— DocuSign landed former United Airlines executive Emily Heath as chief trust and security officer. Before she led information security at United, Heath was the CISO at AECOM in San Francisco. She started her career as a detective investigating fraud in the UK.
“The technology industry has faced some incredible security, trust and cyber risk challenges over the past few years — from increasingly intelligent external threats, to careless consideration for the protection of customer data, to countless other vectors,” Heath said in a statement. “That’s why the role of chief trust and security officer is interesting.”
DocuSign has been moving beyond its cornerstone e-signature business with cloud-powered tools that help companies manage agreements. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, but has its largest office in Seattle, where DocuSign originally started.
— Tech consulting firm Avanade appointed Accenture executive Emma McGuigan as chair of its board of directors. She succeeds former chairman Paul Daugherty, who will remain on the board as a director.
“It is energizing to be stepping into this role at such an exciting time for the industry and for Avanade,” McGuigan said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with [CEO Pamela Maynard] and the Avanade team to continue to grow the success of the business.”
McGuigan leads Accenture’s Microsoft Business Group and is responsible for the two companies’ combined business. Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft, promoted Pam Maynard to the role of CEO earlier this year.
— Online real estate marketplace Opendoor announced a trio of executive appointments, including:
- President of Homes and Services Julie Todaro, a 13-year veteran of Amazon who was a vice president of the retail giant’s North American books and consumer electronics operations.
- Chief Business Officer Gautam Gupta, who joined Opendoor two years ago after leading finance at Uber.
- Chief Product Officer Tom Willerer, who was formerly a partner at venture capital firm Venrock and held senior product roles at Netflix, Facebook and Coursera.
Earlier this year, San Francisco-based Opendoor joined forces with its Seattle rival Redfin on a home-buying partnership.
— Speaking of Redfin, Chet Kittleson was promoted to head of digital revenue at the real estate tech company. Kittleson said on LinkedIn that he’s looking for someone to fill his old job — which he called “the (second) best job at the company” — as head of new ventures.
— Josh Jacobs resigned as president of Seattle-based Maven, a media company that recently raised $20 million for its controversial plans to remake Sports Illustrated. Chief Operating Officer Paul Edmondson will serve as president until a replacement is named.
Jacobs is a former Yahoo executive who also served as global CEO of Accuen, an ad agency owned by Omnicom.
— Seattle-based product marketing firm Gradient hired Norman Shi as chief technology officer and Jay Sampson as chief revenue officer. Gradient launched last year with $3.5 million in seed funding to help brands optimize their presence on Amazon.
Shi previously led engineering teams at Google and Yahoo as well as real estate tech firm Knock and shopping rewards startup Ebates.
“Gradient.io’s vision of building an Intelligent Insights platform powered by machine learning to transform eCommerce is one of the most ambitious goals I have heard in my career,” Shi said in a statement.
“Gradient’s clarity of purpose, helping brands understand and optimize their digital point-of-sale presence, represents both positive intent and a massive addressable market,” said Sampson, a veteran of Microsoft and Adobe.
The company recently launched a scoring system to help Amazon sellers see how they stack up against competitors.
— Seattle startup SoundCommerce hired Laurent Burman as chief commercial officer. Burman was most recently led growth at digital agency Possible and earlier in his career held leadership roles at Amazon and Procter & Gamble.
“With pressure from retail channel consolidation, private label products and knock-off brands, emerging pure-play ecommerce competitors and Amazon, consumer brands must engage with and sell to consumers directly,” said Burman. “By delivering a pre-integrated solution, SoundCommerce enables powerful business decisioning at a fraction of the cost — with immediate benefit for our consumer brand customers.”
Founded by former Amazon executives, SoundCommerce raised $6.8 million earlier this year to help online retailers be like Amazon.
— Russ Elliott was appointed the director of Washington State’s broadband office, which was created by lawmakers earlier this year to improve access to broadband internet across the state. Elliott previously worked on a similar effort to improve coverage across Wyoming.
“I like to say that when the mission, vision and moonshot are the loudest voices in the room, the people win,” Elliott said in a statement. “I’m excited by the momentum here in Washington and the commitment that the state has made to achieving affordable and quality service for all residents of the state.”
— Professional services firm PwC promoted 16-year company veteran Bob Woods as the office managing partner for its Seattle office.
“I’ve had the opportunity grow my career in Seattle in parallel to the expansion of our region across a wide variety of businesses, ecosystems and networks. This new role gives me the opportunity to contribute further towards our inclusive community, working with our clients and employees and sharing my experience broadly,” Woods said in a statement.