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Dr. Ivor Horn
Dr. Ivor Horn. (Via Twitter @AccoladeInc)

Accolade, the Philadelphia-based healthcare company with an office in Seattle, has appointed Dr. Ivor Horn as its new chief medical officer. Horn was most recetly the medical director of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Accolade is led from Seattle by Concur co-founders Rajeev Singh, as CEO, and Mike Hilton, chief product officer. In August, the company announced a $70-million funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, along with Madrona Venture Group. Singh praised the addition of Horn on Thursday.

“We’ve taken on solving some of the biggest challenges in healthcare and we’re thrilled to have one of the most accomplished, forward-thinking leaders in clinical health joining us on this incredible journey,” Singh said in a news release. “Ivor brings a passion for finding creative new ways to apply data, science and technology to improve what is a deeply personal experience of managing health. She has the right set of knowledge and experience to help us accelerate the expansion of our consumer health engagement platform and our business growth.”

Horn, who is a board-certified pediatrician, is also a NIH-funded investigator, according to Accolade, and her research “focuses on healthcare communications and health disparities with an emphasis on how social media and health information technology can be used to improve child health disparities.”

She is a member of the Academic Pediatric Association, serving in leadership positions regionally as well as nationally. She also is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“How we interact with each other and with healthcare is transforming, and Accolade is proving this,” said Horn in the Accolade release. “There is still a need for person-to-person engagement, but how you incorporate technology into that relationship is exciting. So much of healthcare happens outside the four walls of the doctor’s office and being able to engage patients wherever they are is immensely powerful. Accolade meets patients where they are, at the right time, with the right information to make a real difference in their lives, and in the bottom lines of organizations.”

Tara Comonte and Craig Peters
Tara Comonte and Craig Peters. (Via Getty Images)

Getty Images has promoted two senior officers into newly created executive vice president roles and has also announced the appointment of a new chief human resources officer.

Tara Comonte, who is currently SVP and CFO, will become the new EVP and chief financial and business affairs officer. In the new role, she will assume leadership of developing technology applications and real estate. A native of Scotland, Comonte joined Getty Images in 2013 after 15 years in international operational and financial leadership roles within the advertising industry.

Craig Peters, currently SVP of business development, content and product, is taking on the new position of EVP and COO. In addition to his current role managing global strategic partnerships, executing investments, leading acquisitions and pursuing new business opportunities, Peters will also oversee technology development. Peters joined Getty Images in 2007 following the acquisition of WireImage, where he served as SVP of new media and strategic development.

Leander LeSure
Leander LeSure. (Via Getty Images)

Leander LeSure is the new chief human resources officer at Getty, effective Dec. 12. The company says he will develop an HR strategy to support “one of the biggest periods of growth and evolution in Getty Images’ history.”

LeSure was previously at Western Union, where he built a new talent management strategy, employee engagement programs and HR operating model as the company’s global head of human resources.

Preeti Rhati
Preeti Rhati. (Via LinkedIn)

Ignition Partners, the Bellevue, Wash.-based venture capital firm, has added Preeti Rathi as a principal in the firm’s new Los Altos, Calif., office.

Rathi has a technical background in early stage venture investing and advanced product management and development, according to a news release, and she will “identify and support new investments for the firm in the areas of machine learning, cloud application services, vertical industry reinvention and infrastructure.”

“Preeti is, by any measure, a five-star recruit,” Nick Sturiale, managing partner at Ignition, said in the release. “We could not be happier adding her to our team and think she will prove to be an impact player, helping our portfolio companies as well as cultivating the next great enterprise software company.”

Rathi was previously at Opus Capital, where she invested in big data and artificial intelligence startups such as Turi (acquired by Apple) and Edunav. She also worked on the venture and strategic investments team at Juniper Networks.

Brad Tilden
Brad Tilden.

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced on Sept. 30 the start of the terms of Brad Tilden, chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group, and Heather Redman, VP of business operations and general counsel of Indix Corporation, as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of its Board of Trustees.

A 25-year veteran of Alaska Air Group, Tilden serves on the boards of the Washington Roundtable, Pacific Lutheran University, Boy Scouts of America and Nordstrom.

“It is a privilege to work with other members of the Chamber,” Tilden said in a news release. “The incredible Puget Sound area is an increasingly vibrant part of our state’s and our country’s economy.  I’m excited to be in a position to work collaboratively toward a region where businesses and individuals can thrive and flourish in the years ahead.”

Heather Redman
Heather Redman.

Redman’s career in the technology sector includes serving as senior vice president at Summit Power Group and her leadership roles at AtomShockwave, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., and PhotoDisc, Inc. She is also an active investor in early stage technology companies and funds including TechStars, Pioneer Square Labs, 9 Mile Labs, Founders’ Co-op and Alliance of Angels.

“I’m thrilled that Brad and Heather will lead our board this year,” said Maud Daudon, Seattle Metro Chamber president and CEO. “They are two of the business community’s best examples of solutions-oriented leaders who apply our Northwest values for positive change.”

Brandon Jessup.
Brandon Jessup.

Lighthouse eDiscovery, the Seattle-based firm specializing in electronic discovery services and consulting, has promoted Brandon Jessup to director of technical project management.

Jessup, who previously worked at K&L Gates LLP, where he conducted and supervised ediscovery work in patent, contract, employment and antitrust cases brings over a decade of ediscovery experience to the Lighthouse role. He will lead the team to create compelling, efficient service offerings, as well as reduce both risk and cost, the company said in a news release.

“Brandon has over 13 years of legal experience, 10 of which are in ediscovery,” said Beau Holt, vice president of service delivery at Lighthouse. “He is extraordinarily qualified for this role. I am confident in his ability to manage our Project Management teams to continue to innovate and drive success for our clients through continued deployment of solutions that drive consistency, quality and efficiency.”

Chris Gabriel, Steve Elfman and Kevin Packingham.
Chris Gabriel, Steve Elfman and Kevin Packingham.

Syntonic, the Seattle-basedmobile platform and services provider, has appointed Steve Elfman and Chris Gabriel as non-executive directors of the company. In addition, Kevin Packingham has joined the advisory board of Syntonic’s U.S. subsidiary, Syntonic Wireless, Inc.

Elfman has over 20 years experience working in the wireless industry, having held several executive leadership positions at leading U.S. carriers. He founded and currently serves as executive managing partner at Argyle Griffin Group. He was previously president of network operations and wholesale at Sprint.

Gabriel is based in Sydney, Australia, and brings experience leading international businesses in the mobile technology and telecommunications industry. He was previously chairman of Australian mobile technology group, Alive Mobile, and was CEO at telecommunications company Zain Africa.

Packingham will help expand Syntonic’s operator network and accelerate product development, marketing and sales. He has served as the executive vice president of product management for Cablevision Systems. Previous positions include chief product officer for Samsung Telecommunications America, and CEO of Amerilink Telecom Corp.


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