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Hilary Schneider

  • Japanese telecom giant SoftBank has invested $300 million in dog-walking startup Wag.
  • Additionally, Hilary Schneider, who most recently led LifeLock through its $2.3 billion sale to Symantec in 2016, is taking over as Wag’s CEO.
  • Schneider is replacing Wag cofounder Josh Viner as CEO. However, Viner will stay involved with the company, as will his brother and cofounder Jon Viner.

Dog-walking-on-demand startup Wag is getting a new CEO and a big infusion of cash.

On Tuesday, the company announced it’s received a $300 million investment from Japanese telecom giant SoftBank. It also announced that veteran tech executive Hilary Schneider will be taking over as its CEO.

Schneider, who most recently served as CEO of identity protection company LifeLock and led it through its 2016 sale to Symantec, will take over from Wag cofounder Josh Viner. Viner and his brother and cofounder, Jon, will remain with the company, running its product, digital marketing, growth, and technology efforts, with all other aspects of the business reporting to Schneider.

“We’re staying on full-time and running various departments,” Jon Viner told Business Insider on Tuesday.

For her part, Schneider said she views the management of Wag as an equal partnership between herself and the two brothers.

With the new funding, Wag will join an exclusive club of beneficiaries of SoftBank’s mammoth $93 billion Vision Fund that includes Uber, WeWork, and Slack. The investment will give SoftBank a 45% stake in Wag, according to Recode.

Wag and SoftBank declined to comment on the portion of the company SoftBank will hold after the funding round.

The timing of the funding and Schneider’s hiring were coincidental, and Wag started its search for a new CEO before starting discussions with Softbank, spokespeople for both SoftBank and Wag told Business Insider.

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