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Technology Industry Updates: Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joins Google; Remitly Appoints Compliance Chief; Plus Other News



Remitly, a digital remittance company, recently announced the appointment of Spyro Karetsos as its new chief compliance officer. Karetsos brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously served in the same role at Google, where he also held the position of chief legal officer. Prior to his time at Google, Karetsos had executive roles at TD Ameritrade, SunTrust, Vanguard, and Goldman Sachs. Remitly, based in Seattle, reported a revenue of $269.1 million in its most recent quarter, showing a 32% year-over-year increase. However, the company’s stock has seen a decline of more than 30% this year. Notably, last month, Remitly also welcomed Ronit Peled as its new chief people officer.

In another key move in the tech industry, Saurabh Tiwary, a longtime executive at Microsoft, has joined Google as vice president and general manager of Cloud AI. Tiwary brings with him 11 years of experience at Microsoft, where he most recently held a corporate vice president position leading a team responsible for building Microsoft’s Copilot products and services. Prior to his time at Microsoft, Tiwary had worked at Google as a software engineer from 2010-2013. These high-profile moves signify a shifting landscape in the Pacific Northwest tech ecosystem.

Additionally, there have been several other notable personnel changes in the tech industry in the region. Craig Saunders, a former director at Amazon, has joined London-based as vice president of artificial intelligence. Earlier this year, Vahé Torossian, a former Microsoft leader, was hired as president and chief partner officer at Sam Cook, a former design leader at Seattle startup, has made a move to Microsoft as a principal product design manager. Furthermore, Rolanda Fu and Rasik Parikh have joined Madrona as investors, bringing their expertise from previous roles at EY-Parthenon and Cascadia Capital, respectively.

Todd Ludwig has been appointed as executive vice president for sales at Valid8 Financial, following stints at DataVisor, Shape Security, IBM, HP Enterprise, and Akamai. Meanwhile, Regan Zeebuyth has joined Seattle startup Syndio as vice president of communications, leveraging her previous experience at Amazon and Starbucks. Elizabeth Webber has been brought on board at Seattle-based startup studio Madrona Venture Labs as product lead, having previously worked at Outreach, Rover, and Amazon. Lastly, Jake Milstein has taken on the role of vice president of corporate communications at Contrast Security, following a successful tenure as chief marketing officer and chief revenue officer at Critical Insight.

In conclusion, the tech industry in the Pacific Northwest is witnessing significant personnel changes and talent acquisitions across various companies and startups. These moves indicate a dynamic environment where experienced professionals are making strategic transitions to further enhance innovation and growth in the technology sector. With leaders like Spyro Karetsos, Saurabh Tiwary, and others joining key organizations in the region, the future looks promising for continued advancements in technology and cloud services.

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