Salo’s CTO, Russ Testa, leads several teams at Salo including Talent Connections, internal HR, and team communications and engagement. His biggest priority is attracting and retaining the best talent. With decades of experience leading HR teams in large- and mid-sized organizations, his work centers around the principle that you accomplish more when team members have mutual trust and respect. As a result, living Salo’s values and continuing to create a strong culture is key.
Before becoming our CTO 2018, Russ was already familiar with Salo, because he was a Salo HR consultant from 2012-2014. His resume also includes roles as VP of HR at Regis Corporation, senior VP of HR at Jamba Juice, and senior VP of HR at Mervyn’s/Target. He’s also shared his talents with the non-profit world, leading organizations as the board chair for The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Project 515.
Russ graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in economics. He splits his time between Minnesota and Palm Springs where he lives with his husband, Chas. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a diehard 49ers fan.