Tech Moves: Appsheet staffs up leadership; GitHub welcomes a new COO; voice startup Jargon grows; and more

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Thierry D’Hers, Mary Ludloff, Daisy dePaulis and Santiago Uribe Montoya. (AppSheet Photos)

AndroidTechNews.Com – No-code app development startup AppSheet brought on Daisy dePaulis as chief revenue officer and Thierry D’Hers as vice president of engineering. dePaulis previously held senior sales roles at Seattle-based Tableau Software and Textio. A veteran of Microsoft and Tableau, D’Hers was most recently chief product officer at Portland, Ore.-based FocusVision.

Seattle-based AppSheet, which raised $15 million in April, also promoted Santiago Uribe Montoya to chief marketing officer and Mary Ludloff to vice president of business development and communications.

“Daisy, Thierry, Santiago and Mary each bring unique talent, experience and insights that will guide AppSheet’s next phase of growth,” AppSheet CEO Praveen Seshadri said in a statement. “Our mission is to empower every business user to create rich enterprise-grade solutions with our no-code app platform. I’m excited that Daisy and Thierry are joining to help us with that mission, sharing all their experience of building a great, successful company at Tableau.”

The Jargon team, from left to right: Nalin Richardson, Jonathan Burstein, Levi Sawyers, Milkana Brace, Shaun Withers, Seth Lugibihl and Keith Stone. (Jargon Photo)

Jargon, an Amazon-backed startup that’s creating a content management service for voice assistants, hired three software engineers: Seth Lugibihl is a recent graduate of Taylor University and host of Vociety, a podcast focused on voice apps; Keith Stone was previously a principal software engineer at Arivale, a Seattle-based “scientific wellness” startup that shut down in April; Nalin Richardson also comes from Arivale, where he was an intern.

“Seth, Keith and Nalin are joining Jargon’s CTO Jonathan Burstein as part of the initial engineering team to build Jargon’s Conversation Platform, which enables voice applications on services like Alexa and Google Assistant to dynamically manage content. We have a real shot at not only building a great company but also shaping the future of voice,” Jargon CEO Milkana Brace said in an email.

In March, the Seattle startup raised a $1.8 million seed round, which included participation from Amazon’s Alexa Fund.

Erica Brescia. (GitHub Photo)

— Microsoft-owned GitHub named Erica Brescia as the company’s new chief operating officer. Brescia is a board member at the Linux Foundation and was a co-founder at Bitnami.

“It has been incredible to watch GitHub’s growing impact not just on how software is developed but also on how communities of developers work together,” Brescia said in a blog post. “After more than 14 years as a software company founder at BitRock and Bitnami, I wanted the opportunity to bring my entrepreneurial mindset to an organization where I could be as passionate about the mission and vision as I was when I was a founder. I couldn’t think of a better place to do this than GitHub.”

GitHub recently added a feature that lets users donate to open-source contributors.

Dr. Uzma S. Burki. (BitTitan Photo)

— Seattle-area cloud service provider BitTitan hired Dr. Uzma S. Burki as the company’s vice president and chief human resources officer. Burki was most recently with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a senior HR executive. Prior to that, she was a consultant with Altivia Consulting.

“I’m so excited at the opportunity to join such a vital company as BitTitan,” Burki said in a statement. “I’ve been impressed with the foundation that the company has established, and I look forward to contributing to BitTitan’s continued growth and success as a global leader in its field.”

Leigh McMillan and Rob Eleveld. (Whitepages Photo)

Leigh McMillan is the new CEO of Whitepages, which yesterday announced that it would split into two separate companies. McMillan was previously the company’s consumer business general manager. Rob Eleveld, who became CEO of Whitepages in 2016, will be CEO of the newly-created firm Ekata, previously known as Whitepages Pro. Both companies will remain in Seattle.

“Our new brand and independent operations reflect the integral role we play in helping many of the world’s biggest digital commerce businesses link a digital identity back to a human,” Eleveld said in a statement.

John Nelson and Michelle Perez. (Centric Consulting Photo)

— Business consulting firm Centric Consulting announced two new hires at its Seattle office: John Nelson joins the company as its business development lead and Michelle Perez as a senior manager.

Nelson was most recently director of community outreach at software consulting firm GenUI. Perez previously worked as a consultant both independently and at Point B. She also held senior roles at cosmetics company Julep and ran their subscription service.

“Adding top-notch executive talent from some of the Seattle’s top firms uniquely positions Centric Consulting to provide technology and business consulting to local clients,” Centric vice president Ted Goodman said in a statement. “I’m excited to welcome John and Michelle to Centric as they bring an unparalleled passion for delivery excellence, innovation and execution.”



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