The Biggest Moves in Tech This Week

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Junna Ro

Metromile's new General Counsel Junna Ro. Courtesy of Metromile

These are the most notable hires, promotions, and departures within the US tech community in the last week. For executive news updated daily, check out The Org's People on the Move.

Executive Moves

Amazon announced that Jeff Blackburn has retired after almost 25 years with the company. Source | Full Story

IBM promoted Kathryn Guarini to Chief Information Officer. Guarini has been with the company for 20 years and has held various roles within the IBM Research division. Source | Full Story

Zillow promoted Jeremy Wacksman from President to COO and elevated Susan Daimler to President Source | Full Story

Metromile hired Junna Ro as its General Counsel. Ro joined the team from CSAA Insurance Group where she was the VP, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and Associate General Counsel. Source | Full Story

ByteDance announced that Zhu Wenjia will lead global research and development for TikTok. Wenjia was previously the CEO of ByteDance’s Chinese news platform. Source | Full Story

CSG appointed Patricia Elias as its new Chief People and Places Officer. Elias comes to the company from ServiceSource International, where she served on the executive team as their Chief Legal and People Officer. Source

Fyllo hired Twitter executive Katie Ford as its new COO. Source

Cisco promoted Anthony Grieco to Chief Information Security Officer. Grieco has been with the company for 20 years. Source

PROS appointed Katrina Klier as Chief Marketing Officer. Klier served as Global Managing Director and Head of Digital Marketing, Communications, and Capabilities Accenture. Source

Confluent appointed Stephanie Buscemi as Chief Marketing Officer. Buscemi was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at Salesforce. Source

Invoice2go hired Sean Deorsey as CFO. Deorsey was previously the CFO of Optimizely. Source

Ping Identity announced Peter Burke has joined as the SVP of R&D. Burke was most recently EVP of Engineering and Operations at Neustar. Source

CoreView appointed Ed Peek as Chief Revenue Officer. Peek was most recently the VP of Sales at Bitmovin. Source

SingleStore appointed Paul Forte as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Forte joins SingleStore from data management company Actifio (which was recently acquired by Google), where he served as the President of Global Field Operations. Source

Ultivue announced that Mike Sismour has joined as VP of Research and Mark Rees has joined as VP of Corporate Development. Source

Weee! hired Ankur Shah as Chief Finance and Strategy Officer from Backcountry and Thomas Jeon as General Counsel. Source

indie Semiconductor appointed Steve Machuga as COO. Machuga most recently was VP of Worldwide Operations for Skyworks Solutions. Source

Velocix has announced the promotion of Anthony Berkeley to CEO. Berkeley was most recently COO at Velocix. Source

GSR named David Sola as its new COO. Previously, Sola was the Managing Director of Houlihan Lokey. Source

Hazel Technologies announced that Kellen Stailey Martin has joined the company as VP of Marketing. Most recently Martin served as VP of Marketing for Grimmway Farms. Source

Mobi724 announced the promotion of Mathieu Laurin to CFO effective March 15, 2021. Laurin was previously the Controller of Mobi724. Source

Bitt announced the transition of Laurent Féral-Pierssens to COO. Féral-Pierssens joins the Bitt executive management team after six months of serving the company as Strategic Advisor. Source

Eyekandy announced that Garrett Albanese has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Eyekandy, Garrett served as SVP of Marketing for GroupM’s retail media agency Triad. Source

OneWeb hired former CFO of Bharti Global, Srikanth Balachandran, as CFO. Balachandran has been CFO of Bharti Global since October 2018, and prior to that, was CFO of Bharti Airtel for seven years. Source

Rackspace Technology has named Neil Emerson as Chief Relationship Officer. Emerson was most recently SVP of Banking for Diebold Nixdorf Inc. Source

ReelPlay hired Mark Crocker as COO. Crocker has previously held senior operational roles at NextGen Gaming, SG Digital, and Animal Logic. Source

