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David Rosenthal

Microsoft Teams is expanding into a new market: Government employees. The company hired Avanade technical evangelist David Rosenthal for the initiative, Rosenthal told GeekWire in an email.

“I’ll be part of the security and compliance side of things, working on bringing Microsoft Teams to the various Government Clouds as part of Office 365,” he said. “We will be starting from scratch, with zero users! This is a chance to reach an entirely new market for Teams, and unlock more of the productivity potential of Office 365 for Government employees of all types.”

Rosenthal spent four years at Avanade as a consultant and later as a technical evangelist, leading an internal group of evangelists in the company. He announced the new role on Twitter.

Roger Frey. (Unified Logic Photo)

— Bellevue, Wash., based IT data company Unified Logic has tapped Dell EMC exec Roger Frey to serve as the company’s chief revenue officer. Unified Logic’s Movere product automates collection, inventory, analysis and visualization of IT data. The company was founded in 2008.

Frey was most recently the VP of alliances and business development at global cloud provider Skytap. He previously spent six years as an executive at Dell EMC, one of the leading data storage providers in the country, eventually serving as the company’s VP of global solutions marketing. At Unified Logic, he will oversee the company’s sales, marketing and support as well as its strategic partnership strategy, including leading its Microsoft partnership.

“I am very excited about the growth and market position Movere has achieved in a relatively short amount of time,” Frey said in a press release. “Movere has solidified itself as the SaaS digital transformation platform market leader, and I look forward to accelerating Unified Logic’s growth in this exciting market.”

Mike Sievert. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

T-Mobile‘s board of directors voted to increase the board’s size and elected the company’s COO, Mike Sievert, to fill the gap, according to an SEC filing. The move increases the company’s board to twelve directors and solidifies Seivert’s position as the company’s number two, behind infamous and outspoken CEO John Legere. Legere is the only other officer on the company’s board.

Sievert first joined the company in 2012 as an executive vice president and the chief marketing officer. He became COO in 2015. As an officer of the company, he will not get any additional compensation from his director position, the company said.

Brianna McDonald. (Keiretsu Forum Photo)

Keiretsu Forum Northwest, the largest angel investor network in the region, has new leadership: Longtime angel investor Brianna McDonald was appointed president of the organization.

McDonald joined Keiretsu as an investor when its Seattle chapter launched in 2005. She became the interim president and director of operations for its Northwest division last year. She is also the managing partner of McDonald Ventures, offering investment and growth strategies to startups in the Seattle region.

Keiretsu Forum Northwest includes the organization’s chapters in the Seattle and Spokane regions in Washington State, Vancouver, B.C., and Boise, Idaho. Those chapters have collectively funded 422 companies since 2005.

Armando Almeida. (Photo via LinkedIn)

— Global telecom leader Armando Almeida is the latest addition to AI telecom company Tupl‘s board of directors, the company announced Thursday. Almeida has held senior executive roles at telecom companies around the world, including two years as the CEO of Portugal Telecom and long stints in leadership at Compaq (acquired by Hewlett-Packard) and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Tupl was founded by Nokia and T-Mobile vets and uses machine learning to help telecom companies with network efficiency and customer support. The company raised $7 million in August.

“Expertise and innovation in automation is a requisite for tomorrow’s telecom leaders,” Almeida said in a press release. “I am delighted to partner with Petri and his team to help wireless and wireline network operators around the world leverage this game-changing technology.”

Amy Errett. (True Ventures Photo)

— Longtime entrepreneur and investor Amy Errett is taking on a new role as a venture partner at Silicon-Valley based investment firm True Ventures. The firm’s portfolio includes Seattle startup incubator Pioneer Square Labs, Fitbit and book review site GoodReads.

Errett has served as a special advisor to the True Ventures since 2013, the same year she founded hair care company Madison Reed. Errett will continue to serve as Madison Reed’s CEO.

Before founding Madison Reed, Errett spent nearly five years as a general partner at Maveron, the investment firm founded by Starbucks founder Howard Schultz and investor Dan Levitan.

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