Tech Moves: Leafly announces new board ahead of SPAC merger; Amazon vets depart; and more

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Leafly’s Board of Directors, from top left, clockwise: Blaise Judja-Sato, Yoko Miyashita, Michael Blue, Cassandra “Cassie” Chandler, Alan Pickerill and Peter Lee. (leaf image)

Leafly announced its new six-member board of directors, whose appointments will take effect following the completion of SPAC’s pending merger with New York-based Merida Merger Corp. The new board will include:

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Merida Merger Corp. I shareholders will meet on January 14 to agree on the SPAC deal, according to Reuters,

Tech companies across the country continue to recruit executives from Amazon:

  • rene villegas, the former head of marketing for Amazon subscription boxes, is now chief marketing officer at Boston-based wireless broadband provider Starry.
  • 12 year old amazon veteran john curran Travis Joins Kalanick’s CloudKitchen As CFO, According To insider, Karan was most recently Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Amazon’s International Consumers division.
  • Craig Berman, who spent more than 14 years in global communications at Amazon, is the first SVP of corporate marketing at e-commerce startup Fabric.
  • Accelerator and VC fund Techstar appointed Mary Musavu as its Chief Portfolio Officer. Based in London, Moussavou held various roles across European operations, sellers and merchandise teams during his 15-year tenure at Amazon.
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–Everett, Wash.-based Funko, maker of pop culture products, appointed current board member Charles Danson Chairman of the Board. The company also announced a new CEO Andrew Perlmutter joined the board, replaced gino delomo, a partner in Funko’s parent company, Akon Investments.

Dustin Gross. (Nintex Photo)

— Nintex Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Dustin Grosse At the end of last year Bellevue stepped down from the Wash., a workflow automation company. A company spokesperson confirmed Gross’ departure and said the company would not be hiring a CMO in the near future.

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In October, Nintex announced that TPG Capital would acquire a majority stake in the company. The deal closed in November and ben brewer, who joined Nintex as chief revenue officer in 2020, has been appointed president of the go-to-market organization. In this new role, he will oversee Nintex’s sales, marketing and customer success teams.

— added by Seattle-based biotech firm EcoSavax John Shiver to its board of directors.

Shiver is currently the Chief Strategy Officer in the infectious diseases business of IGM Biosciences. He previously worked for the pharmaceutical and vaccine companies Merck & Company, Inc. and was an executive at Sanofi Pasteur.

Leigh Gower. (Dutch Bros Coffee Photo)

— former Blue Nile executive Leigh Gower Grant Paas joins Ore.-based Dutch Bros Coffee as the retailer’s first chief technology officer.

At Seattle-based online jewelry retailer Blue Nile, Gower was VP of technology. She was previously Senior Director of Technology and Product at T-Mobile and Consultant at Slalom Consulting.

Dutch Bros Coffee is a 30-year-old drive-thru coffee company with more than 500 locations in 12 states. company went public in september, Dutch Bros Coffee priced the shares at $23 and raised over $550 million. The shares are now trading at around $46.

The Oregon company also added Symantec and Google Veto Stephen Gillette on its board of directors in December. Gillette is currently the president of San Francisco-based Verily Life Sciences and serves on the board of Discord.

— Microsoft CVP Harvinder Bhela Joining hybrid cloud services company NetApp as EVP and Chief Product Officer. Bhela, a 24-year veteran of Microsoft, most recently headed the Microsoft 365 security, compliance and management business.

Nathan Peterson (tagboard photo).

— Tagboard Founder Josh Decker Long tapped company executive Nathan Peterson as the new CEO of the Redmond, Wash.-based startup.

Decker, who founded Tagboard in 2011, is now the chairman and chairman of the board. Peterson joined Tagboard in 2017 as VP of Marketing. He has held many roles including Chief Revenue Officer and Chairman.

Tagboard was originally launched as a social media aggregator. In recent years the company expanded its products to include cloud-based production platforms and graphics systems. Clients include NFL Network, Telemundo and Major League Baseball, which signed a four-year deal starting in 2021.

— Oregon Venture Fund Partner Scott Sandler left his full-time role at the Oregon and Southwest Washington-focused investment firm. Sandler, the former CEO of Novas Software, joined OVF in 2010 as an investor.

– Real estate property management startup Dorsted hired Philip Lee CTO. In form of, Lee was previously an engineering manager at Facebook in Seattle and also a software development manager at Amazon. He co-founded CounselChat, Healtho and BuzzLabs. Dorstedt raised $12.5 million last year.

Amy Balliet. (Killer Scene Strategies Photo)

–Killer Visual Strategies (formerly Killer Infographics) Co-Founder Amy Balliette Seattle stepped down as the agency’s CEO. She is now a Senior Fellow of Visual Strategy at Consultancy Materials, the parent company of Killer Visual Strategies.

Balliette co-founded Killer Visual Strategies in 2010 and bootstrapped the company until it was acquired by Kelton Global, a materials company, in 2019.

— Announced by Vancouver-based clinical stage biotech company Zymeworks kenneth galbraith co-founders will succeed Ali Tehrani as Chairman and CEO on or before February 1. Zymeworks Executive Neil Klompas The CFO/COO has also been promoted.

Galbraith previously served on the board of Zymeworks from 2009 to 2016. He was most recently an executive-in-residence at Cinchona Ltd. and has served as CEO of the bioscience companies Liminal Biosciences and Fairhaven Pharmaceuticals.

Founded in 2003, publicly traded Zymeworks has a satellite office in Seattle. Its lead drug candidates target oncology treatments.

New Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell appointed former Washington State Representative. Gail Tarleton and former television executive matt chan to his administration.

Tarleton will serve as interim director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. She was previously a senior defense intelligence analyst for the Pentagon, and last year ran for secretary of state in Washington.

Chan will be a Special Advisor for Public Engagement. According to a press release, he will advise the mayor on “the city’s strategic use of digital technology to increase public engagement, strengthen transparency, and address the digital divide.”

Ali Adab. (photo only)

— Vancouver, BC-based online sneaker community hired by SoulSavvy Ali Adabi as its Chief Content Officer. Adab spent nearly a decade as VP of Content and Partnerships at Broadband TV, a digital entertainment company.

Founded in 2018, SoleSavy has raised more than $14 million to expand its sneaker-focused platform. It currently hosts multiple chat communities and plans to build a peer-to-peer marketplace, editorial content, NFTs, as well as expansion beyond North America.

— Seattle and Herndon, VA-based satellite venture BlackSky hired eli bonilla as Vice President of Investor Relations. He most recently led investor relations for ORBCOMM, an industrial IoT company.

— Fred Hutch promoted Hilary Hehmann To the VP of Business Development. She joined the Center for Cancer Research in 2016 as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances.

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