Jenny Lam and Hillel Cooperman, co-founders of Jackson Fish Market, as featured on a 2012 GeekWire charity calendar highlighting contributions to the tech community. (Red Box Pictures Photo.)
Long-time technical design leader in Seattle Hillel Cooperman joined oracle as the company’s senior vice president of user experience and design according to his LinkedIn profile. GeekWire reached out to Cooperman to discuss his new role, and an Oracle spokesperson responded and declined to comment.
Oracle recently doubled its presence in Seattle and announced plans to expand its office in the city.
Cooperman’s move comes a little over a year after returning to Microsoft as Design Director for the company’s cloud data and machine learning platform.
He previously co-founded the design consultant and technology product startup Jackson Fish Market, which he founded with design guru Jenny Lam. Interestingly, Lam was the subject of a Tech Moves column in 2016 when we shared about her hiring at Amazon, where she now works as Design Director for the company’s device group.
Cooperman worked at Jackson Fish Market for over a decade until it closed its doors in 2016. Before founding the company, he spent nine years as a product unit manager in Microsoft’s Windows division.
“I was humbled to have the opportunity to join Microsoft’s Data Platform team,” Cooperman told GeekWire when he rejoined the company in 2016 was absolutely eye-opening. Microsoft has always been a focus for deeply intelligent people. But nothing prepared me for the incredible openness, commitment to collaboration, and general positivity and maturity that I find in everyone I work with. “
Karen Thomas. (Gensler photo)
– – Karen Thomas ran the architecture and design office in Seattle Gensler For more than seven years it has been giving a first glimpse of the city, which is experiencing a historical boom. Now Thomas’ role at Gensler expands as she becomes co-managing director for the Northwest.
Thomas will work with Scott Dunlap, Co-Regional Managing Principal based in Gensler’s San Francisco office, to define a strategy for a region that includes Seattle, San Francisco and Portland
“Karen is often sought after for her ability to strategically move clients forward,” said Dunlap in a press release. “We are delighted that she will bring her experience and innate leadership qualities to the people and businesses in our region.”
Gensler’s Seattle projects include Tableau’s new headquarters, two Microsoft buildings, and a complex at Seattle University.
Brian Fioca. (Courtesy photo by Brian Fioca)
– – Brian Fioca, a longtime entrepreneur and tech startup manager, is facing another new project: he has joined the crowdfunding startup for beef Crowd cow to direct the company’s growth technique.
Fioca is known for creating startups like Jobby and RescueTime, both of which were acquired, and for starting businesses at Madrona Venture Labs. Most recently he headed e-commerce for the 3D printer manufacturer Glowforge.
“I will be leading initiatives and, in most cases, arguing technical work for specific projects that have a direct impact on growth,” Fioca told GeekWire about his new role at Crowd Cow. The startup’s platform sells beef to users by crowdfunding each cow.
“I’m really excited to be working with Joe and Ethan and the incredible team they have built. I started two companies with Joe at Madrona Venture Labs (Spare 5 / Mighty AI and ReplyYes / MessageYes) so he’s fantastic to work with again, ”said Fioca. “Also, I was Crowd Cow’s first paying customer when they started and I was a huge fan of the business, so I already firmly believe in their vision of delivering craft beef!”
Vic Davis. (Courtesy photo by Vic Davis)
– B2B Marketing Analytics platform Bizibel announced a new addition to its executive team this week: Seattle Tech Executive Vic Davis joins the company as VP of Customer Success. Davis joins Bizible from the Simply Measured social analytics platform, where he also served as vice president of customer success and previously held senior positions at Salesforce and ExactTarget.
“I’m very excited to be joining Vic,” said Aaron Bird, CEO of Bizible, in an email to GeekWire. “He brings a wealth of experience with ExactTarget & Salesforce customer success, is very knowledgeable in marketing technology and will help us serve the company while we continue to be in the market.”
Davis marks the third addition to the Bizible leadership team in eight months. Last year the company added Jenn Steele as vice president of product marketing and entrepreneur Brewster Stanislaw as vice president of product and strategy. A new round of financing for USD 8.1 million was initiated in August.
Cindy Elkins. (Photo via LinkedIn)
Up-and-coming biotech star Juno Therapeutics added a new face to its C-Suite this week: Cindy Elkins joins the company as Chief Information Officer.
Elkins joins the company from the life science powerhouse Genentech, where she last served for more than five years as vice president of pharmaceutical informatics.
“I am excited to be part of Juno, a company that reflects my passion for vibrant, accountable, high-performing companies that want to change and innovate on a large scale,” said Elkins in a press release. “It is an honor to be part of a mission that will transform the way we treat cancer and other diseases, and provide the tools and infrastructure to enable Juno employees to do their best.”
Elaine Gibbons. (PATH photo)
– Global non-profit health organization PATH announced that Elaine Gibbons has been promoted to serve as the company’s VP of Global Engagement and Communications.
Gibbons was previously executive director of global corporate engagement for nonprofits. She was previously the executive director of the global asset management company Russell Investments.
“PATH is a unique force in global health. We take advantage of the latest advances in technology, partner with private companies and work directly with governments to ensure the success of our projects, ”said Ms. Gibbons. “I am very excited to take on this new role at PATH and I am determined to continue expanding our network of partners and implementers around the world to improve health through creative and future-oriented programs.”
John Nelson. (General UI photo)
– Product design contractor General user interface announced two new hires: John Nelson joins the company as Director of Community Outreach and Don Biszek as director of program administration.
Nelson joins the company from consultant BroadPoint Group, where he served as Director of Business Development. In his new role, he will focus on strengthening the company’s connections with the Seattle business and technology community.
Biszek joins General from Stratos Product Development, where he was Director of Program Management. Before that, he was Director of Product Engineering at Marchex for three years. He began his career at NASA in Houston, including five years as a space shuttle flight controller in mission control.
The post has been updated since its publication to correct the number of additions to the Bizible leadership team.