Tech Moves: Snapchat adds execs; TrueSample expands; HasOffers goes to South Korea

Jad Boutros

Jad Boutros

—Snapchat hired Jad Boutros from Google to serve as its head of Information Security, according to Boutros’s Google+ page. It’s a key hire for the popular app, which was hit with a pair of high profile security breaches earlier this year. Prior to his work at Snapchat, Boutros was on the security team at Google for 10 years, and has also worked as a software engineer at companies including Novell, Yodlee and Oracle.

The company also hired Christopher Handman to serve as its General Counsel, as first reported by Re/code. Handman comes to the mobile app company from the Hogan Lovells, where he lead the firm’s appellate practice. At the firm, he worked alongside John G. Roberts, who was appointed to be the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005.

The news comes as the company updated its app to let users chat with one another without sending pictures. That puts it in competition with a number of other high-profile mobile offerings, including Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and an improved commitment to security will be key to Snapchat’s continued viability in the highly crowded smartphone messaging space.

Dyna Boen

Dyna Boen

—TrueSample announced that it named David St. Pierre as its Chief Technology Officer, and Dyna Boen as its Chief Revenue Officer. Boen was one of the founding members of TrueSample’s team, but left the company to work for Federated Sample as its Sales Leader for the West and Central regions.

St. Pierre has worked in leading roles at HealthcareSource and Greenfield Online, and has delivered enterprise products to research firms including Kantar and Ipsos.

“As TrueSample flourishes as an independent firm, I’m confident that St. Pierre and Boen’s leadership will help us to continuously improve in the innovation, speed, quality, and application of our products and bring new levels of value and professionalism to our clients,” TrueSample General Manager Mark Menig said in a press release. “We are thrilled to be working with David and to welcome Dyna back to our team.”

Bryan Kim

Bryan Kim

—HasOffers recently announced that it plans to open an office in Seoul, South Korea as the company continues to expand its footprint. The Seoul office will be the third international location for the Seattle-based attribution analytics company, which also has offices in London, Tel Aviv and San Francisco.

The office will be lead by Bryan Kim, HasOffers’s Director of Business Development for the Asia Pacific region, who will be leaving the company’s San Francisco office to go work in Seoul.

HasOffers is expanding rapidly, having added 60 new employees in 2013. The company provides analytics services to over half of the top grossing apps in the iOS App Store, and has customers in 36 countries.

Jim Watson

Jim Watson

—Jim Watson joined Jobaline as its Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to his work at Jobaline, Watson served as the Chief Operating Officer at Sparq, which was acquired by Yahoo earlier this year. He was also a Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Razorfish. Jobaline, a bilingual marketplace for hourly jobs, launched last Summer in Seattle and Miami, and has since expanded to the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.

“I’m very excited to help millions of hourly workers connect more easily to the 50+ million job openings each year,” Watson said in a press release. “It’s an incredibly important and very large segment of the market, but it has been largely under-served from a technology investment standpoint.”

Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson

—Koru recently named Ben Richardson its Vice President of Business Development, and Megan Bassetti as its Vice President of Marketing. Richardson, the former Head of National Sales at Amazon Local, will be charged with forging partnerships between Koru and companies like REI, zulily and PayScale to place college graduates in entry-level jobs. Prior to his work at Amazon, Richardson worked in advertising sales for virtual worlds and social gaming.

“Koru is changing the landscape of how we think about the skills college graduates need to be successful in their careers. I’m honored to now be a part of this transition for the education industry,” Richardson said in a press release. “I’m excited to apply my experience in high-growth sales and business development to help fuel Koru’s continued growth.”

Megan Bassetti

Megan Bassetti

Bassetti joined the company from JeNu Biosciences and Calidora, where she also served as the Vice President of Marketing.

In addition, Koru named Peter Mack, the Vice President of Experience and Innovation at ToughMudder and Cathy Carl, Global Marketing Director at digital agency Essence, to its Board of Advisors.

—Jeff Kaplan has joined Socrata as its Director of Multilateral and NGO. Prior to his work at Socrata, Kaplan was a strategic management consultant to government agencies and multinational companies. He spent time at the World Bank, as well as Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. In his role at Socrata’s Washington, D.C. offices, Kaplan will work on opportunities for non-governmental organizations and global institutions to use Socrata’s open data platform. 

“Jeff is a visionary. He sees the global potential of open data as a tool for smarter development and widespread quality of life improvement. He’s experienced, tech savvy, and able to assess what organizations need to find success quickly,” Socrata Founder and CEO Kevin Merritt said in a press release.

Carmen Hill

Carmen Hill

—Portland startup Little Bird has named Carmen Hill as its Director of Marketing. Prior to her work at the social media search company, Hill was a Content Director at creative agency  Babcock & Jenkins, where she was a Little Bird customer. While there, she won awards for projects with clients including Google and Adobe. 

“Our own data shows … that she’s won the respect of many of the most influential people in the B2B marketing world,” Little Bird CEO Marshall Kirkpatrick said in a blog post announcing the hire. “She’s also humble, kind and a great person to be around. We’re very honored to have Carmen join our growing team as we challenge early models of social network use for business and herald a new horizon of opportunity!”

John Domeika

John Domeika

—EveryMove announced that it has hired John Domeika as its Executive Vice President of Business Development, and Brian Zehetener as its Director of Business Development. Domeika previously served as the CEO of Wellpoint China, where he launched and built the subsidiary for 5 years.

Zehetener was previously the Chief Science Officer at Anytime Fitness, where he lead the company’s initiative to build Anytime Health. In his new role, Zehetener will be charged with managing relationships with large employers and the company’s data partners to keep driving EveryMove’s health rewards system moving forward. 

—Inside Social has hired Andy Thivyanathan, a former developer of third-party partner advertising APIs for Facebook, to serve as a software engineer on its team. Thivyanathan will be working on building ad targeting solutions based on the same APIs that he was working on as a developer at Facebook.

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