Tech Moves: Zillow co-founder joins Palantir board; Hootsuite names new CEO; and more

Spencer Rascoff
Former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

— Zillow Group co-founder and former CEO Spencer Rascoff joined the board of Palantir Technologies, a big data company backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

The notoriously secretive Silicon Valley startup filed for an IPO this week. Journalist Alexandra Wolfe Schiff and early Palantir employee Alexander Moore, who is now a partner at 8VC, were also appointed to the board.

Rascoff, who stepped down as CEO of Zillow in early 2019, resigned from the Seattle-based real estate company’s board in April. He also stepped down from the board of Trip Advisor. Rascoff is an angel investor, co-founder of Los Angeles-based tech news venture dot.LA and working on a new stealth startup, according to a post on Twitter. (GeekWire is a dot.LA partner and investor.)

— Vancouver, B.C.-based social media management platform Hootsuite named Tom Keiser as its new CEO. He succeeds Hootsuite founder Ryan Holmes, who will remain chairman of the board. Keiser was most recently COO of CRM software company Zendesk. He led technology and product operations at retailers Gap Inc and L Brands, and spent more than a decade as a consultant at EY.

Arvin Patel. (Intellectual Ventures Photo)

— Intellectual Ventures named former TiVo executive Arvin Patel as chief operating officer of the Bellevue, Wash.-based patent holding and technology company’s Invention Investment Fund. Founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, Intellectual Ventures is one of the world’s largest patent holders. Patel was chief intellectual property officer at TiVo and has held IP roles at Technicolor and IBM.

Adriana Gil Miner.(Qumulo Photo)

Seattle hybrid cloud storage startup Qumulo appointed Adriana Gil Miner as its chief marketing officer. Miner was most recently SVP of brand marketing and communications at Tableau Software. She previously served as CMO at strategy and design firm Artefact and was vice president of digital strategy at Weber Shandwick.

— Investor and advisor Betsy Atkins joined the board of Bellevue, Wash. contract management startup Icertis. Atkins is the CEO and owner of venture capital firm Baja Corp. She currently serves on the boards of Volvo Cars, Wynn Resorts and SL Green Realty. Last year, Icertis’ valuation pushed past $1 billion. The company is currently ranked No. 5 on the GeekWire 200 index.

— Tax automation company Avalara appointed Kathleen Weslock as its new chief human resources officer. Weslock previously led human resources at lithium technology company Livent, Frontier Communications and Cisco Systems. Scott McFarlane, CEO of Avalara, describes Weslock as “a proven human resources leader who has successfully managed and scaled talent programs for some of the world’s most well-known global companies.”

— Entrepreneur Brian Glaister joined Axon as head of justice solutions, a new digital business unit for the law enforcement technology company. Glaister was most recently managing director at startup consultancy Conflux Innovations. He was previously an entrepreneur in residence at Itron and Intellectual Ventures, and founded Cadence Biomedical, a medical device startup.

Brian Smith. (GBH Insights Photo)

— Former Microsoft marketing manager Brian Smith is now senior vice president at New York-based marketing consultancy GHB Insights. At Microsoft, Smith helped with the worldwide launch of Windows 10 Pro and led go-to-market strategy for the Windows tablet launch. Smith most recently was SVP of behavioral analytics at PSB, a market research consultancy based in Washington, D.C. He will be based in Seattle.

Shahar Ronen has joined Remitly as principal product manager for the Seattle startup’s new banking service called Passbook. The banking initiative, specifically designed for immigrants, launched in February this year. Ronen joins Remitly from San Francisco, Calif.-based Sift, a fraud prevention company, where he was a group product manager. He previously spent five years at Microsoft, where he was a product manager for Bing and MSN Analytics.

Microsoft alum Rahul Auradkar was named chief product officer of New York-based financial technology platform Capitolis. Auradkar was chief product officer of Seattle AI startup AnswerIQ, which was acquired by Freshworks earlier this year. He previously was vice president of products at Apptio. While at Microsoft he worked on the Azure, Office 365 and Windows server teams. He will relocate to New York.

— Cambia Grove announced its 2020 Innovator Fellows. The program’s second cohort is focusing on data in digital health care transformation. The Fellows are:

 Michael Barabe, Washington State Health Care Authority

Mark Francis, Electronic Caregiver

Jen Garcia, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Tyrone Grandison, Pearl Long Term Care Solutions

Doan Ha, Oregon Health and Science University

Aju Jacob, BlueCross BluShield of Tennessee

Josephy Kliegman, Cerner

Phung Matthews, MedQuest Pharmacy

Dayanand Sharma, The Handoff Company

Kevin Williams, HealthTech Solutions

— RFID maker Impinj promoted Jeff Dossett to chief revenue officer. Dossett originally joined the Seattle-based company in 2017 and was most recently EVP of sales and marketing. He was previously the CEO of media company GOOD Worldwide and served as head of partnerships and interim CFO at Seattle startup Porch.

— Ideoclick, a Seattle e-commerce startup, promoted Jonathan Ferrell to vice president of business development. He joined the 11-year old company in 2019 as senior manager of business development. Prior to Ideoclick, Ferrell was a sales manager at Amazon and spent a decade at Verizon in retail and business sales.

Eric Emans. (Lighthouse Photo)

— Seattle-based Lighthouse eDiscovery hired Eric Emans as CFO. Emans was most recently CFO and treasurer for nonprofit A Place for Mom. Lighthouse makes software that helps lawyers quickly sift through mountains of complex documentation.

— Seattle-based investment bank Cascadia Capital added Adam Stormoen as a managing director for the firm’s healthcare practice. Stormeon was most recently managing director of healthcare investment banking at Duff & Phelps. He will based in Minneapolis, Minn.

— Infrastructure solutions firm HNTB hired Gordon Phillips as its aviation project director. He will be based in Bellevue, Wash. and deliver design projects for aviation clients including Sea-Tac Airport. Phillips most recently was a program design manager at Clay Paslay Management Group working on the 10 year expansion program at Sea-Tac.

— Salesforce named Seattle-area exec Darryn Dieken as its chief availability officer. Read more about the new C-suite role.

Boeing’s John Mulholland has taken on the role of vice president and program manager for the International Space Station following Mark Mulqueen’s retirement. Read the story.

— Microsoft exec Peggy Johnson was named new CEO of augmented reality startup Magic Leap. Read the story.

— Concur veteran Elena Donio stepped down as CEO of New York City-based Axiom and will return to the West Coast. Read the story.

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