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We’ve been tracking some departures, appointments and new hires in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in recent days. Here are a few notable Tech Moves:

Scott Howe, the former corporate vice president of the Microsoft Advertising Business Groups, has accepted the CEO role at online marketing company Acxiom Corp. The Little Rock, Arkansas — founded in 1969 — is publicly traded on the Nasdaq. Its revenue rose 6.9 percent to $289 million during the most recent quarter.

Prior to Microsoft, Howe worked in various executive positions at aQuantive. He’s part of a larger aQuantive executive brain drain that has left Microsoft since the $6 billion acquisition closed in 2007.

“I have been given a tremendous opportunity,” the 43-year-old tech exec said in a release. “Acxiom has superior talent, incredible technology and a world-renowned client roster – a strong foundation for success as the lines between traditional and digital marketing disappear.


ShopIgniter, a Portland startup that helps brands such as Nike Golf and CafePress sell through social networking sites like Facebook, has named Tom O’Keefe as chief revenue officer. O’Keefe, who sits on the advisory boards of Napkin Labs and Zapproved, is the former COO of EthicsPoint. Backed by Madrona Venture Group and Trinity Ventures, ShopIgniter raised $8 million in May.

Hope Cochran, the chief financial officer at Clearwire, has been named one of the most influential women in wireless by Fierce Wireless. She was promoted to the CFO role earlier this year after a major shakeup at the Kirkland broadband wireless company.


Doug Anderson has joined Powerit Solutions as vice president of sales and marketing. A graduate of the University of Washington, Anderson previously worked at IBM, Lotus, Saros Corporation, Cellular Technical Services and Captaris. Powerit develops technologies that helps companies increase energy efficiency and cut peak-rate energy usage.

Kristi Lanum, the operations manager at Seattle angel investment network Zino Society, plans to leave the organization on August 12th to pursue a career in the film industry.

Patricia Clark and Jonas Abney have joined Seattle mobile app developer Zumobi in new roles. Clark is serving as vice president of sales and sponsorships, while Abney has been appointed to the position of director of publishing partnerships. They will join the company’s New York office.  Abney previously worked at Google and Hachette-Filipacchi Media’s Digital Group, while Clark previously held executive sales jobs at 4INFO and


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