1Password has appointed Erin Zipes as Chief Legal Officer to help the company scale to meet demand for its security solutions.
With nearly two decades of legal experience at law firms and in-house, including more than seven years in legal leadership at Shopify, Erin has built and scaled legal teams to support fast-growing operations, as well as major transactions. She has also invested in and advised women-founded startups as one of the founding partners of the angel investor collective, Backbone Angels.
“I’ve been a long-time user of 1Password and have seen the important role it plays in securing businesses and families by making security easier for everyone,” Zipes said. “The company’s vision of bringing human-centric security to everyone is fueling strong growth, which is exactly what I was looking for. Joining an incredible team at an innovative Canadian company to lead and grow legal services, working with an exceptional leadership team and helping to scale and achieve our mission to protect many more people online is a unique opportunity.
Zipes was previously vice president, assistant general counsel at Shopify, where she helped take the company public, and built and grew the company’s legal team to support huge growth. While at Shopify, Zipes joined nine other women to found the angel investor collective, Backbone Angels, dedicated to funding and empowering women and non-binary founders, including 1Password, Haloo, Neurovine and more. Zipes began her legal career as an associate at Stikeman Elliott in Toronto, and began her in-house experience at Nordion (formerly NYSE/TSX).
“I had the pleasure of getting to know Erin in her role as a founding member of Backbone Angels, who invested in our Series C round. Her enthusiasm for 1Password and impressive track record make her a natural candidate for 1Password” , said Jeff Shiner, CEO of 1Password. “Erin’s commitment to building a diverse, inclusive and business-focused legal function, along with her experience leading Shopify during its IPO, will be key to fueling our trajectory.”
Erin joins a world-class leadership team, bolstered over the past year by key hires to support the company’s rapid growth, including its first Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer.