Tech Moves: Seattle startup TomboyX names new CEO; T-Mobile appoints general counsel; and more

Leslie Garrard. (TomboyX Photo)

— Gender-neutral underwear maker TomboyX promoted COO Leslie Gerrard to CEO. Co-founders Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez will continue to be brand ambassadors and strategic advisors. Dunaway will remain on the board of directors.

“It’s a female founded challenger brand that’s 100% about promoting joy and wonder through radical comfort and inclusivity,” said Gerrard in a press release.

A former vice president at REI, Gerrard joined the Seattle company last year. Prior to REI, she held senior marketing roles at Starbucks and T-Mobile.

Additionally, the leadership team expanded:

  • CFO Ryan Letson is now also COO.
  • Katrine Fritz has been promoted to chief merchant. She was most recently VP of merchandising, design and planning.
  • Former FlyHomes VP of Marketing Amy Sellers was hired as chief marketing officer.

Founded in 2013, TomboyX has raised $24.3 million to date. Its underwear comes in a broad range of silhouettes and sizes. The company is known for its advocacy and message of inclusivity.

— T-Mobile US appointed Mark Nelson as EVP and general counsel. He will succeed current General Counsel Dave Miller who will retire in April 2022 after 26 years with the wireless carrier.

Nelson is a partner at law firm Cleary Gottlieb and previously served as counsel to T-Mobile, including advising the company during its merger with Sprint. He will start Oct. 11.

T-Mobile also announced Broady Hodder as its new corporate secretary.

Last month, T-Mobile, the second-largest carrier in the U.S., confirmed a data breach impacting millions of customers and vowed to invest more heavily in cybersecurity.

From left: Jackye Clayton, Sandy Matus and LeeRon Yahalomi. (Textio Photos)

— Augmented writing startup Textio hired Jackye Clayton as vice president of talent acquisition and DEI. She was most recently a diversity, equity and inclusion strategist at SeekOut, a Seattle recruiting startup.

With her background in talent and DEI, Clayton’s role will span across both Textio’s products and team.

“She will lead all related work at Textio, provide critical expertise to our customers, and be a leading voice in the products that we create for the broader ecosystem,” said Kieran Snyder, CEO of Textio.

Two other executives were promoted:

  • Sandy Matus is now VP of people. She joined Textio last year as director of people.
  • LeeRon Yahalomi is now VP of sales and customer success. She was most recently senior director of customer success and previously worked at DreamBox Learning.

The Seattle company recently made its inclusive writing guidance tool available on LinkedIn.

Tech leader and Microsoft Deputy CTO Lila Tretikov to lead Cervest Board of Directors

— Microsoft CVP and Deputy CTO Lila Tretikov joined the board and was appointed chairperson of climate tech startup Cervest.

Tretikov joined Microsoft in 2018 as CVP of AI, perception and mixed reality. She was previously CEO of energy management company Engie and the former executive director of Wikimedia.

Based in London, Cervest’s platform assess climate risk and closed a $30 million Series A round in May.

— Health tech startup AdaptX, previously known at MDMetrix, hired Lisa Counsell as chief commercial officer.

Based in Atlanta, Counsell was most recently VP of the healthcare division at FairWarning, a healthcare data security company.

AdaptX closed a $6 million Series A round in July.

Erin Boyd. (LevelTen Energy Photo)

— Renewable energy platform LevelTen Energy appointed Erin Boyd as VP of analytics. She was most recently head of commercial and customer data science at The AES Corporation and previously a senior manager at PG&E.

Boyd has her doctorate in economics and worked on international electrification projects England, Japan and Ethiopia. In her new role, she will be responsible for data, analytics and forecasting on LevelTen’s platform.

Founded in 2016, LevelTen Energy is based in Seattle and recently raised $35 million in a Series C round from Google and other backers.

From left: Sara Mouradian and Rahul Trivedi. (UW Photos)

— Quantum computing researchers Sara Mouradian and Rahul Trivedi will be joining the University of Washington Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as assistant professors.

Mouradian is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. She began her research in quantum computing during her senior year as an undergraduate at MIT and received her masters and doctorate there as well. She will start in March 2022.

Trivedi is a postdoctoral scholar at Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for Quantum Optics. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford and will start in January 2023.

The additions are part of a “cluster hiring initiative” across several UW departments to expand the educational institution’s quantum information science and technology (QIST) expertise.

Paul Nguyen. (BitTitan Photo)

— Bellevue, Wash.-based cloud services provider BitTitan appointed Paul Nguyen as vice president of product and engineering for Perspectium, the San Diego, Calif.-based company it acquired earlier this year. He will be based in BitTitan’s San Diego office.

Nguyen co-founded Perspectium and was most recently senior director of development. He was previously a senior software engineer at EMC.

— The Washington State Department of Health announced pediatrician Tao Kwan-Gett will be chief science officer starting Oct. 1. He succeeds epidemiologist Scott Lindquist who has been acting chief science officer since December.

Kwan-Gett was most recently a primary care pediatrician at Virginia Mason. He currently serves as the faculty lead for the Northwest Public Health Primary Care Leadership Institute, part of the University of Washington School of Public Health.

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