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Tech Moves: Leafly announces new board ahead of SPAC merger; Amazon vets depart; and more

Tech Moves: Leafly announces new board ahead of SPAC merger; Amazon vets depart; and more
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Leafly Board Members, top left, clockwise: Blaise Gudja Sato, Yoko Miyashita, Michael Blue, Cassandra “Cassie” Chandler, Alan Becquerel and Peter Lee. (Leafly photo)

Leafly has announced its new six-member Board of Directors whose appointments will be effective after the completion of SPAC’s pending merger with New York-based Merida Merger Corp. The new board will include:

According to Reuters, shareholders in Merida Merger Corp. will meet. On January 14 to agree on the SPAC deal.

Tech companies across the country continue to hire Amazon CEOs:

  • Rene VillegasD., former head of marketing for Amazon Subscription Boxes, and now chief marketing officer for Boston-based wireless broadband provider Starry.
  • 12 years old Amazon John Curran He joined CloudKitchens from Travis Kalanick as CFO, according to Insider. Curran most recently served as Vice President of Finance and CFO of International Consumer Division at Amazon.
  • Craig Berman, who has spent more than 14 years in global communications at Amazon, is the first senior vice president of corporate marketing at e-commerce startup Fabric.
  • Hiring Techstars for Accelerator and VC Fund Marie mosavo As the primary responsible for its portfolio. Headquartered in London, Musavo held various positions in European operations, sellers and merchandising teams during her 15-year tenure at Amazon.

– Everett, a Washington-based Funko maker of pop culture products, has named current board member Charles Denson as chairman. The company also announced that new CEO Andrew Perlmutter has joined the board of directors to replace Gino Delomo, partner at ACON Investments, the parent company of Funko.

Dustin Gross. (Nintex pictures)

Dustin Grosse, head of marketing and strategy at Nintex, stepped down from the workflow automation company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington late last year. A company spokesperson confirmed Grosse’s departure and said the company will not be hiring a CMO for the foreseeable future.

In October, Nintex announced that TPG Capital would acquire a majority stake in the company. The deal closed in November and Ben Brewer, who joined Nintex as director of revenue in 2020, was named head of the go-to-market organization. In this new position, he will oversee the sales, marketing and customer success teams at Nintex.

– Seattle-based biotechnology company Ecosavax has added John Schaefer to its board of directors.

Schaeffer is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for IGM Biosciences’ Infectious Diseases business. He was previously an executive director of the pharmaceutical and vaccine companies Merck & Co, Inc. and Sanofi Pasteur.

Lee Gower. (Dutch Bros coffee photo)

– Lee Gower, former CEO of Blue Nile, joined Grants Pass, based in Ore. Dutch Bros Coffee as the retailer’s first CTO.

At Blue Nile, an online jewelry retailer based in Seattle, Gower served as Vice President of Technology. Previously, she was a Senior Technology and Product Manager at T-Mobile and a consultant at Slalom Consulting.

Dutch Bros Coffee is a 30-year-old coffee company with more than 500 locations in 12 states. The company went public in September. Dutch Bros Coffee priced the stock at $23 and raised more than $550 million. The shares are now trading at around $46.

The Oregon company also added Symantec and Google veterinarian Stephen Gillette to its board of directors in December. Gillette is currently president of San Francisco-based Verily Life Sciences and serves on the Discord Board of Directors.

Microsoft CVP Harvinder Bhela joins hybrid cloud services company NetApp as Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer. Bhela, a 24-year Microsoft veteran, most recently led the security, compliance, and management business of Microsoft 365.

Nathan Peterson (Tagboard photo).

Tagboard founder Josh Decker has named longtime CEO Nathan Peterson as the new CEO of the Redmond, Washington-based startup.

Decker, who founded Tagboard in 2011, is now chairman and president of the board. Peterson joined Tagboard in 2017 as Vice President of Marketing. He has held a number of positions including Chief Revenue Officer and President.

Tagboard was originally launched as a social media aggregator. In recent years, the company has expanded its products to include a cloud-based production platform and graphics system. Clients include NFL Network, Telemundo and Major League Baseball, which signed a four-year deal beginning in 2021.

Scott Sandler, partner of the Oregon Venture Fund, has left his full-time position at an investment firm in Oregon and southwest Washington. Sandler, the former CEO of Novas Software, joined OVF in 2010 as an investor.

– Property management startup Doorstead has appointed Philip Lee as Chief Technology Officer. Lee was previously an engineering director at Facebook in Seattle and also a director of software development at Amazon. He co-founded CounsellChat, Healtho, and BuzzLabs. Doorstead raised $12.5 million last year.

Amy Ballet. (Deadly Visual Strategies Pictures)

Amy Balliet, co-founder of Killer Visual Strategies (formerly Killer Infographics), is stepping down as CEO of Seattle Agency. She is now a Senior Associate in Visual Strategy at Mattel Consulting, the parent company of Killer Visual Strategies.

Balliett co-founded Killer Visual Strategies in 2010 and pioneered the company until it was acquired by Kelton Global, a materials company, in 2019.

Vancouver-based clinical-stage biotechnology company Zymeworks has announced that Kenneth Galbraith will succeed co-founder Ali Tehrani as president and CEO on or before February 1. Zymeworks CEO Neil Columbus has also been promoted to CFO/COO.

Galbraith previously served on the Zymeworks Board of Directors from 2009 to 2016. He was most recently a resident executive at Syncona Limited and served as CEO of the biosciences companies LEMAL Biosciences and Fairhaven Pharmaceuticals.

Founded in 2003, Zymeworks has a branch office in Seattle. Leading candidate drugs target oncology therapies.

New Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has appointed former Washington State Representative Gayle Tarleton and former Television CEO Matt Chan to his administration.

Tarleton will serve as interim director of the Office of International Government Relations. Previously a senior defense intelligence analyst at the Pentagon, she ran for Secretary of State in Washington last year.

Chan will be a special advisor for public engagement. According to a press release, he will advise the mayor on “the city’s strategic use of digital technology to enhance public participation, enhance transparency, and address the digital divide.”

Ali etiquette. (SoleSavy photo)

– Hire the SoleSavy sneaker online community based in Vancouver, British Columbia Ali Adab is Chief Content Officer. Adab spent nearly a decade as Vice President of Content and Partnerships at digital entertainment company BroadbandTV.

Founded in 2018, SoleSavy has raised more than $14 million to expand its sneaker-focused platform. It currently hosts several chat communities and has plans to create a peer-to-peer marketplace, editorial content, and NFT, as well as expand beyond North America.

BlackSky Corporation of Seattle and Herndon, Virginia, has hired Ali Bonilla, vice president of investor relations. He recently led investor relations with industrial Internet of Things company ORBCOMM.

– Fred Hatch promotes Hilary Hehman to Vice President of Business Development. She joined Cancer Research Center in 2016 as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances.

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