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Mike Hilton. (Photo courtesy of Apptentive)

Mike Hilton, the longtime Seattle tech executive best known as the co-founder of expense management company Concur, has signed onto the board of directors of mobile tech startup Apptentive, the company announced Tuesday.

Hilton will serve as an independent director. He is also currently the chief product officer of health benefits technology company Accolade and sits on the advisory board of manufacturing cloud service Plex Systems.

Apptentive’s software helps its clients retain customers and boost ratings by enabling various in-app offerings, including surveys and rating prompts.

“I’m delighted to be a part of the Apptentive team and work on a product that has such enormous potential in a burgeoning industry,” Hilton said in a press release. “The shift in how people use mobile devices to connect with companies is leading to a sea change in how consumers use their voice; creating a huge opportunity for Apptentive to redefine expectations about customer experience and communication. Their mission to give every customer a voice, dedication to helping companies earn customer love, and resolute leadership are a winning combination with an exciting future.”

Bob Wise speaking at the 2017 GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit. (GeekWire Photo)

Bob Wise, most recently CTO of the Samsung SDS Cloud Native Computing Team, and an early Kubernetes backer, has left Samsung to take a new role at Amazon Web Services helping shape its open-source container strategy.

Wise’s LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect his new role; he didn’t respond to a request for comment and an Amazon Web Services representative was not immediately available.

Wise has played key roles at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, where he helped implement OpenStack, and in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, where he was one of the early backers of Kubernetes and centered Samsung SDS’ cloud strategy around that project. He also spoke at our GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit last year, explaining how best to move older apps to a microservices-based strategy.

Kevin Scott. (Microsoft Photo)

— New York City announced the members of its NYCx Technology Leadership Advisory Council, a list which includes the likes of Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott.

The council will advise the NYCx program, which aims to create hubs for tech innovation in the city that address pressing needs like transportation and climate change. Scott is joined by DocuSign Chairman Keith Krach, IBM CMO Michelle Peluso and executives from Ford, Viacom and others.

“Technology has incredible potential to empower people to achieve more,” Scott said in a statement. “New York City is a vibrant, global, multi-cultural marketplace of ideas driven by entrepreneurial energy which makes it an ideal proving ground for new technologies. We’re excited for the opportunity to work with NYCx and the city’s community of new and emerging leaders to build a future where technology benefits us all.”

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