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Here’s a look at some of the new hires and people on the move at technology companies throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Josh Maher, who runs the popular TechCafe events in Seattle and previously worked at Denali Advanced Integration, has joined the team at Redmond startup IvyCorpMaher will work on the enterprise strategy efforts for the group communications startup. The Redmond company is led by Mary Jesse, a former AT&T Wireless and McCaw Cellular vice president. “Sort of a perfect fit for me with years of experience in the enterprise communications and collaboration space and an appreciation for startups,” Maher tells GeekWire.

Eric Dobmeir has been promoted to the new position of chief operating officer at Seattle Genetics. A nine-year veteran of the Bothell biotechnology company, Dobmeir will oversee technical operations as well as previous responsibilities in business development, legal, communications and project management.


Tier 3, a Bellevue company that helps businesses manage IT infrastructure in the cloud, has named Equinix Chief Development Officer Mark Adams to its board of directors. In March, the company raised $8.5 million in financing from Madrona Venture Group and Ignition Partners. Other board members include John Connors, a partner at Ignition Partners, and Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Venture Group.

Todd Terbeek has been tapped as vice president of business development at Zenprise, a Redwood City, California company backed by Ignition Partners and others. Terbeek is a former marketing and sales executive at Seattle area companies such as Lockdown Networks, Likewise Software and Singlestep Technologies. In addition to Terbeek, the company named Steve Valenzuela — a former executive at LinkExchange (sold to Microsoft) and PlanetRx — as CFO.


Point B, a management consulting firm based in Seattle, has named Michael Dickstein as chief marketing officer. Dickstein previously worked as an associate partner at McKinsey & Company, working from the Seattle and Atlanta offices. He also spent four years with Microsoft, managing acquisitions and partnerships and serving as general manager of company’s U.S. Business Applications group.

Former aQuantive executive Jason Trevisan has been promoted to general partner at Polaris Venture Partners, the venture capital firm that recently closed its office in Seattle. Trevisan has worked with the Boston area firm since 2003 focusing on social commerce and consumer Internet investments. aQuantive, a Seattle-based online advertising company, sold to Microsoft for $6 billion in 2007.

Noam Topaz, the former chief SharePoint evangelist at Microsoft, has been hired as a senior solutions architect at Kirkland-based Allyis. He previously spent 10 years at Microsoft in various roles. Allyis is a SharePoint consulting company.

Panther Systems, an 18-year-old Vancouver, Washington maker of software for the pulp, paper and tissue industry, has named Phil Farmer as CEO.

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