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Chicago tech hub 1871 announced that it has hired Betsy Ziegler to be its new CEO. Ziegler takes over for outgoing CEO Howard Tullman. Ziegler has spent the last seven years at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, most recently as its chief innovation officer for portfolio innovation. She is 1871’s first female chief executive.


Chicago-based Uptake, a fast-growing predictive analytics startup, announced that it has named Ganesh Bell as its president. Bell was GE’s first-ever chief digital officer and was the CEO of GE Power Digital, focusing on energy, Internet Of Things, cloud and big data.


Chicago-based DialogTech announced that it has promoted chief operating officer Doug Kofoid to CEO. He takes over for Irv Shapiro, who is transitioning to executive chairman. Shapiro said he hired Kofoid for the COO role a year ago “with this very promotion in mind.” DialogTech, founded in 2005, provides marketing analytics for business phone calls and has raised over $76 million to date.


Chicago-based Opternative announced it has hired Scott Axonovitz as its chief revenue officer. Prior to Opternative, he worked at CareerBuilder as the head of its global enterprise key customer business.


Chicago-based Jellyvision has hired Kelly Dean as its VP of People. Dean previously worked as the director of human resources at Crate and Barrel and before that was talent strategy manager at Apple.


Biopharmaceutical startup Aptinyx, based in Evanston, announced that it has named its current chief business officer Ashish Khanna its chief financial officer. Khanna now holds both titles at the startup, which raised $70M in December.


Vibes announced that Brian Garofola has joined the Chicago-based mobile marketing company as its new CTO. Garofola comes to Vibes from CDK Global.


Revzi, an analytics software company in Chicago, announced that it hired Shane Jones, the co-founder of Fooda, as its new director of strategic partnerships. In his new role, Jones will lead the company’s efforts in building relationships with businesses and associations across restaurant, retail, service and healthcare industries.

Vivid Seats 

Chicago-based online ticket marketplace Vivid Seats announced that it has named Christopher Libertelli as its senior vice president of business and legal affairs. Libertelli has more than 20 years of experience and has worked at major tech companies like Netflix and Skype.