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Guru Studio Announces Key Hires Across Talent Acquisition and Recruiting

Babita Jassal has been promoted to VP of People and Culture, and Hetal Shah joins as senior talent acquisition specialist; staff additions come as the company seeks new creative talent to work across a range of 2D and 3D projects.

Toronto-based children’s content producer Guru Studio has announced the promotion of Babita Jassal to Vice President of People and Culture. Hetal Shah also joins the company as senior talent acquisition specialist, supporting Jody Jessop, who last year assumed the role as Head of Recruitment and Community Engagement.

Last year also saw Sarah McDonald appointed as People and Culture Generalist, and Cristal Osbourne as People and Culture Coordinator. In the wake of ongoing growth, the company continues to ramp up hiring of new creative talent across a range of 2D and 3D projects. As the company works to attract top global talent, it has focused The hiring focus is on diversity and inclusion while also attracting top global talent.

Jassal will be reporting to Lauren Leinburd SVP Business Affairs and General Counsel, while leading the studio-wide people and talent strategy, including learning and development, diversity, equity and inclusion, workforce planning and total rewards.

Bringing 20 years of HR experience, Jassal has held senior positions at companies such as Warner Brothers, Telus, and Rogers where her focus was on building strong company culture and driving strategic corporate initiatives and best practices. Shah joins Guru with over a decade of animation and VFX recruitment experience at studios such as Tendril Studio, Mr. X and most recently Tangent Animation.

“In just a short time Babita has already had a tremendous impact on our studio,” noted Leinburd. “Her exceptional instincts, innovative thinking and vast experience across a wide spectrum of human resource initiatives will help support the continued growth of our studio and its culture.”

“In the current competitive talent market, Hetal raises the standard for recruiting,” commented Guru VP Production Samara Melanson. "We have an incredible team in place to meet the evolving needs of our studio, as we continue to grow and nurture the best global talent."

For a list of current open roles at Guru Studio please visit Guru Studio’s career page.

Source: Guru Studio

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is assistant news editor at Animation World Network.