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Monday, October 20, 2014

ID Analytics Names COO

San Diego-based ID Analytics, a provider of consumer risk management and analytics software and services, said today that it has named Scott Carter as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Carter was most recently at Mitek, and also served...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Amgen Names New Board Member

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said Friday that it has named R. Sander Williams, M.D., to its board of directors. Williams is president of Gladstone Institutes, a nonprofit biomedical research enterprise, and is also a Professor of...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

AnaptysBio Names New Chief Development Officer

San Diego-based therapeutic antibody developer AnaptysBio announced this morning that it has named Marco Londei as its Chief Development Officer. Dr. Londei was most recently at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) where he was Therapeutic Area Head,...

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

FreedomVoice Bolsters Executive Team

Encinitas-based cloud communications service provider FreedomVoice said Wednesday that it has named three new people to its executive team. The company--which provides its systems to small and mid-sized businesses--said it added Cedar Colem...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

eSurface Names New President, CFO

Carlsbad-based eSurface Technologies, which develops technology for applying conductive materials to surfaces, said this morning that it has named Michael G. Corrigan as the company's President and CFO. Corrigan replaces Dave Benson in the ...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Citrix Online's Brett Caine Named CEO At Urban Airship

Brett Caine, who grew Santa Barbara-based Citrix Online from $40M to $600M in revenues with over 10 years at the company, has taken the helm at startup Urban Airship. Urban Airship said that Caine also joins the company's board with the app...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Donuts Names New Marketing Chief

Donuts Inc., the generic, top-level domain registrar which has offices and operations in Los Angeles, said this week that it has named Jeffrey Davidoff--the former CMO of Orbitz Worldwide--as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Davidoff was mo...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SolarReserve Names New General Counsel

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the large scale solar power project developer, has named Pauline Doohan as its new Vice President and General Counsel, the company said Tuesday. Doohan was previously at Baker & McKenzie, where the company s...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DogVacay Tops 1 Million Nights, Snags New CFO

Santa Monica-based online dog sitting marketplace DogVacay said this morning that it has just topped 1,000,000 nights booked through the service, since its launch in 2012. The startup--which is led by Aaron Hirschorn--also disclosed this mo...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Conversant Names New Executive

Westlake Village-based Conversant, the online advertising firm which is in the midst of being acquired by Alliance Data, said Tuesday that it has named Jim Rund as its new Chief Revenue Officer for its media business. Rund--who will be base...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Emulex Names VP

Costa Mesa-based storage networking technology developer Emulex said yeserday that it has named Ali Hedayati as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Network Visibility Products (NVP). Hedayati has served at BMC, Coradiant, a...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kareo Bolsters Board

Irvine-based cloud sofware developer Kareo has appointed the former President of Citrix Online, Brett Caine, to its board, the company said this week, to help advise the company on market and product strategy. Kareo said that Caine was Pres...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

AssetAvenue Bolsters Executive Team

Los Angeles-based online, commercial real estate peer to peer lending site AssetAvenue has named a new executive, saying that Eddie Prosser has joined the company as its Senior Vice President of Real Estate Investments. Prosser was most rec...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Microsemi Loses Mazzo From Board

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi said late Wednesday that James V. Mazzo--the former CEO of Advanced Medical Optics--has resigned from the company's board. Microsemi did not say why Mazzo decided to leave the board, but said the resignation "did...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ixia Names New CFO

Calabasas-based Ixia, the network testing hardware and software developer, said Tuesday that it has named Brent Novak as its new Chief Financial Officer. Novak has been Ixia's VP of Finance since 2006, and was appointed acting CFO of the co...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kurion Sets New CFO

Irvine-based nuclear and hazardous waste management technology developer Kurion said Monday that it has named Stephen Wright as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Wright was most recently at Materia, where he had been Chief Operatin...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Cytori Therapeutics Chops Staff, Executives

San Diego-based Cytori Therapeutics has chopped its staff and executives, and has plunged into arestructuring effort to reduce costs, the company said this morning, after a safety hold on one of its clinical trials. According to Cytori, it ...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Interlink Electronics Names VP of Operations In China

Camarillo-based Interlink Electronics, the manufacturer of force sensors and other electronics, said Wednesday that it has named a new VP of Operations, based in China. The company said it has named John Sirbu as Interim VP of Operations ba...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Unitas Global Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based enterprise cloud provider Unitas Global said this morning that it has named Patrick Shutt as its new CEO. Shutt was the cofounder of Universal Access, and also co-founded 20/20 Technologies (now Global Capacity). Current C...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ixia Files Financial Results, Finally

Calabasas-based Ixia, the developer of network test equipment and software, has filed its second quarter 2014 financial results, along with quarterly reports for its second quarter of 2014, bringing it into compliance with its SEC filings, ...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ceres Names Board Chairman

Thousand Oaks-based agricultural biotechnology developer Ceres said Monday that it has named Cheryl Morley as Chairman of its board of directors, and that former director Pascal Brandys has rejoined the company's board. Morley has been on t...

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sotera Wireless Names Sales, Marketing VP

San Diego-based Sotera Wireless, which develops wireless vital signs monitoring devices, said today that it has named Charlie Alvarez as thec ompany's new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Alvarez was most recently EVP of Sales and Mar...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vision Internet Gets Private Equity Investment

Santa Monica-based Visio Internet, which develops Internet sites for governments, has raised a round of growth capital, according to the company. The funding came from Caltius Equity Partners. Size of the investment was not disclosed. As pa...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Demand Media Names New Content Marketing Executive

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is building out its executive team today, saying that it has named Scott Lehr as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Content Solutions. Lehr was previously at NewsCred, a developer of content...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

uSamp Expands In Europe

Los Angeles-based uSamp, the market research and sampling technology developer, says that it is in an expansion in Europe, and has opened up an office in Frankfurt, Germany. According to the company, the new office--plus the hiring of two p...

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Ignyta Names CSO

San Diego-based biotechnology developer Ignyta said this morning that it has named Robert Wild, Ph.D., as the company's new Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Research. Wild was most recently Chief Scientific Officer, Oncol...

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Friday, September 5, 2014

GumGum Names CRO

Los Angeles-based advertising technolog provider GumGum said this week that it has appointed a new, Chief Revenue Officer, as the company continues to build out its management team. The company--which provides technology which embeds advert...

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

HireRight Names New CEO

Irvine-based HireRight, the provider of online employment background checks, drug and health screening, said today that it has named a new CEO. According to the firm, it has named John Fennelly--formerly head of the wealth management divisi...

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

BuyAutoParts.com Names CFO

San Diego-based auto parts e-commerce provider BuyAutoParts.com has named a new CFO, saying that it has appointed former JC Penney and Amazon executive Chris Struempler to the position. Struembler was most recently Senior Finance Director f...

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Novatel Wireless Names New CFO

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless announced this morning that it has appointed Michael Newman as the company's new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Newman was most recently at Websense, most recently serving as CFO, but ...

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Evite Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based online event invitation site Evite has named a new CEO, saying yesterday that it has named Victor Cho to the position. Cho was most recently President and CEO of Kodak Gallery, and also had headed up marketing and commerce...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vitesse Names New Board Member

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the developer of semiconductors for the networking market, said late Tuesday that it has added a new member to its board of directors. The company said it has appointed William C. Martin, Chairman and ...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Western Digital Names New CFO

Irvine-based disk drive giant Western Digital has named a new CFO, saying that its current CFO, Tim Leyden, has retired after 24 years at the company. WD said that Olivier Leonetti, who previously was VP Finance at Amgen, and also spent 14 ...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Swagbucks Taps Shopzilla's Weinrot As COO

El Segundo-based Prodege, the parent company of Swagbucks, has named a new COO, naming former ShopZilla executive David Weinrot to the new position. Weinrot was previously Chief Marketing Officer and Divisional President for Shopzilla/Bizra...

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Monday, August 25, 2014

MRV Names New CFO

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, the developer of optical networking hardware, said today that it has named Mark J. Bonney as the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Bonney has been a director of the company ...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sizmek Names Sales Director In LA

Sizmek, which provides digital advertising technology and services, says it has named Ray Erickson as Director of Video and Rich Media Sales, Western and South Central Regions, based in Los Angeles. Erickson has been at Sizmek serving as Di...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Ixia Names New CEO

Calabasas-based network testing equipment and software developer Ixia has named a new President and CEO, saying Thursday afternoon that it has appointed Bethany Mayer to the new position. Mayer was most recently Senior Vice President and Ge...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

BookingPal Snags Execs from Mindspeed, Homes.com

Irvine-based Bookingpal, which develops vacation rental distribution technology, has named a new COO and VP, the company said this week. According to the comapny, it has named Stephen Ananias as Chief Operating Officer and Brian Brown as Vi...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3BLACKDOT Snags Machinima Vet For Game Development Effort

Los Angeles-based 3BLACKDOT--founded by Machina Vets Angelo Pullen, Luke Stepleton, Adam Montoya, and Tom Cassell--said Tuesday that it has snagged another Machinima vet, Marwan Abderrazzaq, to head up game development at the company. Abder...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lynda.com Names Chief Revenue Officer, Opens San Francisco Office

Carpinteria-based Lynda.com said this morning that it has named a new Chief Revenue Officer, Andrew Wait, and opened up a new office in the San Francisco area. According to the online learning site, Wait was previously President of EF Engli...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cytori Sets CFO

San Diego-based biopharmaecuticals developer Cytori Therapeutics has named a new Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. According to the company, it has appointed Tiago Girao to the position, replacing existing CFO Mark Saad...

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Allergan Swaps CFO

Irvine-based Allergan said this morning that it has swapped its CFO, naming Jim Hindman as its new Executive Vice President, Finance and Business Development and Chief Financial Officer. Hindman replaces Jeff Edwards, who Allergan said has ...

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Conversant Hires Former Bing Shopping Executive

Westlake Village-based Conversant, the online advertising and marketing technology company which was until recently known as ValueClick, has hired on the former head of Bing Shopping as a VP. Conversant said this week it has named Raju Malh...

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Demand Media Buys Saatchi Art, Appoints Sean Moriarty As CEO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media made a surprise move this morning, saying it has appointed former Ticketmaster CEO Sean Moriarty as its new CEO--and also acquiring Moriarty's startup, Saatchi Art. According to Demand Media, it paid $17M for...

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Stocktwits Adds Ross Levinsohn, Rob Peck to Board

San Diego-based Stocktwits, the instant messaging service focused on trading stock news and tips, said last week that it has added Ross Levinsohn and Rob Peck to its board of directors. Levinsohn was most recently Interim CEO of Yahoo; Peck...

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Sky Dayton Steps Away From Boingo Wireless To Focus On Startups

Sky Dayton, the founder and chairman of Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, is stepping down from the company's board of directors and his position as Chairman, the company said late yesterday as part of its earnings release. The company--wh...

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Strike Social Bolsters Board, Advisors

Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer Strike Social is bolstering its board and advisory team, saying that it has named Lawrence Chu to its board of directors, and signed up Dr. Arif Ansari, a big data systems researcher at the...

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Ice Energy Names President

Los Angeles-based energy storage technology developer Ice Energy has named a new president, saying that it has appointed Mike Hopkins to the role. The company--which develops a product which uses the creation of ice to cut power consumption...

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Equal Earth Adds Samit To Board

San Diego-based Equal Earth, which says it is a clean energy solutions provider serving the commercial and residential market, said it has tapped technology veteran Jay Samit for its board of directors. Samit was most recently CEO of Social...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ethertronics Snags Manian As COO

San Diego-based Ethertronics, a developer of antenna and RF technology, has snagged technology veteran Vahid Manian as its new Chief Operating Officer, the company said today. Manian was most recently at Entropic, serving as SVP Global Engi...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sapphire Energy Names New CEO

San Diego-based algae energy technology developer Sapphire Energy has named a new CEO, saying that it has appointed James Levine as President, CEO, and member of the company's board of directors. Levine is the former President and CEO of Ve...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TakePart.com Names Editor-in-Chief

Los Angeles-based socially conscious lifestyle magazine and website TakePart--which is owned by Participant Media--said it has named Eric Noe as its Editor-In-Chief. The socially responsible website said that Noe was most recently at ABC Ne...

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Monday, July 28, 2014

MRV Expands Board

Chatsworth-based optical network hardware maker MRV Communicaitons has expanded its board of directors, saying this morning that it has added Jeannie H. Diefenderfer to its board of directors. Diefenderfer is Chief Procurement Officer for V...

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Brain Corporation Taps Qualcomm Exec For Board

San Diego-based Brain Corporation, a company which is developing an operating system for robots, said this week that it has added former Qualcomm President and Vice Chairman Steve Altman to its board--and also revealed that it is getting th...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

RealD Names General Counsel

Los Angeles-based 3D technology developer RealD said Wednesday afternoon that it has named Vivian Yang as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. According to RealD, Yang will head up both the company's Legal and Human Resources depar...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BlackLine Systems Names New CTO

Los Angeles-based financial software developer BlackLine Systems said today that it has hired a new, Chief Technology Officer. According to the enterprise software company, it has named Alain Avakian as its CTO. Avakian joins the company fr...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CARD.com Names CFO

Santa Monica-based CARD.com, the custom-branded, reloadable debit card provider, said today that it has named Josh Flowers as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Flowers joins the company after 14 years working at investment banking ...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Teledyne Bolsters Board

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified electronics, software, aerospace, defense, and other products company, said today that it has named Jane C. Sherburne to the company's board of directors. Sherburne is the former Se...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

United Online Names New Board Member

Woodland Hills-based United Online said late Monday that it has added a new member to its board of directors. The company said it named Andrew Miller, current Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of molecular diagnostics com...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Boingo Wireless Names Rosenzweig To Board

Los Angeles-based Wi-Fi and small cell provider Boingo Wireless announced Thursday afternoon that it has added Los Angeles technology veteran Lance Rosenzweig as a new member of the company's board of directors. Rosenzweig is the CEO of Aeg...

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pulse Electronics Loses CEO

San Diego-based electronics components provider Pulese Electronics reported late Wednesday that its Chairman and CEO, Ralph E. Faison, has resigned. The company said it has appointed Alan H. Benjamin as Interim CEO of the company. Benjamin ...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CallFire Names CFO

Santa Monica-based CallFire, the provider of cloud-based text and voice services which is led by Ron Burr, has named a new CFO. According to the company, it has named Tridivesh Kidambi as Chief Financial Officer. Kidambi was most recently a...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

reQall Adds MIT MediaLab Professor As Advisor

reQall, the wearable software developer headed by former Apple Principal Scientist Rao Machiraju, said this morning that it has tapped MIT MediaLab Professor Alex (Sandy) Pentland as a strategic product advisor. Pentland has been called the...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CurbStand Names Gojkovich CEO

Los Angeles-based CurbStand, a startup developing mobile apps which let users pay and tip for valet parking via their mobile device, said this morning that it has named Serge Gojkovich as the company's new CEO. Gojkovich was most recently ...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cornerstone OnDemand Names Etsy CFO To Board

Santa Monica-based talent management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand said Wednesday that it has added Kristana Salen, the Chief Financial Officer of Etsy, to its board of directors. Salen has been CFO of Etsy since January of 2013;...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LegalZoom Names Marketing Chief

Glendale-based LegalZoom has appointed a new head of marketing, the company said this morning. LegalZoom said it has appointed Laura Goldberg as Chief Marketing Officer, to lead overall strategy and direction of the company, and lead the co...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Saban Brands Sets VP Digital

Los Angeles-based Saban Brands, which manages such brands as Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Popples and Emojiville, said today that it has named Kendall Doty as its new Vice President of Digital. Doty will lead Saban Brands...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Western Digital Bolsters Board

Irvine-based storage device maker Western Digital said Monday that it has named Paula A. Price to its board of directors. Price is senior lecturer at Harvard Business School in the Accounting and Management, and was most recently EVP and CF...

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

j2 Global Swaps CFO

Los Angeles-based j2 Global has swapped its CFO, saying this morning that its current CFO, Kathleen Griggs, has departed from the position for personal reasons. j2 Global has appointed R. Scott Turicchi--its current President--as CFO. Turic...

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cytori Therapeutics Adds To Board

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Cytori said Wednesday that it has named Gail K. Naughton as a new, independent director at the company. Naughton was the co-founder of Advanced Tissue Sciences, where she also served as Presiden...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Interlink Electronics Names Two To Board

Camarillo-based sensors and electronics developer Interlink Electronics has named two private equity and venture executives to its board, as part of an expansion of the group, the company said this morning. Interlink Electronics said it has...

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MiTu Bolsters Exec Team

Culver City-based MiTu, the Latino media brand and multi-channel network (MCN) which recently scored $10M from such investors as upfront Ventures, The Chernin Group, Allen DeBevoise, and Advancit Capital, has hired a trio of executives to ...

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Ranker Adds Executives

Los Angeles-based Ranker, which operates an online website for users to share their opinions and lists on countless topics, has hired on a number of new executives. According to the company, it has appointed Glenn Walker as Chief Strategy O...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Buy.com Exec Moves To Monoprice

Rancho Cucamonga-based Monoprice, which sells a line of branded consumer electronics and accessories, has snagged former Buy.com/Rakuten.com Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer Bernard W. Luthi as its new President. Accordin...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jukin Media Adds To Executive Team

Los Angeles-based viral video entertainment network Jukin Media is continuing to build out its executive team, saying today that it has named Jerry Boonstra as its new Chief Technology Officer, and Theresa Tran as its new Head of Product. T...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Metacloud Hires Two OpenStack Evangelists, Opens Texas Office

Pasadena-bsed Metacloud, which runs and operates OpenStack based clouds for companies, said it has hired on two well known OpenStack evangelists as executives. The startup--which is backed by AME Cloud Ventures, Canaan Partners, Pelion Vent...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Zadara Hires EMC, Amazon Web Services Vets

Irvine-based storage products maker Zadara Storage said this morning that it has hired two storage industry veterans as VPs. According to Zadara, it has named Dani Naor as Vice President of International Sales, and appointed Craig Carl as V...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Teledyne Technologies Swaps VP

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said Tuesday that it has named Anna Segobia Masters as its new Vice President of Human Resources, and Deputy General Counsel. Masters replaces current VP Administration and Human Resources Robyn E. ...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HelloSociety Names Chief Revenue Officer

Santa Monica-based HelloSociety, which provides analytics for brands about activity on Pinterest, said yetserday that it has named Dennis Chang as Chief Revenue Officer. Chang was most recently Vice President of Advertising Sales for Turner...

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Boingo Exec Named To Wireless Broadband Alliance Board

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless said this morning that its Vice President of International Markets, Bjorn Thorngren, has been re-elected to the Wireless Broadband Alliance's (WBA) Board of Directors. The WBA is a groups which focuses on i...

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Kurion Taps DOE Vet For Fukushima Project

Irvine-based nuclear waste cleanup technology provider Kurion announced this morning that it has named a Department of Energy veteran to lead a new effort at Japan's Fukushima reactor. According to Kurion--which recently announced a deal to...

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Novatel Wireless Shuffles Executives

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless announced a major, executive shakeup late Friday, saying that it has named Alex Mashinsky Interim Chief Executive Officer, and has launched a search for a new CEO. According to the company, it's current CEO,...

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Invoca Hits 100 Employees, Adds Execs

Santa Barbara-based Invoca, the developer of cloud-based, call marketing and click-to-call technology which is backed by Accel Partners, Upfront Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners, said it has hit 100 employees, and also expanded its exec...

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Omnitracs Names New President, COO

San Diego-based Omnitracs, which offers up fleet management software and services, said yesterday that it has named David Post as the company's new President and Chief Operating Officer. Post joins the company from MRI Software, where he ha...

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Friday, June 13, 2014

QAD Expands Board

Santa Barbara-based enterprise resource planning software developer QAD has appointed a new board member, saying late Thursday that it has added Leslie J. Stretch as a board member. Stretch is President and CEO of Callidus Software, and als...

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Zingle Taps Silicon Valley Vet As New CEO

San Diego-based Zingle, which is developing texting tools for businesses such as hotels and restaurants, said this week that it has tapped a Silicon Valley veteran as its new CEO. The company said it named John Girard, the former Founder an...

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Adds Mazzo To Board

Newport Beach-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals said today that former Advanced Medical Optics founder James Mazzo has joined the company's board of directors. Mazzo is currently Operating Partner at Versant Ventures, and also headed up AMO after...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Oculus VR Snags Naughty Dog Co-Founder As Exec

Irvine-based virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR is continuing to build out its team, and has snagged one of the co-founders of game maker Naughty Dog--Jason Rubin--as head of worldwide studios. Oculus VR said that Rubin will head up fi...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Local Corporation Adds Local Startup Veterans As Board Members

Irvine-based Local Corporation, which offers up local advertising technology, has added two veterans of the local startup industry--David M. Hughes and John M. Payne--as new board members. Hughes is CEO of The Search Agency, and Payne is cu...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

QLogic Chairman HK Desai Passes Away Suddenly

ALiso Viejo-based storage networking equipment maker QLogic Corp.'s Executive Chairman--and former CEO--HK Desai, has passed away, the company said Monday. According to QLogic, Desai died Sunday night after a sudden cardiac arrest. He was 6...

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Hulu Bolsters Original Content Efforts With New Hire

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu is bolstering its original content efforts this Friday morning, saying it has named Beatrice Springborn as the company's Head of Originals. Springborn joins the company from Storyline Ent...

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Voxox Names COO

San Diego-based communications service provider Voxox announced this morning that it has named Kyle Lee as the company's new Chief Operating Officer. Lee was previously the co-founder of Enevor, a clean technology company; he also served at...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ambit Biosciences Shuffles Board

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals company Ambit Biosciences has shuffled its board this morning, saying it has added Jeffrey S. Hatfield as a member of its board of directors, as current board member Steven Elms resigns. Hatfield is the CE...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Airwolf 3D Names Former Toshiba America Exec As President

Costa Mesa-based 3D printer manufacturer Airwolf 3D said this morning that it has tapped an experienced executive from Toshiba America Business Solutions as its new President. According to Airwolf 3D, it has hired Mark Mathews--former Presi...

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Kite Pharma Names New R&D Head

Santa Monica-based biopharmaceuticals firm Kite Pharma, which is developing products for the treatment of cancer, said today that it has named David D. Chang, M.D., Ph.D., as its new Executive Vice President, Research and Development, and C...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

uSamp Names New VP

Los Angeles-based uSamp, the developer of market research products and services, said yesterday that it has named Joe Jordan as its new Vice President, Panel Operations. Jordan was most recently Strategic Account Director, Media & Entertain...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

EnTouch Controls Sets Up Shop In LA

EnTouch Controls, a startup that develops cloud-based, energy management software for the lighting and HVAC market, said today that it has set up a new office in Los Angeles. The Texas startup, which is backed by NRG Energy, SJF Ventures, a...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BlackLine Systems Hires Chief Marketing Officer

Los Angeles-based financial software developer BlackLine Systems has hired its first, Chief Marketing Officer, the company announced today. BlackLine said it has hired David Downing, most recently the Chief Marketing Officer of NetSuite, as...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

OpenX Names Chief Customer Officer

Los Angeles-based online and mobile advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has named Tish Whitcraft as the company's new Chief Customer Officer. Whitcraft was most recently Chief Customer Officer at Tagged, and...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Voxox Names Systems Engineering VP

San Diego-based Voxox, which supplies cloud-based communications and phone services, reports this morning that it has named Shravan Kumar as its new Vice President of System Engineering. Kumar joins the company from Mavenir Systems, and als...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Novatel Wireless Loses CFO

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless said late Tuesday that it has lost its CFO, Kenneth Leddon. According to Novatel Wireless, Leddon is leaving the firm to become CFO of another, un-named company. The maker of wireless modules said it is enga...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

United Online Names New CFO

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Wednesday that it has named Edward Zinser as the company's new Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. Zinser was most recently EVP and CFO of THQ, and also had served as EVP and CFO of ...

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hulu Snags New Marketing Head From Netflix

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has announced a new SVP and Head of Marketing at the company, the company said Tuesday, tapping Jenny Wall for the position. Wall was most recently at Netflix, as part of that company's globa...

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Swagbucks Raises $60M, Sets Davis As CEO

Los Angeles-based Swagbucks, the web-based rewards and offers site, said this morning that it has raised $60M in funding--the company's first, external capital round--and also appointed Chuck Davis as CEO of the company. According to Swagbu...

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

GenMark Diagnostics Names CFO

Carlsbad-based Genmark Diagnostics said Monday that it has named Scott Mendel as the company's Chief Financial Officer. GenMark said Mendel joins the company from Active Network, where he had been CFO of the company, up until its sale to Vi...

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Local Corporation Names New CEO

Irvine-based Local Corporation said late Wednesday that it has named Fred Thiel as its new Chief Executive Officer. Thiel had been Chairman of Local's board of directors. In addition, Local said that its current President and Chief Operatio...

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Tennenbaum Capital Partners Names Exec

Santa Monica-based Tennenbaum Capital Partners said Monday that it has added Brad Pritchard as a new Managing Director at the company, focused on investments in the energy sector. The alternative investment management company said that Prit...

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Qualcomm Taps Unilever Veteran For New Board Member

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has tapped Harish Manwani--the current Chief Operating Officer at Unilver PLC--as a new board member. Manwani has been at Unilever since 1976--since he joined as a low level, managemen...

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Millennium Laboratories Names Three Executives

San Diego-based Millennium Laboratories, which is developing technology around medication monitoring and pharmacogenetics, said today that it has named three new executives. The company named Nikhil A. Nayak as chief marketing officer; Stev...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Rubicon Project Appoints Trio Of Board Members

Fresh off the company's IPO, online advertising technology developer and online real time marketplace operator Rubicon Project has added three new board members. The Los Angeles company said today that it has named Robert Frankenberg, forme...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

LionsGate Extends Into Video Games, Interactive Media

Santa Monica-based movie and entertainment company Lionsgate said late Wednesday that it is expanding into a new line of business, and has launched a new, interactive and game arm. Lionsgate said that it has named digital media entrepreneur...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AssetAvenue Hires Early Indiegogo Employee

Los Angeles-based AssetAvenue, the real estate crowdfunding site led by David Manshoory, has snagged the first employee out of Indiegogo. According to AssetAvenue, it has hired Adam Chapnick, who was the first employee out of the Indiegogo ...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Novatel Wireless Reaches Deal With Investor Group

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless said Tuesday afternoon that it has agreed to add two new members to its board of directors--as part of an agreement with a disgruntled investor group. Novatel Wireless said it has added Dr. Richard Karp, for...

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BlackLine Systems Names Chief Revenue Officer

Los Angeles-based BlackLine Systems, which develops balance sheet, account reconcilation software for the enterprise, said today that it has named CHris Murphy as its new Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Murphy joins the company from Infor, whe...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sizmek Bolsters Digital Advertising Staff In LA

Sizmek, a developer of digital advertising technology, said this week that it has named Patrick Meehan as head of Sales in its Los Angeles office. The company--which is based in New York--has around 40 employees in Los Angeles. Meehan was p...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cubic Bolsters Board

San Diego-based Cubic Corporation, which operates information technology, system integration, and technical support services for the military and government sector, said Tuesday that it has named Steven John Norris to its board of directors...

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Friday, April 18, 2014

T+ink Adds New Board Members

Los Angeles-based T-ink, the developer of conductive ink products led by Gary Winnick, said Thursday that it has added two new board members. The company said it has added John C. Cushman II, the co-chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, to its b...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

ZEFR Names New VPs

Venice-based ZEFR said Thursday that it has named a new set of VPs. According to the company, it has named Rick Song as its new Global Head of Media Solutions Sales, and named Michael Saperstein as Head of Media Sales (East, Central, Canada...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peregrine Semiconductor Names VP

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor said Wednesday that it has named Duncan Pilgrim as its new Vice President of Marketing. According to the company, Pilgrim will head up product marketing and marketing communication initiatives for the...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TigerText Expands Board

Santa Monica-based secure messaging service provider TigerText said Tuesday that it has named three new board members at the company. The company said it has added Shasta Ventures' Sean Flynn, Orbimed's Steve Yecies, and New Leaf Ventures' ...

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Friday, April 11, 2014

SecureAuth Names Marketing VP

Irvine-based SecureAuth, which provides two-factor authentication software, hsa named Darin Pendergraft as its new Vice President of Marketing, the company said this week. Pendergraft was most recently at Oracle, and had also served at Ques...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kareo Names New CFO

Irvine-based Kareo, which develops cloud-based, medical office software aimed at small medical practices, said today that it has named Tom Patterson as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Patterson was most recently CFO of Teletrac, ...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Atara Biotherapeutics Bolsters Board, Executives

Thousand Oaks-based drug development company Atara Biotherapeutics announced this morning that it has added Matthew K. Fust as a board member, and hired Mitchall G. Clark as its Chief Regulatory and Quality Assurance Officer. Fust was most ...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Central Desktop Names New Board Member

Pasadena-based software developer Central Desktop said this morning that it has added software veteran Kumar Vora to its board of directors. Vora is the CEO of Acrolinx, and also had served as entrepreneur-in-residence at Foundational Capit...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

StyleHaul Names Content Head

Los Angeles-based StyleHaul, which operates a YouTube network focused on fashion and beauty, said this week that it has named Mia Goldwyn as the company's Chief Content Officer. Goldwyn was most recently Vice President of Business Developme...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ReachLocal Names New CEO

Wooland Hills-based ReachLocal said this morning that it has named Sharon Rowlands as the company's new Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the company's board of directors. Rowlands was most recently CEO of Altegrity, and also ...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hulu Names New Content Head

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has named a new Head of Content, the company said Monday, to lead the firm's content and programming strategy. Hulu said it has added Craig Erwich as Senior Vice President, Head of Content, a...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Machinima Names Gutstein New CEO

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Machinima said Monday that it has named Chad Gutstein as its new CEO, replacing outgoing CEO and co-founder Allen DeBevoise. According to Machiima, Gutstein is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Ovat...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

MarketShare Bolsters Advisory Board With Levinsohn, Others

Los Angeles-based MarketShare, the developer of marketing analytics software led by Wes Nichols, has bolstered its advisory team, saying today that it has added Ross Levinsohn, Tom Davenport, and Pat LaPointe to its advisory board. Levinsoh...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

On-Ramp Wireless Taps Verizon Vets For Board, Advisory Seats

San Diego-based On-Ramp Wireless said this week that it has bolstered its board, adding former Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg as a member of its board of directors, and former Verizon EVP and Chief Technology Officer Richard "Dick...

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ParkMe Names New CFO

Santa Monica-based ParkMe, the developer of real-time, parking information apps led by Sam Friedman, said this morning that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer for the company. According to the company, it has appointed Daniel Yukels...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

MRV Names New VP Sales

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, which develops optical communications and packet communications hardware, announced this morning that it has named Scott St. John as its new Senior Vice President of Sales for its Optical Communications ...

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Otonomy Appoints New Board Member

San Diego-based Otonomy, a biopharmaceuticals company developing treatments for disorders of the inner and middle ear, said Thursday that it has added Vickie Capps to its board of directors. Capps was previously EVP, CFO, and treasure for D...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Women's Venture Capital Fund Boosts Advisory Board

Women's Venture Capital Fund, a venture capital investment fund focused on investing in what it calls "gender diverse" teams, said today that it has added a Harvard Business School professor to its advisory board. The fund said it added Pro...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

uSamp Shuffles Executives

Los Angeles-based polling and sampling technology and services provider uSamp is shuffling its executives today, saying that it has named Ted Bouzakis as the company's new Executive Vice President of Sales, replacing George Llorens. In addi...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Convertro Taps UCLA Anderson Professor For Research Effort

Santa Monica-based online advertising attribution technology provider Convertro--which is led by serial entrepreneur Jeff Zwelling--said today that it has added UCLA Anderson School professor Sanjog Misra as the chair of a new research comm...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sonos Snags Former Xbox Chief

Santa Barbara-based whole home audio systems maker Sonos has snagged a high profile executive to head up its product efforts, and has hired away former Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten. According to Microsoft and its Xbox team, Whitt...

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Auction.com Adds Former Oracle CFO To Board

Irvine-based online real estate marketplace Auction.com--fresh off a massive funding round from Google--is further bolstering its board, with the addition of former Oracle Chief Financial Officer Jeff Epstein. Epstein is an operating partne...

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Monday, March 17, 2014

SmartDrive Sets New Engineering VP

San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems announced today that it has named Andy Deninger as the company's new Vice President of Engineering. Deninger was previously at Qualcomm's Omnitracs unit, where he had headed the company's engineering divis...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Semtech Snags General Counsel From United Online

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech announced this morning that it has named Charles B. Ammann as its new Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. Ammann was most recently EVP, ...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Fullscreen Appoints Head of Content

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen, the YouTube network founded by George Strompolos, said this week that it has named Ashley Kaplan as Head of Content at the company. Kaplan was most recently Vice President of Digital Content and Strategy for th...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fullscreen Appoints Chief Revenue Officer

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen said this morning that it has named Michael Wann as the company's new Chief Revenue Officer. Wann was most recently CRO at SpinMedia, and also had been EVP of Business Development at Demand Media...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nerdist Industries Names Execs

Burbank-based Nerdist Industries, the online site focused on popular culture and "nerd" content, said today that it has named tow executives. The company said it has appointed Adam Rymer as President and Jack Herrguth as Head of Development...

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Hulu Taps Disney Vet As Distribution Head

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Monday morning that it has named a new Head of Distribution. Hulu said it has named Tim Connolly--formerly VP of Digital Video Distribution and New Product Development for Walt Disney--to the position. The compan...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Virgin Galactic Names New CFO

Mojave-based commercial spaceflight company Virgin Galactic said Friday that it has named John S. Rego as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Rego joins the company from AppSense, a UK-based enterprise software company, and also serv...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

MagnaCom Gets Investment From Qualcomm's Altman

MagnaCom Ltd., an Israeli company which has its U.S. operations in Laguna Niguel, said this week that it has added former Qualcomm President and Vice Chairman Steve Altman to the company as an advisor. As part of that move, MagnaCom said th...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Snapchat Steals Away Engineering Director From Google

Venice, California-based social media app developer Snapchat has made a significant, high visibility hire, saying this week that it has hired Peter Magnusson, a former engineering director from Google, as its new Vice President of Engineeri...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

OpenX Names Fuelling CFO

Los Angeles-based OpenX appears to be continuing to bolster its executive ranks--and a possible IPO bid--with the naming of Tom Fuelling, the former CFO of Hulu, as its Chief Financial Officer this morning. According to OpenX, it has appoin...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hulu Names New CTO

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said Tuesday that it has named Tian Lim as its new Chief Technology Officer. Lim was most recently SVP of Product Engineering at Sony Network Entertainment International, heading up that ...

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Jukin Media Names Essner President, COO

Los Angeles-based Jukin Media, a company which says it discovers, acquires, and distributes viral videos, has tapped technology veteran Lee Essner as the company's new President and Chief Operating Officer. Essner was previously the founder...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NeuroSigma Names VP

Los Angeles-based NeuroSigma, a life sciences firm developing systems for the treatment of epilepsy and major depressive disorder, said today that it has named Carl Adams as Vice President and Controller. Adams was previously at advisory fi...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Hulu Sets Sales VP

Los Angeles-based Hulu said today that it has named a new Senior Vice President of Sales. According to Hulu, it has named Peter Naylor--who was previously Executive Vice President of Ad Sales for NBC News Digital--to the position. Naylor al...

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Pathway Genomics Names Chief Strategy Officer

San Diego-based Pathway Genomics, which offers genetic testing lab services, said Thursday that it has named Ardy Arianpour as its Chief Strategy Officer. According to Pathway Genomics, Arianpour was most recently at Ambryx Genetics, and al...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Airpush Snags Google Veteran As Chief Revenue Officer

Airpush, the mobile advertising firm headed by Asher Delug, is significantly bolstering its executive ranks, saying this week that it has added Matt Shaw, former Global Head of Mobile Display at Google, as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Acc...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TigerText Taps Symantec, LinkedIn For Engineering Executives

Santa Monica-based enterprise, real time messaging services and software provider TigerText is bolstering its engineering ranks, saying Wednesday that it has snagged software and development veterans from both Symantec and LinkedIn as new V...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DogVacay Appoints Marketing, Product VPs

Santa Monica-based online petsitting marketplace DogVacay has bolstered its marketing and product team, saying this morning that it has named Kerry Bennett as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Jeanne Anderson as Senior Vice President o...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

LA Names Chief Innovation Technology Officer

In a move that further bolster's Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti's reputation as LA's "tech mayor", Garcetti has announced that he has appointed Peter Marx as the city's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer yesterday, to help oversee t...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Swagbucks Hits $50M In Revenues, Expands Executive Team

Los Angeles-based Prodege, the company which runs the Swagbucks rewards site, reported today that the firm passed $50M in revenue in 2013, is profitable, and has expanded its executive team to include a new Executive Chairman, Chuck Davis, ...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CallFire Names Chief Revenue Officer

Santa Monica-based voice and text-platform provider CallFire is bolstering its executive ranks today with a new hire, saying that it has named Barbara Palmer as the company's new Chief Revenue Officer. Palmer joins the company from The Sear...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

One Kings Lane Snags Chief Technology Officer From Zappos

One Kings Lane, the online, home furnishings flash sales site which splits its operations between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, said today that it has snagged former Zappos.com CTO Arun Rajan as its new Chief Technology Officer....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

textPlus Names Machinima's Nanea Reeves As President

Marina del Rey-based mobile app developer textPlus, which develops apps that provides free texting and phone service, said late Tuesday morning that it has named Nanea Reeves as President of the company. Reeves is a veteran of JAMDAT, and j...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kofax Names New Board Member

Irvine-based Kofax, which develops software for document capture and automation, said this morning that it has named James A. Urry as a member of its board of directors. Urry is a Partner at Augusta Columbia Capital Group, and also has serv...

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Slacker Names New CEO

San Diego-based streaming radio service Slacker said late Friday that it has named a new CEO, and has appointed Duncan Orrell-Jones to head up the company. Orrell-Jones replaces previous CEO Jim Cady, who Slacker said will remain on the com...

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Sorrento Therapeutics Names New Board Member

San Diego-based clinical oncology firm Sorrento Therapeutics said today that it has named a new board director. Sorrento Therapeutics said it named Daniel Levitt, the current Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CytRx, to i...

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Auction.com Snags Adobe Veteran As VP

Irvine-based online real estate marketplace Auction.com anounced yesterday that it has named a former Adobe Systems VP as its new Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. The company said it has named Paul Weiskopf--formerly Senior V...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Efficient Power Conversion Names VP

El Segundo-based Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, which develops Gallium Nitride-based, power management devices, said today that it has named Andrea Mirenda as its new Vice President of Sales for the Americas. Mirenda was previously...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Metacloud Snags Google Exec

Pasadena-based private cloud provider Metacloud announced today that it has hired on Conner Grey, the former head of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Google for Southern California, as its new VP of Operations. Metacloud--which helps c...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lynda.com Bolsters Executive Team

Carpinteria-based online education company lynda.com announced this morning that it has bolstered its executive team with four new hires. According to the site--which offers up online, video-based training courses on a wide range of softwar...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

FutureLogic Shuffles Executive Team

Glendale-based FutureLogic, the manufacturer of thermal ticket printing and other products, reported it has shuffled its senior leadership team Thursday. The company said that Eric Meyerhofer has replaced Miles Arone, who remains on the com...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Kite Pharma Names Regulatory VP

Los Angeles-based Kite Pharma announced this morning that it has named a new VP. The biotechnology company--which is developing treatments for cancer--said it has named Rizwana F. Sproule, Ph.D. as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. Sproul...

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Maker Studios Taps AOL Vet As New International President

Los Angeles- based Maker Studios said Thursday that it has hired Rene Rechtman, a former AOL executive, as its new President of international operations. As part of the appointment, Maker also said that Rechtman has made an investment in th...

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

CallFire Names New Board Member

Santa Monica-based CallFire announced this morning that it has named Charles Hilliard, the former President and CFO of Demand Media, as a member of its board of directors. Hilliard has also been an advisor to DropBox, and served as CFO of U...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ID Analytics Names Chief Product Officer

San Diego-based risk and analytics firm ID Analytics said this morning that it has named George Gelly as the company's new Chief Product Officer. Gelly was previously at Intuit, serving as Director of Product Development. He also has served...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Velocify Snags Former Microsoft GM For Engineering VP

Los Angelees-based Velocify, the cloud-based sales automation software developer headed by Nick Hedges, said this morning that it has snagged former Microsoft General Manager Chandra Shekaran as its new Senior Vice President of Engineering....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Local Corporation Loses CEO In Major Shakeup

Irvine-based Local Corporation announced late Monday afternoon that its CEO and Chairman, Heath Clarke, has resigned, and the company is now seeking a new CEO. According to the company, Clarke resigned for "personal reasons". Clarke had bee...

