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Lydia Frank. (PayScale Photo)

PayScale, a fast-growing, Seattle-based company that offers online salary comparison services, announced the promotions of two new vice presidents this week: Lydia Frank was promoted to Vice President of Content Strategy and Emily Jensen was promoted to Vice President of Customer Success.

Frank previously served on PayScale’s editorial and product marketing team, and has also written for outlets like Fortune, the Harvard Business Review, and TechCrunch. She also speaks on pay issues like gender equality and negotiation.

Jensen was previously PayScale’s Vice President of Sales, and has been with the company for the past nine years.

Emily Jensen. (PayScale Photo)

“I’m thrilled to have Lydia and Emily driving content strategy and customer success, respectively. Thousands of organizations rely on PayScale to create and manage fair, modern and transparent pay practices which make their organizations desirable places to work. Helping customers understand their challenge and implement a winning solution make content and customer success important elements of our SaaS business,” PayScale CEO Mike Metzger said in a press release. “Lydia and Emily are strong additions to our leadership team as PayScale reaches out to a broader audience and continues to expand into new markets.”

The promotions come shortly after PayScale’s acquisition of competitor MarketPay in August, the first acquisition in the company’s 16 year history.

The company has been growing quickly since private equity powerhouse Warburg Pincus made a $100 million majority investment in it two years ago.

Shwetak Patel. (UbioComp Lab Photo)

— Acclaimed University of Washington professor and researcher Shwetak Patel was named as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery this week.

The ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, and every year the organization selects a few dozen scientists from its more than 100,000 global members to be given this accolade.

Patel was one of 53 awardees this year, and was nominated by fellow computer scientists because of his “contributions to sustainability sensing, low-power wireless sensing and mobile health,” according to a UW release.

Patel directs the UW’s UbiComp Lab, where he works on apps and other technology that can turn a smartphone into a portable medical device for use in low-resource areas.

“I’m humbled by this great honor,” said Patel. “Many of my mentors that I’ve looked up to throughout my career have been honored as ACM Fellows in the past, and it’s unreal for me to believe that I have been elected to that great group.”

D. Wayne Poole. (Doxly Photo)

— Salesforce veteran D. Wayne Poole, who has served as social analytics firm Simply Measured‘s interim CRO for the past year, announced he is leaving the company to join Doxly, an Indianapolis-based startup that manages online transactions in the legal industry. Poole will serve as Doxly’s COO.

“Law firms are just beginning to realize the benefits of cloud-based technology. This creates an immense opportunity for Doxly to lead that transformation across the entire legal vertical. The efficiencies of being able to focus on that single vertical is appealing to me as an operator, and I plan on quickly building the right team to seize this opportunity,” Poole said in a press release.

Prior to Simply Measured, Poole served a 13-year stint at cloud computing company Salesforce, where he climbed the ladder from the national sales manager on the company’s marketing software team to executive VP of global sales and client experience.

Susy Dunn. (Act-On Photo)

 Act-On Software, a Portland, Ore.-based software company offering marketing automation, has hired Susy Dunn to be its new chief people officer. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and last worked at Jama Software as vice president of people.

Dunn will be in charge of building a cohesive culture as the company continues to grow. This year Act-On expanded in Europe and added several new products to its arsenal.

“As Act-On grows and evolves, so must its culture, and I thrive in environments where I can support people through periods of change and move everyone forward together,” Dunn said in a statement. “I’m passionate about influencing a culture at Act-On where employees are empowered to voice their opinion, share their ideas, and embrace learning and innovation. My goal is to build a results-oriented culture where employees feel supported to do the best work of their careers.”

Hilary Lee. (Mekanism Photo)

Mekanism, a marketing and brand strategy company that works with clients like Amazon, YouTube, and Starbucks, announced Seattle native Hilary Lee as its new director of brand management. In the role, Lee will oversee the company’s Seattle office and lead brand management for Alaska Airlines, another Mekanism client.

“Mekanism’s approach to creativity; their impeccable steadfastness to executing against emerging media and the privilege of applying that mindset to a brand that I’ve known my entire life, made the acceptance of this role an absolute honor,” Lee said in an emailed statement.

Lee comes to the position from McCann World Group, a New York-based marketing communications company, where she served as the senior operations director. Throughout her career, Lee has bounced between the East coast and Seattle in various marketing and advertising roles.

Pete Flint. (Photo via Linkedin)

— Pete Flint, co-founder and longtime CEO of Trulia, announced he is joining San Francisco-based startup accelerator NFX Guild as a managing partner. Flint left Trulia last year after the online real estate marketplace was acquired by Seattle-based Zillow.

Flint told TechCrunch he is excited to be a mentor for startups heading through the accelerator. “Sharing some of what I did right and some of what I did wrong [feels] highly rewarding and can add a huge amount of value very quickly,” he said.

Flint remains on Zillow’s board of directors, which he joined as part of the acquisition.

Alison Tintle
Alison Tintle. (Rational Photo)

— Rational Interaction, the Seattle-based agency representing such brands as Microsoft, Amazon, Acer, AT&T, Cisco, Expedia, Google, the Seattle Seahawks and more, has named Alison Tintle as its executive creative director.

Tintle was formerly the creative director at POP and has spent years working with the world’s leading technology brands, specifically focused on “developing creative that humanizes complicated technology,” a news release said.

“Alison brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Rational team,” Selina Petosa, founding principal and chief creative officer, said in a statement. “Alison’s philosophy for marketing centers on connecting with people, not just target markets, directly aligning with the foundational principal of our work at Rational.”

“I was drawn to Rational because the ‘Rfam’ is so much more than an ad agency,” Tintle said. “They are problem-solvers who have the bench to deliver on the entire customer experience — from integrated digital to experiential, and everything in between.”

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