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Lighter Capital investment team director Rebecca Conner
Lighter Capital investment team director Rebecca Conner

Lighter Capital appointed Rebecca Conner as a director of its investment team. The Techstars mentor will work with companies in the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountain region and Texas in the Seattle-based Lighter Capital portfolio.

“Rebecca is well-known in tech centers like Seattle, Denver and Austin for her work to educate founders on alternative financing,” said BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital.  “She’s an expert in financial modeling, building strategic partnerships, and refining operational processes – but it’s her commitment to the entrepreneurs she works with that sets her apart.”

Conner will maintain her roles as a Techstars mentor and writer as she takes on her new role at Lighter Capital, an investment firm that provides revenue-based loans to startup companies.

Previously, she served as a financial advisor to tech executives at Merriman Wealth Management and led tax operations at Dimensional Fund Advisors.

Spare5 vice president of sales Eric Webster
Spare5 vice president of sales Eric Webster

Spare5 hired Eric Webster as vice president of sales. In his new role, Webster will help expand the number of companies using Spare5’s system to complete tasks that need a human touch.

The Seattle-based company raised $10 million in August to grow its customer-facing team, and counts data-rich companies like Getty Images, Pinterest and Groupon among its clients.

“Eric’s extensive background in the technology industry is paved with profitable successes in sales, marketing and business development,” said Spare5 CEO Matt Bencke. “With a proven track record for significantly increasing customer reach and community support, Eric and his extensive skillset are welcomed to the Spare5 team. We’re confident he’ll help propel us to the next level.”

Webster previously served as chief revenue officer at enterprise software provider Accelerite, where he was responsible for expanding the company’s channel reach. He also served in sales and marketing support roles at Doyenz, Intronis and XOsoft.

Ivycorp CEO and president Tomas Isaksson
Ivycorp CEO and president Tomas Isaksson

Ivycorp hired Tomas Isaksson as the messaging company’s chief executive officer and president. He’ll use his experience in the international telecommunications industry to help Redmond, Wash.-based Ivycorp bring its messaging platform to more customers around the world.

“This is the optimal time to bring Isaksson to Ivycorp’s helm,” said Ivycorp chairman Nick Kauser. “He is a seasoned leader, experienced in securing funding and building profitable companies through the development of innovative products and services. Isaksson’s leadership will benefit Ivycorp as the company expands, introducing new services for both corporate and personal use.”

Isaksson is a 30-year veteran of the telecommunications industry and has held CEO roles at Ericsson Radio Systems and Vodafone, as well as consulting and advising roles for Silicon Valley companies as they expanded into global markets.

robert azelby
Juno CCO Bob Azelby

Juno Therapeutics hired Robert Azelby from Amgen, a move that comes as Amgen shuts down its Washington state operations. Azelby joins Seattle-based Juno as the chief commercial officer.

“Bob is a tremendous leader who will build a world-class commercial team at Juno,” said Juno CEO Hans Bishop in a press release. “His experience in growing an impressive oncology business, including planning commercial strategy and overseeing multiple launches, will play a critical role in Juno’s next phase of growth.”

At Amgen, Azelby oversaw the 600 person oncology business unit after a career moving up the ladder at the biomedical company. Azelby, who worked at Amgen for the past 15 years, received his undergraduate degrees in Economics and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

CareCap CFO Timothy Wissner
CareCap CFO Timothy Wissner

CareCap appointed two new senior leaders recently. Timothy Wissner will serve as chief financial officer for the Bellevue, Wash.-based cloud payment platform, while John Soderberg is joining the firm as vice president of sales, marketing and business development.

“Over the past year, we’ve grown from a start-up serving dozens of merchants to one serving more than 500. By the end of 2016, we expect that number to be in the several thousands,” said CareCap President and CEO Nevil Hermer. “To manage this kind of rapid growth, we need a seasoned executive who can help us scale the right way and believe that Timothy is the perfect fit.”

Wissner is being brought on as the company enters a major growth phase. Before coming to CareCap, he was CFO at restaurant-focused secure payment service TableSafe. He also served in the CFO position in two Windermere REal Estate divisions and also worked within various certified public accounting firms.

Soderberg will help grow the market for CareCap’s payment tools. He previously worked at Patterson Dental Supply, leading sales growth in the northwest region.

F5 COO Edward Eames
F5 COO Edward Eames

F5 Networks promoted Edward Eames as its executive vice president and chief operations officer. Eames was promoted from his position as executive vice president of business operations for the Seattle-based security software and network infrastructure company.

Before his time at F5, Eames worked at IBM as vice president of e-business services and served as the European services director and worldwide vice president of customer service for Sequent Computer systems.

Indix hired Ron Strandin as vice president of sales. He will helped the Seattle-based startup reach more customers, targeting growth of its cloud-based product intelligence platform.

Indix Ron Strandin
Indix vice president of sales Ron Strandin

Indix raised $15 million earlier this year to help expand its business, which is focused on helping companies visualize and analyze vast amounts of data about products available online.

Strandin previously served as CEO of contact center software provider Envision, and was responsible for the sales group at Talyst. He’s also held senior sales positions at Rendition Networks, TrueControl and Mosaix.

Zumobi hired Chris Maly as its vice president of product management. The hire will help the company create new advertising and marketing solutions for mobile content.

Zumobi vice president of product management Chris Maly
Zumobi vice president of product management Chris Maly

Maly comes to Zumobi from NBCUniversal, where he served as senior director of strategy and business development. In that role, he helped plan and manage digital products for NBCnews.com, Today.com and MSNBC.com.

He has also served as advertising product manager for MSNBC.com and project manager at Microsoft/MSN.

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