—NetMotion Wireless appointed Christopher Kenessey as president of the Seattle-based mobility management solution provider. He’ll lead the company’s global business operations, sales, marketing and engineering efforts.
“Christopher has built an impressive track record of strategic and operational accomplishments,” NetMotion CEO John Ferron said. “He brings a strong reputation for inspiring people and developing teams. His rich software background and business acumen further bolsters the deep bench strength we have created at NetMotion and will be pivotal in accelerating growth in 2016 and beyond. I could not be more pleased about his appointment to this critical role.”
Kenessey previously served as chief sales and marketing officer at UK-based software provider The Foundry. Before that, he was director of worldwide sales and operations for Cisco’s intelligent automation business unit. He joined Cisco when they acquired Tidal Software, where he served as vice president of worldwide sales.
—Washington Research Foundation appointed Kevin Cable to its board of directors. The co-founder of Cascadia Capital will help the Seattle-based foundation advance its mission.
“Kevin is a great fit for our team,” said WRF CEO Ronald Howell. “Kevin’s experience in mergers and acquisitions, healthcare and software will greatly assist us in our goal of helping our state’s top researchers deliver new solutions to public problems and demands. He has a deep understanding of the strategies necessary to achieve our mission and a sincere desire to make it happen.”
Cable has some historic ties with WRF; he was vice president of University of Washington spinout Numinous Corporation when if received WRF’s first capital investment. That company eventually sold to Microsoft.
Cable has also served as CEO of Numera Software before it was acquired by Corel Corporation. He has served on boards of several groups, including Alliance of Angels, Technology Alliance and Innovate Washington Foundation. He currently serves as managing director of Cascadia Capital.
—Life Science Washington named John Wecker as interim CEO while the Seattle-based trade association formerly known as Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association looks for Chris Rivera’s replacement.
“The executive search committee has been hard at work identifying a leader to take Life Science Washington to the next level,” Wecker said. “During this time of transition, my primary goal is to ensure that the talented and committed team at Life Science Washington has leadership support in place. This is one of the most exciting times to be in the life science industry in our state and I am proud to be a part of its future and to assist with the transition to the new President & CEO.”
Wecker is the CEO and president of Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute and serves as chairman of Life Science Washington.
Rivera was recently named CEO, chairman and president of Nativis, a Seattle-based life sciences company, creating the vacancy before his replacement could be found. The search committee plans to permanently fill the roll by the second quarter of 2016.
—Glassdoor hired Heather Gordon Friedland as chief product officer. Friedland will oversee the Sausalito, Calif.-based company’s product strategy and lead teams working on mobile, design and content efforts.
Friedland comes to Glassdoor from eBay, where she was vice president of local and seller experience, managing the products that let users sell their wares. She also spent 11 years at Microsoft, managing MSN communication products.
Glassdoor doubled its headcount in the last year, now employing more than 550 people in the U.S. and U.K. The company plans to open new offices in Chicago and Dublin, Ireland this year.
—Mixpo hired Kyoo Kim as the Seattle-based ad software company’s chief revenue officer. The former AOL and MSN executive will bring more than 20 years of experience to the role.
“I’m excited to join Mixpo because of where I see the industry going. With mobile, video, and then social being at the heart of that, Mixpo is right in the middle,” Kim said. “Those value propositions, the ability to address mobile-first, video-first and social, that’s at the heart of what Mixpo does. So from a product standpoint, and a services-offering standpoint, and market relevancy standpoint, I feel very fortunate to have a product and a brand that I could talk to potential clients about.”
Before joining Mixpo, Kim was head of sales and marketing at msnbc.com for 10 years. He also worked at AOL as global product marketing lead.