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Mary Gardner. (F5 Photo)

Seattle-based security technology company F5 Networks hired Mary Gardner, a veteran information security executive, to be its new chief information security officer. F5 said in a press release that Gardner’s role at the company will be to help secure F5’s own internal systems.

Gardner has a wealth of experience in information security. Most recently, she was the chief information security officer at Seattle Children’s. She’s also held various roles in information security at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Port of Seattle, JPMorgan Chase, and Washington Mutual.

“Mary’s impressive career to date and knowledge of application security are a testament to the skills, aptitude, and authority she brings to the table,” F5 CIO and SVP of information technology Tony Bozzuti said in a press release. “Her perspective will be a valuable asset as F5 expands its security and technology efforts to better support today’s multi-cloud environments and modern enterprises’ digital transformation efforts.”

F5 has been in the middle of a turnaround in the past few months. In January, the company added four new executives. And in April, quarterly earnings were up and beat expectations after F5 told analysts that it was shifting its business focus from hardware to software.

Gail Love. (DomainTools Photo)

DomainTools, the Seattle-based cybersecurity company, has hired three new high-level managers in a move to support global expansion. In a press release, DomainTools said that it created the roles of vice president of people and talent, associate general counsel, and senior product marketing manager.

Gail Love is the company’s new VP of people and talent. Love will be responsible for global human resources and recruiting. Previously, Love was the director of human resources at She has also worked in human resources at Microsoft, Boeing, and aQuantive.

Leslie Boyd. (DomainTools Photo)

In a press release, Love said: “We are now in a vitally important period of growth, in terms of our company and the greater cybersecurity industry. DomainTools is at the forefront of its field and I look forward to bringing a laser focus to aligning our talent programs with our strategic business objectives. It’s an exciting time for us as we continue to attract top talent, enhance our strong culture, and set the business up for rapid growth.”

As the new associate general counsel, Leslie Boyd will oversee the company’s legal operations. Previously, Boyd was a senior attorney at Microsoft for more than five years. She has also been on the legal team at Intellectual Ventures and law firm Caincross & Hempelmann’s hospitality group.

Corin Imai. (DomainTools Photo)

Corin Imai, the new senior product marketing manager for DomainTools, has plenty of experience in marketing. Imai was most recently the senior director of marketing at STEALTHbits Technologies. She has also held marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard, WhiteHat Security, and Identity Finder.

DomainTools won Bootstrapper of the Year at the 2017 GeekWire Awards, having worked its way to profitability without outside funding.

— Darrell Cavens, president of New Ventures at Qurate Retail Group (previously QVC), was named to New York-based Tapestry’s board. Cavens, who was the CEO of Zulily, sold the company to QVC in 2015 for $2.4 billion. In 2017, he left the CEO position to serve as the president of New Ventures and identify growth opportunities for Qurate.

Darrell Cavens. (Photo via LinkedIn)

Prior to Zulily, Cavens worked at Blue Nile, where he was the CTO and senior vice president of marketing, and Microsoft, where he led the BizTalk Server product.

Tapestry holds a portfolio of luxury brands, including Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weizman. With Cavens’ appointment, there are now 11 members on Tapestry’s board.

“We are extremely pleased that Darrell Cavens has agreed to join our board,” Tapestry CEO Victor Luis said. “As we continue to further develop our digital strategy across our portfolio of brands, Darrell’s deep experience in online retailing, technology and data analytics will be invaluable assets.”

Gerard Bogdon. (Phytelligence Photo)

—Seattle-based agriculture biotech company Phytelligence has hired horticulture expert Gerard Bogdon as the global vice president of sales for citrus.

Bogdon, who is Florida-based, will be in charge of citrus rootstock, spring buds, and whips sales to Phytelligence’s customers. Most recently, Bogdon was the group publisher for the North American horticulture group of Meister Media. There, he managed sales, editorial, and circulation for publications like American Vegetable Grower and Florida Grower.

“Gerry has deep knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by growers in the citrus segment of the market,” Phytelligence CEO Ken Hunt said in a press release. “His expertise and understanding of growers’ needs will be instrumental in providing growers with the information and resources required to thrive in a changing market.”

Phytelligence, whose tree cultivation process allows trees to grow quickly to reach the size needed to be planted in orchards, just raised $9.85 million to bring its Series B round to $16.8 million. The startup also doubled its employee count in the past year. Phytelligence, founded by Washington State University professor Amit Dhingra, is embroiled in a legal dispute with WSU over its rights to grow and sell a new brand of apples called Cosmic Crisp.

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