Stream Engine named Jennifer Carper Chief Revenue Officer. Carper was previously a Partner and Chief Client Officer as Engine Shop Agency. Source

Cymatrax announced that Eduardo Contreras has joined the team as Partner and Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Eduardo founded ALCON DTS. Source

Digitain promoted Simon Westbury as Chief Business Officer. Westbury was previously the Head of Sales at Diitain. Source

DBV Technologies announced that Michele F. Robertson has joined the company as Chief Legal Officer. Robertson most recently served as General Counsel, Commercial Operations and Chief Compliance Officer at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Source

WSO2 promoted Ricardo Diniz to VP and General Manager of the UK, Spain, France, Italy, and Portugal. Diniz previously served as the Head of Sales for the European region. The company also promoted Fernando Arditti to VP and General Manager of Latin America. He previously served as the Head of Sales for the region. Source

Analog Devices appointed Anelise Sacks as Chief Customer Officer. Prior to Analog Devices, Sacks spent 15 years in different leadership roles at Texas Instruments. Source

WP Engine appointed Rob Charlebois as SVP of Digital. Charlebois was previously the EVP of Global E-Commerce and Digital Marketing at Corel. Additionally, Heather Buckingham was appointed as VP of Brand Revenue. Prior to joining WP Engine, Buckingham was RVP of Sales at Khoros. Source

Zype named Halid Hatic as its COO Hatic was previously SVP at The Vitec Group. Source

Carbon Health hired Claire Hough as Chief Technology Officer. Hough was previously the Chief Technology Officer at Lyte. Source

Tech Data promoted Sergio Farache to EVP of Strategy, Innovation, Cloud, and M&A. Source

Invicti Security named John Andrews VP of Global Channel. Andrews was previously Director of International Channels at Rapid7 and VP of Worldwide Channels. Source

Seismic appointed Donna DeBerry as VP of Inclusion. Prior to joining Seismic, Donna was the Director of Inclusion at Indeed. Source

Lifesize appointed Kim Niederman as CEO. Niederman is an industry veteran who formerly held leadership positions at 8x8 President, Cisco and Polycom. Source

FarEye appointed Suvrat Joshi as Chief Product Officer. Joshi has previously held leadership roles at Yahoo, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and most recently Dropbox. Source

RocketFuel Blockchain hired Kurt Kumar as its VP of Marketing and Business Development. Source

SurveyMonkey announced that CFO, Debbie Clifford, has stepped down from her role to become CFO at Autodesk. CEO, Zander Lurie, will serve as Interim CFO until a permanent successor is named. Source

Unity hired Marc Whitten as SVP and General Manager of Unity Create. Whitten joins from Amazon where he oversaw projects such as Fire TV, Kindle, and the upcoming cloud-gaming service Luna. Source

Sterling Trading Tech promoted Erik Schmidt as COO. Schmidt joined Sterling in June 2019 to lead the client services team. Source

Reading Plus named Janine Walker Caffrey Chief Research Officer. Caffrey was previously the CEO of Lexplore Inc. Source

Konsolidator hired Olov Lindqvist as Chief Technology Officer. Lindqvist previously worked at Saxo Bank as Director and Global Head of Platform Development. Source

Aspen Group announced the departure of CFO, Frank J. Cotroneo. In the interim, Chief Accounting Officer Robert Alessi will perform CFO duties. Source

Altamira named Jane Chappell as CEO. Chappell joins Altamira after 30 years at Raytheon, where she most recently was the VP of Global Intelligence Solutions. Source

Fuze appointed Christopher Jones as Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to joining Fuze, Jones was the EVP and General Manager of Worldwide Sales at Qlik Technologies. Source

Abivax appointed Dr. Sophie Biguenet as Chief Medical Officer. Prior to joining Abivax, Dr Sophie Biguenet served as Chief Medical Officer at Versantis. Source

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