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Clearlake Names New CEO At NetMotion Wireless

Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group said this morning that it has named a new CEO at portfolio firm NetMotion Wireless. According to the companies, Erik Prusch has been appointed CEO at NetMotion, which Clearl...

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Amgen Loses CFO

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said late Thursday that its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jonathan M. Peacock, is leaving the company. According to Amgen, Peacock is leaving to pursue "broader career opportun...

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Sorrento Therapeutics Names New Chairman

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics has named William Marth, the former President and CEO of Teva - Americas, as the company's new Chairman, the company said Thursday. The company, which is developing treatments for cancer, said Marth was...

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Upfront Ventures Promotes Hudson To Principal

Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Upfront Ventures has promoted Jordan Hudson to Principal, the firm said Wednesday. Hudson has previously served at such firms as Fox Filmed Entertainment and GCA Savvian. Upfront said that Hudson w...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

StockTwits Raises New Funding, Swaps CEO

San Diego-based stock tip messaging service Stocktwits said last week that it has raised a new round of funding, and named a new CEO. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $10M. As part of the funding, founder and CEO ...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kite Pharma Names CFO

Los Angeles-based biotechnology developer Kite Pharma said today that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer. According to Kite Pharma, it has named Cynthia M. Butitta as its new EVP and CFO. Buttita was most recently at NextWave Pharma...

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Emulex Sets New CFO

Costa Mesa-based data storage networking equipment developer Emulex has appointed a new CFO this morning, saying that it has named Kyle B. Wescoat as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Wescoat was most recently the CFO of Sk...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

United Online Sets New EVP, General Counsel

Woodland Hills-based United Online, which runs the Classmates, StayFriends, MyPoints, NetZero, and Juno services, said late Friday that it has named Gale Shulman as its new Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Shulman had most rece...

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Friday, January 3, 2014

ScoreBig.com Names Goldberg CEO

Los Angeles-based online live entertainment marketplace ScoreBig.com has promoted David Goldberg to CEO, and shifted co-founder and CEO Adam Kanner to the role of executive Chairman, the company said Thursday afternoon. Goldberg was previou...

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Disney Taps Square's Dorsey For Board

In a move to add some Silicon Valley cred to the company's board, Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has added Jack Dorsey, chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square Inc., as a member of its board of directors, Disney said this week. Disney ...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Laudville Bolsters Advisory Board With Oversee.net's Chuang

Los Angeles-based Laudville, a startup developing an online platform to help users share entertainment like movies, books, TV, and music with friends, has added Gene Chuang to its board of advisors, according to the firm. Chuang is currentl...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Demand Media Loses Chief Revenue Officer

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has lost its Chief Revenue Officer, Jeff Dossett, to startup Porch.com, only eight months after Dossett was named to the position after the loss of former Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Bradford. Accordi...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

D-Link Sets Sales VP

Fountain Valley-based D-Link, the manufacturer of network switches, wireless access points, and other networking products, said today that it has named Michael Hardy as its Vice President of Channel and Enterprise Sales. Hardy was most rece...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

CallFire Names Burr CEO

Santa Monica-based voice services, voice API and texting services company CallFire announced today that it has named Ronald Burr as the company 's CEO. Burr, who has been Chief Revenue Officer of the company since 2012, was the co-founder o...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Qualcomm Names Mollenkopf CEO

San Diego-based wireless giant Qualcomm said this morning that it has named Steve Mollenkopf its new CEO. Mollenkopf had been President of the company, and will retain that role in addition to the new CEO title. Current CEO Dr. Paul E. Jaco...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Interlink Electronics Names New CTO

Camarillo-based Interlink Electronics said Thursday that it has named a new, Chief Technology Officer. According to the maker of touch sensors and other electronics, Dr. Albert Lu has become CTO. Current CTO Dr. Jeff Baker has become Chief ...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

TrueCar Scoops Up $30M From Vulcan Capital

Santa Monica-based online car buying technology provider TrueCar said this morning that it has raised $30M in a new round of funding, from Vulcan Capital, the venture funding arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. TrueCar said the new fund...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TigerText Bolsters Board

Santa Monica-based secure, text-messaging provider TigerText, which provides its services to both the healthcare and enterprise markets, has bolstered its board today with two appointments. The company said it has added Perry Wallack, the c...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rubicon Project Bolsters Team With Four VP Hires

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project has named three new VPs this morning, saying it has named Anthony "Tony" Katsur, Mari Kim Novak, Ryan Polley and Shekhar Yadav as new VPs at the company. Katsur has been named Senior Vice President, Busines...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Science Names Social Marketing VP

Los Angeles-based technology incubator and studio Science said today that it has hired on Matt Monahan as its new Vice President of Social Media Marketing. Monahan was most recently at AlphaBoost, a startup which was building Facebook adver...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Saatchi Online Taps Sean Moriarty As CEO

Los Angeles-based online art gallery and e-commerce provider Saatchi Online has tapped one of LA's technology and business veterans as its new CEO today, tapping Sean Moriarty for the position. Moriarty is an active investor and advisor to ...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Former Napster COO Dies In Bicycle Crash

Milton Olin, the former COO of Napster, has died as the result of a bicycle crash early Sunday afternoon involving a police car, according to multiple reports. According to those reports, Olin was struck on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. ...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

QLogic Names New CEO

Aliso Viejo-based server and storage networking equipment maker QLogic said this morning that it has named Prasad Rampalli as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Rampalli was most recently Senior Vice President, Cross Business Un...

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Iteris Sets New CFO

Santa Ana-based Iteris said this week that it has named Walter "Chuck" McBride as the company's Chief Financial Officer. The company, which develops traffic management information systems, said that McBride joins the company from SRS Labs, ...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Evolve Media Snags Break Media Content Vet

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media said late Monday that it has named Mitch Rotter as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Rotter joins the company from Break Media, where he was Execuktive Vice President of Programming, in charge of Break Media...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

CALIENT Technologies Sets COO

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies said Friday that it has named Jag Setler as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Setlur will serve as COO in addition to his currently position as CFO. CALIENT Technologies develops optical circuit...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

OpenX Hires Four Execs To Bolster Mobile Efforts

Pasadena-based OpenX said this morning that it has hired four new executives, to help bolster its mobile advertising efforts. The digital and mobile advertising technology and ad network operator said it has added Rob Kramer as general man...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

HitFix Taps Moviefone Vet As COO

Los Angeles-based entertainment news and video site Hitfix, which is led by Jennifer Sargent, said today that it has tapped a Moviefone veteran as its Chief Operating Officer. The site said that it has hired Lesley Kallet Rose as Chief Oper...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Microsemi Names CEO To Chairman Post

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced today that it has named CEO James J. Peterson as Chairman of its board, in addition to his role as CEO. Current Chairman Dennis Leibel remains on the board as an independent dire...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Emulex Launches Cost Cutting, Stock Buyback Effort

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said Monday that it is launching a cost cutting effort, a $200M stock buyback, and that Executive Chairman Jim McCluney will exit the company's board in February. According to Emulex, it expects to save $30M in annua...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Illumina Names New President

Life sciences equipment manufacturer Illumina said Monday that it has named Francis deSouza as President fo the company, reporting to CEO Jay Flatley. deSouza was previously President of Products & Services at Symantec Corporation. He also ...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

UberMedia Names Sales VP

Pasadena-based mobile advertising firm UberMedia, one of the companies out of Idealab, said Thursday that it has named a new VP of Sales, covering the company's Eastern Region. The company--which runs UberAds, a mobile ad network which uses...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pathway Genomics Names Sales VP

San Diego-based genetic testing laboratory Pathway Genomics Corporation said this morning that it has named Robert C. Verfurth as its new Vice President of Sales. Verfuth has served at such companies as Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Dianon Syste...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

ReachLocal Swizzles Execs, Loses Co-Founder

The executive turmoil over at Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal continues, as the company said yesterday that President and co-founder Nathan Hanks has resigned as an officer and director of the company. Reasons for the resignation was not gi...

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Netwrix Names Marketing VP

Irvine-based Netwrix, a developer of configuration management and auditing software, said today that it has named Nick Cavalancia as its new Vice President of Marketing. Cavalancia had previously been at SpectorSoft, serving as Vice Preside...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rubicon Project Grows Executive Team

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, the digital advertising startup which helps publishers automate ad placements on their websites via a real-time, trading platform, has expanded its management team, saying that it has named four new execut...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Convertro Names Two VPs

Santa Monica-based Convertro, the developer of marketing analytics software headed by startup veteran Jeff Zwelling, has bolstered its executive talent base today, announcing the hiring of two new VPs. Convertro said that it has named Paul ...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

OneRoof Energy Names CFO

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, the provider of solar leasing and installation services, said this morning that it has named Dan Halvorson as the company's new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Halvorson had previously b...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Nativo Names Engineering VP

Los Angeles-based native advertising technology provider Nativo said this morning that it has named Oded Cohen as its new SVP of Engineering. Cohen joins the company from Digital Generation (DG), where he was VP of Engineering, heading up a...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Hulu Names New CFO

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu announced late Friday that it has named Elaine Paul as its new CFO. Paul replaces Tom Fuelling, who had been at Hulu since 2007. Paul was previously SVP of Corporate Strategy at Disney, and a...

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Struggle For Maker Studios

One of Southern California's hottest Hollywood-meets-Internet companies is Maker Studios, the provider of content to YouTube. The company just raised $26M more in venture fund last month. However, all is not well at Maker: the Hollywood Rep...

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Teledyne CTO To Retire

Thousand Oaks-based electronics, aerospace, defense, and instrumentation company Teledyne Technologies said late Wednesday that Robert (Bob) W. Steenberge, the company's vice president and Chief Technology Officer, is retiring at the end of...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

RealD Exec Departing Firm

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said Wednesday that Joe Peixoto, the company's President, Worldwide Cinema, is retiring in March. The company said it will not replace Peixoto. Peixoto has been in th...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

uSamp Names New Marketing VP

Los Angeles-based uSamp said last week that it has named Andy Jolls as its new Senior Vice President of Marketing. According to uSamp, Jolls comes from Zumbox.com, where he was SVP of Consumer Marketing. Jolls also has served as Chief Marke...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hulu Officially Names CEO

Los Angeles-based television streaming site Hulu said Thursday that it has named Mike Hopkins as its new CEO. Hopkins, who was formerly an executive at Fox, has been expected to be named to the position for a few weeks. Hopkins was formerly...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

MicroPower Technologies Names VP

San Diego-based MicroPower Technologies, the developer of solar-powered, wireless surveillance cameras, said Thursday that it has named Dave Tynan as its new Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development. Tynan had worked for ...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Qualcomm Vice Chairman To Retire

San Diego-based Qualcomm said late Wednesday that Steve Altman, the company's Vice Chairman, will retire from Qualcomm next January. Altman had been on Qualcom's board for almost 15 years, and had joined Qualcomm in 1989, serving in a numbe...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Amgen Names New Board Member

Thousand Oaks-based biopharmaceuticals developer Amgen said yesterday that it has named Greg C. Garland to its board of directors. Garland is Chairman, President, and CEO of Phillips 66. The company said that Garland will also serve on its ...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nativo Snags Yahoo VP As New Executive

Los Angeles-based native advertising provider Nativo said Tuesday that it has named Jay Freedman, a former VP at Yahoo, as its new Chief Revenue Officer. According to Nativo, Freedman was most recently in charge of Yahoo's Technology and Te...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Local Corporation Names Technology VP

Irvine-based online directory and digital marketing provider Local Corporation said this morning that it has appointed Joe Lindsay as its new Vice President of Technology. Lindsay was most recently VP of Engineering from Brand Affinity Tech...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

SmartDrive Sets New Sales VP

San Diego-based driver monitoring systems provider SmartDrive Systems announced this morning that it has named Michael Baker as its new Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Baker has previously served at Navman Wireless, Qualcomm Omnitracs an...

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Demand Media's Rosenblatt Resigns

In a surprise move, Santa Monica-based Demand Media said late Monday that founder, Chairman, and CEO Richard Rosenblatt has resigned from the company. Demand Media said that it has appointed Shawn Colo as interim President and interim CEO, ...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Pulse Electronics Names New CFO

San Diego-based electronics components firm Pulse Electronics announced late last week that it has named Michael C. Bond as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Bond replaces the company's current CFO, Drew A. Moyer, w...

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

eHarmony Names New Board Member

Santa Monica-based eHarmony.com, the online matchmaking site, said Wednesday that it has added William T. Weyerhauser to its board of directors. Weyerhauser is current a director at Clearwater Paper Company, and also Chairman of the board a...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SolarReserve Names New CFO

Santa Monica-based utility scale solar power developer SolarReserve announced Tuesday that it has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer. According to SolarReserve, it has named Tim Rosenzweig to the position, to bolster its renewable ener...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

CapLinked Adds Advisor From Deal Room Business

CapLinked, the developer of the cloud-based, deal room and business transactions service, said Tuesday that it has added a new advisor from virtual data room provider IntraLinks. CapLinked said that it has named Dave Curran as an advisor to...

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Qualcomm Appoints Former Ambassador To China To Board

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has elected the former Ambassador to the People's Republic of China to its board of directors. According to Qualcomm, former Ambassador Clark Randt is currently president of Randt & Co...

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Cornerstone OnDemand Bolsters Board With Eloqua Vet

Santa Monica-based software-as-a-service developer Cornerstone OnDemand said this morning that it has added former Eloqua CEO Joe Payne to its board of directors. Payne had been CEO and a member of the baord of directors of Eloqua from Janu...

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Lastline Names Two Executives

Security software developer Lastline announced this morning that it has named two new executives, to bolster its leadership team. The Santa Barbara-based company--which is backed by Redpoint Ventures and e.ventures--said it has named Thomas...

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

United Online Shuffles Staff For FTD Spinoff; Goldston To Leave

Woodland Hils-based United Online has sorted out its management structure, in preparation for its spinoff of FTD coming up next month. According to United Online, Francis Lobo will become President and CEO of United Online, and also will jo...

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

ClosingCorp Names New CEO

La Jolla-based ClosingCorp, which provides residential real estate closing cost data, said today that it has tapped a CoreLogic vet as its new CEO. According to the company, Brian Benson, who was most recently Vice President of Sales at Cor...

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Innovative Micro Technology Names Sales VP

Santa Barbara-based Innovative Micro Technology has added a new Vice President of Worldwide Sales, according to the company. IMT, which develops micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), said it has added Paul Pickering in the position, and ...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BookingPal Names COO

Irvine-based BookingPal, an online travel technology company, said today that it has added travel veteran Eric Mason as its new Chief Operating Officer. Mason joins the company from Wyndham Exchange and Rentals, where he was Vice President ...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hulu CEO Rumors: Intel OnCue TV Head A Candidate

More rumors around a who will be the next CEO of Hulu have bubbled up today, as the New York Post says that Intel OnCue TV head Erik Huggers may be considering the job for the top spot at Hulu. Hulu has been looking for a CEO since March, w...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Demand Media Names Head of Registrar Services

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has announced a new head of the company's domain name registration business this morning, saying it has named Steve Banfield as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company's Registrar Services bu...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

SolarReserve Names VP

Santa Monica-based utility scale solar power developer SolarReserve has named a new Vice President of Communications. The company said it has appointed Mark Grikas to the position, hiring her away from Petra Solar, where she was Vice Presid...

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

EdgeCast Snags Former eHarmony Exec As New CFO, Expands In Europe

Santa Monica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks said this morning that it has added a new CFO, plus has added a new office in London. According to EdgeCast, it has named John Powers as its new CFO, and has appointed f...

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Western Digital Loses CFO

Irvine-based disk drive manufacturer Western Digital said today that its Chief Financial Officer, Wolfgang Nickl, is resigning. According to Western Digital, Nickl is becoming CFO at ASML Holding N.V. in the Netherlands. Nickl had been CFO ...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DFJ Frontier Names New Venture Partner

Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm DFJ Frontier is bolstering its ranks, and has snagged an entertainment and media veteran as a new Venture Partner at the company. According to DFJ Frontier, it has added Bruce Long has previ...

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Monday, September 23, 2013

OpenX Taps Former Spot Runner, Overture Exec As President

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has named former SpotRunner executive John Gentry as its President. Gentry was President of Spot Runner, and also served as Chief Revenue Officer ...

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Illumina Sets Chief Medical Officer

San Diego-based life sciences equipment developer Illumina said this morning that it has named Dr. Richard Klausner as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Klausner was previously a managing partner at venture capital fi...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

BeyondTrust Names Marketing VP

San Diego-based security software provider BeyondTrust has named a new Vice President of Marketing, the company has announced. The company said it named Michael Yaffee, who was most recently Senior Director of Product Marketing at BeyondTru...

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ingram Micro Names New President, COO

Santa Ana-based computer, technology, and IT distributor Ingram Micro announced this morning that it has named Paul Read as the company's new President and Chief Operating Officer. Read was previously on the company's board of directors. Re...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Covario Bolsters Advisory Board

San Diego-based Covario, the search agency and search marketing technology provider, is bolstering its advisors today, saying it has added Bloomberg TV host and former Kodak CMO Jeffrey Hayzlett to its advisory board. Hayzlett was formerly ...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NetSol Sets New CFO

Calabasas-based IT services provider NetSol Technologies has hired a new, Chief Financial Officer at the company, the company said this week. According to NetSol, it has named Roger Almond as CFO, and has moved former CFO Boo-Ali Siddiqui t...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Solulink Names New Board Member

San Diego-based Solulink, a developer of life sciences tools, has named a new board member, the company said this week. According to Solulink, it has added John L. "Kip" Miller to its board. Miller was most recently President of Genetic Sys...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sole Society Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based Sole Society, the e-commerce site which provides fashionable shoes, handbags, and accessories, has named a new CEO, the company said Wednesday. According to the company, Andrea Wasserman has been named CEO and has joined t...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TrueCar Sets Investor Relations VP

Santa Monica-based car buying information provider TrueCar has bolstered its executive staff, saying Monday that it has added Alison Sternberg as its new Vice President of Investor Relations and Administration. Sternberg joins the company ...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

OpenX Taps Ancestry.com Exec For Board

Pasadena-based online advertising technology provider OpenX has bolstered its board of directors, saying today that it has named Howard Hochhauser to its board. Howard Hochhauser is the current Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Of...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Local Corporation Names New VP

Irvine-based online directory provider Local Corporation announced this morning that it has named Jesus Gaytan as its new Vice President of Product Management. Gaytan joins the company from MobTame, and also has served as Director of Produc...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

TouchCommerce Hires Sales, Marketing VPs

Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce has expanded out its executive team, saying this week that it has appointed George Skaff as Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Olivier Maire as Vice President of EMEA. Skaff was most recently the Chief ...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

SnapMD Raises $600K

Los Angeles-based SnapMD, the startup helping to connect patients with doctors via cloud-based telemedicine software, has raised $600,000 in a seed funding round, the firm said Thursday. The funding came from Shea Ventures, the venture capi...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Assignmint.com Names Board Member

Venice-based Assignmint.com announced today that it has added Maer Roshan to its board of directors. The startup, which provides software for streamlining the editorial process for publications, said that Roshan is a veteran, having been a...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Pathway Genomics Names New Executive

San Diego-based Pathway Genomics announced Thursday that it has appointed Karl Odquist as Executive Director of Managed Care. The company, which provides genetic testing services, said Odquist will head up managed care contracting, reimburs...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wittlebee's Percival Surfaces At Topix

Sean Percival, the founder of Wittlebee and former MySpace, Tsavo Media, Docstoc, and Mahalo executive, has surfaced at hyperlocal news site Topix as VP of Marketing. Percival, who had been very visible in the Los Angeles technology scene, ...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Edmunds.com's Anwyl Retires

Santa Monica-based online car shopping and auto information site Edmunds.com said Friday that Vice Chairman Jeremy Anwyl has retired from the company. Anwyl had been at Edmunds.com since January of 2000, and was CEO of the company starting ...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Boingo Wireless Bolsters Board

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, the provider of Wi-Fi networking services, announced this morning that it has appointed Mike Finely to its board of directors. Finley is senior vice president of Global Business Development at Qualcomm. Ac...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

AeroVironment Names General Counsel

Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment, the developer of unmanned aircraft and electric charging devices, said Wednesday that it has named Douglas E. Scott as its new Seniro Vice President and General Counsel. Scott joins AeroVironment fr...

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Websense Names New Sales VP

San Diego-based security software developer Websense said today that it has named a new Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales. Websense said it has appointed Shawn Pearson, formerly of RSA, to the position. Pearson was formerly Senior D...

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Donuts Names New CFO

Donuts Inc., the domain name registration firm targeting the new global top level domain (gTLD) market which has major operations in Los Angeles, has appointed a new CFO, the company said Tuesday. The firm announced that it has named Jeff d...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rubicon Project In Huge Executive Growth Push

In what might easily be the most number of executives announced at once in Southern California, Los Angeles-based online advertising marketplace The Rubicon Project announced ten new executives across engineering, data, administrative and...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cie Games Names VPs

Long Beach-based Cie Games, which publishes the Car Town mobile and social games, has named two new executives this morning. The company said it has named Matt Nutt as Vice President of Business Development and Operations, and Chong Ahn as ...

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Emulex Steals Operations VP From QLogic

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said Monday that it has named a new VP of operations. According to the maker of storage and server network products, Perry Mulligan has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Operations. Mulligan was most rec...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

FaceFirst Snags CFO From X PRIZE Foundation

Camarillo-based FaceFirst, a startup which is developing facial recognition technology aimed at the business security, public safety, and law enforcement markets, said today that it has added David Donell as its Chief Financial Officer. Don...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Oversee.net Names Finance Segment GM

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net announced this morning that it has named a new General Manager of its Consumer Finance Group. The company--which owns a portfolio of consumer focused, lead generation and other online marketing websites--said t...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

ScoreBig Bolsters Exec Team To Accelerate Growth

Los Angeles-based online ticket marketplace ScoreBig.com is bolstering its executive team today, saying it has named two new VPs to help drive growth at the company. According to ScoreBig, it has named David Marcus as Senior Vice President,...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CALIENT Technologies Gets $27 Million

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies said this morning that it has raised $27M in a round of venture funding, from both new and existing investors. Names of those investors were not announced. According to Calient, it will use the fundi...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Acacia Research Names New VP In Asia

Newport Beach-based patent and IP licensing firm Acacia Research announced this morning that it has named a new VP to to head up its efforts in Asia. According to Acacia, it has named Hiro Seki as its new Senior Vice President, to head up b...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

SolarReserve Names VP

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility-scale solar power projects, has named a new VP. The company said that it has named Michael DuBois as its new Vice President, Project Management and Construction. DuBoise was previous...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Burstly Snags Rovio Exec Responsible For Angry Birds Advertising

Santa Monica-based mobile app monetization and testing developer Burstly has snagged away an executive from high profile mobile games maker Rovio. According to Burstly, Jarkko Rajamaki has joined the company as its new Vice President of Bus...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Kurion Names New Chairman

Irvine-based Kurion, the venture-backed developer of nuclear waste management technology, said today that it has named Stephen (Steve) Piccolo as its new Executive Chairman. According to the firm, Piccolo was most recently EVP for the URS G...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kuapay Taps Nobel Prize Winner As Advisor

Santa Monica-based startup Kuapay has tapped a Nobel prize winner as its newest advisor, the startup announced today, and has added Myron Scholes as Chairman of its Advisory Board. Scholes is the economist best known for co-creating the Bla...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Versant Ventures Names Mazzo Operating Partner

Newport Beach-based venture capital investor Versant Ventures has named former Advanced Medical Optics CEO Jim Mazzo as an Operating Partner. According to Versant Ventures, Mazzo will focus on patient needs, new technology advancements and ...

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Auction.com Names Rick Sharga EVP

Online real estate marketplace Auction.com has appointed a new Executive Vice President, the firm said yesterday, and has appointed Rick Sharga to the position. Sharga was most recently at Carrington Mortgage Holdings, and also had served a...

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

PriceGrabber Names New President

Los Angeles-based comparison shopping website PriceGrabber said this morning that it has named Jeff Goldstein as President of the company. Goldstein was previously at investment and advisory firm BGT Capital, and also served at Experian Int...

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Spokeo Hires LowerMyBills Vet

Pasadena-based Spokeo, which provides an online, people search service, is bolstering its team this week, saying that it has named LowerMyBills vet Ken Nagdev as its new VP of Optimization Strategy. Nagdev spent almost ten years managing pr...

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Acacia Research Shuffles CEO

Newport Beach-based patent licensing firm Acacia Research Corporation reported late Friday that it has shuffled its CEO. According to the company, Paul Ryan, the firm's CEO, will retire, and step down from his position and his board seat fr...

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Beachmint: We're Still Alive, Kicking, Despite Reports

Los Angeles-based BeachMint, headed by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, has a message to the Los Angeles technology community: the company is still alive, kicking, and has the full support of its investors. The message came after a report th...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

OpenX Names Two VPs

Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer OpenX, which is backed by Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures, and Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, said this morning that it has hired two executives, one from Hewlett-Pack...

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Friday, June 28, 2013

GumGum Bolsters Advisors

Los Angeles-based GumGum, which provides an in-image advertising platform for publishers, said Friday that it has added Ryan Schinman, CEO of Platinum Rye Entertainment, to its advisory board. Platinum Rye Entertainment books celebrity tale...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Maker Studios, Co-Founder In Legal Battle

Danny Zappin, one of the founders of Maker Studios, is not happy with his ouster. Zappin--who was replaced as CEO of the company in May--has filed suit against Maker Studios, plus co-founders Ben Donovan, Lisa Donovan, and Ynon Kreiz, plus ...

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DriveCam Names New Board Member

San Diego-based driver monitoring systems developer DriveCam announced this morning that it has named a new member to its board of directors. The firm said that Thomas Darcy has joined its board, and has been appointed Audit Committee chair...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ceres Names New Board Member

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, which develops agricultural biotech for the energy crop market, announced today that it has named Daniel Glat to its board of directors. Glat comes from Glat & Associates, an agribusiness consultancy in Brazil, an...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Kurion Names New CEO

Irvine-based nuclear waste remediation technology developer Kurion has named a new CEO. Kurion said this morning that it has appointed William "Bill" Gallo as its CEO, with current CEO Ralph DiSibio remaining as Executive Chairman. Gallo ha...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quarterly Co. Snags Netflix Co-Founder As CEO

Hollywood-based Quarterly Co., the subscription gifts-by-mail startup which delivers a box of curated gifts from a long list of influencers to subscribers every three months, has a new CEO. The company said today that Netflix co-founder Mit...

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Teledyne Promotes Execs

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified electronics, digital imaging, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineering systems provider, said this week that it has made a number of executive promotions. The firm said th...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Frost Venture Partners Snags OCTANe's Vasquez

Frost Venture Partners, the "big data" startup incubator started by DatAllegro's Stuart Frost, has just hired away Luis Vasquez, OCTANe's VP of Entrepreneurship and LaunchPad director, as its new Vice President of Investor Relations. Accord...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Domain Associates Promotes Shah To Partner

San Diego-based biotech investment firm Domain Associates announced this morning that it has promoted Nimesh Shah to Partner at the firm. Shah has been at the firm since 2006. Shah sits on the boards of Zyga Technology, Benvenue Medical, Co...

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Monday, June 10, 2013

DriveCam Names Technology Vet As New CFO

San Diego-based DriveCam, the firm which develops hardware and services to help monitor fleet driving, said today that it has named Paul J. Pucino as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Pucino is a veteran CFO at t...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

UberMedia Names Chief Revenue Officer

Pasadena-baesd UberMedia, the Idealab-backed developer of mobile Twitter applications and mobile advertising technology, said today that it has named Michael Hayes as its new Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer. Hayes is an online advertis...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Corent Adds Advisor

Aliso Viejo-based Corent Technology, which develops software that makes it easy for companies to convert their legacy applications into software-as-a-service, has added a new advisor, the firm said this week. Corent said it has added Mario ...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mad Catz Names New CFO

San Diego-based computer and gaming accessories maker Mad Catz Interactive said Tuesday that it has named a new CFO. The company said Karen K. McGinnis has been named to the position, replacing Allyson Evans, who is resigning from the firm....

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Acacia Names VP From Energy Industry

Newport Beach-based patent licensing firm Acacia Research Corporation announced this morning that it has named an energy industry executive as a Senior Vice President at the company. Acacia said it named Charlotte Rutherford to the position...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Scopely Snags Another Zynga Exec

Los Angeles-based mobile gaming firm Scopely said Thursday that it has snagged Reed Shaffner, the former General Manager at Zynga, as part of its product team. Scopely said Reed will head up the company's product team. Scopely, which is hea...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SnapMD Adds Green Dot Investor To Advisory Board

Los Angeles-based telemedicine startup SnapMD, which is looking to allow doctors and other healthcare providers to help patients via the web, has tapped a local investor for its advisory board. SnapMD said that Brian C. Smith was a founding...

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Demand Media Names Dossett Chief Revenue Officer

Santa Monica-based Demand Media saw a big switchup in its executive staff Thursday, as the company said that Joanne Bradford, the firm's Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, has stepped down to pursue another opportunity. Bradford has been re...

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sapphire Energy Names New CTO

San Diego-based green technology firm Sapphire Energy, which is developing algae-to-crude oil production technology, has named Dr. Matthew Croughan as its new Chief Technology Officer. Sapphire has raised more than $300M in funding from suc...

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Slacker Names Chief Product Officer

San Diego-based music service Slacker has hired on a new, Chief Product Officer, according to the streaming music company. Slacker said that John Hayase, who was most recently at ElasticPath, has joined the firm in the position, to oversee ...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fullscreen Bolsters Media Cred With New Engineering VP

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen has bolstered its team--and media credibility--with a new hire, the company said Wednesday. Fullscreen said it has hired Tim Mohn, the co-creator of the HBO GO app, and former Vice President of T...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

GumGum Snags Media Exec For Advisory Board

Los Angeles-based GumGum has snagged a media agency network executive as an advisor, the firm is announcing today, for its in-image advertising platform. GumGum said it has appointed Carl Fremont, the Global Chief Digital Officer at MEC, wh...

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Monday, May 20, 2013

QLogic In CEO Shuffle

Aliso Viejo-based storage networking products developer QLogic is in the midst of a CEO shuffle, saying late Friday that President and CEo Simon Biddiscombe has resigned from his position. QLogic said that Biddiscombe has resigned in order ...

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Mindspeed Adds Board Member

Newport Beach-based semiconductor developer Mindspeed Technologies has added a new director to its board, the company said Thursday afternoon. Mindspeed said Farid Adib, the Senior Vice President of Product Development & Operations at Sprin...

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Mad Catz Loses CFO

San Diego-based gaming and computer accessory maker Mad Catz Interactive reported late Thursday that its CFO, Allyson Evans, is resigning. Mad Catz said that it has launched a new search for a CFO. Mad Catz said Evans is leaving to spend mo...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sorenson Media's Csathy Departs To New Digital Media Effort From Manatt

Peter Csathy, the CEO of San Diego's Sorenson Media, and digital media veteran, has departed the company, and will head up a new legal and investment group formed by Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. According to Manatt, Csathy will head up a new ...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MediaShift Snags Clear Channel Media Vet As CFO

Newport Beach-based digital advertising firm MediaShift has snagged the former CFO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, as its CFO, according to the company. MediaShift, which provides digital advertising for private Wi-Fi networking ...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

uSamp Snags Beachmint's CTO

Encino-based market research and sampling firm uSamp said today that it has named Carl Trudel as its new Chief Technology Officer. Trudel was most recently CTO of BeachMint, and also served at Ticketmaster as SVP of Software Engineering, in...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Transphorm Names New CEO

Goleta-based Transphorm, the developer of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion technology and devices, said today that it has named Fumihide "Humi" Esaka as its new CEO. Esaka is currently the CEO of Nihon Inter Electronics Corporation (N...

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Tealium Hires Chief Revenue Offier

San Diego-based Tealium said this week that it has added a Chief Revenue Officer to help support the company's rapid growth. The firm said it named Brian Blond as CRO, to oversee its growth strategy and all direct and indirect distribution ...

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Triton Digital Names CTO

Los Angeles-based Triton Digital, the Oaktree Capital-backed provider of digital advertising services to the traditional and online radio market, said today that it has named Jean-Francois ("Jeff") Gadoury as its Chief Technology Officer. G...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

DFJ Frontier Bolsters Team With Media Vet

Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm DFJ Frontier has significantly bolstered the company's team, saying Tuesday that it has added Merrill Brown--former founder of MSNBC--as a Venture Partner. DFJ Frontier said that Brown will ...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Qualcomm Adds Silicon Valley Vet To Board

San Diego-based Qualcomm said late Monday that it has added a Silicon Valley veteran, Jonathan Rubinstein, to its board of directors. Rubinstein was most recently SVP of Product Innovation for Hewlett-Packard, and headed up HP's Palm Global...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

CraveOnline Snags Former Spin Media, Break Media Exec

Los Angeles-based online men's publisher CraveOnline, which is part of Evolve Media, said today that it has named Mike Bender its Senior Vice President of Sales. Bender was formerly the VP of East Coast Sales for Spin Media (Buzz Media), an...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

SocialVibe Co-Founder Returns As CEO

Los Angeles-based online advertising firm SocialVibe has a new CEO this morning: co-founder Joe Marchese. Marchese had been President of the company from 2006 until 2011, when he departed to become Senior Vice President of Marketing and Dig...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

ACTIVE Network Loses CEO, Chairman

In a big leadership executive shuffle over at San Diego-based ACTIVE Network, the company announced today that its current CEO, Matthew Landa, has resigned, as has its Executive Chairman and Chairman of the board, David Alberga. Reason for ...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

United Online's Goldston To Resign

Mark Golston, the longtime CEO and Chairman of United Online, is planning to retire from the firm after the company spins off its FTD segment as a separate, publicly traded entity. According to a filing from United Online, Goldston will res...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

GumGum Names Schraeder COO

GumGum, the in-image advertising technology developer led by Ophir Tanz, has promoted Phil Schraeder, the firm's VP of Finance, to Chief Operating Officer, to head up the firm's internal operations, business development, and finance. Schr...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Illumina Hires New General Counsel

San Diego-based life sciences equipment firm Illumina said Monday that it has appointed Charles Dadswell as its new Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Dadswell was most recently VP, GEnreal COunsel for North and Latin America, and C...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fullscreen Taps CAA Vet As Exec

Culver City-based independent YouTube network Fullscreen has tapped a CAA veteran as its new Head of Talent, the firm said today. Fullscreen--which is led by former Googler George Strompolos--said it has named Larry Shapiro to the new posit...

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Ambit Biosciences Names Venture Partner To Board

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm Ambit Biosciences announced this morning that it has tapped a venture partner from New Enterprise Associates for a new board member. Ambit said it has named David R. Parkinson, M.D. to its board of di...

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Green Dot CFO To Step Down

Monrovia, California-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid credit cards, said this week that the firm's CFO, John Keatley, will be leaving the firm in September. According to Green Dot, Keatley will be relocating his family to Sweden, hi...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Qualstar Names New CFO

Simi Valley-based data storage and power supply provider Qualstar announced today that it has named Philip G. Varley as its new Chief Financial Officer. Varley was most recently at financial consulting firm Barrington Group, where he had be...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Science Snags Jason Rapp

Santa Monica-based technology incubator and studio Science has added technology veteran Jason Rapp to its team. Rapp was previously President and member of the board of Mahalo.com, the app and video content developer headed by Jason Calacan...

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Semtech Names Two Board Members

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor supplier Semtech Corporation has added two members to its board of directors, the firm said Wednesday. Semtech said it has appointed Sylvia Summers and Dr. Carmelo Santoro to its board. ...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Emulex Adds Two To Board

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said Monday that it has added two members to its board of directors. The developer of high speed, networking hardware said it added Gene Frantz and Greg Clarke to its board. Frantz was most recently a partner at TPG ...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Toshiba Names Marketing VP

Tustin-based Toshiba America Medical Systems announced this morning that it has appointed Nancy Gillen as its Vice President, Marketing. Gillen has previously served at Philips HealthCare, as well as serving for more than 20 years at Siemen...

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Magento Names Global Sales VP

Culver City-based Magento, the e-commerce software provider which is now part of eBay's X.Commerce unit, said Friday that it has named Glenn Hasen as Vice President of Global Sales and Channels. Hasen joins the firm from Zend Technologies, ...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

OpenX Sets Marketing Head

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has named Matthew Reid as its new Vice President of Marketing. Reid previously was SVP of Marketing for Gehry Technologies, and also served at Euc...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Broadcom Names New Worldwide Sales VP

Irvine-based semiconductor developer Broadcom has appointed a new, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, the firm said Tuesday. Broadcom said it has promoted Michael Hurlston into the position, replacing Thomas Lagatta, who the firm ...

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Nirvanix Steals Away Zynga CIO

San Diego-based Nirvanix, the cloud storage service operator, has snagged the current CIO of Zynga as its new CEO, according to the company Monday. Debra Chrapaty, who formerly was CIO of Zynga, also served at Cisco as SVP of its Collaborat...

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Friday, March 22, 2013

RealtyTrac Names VP

Irvine-based RealtyTrac, the provider of information on foreclosures, bank-owned properties, and other property, said Thursday that it has named Lisa Mackey as its Senior Vice President of the RealtyTrac network. The firm said that Mackey h...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Greycroft Bolsters Los Angeles Team

In what can only be good news for local startups, venture capital investment firm Greycroft Partners said this morning that it has named Mark Terbeek as a new Partner in its Los Angeles office. Terbeek will help current LA partner Dana Sett...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Nimble Sets Chief Marketing Officer

Santa Monica-based customer relationship management software developer Nimble has hired Eric Quanstrom as its new Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Marketing and Sales, the company announced today. Quanstrom joins the company ...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

uSamp Names New Insights, Strategy Head

Encino-based survey and sampling technology developer uSamp announced this morning that it has expanded its Consumer Insights division through the hiring of a new Senior Director of Insights and Strategy. uSamp said it has hired Robert Clan...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Beats Electronics Names General Counsel

Santa Monica-based Beats Electronics, the headphone and audio electronics brand--plus new digital music streaming service operator--said today that it has named a new General Councsel. The firm said that Rafferty Jackson has been named to t...

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Vitesse Adds To Board

Camarillo-based networking chip maker Vitesse Semiconductor said Thursday that it has added two directors to its board. According to the firm, Matthew Frey and Kenneth H. Traub have joined its board, bringing its total members to seven. Fre...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hulu To Tap Forssell As Acting CEO

Los Angeles-based Hulu reported Thursday afternoon that it will appoint Andy Forssell as acting CEO of the company, when current CEO Jason Kilar leaves at the end of the month. According to Kilar, Forssell helped grow the company from 2 con...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

ValueClick Names Chief Marketing Officer

Westlake Village-based ValueClick announced this morning that it has named Scott G. Eagle as its new Chief Marketing Officer. According to ValueClick, Eagle has previously served at such companies as Empowered Careers, eHarmony, Claria Corp...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

KYTHERA Names Chief Medical Officer

Los Angeles-based aesthetic medicine developer KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals announced today that it has named Frederick Beddingfield, III, as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Beddingfield is a dermatologist, who was most recently at Allergan, w...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

GRP Partners Adds HauteLook's Bettinelli

GRP Partners, the Los Angeles venture capital investment firm, said Tuesday morning that it has added former HauteLook CMO Greg Bettinelli as a Partner at the firm. Bettinelli was Chief Marketing Officer at HauteLook, having taken it form s...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TotallyHer Media Snags Glam Media VP

Los Angeles-based TotallyHer, the women's lifestyle publishing arm of Evolve Media, said today that it has hired away a Glam Media veteran as its new Vice President fo Sales. Evolve Media said it has named Rachel Wintner as its new Vice Pre...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Adds Director

Aliso Viejo-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals, which is developing treatments for central nervous system disorders, said today that it has added Ms. Corinne Nevinny to its board of directors. Nevinny is General Partner at venture capital firm LM...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Specific Media Taps Entertainment Exec As New CFO

Irvine-based Specific Media, the online advertising firm which now owns Myspace, said late Tuesday that it has named entertainment industry executive Larry Madden as its Chief Financial Officer. Madden was most recently CFO of SFX Entertain...

