— Donuts Inc., the Bellevue-based Internet domain name registry, announced that a new board member and two new executives will join their team. Just last month, the company processed its 2 millionth domain name registration as part of its broader growth in the domain name space.
Bruce A. Jaffe has joined the Donuts board of directors. He already serves on several other boards of companies both public and private and has been an active advisor and investor in early- and growth-stage tech companies in the Seattle-area. Previously, Jaffe spent 13 years at Microsoft, most recently as its VP of Corporate Development.
Timothy Favia will join the Donuts team as VP for Corporate Development. He has worked for more than 25 years in tech companies, leading them from inception to IPO. Previously, Favia was the CEO of mSnap, Inc. and the co-founder and Executive Vice President for Business and Corporate Development at MediaPlex, where he grew the company’s revenue from $3 million to $70 million in two years, as well as worked to a market capitalization of more than $4 billion.
David Rostov is Donuts’ new CFO. Previously, Rostov was the CFO of Avalara, where he raised more than $200 million from venture capital and private equity investors including Warburg Pincus, TCV, Battery Ventures and Sageview Capital. Prior to working at Avalara, he served as the CFO for Infospace, where he tripled revenue to $340 million and was responsible for its later IPO.
“David has a truly impressive track record with Internet companies and is the ideal candidate to work with Jeff to help Donuts grow and add shareholder value,”said Donuts Co-Founder and CEO Paul Stahura. “Tim is expertly positioned to help us look carefully at strategic investments and potential acquisitions in and around the domain name space. And Bruce, as our first outside director, will help us further with our strategic vision. I’m very pleased with the strength of these individuals and how they will complement our existing team.”
Prior to accepting the position at Microsoft, Hanna served as the Director for Environmental Affairs at Starbucks. In the last 10 years, Hanna developed global strategies to address sustainability issues, from the supply chain to employee practices to store design to energy and water reduction, mitigating Starbucks’ environmental impact. In four years, Hanna was able to take Starbucks from 5 percent to more than 50 percent of stores with recycling service.
Before Starbucks, Hanna worked at Yellowstone National Park as the first sustainability chief among all the private businesses operating in the park.
“Microsoft is committed to building the most hyperscale public cloud,” the company said in a news release. “This focus on growing the cloud means that we are making big investments in our data centers, where we are increasingly focused on sustainability. This includes making smart decisions about the impact of site choice and location, improving efficiency, lessening our environmental impact and powering our data centers with renewable energy.”
— Envelop VR, a Bellevue-based enterprise software company that provides virtual 3D environments for data visualization and analysis, has appointed Jeff Hansen as its vice president for business development.
Previously, Hansen served as the VP for Global Sales at Lytro, where he helped the company expand to over 20 countries. Hansen also was co-founder and managing director of The Ananya Group, a management consulting company based in Redmond, Wash. that worked with companies to lead their go-to-market plans, product development, and global expansion. Hansen has worked for more than 18 years as a high-level executive in many different industries and on five different continents.
“Nothing compares to the potential of immersive computing and the VR experience,” said Hansen in a press release. “It is game changing – a true inflection point like the PC, Internet, HD or digital photography. Even more exciting is the opportunity to help enterprise customers solve real business problems in VR.”
— T-Mobile has appointed four new executives to its digital teams located in Bellevue, Wash.:
Michael Miller will be the VP of Digital Creative & Omni Channel Customer Experience. Prior to T-Mobile, Miller was the head of the creative and UX groups for Razorfish in Austin, Tex., overseeing creative design and strategy for its clients, which included Southwest Airlines, Delta, JCPenny, AT&T and Target.
Robert Gary has been appointed the Vice President of Digital Product Management. Before T-Mobile, Gary worked at Nuance in Seattle, serving as their GM for Digital Product Solutions. Before that, he was with AT&T.
Todd Genovese will come aboard as T-Mobile’s Senior Director of E-commerce. Previously, Genovese was the GM of Home Depot Digital Commerce.
Susan Tjioe will become T-Mobile’s Director of Digital Innovation, a role she served in previously at PayPal. Before that, Tjioe worked at Microsoft doing business development and strategy for Bing and Xbox.
—K2, the Bellevue-based cloud software company that raised $100 million in funding last year, is expanding its executive team. The company has appointed Dean Darwin as chief revenue officer, leading all of K2’s sales channels, marketing and customer success initiatives.
Before K2, Darwin spent more than a decade leading F5’s channel sales and marketing. At F5, he increased revenue from hundreds of millions to billions. Darwin has also worked at NetApp and Cisco Systems.
“Dean brings tremendous experience and proven success in all facets of the business and has the deep connections to grow our direct and channel sales and marketing organizations,” said Adriaan van Wyk, CEO and co-founder of K2. “I’m confident that his proven track record and focus on results will make him an important leader in driving company growth and customer and partner success.”
— Wimmer Solutions, a consulting, staffing, and managed services company based in Seattle has appointed Mark Wilson as its VP of sales and marketing. In this role, Wilson will be responsible for the management of the company’s business development and marketing activities.
Previously, Wilson was the executive VP/president of Software Professional Inc. in Dallas, Tex. He has also worked in executive-level sales and marketing teams for numerous IT solution providers, including GSTi, ConsultNet, Adea Solutions and CIBER.
— Onvia announced that Alberto ‘Bob’ Sutton will join the Seattle-based government intelligence company as its Senior VP of Marketing. Sutton will head up Onvia’s marketing department as the company focuses on expansion. Previously, Sutton was with Pyramid Analytics as their director of global marketing. At Pyramid, Sutton was able to grow the company’s digital traffic and audience engagement by triple digits. He has also worked at Nintex and Microsoft.
“We are fortunate to have a leader of Alberto’s experience joining us at this time as we enter a new exciting stage of growth for Onvia,” stated Hank Riner, President and CEO of Onvia in a statement. “Alberto was selected because of his proven leadership ability to define brands, establish a prominent point of view and create the messages that will drive high sales growth.”
— SheerID, a company specializing in eligibility verification tech and located in Eugene, Ore., announced two new executives are joining its team in its new Portland, Ore. office.
Julianne Matzell has been appointed the VP of Product and brings over 15 years of experience in software design, go-to-market strategy, and product management. Prior to SheerID, Matzell was with Portland-based Janrain, where she directed its product management.
Scott Hollingsworth will be the VP of Finance for SheerID. Prior to this, Hollingsworth worked with The Clymb as its director of analytics and then as its VP of finance.
Last September, SheerID raised $5.3 million, which it has used to hire executives — like Matzell and Hollingsworth — and to continue building out its technology. Part of its expansion included opening a new office in Portland, Ore. to partner with its existing HQ in Eugene, Ore. The Portland office is currently home to eight SheerID employees, including its two newest hires.
“Their experience and contributions will be invaluable as SheerID continues to scale into new markets and expand our verification products to help our clients prevent discount abuse and maximize their targeted marketing campaigns.” Jake Weatherly, CEO of SheerID, said in a statement.
Pierznik worked previously for Jama Software as its General Counsel and he was responsible for closing the company’s largest round of venture funding. Prior to that, he worked at Jive as its Chief Legal Officer, where he led its IPO and helped the company with its international expansion.
“Having an experienced General Counsel will be a tremendous asset as we continue to forge new strategic relationships and expand our position in the market as the premier marketing automation solution for fast growing companies and ambitious marketing teams,” said Andy MacMillan, CEO of Act-On Software, in a release.