—Priceline President and CEO Jeff Boyd has stepped down from his chief executive position in a surprising move announced during the company’s third quarter earnings disclosure today.
He will be replaced by Booking.com CEO Darren Huston, though will remain as chairman of Priceline’s board. Prior to working at Booking.com, Huston played multiple roles at Microsoft, including Vice President for Consumer and Online as well as CEO of Microsoft Japan.
“Darren is the right choice to lead the Group and I look forward to working with him closely as Chairman of the Board,” Boyd said in a press release.
—Event manager Barrie Cohen has joined the Northwest Entrepreneur Network as its executive director. Most recently, Cohen served as the organizer for TEDxSeattle, and currently sits on the advisory committee for the Seattle Interactive Conference. Rebecca Lovell, who took up the mantle of NWEN’s acting Executive Director, will return to her seat on the organization’s board of directors.
“As a Seattle native, life-long resident and proud UW Husky, I’m excited to join the Northwest Entrepreneur Network and help make our region the best place to start and grow a business,” Cohen said in a press release. “Every great business starts as an idea, and we want to foster those ideas, both in individuals and as a community. I’m looking forward to working with the staff and board to make this vision a reality.”
—Ted Colbert was promoted to Chief Information Officer at Boeing following the departure of Kim Hammonds. Prior to his promotion, Colbert served as the Vice President of Boeing Information Technology Infrastructure. In his new role, Colbert will be in charge of Boeing’s entire Information Technology division, and will be charged with leading IT strategy for the aerospace company. More information about the move can be found here.
—Jewelry marketplace Blue Nile appointed Acxiom CEO Scott Howe to its Board of Directors, according to its Form 8-K filing with the SEC. Prior to his role at Acxiom, Howe served as the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Advertising Business between 2007 and 2010. He will stand for election to the Board at the company’s 2014 shareholder meeting. The company recently reported $98.9 million in quarterly revenue.
—TechStars Seattle grad Bizible hired former Microsoftie Dave Rigotti as its first dedicated marketer. Most recently, Rigotti was a Product Marketing Manager for Bing in Redmond. Bizible aims to give companies a better handle on what marketing campaigns work for them through analytics.
—Aaron Blank became CEO and owner of the Fearey Group after purchasing the communications firm from its founder and CEO Pat Fearey for an undisclosed amount of money. Blank joined the company in 2006, and served as its President prior to taking on the chief executive role. More information about the move is available here. “After 33 years of putting my heart and soul into building a business, it was vital that I find the perfect person to continue the legacy of the firm,” Fearey said in a press release. “Aaron shares my passion and commitment to excellence, and I admire his integrity, creativity and strategic leadership.”
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