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Kotura Bolsters Board

Monterey Park-based Kotura, which develops photonics semiconductors, has named a new member to its board of directors. The firm said that Brian Wong, President and CEO of Enervate, a developer of rechargeable energy storage technology, has...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kurion Snags Exec From DOE

Irvine-based nuclear waste processing technology developer Kurion announced today that it has named David Brockman as its Deputy Chief Operating Officer. According to Kurion, Brockman will lead operations at its Technology Development Cente...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LaunchpadLA Adds Gobbler's Kantrowitz To Team

Launchpad LA, the startup accelerator based in Santa Monica, is bolstering its team today, saying it has added Jamie Kantrowitz as an additional partner at the accelerator. Katrowitz was previously co-founder at Gobbler, and also served as ...

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Friday, February 15, 2013

PURE Bioscience Expands Board

San Diego-based PURE Bioscience, which develops antimicrobial products, said earlier this week that it has named Dave Pfanzelter to its board of directors. Pfanzelter was previously a Senior Vice President at Kellogg Company, and also serve...

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Receptos Names CFO

San Diego-based Receptos, a developer of treatments for immune and metabolic disease, said this week that it has named Graham Cooper as its Chief Financial Officer. Cooper has previously served as CFO of Geron Corporation and Orexigen Thera...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

RealD Names Minard Hamilton As EVP

Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD said this morning that it has named Minard Hamilton--the former CEO of Six Degree Games--as Executive Vice President, Mobile and Consumer. RealD said that Hamilton will be res...

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Monday, February 11, 2013

RealD Loses James Cameron From Board

Los Angeles-based 3D film technology provider RealD announced this morning that filmmaker James Cameron has resigned from the company's board of directors. The company said that Cameron has left the board due to his work on Avatar 2 and Ava...

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Anametrix Names VP

Anametrix, the San Diego developer of digital marketing analytics software, said Thursday that it has hired Olivier Silvestre as its new VP of client success. Silvestre has served at Certona Corp., was a co-founder at Tealium, and also serv...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gradient X Snags Exec From OpenX

Gradient X, the online mobile marketing and advertising technology developer backed by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, Crosscut Ventures, Founder Collective, Double M Capital, Baroda Ventures, Siemer Ventures, and others, has snapped...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NationBuilder Loses Co-Founder

Los Angeles-based software developer NationBuilder, which develops an online system to help political campaigns create websites, organize, coordinate volunteers, fundraise, and more, has just lost its co-founder and President, Joe Green. Ac...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Viddy Thrown Into Turmoil As O'Brien Loses CEO Post

Live by the echo chamber, die by the echo chamber. Or so, it seems, as Los Angeles-based mobile video sharing startup Viddy learns that being the startup-darling-of-the-second isn't all that it's cut out to be for a startup. Viddy has lost ...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

LifeProof Sets Marketing Head

San Diego-based protective case maker LifeProof said this morning that it has named Alan Cohen as its Chief Marketing Officer. Cohen joins the company from real estate and shopping center operator Westfield, and also has served at Gemstar-T...

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Covario Snags CMO From OpenText

San Diego-based Covario is announcing today that it has hired a chief marketing officer, James Latham, who was last the CMO of OpenText, Canada's largest software company. According to Covario, which develops search marketing software, tool...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Qualcomm CFO Retires

San Diego-based wireless giant Qualcomm said last night that its CFO, William (Bill) Keitel, has decided to retire, and will be replaced by George S. Davis, the current EVP and CFO of Applied Materials. Keitel has served as CFO of Qualcomm ...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fullscreen Names East Coast Sales VP

Culver City-based YouTube network Fullscreen said Tuesday that it has hired Justin Danko as Vice President of Sales and Brand Strategy, East Coast. Danko was previously VP of Branded Entertainment at Viacom Media Networks, working on MTVN M...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rubicon Project: LA's Next IPO?

Rubicon Project, the online advertising technology firm headed by serial entrepreneur Frank Addante, looks like it may just be the next Southern California company to file for an IPO, based on a number of executive appointments made Tuesday...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Who'll Be The Next CEO of Hulu?

Jason Kilar, the CEO of Los Angeles-based Hulu, is due to leave the firm on April 1st--but Hulu has yet to find a successor, according to an AdAge report today. The streaming TV and movie service, which is set to hit nearly $1 billion in re...

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Condusiv Technologies Appoints CFO

Burbank-based Condusiv, the developer of disk optimization software, said over the weekend that it has named Frederic T. Boyer as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Boyer was previously CFO of DataDirect Networks, an...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

FutureLogic Names New CFO

Glendale-based FutureLogic, the manufacturer of thermal ticket printers, announced yesterday that it has named Tony Shepherd as its new Chief FInancial Officer. Shepherd has previously served at PricewaterhouseCoopers, FTI Consulting, Extru...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

GumGum Snags Amazon Vet For Sales Efforts

GumGum, the developer of in-image advertising technology headed by Ophir Tanz, is bolstering its sales efforts, and has hired an Amazon veteran to head up western sales. According to GumGum, Matt Weisbecker has been appointed Vice President...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ACTIVE Network Names VP

San Diego-based ACTIVE Network said Monday that it has named Rick Binford as VP of Strategic Marketplace Development of its Business Solutions Group. Active, which operates a range of cloud-based registration, event management, and other si...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Network Automation Names Founder Snell As CEO

Los Angeles-based Network Automation, which develops IT and business process automation software, has hired back founder Dustin M. Snell as its CEO, the firm said, to focus on growth in the automation market for the firm. The firm explained...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Condusiv Technologies Names CTO

Burbank-based Conusiv Technologies, the developer of disk drive defragmentation and other software formerly known as Diskeeper, said last night that it has appointed Brian Olson as its new Chief Technology Officer. Olson was previously at E...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Local Corporation Names Board Member

Irvine-based Local Corporation, the operator and publisher of online local business guides, announced this morning that it has appointed Frederick G. Thiel to its board. Thiel was previously Managing Partner of the Software IT Group of Trit...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Scopely Snags Zynga Vet

Scopely, the Los Angeles-based gaming startup headed by Walter Driver, has snagged yet another Zynga veteran for the firm, the firm said Friday morning. Scopely said it has hired on Andy Kleinman, former Zynga GM, as its Chief Business Offi...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

The Trade Desk Names COO

Ventura- and New York-based online advertising firm The Trade Desk announced Thursday that it has named Rob Perdue as its new Chief Operating Officer. Perdue was most recently COO at EyeWonder, a rich media and video ad serving firm, and al...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Nimble Snags Salesforce Vet

Santa Monica-based Nimble, the developer of social relationship management software, reported yesterday that it has tapped a Salesforce.com veteran to head up its content and product marketing strategy. The firm said that Alyson Stone, who ...

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Friday, January 11, 2013

USC's CTM Hires Cisco Vet

The USC Marshall Institute for Communication Technology Management--which focuses on research in technology, communications and media--said this week that it has hired on a Cisco veteran to head up its strategy, research, and industry relat...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Beats Electronics Steals Topspin's Ian Rogers For New Music Service

Santa Monica-based Beats Electronics, the headphone and audio equipment maker co-founded by Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen's Jimmy Iovine, has snagged high profile CEO Ian Rogers away from Topspin Media. Beats said today that it has named Ia...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lynda.com Hires New CFO

Carpinteria-based Lynda.com, the online video education site, looks to be continuing its growth trajectory, and has hired a new CFO. The company said it has named Elaine Kitagawa as Chief Financial Officer, after recently hiring former PopC...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ShoeDazzle Names Chief Stylist

ShoeDazzle, the online fashion and e-commerce site founded by Brian Lee, Robert Shapiro, Kim Kardashian and MJ Eng, said Tuesday that it has named a "Chief Stylist" for the company, Rachel Zoe. The Los Angeles company said that Zoe will he...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Auction.com Snags CFO From SuccessFactors

Auction.com, the online real estate marketplace based in Irvine, said this morning that it has appointed Bruce Felt, the former CFO of SuccessFactors, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Felt was CFO of SuccessFactors w...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Ambryx Names New CEO

San Diego-based Ambrx, a biopharmaceuticals company developing antibodies and proteins, including a Phase 2b growth hormone compound, said today that it has named Lawson Macartney as President and CEO of the company. Macartney also joins th...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Hulu Losing CEO Jason Kilar, CTO Rich Tom

Los Angeles-based Hulu announced on its blog Friday afternoon that Jason Kilar, the firm's CEO, has decided to depart the company, along with CTO Rich Tom. Reason for the move was not given, however, Kilar said that the two will be working ...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

ADVENTRX Sets New CFO

San Diego-based ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals announced this morning that it has named Brandi L. Roberts as its Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President. Roberts has been VP, Finance at the company since March of 2011, and also has serv...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Anametrix Names New CEO

San Diego-based Anametrix, the venture-backed developer of marketing analytics software, said today that it has named Pelin Thorogood as its new CEO. Thorogood was previously CMO at the company. Thorogood also joins the company's board. She...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kurion Shuffles Execs

Irvine-based Kurion, the venture-backed developer of nuclear waste management technology, said this morning that it has shuffled its executive team. Ralph DiSibio, the company's Chairman of the board, becomes Executive Chairman and CEO. For...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vitesse CTO Names To Industry Board

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said today that Martin Nuss, the company's Chief Technology Officer, has been named to the board of directors for the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). Vitesse said Nuss joins t...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Music Mastermind Taps Muve Music, Napster Vet As CTO

Music Mastermind, which develops software which combines music creation, social gaming, celebrity musicians, and others in its games, said this morning that it has tapped a veteran of Muve Music and Napster as its new CTO. The company said ...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CraveOnline Names Executive Editor

Los Angeles-based online male-focused publisher CraveOnline Media, which is a unit of Evolve Media, said today that it has named Jason Kobely as Executive Editor. Kobely previously served as News Director at KNSI Radio in St. Cloud, MN, and...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

AtheroNova Sets Chief Medical Officer

Irvine-based AtheroNova, the biotech working on treating atherosclerotic plaque, reported this morning that it has named Dr. Mark K. Wedel as its Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer. Wedel has previously ser...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Fandango Names New Marketing Head

Los Angeles-based Fandango said Monday that it has named a new Vice President of Marketing. Fandango said Adam Rockmore, who was most recently SVP of Marketing for ABC Daytime and SOAPnet, has been appointed to the position, and will lead t...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Lynda.com Names New CTO

Carpinteria-based Lynda.com, the online video education and tutorial site, said this morning that it has named a new CTO. The firm said it has named Frits Habermann as Chief Technology Officer of the company, to help scale out the company's...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cool Planet Energy Systems Snags CFO From Vonage

Camarillo-based biofuels firm Cool Planet Energy Systems has named a new CFO, the company announced today. The firm said it has named Barry L. Rowan as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joining from Vonage Corporation, w...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SV Angel's David Lee Heads To LA

Yet another, Silicon Valley venture capitalist is headed to Los Angeles--this time, David Lee, co-founder and managing partner of prolific angel investment fund SV Angel. The move--first reported by PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy--apparently comes...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ValueClick Shuffles CEO

Online advertising firm ValueClick said late Wednesday that it has named John Giuliani as its new President and CEO, replacing former CEO James R. Zarley. Zarley becomes Executive Chairman of ValueClick's board of directors. No reason for t...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cinedigm Sets Software Head

Los Angeles-based digital cinema technology developer Cinedigm said Tuesday that it has named Dan Sherlock as its President of Cinedigm Software. Cinedigm said that he will be responsible for production, technology, business development, sa...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cleantech Investor SAIL Capital Adds EPA Expert

Irvine-based clean technology investor SAIL Capital has added a former US Environmental Protection Agency expert to its advisory board. SAIL said it has added Paul Anastas, Ph.D., the former Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental...

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

ZEFR Taps Levinsohn For Board

Venice, California-based ZEFR, the online content distribution startup founded by Zach James and Richard Raddon, has some new experience in its corner: Ross Levinsohn, the former interim CEO of Yahoo. Levinsohn apparently has joined ZEFR's ...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On-Ramp Wireless Names Operations VP

San Diego-based On Ramp Wireless has named an operations VP this morning, saying it has named Brad Wallace to the position. On Ramp Wireless, which provides M2M and other wireless monitoring systems for the smart grid, oil and gas, industri...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Regulus Therapeutics Names VP

La Jolla-based Regulus Therapeutics', which is developing microRNA therapeutics in the oncology, fibrosis, hepatitis C and metabolic diseases areas, said yesterday that it has named Victor Knopov as its Vice President, Pharmaceutical Develo...

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Tealium Taps Startup Vet Lunsford As New CEO

San Diego-based software developer Tealium, which develops software used to manage Internet "tags" for web developers, said today that it has named Jeff Lunsford as its new CEO. Lunsford, who was already on the company's board, was previous...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

THQ Loses CFO, Nears Financing Deal

Troubled videogame maker THQ said late Tuesday that its CFO, Paul J. Pucino, has resigned, and that the firm is in the midst of negotiations with a "financial sponsor" to provide financing alternatives to the company. The company did not sa...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Luxury Link Taps Morrow As CEO

Los Angeles-based Luxury Link Travel Group, the firm which runs Luxury Link, Family Getaway, and Vacationist, has tapped former Oversee.net CEO Scott Morrow as its new CEO. The firm said that Morrow also joined the company's board. Morrow w...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Brand Affinity Technologies Taps Disney Exec For Board

Irvine-based Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT), the online celebrity endorsements startup headed by Ryan Steelberg, said today that it has tapped Al Weiss, the former President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, to i...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sapphire Energy Snags COO From Solazyme

San Diego-based algae-based oil technology firm Sapphire Energy announced Tuesday that it has named Jeff Webster as Chief Operating Officer of the company. Webster joins the company from Solazyme, where he was COO. Webster also served at Ty...

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Friday, November 9, 2012

PURE Bioscience Names CFO

San Diego-based PURE Bioscience, the developer of antimicrobial agents, said Thursday that it has named Peter C. Wulff as its Chief Financial Officer. Wulff was previously at Alphatec Holdings, and also has served at such firms as Artes Med...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NanoH2O Sets COO

El Segundo-based NanoH2O, the developer and manufacturer of reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, has appointed Doug Barnes as the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Barnes joins the company from Planar, a developer of digital d...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Payoff.com Adds Resnick To Board

Payoff.com, the online service which is using gamification to help consumers pay off credit cards and save for goals, said Monday that Pandemic Studios co-founder Josh Resnick has joined the company's board of directors. The Los Angeles com...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Fallbrook Technologies To Move HQ To Texas

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, which develops continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmissions for the electric bicycle and automobile market, said today that it is moving its headquarters out of San Diego to Cedar Park, Texas....

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

On-Ramp Wireless Names Kevin Hell As President, CEO

San Diego-based wireless communications module developer On-Ramp Wireless announced Wednesday that Kevin Hell, the former CEO of DivX, has joined the company as President and CEO. Hell headed by DivX until its acquisition by Sonic Solutions...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Acacia Research Names New VP

Newport Beach-based Acacia Research, the patent licensing firm, said today that it has named David Witt as Vice President of Acacia Research Group LLC. Witt joins the firm from Texas Instruments, where the company said he was involved in ar...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Revs Editorial Hires

Los Angeles-based digital media publisher BUZZMEDIA looks to be revving up its hiring on the editorial end of its business, saying Tuesday that it has hired nine staffers across its sites Celebuzz, and SPIN. The firm said the expansion of i...

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Kurion Names Board Member

Irvine-based nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup technology developer Kurion said today that it has named Dr. Aris S. Candris, the former President and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Co., to its board of directors. Candris previously headed u...

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

InTouch Health Names New Board Member

Santa Barbara-based telemedicine equipment developer InTouch Health announced this morning that it has named John Glaser, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Glaser is CEO of the Health Services Business Unit of Siemens Healthcare, and also h...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SGN Names Yguado President

Los Angeles-based game developer >SGN announced this morning that it has named Josh Yguado as President of the company. Yguado is one of the co-founders of SGN, and was previously in charge of game development at the firm. He also served at...

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Monday, October 22, 2012

SMC Networks Names Latin American Head

Irvine-based SMC, the developer of cable gateway and other networking equipment, said today that it has named Gary J. Brust as General Manager of Latin America. Brust has previously served at companies such as Cisco, Scientific-Atlanta, Ter...

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Friday, October 19, 2012

SmartDrive Names Marketing VP

San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems, the developer of technology for tracking the driving performance in corporate fleets, said today that it has namd Choo Kim-Isgitt as its new VP of Marketing. Kim-Isgitt joins the firm from M86 Security, w...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

GraphEffect Launches New Social Marketing, Collaboration Platform

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect has launched a new product effort today, saying it has launched SHIFT.com, a new platform which connects people across and within organizations. GraphEffect said its new platform also includes and API and conn...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

HARDATA Sets Up Shop In Thousand Oaks

HARDATA, a developer of workflow management software for the broadcast and entertainment industry, has set up shop in Thousand Oaks, and hired a new President and CEO. The Argentina-based software developer said it has named Philip B. Cox a...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nimble Names VP Engineering

Los Angeles-based Nimble, the developer of cloud-based, customer relationship management (CRM) and contact management tools, has hired a new VP of Engineering, the company said today. Nimble said it has hired Brandon Vallade, former Vice Pr...

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Fate Therapeutics Names New CEO

San Diego-based Fate Therapeutics announced this morning that it has named Christian Weyer, M.D., M.A.S., as its new President and CEO. Weyer joins the firm from Amylin Pharmaceuticals. Weyer had been serving as SVP Research and Development...

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Ceres Chief Scientific Officer Takes Advisory Role

Thousand Oaks-based energy crop developer Ceres, which develops agriculutural biotechnology for the renewable fuels market, said Tuesday that Richard Flavell, PhD., the firm's Chief Scientific Officer, has become Chief Scientific Advisor. F...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

uSamp Expands In Europe

Los Angeles-based uSamp, the provider of market research services and software, said Tuesday that it has expanded in Europe, hiring a new EVP to head up its operations in the region. The firm said it has named George Llorens as Executive Vi...

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Microsemi Names Marketing VP

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi, the developer of semiconductor products, said this morning that it has named Amr El-Ashmawi as its Worldwide Vice President of Strategic Marketing. El-Ashmawi was previously at Altera. The firm said that El-Ashm...

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Friday, October 5, 2012

MaintenanceNet Names Marketing VP

Carlsbad-based MaintenanceNet, which develops software for managing service contracts, said yesterday that it has named Kelly Crothers as its Vice President of Marketing. Crothers has been at the firm since 2004, serving as Director of Mark...

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Friday, October 5, 2012

MaintenanceNet Names Marketing VP

Carlsbad-based MaintenanceNet, which develops software for managing service contracts, said yesterday that it has named Kelly Crothers as its Vice President of Marketing. Crothers has been at the firm since 2004, serving as Director of Mark...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tapiture Is A Pinterest For Guys

Anyone with the slightest interest in the world of social Internet services nowadays has by now heard of Pinterest, the online site which allows users to "pin" and comments on their favorite photos from across the web. Pinterest is one of t...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Fandango Names Yanover President

Fandango, the online and mobile movie ticketing provider based in Los Angeles, has hired former Disney Online executive Paul Yanover as President, the company said today. Yanover was formerly xecutive vice-president and managing director of...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Factual Bolsters Advisory Board

Factual, the Los Angeles-based data startup headed by Gil Elbaz, said today that it has added two new members to its advisory board. Factual said that it has added Clare Hart and Jason Rosenthal to its list of advisors; Hart was most recent...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Oversee.net Ramps Mobile Efforts, Names Mobile GM

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, the online marketing and domain monetization company, is bolstering its focus on mobile apps today, saying that it has hired a new General Manager of Mobile Solutions. The company said it hired Min L. Chan in ...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

OpenX Names Idealab's McPherson As Chief Legal Officer

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has appointed Douglas McPherson, the former General Counsel of Idealab, as its new Chief Legal Officer. OpenX said that McPherson will oversee its...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Quality Systems Names Morefield COO

Irvine-based Quality Systems, the developer of practice management, electronic health record, and other software for medical and dental groups and small hospitals, has named Daniel J. Morefield as its Executive Vice President and Chief Oper...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Report: ShoeDazzle's Brian Lee Back As CEO In Shuffle

Los Angeles-based ShoeDazzle, the online fashion and e-commerce site, is back in the hands of Brian Lee, according to a report from AllThingsD. According to the rpeort, CEO Bill Strauss has voluntarily resigned form the firm. No details on ...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Teledyne CFO Sets Retirement

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified electronics, instrumentation, aerospace, and engineered systems firm, said this morning that its Senior Vice President and CFO, Dale A. Schnittjer, is retiring. Schnittjer will step...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Zebit Names Legal VP

San Diego-based Zebit, a venture backed developer of big data and analytics software, said this week that it has named Joshua Clorfeine as Vice President, Legal and Administration. Clorfeine was most recently at SAIC, where he served as Vic...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

RGM Group Gets $21M For Online Advertising

Los Angeles-based RGM Group, which provides online media services for premium advertisers, said today that it has raised $21M in a funding round. The round came from Riordan, Lewis & Haden (RLH) Equity Partners. As part of the funding, the ...

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Autobytel Adds Ally Financial CEO To Board

Irvine-based online automotive information site Autobytel said Thursday that it has added the CEO of automotive lending firm Ally Financial (formerly GMAC Financial Services) to its board of directors. Autobytel said that Michael A. Carpent...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

CitizenHawk Hires Sales Director

Aliso Viejo-based CitizenHawk said today that it has hired a new Regional Sales Director. The firm--which provides online brand protection services to companies--said Brian Conchuratt has been named to the position. Conchuratt has previousl...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Amgen Names VP Corporate Affairs

Thousand Oaks biotech giant Amgen said Monday that it has named Ray Jordan as its new Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Jordan joins the firm from Johnson & Johnson, where he has been since 2003; he also served at Pfizer for 17 year...

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Monday, September 10, 2012

ServiceNow Snags Former Zynga CTO

San Diego-based ServiceNow, the provider of enterprise, software-as-a-service products for IT management, has snagged the cloud infrastructure CTO out of Zynga, Allan Leinwand. The move was first uncovered by VentureBeat. Leinwand headed up...

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Nirvanix Names VP of Worldwide Sales

San Diego-based cloud storage provider Nirvanix announced this morning that it has hired Tina Gravel as its new Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Gravel joins from Terremark, a provider of cloud computing services, which was acquired by Ve...

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Kurion Expands Board

Irvine-based Kurion, the venture backed provider of nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup technology, said today that it has named two new board members. Kurion said it had added D. Michael Steuert and Fred Kittler to the board. Steuert was m...

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Illumina Sets HR VP

San Diego-based Illumina appointed Paul Bianchi as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources this morning. Bianchi joins from Risk Management Solutions, and also had served at Strayer Consulting Services, PeopleSoft, Hands-On Mobile, Ask...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mahalo President Rapp Leaves Firm

The President of Santa Monica-based Mahalo, Jason Rapp, has departed the firm, according to a memo obtained by AllThingsD Wednesday. According to the memo, Rapp is leaving "day-to-day operations" at the company, but will remain as an adviso...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Newegg Sets Marketing Chief

City of Industry-based Newegg, the electronics retailer, said Wednesday that it has named Soren A. Mills as Chief Marketing Officer at the company. Mills joins the firm from Guitar Center, where he in charge of Musician's Friend, the compan...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Acacia Research Appoints President

Newport Beach-based patent storehouse Acacia Research said today that it has named Matthew Vella as President of the firm. Vella has been at Acacia Research Group since 2006, and has been serving as Executive Vice President since October of...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

LA Technology Investor Bohnett Appointed To Kennedy Center Board

David Bohnett, the founder of Geocities.com, and currently head of Los Angeles venture capital firm Baroda Ventures, has been appointed as a Trustee to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The appointment was announced Frida...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sequenom Bolsters Board

San Diego-based Sequenom, the developer of life sciences and genetic testing equipment, said today that it has added Myla Lai-Goldman, M.D., to its board of directors. Lai-Goldman is Managing Partner at Personalized Science LLC, CEO of Gene...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

DataDirect Networks Names European Head

Chatsworth-based storage provider DataDirect Networks has named a new head of its European operations, the firm said Wednesday. DataDirect, which develops data storage products aimed at high performance computing and other sectors, said tha...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CraveOnline Snags AOL Vet As Sales VP

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline, the men's lifestyle site owned by Evolve Media, said today that it has snagged Drew Berkowitz, the former General Manager of AOL's Video Unit Goviral as its new Senior Vice President of Sales. Berkowitz also r...

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Logicube Names New CEO

Chatsworth-based Logicube, which develops hard drive duplication technology, announced this morning that it has named Farid Emrani as its new President and CEO. Emrani has been at Logicube since 2005, and was most recently EVP and COO. Emra...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Eventup Snags Groupon VP

In a major coup for Los Angeles-based Eventup, the online marketplace for event venues, said today that it has hired former Group VP of Business Development Jayna Cooke to run the firm's Chicago office. Eventup, which is now running in Los ...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ceres Names Former Undersecretary of Energy To Board

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds for the energy and biofuels market, announced yesterday that it has added former BP Chief Scientist and Undersecretary of Energy for Science, Steven E. Koonin, to its board of directors. Koo...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Names Hansen President

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the digital media publisher behind Celebuzz, Sterogum, Idolator, and a host of other music-focused blogs, said Monday that it has named Stephen Hansen as President of the firm. Hansen was most recently President...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Rumor: Hulu's Kilar Set For $100M Payday

A report published Sunday by Variety says that Jason Kilar, the CEO of Los Angeles-based online video site Hulu, is set to cash out as much as $100M after the site's management buyout funded by Providence Equity Partners. The report also sa...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Teledyne Names DARPA Vet As New VP

Thousand Ooaks-based Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, the research arm of Teledyne Technologies, announced this morning that it has named Dr. Lisa Porter as a Senior Vice President, in charge of technology commercialization efforts, technical...

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Obagi Medical Products Names VP

Long Beach-based Obagi Medical Products, a developer of aesthetic medicine products, said Thursday that it has named Mark T. Taylor as its Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations. Taylor joins the firm from Roth ...

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Contour Energy Systems Names New CEO

Azusa-based battery technology firm Contour Energy Systems announced this morning that it has named Louis E. Lupo as the company's new President and CEO. Lupo joins from T3 Technology, and also has served at EaglePicher Technologies, Honeyw...

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

GumGum Names Winders Marketing VP

Los Angeles-based GumGum, the provider of in-image advertising technology, said this morning that it has named Tony Winders as its Senior Vice President of Marketing. Winders was most recently running his own consulting practice, serving su...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

uSamp Names VP

Encino-based uSamp, the provider of survey and sampling technology and services, said Tuesday that it has named Leslie Warshaw as Vice President of Research Solutions. Warshaw joins the firm from Lightspeed Research and TNS, and also worked...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fisker Sets New CEO, Seeking Investment

Anaheim-based electric automotive car maker Fisker Automotive has set a new CEO, saying that it has named Tony Posawatz as its new Chief Executive Officer. Posawatz comes to the electric vehicle maker via General Motors, where he was head o...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

RealtyTrac Names Moyle As CEO

Irvine-based RealtyTrac said late Tuesday that it had named Jamie Moyle as CEO of the company. Moyle was most recently President and COO of the firm, and had previously served at Homefacts.com (acquired by RealtyTrac in April) and SkiWest (...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ADVENTRX Names Chief Medical Officer

San Diego-based ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals announced this morning that it has named Santosh J. Vetticaden, M.D., Ph.D., as its new Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President. The firm said Vetticaden was most recently at Cubist Pharmaceu...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

MaxLinear Adds QLogic's Desai To Board

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear said Monday afternoon that it has named HK Desai, the Chairman and former CEO of QLogic, to its board of directors. Desai currently is Chairman of data, server, and storage networking firm QLogic, and had been CEO f...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Kurion Names Chairman

Irvine-based Kurion, the venture-backed developer of nuclear and hazardous waste disposal technology, said this morning that it has named Ralph DiSibio as its Chairman of the board. DiSibio was most recently at Washington Energy & Environme...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Demand Media Names Blend As President, COO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said yesterday that it has promoted Michael Blend to President and COO of the firm. Blend had most recently been leading Demand's content and media services. Demand Media said that Blend will continue to repo...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Telcentris Names New Business Development Head

San Diego-based Telcentris, the developer of cloud-based communications and voice services, said this morning that it has named Pertti Johansson as its Executive Vice President, overseeing Global Business Development. Johansson was previous...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Inktank Bolsters Exec Team

Los Angeles-based Inktank, the developer of the open source, distributed storage software Ceph, is expanding its executive tem today, saying that it has hired James Duncan as its new CTO, Russell Kojima as VP Professional Services, and Debb...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

ReachLocal Names Chief Revenue Officer

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said this morning that it has named Josh Claman as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Claman joins the company from Dell, where he was most recently Dell's Vice President and General Manager of the Public and Lar...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Qualcomm Snags Marketing Chief Away From Intel

San Diego-based Qualcomm said this morning that it has named Anand Chandrasekher as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Chandrasekher joins the company from Intel, where he was Vice President, General Manager for that firm's Ultra Mobility Gro...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

uSamp Adds Gould, Moriarty To Board

Encino-based uSamp, which provides technology and services for market research and surveying, said this morning that it has added Alan Gould and Sean Moriarty to its board of directors. Gould is a Venture Partner with Greycroft Partners, an...

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Monday, July 30, 2012

It's Official: Ross Levinsohn Out At Yahoo

Ross Levinsohn, who has been heading up Yahoo as Interim CEO, is officially leaving the firm tomorrow, according to a regulatory filing by Yahoo. According to the filing, Levinsohn has been awarded 67,000 restricted stock units and 250,000 ...

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

National Technical Systems Hires New CFO

Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, which provides outsourced engineering and test services, reported this morning that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer. The firm said it has named Michael El-Hillow to the position, report...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fisker Automotive Shifts Koehler To Business Development

Irvine-based electric auto maker Fisker Automotive said this afternoon that it has shifted co-founder Barny Koehler as its new Chief Business Development Officer, focused on strategic initiatives and new business opportunities. Koehler had ...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chirpify Hires LA Music Executive For Twitter Commerce

If you want to get into the music business, there's no better place than Los Angeles--including if you're a technology startup, apparently. Chirpify, a venture backed startup developing a way for users to transact and pay for merchandise ov...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Nirvanix Taps NBCUniversal Vet For Chief Strategy Officer

San Diego-based cloud storage firm Nirvanix has snagged the former, Chief Software Architect of NBCUniversal as its new, Chief Strategy Officer, the company said this morning, Nirvanix said it has hired Dru Borden as its Chief Strategy Offi...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

THQ Names Production VP

Agoura Hills-based THQ announced this morning that it has named Ron Moravek as its new Executive Vice President, Production. Moravek is the former co-founder and COO of Relic Entertainment, which he sold to THQ in 2004. He also served at El...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Report: Buy.com's Grover, Giraudi Stepping Down

Neel Grover, the CEO of Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com, along with COO Greg Giraudi are stepping down on September 1st, according to an internal note published by TechCrunch. Buy.com, which was acquired by Rakuten in 2010, has not publicly annou...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Oversee.net Names CTO

Los Angeles-based online marketing and domain firm Oversee.net has named Gene Chuang as its new Chief Technology Officer, the company said today. Chuang was most recently Director of Engineering at online college textbook firm Chegg. He als...

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Monday, July 16, 2012

USC Stevens' Krisztina Holly Departs

The founding Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, Krisztina Holly, is leaving the center to pursue other interests, USC said late Friday. According to the university, Holly decided to leave USC this month to pursue o...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Qualcomm Adds Former MIT President To Board

San Diego-based wireless technology firm Qualcomm said late Tuesday that it has added the former President of the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield, to its board. Hockfield had been President of MIT from December of ...

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Hulu: Kilar Declines Yahoo CEO Spot

Los Angeles-based Hulu has one word for Yahoo: hands off our CEO! According to a Hulu spokesperson, as reported, its CEO, Jason Kilar, has been a focus of Yahoo's CEO search committee. The spokesperson told socalTECH that Kilar has "graciou...

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Report: Levinsohn, Hulu's Kilar Top Prospects For Yahoo CEO Post

A report Thursday says that Hulu's Jason Kilar, and interim Yahoo chief Ross Levinsohn are considered the top prospects for a permanent replacement for troubled Internet portal Yahoo. According to AllThingsD, the firm is expected to make a ...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Fisker Automotive Names New CFO

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive said Monday that it has named a new CFO. The electric automobile maker said that it has appointed Jim Yost to the position, reporting to CEO Tom LaSorda. Yost was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

OneRoof Energy Hires General Counsel

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, the provider of solar leasing and financing, said this morning that it has named Dalton Sprinkle as the firm's Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel. Sprinkle was previously EVP and Chie...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

MaintenanceNet Adds Technology VP, Expands HQ

Carlsbad-based software-as-a-service provider MaintenanceNet has expanded both its executive team and headquarters, this firm said today. The company, which is led by Scott Herron, said it has named Curt Baldwin as its new Vice President of...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Leads360 Snags CTO From LiveOffice

Los Angeles-based Leads360, which develops sales automation software, said this morning that it has named Mark DuVall as its Chief Technology Officer. DuVall joins the company from LiveOffice, which was recently acquired by Symantec. DuVall...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Medsphere Names Sales Chief

Carlsbad-based Medsphere Systems, which develops open source, electronic health record (EHR) software, said this morning that it has named Mike Morotti as its Vice President of Sales. Morotti was previously at Validus Medical Systems, and a...

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Monday, June 25, 2012

TrueCar Adds Auto Exec To Board

Santa Monica-based TrueCar said Monday that it has named an automotive industry executive to its board. The firm said that Tom Gibson, the former Chairman, President, and CEO of Asbury Automotive Group, has joined the firm's board. Gibson a...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

SocialVibe Bolsters Exec Team

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, the online advertising firm headed by Todd Tappin, has bolstered its exec team today, saying it has named three senior executives at the company. SocialVibe said it has named John Capano as CMO, Brett Lofgren a...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CallFire Adds NetZero's Burr As Chief Revenue Officer

Santa Monica-based CallFire, the developer of telephony APIs and VoIP services, said this morning that it has named former NetZero co-founder Ron Burr as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Burr also has previously served as CEO of WebVisible, ...

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Yahoo Taps Former MySpace Exec For Revenue Chief

It looks like Ross Levinsohn is building out his team to help out at troubled web portal and media firm Yahoo. The company said Monday that it is tapping the former Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Fox Interactive Media...

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Monday, June 18, 2012

SmartDrive Systems Snags Former Veoh CEO

San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems said Monday that it has named Steve Mitgang as its new CEO. Mitgang was previously CEO of Veoh, and also had served at Senior Vice President of Yahoo!'s advertising products, platforms, and services. Smart...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Demand Media Shuffles CFO

Santa Monica-based online publisher Demand Media reported Thursday that it is shuffling its CFO, and is promoting its Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer Mel Tang to the CFO position. Current CFO Charles Hilliard becomes a Special ...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Media Temple Names COO, CTO

Los Angeles-based web hosting and cloud services firm Media Temple has tapped two technology vets as President and COO, and Chief Technology Officer, the company announced this morning. The firm said it has named Russell P. Reeder as its Pr...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

OneRoof Energy Names Marketing VP

San Diego-based solar lease provider OneRoof Energy said yesterday that it has named Nick Hofer as its Vice President of Marketing. The company, which is backed by more than $55M in financing from Black Coral Capital, said that Hofer was mo...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Qualstar Hires Turnaround Specialist As CEO

Simi Valley-based Qualstar, the developer of enterprise tape libraries, said today that it is appointing a turnaround specialist as CEO of the company, under pressure from an investor looking to take over the company. Qualstar said it has h...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Novatel Wireless Adds Board Member

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless, the developer of wireless modems and hotspots, said this morning that it has named Sue Swenson to its board of directors. Swenson is the former President and COE of Sage Software, and now sits on the boards...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

OneRoof Energy Names Strategy VP

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, which provides solar leases and financing, announced today that it has named Dale A. Vander Woude as its new Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Vander Woude was previously at Citigroup Global Mar...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Medsphere Names CTO

Carlsbad-based Medsphere, the developer of electronic health records systems, said today that it has named Lily S. Chang as its Chief Technology Officer. Chang was most recently CTO at Advent Software, where she had run the firm's technolog...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Optimer Pharmaceuticals Sets CFO

San Diego-based Optimer Pharmaceuticals said this morning that it has named Stephen Webster as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. Webster was previously CFO of Adolar Corporation, and also served at Broadpoint Capital (formerly First A...

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Conexant Names GM

Newport Beach-based Conexant said Monday that it has named Saleel Awsare as its new Vice President and General Manager for its audio, embedded modem, and fax business. The semiconductor maker said Saleel has over 25 years of experience, and...

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Kurion Names Japanese Country Manager

Irvine-based Kurion, the venture backed developer of radioactive waste management technology, said over the weekend that it has named a Country Manager for Japan. The firm said it has named Yohei Iwasaki to the position, to head up business...

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Friday, June 1, 2012

LeisureLink Makes Trio of Hires

Pasadena-based LeisureLink, the venture-backed provider of a vacation rental marketing system and operator of online booking travel site ABetterStay.com, has made a trio of new hires this week. The company said it has named Tom Lamb as Pres...

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Mindspeed Names VP

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Mindspeed Technologies said Thursday that it has named Kevin Trosian as its new Vice President of Business Development and Investor Relations. Trosian joins the company from Power-One, where he also ha...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

THQ Taps Naughty Dog's Rubin In Restructuring Effort

Agoura Hills-based THQ said Monday afternoon that it is in a "major" leadership restructuring, and has set Jason Rubin as President of the firm. Ribin is the co-founder of game developer Naughty Dog, and co-created that firm's popular “Cra...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cool Planet Names New CEO, VP

Camarillo-based Cool Planet Energy Systems, the venture backed developer of technology to convert cellulosic biomass into gasoline, reported today that it has appointed both a new President and CEO as well as a VP. The firm said it has name...

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Sonos Snags Ex-RIM Sales Chief

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the user-friendly developer of whole-home music and sound systems, has apparently snagged a new, high profile sales chief--the former Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Research In Motion, the maker of th...

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Adconion Taps Sullivan As CTO

Online advertising network Adconion is tapping a Los Angeles technology vet as its Global Chief Technology Officer, the company said Monday. Adconion said that it has appointed Scott Sullivan to the CTO position, recruiting him away from Ev...

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Makucell Names Pasadena Angels' Scanlon To Board

Makucell, a life sciences company developing anti-aging skin products, said this morning that it has appointed Kevin J. Scanlon, Ph.D., to its board of advisors. Scanlon is Chairman of the Pasadena Angels and also an active member of the Te...

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Monday, May 21, 2012

SpotlightTMS Adds Advisor

Calabasas-based SpotlightTMS, the developer of software-as-a-service to help companies manage their corporate suites and sports and event tickets, reports today that it has added Jimmy Lynn to its advisory board. The firm said that Lynn is ...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

WD Names Two To Board

Irvine-based Western Digital, the maker of disk drives, said this morning that it has appointed two new members to its board of directors. WD said it has added Kensuke Oka and Masahiro Yamamura to the board, both of whom are being added as ...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

HireRight Takes On Resume Padding Executives

Here's a new product that the board over at Yahoo might have wished they could have used, before the huge flap over once-CEO Scott Thompson's resume: HireRight, the Irvine provider of employment screening software-as-a-service, said it has ...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Oversee.net Names Travel GM

Los Angeles-based online marketing and domain firm Oversee.net has named a new General Manager of its Travel Vertical today, tapping Raj Beri for the position. Beri will oversee the firm's LowFares.com, FareSpotter.net, AboutAirportParking....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Verdezyne Hires DuPont Vet As Business Head

Biofuels and renewable chemical technology firm Verdezyne announced Wednesday that it has named a new Chief Business Officer. The firm said that Ray W. Miller, who was at DuPont from 1972 through 2011, has joined the firm to head up busines...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shopatron Names CFO

San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron, the developer of a e-commerce software which combines online ordering for brands with distribution of those orders to local distributors, has named a new CFO. The firm said it has named Dave Morrison as its ...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mindspeed Names VP, GM

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said today that it has named Preetinder S. Virk as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its communications convergence processing (CCP) business unit. Virk was previousl...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

SpotlightTMS Signs Denver Broncos

Calabasas-based SpotlightTMS, the developer of software-as-a-service used by executive suite holders at sporting venues with managing their tickets, is continuing to expand its partner list, saying today that it has linked with the Denver B...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Ross Levinsohn Takes Charge At Yahoo

A familiar face in Southern California's technology industry reappeared in a high profile position this weekend: Ross Levinsohn, the former head of Fox Interactive Media and venture capitalist at Fuse Capital, has taken the reins at trouble...

