Tech Strikes: Slalom and WTIA add variety leaders; Seattle mayor gained’t search re-election

Iesha Berry. (Slalom Picture)

— Seattle-based consulting agency Slalom introduced Iesha Berry as its first chief inclusion and variety officer. Primarily based within the Dallas space, Berry was most lately SVP of human sources and variety and inclusion at Financial institution of America. She was beforehand a senior director of Microsoft’s international variety and inclusion group.

“I’m joining Slalom in the midst of three global pandemics — health, economic, and racial injustice — and it is critical that I use my voice, talent, and hands to enable action,” stated Berry.

Yolanda Chase. (WTIA Picture)

— The Washington Expertise Business Affiliation (WTIA) named Yolanda Chase as chief variety officer and the most recent member of the commerce group’s senior management group. 

Chase will launch a brand new variety, fairness and inclusion workplace throughout the WTIA and lead the recently announced “Anti-racism in Tech Pact.” She is founder and principal of Range Means-Maker Consulting and beforehand led international inclusion and variety for Arrow Electronics.

“We have a lot of work to do, and I’m confident that my experience in driving DEI efforts forward with complete alignment will allow me to hit the ground running and deliver measurable success for the Pact, its members and our communities,” stated Chase.

— Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan won’t search re-election for a second time period. She introduced her resolution in a video statement and plans to spend the rest of her time in workplace specializing in the town’s COVID-19 pandemic response and financial restoration as an alternative of campaigning.

Per Reinhall. (UW Picture)

— Vicis co-founder and College of Washington Professor Per Reinhall will step down because the chair of the UW Mechanical Engineering division on the finish of the 12 months. He has served as chair since 2010.

Reinhall co-founded high-tech helmet maker Vicis in 2014. The Seattle startup shut down final 12 months and its belongings had been purchased by an investment firm in April.

Along with returning to analysis and educating, Reinhall stated in a UW news interview that “I have a few startups that I want to spend more time nurturing and spend more time with my family.”

— San Francisco, Calif.-based Opendoor appointed Kushal Chakrabarti as its VP of analysis and information science. He beforehand served as a strategic advisor for the true property startup, which competes with Seattle-based firms Zillow Group and Redfin.

Chakrabarti was beforehand an information scientist and engineering lead at Amazon. He additionally led Seattle-based microfinance nonprofit Vittana.

— Collaboration work administration software program firm Smartsheet introduced Pete Godbole as CFO. 

Godbole was most lately CFO at monetary companies options supplier Rumour Techniques and analytics startup GoodData. He additionally beforehand served as CFO for VMware’s Finish Consumer Computing enterprise.

Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet reported Q3 revenue up 38% year-over-year, sending its shares hovering this week.

Susie Kroll. (DigniFi Picture)

— Former Amazon and Starbucks product chief Susie Kroll joined DigniFi, a tech platform for financing auto repairs, as chief product officer.

Kroll most lately labored as director of product for Indian resort chain Oyo. At Amazon, she was a supervisor on the Amazon Fee and Kindle groups. Kroll additionally led Starbucks’ digital card and cellular funds experiences.

Based in 2013, Kirkland, Wash.-based DigniFi closed a $14 million Series A round earlier this 12 months.

— Seattle-based Sports activities Illustrated writer Maven appointed Andrew Kraft as chief working officer and Jill Marchisotto as chief advertising and marketing officer. Each are primarily based in New York.

The brand new appointments come after Sports activities Illustrated government Ross Levinsohn stepped in as CEO. Maven co-founders James Heckman and Invoice Sornsin stepped down earlier this year as CEO and COO, respectively.

— Bellevue, Wash.-based Cirkled In added former Starbucks President Howard Behar as an advisor. The five-year previous startup is a platform for college kids to construct out their portfolios for school admission and provides discovery instruments for universities.

Behar joined Starbucks in 1989 when it started increasing internationally and grew from 28 shops to 15,000 shops. He remained on the Starbucks board of administrators after his retirement till he stepped down in 2009. He’s additionally an advisor for nonprofits and academic organizations.

— Vancouver, B.C.-based customized footwear startup FitMyFoot, previously often known as Wiivv Wearables, fashioned an advisory board. Its members embody:

AnnMarie Coe Thomas, a Microsoft vet and former VP of product advertising and marketing at ADP.

Bill Snowden, co-founder of boutique footwear design agency Snowden Brothers and former EVP at Steve Madden

Brian Riseland, founding father of Laundry Genius and a former technique director at Microsoft.

Chris Carle, longtime Nike director and class footwear chief.

Dan Madsen, a senior dwelling hospitality government and at the moment chairman and CEO of One Eighty.

Drew Nordstrom, shopper advisor at The Caprock Group and co-founder of tax-software ZenLedger.io.

Different current Tech Strikes from throughout the Pacific Northwest tech business: 

  • RFID tech firm Impinj appointed Thomvest Ventures Accomplice Umesh Padval to its board of administrators.
  • Satellite tv for pc enterprise BlackSky, which has workplaces in Seattle, Wash. and Herndon, Va., introduced Uyen Dinh as its VP for presidency relations and technique.
  • Vancouver, Wash.-based occasion administration software program startup Hubb employed Trey Vincent as VP of finance.
  • Candice Decaire joined Seattle’s Infectious Illness Analysis Institute as normal counsel.
  • Seattle surgical know-how startup Proprio introduced unbiased medical system business advisor Tommy Carls as a brand new advisor.
  • Canadian social media administration startup Hootsuite promoted Tara Ataya, former VP of individuals, to chief folks and variety officer.
  • Medical health insurance supplier Regence BlueShield named Melissa Powell as VP of community administration, liable for partnerships with Washington state suppliers.

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