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Tech Moves: Life Science Washington names new CEO; Vizio CTO retires; and more

Tech Moves: Life Science Washington names new CEO; Vizio CTO retires; and more
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Mark Cummings. (Washington Life Sciences Images)

Live Science Washington has announced Mark Cummings as its new CEO and President. He was most recently the Trade Federation Vice President for Public Policy and Foreign Affairs. Former CEO Leslie Alexander retired at the end of last year.

Cummings joined Life Science Washington in 2015 and was previously Director of Policy and Foreign Affairs at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He has served on the boards of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA).

Live Science Washington also announced four new board members:

The Life Sciences Institute of Washington (LSW Institute), an affiliate organization that supports entrepreneurs and start-ups, has also expanded its board of directors:

Vizio CTO Bill Baxter retired at the end of 2021 after seven years with the consumer electronics company. The Seattle CTO has long served as Chief Technology Officer for BuddyTV and Cozi Group, spent more than a decade on the Washington Technology Industry Association’s board of directors, and co-founded Bsquare.

F5 has appointed Microsoft Digital Transformation Group President James Phillips to its Board of Directors. His appointment expanded the Seattle-based company’s board of directors from ten to 11.

Joseph Williams. (PNNL Pictures)

– PNNL’s director in Seattle, Joseph Williams, has been elected vice chair of the Quantum Technical Advisory Committee on National Security, dedicated to the development of the quantum industry in the United States

Williams will serve as vice president in 2022 and committee chair in 2023. He joined PNNL in 2019 after serving as technology policy advisor to Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

—Vancouver, British Columbia, a legal technology startup, has appointed Cleo Kurt Sejfstede as its new chief financial officer. He has taken over from longtime CFO Rob Fromnet, who is retired.

Sigfstead joins Clio of Toronto-based Clearco. He previously spent more than two decades at JP Morgan, most recently as Head of Investment Banking at West Coast Technology. Sigfstead is based in San Francisco.

Clio closed its Series E funding round in April with a valuation of $1.6 billion. The 14-year-old company doubled its executive team in November and is considering a final initial public offering, according to Bloomberg.

John Toro. (Madrona Venture group photos)

Madrona Venture Group has hired Amazon Web Services veteran John Toro as its investment partner.

Turow was most recently Head of Product for AWS’ Computer Vision Service. Prior to AWS, he co-founded telecom startup knockknock and was a principal at Accenture.

Seattle-based biotech company NanoString has announced that former DiaSorin Molecular President John Geras is the company’s commercial director. The company’s commercial team will be led, succeeding NanoString SVP of sales and marketing Chad Brown, who transitions into a part-time advisory role before retiring in 2023.

Kole Krieger is now Vice President of Business Development at Lumen Bioscience, a Seattle startup that makes proteins in algae. He most recently served as Vice President of Business Development at Absci in Vancouver, Washington.

Jane Haller. (Ascend.vc images)

Jen Haller joins pre-formed Ascend.vc as chief of staff, the first employee of the Seattle Fund. Led by co-founder Kirby Winfield, Ascend.vc launched in 2019 and has made over 40 investments in the past two years.

Haller most recently served as Director of People Operations at Attunely, an Ascend.vc portfolio company. She previously held operational positions at Urbanspoon and Axion. Haller was also the first to receive an injection in the first US clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine; Her experience was covered by GeekWire.

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