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Dave Fetterman has had what you might call an illustrious career.

He earned two degrees from Harvard, spent his first two years out of college as a software design engineer at Microsoft and then joined Facebook as one of the company’s first employees in 2006.

Now Fetterman has made another jump to join Seattle-based Amperity, a stealthy startup working on machine learning marketing solutions.

Fetterman is now serving as Amperity’s VP of engineering at its headquarters in Seattle. In the role, he will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s engineering team.

Amperity co-founder and CEO Kabir Shahani told GeekWire via email that Amperity currently has 17 employees on its engineering team. He said the company is looking to grow the team in the coming months and that it will continue to grow as the company approaches its market launch.

Fetterman spent six years at Facebook, the last three of which he was the head of engineering for the company’s mobile products. He later spent time as the VP of engineering for software company Famous Industries and also serves as an advisor for a number of startups, including Quizlet, Nylas, and Blispay.

“When looking to fill a role, especially one this important, there is a lot of rigor in how we think about the hire. Of course Dave’s role in building one of the most successful technology companies of all time speaks for itself. And, the opportunity we are pursuing lends itself well to Dave’s background in building large-scale, distributed systems,” Shahani said in a press release.

“But, what makes Dave the ideal fit for us is his humility and the lessons he learned in the ventures that were not as immediately successful, too. Dave has become a good friend and is an incredible leader — his developer empathy and instincts around what will help his team and the people around him be successful are highly attuned and I could not be more excited to have him contribute and lead at Amperity,” Shahani said.

“As a math-oriented guy, I was looking for practical and powerful applications of machine learning, and found that building the right data machine imposed an even bigger challenge than just twiddling the knobs. Amperity showed me that machine,” Fetterman said in the release. “Customers love this product enough to not only pay the commensurate value for Amperity, but also to build major parts of their business around it. And I thought I was joining a startup.”

Rich Simon. (Photo via LinkedIn), a startup developing business management tools for sales teams, announced a whopping $30 million round of funding Tuesday.

Now the company is adding another resource to its toolkit: Amazon’s former director of global talent acquisition Rich Simon. Simon served in various recruiting leadership positions at Amazon for the past 14 years.

Simon will be a VP and head of talent, according to a report by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

His addition is in tandem with Outreach’s fast growth rate: the company has now raised $60 million in funding over the past three years.

It employed 80 as of July 2016, and Outreach CEO Manny Medina told GeekWire at the time that he planned for the team to double in the next year. One destination for the new funds will be expanding the company’s team even more, which Simon will play a key role in.

In November, the company added a slew of high-profile leaders, including adding angel investor and former LinkedIn exec Sarah Imbach, to its board of directors.

PSBJ reports that Simon’s first day at Outreach will be May 30.

— Fred Hutch spinout Juno Therapeutics, a biotech company developing immunotherapy treatments for cancer, announced the appointment of longtime biotech executive Jay Flatley to its board of directors.

Flatley served as the CEO of Illumina, a San-Diego based biotech company focusing on sequencing, from 1999 to 2016. He oversaw Illumina’s growth from just 20 employees to over 5,000 and now serves as the company’s chairman.

“Juno has great science, a talented team, and a compelling mission,” Flatley said in a press release. “I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the Juno Board and working with management to help the company meet its goals of bringing transformative medicine to patients.”

Mike Stipe. (CloudEnablers Photo)

— CloudEnablers, a Bellevue, Wash.-based cloud governance and management solutions provider, announced the addition of Mike Stipe as chief revenue officer.

Stipe most recently worked as the SVP of technology services company Persistent Systems. He was formerly president and co-founder of software solutions company Arynga, which was acquired by Intel.

In his role at CloudEnablers, Stipe will oversee the direction and management of the company’s product offerings and global sales and marketing.

“I am thrilled to be joining the CloudEnablers team and be part of this dynamic organization that is shaping the way enterprises manage, govern, and optimize hybrid and multi-cloud,” Stipe said in a press release.

Tom Taylor. (Blueprint Consulting Services Photo)

— Bellevue, Wash.-based Blueprint Consulting Services announced the promotion of two new managing directors: Tom Taylor and Robert Heintz.

Taylor joined the company as a director in 2015, previous to which he served as the senior director of digital marketing at Getty Images. He has also spent six years in Expedia’s digital marketing group and led the company’s e-commerce merchandising for two years.

He will now serve as Blueprint’s managing director of client development.

Robert Heintz
Robert Heintz. (LinkedIn Photo)

Heintz will serve as the company’s managing director of solution delivery. He joined the company in 2016 and formerly spent five years as Expedia’s senior director of technology.

Blueprint offers both technology and business consulting services.

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