Barry Crist, the former CEO of Likewise, has joined Opscode as vice president of enterprise. He will report to CEO Mitch Hill, and assist in the adoption of the company’s Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef products. He most recently served as an executive-in-residence at Ignition Partners, the Bellevue venture capital firm that is an early investor in Opscode. Before that, he served as CEO of Likewise, a Bellevue startup that was acquired by Isilon/EMC last year.
“Barry is a proven leader with a long track record of enabling enterprise customer success with both open source and DevOps software solutions,” said Hill. “As the Global 10,000 increasingly adopt IT automation to accelerate their business, Barry gives us an ideal combination of leadership, deep expertise, and relevant market experience to maximize the enterprise market opportunity for Opscode.”
Founded by former Amazon.com employee Jesse Robbins, Opscode raised $19.5 million in venture funding last year.
Hulu has named Andy Forssell as acting CEO, replacing former Amazon.com vet Jason Kilar who is stepping down from the company. Forrsell has worked at Hulu for five years, and previously served as vice president of content and distribution. Here’s the note that Kilar sent to staff about the transition, noting that Forrsell has been a “critical senior executive” and “exemplifies the Hulu culture.” Hulu recorded about $700 million revenue in 2012.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has named angel investor Chris DeVore to the Economic Development Commission, one of 15 people who will advise the mayor on plans, policies, regulations, and strategies. “The Commission will examine existing economic development strategies developed by the city and regional partners, seek additional information if necessary, and examine Seattle’s ability to compete in the global economy of the 21st century in terms of innovation, human capital, regulatory process improvement and measuring success,” the city wrote. Full list of appointments here.
Facebook has promoted Mike Schroepfer to the position of CTO, filling a role left by Bret Taylor who stepped down last year. Schroepfer has worked at Facebook for nearly five years, and before that spent time at Mozilla, Sun Microsystems and Puffin Designs.
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