—Madrona Venture Group‘s Julie Sandler has been chosen as a presidential leadership scholar. Over the next six months, she’ll spend time developing her business and civic leadership skills with former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
“This is a great honor and recognizes the passion and leadership that Julie brings to everything she does, from her work at Madrona and with entrepreneurs, to the courses she teaches at the University of Washington, to building a strong startup community in the region,” said Madrona managing director Scott Jacobson.
The presidential leadership scholar program recognizes 62 of the nation’s most dedicated leaders across a variety of industries, giving them a chance to build up their skills with resources at the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton, and George W. Bush.
This isn’t the first time Sandler has been recognized for her leadership in the community; she was GeekWire’s 2014 Geek of the Year. She also teaches at UW’s Foster School of Business, where she’s received the “Star Teacher” designation over the past two years.
Sandler will continue to work at Madrona, where she serves as a principal. She previously worked at Amazon, Microsoft and Accenture.
—Flowroute hired Eric Harber as chief operating officer. He’ll oversee the development of new relationships, increasing revenues and growing operations. He joins Flowroute as the company moves to a new Seattle office after nearly doubling its employee headcount in the last year.
“As a leader in providing programmatic control of communications services for developers, we are fortunate to work with organizations on the cutting edge of software, telecom, and API innovation,” Flowroute cofounder and CEO Bayan Towfiq said. “Eric’s leadership will help us sharpen our focus on delivering the next wave of innovation to organizations using communications to differentiate their customer experience.”
Prior to joining Flowroute, Harber oversaw Amazon’s Local Commerce group, heading up global product and marketing. He also served as president of Hipcricket, overseeing the transition into a public company and eventually selling it. At Qpass, he served as vice president of corporate and business development before it sold to Amdocs.
—Shippable — the Seattle startup led by Avi Cavale — brought on three big names to strengthen its leadership team and board. Google Kubernetes and Compute Engine co-founder Joe Beda is serving as a strategic advisor for the Seattle-based company, while Microsoft and VMware veteran Charles Fitzgerald is joining the board of directors. Matt Carter is also coming on as vice president of marketing.
“I’m excited to be advising Shippable as they bring automation to container building, verification and deployment,” Beda said. “Automation is a critical component of realizing the promise of containers and the cloud native philosophy. It enables developers to work in smaller and more nimble teams while simultaneously reducing the operations burden. The result is a development process that moves faster and produces a higher quality product.”
Beda has a deep history in bringing computing engines to life, serving as lead engineer for the Google Compute Engine team and open sourcing the Kubernetes program to manages clusters of compute containers.
Fitzgerald and Carter will both help strengthen Shippable’s marketing efforts. Fitzgerald spend nearly 20 years as general manager of platform strategy for .NET at Microsoft. Carter joins shippable from Hortonworks, where he directed developer marketing and platform evangelism. Shippable has raised more than $10 million from Madrona Venture Group, Divergent Ventures, Vulcan Capital and Founder’s Co-op.
—Tom Cameron joined Act-On as chief revenue officer, a position that lets him lead and grow the global sales organization for the Portland, Ore.-based marketing automation software provider.
“Tom is a SaaS sales veteran, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board,” Act-On CEO Andy MacMillan said. “His wealth of sales and operations experience will be instrumental in scaling the business and accelerating our already strong growth trajectory, and his background in customer success will ensure we deliver one of the best-rated customer experiences in the industry.”
Cameron joined Act-On from Cloudworks, where he also held the CRO position. He previously worked as vice president of worldwide sales for Autodesk. Act-On plans to continue to fill out its leadership roles, building on its momentum to enter the next growth phase for the business.
—Unify Square hired Scott Brown as vice president of worldwide sales, where he’ll be responsible for global sales in partner and channel ecosystems for the Bellevue-based company.
“Scott has the perfect blend of experience, leadership and vision, and he’s joining us at a momentous time for both Unify Square and Skype for Business,” Unify Square CEO Sonu Aggarwal said.
Brown has an extensive background in enterprise sales. He helped popularize Skype for Business at global enterprise companies during his time as a Microsoft executive. He also served as president of the enterprise business unit at SMART Technologies, where he launched the SMART Room System for Skype for Business.
—TimeXtender appointed Matt Dyor as vice president of partner development and sales, where he is responsible for customer training and support in addition to overseeing sales and partnerships throughout the Americas and Australia.
He’ll work at the Bellevue offices of the Danish company
“TimeXtender is growing rapidly, largely as a result of an exceptional ecosystem of partners and resellers,” said new TimeXtender chief commercial officer Romi Mahajan. “As such, we’re very committed to hiring world-class talent to build and nurture partners and to provide them the highest level of service.”
Dyor previously served as CEO of website analytics startup Payboard. He has also served as managing director at the Microsoft Accelerator and as a principal program manager in the Advanced Strategies and Research Group at Microsoft.
—Michael Miller joined Lighthouse eDiscovery to lead the business development team, driving revenue for the Seattle-based legal technology company as senior vice president of sales.
“Mike’s impeccable leadership style and diverse experience have enabled him to lead many successful organizations,” said Brian McManus, chief executive officer of Lighthouse eDiscovery. “We are thrilled to have him onboard and look forward to seeing the impact he will make on Lighthouse’s continued growth and development as a leader in the industry.”
Previously, Miller served as senior vice president of global sales and marketing at Globys, where he grew sales by $60 million in a year. He also served as CEO and president at Calico Energy, pushing a performance-based corporate culture to help grow capital.
—Greene Holcomb Fisher announced Bob Dovenberg and Cameron Hewes are joining the firm as partners. The duo have nearly 15 years of combined experience at the company.
“Bob has been a valuable member of GHF’s team since 2005,” said GHF managing director Hunt Greene. “He brings exceptional domain expertise to clients in the Energy and Infrastructure, Technology and Business Services end markets. In addition, he has led our efforts in the Mountain West, strengthening our platform nationally. We are pleased to welcome Bob to the partnership.”
Dovenberg previously worked in the venture capital group at Dell and has served as an investment banker with Piper Jaffray.
“Cameron has been an integral part of building and managing our growing Pacific Northwest banking practice, as well as leading our firm-wide lender coverage and debt placement capabilities,” managing director Brian Holcomb said. “Since joining the firm in 2011, Cameron has executed over a dozen transactions in the industrial, business services, technology and energy services sectors.”
Hewes previously served as CFO of General Biodiesel and was a principal at Northwest Capital Appreciation. He also worked in Piper Jaffray’s investment banking group.
—Adaptiva hired Anne Baker as vice president of marketing. She’ll lead teams dedicated to public relations and marketing for the Bellevue, Wash.-based IT system management provider.
Baker has more than 15 years of experience marketing products for the tech industry combined with a technical engineering background. Prior to joining Adaptiva, Baker founded Blue Creek Marketing, where she served as president. She’s also held positions at Action Engine, Marconi and Accenture.
—Limeade hired Steven Parker as vice president of customer success. He’ll head the strategic account executives with pre-sales support, consulting strategy and program design. He’s also responsible for Bellevue-based Limeade’s customer book of business and customer satisfaction.
“Steven is a unique industry expert and a welcome addition to our leadership team,” said Henry Albrecht, Limeade CEO. “He has held – and excelled in – nearly every HR-related role and truly understands what ‘organizational support for well-being’ means. He’s a hard worker with a relentless passion for creating raving fans among the world’s biggest and best employers.”
Parker’s previous employers include chievers, Sumtotal Systems, Oracle, AAA and the U.S. Army Special Operations. He’s helped define HR processes and technology for nearly half of the Fortune 100 companies.