Tech Moves: RealSelf Appoints Interim CEO; Hootsuite Hires New CFO; Tune CEO arrives at Roku


Jeff Kizilbash. (RealSelf Photo)

–RealSelf CEO James Coyle has resigned and Jeff Kizilbash has been appointed Interim CEO of the Cosmetics Review Platform.

Kizilbash is a recent hire at the Seattle-based company, who joined him in June as vice president of business development. He was previously an executive at Varsity Tutors and Sears, where Coyle also worked.

Coyle, who was named CEO a year ago, has left for personal reasons, according to RealSelf president and founder Tom Seery. Coyle also resigned from the board.

“We thank James for his commitment to RealSelf over the past few years. Under his leadership, RealSelf quickly responded to the impacts of COVID-19, expanded globally, and recruited exceptional talent, ”Seery said in a statement.

“I wish my friend James Coyle the best,” he added in a post on LinkedIn.

The RealSelf Board of Directors is looking for a permanent replacement for Coyle. In an email to GeekWire, Seery confirmed that Kizilbash is a candidate for the full-time position.

Founded in 2006, RealSelf saw its business hit at the start of the pandemic, but rebounded later in 2020. The company acquired two international cosmetic resource platforms earlier this year.

Tiziana Figliolia. (Photo from the Hoot suite)

– Hootsuite, the social media management platform based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has announced that Tiziana Figliolia is its new CFO. Most recently, she was Vice President of Finance at InterDigital, a mobile and video technology company.

Figliolia was previously based in Shanghai where she held senior positions at software companies PTC and Autodesk. She is currently based in Boston and co-founder of Full STEAM Forward, a nonprofit science education organization.

Val Rupp. (Fabric photo)

– Ecommerce startup Fabric has hired Val Rupp as the Seattle-based company’s first HR director. Until recently, she was Human Resources Manager for HPE Greenlake.

Rupp previously held senior human resources positions at Microsoft and Amazon, where she worked with Fabric CEO Faisal Masud.

Fabric closed a $ 100 million funding round in July and has raised $ 153 million to date. The startup provides retailers with the back-end infrastructure to sell products online.

Tune CEO Peter Hamilton at the Company’s 2017 Postback Conference. (Photo GeekWire / Kevin Lisota)

– Former Tune CEO Peter Hamilton is now the head of the Roku streaming media player TV business. He served as an advisor at Tune last year, following Constellation Software’s acquisition of the Seattle marketing startup.

Hamilton spent almost a decade at Tune. He invested and advised startups before taking the new position at Roku.

“Thinking about my next operational role, I was hoping my experience in performance marketing could somehow bring me closer to the media and entertainment industry that is going on today,” said Hamilton, who earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and performed professionally. at the Opera. “As our TVs look more like our phones and other smart devices, with on-demand content and interactive experiences, there may be an opportunity to be a part of the future of TV. As it turns out, this opportunity is definitely at Roku.

From left to right: Chris Ries and Shannon Yost. (Aberrant AI photos)

– Outlier AI hired Chris Ries as VP of Demand Generation and Shannon Yost as VP of Product Marketing.

Ries was most recently Managing Director of Demand Generation at the start of Icertis Contract Management. Yost joins Outlier AI from Skytap where she was Senior Director of Marketing. Both are based in the Seattle area.

Outlier, based in Oakland, Calif., Offers an automated business analytics platform using AI and data science.

Lévis Nderitu. (Photo PATH)

– Seattle-based nonprofit PATH has appointed Levis Nderitu as its first-ever global director of diversity, equity and inclusion. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nderitu was a DCI consultant for the nonprofit organizations Doctors Without Borders and One Acre Fund. He will be the primary DCI advisor to the PATH management team.

World Health Organization, PATH has more than 1,600 employees and offices in 20 countries. Its staff have developed a diagnostic test dashboard for health officials to help low-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– BioLife Solutions, based in Bothell, Wash., Announced that Joydeep Goswami, director of strategy and corporate development for Illumina, will join its board of directors in October. He will succeed Andrew Hinson who retired.

Software development consultancy GenUI has promoted Shane Delamore to chief technology officer. He was until recently responsible for the company’s technology.

–Lawyer Whitney McCollum has joined the Seattle office of K&L Gates as a partner. She joins the technology transactions and privacy protection practice of the international law firm.

– Seattle-based product development company Igor Institute announced three new hires at director level:


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