—Keela Robinson, a mobile industry veteran who previously worked at Amazon, WhitePages, RealNetworks and T-Mobile, has been named senior vice president and general manager of Urbanspoon. She most recently served as vice president of RealNetworks’ casual games business, GameHouse, overseeing a business with $67 million in annual revenue. Before that, she worked in the Kindle division at Amazon.
“Keela’s DNA is in mobile, and her track record of delighting users through engaging product experiences speaks for itself,” said Doug Leeds, chief executive officer of Ask.com, which has overseen the Urbanspoon business since the third quarter of 2013. “As Urbanspoon looks to aggressively expand functionality and grow traffic, Keela’s passion for product and ability to inspire teams make her the best possible leader we could have at the helm.” Seattle-based Urbanspoon earlier this year sold off its Rezbook business to OpenTable, and co-founder Patrick O’Donnell left in June.
—Continuing on its mission to shake up the wireless industry, Bellevue-based T-Mobile today announced Gary King as chief information officer. In the new role, King will oversee the company’s IT organization with a goal of “enhancing the Un-carrier customer experience.” He’s worked in executive roles at Avon, Barnes & Noble and Chico’s. He will join the company on Dec. 31. “T-Mobile is heading into 2014 with incredible momentum,” said John Legere, chief executive officer. “Gary brings consumer, retail and e-business experience to the team, which will help us continue to advocate for consumers while transforming our business.”
—PayScale has named veteran executive Mark Klebanoff as chief financial officer, overseeing the Seattle company’s financial operations and helping to usher in a new phase of growth. PayScale, which was founded in 2000, plans to add more than 700 customers this year. Klebanoff has held the CFO title at a number of tech companies in the Seattle area, most recently Madrona-backed Appature, which was sold earlier this year to IMS Health. He’s also held the post at All Star Directories, Daptiv, M:Metrics, AccessLine, RealNetworks and Industrial Systems.
“Companies of all sizes have a huge appetite for data-driven insights to better manage every aspect of their business. PayScale is part of this analytics wave and I’m excited to join a disruptive company that is challenging the traditional compensation services market,” said Klebanoff.
—Porch.com, the fast-growing and heavily-funded Seattle-based home improvement startup, has named Jeff Dossett as Chief Operating Officer. He most recently served as chief revenue officer at Demand Media, and before that worked at Yahoo and Microsoft.
“This is a critical role for our company and there were many fantastic candidates who have led amazing companies. We are enthusiastic about Jeff and his fit at Porch,” said Chief Executive Officer, Matt Ehrlichman. “My goal with Porch is to build a truly great company. Jeff brings complementary experience to our world-class leadership team such as the ability to develop and scale multiple revenue streams.”
Porch launched in September and already employs more than 80 people. More on the company, recently chosen by GeekWire as one of the “Seattle 10,” here.
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