— Early Concur executive Sterling Wilson is the new CEO of Seattle-based employee management software company Shiftboard.
He joins the 13-year-old company as the Shiftboard founder and former CEO Bryan Lhuillier transitions to a Chief Product Officer role, a position he has held from time to time over the years.
Shiftboard makes cloud-based tools to help organizations — from nonprofits to 10,000-person companies — manage worker schedules. The company says it’s staring down a big opportunity right now, as more and more companies turn to flexible working arrangements and need tools to keep everyone organized.
“Now is the perfect time for Shiftboard to bring in the best, most experienced executive to expand our company operations, grow our leadership footprint, and help ensure that we continue to advance the markets in this space,” Lhuillier said in a press release announcing the change in leadership. “With Sterling on board, I’m very excited about the future of Shiftboard and I’m looking forward to focusing exclusively on our company’s products, partnership opportunities, and related strategy.”
Wilson is a veteran of the software-as-a-service industry, joining travel and expense software company Concur in 1994 as employee No. 5. He was the CFO for six years, carrying the the company through its IPO before leaving in 2000. Wilson went on to serve as the President of electronic payments company Qpass, until it was acquired by Amdocs for $275 million. Most recently, Wilson was the CEO of big data analytics company Zettics, which merged with Movik Networks earlier this year.
“We plan to grow rapidly to address this global demand, and Sterling is the perfect person to help make this happen,” Shiftboard board member and former Microsoft CFO Mike Brown said in the release. “He has an impressive track record in growing companies like Shiftboard, and we are very excited about his leading the company.”
The company was founded as an online store in 2007, but has spent the past 12 months opening seven physical locations across the U.S. It’s all part of a broader trend we’re seeing across the e-commerce industry, as more and more online retailers are transitioning into business models that pull elements from both digital and physical stores.
Kyle Vucko, the outgoing CEO who founded the company, told Forbes the pivot has made things more challenging during the transition, so he “raised his hand” to step aside last February.
Green joins the company as a well known Canadian entrepreneur. He’s the founder and former CEO of Shop.ca, one of Canada’s largest e-commerce sites. Green also held executive roles at early email marketing firm FloNetwork, DoubleClick advertising company and Shop.com.
— Will Daugherty has been named the new President and CEO of the Pacific Science Center, a Seattle-based nonprofit focused on education.
Daugherty comes to the post after more than 15 years of experience sitting on boards, from the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, to KEXP radio and the Olympic Park Institute. He’s also an entrepreneur in residence at the University of Washington, where he helps researchers identify technologies with commercialization potential.
Before his nonprofit work, Daugherty was a technology executive, serving as a vice president at AT&T, President at Expedia, vice president at Amazon and senior vice president at DoubleDown Interactive.
“We are excited to build on the strong momentum we’ve established in the past year and, under Will’s leadership, develop an innovative and forward-looking vision for the Science Center’s long-term future,” Pacific Science Center board chair Barbara Hulit said.
— Big data analytics platform Maana came out of stealth mode earlier this year, and now it’s bringing on a new chief marketing officer to help raise the startup’s profile. Azita Martin will fill the post. She’ll be tasked with scaling all aspects of Maana’s marketing efforts, from thought leadership, to brand awareness and customer acquisition.
Martin previously served as the CMO at San Francisco-based Datameer and Moxie Software. She has also held leadership roles at both Oracle and Salesforce.
Maana, which is targeting Fortune 100 companies with its tools to sift through and pull insights from data, is three years old. The startup talked about itself publicly for the first time in May, when it announced $11 million in funding.
At the time Maana told GeekWire it had 23 employees. Now, the company says it employs 40.
— Groupon has announced more leadership changes, as the Chicago-based deals site continues to overhaul its business.
In September, the company cut more than 1,000 jobs, saying it was all part of the evolution as it transitions from a “hand-managed daily deal site to a true ecommerce technology platform.”
Chief Technology Officer Sri Viswanath announced a short time later that he would step down and Rich Williams was named the new CEO.
Typical of these kinds of regime changes, the leadership shakeup has continued, as Williams appointed Jay Sullivan his new Chief Product Officer, Aaron Cooper the new head of North American Services, and Jacob Hawkins the head of North American Goods.
Sullivan joins Groupon from Mozilla, where he held several executive roles including interim CEO.
— Longtime Oregon Entrepreneurs Network President and Executive Director Linda Weston is retiring from her post this month. She held the position for 16 years and helped to establish programs like Angel Oregon, which is one of the state’s largest angel conferences.
An executive search is on to find her successor. OEN hopes to select a new director by mid-2016, and transition that person in by the end of next year.
During her tenure, Weston served 52,000 participants, generated more than $10 million in donations and sponsorship revenue and secured more than $1 million in grant funding, according to an organization spokesman.
“Linda Weston’s skill, dedication, and diplomacy will be hard to match,” OEN board chairman Scott Sandler said. “For 16 years, through an extraordinary period of growth and change in the entrepreneurial landscape, she has all but defined OEN, raising the organization to a new level. She will be deeply missed.”