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Here’s a look at some notable hires and people on the move at companies in the Pacific Northwest technology industry.

Femi Akinde, the founder and CEO of Seattle startup SlimTrader, which is bringing mobile payment technologies to Africa, has been named to the TEDGlobal Fellows class of 2011. Akinde, a 38-year-old graduate of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a former employee at Microsoft and T-Mobile, recently chatted with GeekWire about mobile payment technologies in Africa.

The fellows deliver TED talks, and participate in the global conference in Edinburgh, Scotland as well as other activities. The program is supported by the Bezos family, the Harnisch Foundation, the Case Foundation and others.


T-Mobile USA has named Linda Murrain as vice president and general manager of the Chicago region, part of an effort by the Bellevue company to allow regional vice presidents to invest and run their regions as individual businesses.

Scott Uomoto has been promoted to senior vice president at RealNetworks, overseeing sales, marketing and operations for RealPlayer, SuperPass, Helix and Unifi. A 9-year veteran of the company, Uomoto RealNetworks continues to be led by Mike Lunsford, following the abrupt departure of Bob Kimball. Prior to joining Real, Uomoto worked at Network Commerce and TechWave.

Microsoft Xbox co-founder Otto Berkes, who announced that he was leaving Microsoft late last month after 18 years at the software giant, has landed a new gig as senior vice president of consumer technology at HBO.

Seattle-based Cascadia Capital, a boutique investment bank, promoted both Jamie Boyd and Bryan Jaffe to the role of managing director.

Bothell-based AVI BioPharma has named Ed Kaye, a former executive at Genzyme, as chief medical officer.

Meteor Solutions said that it has named Young-Bean Song to its board of advisors, providing technical and strategic guidance to the Seattle advertising company. Young-Bean previously worked at aQuantive and Microsoft, and currently serves as CEO of AnalyticsDNA.

“Meteor Solutions’ technology applies rigorous audience measurement analytics to social media marketing – enabling brands to analyze social audience data to target ads in real-time to influencers as they travel the web,” said Young-Bean in a statement. “I’m excited to join the board of such a forward-thinking, analytics-driven marketing technology company.”

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