—Expedia has a new chief people officer in Archana Singh, who will head up the organization’s human resources efforts. Singh most recently led HR at publisher John Wiley and Sons and held leadership roles at AMD, Computer Science Corporation and Sun Microsystems.
“[Singh] is deeply motivated by her conviction that creating jobs means creating and fulfilling dreams, and that brand and culture are two sides of the same coin,” Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom said in a statement. “She believes that by creating an amazing employee experience, organizations can unleash the performance and potential of their global talent.”
In other Expedia news, the company recently revealed that it would spend nearly half a billion dollars on its Seattle waterfront campus this year.
— Seattle-based AI edge computing startup Xnor.ai hired Matt Welsh as principal engineer. Welsh previously led engineering teams for Chrome Mobile at Google and was a professor at Harvard, where he once taught Mark Zuckerberg in a course on operating systems.
Xnor.ai, which spun out of Paul Allen’s AI2 incubator in 2017, designs lightweight AI models that can run locally on devices without using the cloud. Last week, the startup announced that it was able to fit its artificial intelligence software on a solar-powered computer chip.
“Xnor is doing work on the bleeding edge of AI and embedded systems, both areas I’m passionate about,” Welsh said in a statement. “There’s a tremendous opportunity to make this technology more widely available, and this is the perfect next chapter for me professionally.”
— Ralph Derrickson is the new president and CEO of industrial internet-of-things provider Bsquare. He also joined the company’s board, replacing longtime board member and former Vulcan Capital CEO William Savoy. Bsquare’s former CEO Jerry Chase stepped down in May 2018.
Derrickson was previously CEO of virtual health care clinic company Carena and was managing director of venture investments at Vulcan.
“Bsquare has a storied history as a provider of embedded software and professional engineering services to a marquee list of Fortune 500 customers,” Derrickson said in a statement. “Our long-standing relationship with Microsoft and our rapidly developing collaboration with Amazon Web Services position us well to provide customers with a range of edge-to-cloud solutions to meet their evolving needs.”
Pius was previously CFO of cloud security firm CipherCloud and application software company xMatters.
“As I evaluated the opportunity, it didn’t take long to understand why SheerID has grown so quickly, with many top-tier brands signing on, and world-class ratings in customer retention and satisfaction,” Pius said in a statement.
Raoul came to SheerID from French transaction processing firm Conduent, where she led sales.
“This is an exciting time to join SheerID as it continues its rapid expansion to markets outside of North America,” Raoul said. “Certainly, there’s a universal desire among brands to provide personalized promotions that get their customer’s attention, tend to improve their loyalty, drive more revenue and maintain their privacy.”
SheerID’s tech can figure out whether or not customers belong to a group, such as veterans, and approve them for special offers. Its clients include American Giant, ASOS, LL. Bean, Urban Outfitters and Zappos. The Eugene, Ore.-based company said revenues more than doubled for the second year in a row in 2018.
— Bootstrapper Studios co-founder and CEO Adam Wygle is moving on to join the Tacoma Rainiers, the triple-A baseball affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Wygle will also also work with the Tacoma Defiance and Reign FC, which are part of the We R Tacoma group of teams that play at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.
Wygle will make videos and produce broadcasts as a multimedia specialist under creative director Casey Catherwood.
“I couldn’t pass up the chance to focus all my energy and take everything I’ve learned over the last 8 years as Bootstrapper Studios and bring it to an organization that’s working to give my city icons like the Rainiers, Defiance and Reign,” Wygle told GeekWire in an email.