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Prime Focus World Names Entekhabi As CFO

Los Angeles-based Prime Focus World, a provider of technical services to the film, broadcast, and advertising industry, said this week that it has named Massoud Entekhabi as its Global Chief Financial Officer. Entekhabi was previously found...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rubicon Project Bolsters Executive Ranks

Los Angeles-based online advertising firm Rubicon Project is significantly boosting its executive ranks today, saying that it has named a new CTO, General Counsel, and SVP of Product Management to the firm. The company said it has tapped Br...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Central Desktop Bolsters Board

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, the developer of cloud-based, project collaboration software which is headed by Isaac Garcia, said Wednesday that it has bolstered its board. The firm said it has added Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBui...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

AeroVironment Names COO

Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment, the developer of unmanned aerial vehicles and electric vehicle charging systems, said late Tuesday that it has named Tom Herring as the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Herring was previously Senior ...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spokeo Appoints General Counsel, Privacy Head

Pasadena-based Spokeo, the developer of an online people search engine, said today that it has named Angela Saverice-Rohan as its new General Counsel and Chief Privacy OFficer. Saverice-Rohan was previously associate general counsel for Wel...

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Orexigen Therapeutics Shuffles Board

Three of the venture investors in publicly held Orexigen Therapeutics are departing the board of directors of the company, Orexigen said Friday, as the firm shuffled its board. Orexigen said that Joseph Lacob, Michael Powell, and Daniel Tur...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Amgen Founding CEO George Rathmann Dies

George Rathmann, the founding CEO of Thousand Oaks biotech giant Amgen, has died, the company announced late Monday evening. Rathmann served as founding CEO of Amgen from 1980 to 1988, and was Chairman of the company until 1990. Rathman hel...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cornerstone OnDemand Expands Board

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of cloud-based talent and human resources management software, said today that it has added Steve Singh, CEO of Concur Technologies, to its board of directors. Concur is a provider of t...

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Newegg Names CFO

City of Industry-based electronics e-commerce retailer Newegg said Monday that it has named Harry Amsden as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Amsden joins the firm from the Tribune Company, where he was Senior Vice ...

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Monday, April 23, 2012

ReVision Optics Names Board Member

Lake Forest-based Revision Optics, which is developing implantable micro-lens technology for treating presbyopia, said today that it has named a new board member. The firm said it has added Stephen Slade, M.D., FACS, to its board. Slade is ...

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Sapphire Energy CEO Steps Down

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy, the venture backed developer of algae-based biofuels production technology, said Friday that CEO Jason Pyle will step down as CEO. The firm said that Pyle will remain a member of the company's board of direc...

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mogreet Opens Midwest Sales Office

Los Angeles-based Mogreet, coming off a new round of venture funding, is in expansion mode, saying that it has opened up a new Midwest sales office for the company. Mogreet said it has opened up a new office headed by Joshua Pyne, who the f...

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

TeleSign Names New CFO

Los Angeles-based TeleSign has appointed a new CFO, saying today that it has named Matthew Hardy as its new Chief Financial Officer. The firm, which provides phone-based, Internet fraud prevention and authentication services to major Intern...

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Active Storage Names Engineering VP

Torrance-based Active Storage, the developer of RAID storage systems aimed at the Apple and creative industry, said this morning that it has named Venkat Ramakrishnan as its new Vice President of Engineering. Ramakrishnan was most recently ...

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Siemer & Associates Names Managing Director

Los Angeles-based investment banking firm Siemer & Associates, the merchant banking firm headed by David Siemer, said this week that it has named Dan Chen as Managing Director of the company. Chen has previously served at such firms as Mont...

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spokeo Names Chief Strategy Officer

Pasadena-based Spokeo, an online people search engine, said today that it has named Emanuel Pleitez as its Chief Strategy Officer. Pleitez joins the firm from McKinsey & Company, and also has served as Special Assistant to Chairman Paul Vol...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Techtonic Games Names CEO

Santa Barbara-based Techtonic Games, a developer of mobile, tablet, and browser-based games, said Tuesday that it has named Scott Miller as the firm's new CEO. Miller was previously CEO of Snail Games USA, and also was founder and COO of Mo...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Verve Wireless Snags Former comScore Technology Chief

San Diego-based Verve Wireless, which develops mobile publishing and advertising tools, reported today that it has hired Chris Nicotra, the former Chief Technology Officer of comScore, as its new Executive Vice President of Product and Tech...

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Xfire Names New CEO, Inks Chinese Joint Venture

Santa Monica-based Xfire, the social networking and chat service aimed at gamers, said Monday afternoon that it has named a new CEO, and inked a joint venture with a Chinese company. According to the firm, it has appointed Malcolm CasSelle ...

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Monday, April 9, 2012

iStoryTime Taps Apple Vet For Creative Head

Santa Barbara-based zuuka, the publisher of the iStoryTime interactive kids books and educational applications, has tapped an Apple vet for its new Creative Director, the company said today. The company said it has hired Paul Mueller-Bruehl...

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Optimer Pharmaceuticals In Executive Turmoil

Publicly held San Diego firm Optimer Pharmaceuticals, a developer of biopharmaceutical products, appears to be in the midst of a major executive overhaul. According to the firm this morning, its board has removed Dr. Michael Chang as Chairm...

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Monday, April 9, 2012

FlexEnergy Names CEO

Irvine-based FlexEnergy, a developer of gas turbines and other energy equipment, said Friday that it has named Jay Mitchell as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mitchell was most recently the firm's President and Chief Operating Officer. Mit...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ceph Names VP

Los Angeles-based Ceph, the developer of an open source, scalable distributed storage system which is in the midst of spinning out from Los Angeles hosting firm DreamHost, said today that it has named Ross Turk as Vice President, Community....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CALIENT Names Engineering VP

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies has appointed a new Vice President of Engineering, the company said this morning. The firm said it has promoted Jitender K. Miglani to the position, from his existing position as Director of Software...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

ValueClick Sets COO

Westlake Village-based ValueClick said this morning that it has named John Giuliani as its new Chief Operating Officer. Giuliani was previously President of the firm's Dotomi division, having joined ValueClick when the firm acquired Dotomi ...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

TrueCar Bolsters Dealer Outreach With New VP

Santa Monica-based TrueCar said Friday that it has hired a new Vice President, Dealer Development, to bolster its efforts to retain and grow its network of dealer partners. The firm said it has hired Ken Potter, most recently VP and General...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management

Santa Monica-based Lifecrowd, the online site which helps people find local, social activities which is headed by Bong Koh, said this week that it has hired former Google business product manager Jacquie Phillips as Co-founder and Head of P...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mogreet Ramps Sales, Marketing Team

Los Angeles-based Mogreet, the provider of video-based, mobile marketing services, is in the midst of and expansion, including the hiring of two executives to its sales and marketing team. The company, which is headed by James Citron, said ...

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Friday, March 23, 2012

LuxeYard Names Tony Winders EVP

Los Angeles-based LuxeYard, the flash sales site headed by Braden Richter, said Friday morning that it has named Tony Winders as its Executive Vice President of Revenue. Winders was most recently VP of Marketing at ValueClick Media, and als...

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Monday, March 19, 2012

TrueCar Names Industry Relations Head

Santa Monica-based TrueCar reported today that it has named Pat Watson as its new Vice President, Industry Relations. Watson was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Associ...

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Monday, March 19, 2012

BeyondTrust Names VP

Carlsbad-based BeyondTrust, the developer of identity management and security software, said today that it has named Subbu Sthanu as Vice President, Product Management. Sthanu joins the firm from Novell, and had also served at NetIQ, Vignet...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals Names Chief Commercial Officer

Los Angeles-based KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, which develops aesthetic medicine products, said this morning that it has named Elisabeth Sandoval as its Chief Commercial OFficer. Sandoval was previously at Bausch + Lomb Surgical, and also ha...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

MomentFeed Snags Facebook Vet

Location-based analytics software firm MomentFeed, which is based in Santa Monica, has turned to a former Facebook executive for advice, the firm said today. According to the startup, it has added former Facebook sales director Rob Lissner ...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Activision Blizzard Snags New CFO From Microsoft

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard said this morning that it has hired a new CFO. The firm said that Dennis Durkin has been named Chief Financial Officer, and will report to CEO Bobby Kotick. Durkin was most recently Corporate Vice Pres...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

ReachLocal Appoints Chief Product Officer

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal has set a new, Chief Product Officer, the firm announced this morning. The provider of services to help small businesses place Internet advertising said it named Kris Barton to the position. Barton was previo...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

SMC Networks Names Technology VP

Irvine-based SMC Networks, the developer of cable gateway and other networking hardware, announced today that it has named John Edmund Sweeney as VP of Technology. Sweeney joins the company from set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta/Cisco Sy...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Acacia Research Names Two VPs

Newport Beach-based Acacia Research, the technology patent licensing firm, said today that it has named two VPs. The firm said it has named Eric Lucas as Senior Vice President, and John Schneider as Vice President at the company. Lucas join...

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Oversee.net Names Domeyer As CEO As Morrow Departs

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net said Friday that it has named Debra Domeyer as its CEO. Domeyer, who was Co-CEO, takes over the position after fellow Co-CEO Scott Morrow leaves the firm. According to Oversee.net, Morrow is leaving to "pursue ...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

CHNL Boosts Board

Santa Monica-based CHNL, a new, pre-launch startup which is focusing on social content and content curation, said this week that it has named Rod Perth to its board of directors. Perth is a television executive, who has worked on projects f...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

JuntoBox Names Forest Whitaker Co-Chair

Santa Monica-based startup JuntoBox, a new startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, said today that it has named actor, producer, and director Forest Whitaker as its co-chair. The startup--which is headed by Rachael McLea...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fisker Automotive Names New CEO

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive is in a management shuffle, saying today that it has named Tom LaSorda as its new CEO and Vice Chairman, with former CEO and founder Henrik Fisker becoming Executive Chairman of the company. LaSorda just join...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

AnyDATA Appoints COO

Irvine-based AnyDATA, a developer of wireless modules, Wi-Fi routers, white label smartphone and tablets, and other products, said this morning that it has named Ulrich Gottschling as its Chief Operating Officer. Gottschling was previously ...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Nirvanix Snags HP, Lefthand Vet

San Diego-based Nirvanix, the developer of cloud storage services, said this morning that it has named former HP-LeftHand vet Dave Barr as its Vice President of Cloud Storage Engineering. Barr had headed up HP's 130-strong, LeftHand enginee...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SG Biofuels Appoints COO

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, which is developing hybrid seeds for bioenergy crops, said Wednesday that it has named Miguel Motta as Chief Operating Officer. Motta was most previously Vice President of Marketing and Strategy and SG Biofuels,...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Xirrus Adds Calix CEO Russo To Board

Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus, the developer of wireless networking equipment headed by Dirk Gates, has snagged the CEO of networking equipment maker Calix for its board. Xirrus said it has added Carl Russo, President and CEO of Calix, to the ...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SocialVibe Names Tappin As New CEO

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, which provides online, social advertising to brands, said today that it has named Todd Tapping as its Chief Executive Officer. Tappin was previously COO and CFO at the company. Tappin has previously served as C...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

UberMedia Names VP

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the Idealab-backed developer of mobile and desktop messaging and social media apps, is announcing this morning that it has hired Ken Rudman as its Vice President of Developer Relations. Rudman joins the company fro...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Eucalyptus Sets New CFO

Santa Barbara-based Eucalyptus, the developer of cloud computing software which is backed by Benchmark Capital, BV Capital, and New Enterprise Associates, said Thursday that it has named Ning Wang as its Chief Financial Officer. Wang replac...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

FlexEnergy Names President and COO

Irvine-based FlexEnergy, a developer of gas turbine equipment from producing green energy, has named Jay Mitchell as President and Chief Operating Officer. The venture backed firm, which is backed by SAIL Capital Partners and RNS Capital Pa...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Myspace Sets Entertainment Head

Beverly Hills-based Myspace, the online social entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has named Roger Mincheff as President of Myspace Entertainment. Mincheff was previously at Fox Filmed Entertainment, se...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Quest Software Loses CEO

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said Tuesday afternoon that CEO and President Doug Garn has stepped down. Vinny Smith, previously Executive Chairman of Quest, returns as CEO. Quest said that Garn is stepping down due to "pressing health is...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Luxtera Snags Trio Of Execs From Broadcom

Carlsbad-based Luxtera, the provider of CMOS chips for the photonics market, has snagged a trio of former Broadcom executives to the firm, the company said Monday. Luxtera said it named Josphe Balardeta as Vice President of Engineering, Chr...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Local Corporation Names New VP

Irvine-based Local Corporation, which operates a network of online local business guides and related services, said today that it has named Peter Change as Vice President of Consumer Properties. Chang joins the company from BUZZMEDIA, where...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cornerstone OnDemand Promotes Three

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of software-as-a-service for talent management, learning, and human resources management, said today that it has promoted three of its executives. THe firm said it has promoted Vincent ...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ambit Biosciences Names Chief Medical Officer

San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences, the developer of biopharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer, inflammatory disease and other conditions, said this morning that it has named a Chief Medical Officer. The company said it has appointed At...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

GraphEffect Expands In New York, Chicago

Santa Monica-based social marketing firm GraphEffect said this morning that it has opned up new offices in both New York City and Chicago, as the company continues to expand its staff. The venture-backed firm, which is venture backed by Ler...

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Interlink Electronics Loses CFO

Camarillo-based Interlink Electronics said this morning that its CFO, Steven Leone, has resigned. Reason for the departure was not given. Interlink is a maker of electronic sensors used in mouse and pointing devices. Interlink announced Leo...

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Activision Blizzard Names Strategy, HR Head

Santa Monica-based Activision said this week that it has named Humam Sakhnini as its Chief Strategy and Talent Officer. Sakhnini had been serving as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. According to the c...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

OpenX Names Enterprise GM

Los Angeles-based OpenX. the developer of online ad serving software, said today that it has named Eric Rosenthal as the firm's General Manager of its Enterprise business. Rosenthal was previously at AOL, serving as VP of National Sales. Ro...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

TeleSign Names VP

Los Angeles-based TeleSign, the provider of phone authentication services used to reduce fraud and spam with web services, said Tuesday that it has named Max Powers as its Vice President, Client Services. Powers joins the company from Vanta...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Snags Sales VP From Break

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the online music blog publisher and pop culture publishing firm which owns Celebuzz, Idolator, Stereogum, and other sites, is continuing a hiring roll today, saying it has named Michael Ziegler as Senior Vice Pr...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nimble Expands In Europe

Santa Monica-based Nimble, the developer of customer relationship management and contact management software headed by former Goldmine founder Jon Ferrara, is expanding its international efforts today. The firm said it has hired Richard You...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GraphEffect Taps Social Media Experts For Advisory Board

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, which develops social marketing software, is tapping a bank of experts in the social media industry for its advisory board, the company announced today. GraphEffect said it has added Paul Ollinger, J.B. Kropp...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Demand Media Sees Executive Exodus

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publisher headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has seen the exodus of three of the firm's EVPs and founders. The move was first uncovered by Paidcontent.org. Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez, and Ste...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Oversee.net Sets Co-CEOs

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, the online domain name and Internet marketing firm, has set Debra Domeyer and Scott Morrow as Co-CEOs of the company, the firm said Monday. Domeyer was previously co-president and CTO, and Morrow was Co-Presid...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

IMT Swaps CEO

Santa Barbara-based Innovative Micro Technology, the provider of MEMS foundry services, said late Friday that it has named Craig Ensley as President and CEO. Ensley replaces Dr. John Foster, who the company said has resigned to become CEO o...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Hires Music VP

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the pop culture and music blog publisher which runs such sites as Celebuzz, Sterogum, Buzznet, and Idolator, announced today that it has hired Bill Jensen as Vice President/General Manager of Music. The company ...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

GraphEffect Ramps Sales, Marketing

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, the venture-backed developer of social marketing software, said today that it has hired both a Sales and Marketing VP. The firm said it has appointed David Pollet as Vice President of Sales, and named Jennife...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Active Network Sets Global Sales Exec

San Diego-based Active Network, the operator of a number of sports related registration and sports events management websites, said yesterday that it has named Kevin Biggs as its Executive Vice President of Global Technology Sales. Biggs jo...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Buy.com Names Marketing Chief

Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com, the online Internet retailer, said today that it has named Bernard Luthi as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Luthi comes to the company from NewEgg.com, where he was Vice President of Marketing, Web Management, an...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Nimble Snags Talent From Salesforce

Santa Monica-based Nimble, the customer relationship management and contact management software developer headed by Jon Ferrara, has snagged a high profile hire this morning, hiring former Salesforce Director of Mobile Product Jason McDowal...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Mogreet Expands Sales Chops

Los Angeles-based Mogreet, the video-based, mobile marketing firm headed by James Citron, reported today that it has named Jesse Silver as Senior Sales Director. SIlver was previously at OpenMarket, and also served at MX Telecom. Mogreet sa...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

XAP Names Knepper CEO

Culver City-based XAP, a developer of online college information tools and electronic college application and transcript services, announced today that it has named Peter B. Knepper as its CEO. Knepper has previously served at International...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ranker Names COO, Taps Jones For Board

Los Angeles-based Ranker, the online service which allows anyone to list and rank things on any topic, said today that it has named Mani Dhillon as Chief Operating Officer, and tapped former MySpace CEO Michael Jones for its board. The comp...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Convertro Taps Avedissian As COO

Santa Monica-based Convertro, the venture backed, advertising analytics and optimization firm run by Jeff Zwelling, said today that it has hired Armen Avedissian as its Chief Operating Officer. Avedissian was most recently Chief Revenue Off...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Rubicon Project Taps Barnum As New COO, CFO

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, the online advertising optimization technology provider headed by Frank Addante, said this morning that it has named Brian Barnum as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, as well as appo...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Telcentris Names Rees President

San Diego-based Telcentris, which develops voice-over-IP and other voice systems for business, said this week that it has named Cliff Rees as President of the firm. Rees was most recently at Leading Edge Communications, XCast Labs, GlobalTo...

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rent.com Snags Product Head From ReachLocal

Santa Monica-based Rent.com, which is now part of eBay, has hired on a new Head of Product. According to recruiting firm NeoHire, Amanda McConnell has been hired as Head of Product for Rent.com, joining the company from ReachLocal, where sh...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

HitFix Snags VP From The Hollywood Reporter

Los Angeles-based film, TV, and entertainment site HitFix said today that it has snagged the former General Manager for Digital for The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Boyce, as its new Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. B...

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Guidance Software Names Two Execs

Pasadena-based Guidance Software, the developer of computer forensics and e-discovery software, said this morning that it has named Daniel Lim as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and Alex Adrianopoulos as Vice President of Marketi...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Local Corporation Names Sawtell President

Irvine-based Local Corporation, the online local advertising and directory publisher, said this morning that it has promoted Chief Operating Officer Michael Sawtell, to President and COO. Sawtell has been COO since May. Sawtell rejoined Loc...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SolarReserve Names Operations VP

Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility-scale solar power projects, said Tuesday that it has named Stephen Mullennix as Senior Vice President of Operations. Mullennix was most recently a managing director at US Renewables ...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Levine Leichtman Promotes Two

Los Angeles-based private equity firm b>Levine Leichtman Capital Partners said yesterday that it has promoted Kimberly Pollock and Aaron Perlmutter to General Partners of the firm. The firm focuses on middle market investments. Pollock has ...

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Broadcom Names New Board Member

Irvine-based Broadcom said this morning that it has named Robert Finocchio, Jr., to its board of directors. Finocchio currently sits on the board of Echelon Corporation, and also has served as Chairman, CEO, and President of Informix Corpor...

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Friday, December 23, 2011

SkinIt Names VP

San Diego-based SkinIt, the provider of personalized electronic "skins", said Thursday that it has named Frederik Torstensson as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Torstensson was prevoiusly at Comarco Wireless, and also serv...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Central Desktop Adds Engineering VP

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, the provider of cloud-based collaboration software, is growing out its executive ranks again today, saying it has hired Dhruba Kalita as its new Vice President of Engineering. Kalita was most recenlty Founder...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Arrowhead Expands Board

Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research, the developer of nanomedicines, announced this morning that it has appointed Michael S. Perry, Hon BSc, DVM, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Perry is a venture partner at Bay City Capital, a life science...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fisker Automotive Sets Marketing, Sales Head

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles, announced yesterday that it has named Richard Beattie as Chief Commercial Officer. The automaker said that Beattie will be responsible for the firm's global marketing, sal...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Central Desktop Names Smialowicz COO

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, the online project management and cloud-based collaboration software provider, is announcing today that it has tapped Mark Smialowicz as its new Chief Operating Officer. Smialowicz joins the firm from Integri...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

uSamp Names New Exec

Encino-based uSamp, the online provider of survey panels for the market research industry, said today that it has named Justin Wheeler as its Vice President and General Manager for SurveyBuilder. Wheeler has previously served at such firms ...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Aerovironment Names VP

Monrovia-based Aerovironment, which develops both unmanned aircraft and electric vehicle charging technology, said Wednesday afternoon that it has named Wahid Nawabi as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Efficient Energy Syste...

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Cohu Expands Board

Poway-based Cohu, which develops test subsystems for the semiconductor market, said yesterday that it has named William E. Bendush to its board of directors. Bendush was the former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Applie...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MRV Communications Sells Avionics Systems Unit

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, which manufactures optical networking components, reported Wednesday afternoon that it has executed a definitive agreement with a group of European private equity firms, led by Vinci Capital SA, to sell ...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SmartDrive Names Sales VP

San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems, the developer of video-based, fleet safety systems, said yesterday that it has named Dane Smith as its VP of Worldwide Sales. SmartDrive said that Smith has previously been at VMware, where he was VP Amer...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

7digital Sets Up Shop In Los Angeles

7digital, a UK-based digital media firm which provides MP3 music track downloads, said Tuesday that it is expanding its North American operations, and is opening up new offices in Los Angeles. As part of the expansion, the company said it h...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

uSamp Names Sales Strategy VP

Encino-based >uSamp, the operator of an online survey panel network, announced this morning that it has named Joshua Pink as its new Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales Strategy & Global Development. Pink joins the company from Think Pas...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

LifeProof Hires Engineering VP

San Diego-based LifeProof, the developer of protective cases for smartphones and other devices, reported this morning that Peter Armstrong has been named Vice President of Engineering at the company. Armstrong was previously at SeQual Techn...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Citysearch Names VP, GM

West Hollywood-based Citysearch, the online city guide which is part of IAC, said that it has named Kimberly Salzer as its new Vice President and General Manager. Salzer was previously HEad of Marketing and Product for Linden Labs' Second L...

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Mota Motors Names Exec

Venice, California-based Mota Motors, which provides online vehicle certification and selling software platforms, said today that it has named Ken Potter as its Chief Revenue Officer. Potter had previously served at CarsDirect.com, where he...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Solarflare Bolsters Marketing Expertise

Irvine-based Solarflare is bolstering its marketing expertise, the company said this week, and has hired Scott Woolsey as Director of Brand Development. The developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters said that Woolsey has worked on marketing...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Break Snags VP From Universal Music

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online content publisher run by Keith Richman, said this morning that it has hired Mitch Rotter as its Senior VP and General Manager of Editorial Properties. Rotter joins the company from Universal Music G...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Gumgum Names Sales VP

Santa Monica-based Gumgum, the celebrity image licensing and advertising startup headed by Ophir Tanz, has appointed a new VP of Sales, the firm told socalTECH today. The company said it has appointed Brennan Beyer as its new Vice President...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Science Taps Peter Pham As Partner

Santa Monica-based Science, the new startup creation and "technology studio" created by former Myspace CEO Mike Jones, said today that it has brought on Peter Pham as a Partner at the company. Pham, a SoCal native best known for his roles a...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Atari Names EVP

Atari has bolstered its executive team in the US, saying that it has hired Gui Karyo as its new Executive Vice President Development and Operations last week. Atari said that Karyo has previously served at Mindspark Interactive Networks, Ma...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Morphlabs Names CTO

Manhattan Beach-based cloud computing software developer Morphlabs said today that it has appointed Lee Thompson as its new Chief Technology Officer. Thompson has previously served at DTO Solutions, as well as E*Trade Financial, where he se...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ambit Biosciences Names CEO

San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences said today that it has named Michael A. Martino as its new President and CEO. Ambit, which is developing small molecule kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer, inflammatory disease and other indicati...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Redpoint's Fouad ElNaggar Departs Firm

In another switchup for venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures efforts in Southern California, Fouad ElNaggar, who had been covering Redpoint's investment efforts in Los Angeles, has departed the firm. ElNaggar quietly left the firm in Octo...

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Monday, November 14, 2011

InTouch Health Names CFO

Santa Barbara-based InTouch Technologies, which develops telemedicine products, said this morning that it has named Stephen L. Wilson as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Wilson was most recently Executive Vice President...

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Miramar's Maneesh Goyal Departs Firm

Corona del Mar-based venture capital investment firm Miramar Venture Partners is losing one of its Managing Director, Maneesh Goyal, who is departing to a new early and growth stage healthcare technology investment firm. Goyal told his cont...

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

StorageDNA Names Sales VP

Irvine-based StorageDNA, a provider of data archiving, backup, and migration tools specifically aimed at television, film, broadcast, and enterprise customers, said today that it has named Jeff Kreuger as its Vice President of Sales. Kreuge...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Eucalpytus Taps Red Hat For Community VP

Santa Barbara-based cloud computing software developer Eucalyptus said Monday that it has named Greg DeKoenigsberg as Vice President of Commuinty. DeKoenigsberg was previously at Red Hat, heading up that the Fedora open source project, incl...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

BlackLine Names CTO

Los Angeles-based BlackLine, which develops financial balance sheet and account reconciliation software-as-a-service, continued to expand out its executive team, saying today that it has named Justin Newton as its Chief Technology Officer.N...

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Friday, November 4, 2011

SRS Labs Names Accounting Head

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, the developer of surround sound and other audio technology, said this morning that it has named Maria Oppegard its Chief Accounting Officer. Oppegard was previously Corporate Controller at the company, and has been...

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Arrowhead Research Names Chief Business Officer

Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research has named a new Chief Business Officer, the company announced this morning. Arrowhead said it hs named Brendan P. Rae, Ph.D., J.D, to the position, to lead the firm's licensing and business development effo...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Idealab Boosts Team

Pasadena-based Idealab, the startup business incubator founded by Bill Gross, announced this morning that it has added Andy Steuer to its team. The firm said Steuer will work on new company creation, particularly in the new mobile applicati...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Emulex Installs International Operations VP

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said today that it has named Adam Winkelmann as its Vice President of International operations. Emulex said Winkelmann will be responsible for all of its overseas operations, plus sales and marketing in Europe, the M...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

iRise Names Advisor

El Seguno-based iRise, which develops enterprise software visualization products, said Tuesday that it has named Bryan MacDonald to its board of advisors. MacDonald was formerly a Regional Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, and also ...

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Illumina Names Medical Head

San Diego-based Illumina, the developer of life science tools and systems, said this morning that it has named Dr. Daniel S. Grosu, M.D., as its Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Grosu was previously at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a...

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Arrowhead Research Names COO

Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research, which develops biotherapeutics and other technology, announced today that it has named Bruce Given, M.D., as its Chief Operating Officer. Given was previously CEO of Leonardo Biosystems, and also has been ...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Virgin Galactic Hires First Pilot

Mojave-based Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight operation being launched by Richard Branson, said today it has hired its first, official pilot for its commercial operations. The firm said it interviewed more than 500 applicants to ...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Solarflare Appoints Finance VP

Irvine-based Solarflare, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking adapters, said Tuesday that it has expanded its executive ranks with a new Vice President of Finance. The firm said that Mary Jane Abalos will serve in the position, hea...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rubicon Project Names VPs

Los Angeles-based the Rubicon Project, the online ad optimization service for online publishers, said today that it has named Jay Sears as SVP Marketplace Development, and Jeremy Fain as Vice President Client Services. Sears was most recent...

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Awarepoint Expands With Four Execs

San Diego-based Awarepoint, which develops systems for tracking equipment and patients in hospitals, reported today that it has hired four new executives onto its management team. The firm said it has named Merrie Wallace as Executive Vice ...

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Monday, October 24, 2011

SRS Labs Names CFO

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, the developer of surround sound and audio processing technology, announced this morning that it has named Walter J. McBride as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. McBride joins the company from Synthetic Genomi...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

MRV Communications Shuffles Board

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, the developer of optical transport and other networking components, said Thursday afternoon that its current Chairman, Dr. Ken Shubin Stein, has resigned from the board, and has been replaced by current ...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

RealD Names Operations VP

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said today that it has named Leo Bannon as its Executive Vice President, Global Operations. Bannon was most recently at Arisawa Manufacturing Co., and had previously ...

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Mindspeed Hires Broadcom Vet As CFO

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed reported Monday afternoon that it has hired Stephen N. Ananias as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ananias joins the company from Broadcom, where he was most recently Controller of tha...

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Monday, October 17, 2011

GraphEffect Names President

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, the provider of Facebook and social media marketing services, said over the weekend that it has hired Stephano Kim as its President and GM, New York. Kim was previously COO and President of [x+1], and was a c...

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Monday, October 17, 2011

DriveCam Snags CIO From Sony

San Diego-based DriveCam, which develops driver monitoring systems for commercial vehicles, reported today that it has named Drew Martingas its Chief Informatoin officer. Martin was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Information ...

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Acacia Taps Broadcom Vet As New VP

Newport Beach-based Acacia Research, the patent portfolio and licensing firm, said today that it has named David Rosmann as Senior Vice President. Rosmann has previously served as Vice President, Intellectual Property Litigation at Broadcom...

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Amgen Expands Board

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said Thursday evening that it has added Robert A. Bradway, the firm's current President and Chief Operating Officer, to the company's board. According to Amgen, the addition of Bradway brings its total board member...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Finds CEO

Laguna Niguel-based Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, a developer of treatments for hemophilia, announced today that it has appointed John P. Butler as its new CEO. Butler replaces current CEO Michael Griffith, who becomes Chief Scientific Of...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Netlist Boosts Board With Venture Capital Vet

Irvine-based Netlist, the developer of memory subsystems for the datacenter and high performance computing market, said today that it has added Claude Leglise to its board of directors. Leglise is the co-founder of ClearSpot Energy, a solar...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Medsphere Names Sales, Marketing VP

Carlsbad-based Medsphere Systems, which develops open source healthcare software, said today that it has named John Bright as Vice President of Sales and marketing. Bright joins the company from Henry Schein Medical Systems, and also has se...

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ReShape Medical Names CEO

San Clemente-based ReShape Medical, a developer of a non-surgical weight loss device, said today that it has named Richard Thompson as the firm's president and CEO. Thompson was previously founder, president, and CEO of Luminous Medical, an...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Awareness Technologies Boosts Channel Sales Team

Los Angeles-based Awareness Technologies, a developer of security software aimed at preventing internal data leaks, said today that it has bolstered its channel sales effort with two executive hires. The firm said it has appointed Dean Galb...

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Specific Media Pares Staff As It Digests MySpace

Irvine-based Specific Media has cut a small amount of its staff, as it continues to absorb its buy of Los Angeles-based MySpace. Specific Media would not confirm the exact extent of its cuts, but reports say the cuts were less than 8 percen...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mission Ventures' Lee Departs For Stealth Startup

Jeff Lee, a senior associate at San Diego- and Los Angeles-based Mission Ventures, has quietly left the firm to head up a newly founded, stealth startup, according to Lee's LinkedIn profiles and bounced emails to his Mission Ventures addres...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

King.com Nabs Marketing Head

Los Angeles- and London-based King.com, the online casual and social games developer, is announcing today that it has named Alex Dale as its Chief Marketing Officer. Dale was previously at Microsoft, where he served as General Manager of it...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

King.com Nabs Marketing Head

Los Angeles- and London-based King.com, the online casual and social games developer, is announcing today that it has named Alex Dale as its Chief Marketing Officer. Dale was previously at Microsoft, where he served as General Manager of it...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Qualcomm Swizzles Latin American Execs

San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has named Rafael Steinhauser as its Senior Vice President of Qualcomm Latin America. Steinhauser has prevoiusly served at Acision and NextWave, as well as Cisco and Nortel. Steinhauser, who will b...

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Lantronix Names New CFO

Irvine-based Lantronix has named a new Chief Financial Officer, the company said Monday, naming Jeremy Whitaker to the position. Whitaker returns to the company from Mindspeed Technologies, where he had been Vice President and Corporate Con...

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Verdezyne Names CFO

Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, the venture backed producer of renewable chemical and fuels, announced today that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer. Verdezyne said Brian Conn has been named CFO, and Steve Jackson, the firm's current CFO ...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

DDi Loses CFO

Anaheim-based DDi Corp., a provider of electronic design, engineering, and manufacturing services, said this morning that it has lost its CFO, J. michael Dodson. The firm said DOdson resigned from his position, to accept a position as CFO o...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MobileCause Ups Funding By $3.2M, Hires VP

Los Angeles-based MobileCause, which operates mobile fundraising, CRM, and communications services for non-profits, revealed today that it has recently raised $3.2M in funding. According to MobileCause, the funding came through "several rou...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SOA Software Names VP

Los Angeles-based SOA Software, the developer of enterprise SOA software, announced today that it has tapped IBM vet Corey Scobie as its new Vice President Technology. Scobie was previously Chief Strategist for IBM's Appliance and Applicati...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spotlight Names Marketing Chief

Calabasas-based Spotlight, the developer of ticket management software-as-a-service, said today that it has appointed Richard Dym as its Chief Marketing Officer. Dym has previously been CMO of OpSource, and also served at AXIS-One, SiteSmit...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MediaTrust Names Cohn CEO

Los Angeles-based MediaTrust, the operator of a performance-based marketing and online advertising exchange, said this morning that it has named Keith Cohn as its new Chief Executive Officer. Cohn was most recently President and member of t...

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Friday, September 16, 2011

TrueCar Names CMO

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the publisher of real-time automotive pricing information headed by Scott Painter, said yesterday afternoon that it has appointed Todd Daum as Chief Marketing Officer. Daum joins TrueCar from Automoti.com, where ...

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Local.com Names Operations VP

Irvine-based Local.com, which operatea a network of local business directory and marketing sites, said today that it has named Bob Iguchi as Vice President of Operations at the company. Iguchi most recently ran his own high tech sales and s...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oversee Cuts Jobs

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, the operator of domain name and online marketing businesses, reported this morning that it has cut its workforce by 13 percent. According to the firm, the realignment is a part of a plan to address new growth ...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Central Desktop Names Product VP

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, the provider of cloud-based project and collaboration software, announced today that it has named Kristy McKnight as its Vice President of Products. McKnight joins the company from Telecommunications Systems,...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Patagonia Names E-Commerce VP

Ventura-based Patagonia, the outdoor clothing maker, said today that it has named a new, Vice President of Global E-Commerce. The firm said it has named Dmitri Siegel to the new position, directing its e-commerce strategices and internation...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

AnyMeeting Names VP

Huntington Beach-based AnyMeeting, the developer of a free web conferencing and webinar services, is announcing today that it has named David Gerken as Vice President of Business Development. Gerken was previously the founder of BuzzDash, a...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Mobile Roadie Snags Exec From Topspin Media

Los Angeles-based Mobile Roadie, the developer of branded mobile apps for celebrities, musicians, and brands, has snagged a VP away from fellow Los Angeles firm Topspin Media. According to Mobile Roadie, it has added Andrew Mains as its Chi...

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Zynx Health Appoints Two VPs

Los Angeles-based Zynx Health, the developer of clinical decision support software, said this week that it has named two VPs. The firm said Bill O'Connor, MD has been named Senior Vice President of Global Product Management and Marketing, a...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CitizenHawk Names Channel Sales Head

Aliso Viejo-based CitizenHawk, a provider of online brand protection and reputation management services, said today that it has hired on a channel sales head. The firm said it has named Edward F. Schandlbauer as Director of Channels at the ...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

ProfitLine Names Sales VP

San Diego-based ProfitLine, which provides outsourced telecom expense management services, said today that it has bolstered its sales execs, hiring Kip Quackenbush as Executive Vice President of Global Sales. Quackenbush joins from Red Cond...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Websense Loses CFO

San Diego-based Websense, the developer of web security software, said late Tuesday that CFO Arthur S. Locke II has resigned, and has been replaced by Michael A. Newman. According to the company, Locke resigned to return to Virginia with hi...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

LightPointe Wireless Expands In Europe

San Diego-based LightPointe Wireless, a developer free-space optical networking equipment, said Tuesday that it has expanded in Europe, and opened up a new office in France. The firm said it has hired Patrick Cardon as Director of Sales for...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Qualcomm Names European Exec

San Diego-based Qualcomm has appointed a new European exec saying today that Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach is the firm's new Senior Vice President of Global Business Operations in Europe. Qualcomm said Dr. Lauterbach will oversee the company's ...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Conexant Names New CFO

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems said this morning that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer. The maker of semiconductors said that it has named Carl Mills to the position, overseeing the firm's finance and administration activiti...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Uptake Medical Hires European GM

Tustin-based Uptake Medical, the developer of a minimally invasive treatment for severe emphysema, announced today that it has named Lloyd Mencinger as its European General Manager. Mencinger most recently served at Tenent Healthcare, and a...

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Report: Harrison Metal VC Heads To SoCal

A report today from CNN's Term Sheet says that a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Erik Rannala, is leaving Harrison Metal Venture Capital to set up a new venture capital fund in Southern California. According to the report, Rannala is set...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kofax Names VP

Irvine-based Kofax, the developer of document capture software, said this morning that it has named Phillip Jones as its new Vice President of Field Enablement. Jones has previously served at IBM and FileNet. Kofax said the new position wil...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Telcentris Boosts Sales Team

San Diego-based Telcentris, the operator of the VoxOx and VoxOx in Business voice-over-IP services, said last week that it has bolstered its sales team, hiring a new VP of Wholesale Sales. The firm said it has hired Mark Peterson to the new...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Newegg Names New CFO

City of Industry-based Newegg, the online electronics and technology retailer, said Tuesday that it has named Robert Bellack as the firm's new CFO. Bellack joins the firm from Zetabid.com, where he was founder and CEO. Bellack has also serv...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mindspeed Loses VP

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Mindspeed Technologies reported today that its Senior Vice President and General Manager, High-Performance Analog, Kurt F. Busch, has resigned. Reason for the resignation was not given by the company. ...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Specific Media Names New Marketing VP For MySpace

Irvine-based Specific Media is bolstering its marketing team for MySpace, the company announced today, and has appointed Al Dejewski as its new Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. Specific Media said Dejewski will head up marketing f...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Decision Sciences Names New CEO

San Diego-based Decision Sciences International announced this morning that it has named Dr. Stanton D. Sloane as its new President and CEO. Sloane was previously President and CEO of SRA International, and also has served at Lockheed Marti...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Atari Boosts Team in Los Angeles

Atari, the interactive entertainment and licensing firm which owns the rights to the various Atari games developed over the years, said this week that it has bolstered its executive staff in Los Angeles. The firm said it has named Robert Ma...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ClariPhy Names CEO

Irvine-based ClariPhy Communications, a developer of mixed-signal, digital signal processing (DSP) systems-on-a-chip, said today that it has named Nariman Yousefi as its new CEO and President. Yousefi is a Broadcom veteran, having served at...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sonos Adds Board Member, Sees $250M In Revenues This Year

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the maker of the user-friendly, multi-room music systems, has named former Microsoft Xbox executive Robbie Bach to its board, and is set to hit $250M in revenues this year. Bach was most recently President of Micr...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Z Microsystems Expands Execs

San Diego-based Z Microsystems, a developer of computers to the US military and defense industry, said today that it has named Richard Schmit as its CFO, Jason Wade as its Vice President of Product, and Randy Millar as Vice President of En...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Local.com Names Marketing VP

Irvine-based Local.com announced this morning that it has appointed Lori Chavez as its new Vice President of Marketing. Chavez joins the company from Westfield, the shopping mall developer. Chavez also has served at Jones Lang LaSalle, Elem...

