GE appointed Jamie Miller Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Jamie had been Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for GE. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
Facebook appointed Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., to its Board of Directors. Susan is the Chancellor of the University of California - San Francisco, and before that had been President, Product Development at Genentech. Read more in the prnewswire press release. Watch Susan talk about what it takes to offer excellence in education.
Qualcomm appointed Laurie Yoler Senior Vice President of Business Development. Laurie will report to Peggy Johnson , Executive Vice President and President of Global Market Development, Qualcomm Technologies. Laurie had been a Partner at GrowthPoint Technology Partners. Read more in the prnewswire press release. Watch Laurie and learn about valuations.
Stitch Fix, the online personal styling service founded by Katrina Lake who is also the company's CEO, raised $4.75 million in Series A funding. Katrina, who holds an MBA from Harvard, had previously managed the blogger platform at social commerce company Polyvore. Read more about the Stitch Fix deal on techcrunch.com.
Watch Katrina Lake talk about being an entrepreneur and incorporating technology into retail.
Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq: GKNT) appointed Kathryn McCarthy Chief Executive Officer and President of Geeknet and a member of their Board of Directors. Kathryn had been their Chief Financial Officer and before that had been Vice President and CFO of GE Healthcare in London. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Parkmobile, a provider of mobile payment for parking whose CEO is Cherie Fuzzell (pictured), raised $6.3 million in funding. Cherie, who holds a JD from the Vanderbilt University School of Law, had previously been President and CEO of FirstView and has held senior positions with USBancorp, NOVA Information Systems, Inc. and Magellan Health Services. Read more in the company press release. Parkmobile was founded by Albert Bogaard.
Kaazing, the live web and mobile communication platform, appointed Sheila Dahlgren Chief Marketing Officer. Sheila had co-founded Scene7, which was acquired by Adobe and was with Adobe for four years before joining Kaazing. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
vzillion Inc. appointed Tammara Combs Senior Vice President of Operations. Tammara, who holds a Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, had been Corporate Vice President of Lowes.com, and before that Senior Social Engineer at Microsoft. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
In 2008, MyCorporation.com CEO Deborah Sweeney worked as an employee with Intuit running MyCorporation, which at that time was a division of Intuit. "Despite amazing resources and expert team members each working in their own area of expertise," said Deborah, "the division was too small to truly succeed under a large corporation. Even making the smallest of changes was difficult to fully execute, and remaining nimble in a corporate environment was hard especially with the economy suffering as it was around the same time that Lehman Bros. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy."
"Intuit was undergoing significant changes. What would happen to MyCorporation? My husband and bankers and I discussed it and decided it would be viable to offer to purchase the division, even though the purchase was a tremendous risk. I proposed the idea to my boss semi-informally and he said it could be a viable option but he wanted me to present all options relative to the business. I put together a presentation and a few months later I heard back that Intuit was interested in selling the business to me. I believed in the business, the customers, and the employees wholeheartedly, and since Intuit is wonderfully pro-customer, pro-employee and known for doing right, they wanted me to work hard at demonstrating that the employees would remain in a good position, that I would retain the current benefits, that we would hire the employees who were then employed by Intuit and that we would transition the customers seamlessly."
"Having started my career as a lawyer and now transitioning to the role of a soon to be small business owner, I believed that I could make this happen. I put together documentation to demonstrate to the leaders at Intuit (and my bankers) that I could execute a successful business transition and a month later received the call – they were going to sell MyCorporation to me and now the legal portion of the process was about to begin. It was a fairly smooth process overall and in July 2009, Intuit announced my purchase of MyCorporation publicly."
"With that behind me, we were off to the races! We had to separate our systems, find a new location for the company, and notify the team and offer them positions (all of them accepted). While we were prepping to move, we went about the moving process while continuing to offer our customers the very best in customer service. This was now my business so we couldn’t afford to drop the ball on anything!"
"Ever since then, MyCorporation has never been more in sync with one another when it comes to working together. We come up with ideas, we iterate, we develop, we test, and we launch. If it works out, that’s awesome! If not, no worries – moving right along to the next idea. Our team learns from what we work on and in any and all stages of development, we give it 100% of our hard work and effort. That, to me, is one of the most important things about leadership – the ability to get the right people on your team and get them to deliver on their best work while inspiring them along the way and showing them how passionate you are about what they’re doing. When a leader gives it her all, the team will follow. I entrust the team to work hard, both on their own and as a group. I take a leadership approach that enables the team to be flexible and creative, and we hold each other accountable so that we get the most of out our hard work."
