Tech Moves: Microsoft hires Cisco vet; Promotions at thePlatform; etc.

Laura Ipsen

Microsoft has named Laura Ipsen as corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector. In the role, Ipsen will lead sales and marketing overseeing the government, public safety, national security, education and healthcare industries. Ipsen most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of connected energy networks at Cisco Systems, and before that she established the company’s global policy and government affairs division. She will report to Susan Hauser.

“Microsoft has a strong history of working with public sector organizations to improve public services and expand economic and social opportunity,” Ipsen said in a press release. “I look forward to deepening the company’s engagement with public sector organizations around the world and supporting their work through a broad array of technology solutions, programs and partnerships.”

Boston marketing firm Rice McVaney Communications has opened a new office in Redmond under the direction of Nick Gesualdi. He previously served as manager  of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

David Stahl

David Stahl, a University of Washington professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering along with  UW affiliate professor Henrique Malvar and UW alumnus Peter Farrell. They are among 66 new members added to the academy. Stahl was chosen for his “application of molecular microbial ecology to environmental engineering.”

Google’s first employee, Craig Silverstein, has left the search giant for a new job at Khan Academy, reports All Things D. Silverstein was the first employee hired by founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 1998.

Alex Glass

ThePlatform, the Comcast-owned online video management and publishing unit, has promoted several employees to new positions as it looks to streamline sales activities and scale the business globally. Vice President of Global Operations Alex Glass has been named chief information officer, a new position at the company. Meanwhile Marty Roberts has been promoted to the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing and Mike Horowitz has been named senior vice president of engineering. Ian Blaine, co-founder and CEO, said that the appointments come at a time of “significant growth and opportunities domestically and internationally.”

Rich Stillman

Tecplot, a maker of visualization software for engineers and scientists, has promoted Rich Stillman to president and CEO. He takes over the reins from co-founder Mike Peery who has led the company since it was founded in 1981. Peery will remain chairman. Stillman joined the company as COO last April from Coinstar — where he served as president and COO — and Ivey Imaging — where he served as CEO.  “Tecplot is continually at the forefront of innovation in providing high-quality engineering and scientific visualization tools and services to help engineers and researchers be more creative, efficient and productive,” said Stillman. 

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  • Guest

    That makes sense. Cisco is one of the few companies you could come from and see MS as a step up.

  • Matt Hulett

    Congrats to Marty Roberts at thePlatform.  He is one of the savviest guys in digital media with an extremely strong work ethic.