Tuesday , October 27 2020

Tech Moves: Hiya adds startup vets; Bellevue College appoints the former governor as interim president. and more

John Novak (left) and Hillery Nye. (Hiya photo)

– – Hiya from Seattle, is a caller ID startup that emerged from whitepages in 2016 Hillery Nye as General Counsel and John Novak as SVP of marketing.

Nye worked as an external consultant for Microsoft and as the founder and director of the Madrona Law Group and provided legal support for Amazon and Paramount Pictures. She is a start-up veteran of Zipwhip and Glympse and was previously an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law.

Most recently, Novak was Vice President of Product Marketing at Apptio in Bellevue, Washington for more than 10 years. Previously, he worked for Microsoft, Mercury and Accenture in marketing and product management.

– – 3D content platform Unity Technologies appointed Scott Pitasky as chief people officer. Pitasky was most recently Vice President Human Resources for Amazon's global consumer business.

Previously, he was EVP and Chief Partner Resources Officer at Starbucks and 13 years as Human Resources Manager at Microsoft.

“I am very happy to join the Unity team. I am already inspired by the commitment to innovation and the deep feeling of personal responsibility and collaboration, ”said Pitasky.

Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco, California and has 43 offices around the world, including an outpost in Bellevue, Washington.

Gary Locke. (Bellevue College photo)

– – Bellevue College chose the former governor of the US state of Washington. Gary Locke as his interim president. He will take over on June 15th. Bellevue College, near Seattle in Bellevue, Washington, is the third largest college in the state of Washington.

In addition to two terms as governor, Locke was US Ambassador to China and Secretary of Commerce. He is currently the chair of Locke Global Strategies, a consulting group, and senior advisor and adviser to Davis Wright Tremaine law firm, which specializes in doing business in China and the United States. He recently served on the board of directors of the non-profit research organization The Allen Institute.

“This is a unique and challenging time for our community and college. The board believes that Gary Locke is the leader who works with campus internal constituencies and lays the foundation for the necessary growth, ”said Rich Fukutaki, chair of the board of trustees of Bellevue College, in a statement.

Former Bellevue College President Jerry Weber was released from his duties in early March after deciding to change a mural on campus that depicts Japanese internments, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Simplata co-founders Steve Banfield and Bruce Roberts. (LinkedIn Photos)

– – Former CEO of ReachNow Steve Banfield announced his next company as CEO and co-founder of Simplata Technologies, a new spinout from Madrona Venture Labs that is designed to protect sensitive corporate data in cloud apps. Banfields is a co-founder Bruce Robertswho is the CTO of the new startup.

Both came to Madrona Venture Labs, a startup studio in Seattle, in late 2019 as an entrepreneur. Roberts previously served as CTO for domain security tools, DomainTools, the Rouxbe Online Cooking School, and SixthEye, a social network for wine lovers. Banfield was previously an executive at INRIX and Rightside.

– – Cyohptive Technologies, a cybersecurity startup based in Snohomish, Washington, has been named Bryan Seely as a senior security architect. Seely is a public speaker and advisor on cyber security and ethical hacking.

Cyemptive was founded by a former NSA and Microsoft manager last year and raised $ 3.5 million and acquired the IT consultancy Adaptive Technology Group.

Maggie Scholtz. (Photo in first mode)

– – The Seattle-based engineering firm First Mode was promoted Maggie Scholtz VP of engineering. Scholtz is a co-founder of the company and most recently a senior mechanical engineer. Previously, Scholtz worked as a mechanical engineer at Planetary Resources in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

First Mode was founded by Scholtz and other veterans of the asteroid mining company Planetary Resources. The company has worked on both space exploration and terrestrial projects for customers.

– – Aviation Partners, one of the two companies in Seattle that is behind the startup APiJET for aeronautical data analysis, has been named Gary Dunn as its new president following the Company founder Joe Clark dies in March. Dunn joined Aviation Partners in 1996, which develops and produces advanced winglet systems, and was most recently Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Terence Reilly. (PMI Worldwide Photo)

– – Terence Reilly has been named global president of the Seattle-based Stanley brand by PMI Worldwide, Manufacturer of the legendary green thermos. PMI Worldwide also produces all beverages sold at Starbucks. Reilly was most recently SVP and chief marketing officer for the Crocs shoe brand.

– – Changepoint, a Seattle-based business software company, has been discontinued Ingrid Rood as VP of the sales organization for North America. Rood most recently led her own consulting practice and was previously Senior Vice President at the enterprise software company K2.

– –Vancouver-based investment firm Vistara Capital Partners added Neil Kenley as Director of Investments. Kenley will be based in Toronto and will cover eastern Canada and the United States for the company. Most recently, he headed strategy and corporate development for the Toronto startup Element AI.

– – Christopher Richins, CEO of global space communications provider RBC Signals, has been included in the first carmort of the Karman Fellowship program. The grant is part of the Germany-based Karman project, a non-profit organization whose aim is to “promote independent dialogue between global leaders in technology, science, business, politics and the arts who want to positively influence space ".

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