Tech Moves: OceanGate lands a COO; Alder hires chief commercial officer; and more

Robert Shuman. (OceanGate Photo)

OceanGate, the maker of deep-sea submersibles, hired Robert Shuman as chief operating officer. Shuman previously held senior business roles at satellite company Kymeta, online course provider Apex Learning and software security firm Vigilos.

OceanGate has been preparing for a series of dives later this summer that will explore the wreckage of the Titanic in the company’s aptly-named Titan submersible.

“OceanGate is such a unique company with so much growth potential,” Shuman said in a statement. “It is an honor to join [CEO Stockton Rush] and the entire OceanGate team in their passion to make the deep ocean more accessible than ever for human exploration.”

Nadia Dac. (Alder Photo)

— Migraine drugmaker Alder BioPharmaceuticals hired Nadia Dac as chief commercial officer. Dac came from AbbVie, where she served as vice president of global specialty commercial development. Prior to that, she held commercial and advertising roles at Novartis, Biogen and Pfizer.

Alder recently raised $170 million in a stock offering as it ramps up operations while the FDA considers its migraine therapy. The company is hoping to launch the drug in early 2020.

“I’m thrilled to join the Alder team at such an exciting and pivotal moment for the company and the migraine community, as the company has the potential to transform the treatment paradigm for migraine patients,” Dac said in a statement.

Sam DeBord. (RESO Photo)

Sam DeBord took over as CEO of RESO, the national organization that sets data standards for the real estate industry. DeBord was most recently managing broker and vice president of strategic growth for Coldwell Banker Danforth in Seattle. He was also president of the King County Association of Realtors and the former vice president of government affairs at Washington Realtors.

RESO, which has 850 members, is led by a board that includes representatives from major real estate tech companies such as Zillow, and CoreLogic.

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to accelerate the value that we deliver to professionals and consumers through technology innovation,” DeBord said in a statement. “Our members represent the best technology minds in real estate, and it’s an honor to work with them to move the industry forward.”

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