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Friday, August 12, 2011

On-Ramp Wireless Taps Smart Grid Expert As Advisor

San Diego-based On-Ramp Wireless said this week that it has tapped a smart grid expert for its strategic advisory board. According to On-Ramp Wireless, it has added Jim Kelly, most recently Senior Vice President of Transmission & Distributi...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

eHarmony Taps Zynga Vet As New CEO

Santa Monica-based eHarmony, the online dating and matchmaking site, announced this morning that it has named Jeremy Verba as its new Chief Executive Officer. Verba joins the firm from Zynga, where he was founding General Manager of that fi...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Boingo Names Fandango's Davis To Board

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi network operator run by David Hagan, said today that Chuck Davis, the former CEO of Fandango, and EVP at Comcast Interactive Media, has joined the company's board of directors. Boingo said the ad...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cocodot Adds Jim Davis As CEO

Los Angeles-based Cocodot, the online greeting card firm founded by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, appears to have hired on Jim Davis as its new CEO. According to both the Facebook and LinkedIn profiles for Davis, he recently joined Cocodo...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Spotlight Bolsters Board

Calabasas-based Spotlight, which develops software-as-a-service for managing ticket management, said Monday that it has named a new member of its board. The firm said that Edwin Miller, CEO of 9Lenses, has joined the company's board of dire...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

AC Propulsion Names CFO

San Dimas-based AC Propulsion, which develops electric drives for the electric vehicle industry, said Monday that it has named Susan Hoyle as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Hoyle was most recently the firm's interim CFO. Ho...

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Names Research VP

Aliso Viejo-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals said today that it has named Dr. Joao Siffert as its Senior Vice President Research and Development. Siffert was previously VP and Chief Medical Officer at Ceregene, and has also served at Avera Phar...

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

SkinIt Rounds Out Exec Team After Private Equity Deal

San Diego-based SkinIt, the maker of protective "skins" for electronic devices, said today that it has expanded its leadership team. The firm--which is backed by ABS Capital Partners, said that Laura Christine is its EVP Consumer Group; Je...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cynvenio Biosystems Bolsters Board

Westlake Village-based Cynvenio Biosystems, a developer of medical diagnostics technology, said Wednesday that it has bolstered its board of directors with two appointments. According to Cynvenio, Amit Munshi and Simon Raab have joined the ...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

TrueCar Adds AutoNation COO To Board

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the online provider of new car pricing reports, announced today that it has added Mike Maroone, President and Chief Operating Officer of AutoNation, to the firm's board of directors. TrueCar said that AutoNation ...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Acacia Hires Two Execs

Newport Beach-based Acacia Research, the patent licensing firm, said this morning that it has hired on two new executives. The firm said it has hired Alfredo M. Lezama and Nathan Grossman as Vice Presidents of Business Development. Lezama w...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Telogis Names CFO

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis, the provider of route planning and fleet management software, announced today that it has named Kyle A. Messman as its Chief Financial officer. Messman has been at the firm for the last few years serving as VP of ...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CyberDefender's Guseinov Steps Down, Firm Chops Staff

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, the developer of Internet security software and remote technical support, said Tuesday that Chairman and CEO Gary Guseinov has resigned. Reason for the resignation was not disclosed, however, the firm said i...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Gamzee Snags Scholz As CTO

Los Angeles-based Gamzee, the HTML5 game development firm headed by Activision co-founder Howard Marks, has made a high profile hire, saying Monday night that it has hired on Michael Scholz as its CTO. Scholz was most recently at Los Angele...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

RealD Adds To Board

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie technology, said this morning that it has named Dave Habiger to its board of directors. Habinger was the President and CEO of Sonic Solutions, until its acquisition by Sonic Solutions in Fe...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Taps Ford Exec For President

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies has tapped a Ford Motor Company veteran for its President, the company announced this morning. Fallbrook, which makes transmission technology used in electric vehicles, said it ha appointed Al Kammerer...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Vitesse Names New CFO

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the high speed networking semiconductor firm, said this morning that it has named Martin S. McDermut as its Chief Financial Officer. McDermut was previously at financial advisory firm Avant Advisory Gr...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Toshiba America Medical Systems Names VP

Tustin-based Toshiba America Medical Systems, the provider of CT, X-ray and other medical diagnostics imaging equipment, said today that it has named Scott Goodwin as its Vice President of Sales. Goodwin joins the firm from Philips Healthca...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Oversee.net's Kupietzky To Depart Firm

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net said Friday that CEO and President Jeff Kupietzky is planning to depart the firm at the end of August. According to the online marketer and domain name management company, Kupietsky is relocating his family to ...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Move CFO Snagged By Yelp

Move, Inc., the parent firm of Realtor.com, said Thursday afternoon that its CFO, Rob Krolik, has resigned in order to become CFO of Yelp. Move--which is based in Campbell, California, but still has operations in Southern California, in Tho...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Virgin Galactic Names CFO

Pasadena-based Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight firm owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and its partners, said today that it has named Kenneth H. Sunshine as its CFO. Sunshine was previously CFO at MDA Information System...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Luxury Link Adds Travelocity Founder To Board

Los Angeles-based Luxury Link said Wednesday that it has added Terry Jones, the founder of Travelocity, to its board of directors. The firm provides online travel services geared at five star and other upscale hotels. Luxury Link is headed ...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Smith Micro Names Board Member

Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro Software, the developer of mobile and other applications, said today that it has re-appointed Gregory J. Szabo to its board of directors. Szabo is President and CEO of Ertek, Inc....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Smith Micro Names New Board Member

Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro, the developer of mobile applications software, said today that it has appointed Andy Arno to its board of directors. Arno is co-founder and Senior Advisor of Unterberg Capital. Arno has also served at Meeriman...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Emulex Says Folino To Transition To Board

Costa Mesa-based Emulex, the developer of storage and server networking hardware, said Tuesday that it Paul Folino, the firm's executive Chairman, will depart an active role at the company on November 29th, as part of a transition plan. Fol...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

CoreLogic Adds Folino To Board

Paul Folino, the executive chairman of Emulex, has just joined the board of directors of Santa Ana-based CoreLogic. CoreLogic announced the appointment Thursday. Folino also sits on the board of Microsemi, in additinon to his role at Emulex...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Local.com Names Sales VP

Irvine-based Local.com, the operator of a network of local business search and directory sites, announced this morning that it has appointed Tullio Siragusa as its new Senior Vice President, Sales. Siragusa joins the firm from Ansearch ltd....

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

MIR3 Adds Solutions Exec

San Diego-based MIR3, a supplier of notification and communications software for the IT and business continuity market, said today that it has named Ann Pickren as its Vice President of Solutions. Pickren was most recently an EVP at Firesto...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Search Agency Names Asia-Pacific CEO

Santa Moncia-based The Search Agency, the search engine marketing firm headed by David Hughes, said this morning that it has named a CEO of its Asia=Pacific operations. The company said it has named Matt Kain as head of its Asia-Pacific ope...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

BeyondTrust Names Engineering VP

Carlsbad-based BeyondTrust, a developer of enterprise security software, said Friday that it has named Geoff Charron as Vice President of Engineering. Charron was most recently at CA Technologies, leading CA's India Technology Center, and p...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Naviscan Bolsters Board

San Diego-based Naviscan, the developer of 3D medical imaging technology, said today that it has added Andre Cheng, M.D., Ph.D., to its board of directors. Cheng has previously served as VP of Medical Affairs and Reimbursement at Acclarent,...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lead360 Finds CFO

Los Angeles-based Leads360, the developer of sales lead management software, said today that it has named Darian Hong as its Chief Financial Officer. Hong was most recently CFO of AT&T Interactive. Hong also has served at Spirent Communicat...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BetterWorks Taps Nicole Jordan For Communications Head

Santa Monica-based BetterWorks, the employee fringe benefits services provider headed by Paige Craig, has tapped LA technology advocate Nicole Jordan as its head of Communications. BetterWorks said Tuesday afternoon that Jordan will serve a...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Qualcomm Names CTO

San Diego-based Qualcomm has named a new CTO today, saying that it has appointed Matt Grob as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Grob has been at Qualcomm since 1991, and was previously leading corporate R&D and managing...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Kite Pharma Names Scientific Officer

Los Angeles-based Kite Pharma, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on cancer treatments, announced this morning that it has appointed Adrian Bot, M.D., Ph.D., as its Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Bot joins the company from MannKind Corp., whe...

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

RF Industries Names President

San Diego-based RF Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of RF connectors, cable assemblies, medical cabling, and other products, said today that it has appointed James Doss to the additional position of President. Doss is currently CF...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

MaxLinear Names VP and GM

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency (RF) and mixed signal integrated circuits, said today that it has named Brian J. Sprague as its Vice president and General Manager, Broadband and Consumer Products. Sprague has serv...

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Xirrus Names New Marketing Head

Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus, the developer of wireless networking equipment, said today that it has named Steven Wastie as its Chief Marketing Officer. Wastie has previously served in similar roles at iPass, Juniper Networks, Inktomi, Netsca...

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Nirvanix Grabs Google Exec

San Diego-based Nirvanix, the developer of cloud storage services, has snagged Google's former Head of Global Data Center Infrastructure, the firm said today. Nirvanix said it has appointed Paul Froutan as its Chief Technology Officer, repo...

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Friday, June 24, 2011

MarketShare Adds Analytics VP

Los Angeles-based MarketShare, the provider of predictive marketing analytics software, said Friday that it has named Dirk Beher, Ph.D. as its SVP of Analytics and Modeling. Beyer joins the firm from DemandTec, and has also served at M-Fact...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Emulex Adds Board Member

Costa Mesa-based Emulex, the developer of storage networking hardware, said this morning that it has named Nersi Nazari to its board of directors. Nazari is Executive Chairman of Vigilo Networks, Inc., and was founder of investment firm Pac...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CyberDefender Snags VP From ReachLocal

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, the developer of Internet security software and provider of technical support, said today that it has snagged a Kamran Izadpanah as its new Senior Vice President of Technology. Izadpanah was most recently Vi...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MindJolt Names Mobile Development Head

Los Angeles-based MindJolt, the social gaming firm headed by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, announced this morning that it has hired Ulf Waschbusch as head of its internal social mobile game development. Ulf was most recently Chief P...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

OnGreen Names CTO

Pasadena-based OnGreen, the clean technology, funding marketplace headed by Nikhil Jain, said this week that it has named Mark Richards as its Chief Technology Officer. Richards was most recently Vice President of Technical Operations at Fo...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Local.com Names Product VP

Irvine-based Local.com announced this morning that it has expanded its executive staff, hiring Mark Wallin as its new Vice President, Product Development. Wallin joins the company from Sanger Ventures, and also previously served at Jacent T...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Local.com Names Product VP

Irvine-based Local.com announced this morning that it has expanded its executive staff, hiring Mark Wallin as its new Vice President, Product Development. Wallin joins the company from Sanger Ventures, and also previously served at Jacent T...

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Namesake Bolsters Technical Team

West Hollywood-based Namesake, the real-time, conversation and community site founded by Brian Norgard and Daniel Gould, has started expanding its team, saying today that it has hired Jeff Potter to head up development and operations at the...

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Leap Adds Two Directors

San Diego-based Leap Wireless International, the firm which operates the Cricket mobile phone service, said Friday that it has nominated two new directors to its board. The firm said it has nominated Paula Kruger and Mark A. Leavitt to its ...

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Esri Appoints Chief Scientist

Redland-based Esri, the developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, said yesterday that it has named Dawn J. Wright as its Chief Scientist. Wright is professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. Esri sa...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tecca Bolsters Board, Executives

Venice, California-based Tecca, the online and mobile, consumer information and review service backed by Best Buy, said today that it has bolstered its board and added a slew of executives to the company. The firm said it has added Rich Bat...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Achates Power Adds CTO

San Diego-based Achates Power, the developer of improved internal combustion engine technology, said today that it has named John Koszewnik as Chief Technical Officer. Koszewnik was previously at FEV, and also served at Ford Motor for rough...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Synthetic Genomics Names CFO

La Jolla-based Synthetic Genomics, which is using genomics to develop biofuels and other synthetic genomic technology, said Wednesday that it has named Joseph Mahler as its Chief Financial Officer. The firm, which is led by genomics pioneer...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

King.com Snags VP From Bebo

Los Angeles-based social and casual games firm King.com said today that it has bolstered its executive team, adding Mark Charkin as Executive Vice President of Global Business Development and Ad Sales. Charkin is based in King.com's London ...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gaikai Appoints VP

Los Angeles-based game streaming technology firm Gaikai announced today that it has named K. Wayne Peacock as its Senior VP, Business Intelligence. Peacock has previously served at such firms as Teradata, Netflix, and Capital one. Gaikai de...

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Cornerstone OnDemand Names VP

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of talent management and employee training software, said today that it has named Jason Corsello as its Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy. Cornerstone OnDemand said t...

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Monday, June 13, 2011

CitzenHawk Names Pullen Chairman

Aliso Viejo-based CitizenHawk, a provider of brand and online reputation protection services, said this morning that it has named Jeffrey A. Pullen as Chairman of its Board. Pullen is the CEO of AudienceScience, a provider of audience targe...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Xirrus Names Latin America VP

Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus, the developer of wireless networking hardware, announced this morning that it has appointed Adriano Lima as its new Regional Vice President for its Latin America Region. The company, which makes switched, wireles...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cie Games Names COO

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the social games developer behind Car Town for Facebook, said today that it has named Carey D'Souza as its new Chief Operating Officer. D'Souza was most recently at online games maker Nexon America, and also has ...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Entropic Names Two VPs

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, the developer of home networking semiconductors, said yesterday that it has named two new VPs. The firm said it has named Rick Morris as Vice President of Software, Systems, and Integration test, and...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Altly Reveals Seed Investors

Venice-based Altly, the startup headed by Dmitry Shapiro which is developing an alternative to Facebook, has revealed the full list of its seed funding investors today, saying that it raised $1M in funding from Freestyle Capital, Social Lev...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Savings.com Hires Two

Santa Monica-based Savings.com, the online coupon site run by Loren Bendele, announced this morning that it has named Brian Lee as Head of Consumer Experience, and Meghan Stuyvenberg as head of Public Relations and Community Management. The...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Local.com Boosts Management Team

Irvine-based Local.com has bolstered its executive ranks this morning, saying that it has named Rob Luskey as Vice President of Business Development, and Steven Dong as Vice President of Finance. Laskey was most recently Local.com's Senior ...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Altly Posts Anti-Facebook Manifesto, Gets Funding

Los Angeles-based Altly, the latest startup of Dmitry Shapiro, the founder of Veoh and former CTO of MySpace Music, has officially thrown down the gauntlet, saying in a blog post this week that it there is a need for an alternative to Faceb...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Break Media Taps Doyle, Subar as CFO, CTO

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video and content publisher headed by Keith Richman, said today that it has tapped Andrew Doyle as its Chief Financial Officer, and David Subar as Chief Technology Officer. Subar was most recently C...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nirvanix Names Channel VP

San Diego-based Nirvanix, the enterprise cloud storage firm, said today that it has named Tracey Halama as its Vice President of Worldwide Channels. Halama has previously served as Director of Channel Sales at CommVault, and also was at EMC...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

mobileStorm Adds New Execs

Los Angeles-based mobilStorm, the provider of mobile and email messaging services, announced today that it has added three new executives. The firm said it has added Gary Holderby as Vice President of Client Services, Joseph Shavit, as Vice...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

SRS Labs Promotes VP

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, which develops surround sound and other audio technology, reported today that it has named Bob Lyle as Vice President, Mobile Solutions Group. Lyle was most recently managing Director of Global Business Development...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Aperio Adds To Board

Vista-based Aperio, which develops digital pathology equipment, said Thursday that it has named Thomas Bologna to its board of directors. Bologna is President and CEO of Orchid Cellmark, a provider of DNA identity testing services. Bologna ...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Geni Bolsters Team, Names CTO, Engineering VP

West Hollywood-based Geni, the online family tree and family history service, said Thursday that it has promoted a number of employees, including naming two executives. Geni said it has named Justin Balthrop as its Chief Technology Officer,...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Topanga Technologies Names Engineering VP

Los Angeles-based Topanga Technologies, the developer of solid state, plasma lighting products, said Wednesday that it has added Gregg Hollingsworth as its Vice President of Engineering. Hollingsworth was previously VP of Product Developmen...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Demand Media Names Investor Relations Head

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has hired on an investor relations head, the company announced today. Demand Media said it has appointed Julie MacMedan as its Vice President, Investor Relations, reporting to CFO Charles Hilliard. MacMedan j...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Maxwell Technologies Names New Chairman

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies, the developer of energy storage products, said today that it has named Mark S. Rossi as its Chairman of the board. Rossi is a Senior Managing Director at Cornerstone Equity Investors, a private equity f...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Active Storage Names New CEO

Torrance-based Active Storage, which develops storage devices aimed at the Mac and broadcast media market, said today that it has named Steve Rizzone as its Chief Executive Officer. The firm said that Rizzone succeeds Alex Grossman, who wil...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

AwarePoint Names VPs

San Diego-based AwarePoint said Monday that it has named two executives. The firm said it has named Ralph Keiser as Executive Vice President of Sales, and Jaime Ojeda as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Keiser...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Demand Media Names Kirby As Mobile Head

Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced today that it has named Michael Kirby as head of its mobile efforts. Kirby has been appointed SVP & GM, Mobile, to lead the company's mobile strategy. Kirby joins Demand Media from GOGII, where he w...

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Idealab Adds Lin As EIR

Pasadena-based Idealab is adding Harry Lin, the past CEO and President of Taaz, as an Executive In Residence. Lin said the move came to allow him to be closer to his family, due to the long commute from LA to San Diego. Lin has also been CE...

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Demand Media Names eNom Head

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has appointed a new head of its eNom domain name registration services group, the firm said today. Demand Media said it has promoted Taryn Naidu to EVP and General Manager, eNom. Naidu was previously Senior V...

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Local.com Names New COO

Irvine-based Local.com, the online local search publisher, said Wednesday that it has named Michael Sawtell as the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Sawtell replaces Bruce Crair, who the firm said is leaving the firm to pursue other opportuni...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SpaceX Names CFO

Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the commercial rocket and space exploration firm headed by Elon Musk, said today that it has named Bret Johnsen as its new Chief Financial Officer. Johnsen was previously SVP and CFO ...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

iRise Snags SAP Exec

El Segundo-based iRise, which develops enterprise software visualization tools, said today that it has named Ed Lange, former Global Chief Customer Officer for SAP, as a strategic consultant and member of its board of advisors. Lange served...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

PURE Bioscience Names VP

San Diego-based PURE Bioscience, a developer of antimicrobial compounds, announced today that it has named tom Myers as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Myers has previously served at Idaho Milk Products, and also served at We...

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Broadcom's Samueli Re-Joins Board

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom announced this morning that it has bolstered its board, with co-founder Henry Samueli and Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe joining the company's board. Samueli has previously served on the ...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vitesse CFO To Retire

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the maker of high speed networking ICs, said Thursday that Richard C. Yonker, its Chief Financial officer, is retiring. The firm said Yonker will remain in the position until a successor is found. Yonk...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

FindTheBest Snags Google, DoubleClick Vet As President

Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest.com, the online comparison site headed by DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, has turned to a Google and DoubleClick vet to serve as President. The firm said that Rabin Yaghoubi, who previously launched and l...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

QAD Names CTO

Santa Barbara-based QAD, the developer of manufacturing resource management software, announced today that it has appointed Tony J. Winter as the firm's Chief Technology Officer. Winter has been at QAD since 1999, when he joined QAD Global ...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Contour Energy Names Advisory Board

Azusa-based Contour Energy, the advanced battery company backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris, Schlumberger and US Venture Partners, said today that it has formed a new Scientific Advisory Board. The firm said it has added Dr. Robert G...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

THQ Names Communications Exec

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ said Tuesday that it has named Angela Emery as the firm's Vice President of Corporate Communications. Emery joins the firm from Disney Interactive Studios. Emery also has served at such firms as Fox In...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Leads360 Names Hedges CEO

Los Angeles-based Leads360, the developer of sales lead management software, said today that it has named Nick Hedges and President and Chief Executive Officer. Hedges has been at Leads360 since 2008. According to the firm, Hedges replaces ...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Nirvanix Names VP

San Diego-based Nirvanix, the provider of cloud storage services, said this morning that it has appointed Karen Sigman as its new Vice President, OEM and Alliances. Sigman joins the firm from QLogic, and has also served at Hitachi Data Syst...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Life Technologies Adds Board Member

Carlsbad-based Life Technologies, the developer of life sciences analysis equipment, said last week that it has named Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz to its board of directors. Pescovitz is Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Health S...

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Friday, April 29, 2011

AudioMicro Partners With Microsoft On Music, Sound Effects

Los Angeles-based AudioMicro, the startup headed by Ryan Born, said Friday morning that it has partnered with Microsoft. According to the company, it will provide Office.com users with music and sound effects for their projects. Financial d...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

BirchStreet Systems Names Sales VP

Newport Beach-based BirchStreet Systems, a developer of software used for electronic procurement, said Wednesday that it has named Bill Hirsch as Vice President of Sales, North America. Hirsch has previously served at BuyEfficient, Choice H...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Service-now.com Names Slootman CEO

San Diego-based Service-now.com, a provider of It management software-as-a-service, said Tuesday that it has named Frank Slootman as CEO. Founder Fred Luddy becomes Chief Product Officer. Slootman was the CEO of Data Domain, having taken th...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

StockTwits Names COO

San Diego-based StockTwits, the online social media service focused on trading stock tips and information, has named Francisc Costello as Chief Operating Officer. Costello was most recently COO at Veoh Networks, and has also served at Akoni...

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Greycroft Hires Bricault In LA

Venture capital firm Greycroft Partners is bolstering its presence in the Los Angeles area, saying this morning that it has added Paul Bricault, former an EVP at William Morris Agency, as a Venture Partner in its Los Angeles office. Bricaul...

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Monday, April 25, 2011

QLogic Snags New CFO From Conexant

Aliso Viejo-based QLogic, the developer of high speed, storage networking switches, adapters, and ASICs, said today that it has named Jean Hu as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Hu was most recently Senior Vice President, ...

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Bolsters Advisors

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies said today that it has added two former auto executives to its transportation advisory board. Fallbrook said it has added Neil Ressler, former former Vice President for Research and Vehicle Technology ...

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Emulex Takes Vice Chair At FCIA

Costa Mesa-based Fibre Channel networking equipment maker Emulex said Thursday that it has taken the Vice Chair position at the Fibre Channel Industry Association. Emulex said that Mark Jones, its director of technical marketing at the comp...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Altly, Dmitry Shapiro's New Startup, To Take On Facebook

Dmitry Shapiro, the founder of Veoh and most recently the CTO of MySpace Music, is looking to build an alternative to Facebook at his new startup, Altly. The stealth mode startup has yet to detail its plans, however, Shapiro gave a hint of ...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cyber-Rain Names Chief Revenue Officer

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, the venture backed maker of a smart, Internet-connected sprinkler control system, has named Ben Jamison as its Chief Revenue Officer. The firm, which is backed by DeWaay Investment Partners, Athenian Venture Partner...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

DFJ Mercury Promotes Venture Partner In San Diego

DFJ Mercury, one of the affiliate venture firms of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said Tuesday that it has promoted a venture partner who will be splitting his time between La Jolla and Houston, its headquarters. The firm--which invests in seed a...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Goldstar Adds Coffin, Moriarty, Harris As Advisors

Los Angeles-based Goldstar, the half price ticketing and event promotion service, has tapped Matt Coffin, Sean Moriarty, and Neil Patrick Harris as advisors, the company said Tuesday. Coffin is the former founder of LowerMyBills.com, and is...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mindspeed Loses CFO

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies announced this morning that it Chief Financial officer, Bret W. Johnsen, has resigned. According to the firm, Kristen M. Schmidt, currently Executive Director, Finance, has been...

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Regulus Therapeutics Names Chief Scientific Officer

La Jolla-based Regulus Therapeutics, a biopharmaceuticals firm developing microRNA-based medicines, said this morning that it has named Neil W. Gibson as its Chief Scientific Officer. Gibson joins the firm from PFizer, and previously has se...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Demand Media Hands Out Big Bonuses

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publishing empire of Richard Rosenblatt, has handed out some big bonuses to executives, three months after the firm's successful IPO. According to a regulatory filing from the firm, uncove...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Adconion Names Wiseman North American COO

Adconion Media Group, the online advertising network firm which has its North American headquarters in Santa Monica, said today that it has named Bruce Wiseman as Chief Operating Officer for North America. Wiseman was most recently EVP and ...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

FutureLogic Bolsters South American Presence

Glendale-based FutureLogic, a supplier of thermal printers and technology, said yesterday that it has expanded in South America. The firm named Emilio Machado as head of New Business Development in South America as part of the move. FutureL...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

LiveOffice Names CFO

Torrance-based LiveOffice, the provider of cloud-based email archiving and compliance services, said today that it has named Matt Hardy as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. Hardy has previously served at Digital Insight and Credit Sui...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

NanoH2O Bolsters Execs

Los Angeles-based NanoH2O, the clean technology startup developing reverse osmosis membranes for water desalination, announced this morning that it has hired Randy Truber as Director of Global Sales Strategies. The firm, which is headed by ...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

GreenScreen Animals Gets Funding, Hires PriceGrabber Exec

Los Angeles-based GreenScreen Animals, a firm developing a library of digital animal footage and stills for Hollywood, announced this morning that it has received a Series A funding round. Size and source of the funding was not announced. A...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

AWR Expands In China

El Segundo-based AWR, the developer of high frequency, electronic design automation (EDA) software, said today that it has opened up a new office in China. The firm said the office, its third in Asia, will provide direct sales and support. ...

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

SDVG Taps Windward's Titus As Full Time President

The San Diego Venture Group said this week that it has tapped David Titus, co-founder of venture capital firm Windward Ventures, as full time President of the organization. According to the SDVG, Titus will lead the group in a "new level of...

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Anametrix Adds Investor

San Diego-based Anametrix, a developer of business analytics and marketing intelligence software-as-a-service, announced this morning that it has added an investor. The firm said it has received an investment from Walter G. Kortschak, forme...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

GOGII Hires Away MySpace Exec

Los Angeles-based GOGII, the venture backed provider of mobile social messaging services, has snagged MySpace exec Chandra Hill as its new Vice President of Monetization and Publishing. Hill was most recently VP of Mobile Monetization at My...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jirbo Names CEO

Santa Monica-based Jirbo, a developer of mobile applications for the iPhone, said this morning that it has named Will Kassoy as its new Chief Executive Officer. Kassoy was most recently at Activision Blizzard, where he had served in a numbe...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Moriarty Joins Triton Media Group Board

Sean Moriarty, formerly the CEO of Ticketmaster, and currently Entrepreneur in Residence for venture capital firm Mayfield Fund, has joined the board of Los Angeles-based Triton Media Group. Triton is a provider of digital services and tool...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Katzenberg Joins Board At Zynga

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation, has joined social game maker Zynga's board of directors, Zynga said Monday. Zynga is the maker of Farmville, the very popular Facebook game, along with many other titles. ...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

StockTwits Hires Two

San Diego- and New York-based StockTwits, the online social media site focused on stocks and finance, announced today that it has hired two VPs. The firm said it has hired Chris Bullock as Vice President of Corporate Services, and David Put...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

ValueClick Names New GM For Mediaplex

Westlake Village-based ValueClick, the online advertising firm, said today that it has named David A. Yovanno as its new General Manager for its Mediaplex division. Yovanno was most recently CEO of Gigya. Yovanna had previously been at Valu...

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Magnetecs Names CFO

Inglewood-based Magnetecs, a designer of robotic catherization control systems for minimally invasive surgery, announced today that it has named Clive Zickel as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. Zickel has previously served at JPMorga...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Specific Media Appoints Bordages General Counsel

Irvine-based Specific Media, the online advertising network run by Tim Vanderhook, announced today that it has named Drew Bordages as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Bordages joins the company from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Sp...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

FastSoft Names New Marketing VP

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the developer of content acceleration software and appliances, said today that it has named Jerry Hall as Vice President of Marketing at the firm. Hall was most recently a consultant at Forge Strategic Marketing, an...

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Friday, March 25, 2011

ThisNext Adds MySpace's Jones To Board

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, the women's social shopping site run by Matt Edelman, said today that it has added Mike Jones, the CEO of MySpace, to its board of directors. Jones also sits on the boards of Docstoc, GumGum, MoVoxx, and others...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

CitizenGlobal Lands Wiki Inventor As CTO

Venice-based CitizenGlobal, a startup working on crowd-sourced video content, has landed the inventor of the web wiki as Chief Technology Officer. Ward Cunningham, who is known for his creation of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, which...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

CrowdGather Names Taher Scherzay As VP

Woodland Hills-based CrowdGatehr, which operates a network of special interest message boards and forums, announced Thursday that it has named Taher Scherzay as Vice President of Technology. CrowdGather said Scherzay joins from Elexity Syst...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rubicon Project Names Three Execs

Los Angeles-based online advertising firm Rubicon Project announced this morning that it has hired three new executives. According to the company, it has named Nick Hulse as Chief Revenue Officer, Bill Harries as Vice President of Sales Ope...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Savings.com Names Swalla COO

Santa Monica-based Savings.com, the online coupon site run by Loren Bendele, announced today that it has added Thomas Swalla as Chief Operating Officer at the firm. Swalla was most recently at Lagovent Ventures, where he was an EIR. Swalla ...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ID Analytics Boosts Team

San Diego-based ID Analytics, a provider of consumer risk management tools for companies, said today that it has added three senior executives to its team. The firm said it has named Steven Seoane as Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, ...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Interview with Kevin Covert, Covert & Co.

Yesterday, Kevin Covert, formerly one of the co-founders of Montgomery & Co., announced he had formally launched Los Angeles-based Covert & Co. (www.covertandco.com). Montgomery & Co. has had a fairly significant connection to the market ...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

MaxLinear Adds Board Member

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits, said this morning that it has named Steven C. Craddock to its board of directors. Craddock has previously been at Comcast and a Senior Vice Pre...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Former Monty Banker Kevin Covert Launches Investment Bank

Kevin Covert, one of the co-founders of investment bank Montgomery & Co., said today that he has officially launched his Los Angeles-based investment bank Covert & Co.. Covert was previously head of Montgomery's Technology and Media Groups....

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Monday, March 21, 2011

QAD Names Two VPs

Santa Barbara-based QAD, which develops manufacturing resource management software, said today that it has named two VPs. The company appointed Anton Chilton as Senior Vice President Global Services, and Michael Blough to Senior Vice Presid...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Powerwave Technologies Names Board Member

Santa Ana-based Powerwave Technologies, a provider of wireless antenna, base station, and other related products, said this morning that it has added Richard Burns as a member of its board. Burns is currently a senior advisor for McKinsey &...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

GenMark Diagnostics Appoints CFO

Carlsbad-based GenMark Diagnostics, a developer of molecular diagnostic systems, said Thursday that Paul Ross has been appointed as its Chief Financial Officer. Ross joins from Teledata Technology Solutions, and also has been at Meade Instr...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Disney Interactive Snags SVP From Yahoo

Burbank-based Disney Interactive Media Group announced yesterday that it has named Mark L. Walker as Senior Vice President of Disney.com. Walker joins the firm from Yahoo! News and information, where he headed up the online news site. Walk...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Break Adds Greg Siegel As SVP

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online publisher of video content, announced this morning that it has added Greg Siegel as its Senior Vice President, Entertainment Development. Siegel was most recently founder and CEO of VidMe, and also ...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

X Prize Foundation Adds James Cameron To Board

Playa Vista-based X PRIZE Foundation, the group which runs the prize-based innovation competitions, said this week that it has added filmmaker James Cameron to its Board of Trustees. The group--which was behind the Ansari X Prize, which spu...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

On-Ramp Wireless Adds Viterbi As Advisor

San Diego-based On-Ramp Wireless, a developer of wireless networking technology for device communications, said today that it has added Qualcomm co-founder Andrew Viterbi to its Strategic Advisory Board. Viterbi was co-founder of Qualcomm, ...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

LiveOffice Names COO

Torrance-based LiveOffice, which provides cloud-based email archiving and compliance software, announced today that it has named Jeffrey W. Hausman as its Chief Operating Officer. Hausman was most recently at HP, where he was leading the fi...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Entropic Names Chinese GM

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, the developer of home networking and entertainment semiconductors, said Monday that it has named a Vice President and General Manager of its China operations. Entropic said it has named Tom Luan to t...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

GameSalad Finds New CEO

Los Angeles-based GameSalad, the developer of software which makes it easy to create iPhone and other iOS games, has named Steve Felter as the new CEO of the company. Felter joins the firm from Disney. Felter previously was COO and CFO of D...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Anthony Batt Heads To Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst

Anthony Batt, the founder and Chief Creative Officer of BUZZmedia, has joined Katalyst, the digital media studio founded by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. Katalyst said that Batt will lead the Katalyst team as President, and will help c...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

OpenX Snags Chauhan As General Manager

Pasadena-based OpenX Technologies announced this morning that it has named Raj Chauhan as its General Manager of its Publisher Business. Chauhan comes from the Rubicon Project, and was co-founder of ad networks Banner Brokers and ClickAgent...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Myricom Names New Sales VP

Arcadia-based Myricom, the developer of low latency, 10 Gigabit Ethernet clustering products for the high performance computing (HPC) market, said Monday that it has named Mike McPherson as the firm's new Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Mc...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

SG Biofuels Expands Into India

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, the developer of biofuels crop seed based on Jatropha, announced this morning that it has expanded its operations into India. SG Biofuels said that it will be developing multiple center to test and adapt hybrid ...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

ShowUhow Names Marketing VP

San Diego-based ShowUhow, the developer of video product guides for e-commerce sites, said today that it has named Anthony 'Tony' Wyatt as its EVP Sales and Marketing. Wyatt joins the firm from Indyme Solutions. ShowUhow provides a service ...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Uptake Medical Bolsters Board

Irvine-based Uptake Medical, a developer of non-surgical treatments for lung disease, said today that it has named Scott Huennekens to its board. Huennekens is President and CEO of Volcano Corporation, and also has served at Digirad Corpora...

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Tech Coast Angels Names Napoli Chairman

The Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment group in Southern California, officially announced that Mike Napoli has taken the position of Chairman at the firm today. Napoli has been a member since 2000, and replaces Richard Sudek. N...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MarketShare Expands Internationally

Los Angeles-based MarketShare, the provider of marketing analytics run by Wes Nichols, said this week that it has expanded its international operations in both the EMEA and Japan. MarketShare said it appointed Jeanette Carlsson as EVP and M...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

United Online Names Classmates Head

Woodland Hills-based United Online has named a new head of its Classmates division, the firm said this morning. United Online said it has appointed Harold Zeitz as President of Classmates, reporting to CEO Mark R. Goldston. Zeitz was most r...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Orexigen Therapeutics Loses CFO

San Diego-based Orexigen Therapeutics announced this morning that its CFO, Graham Cooper, is resigning from the firm. The company said that Cooper is resigning for personal reasons, and partially because he has been commuting from the San F...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Demand Media Names GM For typeF.com

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has named Lisa Kraynak as head of the firm's new fashion web site, typeF.com, which it is launching with Tyra Banks. Kraynak was most recently SVP of Digital Media for NBC Unviersal, and also has served at Vi...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Specific Media Bolsters Advisory Board

Irvine-based Specific Media, which operates an Internet advertising network, announced today that it has added three new members to its advisory board. The firm said it has added Larry Goodman, Bill Burke, and Ed McCarrick as advisors to it...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SVnetwork Names Marketing Head

Los Angeles-based SVnetwork (SocialVibe) said today that it has named Larry Lieberman as Chief Marketing Officer at the social advertising firm. Lieberman has previously served at firms Aniboom, Virgin Comics, Virgin Animation, Comedy Centr...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

DataDirect Networks Snags HP Vet

Chatsworth-based DataDirect Networks, the developer of storage arrays led by Alex Bouzari, said today that it has added former HP Fellow and Information Optimization CTO Jean-Luc Chatelain as its EVP Strategy and Technology. DataDirect said...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Names Paisley CFO

Los Angeles-based Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., the provider of business credit information firm headed by Jeffrey Stibel, the prior President and CEO of Web.com and GM of United Online, said today that it has hired Sam Paisley as CFO...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Conatus Pharmaceuticals Raises $20M

San Diego-based Conatus Pharmaceuticals said Friday afternoon that it has closed a $20M, Series B funding round. The firm, which is developing treatments for Hepatitis C, said the funding was led by AgeChem Venture Fund, and also included A...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Caltech Taps Venture Capitalist As Trustee

Pasadena-based California Insitute of Technology said this week that it has tapped a venture capitalist for its Board of Trustees. According to Caltech, Narendra K. Gupta, cofounder and managing director of Nexus Venture Partners and an alu...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

CoreLogic Loses CFO

Santa Ana-based CoreLogic said Thursday that its CFO, Anthony "Buddy" Piszel, has resigned. The firm said that Piszel resigned due to receiving a Wells notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), over his role at Freddie ...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

HireRight Names Transportation VP

Irvine-based HireRight, the provider of employment background screening and drug screening services, said this week that it has named Steven Spencer as its Vice President of Transportation Solutions. Spencer has been at the firm since 1999,...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mogreet Hires Marketing VP

Los Angeles-based Mogreet, the video mobile marketing firm led by James Citron, said today that it has named Tara Zanecki as Vice President of Marketing and Client Services. Zanecki joins the company from Obscura Digital in San Francisco. M...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mogreet Hires Marketing VP

Los Angeles-based Mogreet, the video mobile marketing firm led by James Citron, said today that it has named Tara Zanecki as Vice President of Marketing and Client Services. Zanecki joins the company from Obscura Digital in San Francisco. M...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Specific Media Promotes VP

Irvine-based Specific Media, the Internet advertising network, said yesterday that it has promoted John Chung to VP of Sales for the Grat Lakes Region. Chung has been at Specific Media since 2007, and was most recently Director of Sales and...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Docufide Raises $4.5M, Taps Blackboard Founder As CEO

Los Angeles-based Docufide, which develops educational software and services used to transfer high school transcripts to colleges, said today that it has raised $4.5M in a funding round, and also appointed Blackboard founder Matthew Pittins...

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Founder Insitute LA Gears Up For Spring Semester

The Los Angeles chapter of the Founder Insitute, the startup incubation program run locally by Ken Rutkowski, is gearing up for its Spring Semester, saying that it has added a number of new mentors for the semester. The Founder Institute sa...

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

AccessEN Adds WebVisible's Kirsten Mangers

Costa Mesa-based Access Executive Network (AccessEN), the business networking and corporate advocacy group, said yesterday that WebVisible founder Kirsten Mangers has joined the group's board of directors. AccessEN runs monthly events which...

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Gets Line of Credit, Expands Sales Force

San Diego-based Somaxon Pharmaceuticals said this morning tha tit has scored a $15M, revolving line of credit from Comerica Bank, and also engaged a contract sales force firm. Somaxon said it has tied with Publicis Touchpoint Solutions to r...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Electro Rent Adds Board Member

Van Nuys-based Electro Rent Corporation, which provides rental, leasing, and sales of electronic test equipment, PCs, and servers, said this morning that it has named Theodore E. Guth to its board of directors. Guth is EVP of Douglas Emmett...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

ReVision Optics Names CEO

Lake Forest-based ReVision Optics, which is developing an implantable microlens for treating vision problems, said today that it has named John t. Kilcoyne as its CEO and President. Kilcoyne was most recently Chairman and CEO of Micrus Endo...

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Friday, February 4, 2011

CareFusion Names New CEO

San Diego-based CareFusion said this week that it has named Kieran T. Gallahue as the firm's new Chairman and CEO, replacing David L. Schlotterbeck. Schloterbeck had said he was retiring previously. Gallahue was most recently President and ...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Active Storage Adds Exec

Torrance-based Active Storage, which develops data storage products for the Apple and other markets, said Wednesday that it has named Jeff Lowe as Senior Director of Strategic Market Development. Lowe is the former managing director for Med...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Names VP

San Diego-based Somaxon Pharmaceuticals announced today that it has appointed Robert Cutler as Vice President Business Development. Cutler was most recently at Biogen Idec, having served as Senior Director Business Development, as well as A...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Row 44 Hires Southwest Airlines Vet

Westlake Village-based Row 44, the developer of in-flight broadband products, said today that it has hired on Southwest Airlines vet Doug Murri. The firm said that Murri led Southwest's implementation for mission critical aircraft messaging...

