Qumulo hires cloud CTO; ex-Tableau CMO joins Conversica board; 98point6 adds COO

— Seattle startup Qumulo named Janine Corey as its cloud chief technology officer. Corey spent the past five years at Amazon Web Services, most recently leading the transformation team for enterprise customers. She previously held IT roles at Tyler Technologies, Novartis-Alcon Labs and Southwest Airlines.

a person posing for the camera: Janine Corey. (Qumulo Photo)

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Janine Corey. (Qumulo Photo)

Qumulo does not have an overall CTO. The 8-year-old company reached a $1.2 billion valuation earlier this year after raising $125 million. It helps customers such as Hyundai, Cinesite Studios, Telus, and others store and manage large amounts of file data.

a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Elissa Fink. (Qumulo Photo)

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Elissa Fink. (Qumulo Photo)

— Former Tableau CMO Elissa Fink joined the board of AI assistant startup Conversica. Headquartered in Foster City, Calif., Conversica originally launched in Bellingham, Wash., and opened a Seattle office in 2017.

The startup develops virtual assistants for sales, marketing and customer service teams. Conversica raised a $20

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Roku hires Apple Siri architect Brian Pinkerton to lead advanced technology development

Roku has poached a senior Apple Siri executive to lead development of new technology for its own streaming software and platforms.

Brian Pinkerton joined the streaming platform as its senior vice president of Advanced Development, according to a Roku staff page. At Roku, he will focus on “technical innovation and strategic software development across the platform.”

Although his specialty at Apple involved Siri voice commands, his work at Roku will apparently involve broader and more disparate technologies. It isn’t clear what those will be, but the streaming service highlighted Pinkerton’s “more than 30 years of experience with leadership roles focused on human-centered problems in computer systems and natural language processing.”

Previously, Pinkerton served as the chief architect of Apple’s Siri digital assistant. He served in that role from January 2018 through November 2020, according to his LinkedIn page.

Before his tenure at Apple, Pinkerton served as VP of Search at

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ONE Media 3.0 Hires So Vang as VP, Emerging Technologies

HUNT VALLEY, Md.—So Vang is joining the ONE Media 3.0 team as its new vice president for Emerging Technologies, the Sinclair Broadcast Group subsidiary announced.

Vang, who was most recently the vice president of Advanced Technology at NAB, will be tasked with engineering elements of ONE Media 3.0’s overall deployment of next-generation broadcasting and related technologies. This will include the tactical decisions on the deployment of current broadcast systems and platforms, including new business use cases, per ONE Media 3.0.

During his time at NAB, Vang led the strategy and technology development for deployment of ATSC 3.0. He also worked with broadcasters, consumer electronics companies and broadcast equipment vendors to support the launch of the NextGen broadcast system across the country. His previous experience also includes time at CableLabs as vice president of Advanced Media Platforms.

“We’re delighted to welcome So as a key contributor to our executive group,”

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Apple hires venture capitalist Josh Elman to help improve App Store discovery

Apple has hired Josh Elman, a prominent venture capitalist and former vice president of product at stock-trading app Robinhood, to help it improve iOS app discovery in the App Store. Elman announced the news via his Twitter account on Monday, saying he’s also leaving his role as a board partner at the firm Greylock Partners and as a board member of prominent tech companies like Discord and Medium.

Elman joining the App Store team may help improve the iPhone maker’s relationship with developers after a rather rough year in which Apple’s stewardship of the App Store has been called into question by critics, rivals, and regulators. For instance, Elman is previously a board member of and investor in Houseparty, the chat app acquired by Fortnite creator Epic Games.

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Ci Design hires Bukesova as project architect for science and tech. group : NEREJ

Daria Bukesova

Boston, MA Ci Design has hired Daria Bukesova, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C as the latest addition to the architecture firm’s growing science and technology practice group. Bukesova joins Ci as project architect and will be contributing her laboratory design experience to numerous projects.

