— Goldman Sachs hired former AWS exec Marco Argenti as co-chief information officer and former Verizon chief technology officer Atte Lahtiranta as CTO.
Argenti is the former vice president of technology at AWS, a role he held since 2013. He also worked at Nokia and was CEO of mobile company Dada S.p.A.
Lahtiranta led technology at Verizon Media Group, formerly known as Oath, and was an engineer and architect at Yahoo prior to that.
“With the excellent work already under way across the organization, the firm will benefit significantly from the considerable experience and best practices that both Marco and Atte bring in cloud computing and core engineering,” Goldman executives wrote in an email to employees.
Argenti previously co-founded two startups and is a board member for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He is also the lead guitarist in the Seattle-based alternative rock band Element47.
Goldman is one of many banks making big moves into cloud computing, despite security challenges highlighted by the massive Capital One data breach in July.
— Vicis, the Seattle-based maker of high-tech football helmets, hired Bill Shadle as chief operating officer. Shadle was most recently vice president of operations at Kymeta Corporation, a Seattle-area startup that creates technology for satellite communications. He also worked in operations at EMC Isilon and spent 15 years at Hewlett-Packard.
In addition to Shadle, Vicis also hired Brian Matakis as vice president of marketing as well as Claes Broqvist as vice president of international. Matakis was most recently managing director at advertising firm R/GA where he worked with Nike and other clients including Amazon, Starbucks and Facebook. Broqvist comes from Oberalp, an outdoor company that owns brands such as Dynafit, Wild Country and Salewa.
Vicis recently introduced a soft “cap” for flag and 7-on-7 football and has indicated that it may soon expand to other sports.
— Starbucks named three new board directors, including:
“I couldn’t be more excited to have Ritch, Andy and Isabel join our world-class board of directors,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement. “Their expertise across global technology, retail and customer experience at scale will accelerate our drive to innovate in a way that’s relevant to our customers and inspiring to our partners.”
— Dave Cotter signed on with marijuana intelligence startup Leafly as chief product officer. In July, Leafly named Leslie Grandy to the same position, but Grandy left the company after a month for personal reasons, the company said. Leafly also recently hired Kirk Beardsley as chief operating officer.
Cotter founded Seattle e-commerce startup MessageYes, a Madrona Venture Labs spinout that was acquired by Nordstrom in 2018. He spent the past year-and-a-half as a vice president at Nordstrom. Prior to that, Cotter was a general manager at Amazon Web Services and worked at Zulily, BEA and RealNetworks.
“The chance to jump into an industry that moving fast and expanding rapidly to build products that will improve the lives of millions of users is incredibly exciting,” Cotter said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring my passion for breakthrough technology to Leafly as it evolves from not just a world-class cannabis information site, but becomes the world’s destination to discover, find and purchase legal cannabis products and services.”
— International shipping startup FlavorCloud landed Amy Morgan as chief product officer. Morgan comes from tax automation startup Avalara, where she was a vice president working on customs and cross-border tax compliance. She also honed her global trade skills at Amazon, Costco Wholesale, Nordstrom and Microsoft.
“Today, selling online means selling everywhere and retailers need to be able to manage not only the physical shipping but country-specific compliance activities and be able to handle international returns. FlavorCloud’s platform successfully solves this notoriously difficult problem and simplifies the process using the latest technology,” Morgan said in a statement.
Seattle-based FlavorCloud has raised $2.3 million in seed funding from investors including Plug and Play Ventures, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest and Keeler Investment Group.
— Portland, Ore.-based Jama Software brought on Josh Turpen as chief product officer. Turpen was most recently CPO at Cherwell Technologies and previously worked at LogicNow and 10-4 Logistics Systems.
Jama also hired Stuart Heavyside as president of field operations and Dave Falkingham as vice president of EMEA sales.
“With deep enterprise software experience in Product Lifecycle Management and IT Systems Management, Josh, Stuart, and Dave bring the necessary expertise to scale their teams while keeping customer success as our number one priority,” Jama CEO Scott Roth said in a statement.
— Pacific Market International (PMI), the maker of Stanley thermoses, hired Robert Dietrich as vice president of global e-commerce. Dietrich was most recently senior vice president of marketing at Bodybuilding.com and was an e-commerce and marketing executive at Renfro Corporation.
“Developing and executing an e-commerce and digital marketing strategy for such an established and iconic brand is a unique and exciting opportunity. I look forward to building on the brand’s extraordinary heritage, and positioning Stanley as the brand-of-choice for future generations,” Dietrich said in a statement. Dietrich will be based out of the company’s Seattle headquarters.
— Seattle-area online used books retailer Thriftbooks brought on Barbara Ann Hagen as vice president of sales and marketing. Hagen was previously a vice president at The Mars Agency, where she led the agency’s marketing efforts for clients such as T-Mobile and Samsung. Prior to that, she led advertising for Microsoft’s retail stores and for Target’s hardlines businesses.
“Thriftbooks is the ideal combination of a profitable eCommerce consumer brand, with a compelling value proposition, fueled by sophisticated data analytics,” Hagen said in a statement. “As a data-driven marketer, I look forward to leveraging my experience to drive continued sales growth and impactful marketing strategies at Thriftbooks.”