Ford Davidson

Dashwire founder Ford Davidson leaving HTC, kicks around new startup idea

Seattle entrepreneur Ford Davidson is leaving HTC nearly three years after selling startup company Dashwire to the smartphone maker. “HTC recently launched the new HTC One m8, which is amazing, and our team on the software/service experience side, is rocking, so timing is good for me to get back to entrepreneurship,” Davidson tells GeekWire. His last… Read More

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Microsoft hires key HP exec Tony Prophet as new Windows marketing leader

Microsoft has hired Tony Prophet, a longtime HP exec who oversaw operations in the computer maker’s key Printing and Personal Systems group. Prophet will lead Windows marketing, the Redmond company said this afternoon. The company said in a statement, “We can confirm Tony Prophet will be joining Microsoft as corporate vice president, Windows Marketing, reporting to Chris Capossela. Tony… Read More

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Tech Moves: Amazon exec leaves for Square, Edifecs expands leadership team, and more

—Alyssa Henry has joined Square as its head of Engineering, the company announced today. Prior to her work at the payments company, which is helmed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Henry served in a number of engineering leadership roles at Amazon, and was most recently the Vice President of Amazon Web Services Storage Services. Prior to that,… Read More

Benoit Dupin

Tech Moves: Apple poaches Amazon A9 VP to head up search products, Modumetal names CFO, and more

—Benoit Dupin, previously Vice President of Search Technology for Amazon A9, has left the company to go work for Apple. His LinkedIn profile has been changed to reflect his new position as a Director at Apple, and his profile has disappeared from A9′s executive bio page. At Apple, he will be charged with leading improvements to… Read More

INRIX

Tech Moves: INRIX names new board member; Juno taps investment banker as CFO; etc.

—INRIX, the Kirkland company that uses data to reduce traffic congestion, has named Mike Gerling to the board. He previously served as the North America chief operating officer of mapping provider Tele Atlas, and before that worked in executive roles at Geographic Data Technology. “Mike’s deep experience in location technologies like digital mapping is invaluable to INRIX as customers… Read More

Antoine Leblond

Microsoft exec Antoine Leblond leaving after nearly 25 years

Antoine Leblond, a Microsoft executive known for his leadership roles on the Office and Windows teams, is leaving the Redmond company after nearly 25 years. He’s the latest executive to leave Microsoft following last year’s “One Microsoft” reorganization and the more recent appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO. Earlier departures included Jon DeVaan, the longtime… Read More

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Key Xbox exec Marc Whitten exits Microsoft for Sonos

Marc Whitten, the longtime Xbox Live leader who has worked most recently as Xbox chief product officer, is leaving Microsoft to join Sonos as chief product officer. Microsoft announced the news Monday afternoon, four months after the launch of the Xbox One and a week after the debut of the pivotal game Titanfall for the… Read More

Curt Beardsley

Zillow poaches one Move exec, gets sued for hiring another

For the second time this month, Zillow has poached a leading executive from rival Move Inc. Zillow announced today that it has hired Curt Beardsley as vice president of industry development, responsible for bolstering relations with multiple listing services across the country. He most recently held that role at Move, which operates the Realtor.com Web… Read More

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Tech Moves: Microsoft gains activist board member; Ex-Apple VP becomes first female director at GoDaddy; etc.

—Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, has joined Microsoft’s board and will also serve on the board’s audit committee. Morfit’s appointment is part of a prior agreement between the software giant and the San Francisco-based investment firm, which owns roughly 0.8 percent of Microsoft’s outstanding shares. “We’ve had the opportunity to work with Mason over the past six months, and… Read More

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer

Tech Moves: Apple CFO to retire; Vijay Vashee joins Versium board; and more

—Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September, the company announced today. Oppenheimer has served as the company’s CFO for the past decade, and has been a regular fixture on the company’s quarterly earnings conference calls. He’ll be replaced by Luca Maestri, who was previously Apple’s Vice President of Finance and Corporate… Read More

DoubleDown president Glenn Walcott, who is leaving the company, hangs out with a pirate after being knighted as "Duke of DoubleDown" Wednesday evening at F.X. McRory's.

