Tech Moves: RealNetworks VP joins Amazon’s Kindle team; etc.

Simon Poile

Another day, another executive departure from RealNetworks. Yesterday, we reported that chief financial officer Michael Eggers — a 14-year veteran of the company — was stepping down. Now, we’ve gotten word that Simon Poile has left the digital media company to become director of software development for Amazon.com’s Kindle Store.

Poile worked at RealNetworks for two years, and before that served in marketing and engineering roles at Nokia, Intrinsyc Software and Microsoft. In his new role at Amazon, Poile plans to lead global development for the Kindle Store. Amazon is looking at expanding the Kindle’s footprint overseas, and Poile will help lead the charge into new markets.

As we noted yesterday, RealNetworks has lost a number of top executives in recent months, including CEO Bob Kimball and chief strategy officer Hank Skorny. Real appointed Thomas Nielsen, a former Adobe executive, as CEO in November.

Sony Corp. plans to promote Kazuo Hirai — the executive who leads the company’s PlayStation division — to the role of president as soon as this April, reports Reuters. The role is currently held by Sony CEO Howard Stringer, and analysts say the decision is part of a succession plan at the electronics maker.

Calico Energy has named smart grid experts Jesse Berst and Dr. Subramanian Vadari to the company’s advisory board. Berst is founder of SmartGridNews.com, while Vadari heads Modern Grid Solutions.

Oncothyreon Inc., a Seattle biotech company, has named Diana Hausman as Chief Medical Officer.  She joined Oncothyreon in August 2009 from Zymogenetics as vice president of clinical development.

Amar Sethi has joined Seattle’s Pacific Biomarkers as chief scientific officer, joining the company from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Founded in 1989, PBI provides biomarker laboratory services and contract research services to pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic manufacturers in clinical trial research.

Know of a notable tech industry move or hire? Email tips@geekwire.com. More Tech Moves here.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Simon, Kazuo, Jesse, Subramanian, Diana, and Amar on their big job moves! Best wishes for a prosperous 2012.

  • JohnV

    Is there still anyone left at RealNetworks?

  • Guest

    Which RealNetworks executive will step down tomorrow?

  • Busted
    • Guest

      That’s not a good business model. I hope their new CFO can find a better one.

    • Wired

      This shows that the only people left at RealNetworks are a collection of stupid idiots and adds to the justification for people like myself to never, ever use or recommend their worthless garbage products.

      When I see their junk on a pc the first thing I do is delete it as it has no value at all since significantly superior products are available everywhere.

      These filthy bastards at RealNetworks should get sued the hell out for malicious prosecution. This is nothing but an intimidation tactic.

      RealNetworks deserves to fold up like a card table.

  • Buffering

    Buffering…

  • Anonymous

    Chili’s?!