Tech Moves: Glassdoor hires former Convoy chief economist; Kineta adds exec; and more
— Maggie Brady, previously a human resources group leader at fintech company Fiserv, is now head of people at trucking marketplace Convoy. Brady previously also led human resources teams at GE Healthcare, HD Supply and Anthem.
Convoy raised $260 million this April. it has 1,300 employees and forecasts more than $1 billion in revenue for 2022. The company laid off 7% of its workforce earlier this month. The startup makes software to automate transactions between trucking companies and shippers.
— Aaron Terrazas, previously director of economic research at Convoy, joined Glassdoor as chief economist. Terrazas was previously senior economist at Zillow and served as an economist with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy.
In a statement, Terrazas said he was attracted to Glassdoor’s research into the workplace. “It’s an exciting time to have such a window into the new age of work, with its changing norms and a generation whose formative career years will be starkly different from its predecessors,” he said.
— Hadi Partovi, CEO of the education nonprofit Code.org, is joining sales platform company Outreach as an advisor. Partovi was a founder of Tellme Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft, and iLike, acquired by News Corp. Until recently, Partovi was also board director at Convoy.
Outreach has more than 4,600 customers and landed $200 million in funding a year ago, pushing its valuation to $4.4 billion. Its software helps sales professionals close deals, track leads and boost engagement with customers. In a statement, CEO Manny Medina called a sales career “the fastest way out of poverty” and noted Partovi similarly helps people change their economic situation through Code.org.
— Kineta announced the appointment of Thierry Guilaudeux to chief scientific officer. Guilaudeux was previously senior vice president for immuno-oncology at the biotech company, and is an associate professor at the University of Rennes 1 in Rennes, France.
The 27-employee company recently announced that it will enter the public markets through a merger; its lead oncology candidate is also set to enter phase 1 clinical trials by year’s end.
Other personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest tech industry:
- Ukonwa Kuzi-Orizu Ojo stepped down as chief marketing officer of Amazon’s Prime Video and Amazon Studios.
- Charissa Thompson will join Amazon Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football as the host of its NFL pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage.
- Jillian White is now head of growth at appraisal startup Aloft , moving from digital home ownership company Better.
- Variational AI , a Vancouver, B.C.-based drug discovery company, has two new board members: John Boylan and Mads Daugaard .
- William Canestaro will be a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States while retaining his job as Washington Research Foundation managing director. He will focus on transatlantic pharma RD and best practices for training life science entrepreneurs.
- Chip Mosher is leaving his position as head of content for ComiXology, a digital comics platform acquired by Amazon in 2014. Bryce Gold at ComiXology has reportedly been tapped to head the “Comixology Originals” program and former ComiXology CEO David Steinberger is leaving Amazon to go back to his “entrepreneurial roots”, only months after taking on a role leading an “Amazon-wide initiative.”