—Redfin has promoted Bridget Frey to CTO, replacing Sasha Aickin who stepped down from the position last December. Frey joined the Seattle-based online real estate company in 2011, previously serving as vice president of engineering.
She will lead the engineering teams in Seattle and San Francisco, and report to CEO Glenn Kelman.
“Bridget is one of Redfin’s deepest thinkers,” said Kelman. “She digs into the code, analyzes the logs, quietly delivers breathtaking strategic insights, re-imagines our systems architecture, wonders how to automate everything, figures out the simplest way to get anything done, and makes everyone around her better. She’s a pragmatist, a strategist, an optimist and, above all, a believer in Redfin’s mission to make real estate better for regular folks.”
Frey, who holds a computer science degree from Harvard University, previously worked at Lithium Technologies.
—Skytap, a Seattle cloud startup, has opened a new office in London and named former HP global sales executive Chris Griggs as vice president of EMEA, and former VMware architect Rick Cronin as technical director.
“Coming from the DevOps world at HP, Rick and I have a unique perspective on the customer landscape, and the challenges large enterprises face in cloud-based dev/test environments,” said Griggs. “The opening of Skytap’s London office gives us an opportunity to share that knowledge and those best practices with more customers, and I anticipate our stable of enterprise users in the region will grow rapidly over the coming months and years as Skytap continues to expand its global partner ecosystem.” Skytap scored $35 million in venture funding last December.
—2nd Watch, a Seattle company that helps companies transition to Amazon Web Services, has named Scott Parrish as CFO. He previously served as CFO of Azaleos Corporation, a managed services provider for Microsoft technologies which was acquired by Avanade. Before that, he worked at F5. The company also named former internet and telecom executive Justin Jaschke to its board. Jaschke founded Verio, and served as its CEO until 2004 following the company’s 2000 acquisition by Japan’s NTT Communications. He’s also the former COO of Nextel.
“We’re thrilled to add two extremely talented individuals to our leadership team this month,” says Doug Schneider, CEO of 2nd Watch. “Scott’s experience with scaling businesses and generating positive returns for fast-growing companies will be critical as we execute our aggressive expansion plans. Justin is a savvy and seasoned executive who has raised over $2 billion and acquired over 60 companies in his career. 2nd Watch will benefit greatly from his strategic insights as we propel our business forward.”
2nd Watch raised $10 million last fall, adding to a $23 million round it raised in 2013 from Madrona and others.
—Alex Berg, who previously worked at e-commerce companies Bonanza and Ritani, has joined Seattle digital design firm Fell Swoop as director of strategy & analytics.
“After three years as a founding member of the Seattle Ritani team I decided it was time for a new challenge,” said Berg, who previously worked at Expedia and Wetpaint.
Berg said he’d hired Fell Swoop in the past, and was always “impressed by their ability to blend art and science to produce great experiences.”
“As a serial startup guy I’m most passionate about solving complex UX challenges and Fell Swoop affords me the chance to do that regularly thanks to a client base of local startups like Ritani and heavyweights like Facebook, Microsoft, and Conde Nast,” he said.
—Digital invitation company eVite has named Perry Evoniuk — a former drugstore.com and Amgen executive — to the position of CTO.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Perry’s caliber and experience join our team at Evite,” said Victor Cho, Chief Executive Officer of Evite. “As a company dedicated to delivering innovation and inspiration to our 32 million registered users, we believe Perry’s technology expertise and solutions will allow us to further grow our reach and extend our leading digital brand.”
Evoniuk previously served as director of information systems for Amgen, and before that served as vice president of software engineering and enterprise architecture for drugstore.com where he worked for 12 years.
“As a developer, it is exciting to be part of a company that has the innovative spirit of a tech start-up, combined with the large scale of an established brand,” said Evoniuk. “I’m eager to find new ways to further enhance the digital experience of Evite’s millions of users, particularly in the mobile arena.” He will be based in L.A. where eVite is based.
—Vevo, the music video site, has named former Intel executive Erik Huggers as CEO, reports Bloomberg. Vevo, whose backers include Google, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, is said to be delivering about 100 billion streams annually.