Headspace announced that CeCe Morken has been appointed CEO, effective January 1, 2021. At that time, current CEO and Co-founder Rich Pierson and Co-founder Andy Puddicombe will transition to the new roles of Co-executive Chairmen of the Board.
Morken has more than 35 years of operational experience in scaling large organizations. Since assuming the role of president and COO of Headspace in April 2020, Morken has overseen all areas of Headspace’s global operations, played a key role in the development of the company’s growth strategy, including strengthening its technology capabilities and overseeing the company’s COVID-19 response. In addition, Morken has helped to launch recent initiatives and partnerships including Headspace’s partnership with Microsoft Teams, the launch of Headspace Mini in partnership with Snap and the appointment of John Legend as chief music officer. She also helped lead the introduction of the Headspace Promise, a commitment to providing expanded access to mindfulness and meditation tools for healthcare workers, K-12 educators and unemployed workers at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
“When we founded Headspace in 2010, we never imagined it would become the meditation and mindfulness leader it is today. As the world continues to recognize the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, Headspace has seen tremendous growth: in the past six months, we’ve doubled our new subscribers versus the same period last year, and our B2B business has seen a +500 percent increase in interest from companies globally. With our business stronger than ever and a deep leadership bench, we concluded that now is the right time to evolve our roles, as we take a step back to begin the next chapter on our own personal journeys – devoting more time to our philanthropic endeavors,” said Pierson.
Puddicombe noted, “We, along with our Board, are confident that CeCe is the right person to serve as CEO and lead Headspace into its next era of growth. The pivotal role CeCe has played over the past few months and the deep experience she brings delivering high growth during rapid periods of industry disruption give us the utmost confidence in her leadership. We look forward to continuing to support CeCe and the entire Headspace team in our new roles as Co-Executive Chairmen.”
“I am honored to play a deeper role in accelerating Headspace’s strong momentum and our vision to improve health and happiness around the world,” said Morken. “Our mission has become even more essential and relevant to consumers and businesses, presenting a tremendous opportunity to continue to disrupt the industry and address key real-life issues through our differentiated product offering. While Headspace has experienced significant growth over the past few years, I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. I am excited to lead the organization at such an important time in its history.”
In their new roles as Co-Executive Chairmen, Pierson and Puddicombe will remain involved in the company as Board members, the largest stakeholders in the company and advocates for Headspace and its mission.esy C
Photo courtesy CeCe Morken/Headspace