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Symform, the Seattle cloud storage startup which scored $1 million in financing in September, has named Margaret Dawson to the position of vice president of marketing. Dawson previously worked at Hubspan, Microsoft, and Aventail.

“Margaret knows how to take a brand and product to market leadership and has the proven experience and passion to build a world-class marketing program,” said Matthew J. Schiltz, who joined Symform as CEO earlier this year. “We are fortunate to have her on the Symform team, and under her helm the market can expect to see great things coming from our company in the coming weeks and months.”

Backed by OVP Venture Partners and Longworth Venture Partners,Symform was founded by former Microsoft engineers Praerit Garg and Bassam Tabarra.

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Stephen P. Hawthornthwaite has resigned as the vice president of corporate development at Bellevue-based InfoSpace after 20 months on the job. As part of a separation agreement, the executive will receive a lump sum cash payment equal to 10o percent of his current annual base salary. Meanwhile, 30,000 unvested restricted stock units previously granted to Hawthornthwaite were accelerated to vest on the effective date of his resignation. Hawthornthwaite was responsible for the company’s M&A activities, something that InfoSpace has said that it has wanted to kick into high gear given the Internet search company’s strong cash position.


Dr. Christopher J. Elias is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of PATH, the Seattle health and wellness non-profit where he’s worked since 2000. He won’t be moving to far, though, taking on the role of president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Chris is a truly exceptional leader, and he has fostered a deeply innovative culture at PATH,” said Dr. Molly Joel Coye, chair of PATH’s board of directors. “It has been a privilege to work alongside him for these many years. Chris brought his insight and vision to bear on all aspects of PATH and contributed significantly to the advancement of global health.”

PATH now oversees a $295 million budget and a 1,000 staffers, triple the number of staff members from when he started 11 years ago. The organization is currently looking for a replacement.

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