Jenny Lam and Hillel Cooperman, as pictured in a 2012 GeekWire charity calendar highlighting contributions to the tech community. (Red Box Pictures Photo for GeekWire.)
Jenny Lam, a longtime Seattle tech design leader, is now at Oracle.
Oracle confirmed to GeekWire that Lam has joined the company as SVP of UX design leadership, but declined t o comment further. GeekWire has reached out to Lam for comment on the move. Lam was the co-founder of design consultant and tech product startup Jackson Fish Market and most recently worked as a designer for Amazon’s devices.
Lam’s move comes just a few months after her co-founder at Jackson Fish Market, Hillel Cooperman, joined Oracle with a similar title: SVP of user experience and design.
It also comes as Oracle is doubling-down its presence in Seattle, announcing plans to expand its office in the city as it battles Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud arena. The addition of two longtime leaders in Seattle tech seems to indicate the company is serious about its commitment.
Until her move, Lam was a design director for Amazon’s growing portfolio of devices, like the Alexa-powered Echo devices. She joined Amazon just under two years ago, when she and Cooperman closed Jackson Fish Market after a ten-year run.
Before founding Jackson Fish Market, Lam spent six years as the Windows User Experience creative director at Microsoft. During her career, she has also served as a designer in residence at venture capital firm Ignition Partners and the experience director for design nonprofit AIGA Seattle.
— Former Microsoft, HBO and Starbucks executive Stephen Rauch has joined AI data company DefinedCrowd as its VP of product, GeekWire has learned. He joins the company from Starbucks, where he was the VP of engineering for marketing technology platforms and personalization.
“The breakthroughs that are occurring in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are rapidly opening up new opportunities in how we interact with the world and one another,” Rauch told GeekWire in an email.
“To realize these opportunities, AI based solutions require high-quality training data. DefinedCrowd’s global approach in enabling the creation and curation of high quality data for customers developing AI solutions is unique. After meeting with Daniela Braga and the DefinedCrowd team, it became apparent that working together presented an opportunity to radically change how AI solutions are developed,” he said.
Rauch’s experience in personalization and analytics is an interesting fit for DefinedCrowd’s product. Before joining Starbucks, he spent more than two years at HBO as the television company’s VP of engineering, big data and analytics/digital marketing platforms. He previously spent nearly 20 years at Microsoft, spending time as a principal program manager at Bing search, Microsoft Research and applying new technologies.
— RealSelf, an online resource for people seeking cosmetic surgery, tapped Amazon Video’s marketing head Tanja Omeze as its first chief marketing officer. She will lead global marketing efforts in the newly created position.
Omeze led marketing for the Amazon Video Store and was formerly the director of marketing and analytics at telecommunications company Verizon. She previously held executive marketing positions at book publisher Scholastic, weight loss company WeightWatchers and multinational banking and investment company Citigroup.
“RealSelf is a marketer’s dream job—great brand equity with massive runway in terms of the global market opportunity,” Omeze said in a statement. “I’m excited to join at a time when the company and entire category are evolving so rapidly.”
— Visualant, a Seattle-based company that offers a variety of light-based technologies to identify materials, appointed lighting inventor and former chief product officer Phil Bosua as its new CEO. Ron Erickson, the company’s founder and inventor of its core technology, will remain in his position as chairman of the board, the company said.
Bosua joined the company as its chief product officer in August. The Australian native is the inventor of the first consumer smart lightbulb, LIFX, and served as the CEO of the company LIFX for two and a half years. The bulb completed a $1.3 million Kickstarter in just six days and later attracted a $12 million venture round from noted Silicon Valley investment firm Sequoia Capital.
“The time I have spent in the Visualant lab working on advancing their technology has been some of the most scintillating moments of my career,” Bosua said in a press release. “Ron Erickson and Visualant have provided support to allow me and the lab team to explore new products and discover new technologies. I’m excited by the technology platform we are creating, knowing that it will benefit millions of people around the world and be equally as good for our shareholders.”
Mike Grabham, a Seattle entrepreneur best known for inventing and founding Package Guard, also recently joined Visulant in an operations role, according to his LinkedIn profile.
— Microsoft’s corporate vice president of US Enterprise Commercial, Phil Sorgen, joined the board of directors of Toronto-based consultancy Fusion Agiletech Partners. His addition comes shortly after Fusion acquired Quisitive, a top Microsoft National Solution Provider, and is aiming to make the company a premier Microsoft services provider in the coming years.
“With the acquisition of Quisitive, Fusion has an exciting mission ahead of it,” Sorgen said in a press release. “I look forward to lending my knowledge of digital transformation and my experience helping enterprises capitalize on emerging market opportunities such as blockchain, agile development and the cloud to assist and guide Quisitive in its quest to become the premier Microsoft partner in North America.”
— Bellevue, Wash., based enterprise software company Nintex tapped former VP of finance Keith Fujinaga as its new CFO. He replaces the company’s former CFO, Eric Johnson, who was appointed CEO in February when private equity firm Thoma Bravo acquired a majority stake in the company. That deal officially closed last week.
Fujinaga first joined Nintex in January of 2017 and was formerly the CFO of invention company ipCreate. He had previously held leadership positions at companies including Microsoft and market research company Global Market Insight.