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The Top Austin Tech and Startup Executive Hires and Layoffs (July 2020)

03 Aug 2020
Category: News
Author: Evan Pundyk

Austin companies generate new technology jobs every day, even during a pandemic. And as local startups rise and companies continue to move their headquarters from out-of-state to join Austin’s tech ecosystem, top talent continues to move through the city. 

Below, we’ve put together a list of the the most interesting hires, departures and layoffs of July 2020. You can get more of this type of news on a daily basis by subscribing to our daily newsletter, the Beat.

Here we go …

New hires and departures

LawnStarter, an Austin startup with an app to quickly find lawn care and home services, hired Arman Panjwani as its CFO. He was previously chief business officer at MUZIK. Before that, he led Snap’s corporate finance and investor relations team as it headed into its IPO in 2016.

Austin student loan benefits startup Vault announced it appointed Scott B. David as chairman of its board of directors. He was head of individual and retirement plan services at T.Rowe Price until 2019, and he previously served in management roles at Aetna Capital Management, Fidelity Investments and others. Vault has raised about $12.5M in funding, according to Crunchbase. It was founded in 2013 by Emiliano Villareal, Josh Pierce and Tony Aguilar, and is led by CEO Romy F. Parzick.

Revionics, an Austin retail pricing and promotions company, appointed Jeffrey Schaubschlager as VP of product. Prior to this he has worked on platforms at Best Buy, YA Engage, Target and others.

Magnitude Software, an enterprise application data and analytics company, appointed Paul Young as general manager for its data integration business unit. Young is based in Colorado, and he was most recently director of Google Cloud’s SAP go-to-market strategy.

Austin insurtech company Flueidadded Trish Troxler as its senior VP of product. She was most recently VP of regional sales and operations director at Fidelity National Title Group.

Diligent Robotics, an Austin startup that developed robot assistants for hospitals, has added Laurie Felker Jones as its head of people and operations, according to a LinkedIn post. She was previously founder of JuiceBox Hero, which she sunset recently, and continues to be an advisor to female founders and an investment advisor at Astia Angels.

Austin’s Next Coast Ventures announced it added RetailMeNot founder and angel investor Cotter Cunningham as its new entrepreneur-in-residence. Cunningham, who writes a Friday column here in the Beat, has some history with Next Coast, in that Next Coast co-founder and managing director Thomas Ball was the first outside investor in RetailMeNot and its first board member. Before founding RetailMeNot and growing it into a publicly traded company, Cunningham was COO at Bankrate, which he helped take public in 1999.

MagicLab, which is the parent company of Bumble and Badoo, renamed itself as Bumble. It will continue to be led by CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd. As part of the shift, the company added Tariqu Shaukat, former president of industry products and solutions at Google Cloud, as president. It also added Ronen Benchetrit as CTO and Tran Taylor as chief people officer. It appointed Ann Mather as a non-executive board chair and Matthew Bromberg, Pamela Thomas-Graham and Elisa Steele as board members.

Austin-based Social Solutions Global, which provides data management software for human service organizations, appointed Travis Arthur to the newly created role of chief growth officer. He was previously senior VP of marketing at Q2 Holdings here in Austin. He’s also worked at Rackspace, ReachLocal and Dell. Meanwhile, the company promoted CFO Ken Saunders to COO — in addition to his role as CFO.

Austin freight booking software startup Arrive Logistics promoted Michael Senftleber to CTO. Prior to joining Arrive Logistics, Senftleber was VP of product at Spredfast. He also previously worked at Zilliant and Intel. Arrive Logistics, founded in 2014, has raised $35M across two funding rounds, according to Crunchbase. It now has more than 800 employees across offices in Austin, Chattanooga and Chicago.

Austin payments tech company AffiniPayadded Meg Swanson as its new CMO. She was previously CMO at Accruent. The company currently has nine open jobs in Austin listed on its website, including account management, marketing and backend engineering roles.

Austin security threat analytics company Ontic Technologies named Fred Burton as its executive director of its new Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence, the ABJ reported [subscriber content]. The company, which analyzes real-time data to anticipate security threats at schools and businesses, set up the new center to provide strategic consulting and other resources. The move comes three months after it raised a $12M Series A.

The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced it has hired Diana Maldonado as its new president and CEO, the ABJ reports [subscriber content]. She was previously a financial adviser for Morgan Stanley and spent one term in the Texas Legislature after working more than 20 years in the Texas comptroller’s office.

Eventus Systems, an Austin risk management software company, appointed Joseph Schifano as global head of regulatory affairs. He was most recently deputy general counsel and global chief compliance officer at Tower Research Capital in New York. Meanwhile, Eventus added Mikhail Gasiorowski as North American sales director and Diane Imas as director of marketing. They’ll all be based in New York.

Remedy, an Austin startup providing in-home and on-site doctors appointments on-demand, announced it appointed Dr. Ronald Dixon as its chief medical officer. Dixon was previously president and CEO of Onduo Professionals PC, which is a joint venture between Alphabet’s Verily and Sanofi. He previously founded Healthcare 360 Inc.


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