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Tableau Software, a Seattle business intelligence company whose visualization tools are used by more than 7,000 customers, has named software executive Brooke Seawell to the board. Seawell — who serves on the boards of Informatica Corporation and NVIDIA — previously worked at NetDynamics and Synopsys in financing and accounting roles. (A possible sign that the company may be getting ready for an IPO, something that Fortune’s Dan Primack wrote about today after a PR pitch suggested a filing for a public offering was imminent. Primack’s reporting turns up that an IPO is likely next year).

“Tableau is growing and innovating at such a rapid pace, it’s changing the landscape of business analytics,” said Seawell in a statement. “It has the right team in place and will be well positioned to go public when the timing and climate are appropriate.” Spun out of Stanford University in 2003, Tableau said last month that it plans to double its staff this year by adding 300 employees.. The company’s sales doubled to $72 million.

Speaking of board appointments, former CEO Dawn Lepore has been named to the board of Mountain View, California-based Lepore currently serves on the board of eBay, and previously served on the board of Walmart and The New York Times.


Seattle’s Flux Drive, a maker of permanent magnetic adjustable speed drives used in rotating equipment, has named former Horizon Lines president and chief operating officer John Keenan as CEO. Keenan — a 31-year veteran of the transportation industry — said that the Flux Drive technology reduces energy consumption for manufacturing companies. Flux Drive founder Chip Corbin will serve as president and chief technology officer.

Software consulting firm SolutionsIQ has named Joe Justice — the founder of green automotive company Wikispeed, which is developing a low-cost 100-mile-per-gallon commuter car — as managing consultant. “Joe began as many of us have, helping clients with Agile software development capabilities,” said Charlie Rudd, CEO of SolutionsIQ. “What he has done with the WIKISPEED project is nothing short of revolutionary. What Joe brings to the table is the ability to exploit the full value of the Agile practices that have proven so useful in software engineering to new domains, including manufacturing.”


Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, which distributes customized branded merchandise to Fortune 500 companies, has named Joe Ungari as director of creative services. Ungari most recently served as the vice president of advanced product creation for T-Mobile USA. Before that, he worked at Maytag; Philips Electronics Medical Ultrasound Division and Nike. “I’m confident in my ability to deliver breakthrough branding and design concepts that will help steer the company’s consumer and corporate brands to new creative heights,” he said.

Vertafore, a maker of software for the insurance industry, has promoted Mark Craig to the positon of senior vice president of product management reporting. Craig, who joined Vertafore last year after 13 years at Oracle, will report to CEO Euan Menzies. The company also named Bruce Winterburn to the new position of vice president of industry relations.

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