—True Ventures founder Jon Callaghan has been appointed the chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. Callaghan, who currently serves as a general partner at True, will be taking over the position from Scott Sandell, a managing partner at New Enterprise Associates. He’ll remain in the position until 2016.
Callaghan began his venture career in 1991, as an associate at Summit Partners. He has also worked at AOL’s Greenhouse venture capital and startup incubation arm, and CMGi’s @Ventures group.
“I’m extremely humbled and deeply honored to follow in the footsteps of some of venture’s most iconic leaders as I assume the chairmanship of a storied organization that has championed our great industry for more than forty years,” Callaghan said in a press release.
—F5 has hired Kristen Roby Dimlow to be its new executive vice president of human resources. In her new role, she’ll report to F5’s CEO and will be charged with leading the company’s global HR organization. She brings with her nearly 30 years of experience in areas including global business, human resources and staffing. She joins the company from Microsoft, where she worked for 18 years, most recently serving as the human resources general manager for Microsoft’s Devices Group.
“We are thrilled to appoint someone of Kristen’s experience and expertise to head our global HR functions during this next phase of F5’s evolution,” company President and CEO John McAdam said in a press release. “Her leadership will be invaluable in making sure we attract, develop and retain the best talent in the industry, while at the same time maintain our core values and culture.”
—Carole McCluskey has joined Clutch as a strategic advisor. The former CIO and CTO of Outerwall will provide the Seattle-based consulting firm with insights and leadership in developing its business through technology. In addition to her work at Outerwall, she has previously worked at Redbox, TIBCO Software, SchemaLogic and CapitalStream. At the moment, she also serves on the advisory board of Apigee Corporation.
“Carole is a proven business and technology leader with experience transforming teams, cultures, platforms and architectures,” Steven Anderson, Clutch’s activator, said in a press release. “While being one of the most knowledgeable minds in our space I’ve ever worked with, she steers clear of IT Speak, giving her the unique ability to work and lead across a wide variety of teams, functions, and industries.”
—Cray announced that it has appointed Nick Gorga as its vice president of sales for the Asia Pacific region. Gorga, an Australian native, previously served as the general manager for Asia Pacific at SGI, where he led the company’s strategy in the region. Overall, he brings with him more than 22 years of experience in the high-performance computing sector, across a 32-year career in the tech industry.
“The Asia Pacific region is an important piece of our international growth plans, and I am excited to have Nick representing Cray in our customer partnerships across the geography,” Cray President and CEO Peter Ungaro said in a press release. “This region contains some of the fastest growing and most diverse countries and customers in the world. Nick’s impressive background and proven experience will help customers gain strategic advantage in their business and research by leveraging our unique supercomputing, storage and analytics solutions.”
—John Chapple was named chairman of the board of Unwired Nation, a mobile banking platform provider for community banks and credit unions. Chapple brings with him more than 30 years of leadership experience in the mobile and telecommunications industries, including stints as president, CEO and chairman of Nextel Partners. Right now, he works as the president of Hawkeye Investments, a private equity firm that primarily invests in telecommunications and real estate companies.
“John has a successful track record in the mobile and telecommunications industries serving both businesses and consumers and we welcome him as our Chairman,” Chere Heintzman, CEO of Unwired Nation, said in a press release. “As both an investor in the company and as Chairman, John will be working closely with our management team to provide insights and strategic direction as our company scales Unwired Banking, our secure and affordable mobile banking platform, nationwide to community banks and credit unions.”
—Impinj has hired Walter X. Palhetas to serve as the company’s senior vice president of global sales. He brings with him more than 20 years of senior management experience, and will be charged with leading the sales team for the Seattle-based RFID solution provider. He’ll work from Newport Beach, California, and will report directly to Impinj President and COO Eric Brodersen. Palhetas most recently served as the executive vice president of sales, worldwide marketing and sales operations at Nexsan Technologies.
“Walter brings deep experience in leading sales across a range of channels and strategies and has successfully led teams through fast growth trajectories,” Brodersen said in a press release. “Walter’s role and team is critical to harnessing the strong customer demand for Item Intelligence as a key enabler of the Internet of Things.”