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Former Microsoft Dynamics CRM head Bob Stutz
Former Microsoft Dynamics CRM head Bob Stutz

Microsoft vice president Bob Stutz is leaving his position running Microsoft Dynamics CRM, according to a memo obtained by MSDynamicsWorld. According to Re/code, he is joining cloud CRM provider as its chief analytics officer. Jujhar Singh will be taking over the position.

“With the Dynamics CRM 2016 release cycle coming to a close, Bob Stutz has made the decision to leave Microsoft to pursue new opportunities,” said Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie in the internal memo. “Bob has done a great job leading the Dynamics CRM organization over the last 3.5 years, and I’d like to thank him for his leadership in transforming Dynamics CRM from an industry challenger to a clear leader in the CRM space.  We wish him the best as he takes on his next adventure.”

Prior to his time at Microsoft, Stutz served as senior vice president and general manager of business solutions for Hewlett-Packard and has also held vice president roles at SAP, Oracle and

Singh, who is currently a general manager for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, also served as vice president of Hewlett-Packard’s business solutions division, as well as SAP’s CRM Solution Management and Global Strategy division. He also worked at Siebel CRM Systems before it was acquired by Oracle.

Stratos Group life sciences board advisor Chris Rivera
Stratos Group life sciences board advisor Chris Rivera

Stratos Group has recruited Chris Rivera to join its advisory board as life science advisor. Rivera, who stepped down as CEO of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association in September, has extensive experience in the life sciences community.

“I am very excited to be joining Stratos’ Board of Advisors,” Rivera said. “Stratos has a proven track record of innovation that has made significant contributions to the life science industry. I am looking forward to contributing to future innovations that will help impact human health.”

Seattle-based Stratos Group brings science and tech research into commercial devices.

“We are confident that the addition of Chris to the team will yield considerable results,” Stratos CEO Allan Stephan said. “His demonstrated ability to identify early stage investment opportunities and mentor life sciences.”

Darby Smart chief analytics officer Kiran Akkineni
Darby Smart chief analytics officer Kiran Akkineni

Darby Smart hired former Zulily and Porch alum Kiran Akkineni as chief analytics officer. In his new role, Akkineni will help analyze data as the San Francisco-based company expands its analytics platform.

“I founded Darby Smart on the premise that we want to unlock the world’s creativity by making creativity simple and accessible for people at every level. We believe that data is critical to achieving that mission because data insights will enhance everyone’s experience,” said Nicole Shariat Farb, founder and CEO of Darby Smart. “Kiran will help us fulfill our promise to our community, from showing contributors how Darby Smart helps them showcase their brands to showing users the ideas and items that are relevant to them.”

Akkineni recently left Porch, where he served as vice president of analytics, amidst the recent cuts at the company. He also was an early Zulily employee, building the company’s analytics.

Tune mobile economist John Koetsier
Tune mobile economist John Koetsier

Tune hired John Koetsier as mobile economist, where he’ll forecast and analyze trends in the mobile ecosystem. A former journalist, Koetsier sees his job at the Seattle-based marketing analytics startup as “a front-row seat on history.”

“My goal as TUNE’s mobile economist is to connect you with the data, insights, and strategies that will help you win in mobile,” he wrote in his first Tune blog post. “That includes mobile user acquisition. App store optimization. Organic installs. Push messaging. It includes mobile advertising for brands. It includes mobile user engagement, and it includes tracking and attribution so that you know what’s working, when, how … and how it compares to other channels.”

Koetsier previously helped build the VB Insight research team at Venture Beat. He’s also managed teams creating software for companies like Intel and Disney as CEO of EasyBits software.

C-SATS chief revenue officer Sean O'Connor
C-SATS chief revenue officer Sean O’Connor

C-SATS hired Sean O’Connor to be the Seattle-based company’s chief revenue officer. He’ll help build the healthcare technology firm’s relationships with institutional healthcare clients.

“Sean is an accomplished leader with an enviable track record building substantial technology businesses serving the surgical market”, said C-SATS CEO, Derek Streat. “He understands intimately the needs of healthcare institutions because he has spent the majority of his career delivering solutions that generate increased revenue, higher quality and lower costs. He is precisely the person C-SATS clients want helping their practices.”

C-SATS, a spin-out from the University of Washington, hired O’Connor based on his post executive roles at robotic surgery company Intuitive Surgical. There, he served as global director of customer training and the area vice president of sales.

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