Who’s been coming to (and going from) major Boston tech companies? Here are the region’s biggest tech jobs changes that came across our radar in February.
• California-based flash storage startup Reduxio announced they’d hired a veteran Boston tech exec, Mike Grandinetti, as their new CMO/corporate strategy officer. Grandinetti will be staying put in Mass. and working out of Reduxio’s new Boston office on Summer Street. The company plans to hire 30 more people this year, a spokesman said, though no word on how many of those could be in Boston.
• The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has hired another familiar face from the Boston startup world. The group says Jodi-Tatiana Charles, formerly the media and community outreach coordinator for MassChallenge, has come aboard as their first director of business and community inclusion. She’ll be working side-by-side with former TUGG director David Brown, who just joined the chamber as VP of innovation leadership.
• After a decade as a tech entrepreneur in Boston, Matt Lauzon shared on Medium that he’s moving back to his hometown of Biddeford, Maine. “I’m planning to disconnect from the ‘startup’ world for a bit — at least as a founder or executive,” he wrote—though Lauzon says he won’t “totally lose connection to the Boston startup community … I expect I’ll be taking the train down to spend at least one day a week with clients and friends.” The move follows the news that his second company, professional reviews site Dunwello, is shutting down. Previously he founded custom jewelry site Gemvara.
• Nice poaching from the retail world for Wayfair, announced this month: the e-commerce firm said it’s brought aboard Sharif Sleiman as VP of supply chain and operations. Sleiman was lured by Wayfair from Staples, where he was VP of inside sales and e-commerce operations, and before that he was a senior director with Groupon.
• At electronics re-seller Gazelle, acquired by Redbox owner Outerwall last fall, has seen CEO Chris Sullivan replaced by Dave Maquera as chief executive. Maquera has been serving as the president of Gazelle and ecoATM, another Outerwall company, since November 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. Maquera previously served as president of EdgeWave, a San Diego-based cybersecurity startup.
• As spotted by Scott Kirsner, QD Vision co-founder/CTO Seth Coe-Sullivan has joined California lighting technology firm Luminit as VP of technology. Coe-Sullivan’s thesis at MIT was part of the foundation of QD Vision, which specializes in next-gen display technology and has raised at least $100 million to date. He’s staying involved with QD Vision as a board member and “CTO emeritus” but will no longer be full-time there, a spokesperson said. However, he’s already been based in California for the past few years, the spokesperson said.
• Kristen Kenney has left HubSpot in Cambridge as director of people operations and moved across the street to CarGurus, where she is the new VP of people and talent. Kenney will play a key role by heading up CarGurus’ global human resources organization as the company expects to add more than 100 employees this year.
• Nice addition over at The Grommet: the e-commerce site for unique products has brought aboard Jillian Balis CMO. Balis had been overseeing marketing initiatives at Boston rising star PillPack as SVP of marketing, and before that she was SVP of marketing at RetailMeNot.
• The Grommet also hired Siobhan Dullea, who was previously SVP and chief client officer at C Space, as chief growth officer.
• Longtime Akamai executive Bob Hughes, known for building the Cambridge tech company’s global sales operation over his 17-year tenure there, is stepping down from his post as president of worldwide operations. He will serve as a strategic advisor to CEO Tom Leighton until his planned departure a year from now.
• MassChallenge announced that Startup Institute CEO Diane Hessan has joined its global board of directors. She will help with the accelerator’s expansion efforts, building upon its presence in Boston, the United Kingdom, Israel and Switzerland. The next country MassChallenge has its eye on is Mexico—which will begin accepting applications for its own program in May.
• Pop-up bus company Bridj recently lost its chief scientist, David Block-Schachter, who is returning to his previous employer, the MBTA. As reported by Shirley Leung, Block-Schachter is taking on the MBTA’s newly created role of chief technology officer for customers—a job that will put him in charge of improving the T’s website and apps, among other responsibilities.
• Elizabeth Dobrska has left Boston hardware-focused venture firm Bolt as director of marketing, to join TUGG as program director. TUGG is the nonprofit supported by the Boston tech community that aids social enterprises in the area.
• Mobee, a Boston-based startup that provides crowdsourced retail intelligence, has hired Mike Grimes, formerly the SVP of digital retail solutions at Catalina, as its chief revenue officer. Grimes will lead the company’s go-to-market strategy, sales and business development efforts.
• To help it do even more to support women entrepreneurs, SheStarts announced that several prominent figures in Boston’s tech community will join its newly formed advisory board. The new members are .406 Ventures associate Payal Agrawal Divakaran, entrepreneur and investor Shereen Shermak, angel investor Barbara Clarke and former HubSpot CMO Mike Volpe.
• Concord-based video game maker OtherSide Entertainment announced it has hired veteran developer Warren Spector as its full-time studio director. Spector has been an influential game designer who led development on “Deus Ex” and “Epic Mickey.” Spector is joining OtherSide to work on the next title in the “System Shock” series—a series he had a big role in producing when it first launched in 1994.
• Watertown email security firm Mimecast said it’s made two SVP hires. Alex Bender, formerly VP of marketing at Onapsis and GM of RSA Conference, has joined the company as SVP of global marketing. Mark Basler, formerly senior director of product management at Constant Contact, has joined Mimecast as SVP of product management.
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