SurveyMonkey Names Zander Lurie CEO, Succeeding Veghte

Zander Lurie.

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SurveyMonkey Inc. Chairman Zander Lurie, who ran GoPro Inc.'s entertainment efforts, is leaving the action-camera company to take over as SurveyMonkey's chief executive officer.

Lurie had stepped in as temporary leader of the online polling company in May, a week after the sudden death of Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey's CEO since 2009 and the husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Two months later, SurveyMonkey hired former Hewlett-Packard executive Bill Veghte as CEO. Lurie will replace him starting Jan. 16, the closely held Palo Alto, California-based company said Wednesday in a statement.

"SurveyMonkey has long benefited from Zander’s presence on the board, and we are thrilled for him to become CEO,'' Ben Spero, a company director, said in the statement. "We are confident that Zander’s vision, leadership and experience at transformative companies will help SurveyMonkey extend its leading position in the market." 

Both executives will stay close to their former employers. Lurie will join the GoPro board and remain a SurveyMonkey director, the companies said. Veghte also will stay on SurveyMonkey's board, and current board member David Ebersman will become chairman.

Lurie's departure as GoPro's senior vice president of entertainment was announced Wednesday as that company said it was cutting 7 percent of its workforce and said revenue was less than expected. Lurie had been working on turning GoPro users' thrill-seeking video content into another source of revenue for the company. He has previously worked at CBS Corp. and as an investment banker in the technology group at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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