Thom Gruhler

Can you hear them now? Windows Phone hires Verizon campaign vet

Microsoft’s newest Windows Phone marketing executive, Thom Gruhler, is no stranger to advertising in the mobile industry. In fact, you’ve probably had a hard time avoiding his work. As an executive with McCann Worldgroup, the 42-year-old was for eight years the global leader of the agency’s Verizon business, overseeing the team that came up with… Read More

Dennis Durkin

Activision hires Microsoft game exec as new finance chief

Game publisher Activision Blizzard just named a new chief financial officer: Microsoft veteran Dennis Durkin, a key executive from the company’s Xbox and video game division. Durkin has been the chief operating and financial officer in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, overseeing areas including profit-and-loss, acquisitions, the division’s third-party games business and execution of its business… Read More

Roving CEO Matthew Schiltz lands at the helm of Symform

Matthew Schiltz sure gets around. The Seattle technology executive just three months ago was named CEO of Powerit Solutions, a Seattle company whose software is used to increase energy efficiency at industrial companies. Now, Schiltz has landed a new gig, taking over the CEO role at online storage upstart Symform. Schiltz, who previously served as… Read More

drugstore CEO Dawn Lepore to depart following Walgreens buy

Walgreen Co. has completed its $409 million purchase of, the Bellevue online seller of medicine, vitamins and beauty products. As a result of the deal, Walgreens President of e-commerce Sona Chawla will oversee the company’s online efforts. Dawn Lepore, the former CEO and chairman, will serve as an advisor to Chawla during a… Read More

Jason Grimes

Tech moves: New hires at Point Inside, RescueTime, etc.

We’ve been tracking some key hires in the Seattle tech industry in recent days. Here are a few… Jason Grimes, a former Jobster, Microsoft and Apex Learning employee, has joined RescueTime as vice president of marketing. In the new role, Grimes says that he will help beat “the productivity drum” and assist RescueTime generate new… Read More


Morrison tapped to lead Verizon Wireless operations in the NW

Verizon Wireless has named Bobby Morrison as president of the Pacific Northwest Region. He’ll replace Kelly Kurtzman, a 10-year vet of the post who has been promoted to Vice President of Verizon Telecom Operations in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Most recently, Morrison served as executive director of sales and marketing for the Midwest Region. In the… Read More

Anna Collins

Former Microsoft GM Anna Collins named president of PhotoRocket

Anna Collins, a former general manager at Microsoft, has been tapped as president of PhotoRocket.  Collins spent the past seven years at Microsoft, helping to oversee the company’s Ad Center search advertising business. Prior to that, she worked with PhotoRocket founder Scott Lipsky at aQuantive. “PhotoRocket has demonstrated that they have the product, team and… Read More


Lockerz taps former Amazon exec, plans deeper Facebook integration

Fast-growing, youth-oriented social networking site Lockerz has been undergoing a serious growth spurt since moving its headquarters from Pittsburgh to Seattle. And now the 70-person company — backed with more than $30 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Liberty Media — is adding some star power in the executive offices. Mark Stabingas, a… Read More

Chris Capossela

Meet Microsoft’s new marketing boss: Chris Capossela

The guy who previously headed marketing for Microsoft’s Office products is now taking on that role for the entire company. Microsoft this morning named veteran executive Chris Capossela its new senior vice president in charge of an expanded “Consumer Channels and Central Marketing Group,” replacing Microsoft veteran Mich Mathews, who recently announced plans to leave…. Read More


RogueSheep CEO leaves the flock

Chris Parrish has left the CEO post at RogueSheep, the Seattle mobile application development shop best known for its work on the popular Postage app for the iPhone. A veteran of Adobe Systems and an engineering grad from the University of Washington, Parrish co-founded the startup in 2003. RogueSheep’s Jeff Argast tells GeekWire that the… Read More


Former Microsoft GM David McCann takes CEO reins at Varolii

Former Microsoft general manager David McCann has been named the new CEO of Varolii, a 224-person Seattle company that provides automated text-message, phone call and email alerts to customers on behalf of airlines, banks and utilities. The 51-year-old technology executive replaces Nicholas Tiliacos who announced his plans to resign from the company late last year… Read More

Jeremy Jaech (Tech Alliance photo)

Jaech out as CEO of Verdiem

Jeremy Jaech has stepped down as CEO of Verdiem, the heavily-funded Seattle company that helps businesses and government organizations better manage PC power consumption. The news was first reported today by Xconomy, which notes that Jaech’s bio has been removed from the company’s Web site. It’s unclear when Jaech — who previously founded Aldus, Trumba… Read More


Feedburner co-founder joins BigDoor

Feedburner co-founder Matt Shobe has joined BigDoor, a Seattle startup that helps online publishers engage with readers and viewers by establishing leaderboards, badges and other game-oriented services. Shobe, who most recently worked as a user experience designer in Google’s Seattle office, is serving as the company’s new chief design officer. You may recall that Google… Read More