Tech Moves: Skytap taps HP exec as CEO; Bsquare’s board changes; RF Surgical names CEO; and more

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Thor Culverhouse

—Seattle cloud automation startup Skytap has named Thor Culverhouse as CEO. Culverhouse is the former president of Stratavia, which was acquired by HP in August 2010. He replaces Scott Roza who has served as CEO for the past five years. Roza will remain on the board of the venture-backed company, whose investors include Ignition, Madrona, WRF Capital and Bezos Expeditions.

“Skytap has a tremendous market opportunity in enterprise cloud computing and its recent milestones demonstrate that the company has the right combination of technology and talent to accelerate its growth,” said Culverhouse. A graduate of the Washington State University and the University of Portland, Culverhouse previously served as vice president of global accounts at HP software and solutions.

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Jim Ewel

—Jim Ewel, a former Microsoft vice president, has joined medical video company InDemand Interpreting, as CEO. “InDemand has a fantastic track record providing affordable technology services with qualified medical interpreters to help improve patient outcomes and reduce costs,” said Ewel, a12-year Microsoft vetean who previously served as marketing vice president of Windows Servers. He also previously served as chairman and CEO of GoAhead Software from 2003 to 2009,

—Bsquare is shaking up its board, announcing today that directors Scot Land and Woody Howse are stepping down. They will be replaced by Jerry Chase — the former CEO of Lantronix and Terayon — and Harel Kodesh — the CEO Nurego and former CEO of Mozy. In addition, Andrew Harries is assuming the role of chairman, while Ren Jurgensen is overseeing the audit committee.  Bsquare has a market value of $31 million, with its stock down about two percent on the year. “The board is proactively taking these actions to add significant operating and industry experience that will enable directors to work closely with management in the crafting of our strategic growth plans,” said Jurgensen in a statement.

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John T. Buhler

—RF Surgical, a Bellevue company that uses RFID technology to locate surgical sponges that doctors inadvertently leave behind during medical procedures, has named John T. Buhler as president and CEO. The former president and COO of Natus Medical, Buhler replaces Kevin Cosens who worked at the company for seven years. RF Surgical, which released its technology in 2010, raised $12 million Split Rock Partners, Menlo Ventures and Stanford University two years ago.

—Citing personal reasons, Steven Benner has resigned as chief medical officer and chief compliance officer at Seattle biotech company Cell Therapeutics. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Nancy Boman, the company’s Senior Vice President, Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs.

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Matthew Fassnacht

—Comcast has named Matthew Fassnacht — a former Cox and CenturyLink sales executive — as vice president of Comcast Business for the Washington Region.

—Bellevue-based Donuts Inc., the heavily-funded registry for generic top-level domains, has boosted its staff and opened a new sales and marketing office in Calabasas, California. Among the new hires: Bob Samuelson, a former Adobe Systems vet, who is joining as vice president of sales and marketing. Alina Syunkova and Michele Jourdan, who previously played roles at ICANN, also are joining the company’s marketing department.   

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