Tech Moves: Madrona hires former Bezos technical advisor; Seattle Children’s names COO

— Seattle-based firm Madrona Venture Group appointed Wei Gao as venture partner and Anna Baird as operating partner.

Gao was most recently chief operating officer at Hopin, a London-based event management software provider.

Prior to Hopin, Gao served 16 years at Amazon, including a stint from July 2018 to January 2020 as technical advisor to Amazon founder and then-CEO Jeff Bezos. She then became vice president of Amazon Grocery before moving to Hopin in September 2021. Gao is also a board member at the Pacific Science Center.

Baird was previously chief operating officer at Outreach, a Seattle-based sales platform startup. Her other previous roles include chief financial officer of digital health company Livongo, senior vice president at McAfee, and partner at global professional services firm KPMG.

Madrona also recently opened a new office in Palo Alto, Calif., and hired two people based there: Karan Mehandru and Vivek Ramaswami, who were previously at Steadfast Capital Ventures.

Other key personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest tech industry:

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