Tech Moves: Smartsheet taps leader for new Sydney office; Payscale adds CMO; Vulcan names CFO; and more

Adrianna Burrows. (PayScale Photo)

—Former Microsoft general manager Adrianna Burrows is now chief marketing officer at Seattle-based compensation startup PayScale. Burrows is one of several new executives appointed by new CEO Scott Torrey, who took over from longtime CEO Mike Metzger last year.

“This is clearly an incredible time to join PayScale. The company is experiencing rapid growth as more and more companies realize the value of using data-driven insights to manage their biggest asset – their people,” said Burrows.

Burrows left Microsoft in 2016 to join online community Stack Overflow as CMO; she continues to serve on its board. Most recently she was CMO at talent management company Cornerstone OnDemand.

Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet, maker of “collaboration work management” software, announced the opening of a new office in Sydney, Australia. Nigel Mendonca has been hired as vice president, Asia Pacific, to lead the company’s third international location.

Mendonca is familiar with SaaS companies from the Seattle region, having spent almost five years as country manager for Tableau Software in Australia and New Zealand.

Shares of Smartsheet saw 86 percent year-over-year growth last year. The new Sydney office has capacity for 60 employees; Smartsheet employs more than 1,500 people worldwide.

Vulcan Inc., the holding company created by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, named John Bernstein as chief financial officer. Bernstein was most recently the chief operating officer of the Ford Foundation, one of the wealthiest private endowments in the world.

Philanthropy is one of Vulcan’s “areas of practice” with initiatives focused on climate, conservation and communities. As a member of Vulcan’s leadership team, Bernstein will be responsible for Vulcan’s finance and information technology departments.

KenSci, a Seattle startup developing AI and machine learning software to reduce healthcare costs, named Todd Kenck as its first chief financial officer. Kenck joins the digital health up-and-comer from Xinova where he was also CFO.

“KenSci is on a unique mission and one that has the potential to transform lives across the globe. I’ve seen how the organization has grown exponentially in a matter of years, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the next phase in its journey” Kenck said.

Heavily funded startup Vacasa, ranked No. 2 on the GeekWire 200, promoted Jeff Flitton to chief technology officer. Previously vice president of engineering, Flitton took over for former CTO Tim Goodwin, who joined Santa Monica, Calif.-based TigerConnect.

Anisa Khoshbakhtian. (City of Seattle Photo)

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development appointed Anisa Khoshbakhtian as its technology and media industry advocate. Khoshbakhtian received her MBA from USC and has led marketing initiatives at startups.

“I am tremendously grateful to be at the helm of bringing more diversity to the technology industry from the city level,” said Khoshbakhtian. “As the evolution of technology continues to reshape Seattle, we need to look at the overall industry and make sure that we are addressing how this plays into the long term economic development of the city.”

In this new role, Khoshbakhtian will identify public-private partnerships that advance access to economic opportunity for underrepresented communities, manage community engagement programs and work to bridge the gap between creative and technology industries.

Khoshbakhtian plans to address employment disparities in the technology sector, specifically around race, gender, immigration status, and ethnic identity.

Ben Brewer, a longtime sales leader at SAP Concur, is now chief revenue officer at automation company Nintex. Brewer spent more than thirteen years at SAP Concur, most recently as SVP and general manager of the global small to medium-sized business division.

Seattle-based Female Founders Alliance has promoted Rohre Titcomb to be the social purpose corporation’s first COO. An entrepreneur and ultimate frisbee world champion, Titcomb was previously vice president of operations. She coaches ultimate frisbee at the national-level and recently graduated from the EY Women Athletes Business Network mentoring program.

Bardy Diagnostics, a Seattle-based medical device company that makes cardiac monitors for remote patients, announced Ed Vertatschitsch as chief operations officer. Vertatschitsch was most recently a vice president at Palo Alto, Calif.-based Varian Medical Systems and previously led Calypso Medical, which Varian acquired in 2011, as president and CEO.

“BardyDx is experiencing accelerating growth with the success of the CAM patch and the development of novel ECG analysis technologies,” said Vertatschitsch. “It is an honor to join Dr. Bardy and the innovative team at BardyDx, and I am excited and eager to help further the company’s success.”

Aaron Crane. (SCCA Photo)

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) CFO Aaron Crane has been appointed executive vice president of the organization, responsible for strategic development, financial planning and an upcoming expansion of its South Lake Union campus.

He has served as interim executive vice president of SCCA, which brings together teams from Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine, since March 2019.

Cloud services provider BitTitan added Kirk Swanson as corporate development associate. Swanson joins the Bellevue Wash.-based company as part of an initiative to grow the business through mergers and acquisitions. Last year, BitTitan raised what it described as “growth capital” from Vancouver, B.C.-based firm Vistara Capital Partners.