Every month we recap the biggest tech hires and departures in the D.C. area over the past month. To get hiring and other local innovation news daily, sign up for The Beat. Here’s our list of the top hires in D.C. innovation for January:

DXC Technology

  • Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, stepped down in late December from the board of Tysons Corner-based DXC Technology, the merged entity of Computer Sciences Corp. and HPE’s IT services business, as reported on Jan. 2. Whitman also plans to step down as HPE’s CEO on Feb. 1.


  • On Jan. 8, it was reported that EverFi had named Lisa Mayr as their new chief financial officer to replace Matt Sysak, who joined ServicePower in September and also helped raise the edtech company’s $190 million round.

ICX Media

  • Michael Avon’s ICX Media is gearing up for a pretty big 2018. The content platform added former Vistaprint vice president Scott Bowen to its team as the first chief operating officer on Jan. 9. ICX Media also added former TIME Inc. CEO Laura Lang to their board of directors. In a statement to DC Inno, Avon said the new personnel additions will help ICX Media build out their enterprise business in 2018.

Savi Technology

  • Alexandria, Va.-based Savi Technology brought on a new board member on Jan. 10 as it continues to expand beyond its federal contracting rootsXavier Garijo joined the board, and he brings a depth of retail supply chain knowledge from his time as both executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at Revlon and Elizabeth Arden.

Association for Computing Machinery

  • Adam Eisgrau is the Association for Computing Machinery’s new director of global policy and public affairs, according to a press release on Jan. 12. In his new role, Eisgrau will coordinate and support ACM’s public technology policy issue engagement — both globally and in the U.S. Previously, Eisgrau was a communications attorney representing both public and private sector interests. His career started as a judiciary committee counsel to then-freshman U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Most recently, Eisgrau was the American Library Association’s managing director in its office of government relations.

GTT Communications

  • GTT Communications, a global cloud networking provider, announced on Jan. 17 that Julius Erving, or “Dr. J,” is joining their board. Long retired from playing basketball, Erving is now the founder and managing member of Dr. J Enterprises, which manages merchandise, media and philanthropic aspects of Dr. J’s brand. Erving has also sat on the board of LCI International, Saks Fifth Avenue, Meridian Bank, Converse and more.

Perfect Sense

  • Perfect Sense has a new chief marketing officer as of Jan. 17. The Reston, Va.-based digital content management solution provider, brought on Jenifer Kern from Bethesda, Md.-based Tracx as their first CMO. Kern’s addition rounds out a series of strategic executive hires, including CFO Kami Ragsdale in 2017. Kern has more than 20 years of technology marketing and sales experience with both SaaS and software-enabled firms.


  • Baltimore, Md.-based ZeroFox brought on two new executives as of Jan. 17. The social media security startup has hired Brian Cyr as their first general counsel and Todd Laughman to lead U.S. sales. Cyr is an early employee and former general counsel at Datadog, and Laughman is the former SVP of sales a Venminder and VP of worldwide sales at BitSight.


  • Former D.C. official Erin Horne McKinney is heading to Ohio. According to a press release on Jan. 18, Cleveland-based JumpStart has brought on Horne McKinney as their first managing partner of inclusion. Previously, Horne McKinney was the head of the Bowser administration’s strategy for tech, innovation and entrepreneurship. Horne McKinney, a Cleveland native, is the first person to assume this role at JumpStart, and in it, she will lead a growing team and portfolio of ventures aimed at building inclusive economic ecosystems.

Strategic Cyber Ventures

  • Strategic Cyber Ventures‘ co-founder and CEO is now off to a new gig. Tom Kellerman has joined Carbon Black as their chief cybersecurity officer, according to the Boston-based company on Jan. 22. Carbon Black provides endpoint security technology. D.C.-based cybersecurity venture firm SCV formed in 2016. In a post about the new role, Kellerman writes, “While CEO of SCV, I watched the U.S. be colonized by foreign hackers. Sitting on the sidelines, it became quite apparent that cyberspace is suffering a cyber insurgency. The overt colonization of American Cyberspace has continued at breathtaking speed and thus I have decided to get back on the field.”


  • As first reported in Axios’ Login newsletter on Jan. 23, former D.C. Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli is now with IBM as their GM of Networking Services. Vemulapalli stepped down from her post as CTO in early January, after first announcing her decision in November.


  • Mapbox has brought on its first CFO. The D.C.-based mapping technology startup has hired John Booney in the new role. Previously, Booney was the CFO of enterprise software maker FinancialForce. While at FinancialForce, according to the press release, Bonney grew the company from about 200 employees and about $35M in revenue to over 650 employees and about $100M in revenue. The company also closed $180M in equity and debt funding. Now, he joins Mapbox only a few months after the startup closed a $160M round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund and as the company embarks on a new headquarters search.