Tech Moves: Goldman Sachs snags AWS exec; Vicis names COO; Leafly, Jama, FlavorCloud hire product chiefs

— Goldman Sachs hired former AWS exec as co-chief information officer and former Verizon chief technology officer as CTO.

Argenti is the former vice president of technology at AWS, a role he held since 2013. He also worked at Nokia and was CEO of mobile company Dada S.p.A.

Lahtiranta led technology at Verizon Media Group, formerly known as Oath, and was an engineer and architect at Yahoo prior to that.

“With the excellent work already under way across the organization, the firm will benefit significantly from the considerable experience and best practices that both Marco and Atte bring in cloud computing and core engineering,” Goldman executives to employees.

Argenti previously co-founded two startups and is a board member for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He is also the lead guitarist in the Seattle-based alternative rock band Element47.

Goldman is one of many banks making big moves into cloud computing, despite security challenges highlighted by the massive in July.

Vicis, the Seattle-based maker of high-tech football helmets, hired as chief operating officer. Shadle was most recently vice president of operations at Kymeta Corporation, a Seattle-area startup that creates technology for satellite communications. He also worked in operations at EMC Isilon and spent 15 years at Hewlett-Packard.

“As a Seattle native growing up playing football, I am passionate about the innovation and technology that VICIS can offer athletes of all ages. The ability to contribute to society in a meaningful way really resonates with me,” Shadle said in an email.

In addition to Shadle, Vicis also hired as vice president of marketing as well as as vice president of international. Matakis was most recently managing director at advertising firm R/GA where he worked with Nike and other clients including Amazon, Starbucks and Facebook. Broqvist comes from Oberalp, an outdoor company that owns brands such as Dynafit, Wild Country and Salewa.

Vicis recently and has indicated that it may soon expand to other sports.

Starbucks named three new board directors, including:

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Ritch, Andy and Isabel join our world-class board of directors,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement. “Their expertise across global technology, retail and customer experience at scale will accelerate our drive to innovate in a way that’s relevant to our customers and inspiring to our partners.”

signed on with marijuana intelligence startup Leafly as chief product officer. In July, Leafly to the same position, but Grandy left the company after a month for personal reasons, the company said. Leafly also recently  as chief operating officer.

Cotter founded Seattle e-commerce startup MessageYes, a Madrona Venture Labs spinout that was in 2018. He spent the past year-and-a-half as a vice president at Nordstrom. Prior to that, Cotter was a general manager at Amazon Web Services and worked at Zulily, BEA and RealNetworks.

“The chance to jump into an industry that moving fast and expanding rapidly to build products that will improve the lives of millions of users is incredibly exciting,” Cotter said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring my passion for breakthrough technology to Leafly as it evolves from not just a world-class cannabis information site, but becomes the world’s destination to discover, find and purchase legal cannabis products and services.”

International shipping startup FlavorCloud landed as chief product officer. Morgan comes from tax automation startup Avalara, where she was a vice president working on customs and cross-border tax compliance. She also honed her global trade skills at Amazon, Costco Wholesale, Nordstrom and Microsoft.

“Today, selling online means selling everywhere and retailers need to be able to manage not only the physical shipping but country-specific compliance activities and be able to handle international returns. FlavorCloud’s platform successfully solves this notoriously difficult problem and simplifies the process using the latest technology,” Morgan said in a statement.

Seattle-based FlavorCloud has from investors including Plug and Play Ventures, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest and Keeler Investment Group.

Portland, Ore.-based Jama Software brought on as chief product officer. Turpen was most recently CPO at Cherwell Technologies and previously worked at LogicNow and 10-4 Logistics Systems.

Jama also hired as president of field operations and as vice president of EMEA sales.

“With deep enterprise software experience in Product Lifecycle Management and IT Systems Management, Josh, Stuart, and Dave bring the necessary expertise to scale their teams while keeping customer success as our number one priority,” Jama CEO Scott Roth said in a statement.

 — Seattle-area online used books retailer Thriftbooks brought on as vice president of sales and marketing. Hagen was previously a vice president at The Mars Agency, where she led the agency’s marketing efforts for clients such as T-Mobile and Samsung. Prior to that, she led advertising for Microsoft’s retail stores and for Target’s hardlines businesses.

“Thriftbooks is the ideal combination of a profitable eCommerce consumer brand, with a compelling value proposition, fueled by sophisticated data analytics,” Hagen said in a statement. “As a data-driven marketer, I look forward to leveraging my experience to drive continued sales growth and impactful marketing strategies at Thriftbooks.”

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