Boeing announced a structural reorganization this week to combine its safety, quality and manufacturing processes into one division, bringing several leadership changes along for the ride.
Walt Odisho, formerly the company’s VP of manufacturing, has been named to the new position of VP of Manufacturing, Safety and Quality.
“Creating a single safety, manufacturing, and quality organization focused on standard work will better align and integrate functions vital to making our manufacturing operations the best in the world,” Boeing CEO Kevin McAllister said in an announcement to employees that was shared with GeekWire.
Odisho joined the company in 2013, and previously served as the GM and then VP of manufacturing at car company Toyota.
Manufacturing executive Ernesto Gonzalez-Beltran is also joining the new division as the VP of Commercial Airplanes Quality. He replaces Lindsay Anderson, who is retiring after 14 years at the company, and will report directly to Odisho.
Gonzalez-Beltran joins the company from vehicle power and data research company Yazaki North America, where he served as the EVP of manufacturing operations.
In his letter to employees, McAllister explained that the restructuring was intended to help the company focus on excelling in manufacturing quality, particularly first-time manufacturing quality.
“We have no better immediate lever than first-time quality to improve our market competitiveness and ability to invest in the future. First-time quality improves safety and flow, reduces waste and enhances regulatory compliance,” he said.
Yesil is most well known as the founding board member and first investor of cloud-based sales platform Salesforce, where she served on the board from inception to after the company’s IPO. She is also an entrepreneur, having helped to found two companies focused on payment technologies: CyberCash and MarketPay.
Yesil also has a long career as an investor, most recently spending eight years as a general partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm US Venture Partners.
“Magdalena is a highly respected entrepreneur with an incredible track record for helping companies achieve and extend category leadership,” Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader said in a press release. “We’re delighted to have her on the board and look forward to the expertise she brings as we continue our rapid growth in the collaborative work management and automation market.”
— Christina Lee, who led communications at companies including Hulu and venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has joined Amazon as the VP of worldwide consumer press relations, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Lee joined the company directly from Kleiner Perkins, where she spent five years as a marketing and communications partner. She previously spent three years as the head of communications for TV streaming service Hulu and also spent stints as a product manager at Microsoft and Amazon.
Wilkinson is an industry vet, joining POP from his position as VP and executive creative director of New-York based creative agency SapientRazorfish. In his new role, he’ll lead creative direction and development for all of POP’s global clients.
“POP’s work is recognized for making a lasting impact on its clients’ businesses through an obsession with craft,” said Wilkinson. “The opportunity to identify, nurture and inspire POP’s creative team and deliver transformative solutions for clients and their customers is the perfect challenge for the next chapter in my creative journey.”
—Seattle’s Museum of Flight announced that longtime CEO Doug King is stepping down from his position and handing the reigns to executive vice president Matt Hayes, who will take up the position of president and CEO.
The transition has been a time in coming: Hayes took over day-to-day operations from King in March when he became the museum’s first EVP. He previously spent seven years as the museum’s CFO and has been an employee there since 2000.
“It’s an honor to be moving into the President and CEO role. Under Doug’s leadership, The Museum has grown significantly in size and scope and is even closer to achieving its mission to become the foremost educational air and space museum in the world,” he said. “I am proud to be selected by the Board of Trustees and welcome the opportunity to lead the Museum as we strive to provide aerospace explorers, from near and far, the experiences that can inspire their thinking, change their lives and shape the direction of the world around them.”
— Tech evangelist and author Robert Scoble has joined leading 360 camera maker Insta360, acting as the company’s first strategic consultant as it expands its market globally. Scoble will work with the Shenzhen, China,-based company to expand its reach in the global tech world, and particularly the virtual and mixed reality community.
Scoble is well-known for his research on and advocacy for mixed reality technology. He has also done extensive research and writing on how he believes this technology will impact the world, the subject of his most recent appearance on the GeekWire podcast.
He’s currently a partner at the San Francisco-based Transformation Group, which works with companies to develop mixed reality strategies. At Insta360, he will work with the company on strategy as well as writing for the company’s blog and kicking off its new podcast.
“I’ve been a fan of Insta360 since their first cameras, and I’m thrilled to join them as they continue to grow,” Scoble said in a press release. “They move faster than any other hardware company I know, and their products hit an amazing balance between innovative tech and simple, accessible design. I see them becoming a major driver of 360 camera adoption and the broader shift to immersive media.”
— The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the body that oversees Bluetooth technology standards and licensing, announced two additions to its board of directors: Senior Google engineer Martin Turon and Phillips lighting manager Ruud van Bokhorst.
Turon is a senior architect in low power wireless at NestLabs and Google, focusing on the use of low-power wireless technology in the internet of things. He previously served as the vice-chair of Bluetooth SIG’s working group.
Van Bokhorst heads standards and regulations for wireless lighting technologies at the Netherlands-based Phillips Lighting company.
“We are honored to welcome Ruud and Martin to our board of directors at this key time in the history of Bluetooth technology,” Bluetooth SIG executive director Mark Powell said in a press release “Their extensive technology, industry, and standards development experience will be incredibly valuable as Bluetooth prepares to add mesh networking capability, which holds the promise to accelerate the growth of new markets, such as building automation, sensor networks, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).”
Morrison joins Fred Hutch from running retail store Fleet Sports Seattle, where she was an operating partner for the chain. She formerly spent seven years at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, serving as the assistant director and later the associate director of the school’s global business center.
At Fred Hutch, Morrison will oversee the annual Obliteride fundraiser and lead community engagement and outreach efforts. Obliteride is entering its fifth year and has raised $9 million since its inception, growing 30 percent year-over-year.
“I am thrilled to be joining Obliteride and Fred Hutch, especially at such a pivotal time in cancer research,” Morrison said in a Fred Hutch release. “As director of Obliteride, I plan to build on our community’s passion and our team’s strong foundation to accelerate our goal of ending cancer.”
The next Obliteride event — where volunteers take part in bike rides from 25 to 150 miles long to raise money — kicks off the evening of Aug. 11 with riders hitting the course on Aug. 12 and 13.