Tech Moves: PayScale exec joins Amperity as COO; NPR hires former Microsoft and Amazon AI leader

Mark Klebanoff. (PayScale Photo)

Former PayScale CFO Mark Klebanoff signed on with Amperity as chief operating officer. Klebanoff, who joined PayScale in 2013, previously worked with Amperity co-founders Kabir Shahani and Derek Slager at healthcare marketing startup Appature, where he was COO and CFO. Earlier in his career, Klebanoff served in the C-suite at RealNetworks and Daptiv, among others.

“Amperity is the hottest start-up in Seattle so I jumped at the chance to join,” Klebanoff said in a statement. “I see this as a massive opportunity that has the power to change how every brand engages with its customers. With Amperity’s proven market capabilities, the company is well-positioned to become the default customer data platform for all consumer brands.”

Shahani said, “Mark’s focus on making operational excellence a sustained competitive advantage, his impressive track record of managing and building high-performing teams, along with shared values and a tireless work ethic, make him the perfect addition to the Amperity family.”

Amperity raised a $50 million round earlier this year in a bid to take on the likes of Salesforce and Oracle with its customer data platform.

Noelle LaCharite. (Photo courtesy of Noelle LaCharite)

NPR landed former Microsoft and Amazon artificial intelligence leader Noelle LaCharite as vice president of digital technology. 

LaCharite is the founder of the AI Leadership Institute, which runs executive workshops on how to implement AI in business. She was formerly a senior architect with Amazon’s Alexa group, a prinicpal manager with Microsoft AI, and worked for IBM, Redhat and VMWare.

“As a longtime NPR fan, I am excited to join this incredible team and help write a new chapter in NPR’s rich technical history. I am honored to bring my expertise and passion to this incredible mission and I am looking forward to the opportunity that awaits,” LaCharite said in a statement.

From top left: Dan Baty, Susan Brotman, Charlotte Guyman, Tricia Raikes, Bryan White and Peter Lee. (Brotman Baty Institute Photos)

The Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine created an advisory board that includes:

  • Board chair Bryan White, founder of Sahsen Ventures
  • Dr. Peter Lee, corporate vice president of Microsoft Healthcare
  • Tricia Raikes co-founder of Raikes Foundation and Giving Compass
  • Charlotte Guyman, an independent director at Berkshire Hathaway
  • Philanthropist Susan Brotman
  • Dan Baty, founder of Columbia Pacific Management

“Having such a dedicated and supportive advisory board to provide counsel to us will be key in our success,” Dr. Jay Shendure, scientific director of BBI, said in a statement. “Their collective knowledge and expertise will help us further the directive of the Brotman Baty Institute to advance precision medicine with a strategic and measured approach.”

The institute, which launched in 2017 with $50 million in funding, combines the research expertise of the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and Fred Hutch with the goal of using genetics to revolutionize health.

Lydia Frank. (Photo courtesy of Lydia Frank)

Lydia Frank left PayScale to lead marketing at Chronus, a Bellevue, Wash.-based software company that helps businesses run employee development programs for mentoring and coaching. Frank was vice president of corporate and product marketing at PayScale, where she worked for the past 12 years. She’s also on the advisory board at the Female Founders Alliance and is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.

“I’ve dedicated myself to tackling issues around inequity for women, people of color and other marginalized groups, so the next company I was going to join had to align with that purpose,” Frank told GeekWire in an email. “Chronus is bringing a solution to the market that is needed to break down barriers in understanding, improve advancement opportunities and cultivate a sense of belonging in the workplace.”

The Tech Alliance, a non-profit organization of tech leaders in Washington State, named three new board members:

  • Geng Lin, chief technology officer of F5 Networks
  • Emily Wittman, CEO of the Aerospace Futures Alliance
  • Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges

GeekWire recently caught up with the Tech Alliance’s CEO, former Washington State politician Laura Ruderman, who took over the organization earlier this year.

Cynde Moya. (Living Computers Photo)

Cynde Moya is leaving her role as software preservation manager at Living Computers: Museum and Labs, a technology museum started by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

“Paul, a ‘modern Medici,’ built an impressive and lasting legacy of cultural institutions, the arts, and sciences,” Moya wrote on Twitter. “During my tenure a LCM+L I helped create the world’s largest collection of operating vintage computers. I have acquired, identified, catalogued, tagged, retrieved, transferred, organized, updated, spoken about, and shared my marvel of this amazing collection we built.”

Microsoft’s chief technology officer Kevin Scott and LinkedIn’s chief marketing officer Shannon Brayton joined the board of Relativity, a Chicago-based document management startup.

“We are thrilled to welcome both Shannon and Kevin to the Relativity team as directors on our board,” Relativity CEO Mike Gamson said in a statement. “I have been fortunate to get to know both of these great leaders very well over the last ten years and am extremely excited to bring them into the Relativity ecosystem.”

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