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We’ve been tracking a number of key departures, appointments and new hires in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in recent days. Here are a few notable tech moves:

Sissy Walsh Bouchard, a former fundraiser at the University of Washington, has been named vice president of development at the Institute for Systems Biology. In that role, the graduate of Indiana University will oversee philanthropy and communications and lead initiatives to boost the non-profit organization’s strategic goals.  “Her skills and demonstrated results in donor relations will be central to ISB’s future growth and success,” said ISB founder Leroy Hood in a release. “She is strategic, creative and takes a proactive approach to philanthropy — and she has almost a decade of significant accomplishments to show for it.”

Skytap, a Seattle startup that allows companies to test applications in the cloud, has tapped former employee Brian White as vice president of products. White claims 14 years of experience in the enterprise software industry, most recently serving as director of developer resources at Amazon Web Services. Prior to that position, he worked at iConclude, H-P and Microsoft where he served on the Visual Studio team.

Portland’s Elemental Technologies, a developer of video processing technologies that allow distribution to multiple device screens, has opened a new United Kingdom office under the direction of John Nemeth. Prior to joining the company, Nemeth served as sales director at IBIS Limited and Omneon.


Chris Bruzzo, the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Seattle’s Best Coffee, has been named to the board of Blue Nile. Bruzzo previously served in various technology executive roles at Starbucks over the past five years, which is the owner of Seattle’s Best Coffee. He replaces Ned Mansour, who recently resigned from the Seattle online jeweler’s board.

Jason Mackenzie has been promoted to the new position of president of global sales and marketing at HTC Corp., the Taiwan maker of mobile phones whose North American operations are located in Bellevue. “Under Jason’s leadership, HTC has become one of the leading smartphone brands in the Americas. His attention to detail, focus on customer service and commitment to driving HTC’s innovations across the region have been a testament to his sales and marketing management capabilities,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC Corporation. “In his new role, Jason is responsible for driving tighter integration and scale across our product portfolio globally.”

Brian Turner has resigned from the board of Motricity, the publicly-traded Bellevue mobile software company. Turner, a former Coinstar and RealNetworks executive, joined the board in December 2009. He is being replaced by Jay Firestone. Turner’s departure, which was not sparked by a disagreement with the company, comes after the resignation of board member Suzanne King.

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