Tech Moves: Washington STEM Appoints New CEO; Conversica and Iterable Hire Marketing Veterans

Milton Lang. (Washington STEM photo)

– Washington STEM announced that Milton Lang will be the new CEO of education nonprofit. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Washington State University and was most recently vice president of student services at Ohlone College in Fremont, California.

Lang succeeds former Washington STEM CEO Angela Jones after a nationwide search funded in part by Jones’ new employer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Milton brings seasoned leadership, deep education experience and a longstanding commitment to leading the way for students of color and those who have been systematically underserved or excluded,” said Liz Tinkham, Board Chair of administration of Washington STEM.

Prior to Ohlone College, Lang was Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Diversity at California State University, Chico. He has also held positions overseeing student life at the University of California, Davis and Washington State University.

Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit focused on education and social change. Founded in 2011, the Seattle-based nonprofit has 10 partner networks in Washington state, provides communities with open source investments and tools, and advocates at the state and federal levels.

James Phillips. (Photo by Madrona Venture Group)

— James Phillips, president of Microsoft’s digital transformation group, has joined Madrona Venture Group as chief strategic officer.

Phillips is the co-founder and former CEO of Couchbase and Akimbi Systems, which was acquired by VMware. He recently joined the board of F5 and is currently an angel investor and startup mentor.

Madrona’s strategic directors assist its portfolio companies and its investment team. Other strategic directors include Apptio co-founder and CEO Sunny Gupta; Tableau CEO Mark Nelson; Truveta CEO and former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson; and Betsy Sutter, VMware’s Director of Human Resources.

– Startup marketing vet David Greenberg has joined Foster City, Calif.-based Conversica as chief marketing officer. He was until recently CMO of marketing automation startup Act-On.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Greenberg previously held marketing leadership roles at startups Liveops, Customer.io, Puppet, and Urban Airship.

Originally launched in Bellingham, Washington, Conversica provides virtual assistants for revenue teams using conversational artificial intelligence.

Adrianna Gil Miner. (Iterable photo)

— Adriana Gil Miner, a former Tableau executive, is now CMO of San Francisco-based marketing platform Iterable. She was most recently the marketing director of Seattle-based hybrid cloud storage startup Qumulo.

At Tableau, Miner was SVP of marketing and brand communications. She previously led marketing for design company Artefact, its 10,000ft spin-off, and for a variety of clients at Weber Shandwick.

– Vancouver, Washington-based ZoomInfo is expanding its operations in London and has appointed Simon McDougall as Chief Compliance Officer.

Based in the UK, McDougall most recently worked at the Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK’s independent privacy and data protection authority.

ZoomInfo went public in 2020 and offers business data subscriptions for sales, marketing, and recruiting professionals. The company acquired startups Chorus.ai and Insent last year.

— Comcast has named Matt Quantz vice president of sales and marketing for Washington. Quantz joined the telecommunications giant in 2014 and has been a sales leader in its Chicago, Oregon and southwest Washington regions.

Comcast currently employs nearly 4,000 people in Washington State.

– OceanGate Expeditions, based in Everett, Wash., has announced that Professor Steve Ross of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington will be the chief scientist for its Titanic Survey 2022 expedition which will run from May to June.

Ross and a team of scientists will use OceanGate’s five-person deep-sea submersible to conduct a study of marine ecosystems on and near the wreck of the Titanic.

— Mobile car repair company Wrench has hired Kevin Urie as senior vice president of business and marketing. He joins 6-year-old Seattle startup from BC video game studio Hyper Hippo.

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