—UP Global, the Seattle non-profit that formed earlier this year through the combination of Startup America and Startup Weekend, has named former Decide.com exec Shauna Causey as vice president of marketing. In the role, Causey will help extend the organization’s international presence. Prior to Decide.com, which sold to eBay earlier this year, Causey worked at Nordstrom, Comcast, Google and the Seattle Mariners.
“UP Global and specifically Startup Weekend has played a pivotal role in my personal and professional career,” said Causey. “You can’t help but be inspired working with other people who believe anything in the world is possible. I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to be part of a team creating 500,000 new entrepreneurs in 500 cities around the world in the next three years.”
UP Global’s Marc Nager added that Causey, who has facilitated Startup Weekend events around the world, will help it “become a truly global, community driven organization.” (Previously on GeekWire: President Obama pledges support for global startup efforts, taps UP Global to help support 500,000 new entrepreneurs by 2016).
—Public TV station KCTS 9 has named Tom Cohen to the position of vice president of content, starting in the role early next month. Cohen retired from Microsoft in 2007 after 14 years, working at Corporate Media Services and MSN. Prior to Microsoft, he worked for 16 years in various operational and management production and programming positions for KOMO-TV in Seattle.
“As KCTS continues to execute on its new strategic plan, Tom brings a wealth of experience in both television and digital content creation,” said Rob Dunlop, KCTS 9 President and CEO. “We are excited to add his leadership talent to our team.”
—William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has named former Microsoft exec Peter Klein as Chief Financial Officer. He will report to the co-CEOs, Patrick Whitesell and Ariel Emanuel. Klein spent 11 years at Microsoft, most recently as CFO. The deal follows William Morris Entertainment’s recent acquisition of IMG, an international sports, fashion and media business. Prior to Microsoft, Klein, who holds a MBA from the University of Washington, worked at McCaw Cellular Communications, Orca Bay Capital and Homegrocer.com.
—Seattle startup Shippable, a TechStars Seattle startup that just raised $2 million in funding from Divergent Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital and others, has named Keith Oster as developer evangelist. Oster most recently worked at TechStars, and before that worked in sales at Confio Software and The Trada Group.
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