Head of Remote at GitLab
Key Topics:Remote Work, Organizational Design, Leadership, Culture, People Operations, Marketing, Content, Editorial, Communications
Named an “oracle of remote work” by CNBC, Darren serves as GitLab’s Head of Remote. A visionary in organizational design, he works at the intersection of culture, operations, people, talent branding, marketing, and communication. He’s spent his career leading remote teams and charting remote transformations. He holds a Guinness World Record in publishing, and authored GitLab’s Remote Playbook and “Living the Remote Dream: A Guide To Seeing the World, Setting Records, and Advancing Your Career.”
Darren recently featured in Onalytica's Who's Who in Remote Working? report.
How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?
15+ years leading distributed teams across marketing, communications, and editorial. I earned a Guinness World Record in publishing while running a global news team at Engadget.com.
What sub-topics are you most passionate about?
Organizational design, culture building, values alignment, documentation, workplace transformation, inclusion, equity,
Who influences you within these topics?
Andreas Klinger, Sahil Bloom, Dan Rose, Sam Parr.
What challenges are brands facing in this space?
Waffling of leadership on what their future workplace strategy should be.
What do you think the future holds in this space?
Those who embrace remote-first ways of work will create more inclusive workplaces, which will win the talent war.
What brands are leading the way in this space?
GitLab, Twitter, Cimpress/Vistaprint, Okta, Distribute Consulting, Automattic.
If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?
Q&A/fireside chat sessions and interviews.
What are your passions outside of work?
Advocating for open adoption, advising, investing, real estate, travel and cultural exploration, music production.
What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?
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