— Jill Keto signed on to be chief marketing officer at Easy Metrics, a supply chain operations startup that helps companies manage labor costs. Keto came from Apptio, where she led online demand generation and digital marketing.
“There’s a perfect storm hitting distribution operations,” Keto said in a statement. “A tight labor market paired with increasing customer demands, like same-day shipping, have introduced complexities that can only be solved by the digital transformation of warehouses.”
“I’m excited to help shape the future of the intelligent warehouse, so companies can get their products in their customer’s hands but also keep their teams happy and engaged,” she added.
— IBM hired Rakhi Voria as director of global digital sales. Voria, a former Geek of the Week, was previously chief of staff to the corporate VP of inside sales at Microsoft. She also served as co-chair on the Women@Microsoft board.
“IBM is a company whose values align with mine,” Voria said in a statement. “It has a rich 108-year history and has always been on the forefront of equal rights as one of the first U.S. companies to enforce a non-discrimination policy — Policy Letter 4 — long before it was made a law.”
“Customer buying preferences are shifting toward digital engagement, and emerging technologies like AI are enabling deep analysis and rich customer conversations like never before,” she added. “I’m thrilled to be leading this team and look forward to helping IBM transform its digital sales force by leveraging data and analytics to understand our customers better.”
— John Latham retired from his role as chief scientific officer of Alder Biopharmaceuticals. Latham helped co-found the company in 2004 and saw it through to the FDA application for its flagship migraine therapy earlier this year.
“We’re here because of John,” Alder CEO Bob Azelby said in an interview with GeekWire.
Azelby said that Latham was happy to see the company on sound footing and is looking forward to taking more time to enjoy the outdoors with his wife.
— Mike Cowden was promoted to president of Slalom Build, a division of Slalom Consulting focused on building technology products. Cowden has been with Slalom for seven years and helped found Slalom Build. Prior to joining the company, he was a partner at Accenture, a consulting firm.
“Technology is the common language that unites all builders – across borders, cultures and languages,” he said in a statement. “And I want to give our international peers the opportunity to build modern technology for modern brands, allowing them to earn wages that can enable entire communities to grow.”
— Brittany Bagley was named the new chief financial officer at Sonos, based out of the company’s Santa Barbara, Calif. headquarters. Bagley will replace current CFO Mike Giannetto when he retires in June.
Bagley was a managing director at investment firm KKR, where she served on a private equity team focused on the tech, media and telecom industries.
KKR invested in Sonos in 2012, and Bagley has served on Sonos’ board since 2017. Sonos has a large Seattle-based engineering outpost.