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Cindy Rose
Cindy Rose. (Via LinkedIn)

Microsoft UK will have a new CEO this fall as Cindy Rose was named to succeed Michel Van der Bel, according to a report in Computer Business Review.

Rose was most recently the managing director of Vodafone’s Consumer Division, and has previously worked at Virgin Media, Disney Interactive Media Group and The Walt Disney Company. She begins at Microsoft on Nov. 1.

“She brings a real strength in driving complex, customer-focused businesses and a deep understanding of the digital space,” Microsoft International president Jean-Philippe Courtois said in CBR. “As we continue to transform as an organization and support our customers’ digital transformation, Cindy’s experience will be invaluable.”

On the heels of the historical Brexit vote, Rose said, “I am thrilled to be joining Microsoft and to be asked to lead the UK business at such an opportune moment in the company’s history and such an unprecedented moment in the country’s history.”

Brian Fioca
Brian Fioca

Glowforge, the Seattle-based 3D printer startup, has added Brian Fioca as a principal engineer.

Fioca, a startup vet who is a partner at Madrona Venture Labs, was GeekWire’s Geek of the Week in December. He has previously worked for a number of companies, including Jobby, Jobster, RescueTime, Zapd and

“I’m super excited to be able to lend my engineering experience and startup skills toward helping engineer the software involved in making Glowforge the magical machine that it is!” Fioca told GeekWire. “It’s an incredible team, a huge startup powerhouse in Seattle, and I feel honored to be a part of it.”

Mike Woodmansee
Mike Woodmansee.

Novinium, the Kent, Wash.-based company that repairs aging underground power cables, announced the hiring of Mike Woodmansee as vice president of Western Operations for North America.

Woodmansee will lead operations for a skilled trades workforce with responsibility for P&L, financial management, and operational optimization for the region, according to a news release.

Woodmansee has over 30 years of industry experience in leadership, including most recently as CFO at Horizon Solar Power in California and Snelson Companies Inc. in Washington.

“We are very pleased to bring Mike’s experience to Novinium during this important stage in our company’s growth,” Glen Bertini, CEO of Novinium, said in a release.

Anne McTiernan
Anne McTiernan.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center breast cancer epidemiologist and cancer prevention expert Anne McTiernan has been appointed to the 2018 Physical Guidelines Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to a news release, McTiernan is among 17 nationally recognized experts in physical activity and health to serve on the committee, announced by Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS assistant secretary for health.

The committee will spend the next two years examining “current scientific evidence on the link between physical activity and health outcomes, and ultimately will submit evidence-based recommendations in a scientific advisory report to the secretary of HHS. These recommendations will help inform the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which is expected to be released in 2018.”

McTiernan is a member of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch, where cancer prevention is a major focus of research.

Cliff Drane
Cliff Drane.

Limeade, the Bellevue, Wash.-based corporate wellness technology company, has named Cliff Drane its new vice president of user experience.

Drane was previously VP of design and UX for Corrected Fitness at Under Armor and brings over 20 years of digital design and product leadership experience. He will lead the user experience and research teams at Limeade.

“Adding Cliff to our team demonstrates our commitment to delighting customers through smart technology people love,” Limeade CEO Henry Albrecht said in a news release. “Limeade has always been known for a modern user experience as a pillar of our innovation. With a proven leader like Cliff at the helm, we’ll be taking the Limeade experience to the next level of simplicity and delight.”

Drane said he looks forward to focusing on improving well-being for Limeade’s users and business outcomes for customers.

“My goal is to advocate for the user and to help create an even more meaningful and rewarding experience that people love and want to use,” Drane said. “That’s the only way to get to the outcomes that really matter.”

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