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Michelle Newbery. (Photo courtesy Crowd Cow)

Crowd Cow, a Seattle-based marketplace for craft meat straight from farm to consumer, has added its first chief financial officer and head of marketing.

Michelle Newbery joins as CFO, coming to the company from Lowe’s Companies where she held a variety of positions, including director of corporate accounting, COO and CFO for and president of The Mine.

Kathryn Ficarra joins as head of marketing after most recently having been with Big Fish Games as vice president of advertising.

Kathryn Ficarra. (Photo courtesy Crowd Cow)

“We have a model that’s well positioned to scale and disrupt the industry, while improving the quality of food available to consumers across the country,” said Newbery in a statement. “We’re leaning in on education around the importance of a healthy, sustainable lifestyle,” added Ficarra. “In connecting our consumers to our farmers, it’s a win-win.”

“Michelle and Kathryn will help us amplify the message that meat from independent farmers tastes better and helps feed the world without damaging it,” said Joe Heitzeberg, Crowd Cow co-founder, in making the announcement. “We want to end the era of mystery meat!”

Echodyne, maker of high-performance radars for infrastructure security and guiding autonomous machines, has added Paul Farmer to its management team as chief financial officer. The Kirkland, Wash.-based company said Farmer has 30 years of financial and operational leadership along with public company CFO experience.

Curt Anderson, who was CFO of startup Chef Software and had a long career at Microsoft prior to that, has come onboard as chief financial officer of Icertis. Icertis, which is based in Bellevue, Wash., provides enterprise contract management in the cloud. The company said Anderson will lead all financial operations including strategic planning, financial analysis, accounting and compliance, and core business systems and processes.

Dr. Blaine Levedahl. (Photo courtesy Olis Robotics)

Olis Robotics, formerly known as BluHaptics, has added Dr. Blaine Levedahl to its next-generation robotics software team. Levedahl’s experience includes modeling and control of underwater vehicles in collaboration with Northrop Grumman, as well as work on ground-based robotics systems and, as chief scientist at Tethers Unlimited, development of in-space manufacturing technologies. Olis is based in Seattle and is a spinout of the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington.

— Digital consultancy RAIN has added a new executive to run its Seattle office. Eric Turkington, who joins as vice president of strategic partnerships, is responsible for RAIN’s relationships with voice assistant platforms and third-party voice ecosystem providers, among others. He comes to RAIN after spending more than three years at innovation strategy and design firm Fahrenheit 212.

— Vancouver, Wash.-based RealWear has a new vice president of human resources. Michael Guerchon. Guerchon comes to RealWear, which makes wearable computers, after positions at Innovari, Okta, and Puppet, among others.

— Endpoint security provider Carbon Black has tapped Thomas Hansen as its chief operating officer. Hansen, who had been the company’s chief revenue officer, is moving into the newly created role and will continue to lead the firm’s global sales organization, as well as its marketing and business development functions. While Carbon Black is based in Boston, it has offices in Portland, Ore. and Hansen is located in Seattle.

— The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance added Camille Dahlstrom to its team as the organization’s administrative assistant.

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