"We have ideas, we test, and we learn. We work alongside great partners, including TurboTax CPA Select by Intuit and believe that our strong partnerships can lead to being even more successful with the business. We talk with customers, get their feedback, and then come up with even more ideas. It’s a great cycle and one that has proven to be very successful for us here at MyCorporation. Buying MyCorporation from Intuit was a huge risk and required a lot of trust in my team, in Intuit’s team, and especially in myself. Nothing ventured is nothing gained and we did it! We believed we would and could and we made it happen. It was a team effort, from start to finish, and I couldn’t have it any other way."
MyCorporation is the online legal filing services company for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. Follow Deborah on Google+ and on Twitter @deborahsweeney and @mycorporation.
Exelis Inc. (NYSE: XLS) appointed Pamela Drew President of its Information Systems business. Pamela, who holds a doctorate and master’s degree in computer science, had previously been Senior Vice President of Strategic Capabilities and Technology at TASC, Inc, and before that Sector Vice President of Business Development for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, and also Vice President and General Manager for Boeing’s Integrated Defense and Security Solutions organization. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
totallyher, Evolve Media Corp.’s women’s lifestyle publishing group, appointed Rebecca Schmitt Vice President and General Manager. Rebecca, who holds a BS in Information Science and had twelve years of engineering experience at Hewlett-Packard, had been Vice president of Product Development at Loveit and spent several years at eHarmony. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih hired the founding executive of Google Enterprise, Michael Lock, to be the Hearsay Social Chief Operating Officer. Hearsay also hired Mark Gilbert, a Microsoft veteran, as the company's Vice President of Product. Clara co-founded Hearsay Social to help organizations "create authentic conversations with their clients and customers in real time on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter". Clara is a member of the Starbucks Board of Directors and "previously served in a variety of technical, product, and marketing roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. She graduated #1 in Computer Science at Stanford University, where she also received an MS in Computer Science – User Experience and Design". Read more about the new additions to Hearsay Management in the prnewswire press release.
Tree.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE), parent company of wholly-owned subsidiary LendingTree, LLC , appointed Tamara Kotronis General Manager for their education vertical, DegreeTree. Tamara has held several positions at Tree.com. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
StudyBlue, the mobile and social study platform whose CEO is Becky Splitt, raised $9 million in Series A-1 Funding led by Great Oaks Venture Capital. Becky is a tech veteran of 15 years growing early stage tech businesses, and was also an executive at Microsoft. Read more in the company press release.
HealthFitness, the population health management company, appointed Teri Lonergan Chief Information Officer. Teri had been Senior IT Director for Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
BlogFrog, cofounded by Holly Hamann, appointed Jennifer Swartley (pictured) Head of Channel Business Development. Jennifer had been Executive Director of Digital Marketing at Meredith Corporation. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Microsoft Corp promoted Julie Larson-Green to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. Julie, who holds a master's degree in software engineering from Seattle University, had been responsible for program management, user interface design and research for Windows 7 and 8. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Samasource, founded by Leila Janah, raised $7.5 million in a philanthropic funding round led by The MasterCard Foundation. Samasource connects women and youth living in poverty to work opportunities. Their proprietary technology platform called the SamaHub breaks down digital work from large companies into small tasks that can be completed with only basic English skills and a few weeks of training at the Samasource partner centers. Clients include Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft. Read more in the press release.
Move Inc. (Nasdaq: MOVE) appointed Jennifer Dulski to its Board of Directors. Jennifer, who holds an MBA from Cornell, leads the product management team for shopping and product ads at Google after Google acquired Dealmap, which she co-founded and where she was CEO. Jennifer had previously served as Yahoo's group vice president and general manager of local and commerce. Jennifer is also active in nonprofits, and founded Summerbridge Pittsburgh (part of the Breakthrough Collaborative), a non-profit that helps high potential, underserved middle school students find the path to college. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) appointed Pat Fili-Krushel to its Board of Directors. (Business Wire)
Crestmark Bancorp appointed Patricia E. Mooradian to its Board of Directors, Patricia is President of The Henry Ford. (prnewswire)