to announce the addition of two new members of our Executive Advisory Board of leading CHROs focused on the future of work. Please join us in welcoming Mike Theilmann, the EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Albertsons Companies, and Mara Swan, Former EVP of Global Strategy and Talent at ManpowerGroup.

As members of the SemperVirens Executive Advisory Board, Mike and Mara will leverage their deep experience managing human capital at scale to shed light on how the country’s largest employers can and will implement technology to help their employees work more effectively, live healthier lives, and earn more take-home pay. As Mike highlighted, “I’m excited to work with the team at SemperVirens as the needs of the future of work evolve and employers face new challenges.”

Members of the Executive Advisory Board are selected based on their deep experience at the helm of Fortune-200 companies, as well as their shared commitment to transforming the world’s biggest opportunities in workforce, healthcare and financial tech. “The passion the SemperVirens team has for transforming the work lives of employees through technology is electrifying. I am excited to be part of the team that is making a positive change in the world of work,” Mara said.

With the Board’s insights, SemperVirens will continue to evolve their investment theses, collaborate closely to identify companies solving critical challenges faced by these influential and sizable employers, quickly vet their viability in the real world, and selectively invest in the best businesses. Once an investment is made, the fund and the Board will work together to advise founders on how to scale their products, sales strategies, and key partnerships with Fortune-200 companies.

SemperVirens and the Executive Advisory Board convene on a quarterly basis, release regular “Trends to Watch” reports aggregating their findings regarding actionable opportunities for HR leaders and entrepreneurs, and gather once annually at an exclusive, invite-only event in conjunction with Transform conference in Las Vegas every March.

Existing members of the SemperVirens Executive Advisory Board include:

  • Jolen Anderson, Global Head of HR, BNY Mellon

  • Joe Bosch, Former CHRO, DIRECTV

  • Darrell Ford, CHRO UPS

  • Diane Gherson, Former CHRO, IBM

  • Dermot O’Brien, Former CHRO and Chief Transformation Officer, ADP

  • Hayagreeva "Huggy" Rao, Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior, GSB, Stanford University

  • John Renfro, Former CHRO of Capital Group & Disney

  • Michael Ross, Former CHRO of Visa

  • Mala Singh, CPO of Electronic Arts

  • Katie Watson, CHRO of Solidigm

About SemperVirens:

Founded in 2018, SemperVirens is an early stage ecosystem fund investing in workforce technology, healthcare technology, and financial technology companies that sell to and through employers. Their team members bring deep industry experience, relationships, and insights and is led by Allison Baum Gates, Robby Peters, Greg Golub, Caribou Honig, and Colin Tobias. The firm has more than $150 million AUM, and a portfolio of 48 companies. For more information, visit

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