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The Top Austin Tech and Startup Hires of April 2019

03 May 2019
Category: News
Author: Evan Pundyk

Austin is a tech talent powerhouse. The city’s blend of software and business minds is one of the reasons companies including Apple, Google and Facebook have made Austin one of their primary hubs. It’s also why Austin is able to produce such a steady flow of promising startups.

We track these movements of human capital in our daily newsletter, the Beat.

Below, we’ve listed the top Austin technology and startup hires reported in April.

YouEarnedIt, an Austin-based HR software company, announced Paul Pellman as its new CEO. He takes over for founder and CEO Autumn Manning, who will become an external advisor. Pellman was previously at Google and ran go-to-market activities under the Google Analytics 360 umbrella, a news release says. Before that, he was CEO at Adometry.

Drone analytics startup Hangar Technology announced Matt Hunter is its new chief product officer. His resume includes work at App Annie and, more recently, DroneDeploy.

Access management company SecureLink announced it has hired Tony Howlett as its chief information security officer. He comes from Codero, an Austin managed cloud services company where he was chief tech security and privacy officer. He also owns a cybersecurity consulting company called Network Security Services.

Kony, a digital banking solution company, appointed several new executives. It named Brian Miller as executive VP and chief customer officer in Austin; Conleth O’Connell as chief information and security officer in Austin and Hal Mady as senior VP of cross industries in Seattle. Miller was previously senior VP of customer success at Forcepoint. O’Connell was CTO at Kimbia, Atlas Learning and Vignette. And Mady was previously with KC, Docusign and Shiftboard.

Austin center as a service and workforce software provider Seranova named Brandon Knight as its senior VP of channel sales. He was most recently cloud evangelist for Intelisys Inc.

Interplay Learning, an Austin-based VR learning platform startup, has added serial founder Sam Decker to its board of directors. Among other roles, Decker has been a co-founder at Capital Factory, Clearhead, Mass Relevance and Fair Worlds.

Identity management security company SailPoint Technologies named Charles Poff as its chief information security officer. He previously spent about 10 years at Austin-based HomeAway leading their security program.

Banking software company CBANC announced it has hired Mike Snavely as its chief commercial officer. He has perviously worked at Bazaarvoice, Mutual Mobile and Phunware. Snavely is also a managing partner at ATx Random Consulting and was president at digital marketing agency Springbox, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Phunware, an Austin app development company that recently went public, announced plans to layoff 23 people. That’s 15 percent of its staff, which is based in offices in North Austin near Anderson and MoPac. It’s part of a move to accommodate “organizational restructuring and cost reductions to align its subscriptions and application transactions business,” the SEC filing says. The company planned to spend about $124,000 on severance packages and payroll taxes. Meanwhile, it said that it would save about $2.8 million in annualized pre-tax dollars.

Arrive Logistics, an Austin shipping logistics company, is adding to its C-suite with the addition of CFO Richard Shields and Executive VP of Product Michael Senftleber. Shields was previously CFO at Yeti Coolers. His LinkedIn profile also shows he was CFO of sunglass giant Oakley and apparel company Quicksilver. Sentfleber is joining from Spreadfast.

Data science platform Anaconda has added Ken Hoffman as its chief revenue officer and senior VP of marketing. He was previously VP of emerging technologies at Red Hat. His resume also includes leadership roles at FuseSource and Optaros.

Marketing tech startup eRelevance is shutting down, according to a report in the Austin American Statesman. It’s not exactly clear what happened. Founder Bob Fabbio, who previously co-founded Tivoli Systems (acquired) and Dazel (acquired), told the paper it’s the result of “an unexpected situation that emerged, and it happened very quickly.” The company had raised about $15 million from investors including Rally Ventures, Chicago Ventures, Miramar Venture Partners, Martin Investment Holdings and Capital Factory.

Austin-based video tech infrastructure company Pivot3 says it is seeing customers’ timelines slip and decisions get suspended as a result of coronavirus disruptions, and it’s trimming its workforce to prepare for the…

One of Austin’s top entertainment tech companies, Rooster Teeth, is losing its president. Media ATX reports in its newsletter that Erza Cooperstein will step down effective April 26, saying he’d like to spend more time with family. He was in the role for a little more than a year.

Local data protection company Cipherloc Corporation is building up its C-suite with the addition of former Apptera CFO James Sullivan as its new CFO. Sullivan was previously with MoSys Inc., a semiconductor company, and cloud communications and contract center company 8×8, Inc.

Austin’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce hired founder Tina Grinder-Cannon as its new executive director, the ABJ reported. Cannon is a former chamber board member and has been with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce as VP of local government relations, for the past two years.

Rackspace, a San Antonio-based cloud hosting and IT company with offices in Austin, named Kevin Jones as its new CEO. He replaces Joe Eazor. Jones was previously CEO at MV Transportation in Dallas, and he’s also held executive roles at Dell, Hewlett Packard and DXC Technology, the San Antonio Business Journal reported.

Ceresa, an Austin startup connecting women mentors and mentees, has added Nicole Tanzillo as co-founder and COO and Beth Yehaskel as chief customer officer. Tanzillo previously worked at Spiceworks where she has had several roles, including executive director of product operations. Yehaskel was previously VP of customer success and VP of business operations at Spredfast — and most recently VP of customer success for Jungle Scout.


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