—Fast-growing Seattle startup Buuteeq has hired Karim Meghji as chief product officer and vice president of engineering. Meghji most recently worked at online travel startup Yapta where he served as vice president of products and engineering. Buuteeq, which raised $10 million from Concur, Madrona and others last fall, has developed technology to power the Web sites of hotels.
“Karim brings a wealth of software and service experience in the consumer space with deep expertise from notable companies like Yapta and RealNetworks,” said Buuteeq co-founder and CEO Forest Key. “He is an outstanding addition to our stellar global leadership team at buuteeq and we are extremely happy to welcome him aboard.” Meghji holds a degree in computer science from San Jose State University.
—Seattle entrepreneur Brenda Spoonemore has taken on a new job at Amazon.com, working as director of Kindle Content. In the new role, she is head of content acquisition for digital books in North America. Spoonemore previously served as CEO of online vacation rental site Dwellable, and before that founded Fantasy Moguls. Spoonemore also is a former senior vice president of interactive for the NBA, and has served as the organizer of the NBA’s All-Star Technology Summit.
—Law firm Miller Nash has named Kathleen Petrich as a partner focusing on intellectual property rights. She previously worked at the Seattle law firm Graham & Dunn. “Kathleen is a key addition to our growing intellectual property practice in Seattle,” said Kieran Curley, managing partner of Miller Nash. “It’s a highly complex area of law with a myriad of potential pitfalls, and our clients will value her broad-based experience with disputes, licensing rights and strategic planning, among other areas.”
—Entrepreneur Luke Beatty has been named to a new post at AOL, overseeing strategic partnerships, reports All Things D. Beatty previously sold the startup Associated Content to Yahoo for $90 million in 2010. He most recently served as managing director of TechStars, the startup incubator with programs in Seattle, Boulder and elsewhere. Last month, AOL hired Bob Lord, formerly of Razorfish, to lead advertising sales.
—Airbiquity, which is developing technologies for the so-called connected car, has hired Prabuddha Biswas as vice president of engineering; Scott Frank as the vice President of marketing; Jeffry Shelby as general counsel and Mark Sagafi as director of business development. “Senior leaders such as this are key to driving the global expansion of our connected vehicle services business, connected car ecosystem and development of new and innovative Machine-to-Machine (M2M) offerings going forward,” said Kamyar Moinzadeh, CEO of Airbiquity. Biswas joins from Medio Systems where he was senior vice president of engineering, while Frank previously worked at Microsoft, IBM and IDC. Shelby joined as general counsel from Varolii where he held a similar role, and before that worked at Heller Ehrmann and Cooley. Sagafi, who will establish the company’s operations in Silicon Valley, previously led the Automotive Global Business Development at Teleca Systems.
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