This is our monthly feature where we recap the biggest tech hires in Chicago over the past month. Here’s our list of the top hires in Chicago tech for March:
Pangea, an international money transfer platform that helps people simply and securely transfer money, announced it has appointed Nishu Thukral (pictured above) as chief executive officer and president. Thukral previously served as the company’s COO. In the new role, Thukral will “leverage his extensive payments background to accelerate Pangea’s growth and innovation in the international money transfer industry,” the company said in a statement. Prior to Pangea, Thukral headed up payment strategy at Redbox and served as an investor at Susquehanna Growth Equity.
ampCNG, a company that provides compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure and fueling solutions for the commercial trucking industry, announced that Grant Zimmerman has been appointed chief executive officer. Zimmerman joined the company in February 2015 as senior vice-president of business development. Prior to ampCNG, he was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company’s energy consulting practice, and prior to that he worked at Enron in commercial and finance roles.
The Pritzker Group, the company that oversees Pritzker Group Private Capital and Pritzker Group Venture Capital, announced that it named Kristi Dula as the firm’s first network relationship manager. Dula will be responsible for “facilitating relationships for Pritzker Group’s family of companies, connecting them with the firm’s wide network of experts, strategic partners and potential customers,” the company said in a statement. Prior to the Pritzker Group, Dula served as a strategic account manager for Kapow, and she was vice president of events and content creation for 1871.
Fraud analytics firm Rippleshot announced this month that it appointed John Buzzard as its Director of Product Management. Buzzard joins Rippleshot after more than a decade of experience in the fraud analytics and payments space at companies like FICO and FIS Global. Buzzard will help support Rippleshot’s growth and “facilitate the direction of the business as the company diversifies its roster of clients and partners,” the company said in a statement.
Logistics startup FourKites, which provides real-time truck location and shipment status information to shippers and carriers, announced that it has hired Dave Walker as the company’s Chief Revenue Officer. He’ll be tasked with “building a global sales organization with a scalable revenue generation model and systems that can accommodate the rapidly growing sales team and service offerings,” the company said. Previous to FourKites, Walker was VP of North American Sales at Trusteer, which was acquired by IBM in 2013.
Dose, the media company that runs viral websites Dose.com and OMG Facts–which see more than 50 million monthly unique visitors–has hired Jason Mustian as VP of growth. Mustian was formerly the CEO of Distractify, another media startup focused on viral content.
Marketing agency Performics, which was acquired by DoubleClick in 2004 for $58 million and whose tech mafia has helped launch companies like Narrative Science and Chicago Ventures, announced that Amy Krauss and Josh Dwiggins have been promoted to executive vice president roles. Krauss has been with Performics since 2007, leading multifaceted client engagements for major financial services, CPG and hospitality brands. In her new role, Krauss will be responsible for “integrated account solutions and will oversee Performics client portfolios for the central and eastern regions,” the company said. Dwiggins, who’s been with Performics since 2011 and is based in San Francisco, will be responsible for “driving strategic account management best practices across the organization and overseeing client engagements on the west coast.”
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