Seattle-based mobile analytics and marketing company Tune hired Bhavana Mathur from Apptio to be its new vice president of product management. Mathur was the senior director of product management at Bellevue, Wash., based Apptio.
Mathur has also worked on product management at travel company Expedia and insurance software company Vertafore. Prior to that, she held engineering positions at software firms Informatica and SuccessFactors.
“Bhavana is an exceptional product leader with a track record of creating innovative ideas and turning them into category defining products,” said Tune chief technical officer Dan Koch in a press release. “I’m thrilled to have her on the team and am confident her bold thinking and technical leadership will enable us to deliver leading measurement and partner management technologies to our global customers.”
Tune, which is number 14 on our Pacific Northwest startup index GeekWire 200, has been going under a restructuring in the past months, cutting 30 employees last September and then 11 in April. After the layoffs in September, Tune returned to profitability. Four key executives have also departed recently.
— In another departure from Tune, director of product Brent Roraback is leaving the mobile marketing company to join Rover, the Seattle-based online dog-sitting marketplace. Roraback was at Tune for five years, where he worked on the company’s Attribution Analytics product.
At Rover, number 17 on the GeekWire 200, Roraback is now the director of product for the company’s on-demand services. He has almost 20 years of digital media experience, and has worked in various product management roles at Amazon, digital media company AdReady, and Microsoft.
“Rover has built an amazing business – and team – over the last seven years, and continues to expand at a breakneck pace (we launched in the UK just this week),” Roraback said in an email to GeekWire. “For me, on-demand dog walking is one of the most exciting products at Rover, leveraging Rover’s rich data and marketplace technologies while tackling an interesting set of customer experience and business challenges.”
In May, Rover announced a $115 million funding round, making it one of the most highly valued privately-held startups in the Pacific Northwest. The startup’s total funding stands at $310 million. And in March of 2017, Rover acquired its biggest competitor, DogVacay.
Editor’s note: Roraback is the husband of GeekWire contributing writer Lisa Stiffler.
— Bothell, Wash., based cybersecurity education company MediaPRO hired two experienced executives from Dell SecureWorks to the team.
David Puzas joined MediaPRO as the vice president of product marketing. Puzas has over 20 years of experience in the field. Most recently, Puzas was the vice president of product marketing and communications at Armor Cloud Security. He’s also worked as the senior director of product marketing and communications at Dell SecureWorks and held various positions at IBM Security.
Matt Eberhart was hired as the chief revenue officer. Eberhart was also at SecureWorks, an information technology subsidiary of Dell prior to moving to MediaPRO. He has experience in cybersecurity and privacy solutions. During his 12 years at SecureWorks, Eberhart has worked in a variety of roles, most recently the vice president of global product management.
MediaPRO helps companies train employees on cybersecurity and privacy safeguards, and its clients include Expedia and T-Mobile. The hires come one month after hiring a new CEO and landing more investment from Former Capital, a Charlotte, NC-based growth equity firm. MediaPRO founder Steve Conrad stepped down as CEO, and Tyler Winkler, also a previous executive at SecureWorks, took his place.
—Logic Inbound, the Seattle-based digital marketing company, hired two new senior employees. Evan Fishkin joined as the vice president of operations and Clay Adams was hired as the SEO manager.
Fishkin has over a decade of enterprise search marketing experience, and has worked with SEO extensively. Most recently, Fishkin was the SEO director at online marketing company Soda.com. He’s also worked on SEO projects at Microsoft, marketing agency Digitas, and Slingshot SEO.
Adams has 13 years of experience in SEO, working as a consultant and specialist at companies like Internet marketing and web design company Visual App and web design company Brandnative.
—Seattle-based web development company Bear Group has made a series of new hires. Monique Messman is a digital product manager and Brigit Schroeder and Omelio Hopwood are web developers.