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Trupanion names director of ‘people operations’

Valerie Danna will fill an H.R. role after four years at Starbucks.

Trupanion names director of ‘people operations’
Valerie Danna

Pet health insurer Trupanion Inc. has hired a former Starbucks executive to oversee its human relations department.

Valerie Danna was appointed head of people operations, a term the online publication ReWork describes as one that “has gained popularity among tech companies, including Google, Slack, Uber, Instacart and Square.”

“Danna is responsible for the team member’s experience, including culture, people communications, benefits, compensation strategy and talent acquisition,” Seattle-based Trupanion reported Nov. 2. “In addition, Danna will align team members’ professional development with the company’s values as well as business goals.”

Company CEO Darryl Rawlings called Danna “a proven leader” who “will help build the people experiences and infrastructure needed as we continue to grow our organization along with our business.”

Danna previously served for four years as Starbucks’ senior vice president of partner resources.

Trupanion’s latest financial report showed third-quarter revenue of $63.1 million, up 31 percent from the same period a year earlier, and 404,069 enrolled pets, an increase of 21 percent. Net income was $400,000, compared with a loss of $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2016.

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