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Peter Horadan

—Avalara, the fast-growing maker of sales tax and compliance automation software, is bolstering its executive ranks with two key hires.

The Bainbridge Island company recently named Peter Horadan as executive vice president of engineering and Tom Parker as Chief Information Officer. Horadan most recently served as senior vice president of engineering at Scout Analytics and before that was senior director of research at Concur Technologies. “We welcome Peter to the Avalara team, and look forward to his contributions as we continue to grow the company and set a new standard for compliance automation,” said CEO Scot McFarlane in a statement.

Parker also is an industry vet, with nearly 20 years experience at Microsoft and the U.S. Navy where he served as a security engineer/division manager.

Founded in 2004, Avalara raised $20 million last summer from Battery Ventures, Benaroya Capital and others.

—Intuit CEO Brad Smith has joined the board of Nordstrom. Smith has served as CEO of Intuit, maker of QuickBooks, since 2008.

Sarah Bryar

—Rivet & Sway, an online seller of eye glases for women, has promoted vice president of product Sarah Bryar to the role of CEO. Meanwhile, co-founder John Lusk is moving to the role of chief marketing officer. “It was always my vision to hand-select a woman to lead Rivet& Sway, and Sarah is the perfect executive to take the reins,” Lusk said. “She has a rare blend of management, operations and e-commerce expertise, making her the ideal executive to lead the growth of the organization. As a company focused exclusively on women, Sarah brings the insight and knowledge we need to flourish.” Bryar is a former employee who prior to joining Rivet & Sway served as general manager of online news site Parent Map. The Seattle company raised $2 million in funding earlier this year.

—Yesterday, we reported on Gist founder T.A. McCann moving on from BlackBerry. At the time, we had not heard from McCann, but he tells us in an email this morning that he’s working directly with Rival IQ, a Seattle startup that helps companies gain intelligence about their markets. Rival IQ is led by John Clark who previously worked at Xypoint, GridPoint and V2Green.

Madrona's Matt McIlwain
Madrona’s Matt McIlwain

—Madrona Venture Group’s Matt McIlwain has been named to the board of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, joining new board appointees such as former Gov. Chris Gregoire and venture capitalist Therese Gillespie. “Our newest board members are all uniquely accomplished people who are devoted to donating their time and energies to helping our community and are emblematic of the Hutchinson Center’s ability to attract some of the most prominent citizens in the western U.S. to serve on the board,” said Larry Corey, M.D., president and director of Fred Hutch.

—Smarsh, a Portland startup that specializes in archiving email communications, has named Kerry Lynn Lambert as senior vice president of global sales. She most recently served as senior vice president of sales for the Americas Services for Cisco Systems, and before that worked in various roles at Hewlett Packard and Oracle,

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