Unity Technologies has named a brand new head of human sources within the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit. Scott Pitasky, a former government at Microsoft and Amazon, will function the brand new chief individuals officer at San Francisco-based Unity, maker of the favored Unity recreation growth engine. John Riccitiello, the CEO of Unity, was beforehand serving as CPO. The former CPO, Elizabeth Brown, left the corporate within the fall of 2019.
The lawsuit dates again to June 2019, when Anne Evans, former vice chairman of expertise acquisition, alleged that Unity had a “highly sexualized” office the place executives talked brazenly about their sexual conquests. On high of that, Evans alleged that Riccitiello solicited her for intercourse on a number of events. She sued, and the case was pending in courtroom, final I checked.
Unity stated on the time of the lawsuit that Evans’ allegations have been false, and the corporate doesn’t tolerate harassment. Evans didn’t reply to a request for remark. I requested Unity concerning the wake of the lawsuit, however the firm declined to remark.
In the sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit, Evans famous that Riccitiello was romantically concerned with Brown (who was Evans’ boss), and Unity stated the board had been knowledgeable of that relationship. Unity stated it fired Evans for actions associated to her personal dispute with one other worker who labored for her. Evans stated the firing was retaliation for her harassment allegations.
The arrival of Pitasky, who has twenty years of human sources expertise, implies that the corporate has put a few of that chain of occasions behind it. He will report back to Riccitiello.
Pitasky beforehand held HR positions at Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks. Riccitiello stated in a press release that Unity discovered a frontrunner with expertise rising companies and international groups at scale and is a match with Unity’s tradition. Riccitiello stated the corporate is transferring on to a brand new chapter the place it places its individuals and tradition first.
Before becoming a member of Unity, Pitasky was the vice chairman of human sources supporting Amazon’s largest enterprise, the worldwide shopper enterprise. This function was Pitasky’s second stint at Amazon — the primary was in 1999, the place he helped develop the corporate from 800 staff to eight,000.
Unity has greater than 1,400 individuals in its analysis and growth group.