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Nexiant Names New CEO

Lake Forest-based Nexiant, a provider of products for materials management and supply chain management software and hardware, said this week that it has named Bill Sickler as CEO of the firm. Sickler has previously served as Network Computi...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Former YouBet Execs Sproule, Champion Form Digital Strategy Firm

Chuck Champion, the former CEO of ProElite, and Gary Sproule, the former CFO of Mobile Messenger, said today that they have formed a new consulting and digital marketing strategy firm called Paladin Capital Partners. The two said the new co...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

X1 Technologies Names Exec

Pasadena-based X1 Technologies, the Idealab startup developing desktop search software, announced this morning that it has named John Patzakis as President of eDiscovery. Patzakis was previously a consultant providing strategic planning an...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gaikai Bolsters Exec Lineup

Los Angeles-based cloud-based game streaming service Gaikai has bolstered its executive staff, saying today that it has named Robert Stevenson as Senior Vice President of Interactive Entertainment, and Tim Wilson as Executive Vice President...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CODA Expands Board

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive said late last night that it has added two new board members to the firm. According to CODA, James P. McGinnis and Lord John Browne have both joined the company's board of directors. McGinnis is Managing D...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nirvanix Names Sales VP

San Diego-based Nirvanix announced today that it has named Erik Hardy as its Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Hardy was most recently at Xsigo Systems, and also previously has served at Mercury Interactive, Hitachi Data Systems, an...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Local.com Launches Social Buying Unit

Irvine-based Local.com, the operator of local business search sites, said today that it has launched a new, Social Buying Business unit. The new unit will focus on group buying sites, and will be based on the firm's recent acquisition of gr...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

CODA Holdings Names New CEO

Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles and Lithium-ion power battery systems, said Friday afternoon that it has named Philip Murtaugh as its new Chief Executive Officer. Murtaugh was previously Chairman and Chi...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

SRS Labs Names Exec

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, a developer of surround sound, audio, and voice technology, said this week that it has named John Kellogg as the firm's Executive Director of Corporate Strategy. Kellogg was most recently General Manager of Content...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Terratech Names Ex-PriceGrabber Exec As President

Seal Beach-based Terratech, a developer of soil stabilization and other eco-friendly products for road construction, dust control, and soil erosion projects, has named Ron LaPierre as president of the firm. LaPierre is the former President...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

J.D. Power Snags Digital Media Vet From ReachLocal

Westlake Village-based J.D. Power and Associates, a market research firm, has snagged a ReachLocal veteran to establish a new, digital research team, the firm said today. According to J.D. Power, it has hired Fabien Reille as its Vice Presi...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

eHarmony CEO Waldorf Leaves Firm

Santa Monica-based eHarmony, the online relationship matching service, said late Tuesday that CEO Greg Waldorf has stepped down as CEO and board member of the firm. eHarmony said that Waldorf has served for more than 11 total years for the ...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sorenson Media Names Sales VP

San Diego-based Sorenson MEdia, which develops video encoding and decoding software and online video services, announced this morning that it has added John Greene as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Greene has previously served at DivX/S...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Verve Wireless Names New CEO

Encinitas-based Verve Wireless, the developer of mobile publishing software used by newspapers and the Associated Press, said today that it has named a new CEO. Verve said it has named Tom MacIsaac, most recently CEO of ExtendMedia, as CEO ...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NanoH2O Names Operations Head

Los Angeles-based NanoH2O, which develops reverse osmosis membranes used for desalinating water, said today that it has named Kyle MacDonald its Vice President of Operations. MacDonald was most recently Senior Vice President and General Man...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

OCTANe Names New Chairman

Aliso Viejo-based OCTANe, the industry group which is looking to help spur new companies and innovation in Orange County, said this morning that it has named a new Chairman. According to the group, Robert E. Grant, CEO and President of Baus...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave

Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, has taken a medical leave of absence, according to a terse statement issued by Apple Computer this morning. According to an email released by the company from Jobs, Apple's board of directors has granted him a ...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Leap Wireless Names VP

San Diego-based Leap Wireless International, which operates the Cricket mobile phone service, said today that it has named Bob Young as the company's new Executive Vice President Field Operations. Young was most recently at MetroPCS Communi...

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Oversee.net Names Morrow GM Of Vertical Markets

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, the provider of Internet domain monetization and marketing services, said this morning that it has named Scott Morrow as Senior Vice President / GM of its Vertical Markets division. Morrow was most recently CE...

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nirvanix Names Marketing VP

San Diego-based Nirvanix, which operates a cloud storage service, said today that it has named Steve Zivanic as the firm's new Vice President of Marketing. Zivanic was most recent senior director of Corporate Communications at QLogic. He al...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NanoH2O Appoints CFO

Los Angeles-based NanoH2O, the UCLA spinout developing reverse osmosis membranes used for purifying water, said today that it has named John Markovich as the firm's Chief Financial Officer. Markovich was most recently CFO of publicly held E...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ESET Names New CEO

San Diego-basd ESET, a developer of security software, said today that Andrew Lee has been named CEO of the firm. Lee replaces founder Anton Zajac, who becomes President of the firm. Lee was most recently at K7 Computing, and had previously...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Network Automation Names CEO

Los Angeles-based Network Automation, a developer of IT business process automation software, announced today that it has named Gary Bishop as the firm's CEO. Founder and former CEO Dustin Snell becomes Chief Software Architect. Bishop was ...

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Friday, January 7, 2011

CyberDefender Names Barash COO

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, the developer of Internet security software, said Thursday afternoon that it has named co-founder Igor Barash as its Chief Operating Officer. Barash was most recently CIO for the firm. In addition, the compa...

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

MarketShare Names VP

Los Angeles-based MarketShare, a provider of advertising optimization and decision making software, said this week that it has named Steve Tobias as the firm's Senior Vice President and Managing Director. Tobias joins from Marketing Managem...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Interview with Derrick Oien, Chumby

In the world of Internet devices, there are PCs, mobile phones, iPhone and Android smart phones, tablets like the Apple iPad… and then, there is the Chumby. The device is an alarm-clock like, Internet connected electronic product developed...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ondax Names Belz To Board

Monrovia-based Ondax, which develops laser products and holographic gratings used in defense, industrial, medical diagnostics, analytical instrumentation, and consumer electronics markets, has added Andrea Belz to its board, the firm said M...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

SAIL Venture Partners Expands Team

Irvine-based SAIL Venture Partners, the clean technology venture capital firm headed by Walter Schindler, said today that it has added two members of its team. SAIL said it has added Christopher Brown as a Senior Associate in the firm's Ora...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Local.com Appoints CFO

Irvine-based Local.com, the operator of local search sites, said this morning that it has appointed Ken Cragun as CFo of the company. Cragun has been serving as interim CFO of the firm since October. Cragun was Vice Presdient of FInance at ...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

MaxLinear Names New CFO

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits, said Tuesday that it has named Adam C. Spice as the firm's new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Spice was most recently at Symwave C...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cohu Appoints Semiconductor Head

Poway-based Cohu, which supplies testing equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced this morning that it has named Luis A. Miller as President of its new Semiconductor Equipment Group. Muller has served at Delta Design, Rasco GmbH, ...

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Aperio Names CFO

Vista-based Aperio, a provider of digital pathology products, said this week that it has named Patrick Yount as its Chief Financial Officer. Yount joins the firm from Univita Health, and has served at Axia Health Management, Biosensors Inte...

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Optimer Pharmaceuticals Names VP

San Diego-based Optimer Pharmaceuticals said today that it has named Gregory Papaz as its Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations. Papaz was most recently at Genentech, and als ohas worked at Roche Pharma, Sanofi-Aventis, and Marion ...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Identive Group Adds VP

Santa Ana-based Identive Group, which provides security, identification, and RFID products, said Thursday that it has named Brent Archer as its Vice President Group Operations & Supply Chain. Archer has previously served at such firms as Di...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

TCA's Ralph Mayer Joins Angel Capital Association Board

Ralph Mayer, most recently the chairman of angel group the Tech Coast Angels, has just been appointed to the Angel Capital Association's board of directors, the group said Thursday. Mayer heads up the TCA's San Diego network, and also sits ...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

MeLLmo Names Marketing VP

San Diego-based MeLLmo, the developer of the Roambi mobile software which allows users to view their business data from their iPhone or iPad, said today that it has named Kirk Cunningham as its Vice President of Marketing. Cunningham was mo...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ShoeDazzle Names Chief Marketing Officer

Los Angeles-based ShoeDazzle, the online personalized shopping site headed by Brian Lee, said today that it has named Hope W. Neiman as Chief Marketing Officer. Neiman was most recently at Beachbody, where she was Vice PResident of Online a...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

St. Bernard Names New Marketing VP

San Diego-based St. Bernard Software, the developer of security tools, said earlier this week that it has named Tom Bennett as its Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. Bennett joins the firm from Raytheon, where he was Dir...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Peregrine Semiconductor Boosts Board Ahead Of IPO

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor--which recently filed for an IPO--is bolstering its board of directors, saying Monday that it has added two new members of its board. The firm said it has added Carl Schlachte and Anthony (Tony) Thorn...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

BeyondTrust Names Zierick As VP

Carlsbad-based BeyondTrust, a developer of access control and security software, said this morning that it has named Jim Zierick as its Executive Vice President of Product Operations. Zierick was most recently CEO of cloud storage provider ...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Qualcomm Adds To Board

San Diego-based Qualcomm said this moring that it has added Dr. Francisco ros to the firm's board of directors. Ros was most recently the Secretary of State (vice minister) of the Government of Spain, responsible for telecommunications in t...

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Moniker's Cahn Departs Oversee.net

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, the operator of domain monetization and Internet marketing sites, said Friday that Moniker founder Monte Cahn will be leaving the firm. Cahn has been at Oversee since December of 2007, when Oversee.net acquire...

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Friday, December 3, 2010

CareFusion Names CFO

San Diego-based CareFusion, a developer of medical devices, including ventilators and pumps, said this morning that it has named James F. Hinrichs as its Chief Financial Officer. Hinrichs replaces Edward BOrkowski, who the firm said is leav...

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Friday, December 3, 2010

PC Mall Services Names President

Torrance-based PC Mall, the catalog marketer of technology products, said earlier this week that it has named Greg Richey as President of its PC Mall Services subsidiary. Richey will lead the firm's professional services and technical solut...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

OnGreen Snags Cleantech Open's Steeb

Los Angeles-based OnGreen, the online green business marketplace headed by Nikhil Jain, said Wednesday that it has snagged Erik Steeb as the firm's new Vice President of Business Development. Steeb was most recently the Regional Director fo...

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Central Desktop Names Marketing VP

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, the online project management and social collaboration software provider headed by Isaac Garcia, said today that it has named Linda Souza as its Associate Vice President of Marketing. Souza joins the firm fro...

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

WebVisible Names New CFO

Irvine-based WebVisible announced Tuesday that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer. According to the provider of local online marketing services, it has appointed James A. (Jamie) Harper to the position. Harper joins the company from...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

SVnetwork Grabs AOL Vet As Sales Head

Los Angeles-based SVnetwork, which operates SocialVibe and other pay-for-performance advertising sites, said Monday that it has named Anna Seibert as its SVP of Sales Development. Seibert was most recently at AOL, where she was VP of Agency...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Gaikai Names Strategy Head

Los Angeles-based Gaikai, which develops a cloud-based, game streaming services, said today that it has named Nanea Reeves to the position of Chief Strategy Officer. Reeves joins the firm from Electronic Arts, where she was Senior Vice Pres...

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Conexant Names Chittipeddi COO

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant announced Thursday afternoon that it has named Sailesh Chittipeddi as President and Chief Operating Officer. Chittipeddi was most recently co-president of the firm, and has been at the compan...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ortiva Wireless Names Sales VP

La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless, which develops products for optimizing mobile video, said this morning that it has named william Archer as Senior Vice Presient of WOrldwide Sales. Archer has previously served at Flash Networks, and also bee...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Optimer Pharmaceuticals Finds General Counsel

San Diego-based Optimer Pharmaceuticals said today that it has named Kurt Hartman as its General Counsel and Access. Hartman was most recently at Eisai Inc., and also has served at Boehringer Ingelheim, Maxim Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, and Kai...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Contour Energy Systems Names New Sales, Marketing Head

Azusa-based Contour Energy, the developer of advanced battery technology, said today that it has named Joe Carcone as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and also promoted Dr. Simon Jones to Vice President of Technology. Carcone joins th...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Quest Software Names Japanese Head

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, a developer of IT management software, said today that it has appointed Joe Signorelli as its Managing Director for Japan. Signorelli was most recently at F5, and has also served in similar roles at Symante...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Uptake Medical Names CFO

Irvine-based Uptake Medical, which develops treatments for emphysema, said this morning that it has named J.C. MacRae as a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. MacRae joins the firm from CoreValve, where he had most recently served a...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Ross Levinsohn Officially Starts At Yahoo

Ross Levinsohn, the former head of Fox Interactive Media, has officially started at Yahoo heading up its Americas Region, according to the company. In a post to Yahoo's users and employees, Levinsohn said today was his "first official day" ...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

VMIX Expands In Europe

San Diego-based VMIX, the venture-backed provider of online video hosting software and related services, said today that it has expanded in Europe with two new offices. The firm said it has opened up new offices in London and Glasgow, as pa...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

On-Ramp Wireless Expands In Asia

San Diego-based On-Ramp Wireless, a developer of wireless sytems used for device-to-device communications, said Thursday that it has expanded in Asia. The company said it has opened up a new office in Singapore, headed by General Manager Ho...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Predixion Taps Microsoft Exec For Advisory Board

Aliso Viejo-based Predixion Software, the provider of cloud predictive analytics run by Simon Arkell, said this morning that it has added a former Microsoft executive as an advisor. Predixion said it has added former Microsoft executive and...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nirvanix Raises $10M, Names New CEO

San Diego-based Nirvanix, the provider of cloud storage services, said today that it has raised another $10M in a funding, and appointed a new CEO. The firm said the new round is a Series B, and comes from investors Intel Capital, Mission V...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

QLogic Names China Head

Aliso Viejo-based storage networking equipment firm QLogic said Tuesday that it has named Stanley Liu as the firm's General Manager of Greater China. QLogic said that Liu has previously served at firms such as IBM and Sun Microsystems, and ...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

SAIL Venture Partners Adds Advisor

Costa Mesa-based clean technology venture capital investor SAIL Venture Partners announced today that it has added John Picard, a green technology leader, to its advisory board. SAIL Venture Partners said Picard was involved in the Gap's su...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Coda Automotive Loses CEO

Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings, the parent firm of electric car company CODA Automotive, said late Friday that its CEO, Kevin Czinger, has resigned. According to CODA, it has named Steven "Mac" Heller as the company's Interim Chief Execut...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Ambit Expands Board, Names Execs

San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences, a developer of small molecule treatments for cancer, said today that it has named Faheem Hasnain as its Chairman of the board, added Alan Fuhrman as its Chief Financial Officer, and promoted Chritopher Mor...

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

uSamp Names CFO, Promotes VPs

Encino-based uSamp, the online panel and survey firm headed by Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, said today that it has named a new CFO and promoted two new execs. The firm--citing "record" growth during the year--said it has named John Woolard a...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MeFeedia Adds MGM Co-CEO As Advisor

Burbank-based Mefeedia, the online video guide site run by Frank Sinton, has bolstered its roster of advisors, saying today that it has added Bedi A. Singh, the Co-CEO of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) as an advisor to the company. ...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WebVisible Names Execs

Irvine-based WebVisible, the provider of local search advertising services for small businesses, said this morning that it has named Geoff Stevens as its Executive Vice President and General Manager of GLobal Business Development, and Natal...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Anametrix Names CFO

San Diego-based Anametrix, the developer of cloud-based business analytics software, reported today that it has named John Burke as the firm's CFO. Burke has previously been at St. Bernard Software--where he also served as CFO-and also has ...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

MRV Adds Singh to Board

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications reports that CEO Dilip Singh has joined the company's board of directors. Singh has been CEO of the firm since July, and previously has served at Telia-Sonera Spice Nepal and Telenity. MRV is a provider o...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yahoo Confirms Ross Levinsohn Hire

Internet portal Yahoo confirmed Wednesday afternoon that it has hired Ross Levinsohn, former head of Fox Interactive Media, and current venture capitalist at Fuse Capital, as its new Executive Vice President of Americas. According to Yahoo,...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Report: Levinsohn May Head Up Yahoo North America

Ross Levinsohn, the former head of Fox Interactive Media, is possibly the top candidate to head of Yahoo's North American operations, according to a report from AllThingsD. The report cited sources familiar with discussions. It's unclear wh...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

TrueCar Names President, COO

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the online car pricing site run by Scott Painter, said today that it has named Stephen Hansen as the firm's new President and COO. Hansen was most recently CEO and Chairman of WePlay, and also has served at Avama...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

KYTHERA Expands Board

Calabasas-based KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals said this morning that it has added Francois Kress, the President and CEO of Prada, to its board of directors. KYTHERA, which develops products for the aesthetic medicine market, said that Kress ha...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Response Genetics Loses COO

Los Angeles-based Response Genetics, a developer of molecular diagnostics tests for cancer, said Tuesday that it has lost its Chief Operating Officer, Michael B. McNulty. The reason for McNulty's departure was not announced. The firm said t...

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Trade Desk Taps eBay For New Exec

Ventura-based The Trade Desk, the newest Internet advertising startup of Jeff Green, former co-founder of AdECN, said today that it has tapped an eBay vet for its new Director of Platform Solutions. The Trade Desk said that Adrienne Buhmann...

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Monday, October 25, 2010

MeFeedia Snags Eytan Elbaz As Advisor

Burbank-based MeFeedia, the online video guide site run by Frank Sinton, said today that it has added Eytan Elbaz to the firm's advisory board. Elbaz is one of the co-founders of Appled Semantics, the firm which developed Google AdSense. El...

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Row 44 Names Lefkowitz As Exec

Westlake Village-based Row 44, the developer of in-flight wireless systems, said today that it has added Howard Lefkowitz as the firm's Chief Commercial Officer. Lefkowitz was most recently CEO of Vegas.com, and also joins the company's boa...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Qlogic Names New CEO, As Desai Shifts To Executive Chairman

Aliso Viejo-based QLogic, the manufacturer of storage area networking equipment, said Thursday afternoon that long time CEO HK Desai is shifting to Executive Chairman, as part of a planned transition. QLogic said that it is naming Simon Bid...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

LegalZoom Adds Former Yahoo President Decker To Board

Los Angeles-based LegalZoom.com, the provider of online legal documents, said today that it has added Susan L. Decker, the former President of Yahoo!, to the firm's board of directors. Decker was president of Yahoo from 2007 to 2009, and se...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Local.com Names Interim CFO

Irvine-based Local.com, which operates a network of local search sites, said late Tuesday that it has named Ken Cragun the firm's interim Chief Financial Officer. According to the firm, Cragon is replacing Brenda Agius, who the company said...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Skinit Names New CEO

San Diego-based Skinit, the developer of personalized, protective skins for electronic devices, said this morning that it has named Bob King as the new CEO of the firm. The company, which is fresh off a $60M investment injection from ABS Ca...

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Demand Media Snags Jeff Dossett

Jeff Dossett, the former CEO of adventure travel site AdventureLink and former SVP at Yahoo, has reportedly joined Demand Media as SVP of Content Partnership Development. According to a report from the WSJ's AllThingsD, which first reported...

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Monday, October 18, 2010

MaestroDev Names President

Manhattan Beach-based MaestroDev, the developer of private cloud computing software, has officially named Doug Dennington as the firm's new President. Dennington was most recently Director, Open Source Sales at Progress Software and IONA Te...

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Friday, October 15, 2010

V-Vehicle Becomes Next Autoworks Company, Hires New CEO

San Diego-based V-Vehicle, the alternative auto company backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers LLP, Google Ventures, L.P., T. Boone Pickens, and others, said this week that it has renamed itself the Next Autoworks Company, and has appoint...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

HauteLook Hires Two Execs

Los Angeles-based HauteLook, the online private fashion sales website, said Thursday that it has hired two senior executives at the firm. The company said it has added Margot Frankel as Creative Director, and Edan Portaro as vice President,...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

CODA Automotive Names Fleet Sales VPs

Santa Monica-based electric car maker CODA Automotive continues to gear up for the release of the firm's CODA Sedan, saying today that it has hired two new VPs to head up fleet and commercial sales. CODA said it has hired Marc Search as Vic...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

TouchCommerce Expands Exec Team

Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce, a provider of online sales and sales conversion products and services, said today that it has appointed three in a major executive expansion. According to TouchCommerce, it has named Tony Rodriguez as its C...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CODA Automotive Loses Sales VP

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the maker of electric cars, said late Tuesday evening that its Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Michael A. Jackson, has resigned. Reason for the departure was not given. CODA sa...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sorenson Media Names COO

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, which develops video encoding and decoding software, said today that it has promoted its Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Eric Quanstrom, to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Quanstrom joined Sorenson M...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

MRV Names New Division President

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications announced this morning that it has named Barry R. Gorsun as President of the firm's Optical Communications Systems (OCS) Division. Gorsun replaces Mary Jane Gruninger, who the firm said is leaving the fir...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

GameSalad Appoints COO

Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad, the startup developer of iPhone game creation software headed by Michael Agustin, has named a new Chief Operations Officer, the firm said Friday. According to GameSalad, it has named Frank Coppersmit...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Vantage Media Names New CEO

El Segundo-based Vantage Media, the provider of cost-per-action (CPA) advertising, said this morning that it has named Patrick Quigley as the firm's new CEO. Current CEO Steve Jillings becomes Chairman of the firm. According to Vantage Medi...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Ligand Names New Board Member

San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals, a developer of a broad line of pharmaceuticals, said today that it has named Sunil Patel to its board of directors. Patel is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for OncoMed Pharmaceuticals,...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Local.com Adds Marketing VP

Irvine-based Local.com, the operator of local business search sites, said today that it has added Steven Schindler as its Vice President of Marketing. Schindler joins the firm from Sasa Technologies, and has also served at Schindler Marketi...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rustic Canyon Adds Associate

Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners is announcing later today that it has added Ed Fu as an Associate at the firm. According to Rustic Canyon, Fu will support the firm's investments in Internet and Clean Technolog...

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Passenger Gains $7.5M More

Los Angeles-based Passenger, a developer of private social networking sites for brands, said today that it has raised an additional $7.5M in an investment. The round came from Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners, and Steamboat Ventu...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Warner Bros. Names Ballard As VP

Burbank-based Warner Bros. said Monday that it has named Thomas Ballard, most recently CEO of Santa Monica-based Transpera, as Senior Vice President of Digital Games. According to Warner, Ballard will head up both its Warner Bros. Digital D...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Disney Names Playdom's Pleasants, Yahoo's Pitaro As Co-Presidents

Burbank-based Walt Disney said this weekend that it has promoted John Pleasants, the former CEO of Playdom, as co-President of its Disney Interactive Media Group, along with James Pitaro, most recently of Yahoo!. According to Disney, the ne...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

ReachLocal Names New CTO, Sales Head

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, which provides online marketing products for small- and medium-sized businesses, reported today that it has named Jeff Hagins as Chief Technology Officer, and promoted Steven Power, former Australia CEO, to ...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Active Storage Names CFO

Torrance-based Active Storage, the RAID storage firm founded by ex-Apple executives, and backed by Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, and Valhalla Partners, said Wednesday that it has hired on a CFO. The firm said it has hired Jane Wike as it...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CODA Taps Wilson Sonsini For General Counsel

Santa Monica-based electric car maker CODA Automotive announced today that it has named Christopher Rose as its General Counsel. The firm said that Rose was most recently Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, and also...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

SRS Labs Names VP

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, a developer of surround sound technology, said today that it has named Chuck Cortright as the firm's new Vice President of New Business development. Cortright has previously served at DivX, where he was Executive V...

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Monday, September 27, 2010

SVnetwork Hires Bizdev VP

Los Angeles-based SVnetwork, the brand advertising network and operator of SocialVibe, said this morning that it has named Chris Rooke as SVP of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. Rooke was most recently SVP of Interactive Med...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

HireRight Names International VP

Irvine-based HireRight, a provider of on-demand, employment background and drug screening services, announced this week that it has named Dan Shoemaker as its Vice President of International Business. According to the firm, Shoemaker joins ...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Report: MySpace Names Entertainment Head

A report today from the Hollywood Reporter says that MySpace has named Andy Marcus, the firm's Senior Vice President Business and Legal Affairs, head of its entertainment business. According to the report, Marcus will become Senior Vice Pre...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Specific Media Promotes Schulz

Irvine-based Specific Media, a provider of contextual, online advertising services, announced today that it has promoted Jon Schluz to Executive Vice President. Schulz was most recently SVP Global Category development for the firm, and had ...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Printronix Taps Former Palm Exec As VP

Irvine-based Printronix, a developer of industrial and business printing hardware, said today that it has named Sen-Yuan (Sandy) Ro as the firm's new Vice President of Global operations. Ro was most recently at Palm, Inc., where he served a...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quest Software Names Two VPs

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software announced today that it has named Michael Sotnick as its Vice President of Worldwide Channels and Alliance, and added Kevin Norlin as Vice President and General Manager of Sales for Europe, Middle East and A...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Qualcomm Promotes Mollenkopf To EVP, Group Resident

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced today that it has named Steve Mollenkopf as EVP and Group President. According to Qualcomm, the promotion of Mollenkompf recognizes his expansion of executive oversight to cover Qualcomm CDMA Technologies,...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

USC Stevens Appoints Two Directors

The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, the group at the University of Southern California run by Krisztina Holly, and which was kick started by a major donation from Sand Hill road venture capitalist and USC trustee Mark Stevens, said We...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Zynga Ramps Los Angeles Office

Zynga, the high flying social gaming firm behind the popular Farmville social game, appears to be ramping up its recruiting efforts in Los Angeles. The firm, which said last year that it had selected Los Angeles for an expanded recruiting e...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SVnetworks Names Chief Revenue Officer

Los Angeles-based SVnetwork, the firm behind SocialVibe, said today that it has named Nick Loria as the firm's Chief Revenue Officer. Loria was most recently running his own consulting firm, Third Millennium, and also has serve as SVP of Sa...

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Monday, September 13, 2010

QLogic Adds Two To Board

Aliso Viejo-based storage networking equipment provider Qlogic said Monday afternoon that it has appointed two new board members. The firm said it has added Bill Zeitler and Scott Mercer to the board, increasing its number of directors to e...

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Newport Adds Khaykin To Board

Irvine-based Newport Corporation, a supplier of optical components, lasers, filters, scientific instruments, and other products, said Thursday that it has added Oleg Khaykin to its board of directors. Khaykin is President and CEO of Interna...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

AECOM Names Sustainability Chief

Los Angeles-based AECOM Technology Corporation, which provides professional technical, project, and management support to companies and governments, said this morning that it has named Gary Lawrence as the firm's Vice President and Chief Su...

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Mad Catz Loses CFO

San Diego-based Mad Catz Interactive, a developer of videogame accessories, reported last night that its CFO, Stewart Halpern, has resigned from the firm. The company said Halpern is leaving to "pursue other interests." Mad Catz said that A...

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Magento Names VPs

Los Angeles-based Magento, which develops e-commerce software, said Thursday that it has named two executives. The firm said it has named Michel Goossens as its Vice President and General Manager of EMEA Opertions, and Jary Carter as Vice P...

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Guidance Software Plans EMEA Growth

Pasadena-based Guidance Software, the developer of electronic discovery and forensics software, said Wednesday that the company is planning to grow in the EMEA, and has hired a new Vice President of EMEA Sales to head up the effort. Guidanc...

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WD Names Lauer To Board

Lake Forest-based disk drive maker Western Digital Corp. reported this morning that it has added Len Lauer, currently President, CEO, and director of Memjet, to its board of directors. Lauer was also EVP and COO of Qualcomm. Lauer has has s...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

MySpace Names Bizdev Exec

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced today that it has named Tom Cox as the firms' Senior vice President of Business Development. The firm said that Cox joins from Stratique Partners, an executive level consulting firm...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DexCom Board Member Departs

San Diego-based DexCom, a developer of continuous glucose monitoring systems, said Monday afternoon that Donald A. Lucas has resigned from the firm's board of directors. Lucas is Founding Managing Member at RWI Group, which was an investor ...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Central Desktop Names Sales VP

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, the software-as-a-service provider of business collaboration software, said today that it has named Laurence Sotsky as Vice President of Sales. Sotsky was most recently Vice President of Sales at the Los Ange...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

CODA Automotive Names CFO

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles, said today that it has named Mark Jamieson as its Chief Financial Officer. According to CODA, Mark was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial office...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Interlink Loses President, COO

Camarillo-based Interlink Electronics, a maker of electronic sensors, said Thursday that President and Chief Operating Officer Charles Best is leaving the firm. The firm did not say why Best is leaving, but did say that Steven N. Bronson, ...

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Meteor Games Names Hydra's Brandenberg As CEO

Beverly Hill-based Meteor Games, a developer of social games, announced Thursday that it has named Zac Brandenberg as CEO. Brandenberg was most recently CEO of Hydra. Brandenberg has been on the board of Meteor Games for the last two years....

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Emulex Promotes Benck to President

Costa Mesa-based storage area networking equipment maker Emulex said Thursday morning that it has named Jeff Benck as President and Chief Operations Officer. Emulex was most recently EVP and Chief Operating Officer. Benck has been at Emulex...

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Aerovironment Names Operations VP

Monrovia-based Aerovironment, which develops both unmanned aerial vehicles and electric transportation and other energy products, announced today that it has named Joel Hirsch as Vice President of Strategic Operations at the firm. Hirsch wa...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Total Beauty's John Hadl Joins USVP In Los Angeles

Santa Monica-based Total Beauty Media's John Hadl has joined venture capital firm U.S. Venture Partners, USVP said today, on the heels of the acquisition of USVP's LimeLife by Total Beauty. According to U.S. Venture Partners, Hadl has been ...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mindspeed Names Board Member

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said this morning that it has added Robert J. Conrad to the firm's board of directors. Conrad is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fairchild Semiconductor's Mobile...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WD Shuffles COO, CFO

Lake Forest-based hard drive maker Western Digital announced Tuesday that it has named Tim Leyden as Chief Operating Officer of the firm, and Wolfgang Nickl named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the company. Leyden has ...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Perfect Market Names Bizdev VP

Altadena-based Perfect Market, the Idealab firm which is providing tools to help publishers surface and monetize their archive content, said Monday that it has named Guy Vidra as Vice President of Business Development. Vidra was most recent...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

NewEgg Loses CEO

City of Industry-based Newegg, the online retailer of electronics, computer, and other items, said Monday afternoon that CEO and Director Tally Liu has departed the firm. The firm said that Foudner and Chairman Fred Chang resumes his role a...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Former VC Edmund Shea Jr. Dies

Edmund H. Shea, Jr., 80, the co-founder of Shea Homes and a former venture capital investor at Hambrecht & Quist, died August 13th at his San Marino home, according to J.F. Shea & Co. Shea was a former venture capital investor and investmen...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

MySpace Names Corporate Communications VP

Los Angeles-based MySpace, the online social networking site, said today that it has named Rosabel Tao as its Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications. Tao was most recently running her own consulting practice, serving clients such...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

HID Global Boosts RFID Sales Efforts

Irvine-based HID Global, a developer of access control products, RFID tags and related products, said today that it has "significantly expanded" its presence in the North American RFID market, and appointed a North American sales manager to...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Former MySpace Head Van Natta Shows Up At Zynga

Owen Van Natta, the former CEO of MySpace, has turned up as Executive Vice President of Business Operations at social gaming maker Zynga, according to multiple sources. Van Natta left Los Angeles-based MySpace in February, leaving the opera...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Broadcom Adds Swainson To Board

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom announced this morning that it has added John A. Swainson, the former CEO of CA, to its board of directors. Swainson was CEO of CA from 2004 to 2009, and is now a senior advisor to private equity fi...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

TelCentris Names VP

San Diego-based TelCentris, a developer of unified communications and Voice-over-IP products, said today that it has named Rob Lewis as Vice President of Product Management at the firm. The firm said that Lewis has more than 22 years of exp...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Toshiba Names Business Unit Exec

Tustin-based Toshiba America Medical Systems, the marketing, distribution, and services arm of Toshiba's diagnostic imaging systems group, said today that it has named Stuart Clarkson as Director of its MR Business Unit. Toshiba said Clarks...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Guidance Names EVP

Marina Del rey-based Guidance, a developer of e-commerce websites for online retailers, said Tuesday that it has appointed Mike Hill as Executive Vice President. Hill replaces Anna Kennedy, who the firm said will be transitioning to a new r...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

BeyondTrust Appoints CFO

Carlsbad-based BeyondTrust, a developer of software used to manage access control to virtualized data centers, said yesterday that it has named Ken Saunders as its Chief Financial Officer. Saunders joins the firm from Bazaarvoice, where he ...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Solarflare Names Engineering VP

Irvine-based Solarflare, a developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet network adapters, said Tuesday that it has named Dave Parry as its Vice President of Engineering. Parry joins the firm from SGI, and has also served at MIPS Computer Systems and He...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Inphi Snags HR VP From LRN

Semiconductor manufacturer Inphi Corporation, which has operations in both Sunnyvale and Westlake Village, said today that it has hired Diane Nott-Kilfoil to the position of Vice President of Human Resources. Nott-Kilfoil was most recently ...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ValueClick Launches New Platform Offering

Westlake Village-based ValueClick said this morning that it has launched a new Platform Services offering within its ValueClick Media division. According to ValueClick, the new product pulls together the firm's data, audience targeting, and...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

uSamp Appoints Two Executives

Encino-based uSamp, the online sampling and panel firm headed by former goZing founders Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, said today that it has named Chuck Miller as Chief Research Officer at the firm, and appointed Melanie Courtright as Vice Pr...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

XIFIN Names CFO

San Diego-based XIFIN, a developer of revenue cycle management software-as-a-service for the healthcare industry, said Monday that it has named Craig Kussman as Chief Financial Officer at the firm. Kussman has previously served at Breach Se...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

WiSpry Finds New Worldwide Sales Head

Irvine-based WiSpry announced this morning that it has hired a new Vice President of Worldwide Sales. The firm said it has named Brian Hurst, most recently VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Peregrine Semiconductor, to the position. Hu...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Vitesse Adds To Board

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a developer of semiconductors for the carrier and enterprise markets, has added G. William LaRosa to its board of directors. According to the firm, LaRosa is the CEO of G.W. LaRosa & Associates LLC, a ...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vitesse Names Marketing VP

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor announced Wednesday that it has named Steve M. Perna as the firm's new VP of Product Marketing. Perna joins the firm from Wiquest Communications, and has also served at PMC-Sierra and Texas Instruments....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Concerro Names COO

San Diego-based Concerro, a developer of hospital workforce management software, said Tuesday that it has named Cindy Watson as Chief Operating Officer of the firm. Watson was most recently Vice President of Client Services for the firm. W...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

CALIENT Technologies Names Two To Board

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies said Tuesday that it has appointed two new members to its board of directors. The firm, which develops MEMs-based optical switching technology, said it has added Mike CHandler and Edgar Masri to its ...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

RealPractice Gets New Funding, Execs

Irvine-based RealPractice, a developer of software used by law firms to manage their practices, said today that it has raised a new round of funding and appointed a new executive team. The firm said it has raised a new round of funding from...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Smith Micro Expands Board

Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro Software said today that it has named James Straight to its board of directors. Straight has previously served at Verizon Wireless, and also was at the White House Communications Agency under the Reagan, Bush, ...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

MyShape Names New CEO, Shuffles Executives

Los Angeles-based MyShape, which develops a personalized shopping site for women's apparel, said today that it has named Mercedes De Luca as CEO of the firm. The company also said that it has added De Luca to the board. De Luca was most rec...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

InfoSonics Names LoForti CFO

San Diego-based InfoSonics, a distributor of wireless handsets to the Latin American and other markets, said today that it has named former Overland Storage CEO Vern LoForti as its Chief Financial Officer. LoForti was most recently Presiden...

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Amgen Adds To Board

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said Thursday that it has named Ronald D. Sugar to the firm's board of directors. Sugar is the former Chairman of Northrop Grumman Corp, having served as Chairman and CEO of the defense firm from 2003...

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Names Chief Scientific Officer

Irvine-based Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on hematology and oncology, said today that it has named George Tidmarsh, M.D., Ph.D., as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. Tidmarsh was the founder ...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Amgen Names New CFO

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen announced this morning that it has appointed Jonathan M. Peacock as Chief Financial Officer. Peacock replaces Michael A. Kelly, who has been acting CFO since May. According to Amgen, Peacock joins fro...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Illumina Names VP

San Diego-based Illumina announced this morning that it has appointed Melina Cimler as Vp Quality and Regulatory Affairs. Cimler joins the firm from PandiaDx Consulting, and has also served at Beckman Coulter, Abbot Molecular, and Gen-Probe...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

RFaxis Bolsters Advisory Board

Irvine-based RFaxis, a semiconductor firm headed by Mike Neshat, and focused on the RF semiconductor market, said this week that it has added Professor Hongliang Hu to its board of advisors. RFaxis said Professor Hu is the "founder" of Chin...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cornerstone OnDemand Names CTO

Santa Monica-based Corenerstone OnDemand, a developer of software-as-a-service for human resources and talent management, announced today that it has named Mark Goldin as Chief Technology Officer of the firm. Goldin was most recently Chief ...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

TriZetto Names New CEO, Moves HQ

Newport Beach The TriZetto Group, a provider of software to the healthcare market, announced today that it has named Trace Devanny as its new CEO and to its board. As part of the appointment, the firm also said it has relocated its corporat...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

YuMe Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica

Redwood City-based YuMe, a Bay Area provider of video advertising technology, announced today that it has set up shop in Santa Monica with a new sales office. The firm, which is backed by Accel Partners, BV Capital, DAG Ventures, Khosla Ven...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Activision Taps Advertising Agency For Publishing Chief

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard announced today that it has named Eric Hirschberg as CEO of its Activision Publishing arm. Hirschberg joins the firm from marketing and advertising firm Deutsch LA, where he was CEO and Chief Creative ...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Mogreet Names Two Execs

Los Angeles-based mobile video marketing firm Mogreet announced today that it has hired Scott Rogers as Vice President of Sales and Brand Solutions, and promoted John Allen to Vice President of Entertainment Sales. The firm, which is ventur...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Ace Metrix Names Chief Revenue Officer

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, which operates an online service which measured the effectiveness of television advertising, has snagged a new executive from comScore, INc. According to the firm, it has named Jack Flanagan as Chief Revenue Of...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

HauteLook Hires Three

Los Angeles-based HauteLook, the heavily backed private fashion sales website headed by Adam Bernhard, said today that it has hired on three new executives on the heels of its recent, $31M Series C funding. The firm said it has added Arthur...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DTS Promotes Towne to COO

Calabasas-based DTS, which develops surround sound and other sound processing technology for the entertainment industry, said today that it has promoted Brian Towne to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Towne was most rec...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Illumina Expands Board

San Diego-based Illumina, a developer of life sciences tools and sequencers, said this morning that it has named Gerald Moller, Ph.D., to its board. Moller is an advisor at investment firm HBM Bio Ventures AG. Moller has previously served a...

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Illumina Names VP

San Diego-based Illumina announced this morning that it has named Nicholas J. Naclerio, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at the firm. Naclerio was the co-founder and executive chairman of Quanterix, and also has served...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Razorgator Names Technology VP

Los Angeles-based Razorgator, which provides secondary sports and entertainment tickets online, said today that it has named Ismail Elshareef as the firm's new Vice President of Technology. According to the firm, he was most recently at Edm...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Worlize Names CTO

Los Angeles-based Worlize, the user-generated social gaming firm headed by Brian McKelvey, has added a new Chief Technology Officer, the firm is announcing tomorrow. Worlize is adding Sabri Sansoy, former CTO for Animax Entertainment, to th...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Inphi Names Engineering VP

High speed semiconductor firm Inphi Corp. is continuing to bolster its executive ranks ahead of an IPO, saying today that it has hired Lawrence Tse as its Vice President of Engineering for New Business Initiatives. According to Inphi, Tse j...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Mindspeed Names HR VP

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Mindspeed Technologies announced this morning that it has named Allison K. Garcia as the firm's Senior Vice President, Human Resources. According to the firm, Garcia joins the company from Lantronix. G...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Local.com Names Product VP

Irvine-based Local.com, the operator of a number of local search sites, said this morning that it has appointed Eileen Licitra as its Vice President of Product Management. Licitra joins the company from MediaSpan Online Services, where she ...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Names Chief Commercial Officer

Irvine-based Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on oncology and hematology, said today that it has named James E. Shields as its Chief Commercial Officer. Shields was most recently with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industri...