“We are very excited to welcome Daria to the Ci team. Her experience working on S&T projects will strengthen our design team and allow us to continue to provide outstanding architectural design solutions to our clients,” said Ci vice president Chris Ladd, AIA, NCARB.

Bukesova has designed for semiconductor and life science research facilities ranging from 400 to 1.6 million s/f. She has participate d in the design process at all stages, from master planning to construction administration.

Before joining Ci, Bukesova served as a project architect and an architectural designer at R.E. Dinneen Architects and Planners. She previously worked as an intern at M+W

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Ford Hires Former Ebay CMO Suzy Deering As Its New Top Marketer

Ford has named the former global chief marketing officer of eBay as its new CMO, putting an e-commerce veteran at the helm of the auto manufacturer’s marketing function.

The company announced today that Suzy Deering will join in January to modernize the company’s marketing, as well as lead the company’s customer intelligence and product and consumer marketing strategies. 

“Technology will be a powerful part of Ford’s transformation and how we enhance and release the huge value of our iconic brands,” Deering said in a statement. “My team will be involved from end-to-end on behalf of customers—better connecting with them, using data to foresee and deliver what they need, and earning and keeping their trust.”

Before her five-year tenure at eBay, Deering—who announced her departure in September—spent several years

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Ford hires global CMO from eBay amid shakeup in tech, vehicle launches

In the latest management shakeup under new CEO Jim Farley, Ford announced the hiring of a global chief marketing officer from eBay and the retiring of the automaker’s director of quality and new model launch program.

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In addition, the man hired to be the new chief software and information officer left his new role at Ford after lasting less than one work week.

Farley, who assumed the top job on Oct. 1 at the 117-year-old carmaker, has been very outspoken about the need to move aggressively and quickly to get things in order after a rough 2019 and challenging 2020.

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He replaced the company’s relatively new chief financial officer on Day 1 while telling industry analysts that he’s assembling a top team to take

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Amazon hires Pinkerton spies to monitor unionization efforts: report

  • Amazon has hired detectives with the infamous Pinkerton spy agency to monitor European workers’ labor union organizing efforts, per a Motherboard report.
  • The outlet obtained leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center, where data analysts can easily track workers’ union organizing activities down to the date, time, and location.
  • Pinkerton spies have a history of busting up unions: Their involvement in a steelworker strike in 1892 eventually led to states prohibiting the use of third-party security in labor disputes.
  • The Motherboard report highlights Amazon’s latest efforts to prevent its workers from unionizing — it has a long track record of being staunchly opposed to labor unions.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon is hiring detectives from the notorious Pinkerton agency to spy on warehouse workers and monitor them for labor unionization efforts, according to a Monday Motherboard report.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to the outlet that Amazon

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Apple hires Intel’s head of diversity to fill same role starting 2021

Apple on Thursday announced the hire of Intel Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Barbara Whye, who will join the Cupertino tech giant in a similar position early next year.

At Apple, Whye will serve as vice president of inclusion and diversity, replacing former diversity chief Christie Smith, reports Fortune. Smith departed in June after nearly three years in role.

“An engineer by training and a globally-recognized leader on issues of representation in the technology industry, Barbara has spent 25 years at Intel, helping the company make meaningful and durable positive change,” said Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet. “Now, she will bring her immense talents and deep experience to Apple, expanding our companywide effort to hire, develop and retain the world-class talent, at all levels, that reflects the communities we serve.”

Whye will become Apple’s third diversity officer in just under four years. Smith assumed the role after former department

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Apple hires Intel’s chief diversity officer


Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer is leaving. 

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Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Barbara Whye is leaving the company. Whye, who was also corporate vice president of social impact, had been in the role since 2017, following the departure of Danielle Brown for Google.

Whye will join Apple as its new vice president of inclusion and diversity in 2021, the iPhone maker said late Thursday, confirming an earlier report by Fortune. The position has been vacant since June when Christie Smith, who had served as Apple’s inclusion and diversity chief since 2017, departed the company.

“An engineer by training and a globally recognized leader on issues of representation in the technology industry, Barbara has spent 25 years at Intel, helping the company make

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