Our latest roundup of key hires and executive changes in the Pacific Northwest technology industry.
EVO Media Group, maker of DevHub and YearlyLeaf.com, has promoted co-founders Daniel Rust and Mark Michael to the positions of co-presidents. They should be OK juggling those roles together, since they’ve known each other since the age of 16. Geoffrey Nuval, the former CEO, has been named vice president of business development. DevHub allows small businesses to easily and quickly create Web sites, while YearlyLeaf.com turns one’s Facebook chatter and photos into a coffee table book.
Michael tells GeekWire that Nuval did a fantastic job of building EVO into an operationally sound business, including achieving profitability and launching the latest version of DevHub.com. “Now Daniel and I are ready to turn EVO into a development powerhouse beginning with several international deals closed this year already which aim to bring one million small business Web sites onto the platform within the next 14 months,” he says.
Marco Hegyi, a principal with The Chasm Group and a former Yahoo and Microsoft employee, has been named chairman of anti-counterfeiting and fraud prevention technology maker Visualant.
Bsquare Corp. has tapped Mark Whiteside as vice president of professional services, overseeing engineering support, educations services and other functions. He’s the former COO at Vallent, a software company that was sold to IBM. Before that, Whiteside worked for telecommunications company Marconi. In 2010, the computer science grad from the University of California, San Diego received the Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding Volunteer for work to establish a technology school via a voter-approved levy in the Lake Washington School District.
Puzzazz, a maker of puzzle eBooks for the Kindle, has named Steve Huson as chief business officer. He’s the founder and former president of lead generator Autotegrity. Puzzazz was founded by Seattle developer Roy Leban.
3Tier, which develops technologies to better understand where to locate wind, solar and geothermal projects, has tapped Seattle area startup veteran Craig Husa as CEO. The founder of CourtLink previously served as CEO of NeuralIQ, General Software and Healia. General Software sold to Phoenix Technologies in 2008, while Healia sold to Meredith in 2006. A 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Husa later served as an officer on the USS George C. Marshall.
“Craig has demonstrated a keen ability to identify the core strengths and assets of a company, challenge the commonly held assumptions about its market, and execute a long-term, strategic plan to seize new opportunities,” chairman Kenneth Westrick in a news release.
Nintendo of America has named Scott Moffitt as executive vice president of sales and marketing, handling sales and marketing efforts in North America. He will be based in the company’s Redwood City, California office. “Nintendo is a brand unlike any other,” said Moffitt, who previously worked at Henkel Consumer Goods. “I look forward to helping shape the company’s future for all kinds of players.” He holds a finance degree from Arizona State University.
Peter Boctor, a Seattle software developer who got his first job in Seattle tech working at Aldus in the 1990s, has joined Ashton Kutcher-backed startup Zaarly as director of mobile development. Boctor must like working at companies that begin with the letter “Z.” He previously developed mobile applications at Seattle startup Zumobi.
Inrix, the Kirkland traffic analysis firm which spun off from Microsoft in 2005, has either already hired or is in the process of hiring a new CFO, according to a GeekWire source. We don’t know who it is right now, but it may be a significant move given that Inrix is a fast-growing company, possibly signaling an IPO track. Inrix isn’t commenting at this time about the position.
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