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Tech Executives: Lexion Executives Begin New Positions at Docusign; Spectrum Effect Recruits President



Docusign recently wrapped up its acquisition of Seattle startup Lexion, with several former leaders of Lexion taking on new roles within the company. Gaurav Oberoi, who was the CEO and co-founder of Lexion, is now a vice president of product management at Docusign. Emad Elwany, the CTO and co-founder of Lexion, has assumed the role of vice president of engineering at Docusign. Additionally, James Baird, another co-founder of Lexion, is now a principal engineer at Docusign. Jessica Nguyen, who previously served as the chief legal officer at Lexion, is now the deputy general counsel for AI Innovation and Trust at Docusign.

The acquisition of Lexion by Docusign involved a $165 million deal and aims to integrate Lexion’s AI-powered contract management technology into Docusign’s Intelligent Agreement Management Platform. Lexion, which was originally a spinout of the Allen Institute for AI, had raised about $36 million since its inception. The company experienced significant growth, tripling its revenue in 2022, after which it expanded its services beyond legal departments to assist individuals in sales, IT, finance, and HR with contract and document management.

In other notable personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest, Shaun McCarthy has joined Seattle-area wireless network company Spectrum Effect as president and chief revenue officer. McCarthy brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles at Nokia and Cisco. Spectrum Effect focuses on helping mobile network operators mitigate interference and raised $1.9 million last year. Additionally, Shahar Ronen, previously a product leader in Seattle, has taken on the role of principal product manager at SoFi, following stints at Plaid, SentiLink, and Remitly.

Karen Clark Cole, who co-founded Blink, a user experience research and design firm, is retiring from her position as CEO after 24 years. She announced her plans to remain involved with Blink as an advisor during the transition period. Karina Martija-Harris has stepped down as a program manager at Washington Maritime Blue, a coalition promoting marine-related technologies. Garett Ochs, former CEO of robotic food startup Picnic, has joined Reflex Robotics as principal R&D mechanical engineer. Thomas Stahura, a co-founder of Quasi and Pondr, has been hired as an analyst at Seattle venture firm Ascend.

Furthermore, Zachary Cohn, a seasoned startup veteran in Seattle, has taken on the role of director of product at food storage startup Tomorrow. Prior to this, he held product leadership positions at Spark Hire and DemandStar. Dr. Guillaume Mauger, a research scientist at Climate Impacts Group, has been appointed director of the Office of the Washington State Climatologist. With these key personnel changes and acquisitions in the Pacific Northwest, the tech and startup landscape in the region continues to evolve and thrive.

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