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Inphi Adds To Board

Inphi Corp, the developer of high speed analog semiconductors which has major operations in Westlake Village, said today that it has added Peter J. Simone to its board of directors. Simone also sits on the boards of Cymer, Monotype Imaging ...

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

DexCom Names COO, CTO

San Diego-based DexCom, a developer of continuous glucose monitoring systems, said today that it has named Steven R. Pacelli as its Chief Operating Officer, and Jorge Valdes as Chief Technology Officer. Pacelli has been Chief Administrative...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Contour Energy Expands In UK

Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems, the Caltech spinout working on Flourine-based battery systems, said today that it has opened up a new limited subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Contour Energy said that the new location will provide a "st...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

InTouch Technologies Names General Counsel, Eyes Public Markets

Santa Barbara-based InTouch Technologies, which develops remote, telemedicine products for the healthcare industry, said today that Paul Evans has become General Counsel of the firm. Evans joins the firm from Specialized Health Products Int...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

MySpace Loses Hirschhorn, Jones To Take Over

MySpace co-president Jason Hirschhorn is leaving the firm, according to the firm, and fellow co-president Mike Jones is taking over the helm, remaining as President. MySpace, which confirmed earlier rumors of the move Thursday afternoon, sa...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cyntellect Names CEO

San Diego-based Cyntellect, a life sciences firm developing stem cell and other biopharmaceuticals products, said today that it has named Saiid Zarrabian as the firm's CEO. Zarrabian replaces Fred Koller, who becomes Chief Technology Office...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Practice Technologies Becomes RealPractice, Moves To OC

Practice Technologies, a developer of software for attorneys and law firms, is announcing today that it has renamed itself RealPractice, moved its headquarters to Santa Ana, and also hired Carey Ransom as its new CEO. RealPractice is ventur...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Amonix Names CFO, Directors

Seal Beach-based Amonix, the heavily backed manufacturer of concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, said today that it has named a new CFO and two independent directors. The firm--which recently scored a huge, $129.4M funding round f...

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Microsemi Appoints Marketing, Sales VP

Irvine-based Microsemi announced Thursday that it has appointed Russell Garcia as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Garcia was most recently CEO of Wispry, and also has served at u-Nav Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, and...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

MRV Communications' Lotan Steps Down, Singh To Take Reins

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, the maker of optical components headed by Noam Lotan, said Thursday afternoon that Lotan is stepping down from the firm. The company said that Dilip Singh will become interim CEO of the company, effectiv...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Autobytel Names New EVP

Irvine-based Autobytel, which operates an online automotive site providing consumer leads to auto dealers, announced yesterday that it has named Jim Helberg as its new Executive Vice President, Product, Marketing, and Analytics. Helberg joi...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

THQ Names Good As EVP

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ announced today that it has promoted Martin Good to Executive Vice President, Kids, Family, Casual Games, and Global Online Services. Good has been at THQ for ten years, and was most recently Senior Vi...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Soraa Names Former Intel CMO As President, CEO

Goleta-based Soraa, the Khosla-backed startup started by LED pioneer Shuji Nakamura and other professors at UCSB, announced today that it has named Eric Kim as the firm's President and CEO. Kim was most recently intel's Chief Marketing Offi...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Xirrus Snags Sales Exec From Juniper

Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus, which develops Wi-Fi networking equipment, said today that it has hired Hayley Tabor, the former Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise Sales for Juniper Networks, as its new Vice President of Worldwide Sales. ...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Veoh's Shapiro Named CTO Of MySpace Music

Los Angeles-based MySpace Music announced this morning that it has hired Dmitry Shapiro, who founded Veoh, as its new Chief Technology Officer. Shapiro will be based in Beverly Hills, and report to MySpace Music President Courtney Holt. Sha...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Semtech Names CIO

Camarillo-based Semtech, a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, said Thursday that it has named Jonathan Hahn as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology. Hahn joins the firm from Telmar Netw...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RFaxis Adds Former RFMD Exec As Advisor

Irvine-based RFaxis, the developer of fabless semiconductors headed by Mike Neshat, said Tuesday that it has added Dr. David L. Lyon, former Vice President and Business General Manager of RF Micro Devices, as an advisor to the firm. Lyon is...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Billshrink's Pham Lands At Trinity Ventures

Billshrink CEO Peter Pham, who is well known in Southern California for his efforts to organize and connect local entrepreneurs, has left his firm and become an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Trinity Ventures, one of Billshrink's backers, Pha...

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Warner Bros. Names Games Exec

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment said yesterday that it has named Jeff Junge as Senior Vice President, Online Games and Digital Games Platforms for Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. interactive Entertainment, t...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PowerGenix Hires Chinese Director

San Diego-based PowerGenix, a manufacturer of rechargeable, Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, said today that it has hired a managing director for its Asian operations. The firm said that Dr. Xu Gang, who the firm said is a leader in the Chines...

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

VMIX Names Burns As CEO

San Diego-based VMIX, which provides online video management and publishing tools, announced this morning that it has appointed Patrick J. Burns as President and Chief Executive Officer. VMIX said that Burns has over 20 years of experience ...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

CyberDefender Taps Symantec For Product Development VP

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, a developer of anti-spyware and anti-virus software, said today that it has named Sarah B. Hicks as the firm's new Senior Vice President of Product Development. Hicks comes to the firm from Symantec, where s...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

RealtyTrac Names VP

Irvine-based RealtyTrac said Tuesday that it has hired Jesse Gant as the firm's new Vice President Product and User Experience. The firm, which operates an online service for researching and finding foreclosure properties, said that Gant jo...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Mojix Names Services VP

Los Angeles-based Mojix, which develops RFID technology based on research out of JPL/NASA, said Monday afternoon that the firm has named Samuel Levy as Sr. Vice President, Global Professional Services. Levy was most recently at Zebra Enterp...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

uSamp Hires CTO

Encino-based uSamp, the online survey and paneling firm run by Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, reported today that it has hired Steven Sobolevsky as the firm's Chief Technology Officer. Sobolevsky was most recently VP at Technology at RazorGato...

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

CODA Automotive Names Sales VP

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the heavily backed electric car manufacturer, said today that it has hired David Funston as its Vice President, Fleet and Commercial Sales. Funston joins the company from Funston Fleet Services, which he ...

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

FoodLink Online Names CEO

Torrance-based Foodlink Online, a provider of supply chain software for the perishable food market, said this week that it has named Eric Peters as the firm's new CEO. Peters replaces Vijay Yajnik, who remains as Chairman of the Board. Pete...

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mindflash Hires Mint.com Vet, Launches Private Beta

Santa Barbara-based Mindflash.com, a provider of online training software for small businesses, said today that it has named Donna Wells as its new President and CEO. Wells was most recently CMO of Mint.com. The firm--which offers self-driv...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

RealD Names President, VP

Los Angeles-based 3D technology provider RealD announced today that it has named Bob Mayson as President of the firm's Consumer Electronics Division, and appointed Marlene Songin as Vice President of Cinema and Appointed General Director, R...

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Fate Therapeutics Names VP

San Diego-based Fate Therapeutics, a developer of stem cell biology technology, announced today that it has named Tom Novak as the firm's Vice President of Research and Drug Discovery. Novak was msot recently Senior Director and Head of Dis...

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Report: Demand Media Snags Another Yahoo Vet

A report Friday afternoon from the WSJ's Kara Swisher says that Santa Monica-based Demand Media has snagged yet another Yahoo executive, this time, Yahoo VP of Brand Packaging Erika Nardini. The move comes shortly after Demand hired former ...

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Image Metrics Names VP

Santa Monica-based Image Metrics, a developer of facial animation technology and services, said this weekt that it has hired Michael Crigler as its Vice President of North American Sales. Crigler has previously served at Havok, a subsidiary...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Optimer Pharmaceuticals Names CEO

San Diego-based Optimer Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on antibiotics, said today that it has appointed Pedro Lichtinger as its new President and CEO. Lichtinger replaces Michael N. Chang, co-founder of the firm, who wil...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Integrien Names Sales VP

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of performance analytics software for the enterprise, reported today that it has hired Phil Rugani as Executive Vice President of Sales and Field Operations. Rugani joins the firm from Jupiter Management ...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

BUZZMEDIA Further Boosts Sales Team

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the parent company of Buzznet, Celebuzz, Stereogum, and a network of other sites, is in the midst of expansion, saying this week that it has hired on four new additions to the firm's advertising team. According to...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kofax Names CFO

Irvine-based Kofax, a developer of document capture solutions, said today that it has appointed James ("Jamie") Arnold, Jr., as its new CFO. Arnold was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nuance Communications...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Conexant's Decker Retires From Board Seat

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems said today that Dwight Decker--who led the firm's spinoff from Rockwell in 1999--is retiring from the company's board of directors. Decker, who retired from Conexant in July of 2007, has been serving as ...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Finder Technologies Names Former Wal-Mart CEO As Advisor

Poway-based Finder Technologies, a firm developing hand-held, key fobs for locating vehicles in parking lots, said today that Bill Fields, former President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, has joined the firm as an advisor. Field also served as ...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Livestrong Looks To USC For Chief Medical Advisor

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM, the online health information site run by Demand Media and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, said today that it has named Dr. Leslie Anne Saxon as its Chief Medical Advisor. Saxon is Professor of Medicine, C...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Hydra Names Director

Beverly Hills-based Hydra, which operates a cost-per-action (CPA) advertising network, said Monday that it has named Michelle Andino to Director of Campaign Management, as part of a new department focused on campaign management. Andino has ...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Ace Metrix Names Bunchball's Daboll As CEO

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, which operates an online service which helps television advertisers determine the effectiveness of their advertising and creative, said today it has named Peter Daboll as CEO of the company. Daboll was most rec...

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Friday, April 30, 2010

lynda.com Hires Content VP

Carpinteria-based lynda.com, which operates an online training and education site for computer skills, announced Thurday that it has added Michael Ninness as the firm's Vice President of Content. Ninness re-joins the company from Adobe, whe...

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Illumina Names Two VPs

San Diego-based Illumina, a developer of gene sequencing tools, said today that it has named Elizabeth Brady as the firm's Vice President, Global Supply Chain, and Emily S. Winn-Deen, Ph.D., as its Vice President, Diagnostics Development. B...

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Clean Green Guy Names VP

Pasadena-based Clean Green Guy, the online marketplace for green and clean business deals, said Wednesday that it has named Patrick McKenna as its new Vice President of Business Development. The firm said that McKenna was most recently Chie...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Digital Media Wire Taps Levin For Advisor

Los Angeles-based Digital Media Wire, the entertainment and technology conference organizer, said today that it has added Peter Levin, founder of GeekChicDaily, to its advisory board. Digital Media Wire is run by Ned Sherman. Digital Media ...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Local.com Taps AOL For GM

Irvine-based Local.com, which operates a network of local Internet search sites, said today that it has named former AOL exec Rajan Mohan as General Manager of its Owned & Operated business unit. Mohan joins from AOL, where he served as Dir...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Amgen Names President, COO

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen announced this morning that it has named Robert A. Bradway as the firm's President and Chief Operating Officer. Bradway has been at Amgen since 2006, and was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financi...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals Names VP

Los Angeles-based Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, which is developing aesthetic medicine products, said today that it has named Pierre J.G. Corin as the firm's Vice President, Global Clinical Operations. Corin joins the firm from Allergan Medic...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Mojix Names CTO

Los Angeles-based Mojix, a developer of RFID technology, said today that it has promoted Dr. Christopher R. Jones as its new Chief Technology Officer. Mojix--which is applying communications techniques honed on NASA deep space exploration m...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CyberDefender Hires Ops VP

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, a developer of PC security, antispyware, and antivirus software, is expanding its management team today, saying it has hired on Neil Evans as Senior Vice President of Operations at the company. CyberDefender...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yahoo Taps Pepperdine Prof As Chief Product Officer

Online search portal Yahoo said yesterday that it has named Blake Irving, most recently a professor at the Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management in Malibu, as its Chief Product Officer, heading up the company's...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Contour Energy Expands Board

Azusa-based Contour Energy, the developer of advanced battery technology backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris, Schlumberger and US Venture Partners, announced today that it has named automotive executive Francois Castaing to its board ...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Demand Adds Mandalay's Guber, Omniture's James To Board

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the publishing and social media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, announced today that it has appointed Peter Guber, chairman of Mandalay Entertainment Group, and Josh James, SVP and GM of Omniture, to its boa...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Kyocera International Names CFO

San Diego-based Kyocera International, the North American headquarters for Kyocera Corporation, said today that it has named William J. Edwards as Executive Vice Presidents and Chief Financial Officer. Edwards was most recently VP and Treas...

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WebVisible Taps Rosen As Chief Revenue Officer

Irvine-based WebVisible, which helps small and medium sized businesses place online advertising, announced today that it has hired Jon Rosen as its Chief Revenue Officer. Rosen joins the firm from AOL Search, where he was Executive Director...

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CODA Automotive Names VP

Santa Monica-based electric car firm CODA Automotive said today that it has named K. Forrest Beanum as its Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications. Beanum joins the firm from CityView, where he was VP of Communications and Investo...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Somaxon Names CFO

San Diego-based Somaxon Pharmaceuticals said this morning that it has named Tran B. Nguyen as VP and CFO at the firm. The specialty pharmaceuticals firm said that Nguyen was most recently CFO at Metabasis Therapeutics, and also was a VP in ...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

ValueClick CEO Vadnais Retires

Westlake Village-based ValueClick said Friday that CEO Tom A. Vadnais is retiring from the firm, and also resigning as a board member. Vadnais is being replaced by James R. Zarley, who was most recently executive Chairman at the firm. Vadna...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Qualcomm Shuffles Chinese Head

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced today that it has promoted Xiang Wang, currently Vice President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, to Senior Vice President of Qualcomm, and President of Qualcomm Greater China. Wang replaces Frank Meng, who t...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

BakBone Loses CEO

San Diego-based BakBone Software, a developer of data backup software, said late Thursday that its President and CEO, James R. Johnson, has left the firm, and resigned from the company's board. Reason for the transition was not given. BakBo...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Siemer & Associates Names Managing Director

Santa Monica-based Siemer & Associates, an investment banking firm and investor focused on digital media and technology, has hired on Ivan Nikkhoo as a Managing Director at the firm, the company has announced this week. Nikkhoo was the prio...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Inphi Expands In The UK

Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation, a developer of high speed semiconductors, announced today that it has opened up operations in the United Kingdom, with a new design center. According to Inphi, the new design center will help its ac...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Arrowhead Adds Nobel Prize Winner To Advisory Board

Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research Corporation announced today that it has added Nobel Prize winner Dr. Lee Hartwell to its Scientific Advisory Board. Hartwell, President of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, received the Nobel Priz...

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Monday, April 5, 2010

V-Vehicle CEO Out, VCs Take Charge

San Diego-based V-Vehicle Corp., the stealthy alternative energy automotive firm backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and T. Boone Pickens, appears to be undergoing a shakeup after the firm's rejection by the Federal government for ...

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Rubicon Hires Two Execs

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project is expanding its executive team today, saying that it has hired Ben Trenda as VP of U.S. Demand, and Eric Matza as Director of Product Marketing. Trenda was most recently VP Global Partnerships at AOL, and ...

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

mobileStorm Snags Marketing VP From Rubicon Project

Los Angeles-based mobileStorm, the online and mobile marketing firm headed by Jared Reitzin, said today that it has hired on Marwan Soghaier as VP of Marketing and Product at the firm. Soghaier was most recently in Product Marketing and Bra...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AeroVironment Loses CFO

Monrovia-based Aerovironment, a developer of unmanned aircraft systems and electric charging systems for the transportation industry, reported today that its Chief Financial Officer, Stephen C. Wright, has resigned. The firm said that Wrigh...

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

SANYO Names North American Consumer Head

Chatsworth-based SANYO North American Corporation said today that it has named Andrew Nelkin as President of the firm's Consumer Solutions Division, the unit of the firm which markets SNAYO's consumer electronics in the US. Nelkin joins the...

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Cynvenio Biosystems Names VPs

Westlake Village-based Cynvenio Biosystems announed this morning that the firm has appointed two new VPs. According to Cynvenio, it has added David J. Sauvageau as the firm's Vice President, Engineering and Product Development, and Dr. Paul...

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Response Genetics Loses CFO

Los Angeles-based Response Genetics, a firm developing molecular diagnostic tests for cancer, announced this morning that its Chief Financial Officer, Thomas Stankovich, has resigned. The firm said that Stankovich resigned to "pursue other ...

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Telogis Names Sales VP

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis announced late Thursday that it has named Susan Heystee as its Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales. The firm, which develops fleet management, route planning, and related software, said Heystee joins from N...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Citysearch Nabs Gorilla Nation's Louvion

West Hollywood-based Citysearch announced today that it has hired on Christophe Louvion--the former CTO of Gorilla Nation Media--as its Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Core Products. Citysearch, which is owned by IAC, ...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

eSolar Names Operations VP

Pasadena-based eSolar, the developer of concentrating solar thermal power plants spun out of Idealab, said today that Gary J. Breton has been named Senior Vice President of Operations for the firm. Breton joins the company from Aurora Semic...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Report: Redpoint's Martin Leaving Firm

Greg Martin, the partner heading up Redpoint Ventures' Los Angeles office, has reportedly left the firm, according to a report from the Private Equity Insider. Martin is no longer listed on Redpoint's web site, was not listed in its latest ...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Xavient Names CFO

Simi Valley-based Xavient Information Systems, a provider of IT and engineering services, announced today that it has hired Tim Lutz as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. Xavient was most recently at publicly held Convergys Corporation...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

RingRevenue Names EVP Sales

Santa Barbara-based RingRevenue, the pay-per-call advertising firm headed by Jason Spievak, announced today that it has named Monty Hudson as the firm's Executive Vice President of Sales. Hudson joins the firm from AudienceScience, where he...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Eucalyptus Snags MySQL CEO

Santa Barbara-based Eucalyptus announced Friday afternoon that the firm has snagged Marten Mickos, most recently the CEO of MySQL AB, as its new CEO. Current Eucalpytus CEO Woody Rollins becomes Chief Financial Officer of the firm. Eucalpyt...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Power-One Names Renewable Energy Sales VP

Camarillo-based Power-One, a manufacturer of power supplies, said Friday that it has named Kent Sheldon as the firm's Vice President of Renewable Energy Sales for North America. Sheldon was most recently at Enphase Energy, and also served a...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

RFaxis Taps Cisco For Advisor

Irvine-based RFaxis, a developer of semiconductors for the mobile phone and wireless markets, said earlier this week that it added Malachy Moynihan, Vice President of Video Product Strategy at Cisco, to its board of advisors. Moynihan has b...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cohu Swizzles Chair

Poway-based Cohu, a supplier of test handling and thermal testing hardware used in the semiconductor industry, said Monday that chairman Charles A. Schwan has resigned, and has been replaced by James A. Donahue. Donahue is the firm's Presid...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Demand Media Snags Yahoo Exec

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online media venture of Richard Rosenblatt, announced Monday afternoon that it has hired on Joanne Bradford, most recently Yahoo's SVP of U.S. Revenue and Market Development, as its Chief Revenue Officer....

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Guidance Software Snags Marketing VP From Websense

Pasadena-based Guidance Software, a developer of forensics software for digital investigations of computers, said today that it has hired Leo J. Cole as the firm's Vice President of Marketing. Cole was most recently VP of Marketing for Webs...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Nexiant Adds Board Member

Lake Forest-based Nexiant, a developer of materials management software tools, announced this morning that it has named Michael Aghajanian to its board. Aghajanian was most recently CEO of supply chain firm PRTM, and also was founder of The...

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Memjet Names Legg CFO

San Diego-based Memjet, a developer of color printing technology, said this week that it has added Mark W. Legg as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. Legg joins from Genearl Atomics, where he was SVp and CFO. Legg also served at Americ...

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Algebraix Data Adds Mutch To Board

San Diego-based Algebraix Data, a firm that develops business intelligence software, said this week that it has named John Mutch as its Vice Chairman and member of its board of directors. Mutch is CEO of BeyondTrust Software, and also previ...

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Soliant Energy Names Marketing VP

Monrovia-based Soliant Energy, a developer of concentrated solar energy systems, announced this morning that it has added Ben Jamison as the firm's new Vice President of Marketing. Jamison was most recently at Savant Systems, and has also s...

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Row 44 Adds Former Continental CEO To Board

Westlake Village-based Row 44, a provider of satellite-based Wi-Fi equipment for aircraft, said yesterday that it has added Larry Kellner, former Chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines, to its board of directors. Kellner served as both CF...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Emergent Game Technologies Appoints CEO

Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies, a provider of game development tools, said today that Scott M. Johnson has been appointed as CEO of the firm. Emergent said that Johnson has been CEO of the firm since late last year. Johnson was ...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

IVT Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based IVT, a provider of web casting software and services, announced today that it has named Jim McGovern as its new CEO. McGovern replaces founder Greg Pulier, who is now CTO of the firm. McGovern was most recently CEO of itzb...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Panache Grabs VP From Yahoo

Los Angeles-based online advertising firm Panache said today that it has named Cheryl Kellond as its new Executive Vice President. Panache said that Kellond joins the firm from Yahoo, where she was Vice President of Advertiser Product Marke...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Verimatrix Snags Motorola Vet As CTO

San Diego-based Verimatrix has snagged a Motorola vet as its new Chief Technology Officer, the firm said today. The firm said it has named Petr Peterka, formerly a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the CTO's office at Motorola'...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

AeroVironment Names CTO, VP

Monrovia-based AeroVironment, a developer of unamnned aerial vehicles and energy products, said late Friday that it has named Tom Herring as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) businesss, and...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Active Network Names CFO

San Diego-based The Active Network has named a new Chief Financial Officer, Scott Mendel. The firm announced today that Mendel has joined the firm from General Electric, where he had served for over 20 years. Mendel was most recently Chief ...

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Overland Storage Hires BlueArc, Data Robotics Founder

San Diego-based Overland Storage said earlier this week that it has hired Dr. Geoff Barrall as its new Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering. Barrall was most recently CEO of Data Robotics, and also was founder of BlueA...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Enigma Diagnostics Sets Up Shop In San Diego

Oxford, England-based Enigma Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics firm, said today that it has opened up a new, regional headquarters in San Diego. Enigma said the new, 17,000 sq. ft. office is in the Sorrento Valley, where it will house sa...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Qualcomm Names Mobile Commerce Head

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has named Rocco Fabiano as new head of its mobile commerce subsidiary, Firethorn Holdings LLC. Qualcomm said that Fabiano will act as President of Firethorn, heading up strategic direc...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

MySpace Founders Head North In Casual Gaming Deal

MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe, Colin Digiaro, and Aber Whitcomb are taking the reins at a casual and social gaming venture called MindJolt, which announced its funding Wednesday. The new firm, based out of San Francisco, is being funded by...

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Perfect Market Names Chief Strategy Officer

Altadena-based Perfect Market, which is backed by Idealab, said this morning that it has hired on Robertson Barrett as Chief Strategy Officer at the company. Barrett joins from Tribune Interactive, where he was Executive Vice President head...

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Monday, March 1, 2010

DTS Taps Motorola For CTO

Calabasas-based DTS, a developer of surround sound technology, said today that it has named Dr. Frederick Kitson as the firm's EVP and Chief Technology Officer. Kitson joins from Motorola, where he was Corporate VP and head of Research and ...

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Demand Media Creates Editorial Advisory Board

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing effort headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said late last night that it has created a new Editorial Advisory Board. The firm said the new group of advisors would help counsel the firm on cont...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Toshiba America Medical Names Marketing VP

Tustin-based Toshiba America Medical Systems, a manufacturer of diagnostic imaging systems for the healthcare market, said today that it has named Doug Ryan as Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Development, heading up the firm's strat...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Inphi Snags Advisors

Westlake Village-based Inphi, a developer of high speed analog semiconductors, announced today that it has added Fred Weber and Randy Wilhelm to its technical advisory panel. Weber currently sits on the boards of SeaMicro and Glasspoint Sol...

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Solarflare Names New Sales VP

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications announced this morning that it has hired Sean Keohane as its new Vice President of Sales. Keohane joins from Aquantia, where he was VP of Worldwide Sales; he has also served at National Semiconductor, ...

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Telogis Names Sales VP

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis, a developer of fleet management and tracking software, said today that it has named Doug Daniels as Vice President of Sales of its Telogis GeoBase Division. Daniels joins the firm from DigitalGlobe, and also has s...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Netlist Names Research VP

Irvine-based Netlist said earlier this week that it has appointed a new Vice President of Research and Development. The firm, which designs and manufacturer memory subsystems for the high performance computing and communications market, sai...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tunewiki Gains Investment, Hires Activision Vets

Tunewiki, a developer of a user-driven service which combines streaming music with music lyrics, said Tuesday that it has received a strategic investment from NTT DOCOMO. The firm has a U.S. office in Los Angeles, but is headquartered in th...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Network Hardware Resale Names IT VP

Santa Barbara-based Network Hardware Resale, a firm which sells used and new networking equipment, said this morning that it has named Mark V. Kelly as its Vice President of IT. IT was most recently at Den-Mat Holdings, and also has served ...

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mobile Messenger Names, Promotes VPs

Los Angeles-based Mobile Messenger, the mobile marketing firm majority owned by Silver Lake Partners, said earlier this week that it has named Larry Robiner as its VP of CRM Channel Sales. Robiner joins the firm from Epsilon, where he was V...

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

MySpace Names Jones, Hirschorn As Co-Presidents, as Van Natta Leaves

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said late Wednesday that CEO Owen Van Natta is stepping down from his position, and will be replaced by co-presidents Mike Jones and Jason Hirschorn. Reasons for Van Natta's departure were no...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MeLLmo Hires Sales VP

San Diego-based MeLLmo, the firm behind the Roambi mobile business application, said today that it has hired on Brad Freitag as the firm's Vice President of Sales. Freitag has previously worked at Oracle, IBM, and Hyperion Solutions, and wa...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SOA Software Bolsters European Efforts

Los Angeles-based SOA Software, which develops service-oriented architecture (SOA) management software, said Tuesday that the firm is expanding its European operations. The firm said it has appointed Steve Pope as the firm's Vice President ...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Xencor Names Baracchini Business Head

Monrovia-based Xencor, a developer of antibody discovery technology, said this morning that it has named Edgardo Baracchini, Ph.D., as Chief Business Officer at the company. Baracchini joins the firm from Metabasis Therapeutics, where he wa...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Integrien Adds Lee Roberts To Board

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of IT analytics annd management software, announced today that former FileNet CEO Lee Roberts is joining the firm's board of directors. Roberts is currently President and CEO of BlueWater Management Consu...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

iRise Names Advisor

El Segundo-based iRise, a developer of software used by enterprises to visualize and prototype their IT development projects, announced this morning that it has named Ralph Szygenda to its advisory board. Szygenda is the former global CIO o...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Borrego Solar Names CFO

San Diego-based Borrego Solar Systems, a developer and designer of commercial solar electric power installations, said today that it has named Bill Bush as the firm's Chief Financial Officer. The venture backed firm said that Bush joins fr...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thunderhead Claims Growth, Adds Execs

Irvine-based Thunderhead, a developer of software for managing communications with customers, said Thursday that it saw 30 percent, year on year growth in its revenues in 2009. The privately held firm did not disclose financials or any deta...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

PC Mall Names President

Torrance-based PC Mall, a catalog retailer of IT hardware, software, and other products, said today that it has named Jim Garrity as President of its SARCOM subsidiary. PC Mall said that Garrity was most recently COO of SECNAP Network Secur...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

BUZZMEDIA Boosts Sales Efforts With Hires

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the entertainment and pop culture publishing firm founded by Anthony Batt, said today that it has hired on two new sales execs, as part of a push to expand its advertising sales. The firm said it has hired Christo...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Arrowhead Research Names New CFO

Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research, which is commercializing nanotechnology and other research, said today that it has named Ken Myszkowski as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. Myszkowski replaces interim CFO Joseph T. Kingsley in the ...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Soliant Energy Names DeMiroz COO, CFO

Monrovia-based solar concentrator firm Soliant Energy said today that it has hired back Marco DeMiroz, as the firm's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. DeMiroz was previously interim CEO at the firm, and an advisor to the ...

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Monday, February 1, 2010

SpeedTax Names Marketing VP

Laguna Hills-based SpeedTax, a developer of software-as-a-service for sales tax management, announced this morning that it has named David Lahey as the firm's Executive Vice President, Sales and marketing. Lahey was most recently at Sage, w...

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Solekai Systems Names Marco Thompson As CTO

San Diego-based Solekai Systems, a software development firm focused on the smart grid industry, said today that it has named Marco Thompson as its Chief Technology Officer. Thompson was most recently CTO at Wind River Services, is Vice Cha...

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Everbridge Taps LA Times For CTO

Los Angeles-based Everbridge, which develops incident notification and mass calling systems, said Thursday that it has named Scott Sullivan as the firm's Chief Technology Officer. Sullivan was most recently Chief Technology Officer, Interac...

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Broadcom Snags Networking GM From Cisco

Irvine-based Broadcom said late Wednesday that it has named Rajiv Ramaswami as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the firm's Enterprise Networking Group. Ramaswami joins Broadcom from Cisco Systems, where he was VP and General ...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Passenger Expands Board

Los Angeles-based Passenger, which operates online communities for major brands, said today that it has named Jaynie Miller Studenmund to the firm's board of directors. Studenmund is an advisor focused on startups, rapid growth, turnaround,...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Neomend Raises $30M

Irvine-based Neomend, a developer of sealants for the surgical market, announced this morning that it has raised $30M in a Series D funding round. Neomend said the round was led by Clarus Ventures, which contributed $17M of the total round....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

WiSpry Adds Board Member

Irvine-based WiSpry, a developer of tunable radio frequency semiconductors, said this morning that it has added Ed Healy to its board of directors. Healy is senior advisor to the chairman of Mediatek, and was previously co-founder and CEO o...

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Mayfield Eyes Los Angeles Startups, Taps Ticketmaster's Moriarty

Bay area venture capital firm Mayfield Fund appears to be eyeing more investments in the Los Angeles area, with the addition of Sean Moriarty, the former CEO of Ticketmaster, as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the firm. According to Mayfiel...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CODA Automotive Snags GM Vet For Sales VP

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, a startup manufacturer of electric cars, announced today that it has hired on a GM vet, Michael A. Jackson, as its Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution. According to CODA, Jackson was mo...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

OpenCandy Adds Google Ventures' Kraus To Board

San Diego-based OpenCandy, which develops software and services to monetize downloads of open source software, said today that it has added Joe Kraus of Google Ventures to the firm's board of directors. Kraus is the co-founder of Excite and...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fonality Names New CEO

Culver City-based Fonality, a developer of business PBX phone systems based on the open source Asterisk PBX software, said today that it has named Dean Mansfield as the firm's new CEO. Mansfield replaces Chris Lyman, the firm's CEO and foun...

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Mzima Networks Acquired By PacketExchange

Los Angeles-based Mzima Networks, a provider of Internet bandwidth services, is being acquired by London's PacketExchange, the firms said Monday. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to PacketExchange, the acqu...

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Monday, January 18, 2010

AirHop Adds LaForge As Advisor

San Diego-based AirHop Communications, a developer of wireless infrastructure software, announced this morning that it has added Perry LaForge to the firm's advisory board. LaForge is founder and executive director of the CDMA Development G...

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Ondax Names New CEO

Monrovia-based Ondax, a manufacturer of holographic filters and semiconductor lasers for the industrial, defense, scientific and medical markets, announced this week that it has named Randy Heyler as its President and CEO. According to the ...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Quest Software Names Two Execs

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said earlier this week that it has named Carl Eberling as its VP and GM of virtualization and monitoring, and Steve Kahan as VP of Global Marketing. Eberling joins the firm from Kaiser Permanente, where he w...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Underground Elephant Opens Office in Santa Monica, Makes Hires

San Diego-based Underground Elephant, a startup focused on the CPA-based, performance based advertising market, said today that it has opened up an office in Santa Monica. The firm said it is looking to tap the talent in the Los Angeles are...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Impact Radius Scores $6M

Santa Barbara-based Impact Radius, a developer of multi-channel, performance advertising technology, announced today that it has raised $6M in a venture funding round. The round was led by Redpoint Ventures. The firm said the funding went t...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Inovio Taps Merck For Chief Medical Officer

San Diego-based Inovio Biomedical said this week that it has tapped a Merck veteran for its new Chief Medical Officer. According to Inovio, it has hired on mark L. Bagarazzi, M.D>, as Chief Medical Officer heading up worldwide clinical deve...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Inovio Taps Merck For Chief Medical Officer

San Diego-based Inovio Biomedical said this week that it has tapped a Merck veteran for its new Chief Medical Officer. According to Inovio, it has hired on mark L. Bagarazzi, M.D>, as Chief Medical Officer heading up worldwide clinical deve...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Traversa Names Research VP

San Diego-based Traversa Therapeutics, a biopharmaceuticals firm developing RNA interference (RNAi) technology, said earlier this week that it has named Curt W. Bradshaw as Vice President of Research and Development. Bradshaw joins the firm...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Napster's Gorog Departs Firm

Chris Gorog, the CEO of Los Angeles-based Napster, said Wednesday in a blog post that he is leaving the firm. According to Gorog, he will turn the reins of CEO over to Christopher Allen, who will serve as General Manager. The move comes 16 ...

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Belkin Names Reynoso CEO

Compton-based Belkin International, which makes electronics accessories and cables, said Tuesday that it has promoted President Mark Reynoso to the additional position of CEO. Reynoso replaces Chet Pipkin, the firm's current CEO, who remain...

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

VMIX Boosts Exec Team

San Diego-based VMIX, which provides online video management tools for web publishers, said today that it has hired on four new executives to its Business Development team. The firm said it has hired on Kate Dixon, Charles white, Scott O'Do...

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Networkfleet Names CEO

San Diego-based Networkfleet, a developer of wireless fleet management services, said today that it has promoted Keith Schneider to CEO of the firm. Schneider has been President of the firm since April of 2007. The firm said that Schneider ...

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Monday, December 28, 2009

eEye Shuffles CEO, Execs

Irvine-based eEye, a developer of security and vulnerability management software, said today that it has named a new CEO, CFO, and VP of Strategy. The firm said it has appointed Kevin Hickey as CEO, replacing Kamal Arafeh. The firm also sai...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ViaSat Names President At WildBlue

Carlsbad-based ViaSat announced this morning that it has named Tom Moore as President of its new WildBlue subsidiary. Moore was a co-founder of WildBlue, and was President and CEO of the firm until 2005. ViaSat completed its $568M acquisiti...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

WebVisible Names New VP

Irvine-based WebVisible, which helps small and mid-sized businesses to place online advertising, said today that it has named Doug LaBahn as the firm's Vice President of Product. LaBahn has previously served as VP of Strategy and Innovation...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Inovio Biomedical Expands Scientific Advisory Board

San Diego-based Inovio Biomedical announced this morning that it has added Iacob Mathiesen, Ph.D. to its Scientific Advisory Board. Mathiesen was previously managing director of Inovio's Norwegian subsidiary, Inovio AS. The firm said that M...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Information Superbrand Names Tal Golan CEO

Irvine-based Information Superbrand, an Internet marketing firm, is announcing this morning that it has named Tal Golan as the firm's CEO. Golan was most recently founder of Sendio, and has founded OpticNerve, as well as serving at the Mult...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Riot Games Snags Mohn For Board

Los Angeles-based Riot Games, a venture backed developer of online games, said Wednesday that it has added Jarl Mohn to its board of directors. Mohn is an investor in the firm. Mohn was the founder of E! Entertainment Television, and was al...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

eSolar Names New CEO

Pasadena-based eSolar, a developer of concentrating solar thermal power technology, said today that it has appointed John Van Scoter as its new Chief Executive Officer. Van Scoter was most recently at Texas Instruments Alternative Energy St...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MyShape's Wannier Shifts To Executive Chairman

Glendale-based MyShape, the personalized online shopping site for women's apparel, said Tuesday that CEO Louise Wannier has become Executive Chairman of the Board, and that it has appointed Mercedes De Luca as President. De Luca was previou...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sorenson Media Promotes Sismondo, Looks to Hire

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, a developer of Internet video compression and decompression software, said today that it has promoted Charles Sismondo to Vice President of Engineering. Sismondo has been at the company for just over a year, ...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Integrien Names Strategy VP

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of analytics software for IT operations, announced this morning that it has appointed Ian Dodd as the firm's Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. The firm, which is backed by Clearstone Ve...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Rustic Canyon's Kim To Leave Firm

Michael Kim, a partner at Santa Monica-based Rustic Canyon Partners, is departing the firm at the end of the year to startup up a new fund-of-funds, Cendana Capital. According to Kim, the new fund--based in San Francisco--will focus on inve...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Vuguru Nabs LivePlanet's Tanz

Los Angeles-based Vuguru, the digital production studio founded by Michael Eisner, has snagged former LivePlanet CEO Larry Tanz as its new President, the firm said today. Tanz was most recently co-founder and President of digital entertainm...

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Xencor Names Chairman

Monrovia-based Xencor, a developer of biotherapeutics, said today that it has named Bruce Carter, Ph.D., most recently the Chief Executive Officer of ZymoGenetics, as Chairman of the firm's board of directors. Carter has also served as Corp...

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Friday, December 4, 2009

International Rectifier Names Board Member

El Segundo-based International Rectifier said Thursday that it has added Barbara L. Rambo to its board of directors. Rambo is CEO of Taconic Management Services, a management consulting firm, and also sites on the boards of PG&E, Union Bank...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

THQ Hires Back Alumni As Licensing VP

Agoura Hills-based video game maker THQ reported earlier this week that it has hired on Germaine Gioia as its Senior Vice President, Licensing and Merchandise. According to THQ, Gioia was most recently Senior Vice President, Licensing for C...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Salk Insitute Adds VC To Board

La Jolla-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies, known for its life science research, disclosed this morning that the firm has added venture capitalists Fred Dotzler to its board of trustees. The institute said that Dotzler, co-founder...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mogreet Hires Sales And Marketing VP

Venice-based Mogreet, which operates a text messaging-based greetings business, said today that it has hired Jay Goss as the firm's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Goss was COO of Numedeon, which operates virtual world Whyville, and ...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

LeadPoint Snags Sales Exec From LowerMyBills

Los Angeles-based LeadPoint, a venture backed firm operating an online sales lead exchange, said today that it has hired Noah Staitman as Senior Director of Sales at the firm. Staitman joins LeadPoint from LowerMyBills. According to LeadPoi...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pathway Genomics Adds Executive

San Diego-based Pathway Genomics has added Sidney Stolz as Chief Growth Officer, the firm said this morning. According to Pathway Genomics, Stoltz joins the firm from Healthcare Solutions, where he was Executive Vice President. Stolz has al...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cohu Adds Board Member

Poway-based Cohu, a provider of IC test equipments for the semiconductor industry, said Monday evening that it has added Steven J. Bilodeau to its board of directors. Bilodeau is Chairman of Standard Microsystems Corporation, and also serve...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MaxLinear Names Board Member

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, a developer of radio frequency (RF) and mixed signal semiconductors, said Tuesday that it has added Donald Schrock to its board. Schrock has previously served at Qualcomm, Motorola, GM-Hughes Aircraft, Burr-Brown, ...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MRV Swizzles Board Chair

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, a developer of optical transport products, said Monday that it has named Joan E. Herman as Chair of its board of directors. Herman replaces Shlomo Margalit, who continues as a board member and as MRV's C...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Topspin Media Adds VP

Santa Monica-based Topspin Media, the developer of music and band marketing software headed by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said over the weekend that it has added Andrew Mains as its new VP Artist Relations and Services. Mains was Hea...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Ace Metrix Expands Board

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, which operates a service to help television advertisers measure the effectiveness of their creative content, announced this morning that it has added Greg Drew to its board of directors. Drew is the CEO and Pre...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Calacanis: First Angels In New Angel Group

Jason Calacanis, CEO of Santa Monica-based Internet search site Mahalo, has signed on several angels for his new angel group, the Open Angel Forum - Los Angeles. Calacanis--who started the group as an outgrowth of his crusade against pay-to...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

HireRight Names Operations VP

Irvine-based HireRight said Thursday morning that it has named Catherine Aldrich as its Vice President of Operations. Aldrich joins the firm from Accurate Background, where she was EVP, and will report to HireRight President and CEO Michael...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

InteliCloud Adds Former Apple CEO To Board

Newport Beach-based InteliCloud, a manufacturer of blade server equipment, announced Wednesday that it has added Gil Amelio, the former CEO of Apple and National Semiconductor, to its board of advisors. Amelio was CEO of Apple between 1994 ...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Symwave Taps Broadcom For CFO

Laguna Niguel-based Symwave, a developer of USB semiconductors, said yesterday that it has hired Adam Spice as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. Spice was most recently Broadcom's Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development, a...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lottay Raises Funding, Appoints CEO

Los Angeles-based Lottay, an online gifting web site, is announcing this morning that it has raised $475,000 in a funding round, and appointed former Evite.com and ABC.com executive Harry Lin as its CEO. The funding round was led by DFJ Fro...

