Longtime Seattle tech design leader Hillel Cooperman has joined Oracle as the company’s senior vice president of user experience and design, according to his LinkedIn profile. GeekWire reached out to Cooperman to discuss his new role, and an Oracle spokesperson responded and declined to comment.
Oracle recently doubled-down on its Seattle presence, announcing plans to expand its office in the city.
Cooperman’s move comes a little more than a year after he rejoined Microsoft as a design director for the company’s cloud data and machine learning platform.
He previously co-founded the design consultant and tech product startup Jackson Fish Market, which he started with design guru Jenny Lam. Interestingly, Lam was the subject of a Tech Moves column in 2016 when we reported on her hiring by Amazon, where she now works as design director for the company’s devices group.
Cooperman worked at Jackson Fish Market for over a decade until it shut its doors in 2016. Before founding the company, he spent nine years as a product unit manager in Microsoft’s Windows division.
“I was humbled to have the opportunity to join the Data Platform team at Microsoft,” Cooperman told GeekWire when he rejoined the company in 2016. “As an interesting aside, seeing how Microsoft has evolved over the last ten years since I last worked there has been absolutely eye opening. Microsoft had always been a center of gravity for deeply intelligent people. But nothing prepared me for the incredible openness, the commitment to collaboration, and the general positivity and maturity that I find in everyone I work with.”
— Karen Thomas has led the Seattle office for architecture and design firm Gensler for more than seven years, giving her a first-row view of the city as it undergoes a historic boom. Now Thomas’ role at Gensler is expanding as she moves up to become the co-managing director for the Northwest.
Thomas will work to set strategy for a region that includes Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, in tandem with Co-Regional Managing Principal Scott Dunlap, who is based in Gensler’s San Francisco office
“Karen is often sought after for her ability to strategically lead clients forward,” Dunlap said in a press release. “We’re excited that she will bring her experience and innate leadership skills to the people and operations of our region.”
Gensler’s Seattle projects include Tableau’s new headquarters, two Microsoft buildings and a complex at Seattle University.
— Brian Fioca, a longtime entrepreneur and tech startup executive, is on to yet another new project: He’s joined beef crowdfunding startup Crowd Cow to head the company’s growth engineering.
Fioca is known for founding startups including Jobby and RescueTime, both of which were acquired, and also spent time incubating companies at Madrona Venture Labs. His most recent role was leading ecommerce for 3D printer maker Glowforge.
“I’ll be spearheading initiatives and in most cases wrangling the engineering work for special projects that directly impact growth,” Fioca told GeekWire of his new role at Crowd Cow. The startup’s platform sells beef to users by “crowdfunding” each cow.
“I’m super excited to get to work with Joe and Ethan and the incredible team they’ve built. I helped start 2 companies with Joe at Madrona Venture Labs (Spare 5 / Mighty AI, and ReplyYes / MessageYes) so getting to work with him again is fantastic,” Fioca said. “Plus – I was actually the first paying customer of Crowd Cow when they started, and I’ve been a big fan of the business so I’m already a huge believer in their vision of delivering Craft Beef!”
— B2B marketing analytics platform Bizible announced a new addition to its leadership team this week: Seattle tech executive Vic Davis joins the company as VP of customer success. Davis joins Bizible from social analytics platform Simply Measured, where he was also VP of customer success, and formerly held executive positions at Salesforce and ExactTarget.
“I’m very excited to have Vic join,” Bizible CEO Andrew Bird told GeekWire in an email. “He brings a wealth of experience in customer success from ExactTarget & Salesforce, knows the marketing technology space very well, and will be instrumental in helping us serve the Enterprise as we continue to march up market.”
Davis is the second addition to Bizible’s executive team in six months — the company added entrepreneur Brewster Stanislaw as VP of product and strategy in July. It also raised a fresh $8.1 million funding round in August.
— Rising biotech star Juno Therapeutics added a new face to its C suite this week: Cindy Elkins joins the company as its chief information officer.
Elkins joins the company from life sciences powerhouse Genentech, where she most recently served as the VP of pharmaceutical informatics for more than five years.
“I am delighted to join Juno, a company that reflects my passion for vibrant, accountable, high-performing organizations seeking to transform and innovate at scale,” Elkins said in a press release. “It is an honor to be a part of a mission to fundamentally change the way cancer and other diseases are treated, and to provide the tools and infrastructure to allow Juno’s employees to do their best work.”
— Global health nonprofit PATH announced that Elaine Gibbons has been promoted to serve as the company’s VP of global engagement and communications.
Gibbons was previously the nonprofit’s executive director of global corporate engagement. She was formerly a managing director for global asset management company Russell Investments.
“PATH is a unique force in the field of global health. We leverage the latest advancements in technology, engage with private companies, and work directly with governments to ensure the success of our projects,” Ms. Gibbons said. “I am delighted to step into this new role at PATH, and committed to continuing to build our network of partners and implementers across the world to improve health through creative and forward-thinking programs.”
— Product design contractor General UI announced two new hires: John Nelson joins the company as its director of community outreach and Don Biszek as director of program management.
Nelson joins the company from consultant BroadPoint Group, where he was the director of business development. In his new role, he will focus on strengthening the company’s ties to Seattle’s business and tech community.
Biszek joins General from Stratos Product Development, where he was the director of program management. He formerly spent three years as the director of product engineering at Marchex. He started his career at NASA in Houston, including five years as a Space Shuttle Flight Controller in Mission Control.
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