Former drugstore.com vice president of e-commerce Stan Pavlovsky has been named president of Allrecipes.com, an appointment that comes after longtime exec Lisa Sharples announced that she’d be leaving the company next month. Founded in 1997, Allrecipes was acquired a year ago by magazine publisher Meredith for $175 million.
“Stan has the ultimate combination of marketing savvy, digital prowess and e-commerce experience to lead Allrecipes.com to the next level,” said Liz Schimel, EVP/Chief Digital Officer at Meredith. Pavlovsky, who prior to drugstore.com worked at Microsoft, will be based in Allrecipe’s Seattle office.
Bellevue’s DreamBox Learning, a six-year-old online education startup that specializes in programs to teach kids math, has named Peter Biere to the position of chief financial officer. He’s a former partner at Gottschalk Hardesty and CFO at GlobalScholar and Zones.com.
Veteran investment banker John Siegler has been named managing director at boutique Seattle investment bank Cascadia Capital. At Cascadia, Siegler will focus on the convergence of Internet and media, as well as mobile applications and consumer businesses. Siegler previously worked at Seattle investment bank Capital Run, and before that ran the West Coast digital media practice for America’s Growth Capital in Menlo Park. He’s also worked for Volpe Brown Whelan and Dain Rauscher Wessels. Throughout his career, Siegler has assisted companies such as Julep, Butter London, Pet’s Choice, Nordstrom.com and others with financial transactions.
Fresh off its $33 million funding round, Portland’s Janrain has named Sanjay Khare to the position of president. “Adding a senior level operations executive is a vital component of our strategy to accelerate and expand the company,” said CEO Larry Drebes in a release. Khare is the former CFO and vice president of operations at Vesta Corp.
Zettics, the mobile analytics company formerly known as GroundTruth, has named John Gillespie to the positon of senior vice president of worldwide sales and business development. In addition, Mike Crane has been named vice president of business development and John Tremblay has been named vice president of product. Gillespie previously worked at IBM and Netezza, while Crane was previously with Guavus and Grid Net. Tremblay most recently worked with NxStage and Verizon Wireless. Zettics, led by former Qpass exec Sterling Wilson, employs 10 people in its Seattle office.
Eric Nicoli has joined the advisory board of nFluence Media, a Seattle startup that is developing tools to better analyze the needs of consumers. nFluence just raised $1.6 million. Nicoli is the former CEO of music powerhouse EMI Group, and he currently serves as chairman of R&R Music. “I have been struck by nFluence’s ability to give consumers control of their profile since the first time I saw the technology,” said Nicoli.
Former Square Chief Operating Officer Keith Rabois has joined Khosla Ventures as a partner, an appointment that comes a month after he resigned from the mobile payments company over sexual harassment allegations.
Data analytics startup Context Relevant has hired a number of top scientists to join its team, including Christopher Ré, formerly with the University of Wisconsin and a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and Art Munson, who previously was with Cornell University, Microsoft and Sandia National Laboratories. The company also named Craig Fiebig, formerly with Microsoft and Mozy, to the position of vice president of marketing, and Tom Murphy, formerly with Apptio, Mercury Interactive and Accenture, to the position of vice president of customer success.
Molly Gregg Otter has been named vice president at Lighter Capital, a Seattle investment firm that provides loans to small businesses. She’s a former vice president at AEA Investors, a private equity firm with more than $5 billion in assets. “Molly is a rare financial talent who will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our lending practices,” said BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital. “She will have a strong influence on how we manage and scale our high volume, next-generation credit evaluation systems and processes.”