Enrique Godreau

Tech Moves: Godreau heading to NYC with UP Global; Chef opens in Europe; and more

—UP Global continues to expand, and this time the Seattle non-profit has picked an experienced venture capitalist to help lead the charge in New York City. The organization, best known for operating the Startup Weekend events, has tapped Enrique Godreau III as senior vice president. The founding partner of Voyager Capital and 9Mile Labs, Godreau… Read More

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Watchguard CEO Joe Wang resigns; Michael Kohlsdorf named interim replacement

Watchguard, a Seattle-based network security company, announced today that Joe Wang as stepped down after serving as CEO for the past seven years. Wang, who previously founded 20/20 Software (sold to Symantec in 1999), took over as CEO in 2006 and helped revitalize Watchguard, which was originally founded in 1996. “Under the leadership of Joe Wang,… Read More

Kristin Smith

Digital trade school Code Fellows names Amazon vet CEO

Kristin Smith, a former vice president at Zulily who previously spent eight years at Amazon.com, has been appointed CEO of Code Fellows. Meanwhile, Co-founder Will Little — who oversaw the organization after president Brent Turner moved to Rover.com — is taking on the CTO title. The Seattle company operates a “digital trade school,” an immersive… Read More

Matthew Schiltz

Tech industry vet Matthew Schiltz named CEO of Blue Box

Matthew Schiltz has been named CEO of cloud hosting startup Blue Box, assuming the duties from founder Jesse Proudman who is moving to the role of CTO. Schiltz is well known in the Seattle technology community, in part because he’s served as CEO of so many companies in the past 15 years.  Among the companies he’s… Read More

Katie Cotton

Tech Moves: Porch poaches engineering lead Nakhuda from Amazon; Apple’s PR chief retires; Twilio taps director; and more

—Seattle home improvement startup Porch has hired Daryn Nakhuda to be its director of growth engineering. Nakhuda will be charged with running an engineering team that’s focused on driving customer acquisition, revenue and retention. Prior to his work at Porch, Nakhuda served as a software development manager at Amazon, leading a team for an undisclosed new… Read More

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

TonyProphet

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

Marc Whitten. (Microsoft Photo.)

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