Glenn Walcott steps down as DoubleDown president, gets knighted as ‘Defender of Seattle Fireworks’

The man who brought the Seattle tech community raining dollar bills, “Gangnam Style” dances and Chewbacca impressions is saying goodbye to the Emerald City and hello to sunny California. DoubleDown Interactive president Glenn Walcott is stepping down after helping lead the Seattle casino games company for the past three years. Walcott told GeekWire that he and his family are… Read More

Charles Beames

Tech Moves: Paul Allen names space chief; Bsquare’s new CEO

—Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has named a new space commander to lead the charge on his ambitious Stratolaunch project. He’s tapped Charles Beames — a Department of Defense veteran and Air Force Academy grad —as executive director of Stratolaunch. “Stratolaunch is the next step in America’s drive for even more viable and flexible commercial space… Read More

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Microsoft devices chief Julie Larson-Green takes on new role, will be replaced by Nokia’s Stephen Elop

Julie Larson-Green, the former Windows executive who most recently led Microsoft hardware development as the top executive in the company’s Devices and Studios Group, is moving to a new role in the company’s Applications and Services Group. Larson-Green will become chief experience officer for products including Bing, Office and Skype, among others products. She’ll report to… Read More

Raif Hirt

Tech Moves: HasOffers adds DoubleClick vet; Globys bolsters team; Hulu picks Microsoftie as CTO; etc.

—It has been a wild few weeks for HasOffers, which was removed from Facebook’s mobile measurement program after it ran afoul of the social networking giant’s privacy policies related to data collection. But the Seattle analytics startup is still growing, announcing that it has named Raif Hirt as chief revenue officer. “HasOffers’ wild growth and success… Read More

Kira Wampler

Tech Moves: Ex-Amazon vet Holden lands at Bezos-backed Uber; Trulia hires CMO for ad war with Zillow; and more

—Uber is zooming ahead with a new chief product, one who helped drive Amazon.com’s growth in the early days. Jeff Holden, who earlier this week announced his intentions to leave Groupon, has landed at the fast-growing transportation company which also happens to be backed by Jeff Bezos. “He will be a strong strategic thought partner… Read More

Jeff Holden

Groupon product chief Jeff Holden to depart next month

Groupon product chief Jeffrey Holden is leaving the daily deals site effective March 18, according to a SEC filing posted today. No reasons were given on why the former Amazon exec is stepping down from the role, though we’ve reached out to Groupon for more details. Crain’s reports that Holden is leaving for an undisclosed… Read More

Selina Tobaccowala

Evite co-founder, former Priceline.com CFO named to the board of Redfin

Redfin is bolstering its board of directors, a sign that the Seattle online real estate company may be positioning for an initial public offering. The company announced today that Robert J. Mylod, Jr., the former vice chairman and chief financial officer at Priceline.com, and Selina Tobaccowala, president and chief technology officer at SurveyMonkey, have joined the board. Tobaccowala… Read More

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Tech Moves: Ex-Zynga GM Jim Veevaert joins DoubleDown as co-founders leave; Jon Gelsey now CEO at Auth0; and more

— Jim Veevaert, a 20-year industry vet who previously held executive positions at Zynga and Microsoft, has joined IGT’s DoubleDown Casino as the new vice president of games. Veevaert was previously general manager of Zynga’s game studio in Seattle, but that office was shut down a few weeks ago in a company-wide layoff. The news comes after a… Read More

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Former Warner Bros. executive named Redbox president

A former Warner Bros. Home Entertainment executive, Mark Horak, has been named president of Redbox this afternoon as the video service expands beyond its DVD rental kiosks into the world of streaming movies and videos, through a partnership with Verizon. The announcement was made this afternoon by Bellevue-based Outerwall, the parent company of Redbox and Coinstar,… Read More

Thong Le

Biotech investor Thong Le named CEO of Accelerator Corp.

Thong Le has taken the helm of Accelerator Corp., the Seattle-based investment firm that bankrolls emerging startups in the biotechnology arena. Le has served on the board of the organization for the past six years, but with the shift to CEO he will take over day-to-day operations at a critical time. First priority, Accelerator —… Read More