Boston’s business elite has been busy this past week. Catch up on who’s going where below:
Viral video startup ViralGains appointed Tod Loofbourrow (photographed above) as its chief executive officer. Loofbourrow, a serial entrepreneur, previously served as president of iRobot and, since 2011, has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Center for Digital Business at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Loofbourrow currently sits on the board of ViralGains, Mobee and Jobs for the Future and, according to Sarah Fey, “has the operational experience to put all the right building blocks in place.”
Speaking of Sarah Fey, ViralGains also announced that the former CEO of Aegis Media North America and Isobar, will be chairing the startup’s newly created board of advisors. Fey currently provides guidance on the company’s business and product strategy.
Peter Caparso joined Waltham-based payment services provider BlueSnap as its chief commercial officer. He comes to the company following a six-year stint at competitor Adyen, where he served as the president of North America. In his new role, Caparso will be responsible for building out BlueSnap’s customer base and increasing revenue.
Oryzon Genomics named Gregory Weaver its executive vice president and global chief financial officer. Weaver will be working out of the U.S. headquarters of the clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, located in Cambridge, while Enric Rello stays on as the CFO in Spain. Weaver previously served as CFO of biotech brand Fibrocell Science.
Boston creative agency Arnold Worldwide named Jim Elliott (photographed right) its inaugural global chief creative officer. Elliott, who most recently served as chief creative officer of Y&R New York, will be working with Arnold Global President Pam Hamlin to “foster a unified creative vision across all Arnold offices and to build the brand both in the U.S. and globally.”
Jim Sheehan joined Shorelight Education, a Boston company that partners with nonprofit universities to increase access for international students, as its chief financial officer. He comes to the company from Harvard- and MIT-founded online learning initiative edX, where he was CFO and treasurer.
Governor Charlie Baker appointed Stephanie Pollack as the new secretary of transportation. The Harvard Law School alumna comes to the administration from Northeastern University’s Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. There, she served as the director of research, as well as worked as an adjunct professor.
In bad news: Altisource is laying off employees in its Boston office — an estimated 60, per the office rumor mill.
In better news: Mobile marketing startup Fiksu has doubled its Back Bay headquarters and has plans to hire nearly 200 additional employees by the end of 2015. What’s more, international tuition payments startup peerTransfer has just raised $22 million and is expected to increase in headcount by 15 to 20 employees this year. So, get to applying.