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Tech Moves: AWS community head departing; Pfizer exec joins Truveta board; UW Medicine names CEO



Emily Freeman.

Emily Freeman, head of community for Amazon Web Services, is departing.

“It’s been an incredible few years and I’ve learned a ton,” Freeman wrote on X. “I’m excited to take some time to rest (and write!) before considering my next role.”

Freeman joined AWS as head of DevOps Product Marketing in 2021. Previously she was chief of staff for cloud advocacy at Microsoft, and a vice president at Kikbox.

Freeman is the author of “DevOps for Dummies” and “97 Things Every Cloud Engineer Should Know.”

AWS just wrapped up its annual re:Invent conference last week in Las Vegas.

  • Another AWS leader, Brian Ketelsen, also announced his departure following the event. Ketelsen joined in July 2022 and was a principal developer advocate. He previously worked at Microsoft, XOR Data Exchange, and Clarity Services.
Dr. Timothy Dellit. (UW Photo)

Dr. Timothy Dellit is taking the role of CEO of UW Medicine, the Paul G. Ramsey Endowed Dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the university’s executive vice president for medical affairs. 

Dellit has held the positions on an interim basis since July 2022. He began his career at UW Medicine 22 years ago.  


UW Medicine includes 39,000 faculty, staff, trainees and students across eight organizations. The UW School of Medicine educates more than 9,000 students and trainees annually.

William Johnson. (LinkedIn Photo)

— William Johnson stepped down from Vancouver Tech Journal, which he founded in 2018. “The decision to leave wasn’t made lightly, but after five years, I decided it was time to step back, take a break, and explore what other opportunities align with my passion for amplifying entrepreneurs and innovators,” Johnson wrote on LinkedIn.

— Seattle health informatics startup Truveta added Dr. Patrick Caubel to its board of directors. Caubel is chief safety officer at Pfizer, and previously held exec roles at Sanofi-Genzyme, Sanofi-Pasteur, and Johnson & Johnson. Truveta aims to aggregate medical records data from its partner institutions to link treatments with outcomes and underlying health. The company raised $95 million in 2021.

Mika Yamamoto. (LinkedIn Photo)

— Enterprise software company Freshworks hired Mika Yamamoto as chief marketing officer and chief customer officer. Yamamoto previously worked at Adobe, F5, SAP, Microsoft and BlackLine in marketing leadership roles. Freshworks is based in San Mateo, Calif., but is growing its Seattle footprint. The company’s CEO Girish Mathrubootham is based in the Seattle region.

— Seattle cybersecurity startup Zatik Security announced Zack Glick as its third founder and CTO. Glick was previously an engineer at New Relic and Amazon Web Services. Zatik launched in October; its other co-founders are Kymberlee Price and Jon Callas.

Redfin exec Ariel Dos Santos announced he was promoted to senior vice president, product and design. He was previously vice president of product, growth. Dos Santos landed at Redfin in May 2022 after stints with Amazon and Peloton.

Source: Geek Wire


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