—Brad Brooks joined DocuSign as its Chief Marketing Officer, bringing new marketing leadership to a firm that has been expanding its worldwide reach over the past year and bringing on new investors. Brooks will be based out of the electronic signature company’s office in San Francisco, and will be charged with continuing the company’s worldwide expansion.
He’ll have plenty of cash to work with, since DocuSign last year raised a whopping $115 million series E venture financing round.
Brooks brings with him more than 25 years of experience, including a stint at Microsoft where he served as the Corporate Vice President of the Windows Consumer business. Most recently, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise at Juniper Networks.
“Brad is an outstanding marketer who brings rich leadership experience in building global brands and customer networks in both enterprise and consumer tech,” Docusign Chief Operating Officer Gordon Payne said in a press release.
—Fast-growing ExtraHop continues to bolster its executive team, with the Seattle-based business intelligence startup announcing today that Leonard Iventosch has joined as vice president of global channels. Iventosch most recently served as VP Americas Channels at EMC, where he was named one of the top 10 channel leaders in the world by Channel Insider. Before EMC, he work at Isilon Systems, the Seattle storage company purchased by EMC.
Iventosch is one of a number of Seattle-area networking vets who’ve made the leap to ExtraHop, which scored $41 million in venture funding from Technology Crossover Ventures, Meritech Capital, Madrona, former Isilon CEO Sujal Patel; and others last May. Former F5 Networks executive John Matthews joined the company as CIO last month.
“Leonard’s track record of rapidly growing channel sales success at some of the world’s largest technology companies makes him a tremendous asset to ExtraHop,” said ExtraHop CEO Jesse Rothstein in a statement. “His vision and proven ability to execute on innovative channel strategies will be integral to fast growth in the years to come.” Customers using ExtraHop include Morgan Stanley, Lockheed Martin, Concur and McKesson, with the company’s technology securing the Innovation of the Year award at last year’s GeekWire Awards.
—Concur CEO Steve Singh has been named to SAP’s Global Managing Board after his company was acquired by the German software giant for $8.3 billion last year. In his role on the managing board, Singh will be charged with overseeing SAP’s Business Network strategy, which includes Concur as well as Ariba and Fieldglass.
Singh will remain on board at Concur as well, even as his fellow co-founders – brother Rajeev Singh and friend Michael Hilton – say that they plan to step down at the end of the month.
—Robin Ferracone, the CEO of Farient Advisors, has joined the board of Seattle pet insurance company Trupanion. She’ll be joining the board’s compensation committee. Ferracone is the author of “Fair Pay, Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay,” and is regarded for her expertise in linking executive pay and corporate strategy. She also holds seats on the boards of two Oaktree Capital mutual funds and Duke University, her alma mater.
“Robin is a recognized world leader on corporate compensation, and we look forward to her expertise and contribution to the Board,” Chairman Murray Low said in a press release.
—Zillow hired JR Gast to lead a new team focused on providing customer support to real estate professionals who use the company’s lineup of services. The new division will provide direct support to agents and brokers, along with a team of support specialists focused on helping professionals manage direct feeds to Zillow, including those submitted through the newly-announced Zillow Data Dashboard.
Prior to joining Zillow, Gast was the Senior Director of Global Support for Rhapsody, the Seattle-based online music streaming company that spun out of RealNetworks.
“Real estate professionals have very different needs than the consumers who use Zillow, and they need a dedicated team of people who can quickly resolve any issues that may arise,” Greg Schwartz, Zillow’s Chief Revenue Officer, said in a press release. “Under JR’s experienced leadership, this team is streamlining the customer experience and taking customer support at Zillow to a new level.”
—Barry R. Hix has been named the CEO of Cadence Biomedical. In his new role, Hix will be charged with leading Cadence as the company expands the reach of Kickstart, its first commercial stage product that helps accelerate recovery for people returning to walking following a stroke or other neurological condition. He’ll be taking over the CEO role from Cadence co-founder Brian Glaister, who will remain at the company as its Chief Operating Officer.
Hix has a built a career in healthcare over the past 25 years, with stints at Merck, HealthSouth and Empi.
“Barry brings tremendous experience as a commercial leader in this medical device segment to a dedicated team of talented professionals,” Cadence Chairman Michael Hovanes said in a press release.
—The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has named Thomas Skalak its Executive Director of Science and Technology programs. Skalak, who will join the foundation in February after spending the past 28 years at the University of Virginia, will be in charge of a team that explores new frontiers in life sciences. He will provide direction to the Foundation’s Science and Technology group, which funds “high-risk, high-reward projects that are poised to make significant impacts on the research field as a whole.”
“Our science and technology efforts are dedicated to advancing the discovery of new innovations and advancing new approaches that solve some of the world’s greatest challenges,” Paul Allen said in a press release. “Dr. Skalak’s expertise and breadth of vision will give a valuable strategic direction to our efforts to answer essential questions about the world around us.”
—Pyramid Analytics has hired Alberto Sutton as its new Vice President of Marketing. Sutton, who most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing for Nintex, will oversee the company’s worldwide marketing, branding and demand generation strategies.
His 20 year career also includes a stint at Microsoft, where Sutton held positions in Microsoft’s Server and Tools division, along with SharePoint and Office.
“With his track record of building brands, leading effective global marketing initiatives and driving awareness for growth-stage companies, we are very excited to have a marketing leader like Alberto join Pyramid Analytics,” Pyramid Co-Founder and CEO Omri Kohl said in a press release.
—Jeff Huse was promoted to Chief Technology Officer of Cornerstone Advisors. Huse has served as the wealth management firm’s Managing Director of Technology since 2006, and has more than 20 years of information technology experience. In his new role at the company, Huse will be charged with managing all aspects of Cornerstone’s technology, including research and development, strategy and technical operations. Prior to his work at Cornerstone, Huse served as the CTO of ShareBuilder.
“Over the past eight years, Jeff has dramatically improved company efficiency by successfully implementing new technology that streamlines critical processes, activities and reporting, thereby allowing our employees to more effectively serve our clients,” Cornerstone CEO Kenneth M. Hart said in a press release. “As our first ever Chief Technology Officer, we look forward to him expanding upon this foundation to bring even a greater strategic voice to Cornerstone in defining the role technology can play in our future as we strive to better empower our employees and our clients.”