Judson Althoff has been named president of North American sales and marketing at Microsoft, joining the company from Oracle where he worked for 14 years. At Oracle, he most recently served as senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels and embedded sales. Before that, he worked with EMC. Althoff will report to Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner, and will begin his duties on March 29th.
“Judson has a track record of successfully developing, growing and leading global sales organizations with a culture of execution excellence,” said Turner in a release. “Judson’s proven leadership will enable us to continue to excel in delivering the best devices and services experience to our customers including businesses and consumers.” (Editor’s note: Althoff and I attended the same high school in Ohio).
Infogroup has promoted the co-founders of GoTime to new roles, following the acquisition of their Seattle mobile startup last year by the Nebraksa-based company. Former GoTime CEO Jeff Khadavi has been promoted to acting president of data licensing, overseeing acquisitions for Infogroup. He’s a former investment banker with Wachovia Securities. In addition to Khadavi, GoTime co-founder Joshua Juster, a former Microsoft program manager, was promoted to senior vice president and chief product officer for the Data Axle product, and Devang Kothari was promoted to chief technology officer for Data Axle. They are based in the company’s New York offices.
Zynga Chief Information Officer Debra Chrapaty has left the San Francisco gaming company to become CEO of cloud storage company Nirvanix. Prior to Zynga, Chrapaty worked in executive roles at Cisco, E*Trade and Microsoft, where she led the company’s infrastructure business units. Zynga, which has operations in Seattle, has seen a number of top level execs step down in recent months as the game maker attempts to regain its footing.
And speaking of the changes at Zynga, Redmond-based cloud infrastructure company Redapt just hired Mark Williams as senior vice president of technology solutions. Williams led key technical components of Zynga’s zCloud effort, described as the largest private cloud offering to date. “Mark brings a deep technical experience and commitment to success in the public and private cloud space,” said Redapt CEO Rick Cantu. Williams worked at Zynga from 2008 to 2012, serving as vice president of cloud infrastructure service. Before that, he worked at Support.com.
Harry Lee is stepping down from the Seattle angel investment group Keiretsu Forum after four years to take a new job as vice president of sales and business development at Redwood City, California-based Y Media Labs. “It’s truly been something special, and I have many fond memories of working with all of you and building lasting relationships that I’ll always take with me,” said Lee of his four years at Keiretsu. He will relocate to the Bay Area for the new job, telling GeekWire that it was a rare chance to “get back to my roots on advising B2B technology sales.”
SNUPI, the Seattle startup led by entrepreneur Jeremy Jaech and UW professor Shwetak Patel, has hired former Impinj vice president of engineering Ron Paulsen. SNUPI, which is working on home automation technologies, was started with technologies from the University of Washington and Georgia Institute of Technology. The company, which is utilizing existing power sources in homes in order to help detect potential hazards. raised $1.5 million from Madrona and others last December. Paulsen spent a decade at Impinj, and before that worked in various roles at Motorola.
Phytelligence, a Pullman startup which is developing products to boost yields of tree fruits, has named Jack Snyder to the board. Snyder is CEO of C & O Nursery Company in Wenatchee, and served as past president of the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association and past Governor of the American Nursery and Landscape Association for the State of Washington. Led by entrepreneur Chris Leyerle, Phytelligence raised an undisclosed round of funding last month from angel investors.
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