Qumulo, a fast-growing file storage technology company, has hired a new VP of people to oversee its growing workforce. Robyn Singh, who has held executive human resources roles at Amazon and Microsoft, will fill the new role.
Singh joins the company from Amazon, where she was the director of human resources for Amazon’s Seller Marketplace. She was previously the VP of Human Resources at workplace automation company Nintex and formerly spent 12 years as a human resources executive at Microsoft.
“Robyn’s demonstrated success building people strategies that drive business outcomes for global, fast-paced technology companies makes her the perfect fit for Qumulo, particularly at this stage of the company,” Qumulo CEO Bill Richter said in a press release. “The health and success of a company is a testament to the health and success of its people — we’re excited to welcome Robyn to help cultivate our team and culture as we continue with explosive growth and enter this next phase of maturation.”
Qumulo raised $93 million in June, bringing its total funding to $230 million. It now employs 200 at its headquarters in Seattle, up from 180 people when that funding was announced.
— Lighter Capital, a Seattle-based investment firm that offers revenue-based financing, tapped Bay Area marketing executive Anthea Louie to serve as its chief marketing officer. She will remain in the Bay Area in her new role.
Louie has held marketing leadership positions at companies including Disney, Yahoo, SAP and Epson. She was most recently the VP of digital business and marketing for cybersecurity company Symantec, leaving the company after its acquisition by DigiCert.
“It’s an exciting time to be joining Lighter Capital and the small business lending industry,” Louie said in a press release. “Lighter Capital has redefined startup financing, giving entrepreneurs access to non-dilutive capital in order to grow their business and get to the next level. I’m looking forward to the challenge of building a high-performing marketing organization that actively engages with these entrepreneurs to foster a community of small businesses that have found success with Lighter Capital.”
The company also added longtime Google executive Brian Zeug to its board of directors.
Korst was most recently the chief marketing officer at tax compliance software company Avalara. He previously spent five years at T-Mobile, including nearly three years as a vice president, and has spent more than six years in various leadership roles at Microsoft, including a stint as the general manager of Windows marketing.
In his new role, Korst will “partner closely with GBH clients to transform marketing and customer experiences and create strategies for differential growth,” the company said.
— Governor Jay Inslee tapped two new leaders to join the Washington State Department of Commerce.
Robin Toth, a business executive from the Spokane area, will lead the department’s efforts to grow the state’s aerospace sector. Former political staffer and congressional aide Julia Terlinchamp will lead development of the state’s life sciences and global health sector.
— BitTitan, a managed services automation startup, has hired Gregg Erickson to serve as its VP of customer success. Erickson joins the company from Zipwhip, where he was the director of customer success and experience. He previously held customer-focused roles at companies including Tableau, user experience company AnswerDash and domain register Rightside.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to support BitTitan’s phenomenal network of 33,000 customers worldwide and to help them grow their profits by leveraging automation to migrate and manage mailbox and workload migrations to the cloud,” Erickson said in a press release. “I’ve been very impressed with BitTitan’s commitment to its customers, partners and end-users and to be part of an innovative, growing organization.”