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Monday, November 16, 2009

eSolar Adds Former First Solar COO To Board

Pasadena-based eSolar, the Idealab startup developing solar thermal power plant technology, said today that it has added George (Chip) A. Hambro, the retired Chief Operating Officer of First Solar, to its board of directors. Hambro was at F...

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Luxury Link Names COO

Los Angeles-based Luxury Link, an online luxury travel site, said this week that it has promoted Bob Bennett to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Bennett has been at Luxury Link since 2008, serving as Chief Product Officer. Luxury Link o...

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Friday, November 13, 2009

NextWave Wireless Adds Director

San Diego-based NextWave Wireless, a provider of software for the mobile market and owner of wireless spectrum, said Thursday that it has added Carl Vogel to its board of directors. Vogel is a Senior Advisor and a member of the board of Dis...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BuzzMedia Taps MySpace For Exec

Los Angeles-based Buzzmedia, which operates Buzznet, Celebuzz, and other pop culture web sites, said today that it has hired Chris George, former Vice President of Integrated Marketing at MySpace, as its Senior Vice President of Integrated ...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tanner EDA Names Sales VP, In Strategic Alliance

Monrovia-based Tanner EDA, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal electronic design automation software, reported Monday evening that it has appointed a new Sales VP, and separately, that it is in a strategic alliance with a MEMS supplier. I...

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Universal Electronics Names Board Member

Cypress-based Universal Electronics said today that it has appointed Carl Vogel to its board of directors. Vogel is a partner at SCP Worldwide, which owns the NHL's St. Louis Blues and Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake. He also sits on t...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Clicker.com Adds Blake Krikorian To Board, Investors

Los Angeles-based Clicker Media, which operates an online service to index Internet television, said today that it has added Blake Krikorian, founder and former CEO of Sling Media, to its board of directors. Krikorian is also investing in t...

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Brickfish Snags Sales Exec From Google

San Diego-based Brickfish, a developer of social media and networking software being used by brands, reported today that it has hired on a Paul Botto, most recently Head of Analytics for the North American Sales Organization at Google, as i...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Zag Hires New Products Director

Santa Monica-based Zag, the online auto buying site headed by Scott Painter, has hired on a Director of New Products, according to recruiting firm NeoHire. NeoHire said that Alexander Rosten has been hired into the position, joining Zag fro...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Vitesse Names New Board Members

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said Friday that it has appointed two new board members, as part of a debt restructuring deal. According to Vitesse, James Hugar and Grant Lyon replace Guy W. Adams, Robert A. Lundy, and Willow B. Shire...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Sometrics Names Bizdev VP

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, a developer of analytics tools for online game developers, announced today that it has appointed Steve Schepke as its Vice President of Business Development. Schepke was most recently Agency General Manager for ...

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

SkinIt Snags Au As CTO

San Diego-based Skinit, a developer of personalized "skins" for electronic items, reports today that it has hired on Stanford Au, former SVP of technology at Shutterfly, as its Chief Technology Officer. Au was behind Shutterfly's Photobook ...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

BeyondTrust Hires Marketing Head

Agoura Hills-based BeyondTrust, a developer of security software, has added Brian T. Anderson as Chief Marketing Officer, the firm said today. BeyondTrust said that Anderson joins the firm from SIderean Software, and also served at Avamar T...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Inovio Biomedical Expands Board

San Diego-based Inovio BIomedical, a developer of vaccines, announced today that it has added David J. Williams and Keith H. Wells to its board of directors. Williams is former Chairman and CEO of Sanofi Pasteur, and Wells is a senior membe...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Power-One Names New Board Member

Camarillo-based Power-One, a manufacturer of power supplies and related products, said Friday afternoon that it has appointed Kambiz Hooshmand to its board of directors. Hooshmand was most recently President and CEO of AppliedMicro. He has ...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Skinit Names CFO

San Diego-based Skinit, a provider of electronics personalization technology, said today that it has named Greg Wimmer as its Chief Financial Officer. Wimmer has been acting CFO at the firm since October. According to Skinit, Wimmer was mos...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

SEMICOA Names Quality VP

Costa Mesa-based SEMICOA, a developer of high reliability semiconductors, reported Thursday that it has hired Harry James as its Vice President of Total Quality. James has previously served at Texas Instruments, Fairchild, Hewlett-Packard, ...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Zumbox Hires Publishing Executive

Westlake Village-based Zumbox, which is developing a system to deliver postal mail electronically using street addresses, said today that it has hired Peter O. Price as head of its media division. Price has served at Time Inc., Publisher of...

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Sendio Hires New VP, Looks To Channel

Newport Beach-based Sendio, a developer of email appliances for blocking spam, said Monday that it has hired two new sales executives, and is now 100 percent focused on channel sales. According to Sendio, it has hired Ron Claypool as its Vi...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

CaseStack Taps FedEx Vet For Board

Santa Monica-based CaseStack, which provides outsource logistics and supply chain services to consumer packaged goods companies, announced Friday that it has added Tucker Taylor--a former Federal Express executive--to its board. CaseStack s...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Symphony Technology Group Completes MSC.Software Buy

Private equity firm Symphony Technology Group said Wednesday that it has completed its acquisition of Santa Ana-based MSC Software. The deal was worth approximately $390M, or $8.40 per share in cash. Symphony said that it has appointed Domi...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Blackline Names Support Head

Calabasas-based BlackLine Systems, the developer of financial close and account conciliation services headed by Therese Tucker, said today that it has named Kelly Darren as its Director of Support Services. The firm said that Darren has ser...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

iCONECT Hires Silver As CTO

Redondo Beach-based iCONECT Development, a developer of litigation support software, said this morning that it has hired on former X1 Technologies Vice President Howard G. Silver as its Chief Technology Officer. According to iCONECT, Silver...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cymer Names Board Member

San Diego-based Cymer, a publicly held supplier of light sources for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, said it has named Eric Ruttenberg to its board today. Ruttenberg is Co-Managing Member of the General Partner of investors Tinicu...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Soliant Names New CEO

Monrovia-based Soliant Energy, a developer of solar concentrators targeted at the commercial market, announced today that it has named a new CEO and Chairman, Dr. Terry Bailey. Bailey joins from Evergreen Solar, where he was Senior Vice Pre...

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Monday, October 5, 2009

MySpace Names CFO

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that it has named Mark Rosenbaum as its Chief Financial Officer. Rosenbaum was most recently a consultant to MGM, and was previously SVP Corporate Finance at Gemstar-TV Guide. He h...

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Prism VentureWorks' Nye Joins Medical Device Firm

Venture capital firm Prism VentureWorks apparently has lost its last link to Southern California's venture market, as the firm's Los Angeles-based General Partner, Gordie Nye, has left the firm to join a medical device company in Northern C...

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WebVisible Taps Burr For COO Spot

Irvine-based WebVisible has snagged former NetZero co-founder Ronald Burr as its Chief Operating Officer, the firm said Wednesday. The firm, which helps small businesses place local online advertising, said that Burr will oversee the firm's...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Power-One Names New VP

Camarillo-based Power-One, a manufacturer of power supplies, said today that it has named Kevin Trosian as the firm's Vice President of Investor Relations. Trosian joins the company from Tower 12 Consulting, a consulting and financial advis...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

HP Names Head of San Diego Imaging and Printing Group

HP said today that it has named Christopher Morgan as Senior Vice President of the firm's Graphics Solutions global business unit, which is part of its Imaging and Printing Group, the firm said this morning. Morgan will be based in San Dieg...

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Friday, September 25, 2009

United Sample Staffs Up

Encino-based United Sample, a provider of online sampling services for the market research industry, has staffed up with a number of executive hires. According to the firm, it has named Robyn Tas as Senior Vice President of Business Develop...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hydra Snags Exec From LowerMyBills

Beverly Hills-based Hydra, a pay-for-performance advertising network, said yesterday that it has named Josh Eldridge as the firm's Director of Display Media. Eldridge joins the firm from LowerMyBills.com, where he was Marketing Director. El...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

D-Link Names VP

Fountain Valley-based D-Link, a provider of networking products, announced this morning that it has hired Kevin Lahm as an Associate Vice President of North American Field System Engineers. Lahm comes to the firm from 3Com Corporation, wher...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Quality Systems Names COO, Director

Irvine-based Quality Systems, a provider of IT products for the healthcare market, reported this morning that it has appointed Philip N. Kaplan as the firm's Chief Operating Officer, and added Craig A. Barbarosh to its board. Kaplan was mos...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Activision Blizzard Names Public Policy Head, Legal Chief

Santa Monica-based game maker Activision Blizzard reported Wednesday afternoon that the firm has appointed George L. Rose as Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, and has also named Christopher B. Walther as its Chief Le...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Move Hires Execs

Westlake Village-based Move announced today that it has appointed David Story as the firm's new Chief Technology Officer, and Scott Boecker as its Chief Product Officer. The operator of online real estate sites said that both Story and Boec...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

AirHop Nabs $1M

San Diego-based AirHop Communications announced this morning that the firm has raised $1M in a financing round, from unnamed-wireless industry executives. The firm said it is developing systems software that enables the deployment of 4G wir...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Overland Names Gopal As Ops VP

San Diego-based Overland Storage reported earlier this week that it has hired on Christopher Gopal as the firm's Vice President of Worldwide Operations. Gopal was most recently COO for Applied Solar; he has also served as VP of Worldwide Op...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

CyberDefender Snags Antivirus Veteran

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, a developer of PC antispyware and antivirus software, reported today that it has appointed Brian Yoder as its new Vice President of Engineering. The firm said that Yoder was an early member of the Peter Nort...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Integrien Adds To Advisory Board

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of IT analytics software, announced today that it has added Carol Dingle, most recently VP Product Development and Shared Services at Digital Insight/Intuit, to its technology advisory board. Dingle spent...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Passenger Names Technology VP

Los Angeles-based Passenger, an operator of online communities for brands, said Wednesday that it has named Michael Winner as the firm's Senior Vice President of Technology. Winner has served at Ideal Soft and Blink Logic, in addition to wo...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

THQ Names Legal VP

Agoura Hills-based THQ, a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software and video games, announced Monday that it has appointed Edward L. Kaufman as Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secreta...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

WiSpry Expands Board

Irvine-based WiSpry, a developer of RF CMOS chips for the wireless market, announced today that it has added Kari-Pekka "K.P." Wilska to its board. Wilska is the former President of Nokia North America. Wilska also serves on the boards of B...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

DivX Loses Board Member

San Diego-based DivX said late Friday that board member Jerry Murdock has resigned. Murdock is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, and joined the firm's board of directors in 2005. Murdock will leave the company's board effecti...

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

FLO TV Names Corporate Development VP

San Diego-based FLO TV, the subsidiary of Qualcomm which operates the FLO TV mobile TV service, said it has named Alice Kim to Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development Thursday. Kim was most recently Senior Vice President...

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Novatel Wireless Boosts Board

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless, which develops wireless broadband cards and other products, announced this morning that it has added Russell C. Gerns to its board of directors. Gerns has served at Scientific Data Systems/Xerox, Computer M...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Awarepoint Names Zander To Board

San Diego-based Awarepoint, a developer of real-time location systems for the healthcare market, reported Monday that former Motorola CEO and Sun Microsystems President Ed Zander has joined its board. Zander was most recently chairman and C...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Inphi Hires Operations VP

Westlake Village-based Inphi, a developer of high speed, analog semiconductors, announced today that it has hired on a new VP of Operations, Atul Shingal. Shingal joins the firm from SiRF Technology, where he was also VP operations; Shingal...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Metabasis Therapeutics Loses CEO

San Diego-based Metabasis Therapeutics reported this morning that the firm's President, CEO, and Chief Scientific Officer, Mark Erion, is leaving the firm. According to Metabasis, Erion is leaving the firm for Merck, to become Vice Presiden...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

MyShape Confirms Funding

Glendale-based MyShape, which operates an online retailer focused on matching women to clothing based on their body type, confirmed this morning that it has raised a third round of venture funding. The firm said the round was led by DFJ Gro...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rubicon Opens Office In Australia, Hires Away Googler

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project announced Wednesday that the firm has opened up an office in Sydney, Australia, as part of an expansion in the Asia Pacific region. According to Rubicon, which provides online advertising optimization softw...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Awarepoint Names Strategy Officer

San Diego-based Awarepoint, a developer of real-time location systems for the healthcare and other industries, has appointed Dr. Dennis O'Leary as its Chief Strategy Officer. O'Learly was most recently President of The Joint Commission, and...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Report: Slacker Loses CEO

San Diego-based music startup Slacker has apparently lost its CEO, according to a report from VentureWire. VentureWire said it confirmed the departure of Dennis Mudd with an investor in the company. Slacker is venture backed by Austin Ventu...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Integrien Expands Advisory Board

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of IT performance analysis tools, said Thursday that it has added a new advisor, Ian Dodd, to its technology advisory board. The firm said that Ian Dodd heads Global Operations & Enterprise Automation for...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TrueCar Hires Away Edmunds Evangelist

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the automotive pricing spinout of Zag Automotive, annoucned today that it has hired the Chief Evangelist from Edmunds. The firm said that Jesse Toprak will serve as the firm's Vice President of Industry (Tresnds ...

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Monday, August 17, 2009

BlackLine Systems Hires EVP

Calabasas-based BlackLine Systems, which develops financial close software for companies, is expanding, saying today that it has hired on Greg Pond as an Executive Vice President at the firm. Pond has served at SunGard Data Systems, and sta...

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Marshal8e6 Names Execs

Orange-based Marshal8e6, a developer of web and email security products, said earlier this week that it has named William Kilmer as the firm's Chief Marketing Officer, and Werner Thalmeier as Vice President of Product Management. Kilmer was...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

OptionEase Names Ops VP

San Juan Capistrano-based OptionEase, a developer of software-as-a-service for tracking stock option grants, as well as for fair market value accounting and compliance, announced today that it has named Kevin J. Liebl as Executive VP of Ope...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rapid Bridge Adds Sales VP

San Diego-based Rapid Bridge, a developer of ASIC and other semiconductor designs for the systems-on-a-chip market, announced today that it has hired on Vikas Chaudhary as the firm's Vice President of Sales. Chaudhary was most recently dire...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Covario Launches Services Arm

San Diego-based Covario, a provider of search engine marketing and SEO automation software, said Tuesday that the firm has launched a new services arm, focused on agency services. The firm said that it has created its own, SEO delivery team...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Savings.com Taps Calacanis For Board

Santa Monica-based online coupon site Savings.com has tapped Jason Calacanis, founder of Mahalo and Internet celebrity, for its board of directors, the firm said Thursday. Savings.com provides coupons and coupon deals to Internet users, and...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

D2 Technologies Promotes Execs, Creates Business Units

Santa Barbara-based D2 Technologies, a developer of IP communications software for the embedded market, said this morning that it has promoted two of its executives and created two new business units. The firm said it has promoted Doug Maki...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

GameStop Looks To LA For Digital Media Head

Video game and entertainment software retailer GameStop has snagged Chris Petrovic, former VP of Digital Media at Playboy Enterprises, as its new digital media head, setting up Petrovic and a team in a corporate office here in Southern Cali...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Verve Wireless Names Chief Revenue Officer

Encinitas-based Verve Wireless, which develops tools for mobile publishing, said Thursday that it has named Bill Ganon as its Chief Revenue Officer. Ganon joins the firm from BG Associates; he has also served at GoldSpot Media, QUALCOMM--wh...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Websense Names New CFO, Sales VP

San Diego-based WebSense, a developer of email and web security products, announced Tuesday afternoon that it has appointed Arthur S. Locke as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and appointed Didier Guibal as its Executi...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Local.com Snags CTO From Martha Stewart

Irvine-based Local.com, a developer of local search sites and business directories, has hired on a new Chief Technology Officer, Michael Plonski. The firm said that it snagged Plonski from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where he was SVP/C...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Central Desktop Adds Greathouse To Board

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, which operates an online team project management service, said today that it has added John Greathouse to the firm's board of directors. Greathouse is a venture partner at Rincon Venture Partners, a faculty m...

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Solarflare Promotes Engineering VP

Irvine-based Solarflare said late Friday that it has named a new, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Danny Shamlou. According to the firm, Shamlou will be responsible for all of the firm's engineering functions. Shamlou was most recently...

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mobile Messenger Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based Mobile Messenger, a firm which provides technology for managing mobile media distribution and billing said this week that it has named Michael Iaccarino as CEO of the firm. Current CEO and founder, Steve Taylor, becomes EV...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

MyLife Snags Siegel As Chief Product Officer

Los Angeles-based people search engine MyLife.com has snagged technologist Ian Siegel as the firm's new Chief Product Officer, the firm said today. Siegel was most recently at Pictage, and also served as VP of Web Development for Rent.com, ...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Overland Names New Sales And Marketing VP

San Diego-based Overland Storage has appointed a new Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, the firm said this morning. According to Overland, Jillian Mansolf will head up the firm's global sales and marketing teams, joining from ...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

SAIL Venture Partners Adds Advisor

Costa Mesa-based SAIL Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on clean technology, announced Tuesday that the firm has added Joseph J. O'Byrne to the firm's board of advisors. Byrne was most recently a Senior Consultant in Alternat...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ortiva Wireless Names Sales VP

La Jolla-based Ortiva wireless, a developer of mobile video products, announced today that it has appointed Mark Eger as the firm's Vice President, Sales, Americas. Eger was most recently at PacketVideo, and has also served at Motricity, Li...

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Spot Runner Names GM

Los Angeles-based Spot Runner, which operates an online service to help businesses buy and sell TV and video advertising, said late Friday that it has promoted Gus Warren to General Manager of the firm's Malibu Media Platform unit. Warren h...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BakBone Names Sales VP

San Diego-based data storage and backup software provider BakBone Software reported this morning that it has hired Roy Hogsed as senior vice president of worldwide sales. BakBone described Hogsed as a software industry veteran with more tha...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Conexant Names Co-Presidents

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems, a developer of semiconductors for the video, networking, and other markets, has named two new co-Presidents for the firm today. The firm said that Christian Scherp and Sailesh Chittipeddi will serve as ...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Belkin Looks To Ingram Micro For CIO

Compton-based Belkin International, a maker of electronics accessories, disclosed this morning that it has hired on a Chief Information Officer, Deanna Johnston. Belkin snagged Johnson from Ingram Micro, where she was Vice President of Info...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Lantronix Names Marketing Head

Irvine-based Lantronix has hired on a new Vice President of Marketing, the firm said this morning. According to Lantronix, it has appointed Paul Pisal to the position. Pishal has previously served at Capgemini, and has also served at a tech...

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Abraxis BioScience Swizzles CFO

Los Angeles-based Abraxis Bioscience reported Friday that it has appointed Rick Rodgers as the firm's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Rodgers replaces current CFO, David O'Toole. Rodgers was most recently SVP, Controller,...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Vitesse Board Member Resigns

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said late Wednesday that one of the firm's board members, Vincent Chan, has resigned. Reason for the resignation as not given. Chan has been a director on the board of Vitesse since April of 2000. Vites...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Inphi Names Former NEC Exec To Advisory Board

Westlake Village-based Inphi, a provider of high performance analog components, said today that it has tapped the former CEO and President of NEC Electronics America, Hirakazu Hashimoto, to its advisory board. Hashimoto has also served at E...

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Rubicon Project Opens London Office

Santa Monica-based internet advertising firm the Rubicon Project said Thursday that the firm has officially opened up its London offices, and hired on a Director to handle UK publishers. Rubicon--which appointed a International VP just last...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Entropic Communications Shuffles CTO

San Diego-basd Entropic Communications, a manufacturer of semiconductors for the home entertainment networking market, announced Wednesday that it has hired on a new Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Tom Lookabaugh. Lookabaugh has served as CEO...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

TrueCar Taps Edmunds.com For VP

Santa Monica-based TrueCar announced today that it has snagged an executive from Edmunds.com for its new Vice President of Product Management. TrueCar said that Damon Cleckler has joined the firm in the position, after serving as executive ...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Saban Capital Hires Managing Director

Los Angeles-based Saban Capital, the investment group of Haim Saban, disclosed this morning that it has hired on Elie Dekel as a Managing Director at the firm. Saban is an investor in media, entertainment, and communications companies, and ...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ortiva Wireless Boosts Sales Efforts With New Hire

La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless, which develops technology to stream video to mobile devices, reports today that it has hired on a new, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, James D. Edson. According to the firm, Edson will help manage a...

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Xencor Adds To Advisory Board

Monrovia, California-based Xencor, a company developing antibodies, said today that it has named Jeffrey Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D., to its Scientific Advisory Board. Ravetch is a professor at the Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics a...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

THQ Reorganizes Business Units

Agoura Hills-based THQ reported Wednesday that the firm is reorganizing the firm's management team and business units. According to THQ, it has created three new business units--one focused on "Core Games", another on kids/family and casual...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

QLogic Snags VP From DataDirect

Aliso Viejo-based networking equipment maker QLogic, reported Tuesday that it has hired Martin Darling as vice president of Asia Pacific and Japan Sales. QLogic said Darling will be based in Singapore and will report to Scott Genereux, the ...

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Online Learning Firm With Links To USC Gets Funded

A New York-based online learning firm with links to the University of Southern California has scored a round of funding, and added Redpoint's Greg Martin to its board, the firm said this morning. 2tor said it raised $10M in a Series A finan...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Entropic Names New Board Member

San Diego-based Entropic Communications reported Thursday that the firm has named Keith Bechard to the firm's board of directors. Bechard is from the cable industry, and owns Pear Lake Consulting, which the company said has advised Canoe Ve...

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Halozyme Therapeutics Names VP

San Diego-based Halozyme Therapeutics reported today that the firm has named H. Michael Shepard, Ph.D., as the firm's new Vice President of Discovery Research. According to Halozyme, Shepard was most recently at Receptor Biologix, where he ...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Accelrys Names New CEO

San Diego-based life sciences and scientific software developer Accelrys reported Monday that Scipio "Max" Carnecchia has joined the company as chief executive officer and president, effective immediately. Carnecchia has also been appointed...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tsavo Loses Macadaan

Santa Monica-based Tsavo, the online media company which owns Manolith, Twirlit, Kidglue, and Nibbledish, has lost its Vice President of Product and Design, Mike Macadaan. Macadaan is well known in the Los Angeles technology community for c...

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Staccato Communications Names VP

San Diego-based Staccato Communications, a firm which develops ultra wideband (UWB) semiconductor for the wireless USB market, announced this morning that it has hired Andreas Melder as the firm's Vice President of Marketing and Business De...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Zumbox Partners With Marketing Firm, Names CEO

Westlake Village-based Zumbox, which is developing a system which allows organizations to send mail electronically, based on postal addresses, announced this morning that it has partnered withh a marketing services firm, and appointed that ...

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

NxTV Shuffles Exec Team

Los Angeles-based NXTV, a provider of video on demand and IPTV systems for the hotel and lodging industry, disclosed Monday that the firm has named a new executive team. According to the firm, it has named Francis Najafi, founder and CEO of...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Rubicon Project Hires International VP

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project announced today that the firm has expanded into the UK, and hired on Jay Stevens as Vice President and General Manager, International. Rubicon, which provides online advertising optimization for web publish...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

CyberDefender Hires Away Marketing VP From Leadpoint

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, a developer of PC security, antispyware, and antivirus software, disclosed this morning that it has hired Steven R. Okun as the firm's new Senior Vice President of Marketing. Okun joins the firm from LeadPoi...

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

DIRECTV Loses CEO To News Corp.

El Segundo-based satellite entertainment firm DIRECTV has lost its President and CEO, Chase Carey, to News Corporation, the firm said Wednesday, as Carey returned to News Corp. to work for Rupert Murdoch. Carey had joined DIRECTV in 2003 fr...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Aculon Adds Former Iomega CEO to Board

San Diego-based Aculon, a developer of nanomaterials and specialized coatings, announced recently that it has added Jonathan Huberman, former CEO and Vice Chairman of Iomega, to its board of directors. Huberman--who is now President of the ...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Qualcomm Names Korean Head

San Diego-based Qualcomm reports this morning that it has appointed a new head in Korea. According to the firm, it has appointed Dr. Young Koo Cha as Senior Vice President of Qualcomm, and President of Qualcomm Korea. Cha replaces Dr. Sung ...

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Friday, May 29, 2009

AdventureLink Snags CEO From Yahoo

Los Angeles-based AdventureLink, a venture funded online adventure travel booking site, said Friday that it has appointed Jeff Dossett as the firm's Chief Executive Officer. Dossett was most recently at Yahoo!, where he was Senior Vice Pres...

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Broadcom Names New Board Member

Irvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that it has added Joan L. Amble as a board member. Amble is EVp and Corporate Comptroller of the American Express Company. According to Broadcom, Amble has also served at GE Capital Services, the...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Memeo Looks North For President

Aliso Viejo-based Memeo, which operates an online media backup service, said this week that it has named George Northup as the firm's new President. The venture backed firm said that Northup will be based in San Jose. Northup joins from Auc...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hydra Hires New Executive

Beverly Hills-based Hydra, which operates a cost-per-action advertising network, reported Thursday that it has named Rachel Corcoran as the firm's Director of Compliance. Hydra said that Corcoran was most recently at Experian, managing comp...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

RightScale Nabs Former MySQL CEO For Board

Santa Barbara-based RightScale, which develops software for managing cloud computing, announced Thursday that it has added former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos to the firm's board of directors. Mickos was CEO of MySQL from 2001 until last year, w...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

RightScale Nabs Former MySQL CEO For Board

Santa Barbara-based RightScale, which develops software for managing cloud computing, announced Thursday that it has added former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos to the firm's board of directors. Mickos was CEO of MySQL from 2001 until last year, w...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sorenson Media Snags Another Former Sightspeed Exec

San Diego- and Salt Lake City-basd Sorenson Media, a developer of video encoding software, said Wednesday that it has hired on former SightSpeed exec Eric Quanstrom as its Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. Quanstrom joins the firm s...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

THQ Loses Publishing VP

Agoura Hills-based THQ reported late Tuesday that the firm's Executive Vice President of Publishing, Scott Guthrie, has resigned. The firm said that Guthrie--who was responsible for the firm's North American sales, distribution, and marketi...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

X1 Technologies Gains New Funding, CEO

Pasadena-based X1 Technologies, a developer of desktop search software, announced today that the firm has raised new funding from backer Idealab, plus made a few executive changes. Size of the new investment round in the firm was not disclo...

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Abraxis Names VP

Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience, a biotech firm focused on treatments for cancer, said Friday that it has hired on Marty J. Duvall as the firm's Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and International Commercial Operations. Duvall jo...

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ripple Bolsters Board With Media Execs

El Segundo-based out-of-home advertising firm Ripple TV said today that it has added two media executives to the firm's board of directors. Ripple, which is venture backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Trinity Ventures, said that Scott Hag...

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Novatel Wireless Adds Retired General to Board

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless reported Wednesday that it has appointed retired U.S. Army Gen. John D. Wakelin to its board of directors, effective Monday. The wireless broadband technology firm described Wakelin as an experienced profess...

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

OCTANe Finds New President and CEO

Orange County's nonprofit effort to support the technology industry, OCTANe, announced this morning that it has located a replacement for outgoing president and CEO, Gary Augusta. According to OCTANe, it has named Matthew Jenusaitis as the ...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nirvanix Names New Engineering VP

San Diego-based cloud storage services provider Nirvanix reported Tuesday that it has hired Chris Russell as vice president of engineering. Nirvanix described Russell as a longtime technology executive with more than 20 years of hands-on ex...

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Local.com Bolsters Exec Team

Irvine-based Local.com, a publisher of a local search site and business directory, said today that it has named two new executives. The firm said that it has appointed Scott Reinke as its General Counsel, and Ken Cragun as its Vice Presiden...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hydra Hires CIO

Los Angeles-based cost-per-action advertising network Hydra is staffing up, saying Thursday that it has named Mitchell Dimler as its Chief Information Officer. The ad network said that Dimler has served at companies such as DirecTV, Transam...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tanner EDA Names President

Monrovia, California-based Tanner EDA, a developer of analog and mixed signal design tools, announced this week that it has named Greg Lebsack as President of the firm. Greg joins the company from ASP Global Services, where he was CEO. John...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Altair Therapeutics Names New CEO

San Diego-based Altair Therapeutics, which is developing treatments for respiratory diseases, said Thursday that it has named Joel Martin, Ph.D., as its President and CEO. Marin was most recently a venture capitalists at Forward Ventures--o...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hydra Adds LowerMyBills Vet To Board

Los Angeles-based Hydra, which operates an online advertising network, said today that it has appointed Stephen Semprevivo to the firm's board of directors. According to Hydra, Semprevivo was most recently President of Experian Interactive ...

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Lieberman Software Hires Channel Head

Los Angeles-based Lieberman Software, a developer of software for enterprise password management, said today that it has hired on a new Director of Channel and Business Development, Steve Sheinbaum. The firm said that Sheinbaum joins the fi...

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Medsphere Hires New CFO

Carlsbad-based Medsphere Systems, a venture-backed developer of open source electronic health records software, said Friday that it has named Irv Lichtenwald as its Chief Financial Officer. Lichtenwald previously served as CFO For Advent So...

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Power-One Adds Directors

Camarillo-based Power-One, a manufacturer of power supplies and related components, said Friday that it has added Kyle Ryland and Ajay Shah, of private investment firm Silver Lake Sumeru to its board of directors. Ryland and Shah join in co...

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Verifi Names CEO

Verifi, a provider of transaction risk management services for merchants, reported this week that it has promoted Jennifer Schulz to chief executive officer. The Beverly Hills-based company said Schulz, who came aboard in April 2008 as chie...

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Counterpoint Installs Woods as Americas Sales Manager

Rights and royalty accounting software maker Counterpoint Systems reported recently that it has appointed Bill Woods to fill the newly created position of manager of sales for the Americas. Counterpoint, which is headquartered in London but...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NextWave Switches Up Execs, Focuses On PacketVideo

San Diego-based NextWave Wireless, a developer of wireless semiconductor technology and owner of a number of wireless spectrum licenses, said late Tuesday that the company is shifting its focus almost entirely to its PacketVideo subsidiary....

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

D-Link Swizzles Exec Staff

Fountain Valley-based D-Link, a manufacturer of computer networking hardware, disclosed Tuesday afternoon that it has reorganized its senior management team, saying that it has appointed Carlos Casassus Fontecilla as president of the firm's...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Teresis Adds To Board

Santa Ana-based Teresis Media Management revealed Tuesday that the firm has tapped B. J. Hawkins, President and CEO of technology services firm OFS, for its board of directors. Teresis provides workflow and digital asset management software...

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Aleratec Hires Sales, Marketing VP

Chatsworth-based Aleratec, a manufacturer of hard drive, DVD and CD duplication and other hardware, said Monday that it has hired on Howard Wing as the firm's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Wing joins the company from Plextor, where...

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Monday, May 4, 2009

MyLife Snags CTO From Expedia

Los Angeles-based MyLife, the online people search firm backed by Oak Investment Partners, announced today that it has named Paul Onnen as its Chief Technology Officer. Onnen joins the firm from Expedia, where he was EVP of Technology, wher...

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Panda Security Hires Marketing Head

Panda Security, a developer of IT security products, said this morning that it has hired a new head of Marketing for the firm's US division, Panda Security USA. Panda Security USA, which is based in Glendale, has hired on Jack Hao from Fry'...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Buzz Media Names Citron President

Los Angeles-based Buzz Media, which operates a network of online media sites focused on celebrities and music, disclosed this morning that it has tapped former TMZ general manager Alan Citron as its new President. According to Buzz Media, C...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

InteliCloud Hires Sales VP

Newport Beach-based InteliCloud, a developer of network and data center blade chassis systems, said this morning that the firm has hired on Robert J. Cohen as Vice President of Sales. Cohen joins the firm from Solutionary, Inc, and has also...

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Monday, April 27, 2009

MySpace Names Jones, Hirschhorn To Exec Team

News Corporation said a few minutes ago that it has added two new executives at MySpace, and is tapping Tsavo Media's Michael Jones as Chief Operating Officer and Sling Media's Jason Hirschhorn as Chief Product Officer. Both are in Los Ange...

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Friday, April 24, 2009

InTouch Health Names VP

Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health, a developer of telepresence robots for the healthcare market, said this week that it has named Gerry Popolow as the firm's Vice President of Clinical Services and Account Management. Popolow has served as...

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Network Hardware Resale Names CFO

Santa Barbara-based Network Hardware Resale, a provider of used networking equipment, said earlier this week that it has hired on Andrea Greene as its Chief Financial Officer. Greene joins the firm from Allied Capital, one of the investors ...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

VMIX Taps Sun For Marketing VP

San Diego-based VMIX Media, which is devleoping software for managing online video and other digital media, said Thursday that it has hired on Bill Curci as the firm's new Vice President of Marketing. Curci joins the firm from Sun Microsyst...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

MySpace CEO DeWolfe Leaves

News Corporation, the parent firm of Los Angeles-based Myspace, said late Wednesday that MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe is leaving the firm. According to New Corp., DeWolfe will not be renewing his contract, and will be stepping d...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

InteliCloud Hires VP

Newport Beach-based InteliCloud, a manufacturer of network equipment and blade systems, said this morning that it has hired on Hitendra "Sonny" Soni as its VP of Business Development. Soni joins the firm from FastSoft, where he was VP of Sa...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Nirvanix Hires Three With Enterprise Focus

San Diego-based Nirvanix, a venture-backed provider of storage-as-a-service, announced Tuesday that the firm has bolstered its staff with three storage experts focused on the enterprise and IT business. The firm said it has hired on Stephen...

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Marshal8e6 Names CEO

Orange-based Marshal8e6, a developer of web filtering and email security products, disclosed this morning that it has appointed a new CEO, John Vigouroux. According to Marshal8e6, Vigouroux joins from Finjan, where he was President and CEO....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kofax Hires Chief Accounting Officer

Irvine-based Kofax disclosed this morning that it has hired on Gene Lynes as the company's new Chief Accounting Officer. Lynes joins the firm from Scantron Corporation, where he was Chief Financial and Operating Officer. Lynes has also serv...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Epicor Names New CFO

Irvine-based Epicor Software has named a new CFO, the firm said this morning. According to Epicor, it has appointed Michael Pietrini as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration. Pietrini has been at...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Peregrine Semiconductor Hires CFO

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor announced this morning that it has hired a new CFO, Jay Biskupski. Biskupski joins the firm from Xantrex Technology, and has also served at PMC-Sierra, Schlumberger Ltd., Nortel Networks, and Touch Ro...

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Accruent Hires Two VPs

Santa Monica-based Accruent, a developer of real estate and facilities management software, announced Monday that it has hired on two new VPs. Accruent named Anand Rau as Vice President of Engineering, and Virginia Nerurkar as Vice Presiden...

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Toshiba America Business Solutions Names CEO

Irvine-based Tosihba America Business Solutions, the business unit of Toshiba which manages the firm's copiers, fax, printing, and other products in the U.S., said Thursday that it has named Masahiro Yamada as the firm's Chairman and CEO. A...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

H2scan Names Marketing Exec

Valencia-based H2Scan, a developer of hydrogen monitoring systems, revealed Wednesday that the firm has appointed a new Chief Marketing Officer. According to the firm, it has named Gary Zamieroski to the position. Zamieroski joins the firm ...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lantronix Hires Sales VP

Irvine-based Lantronix, a provider of networking and data center management software and services, reported Tuesday that it has hired Jeff Kost as senior vice president of worldwide sales. The firm described Kost as a sales veteran with nea...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Inovio Biomedical Adds Director

San Diego-based Inovio Biomedical Corporation said yesterday that the firm has appointd Ng Tee Khiang to the firm's board. Khiang is co-founder, partner, and director of a number of firms, including Evia Capital Partners Pte. Ltd. and Evia ...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

LeadPoint Makes Trio Of Hires

Los Angeles-based LeadPoint, an online lead marketplace which is venture backed by Silicon Valley Bank Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, European Founders Fund, and others, said today that it has made three key hires. According to the firm, it h...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Solarflare Communications Hires VP

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet silicon, said today that it has hired on Mike Smith as the firm's Vice President of Product Marketing. Smith joins the firm from Emulex, where he was the company's E...

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Oversee.net Names CFO, Expands Board

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, a provider of domain name monetization services, announced Monday that the firm has named Elizabeth Murray as the firm's Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President. Murray joins the firm from Fluid Musi...

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Teridian Hires VP, GM

Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor Corp. reported Thursday that it has hired Jay Cormier as vice president and general manager of its Networking & Secure Access business unit. The integrated circuit manufacturer said Cormier will oversee n...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Move CFO Plans Departure

Westlake Village-based Move, which operates the Move.com, Realtor.com, and other related web sites, announced Thursday afternoon that the firm's Chief Financial Officer, Lew R. Belote, III is planning to leave the firm. According to the com...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kyocera Forms New Business In San Diego

Wireless firm Kyocera Corporation disclosed this morning that the firm has created a new business, Kyocera Communications Inc. in San Diego. Kyocera said that the business will combine the sales, marketing, and service functions of Kyocera ...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MySpace Music Names Execs

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said Tuesday afternoon that it has named three executives for the firm's music community, MySpace Music. According to the firm, it has hired on Jamie Kantrowitz as Senior Vice President o...

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Activision Names Rosensweig CEO of RedOctane

Santa Monica-based video games developer Activision has tapped former Yahoo! COO Dan Rosensweig as CEO of the firms's RedOctane business unit--the unit which is in charge of its Guitar Hero franchise. According to Activision, Rosensweig wil...

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Baroda Ventures Snags Lee As Partner

Beverly Hills-based Baroda Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund, has hired on Peter Lee as a new Partner at the firm. Lee joins the firm from Prism Ventures. Lee has also served at Clearstone Venture Partners, Fortis Partners, Gold...

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Emergent Adds Two to Executive Staff

Emergent Game Technologies reported Thursday that it has added two executives to its management team. The Calabasas-based publisher of video game development tools said it has appointed Amanda Cinfio director of business development and Tim...

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Digitaria Hires VP

Online marketing firm Digitaria reported earlier this week that it has hired Sunil Bhagwan as vice president of search. The San Diego-based company described Bhagwan as a veteran of the Web marketing industry with nearly a decade of leaders...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MSC.Software Expands Board

Santa Ana-based MSC.Software, a developer of simulation software for product development, announced Tuesday that it has added Masood Jabbar to the firm's board. Jabbar was previously on the firm's board. Jabbar was previously an executive a...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mota Hires Two Auto Industry Execs

Venice, California-based Mota, a venture backed startup developing a web site to help users buy and sell used cars, announced this morning that it has hired two automotive industry executives. The firm said that Charlie Vogelheim has been n...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Innovative Micro Targets Life Sciences

Santa Barbara-based Innovative Micro Technology, a maker of micro-electromechanical (MEMS) systems, announced today that the firm has created a new division focused on life sciences. The firm said the new division will focus on developing m...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kofax Names VP

Irvine-based Kofax said this morning that the firm has appointed James Hendrickson as its VP of Technical Services. Kofax, which develops document capture software, said that Hendrickson joins the firm from the Service and Support Professio...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

MyShape Promotes VP

Pasadena-based myShape, a venture-funded e-commerce site focused on personalized fashions for women, said this week that it has promoted Louise Tobia to Senior Vice President, Merchandising. The firm said that Tobia previously served at Rob...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

MSC.Software Executives Resign, Firm Names New CEO

Santa Ana-based MSC.Software, a developer of simulation software, said Thursday that its board of directors has named Ashfaq A. Munshi as the firm's interim CEO and President. The sudden move came after current Chairman and CEO, William J. ...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fate Therapeutics Names Chief Scientific Officer

La Jolla-based Fate Therapeutics, a firm developing stem cell technology, said today that it has named Ken Batchelor, Ph.D., as the firm's Chief Scientific Officer. Batchelor joins the firm GlaxoSmithKline, where he was most recently Senior...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

CalAmp Names Sales, Marketing VP

Oxnard-based CalAmp, a developer of wireless products, said Thursday that it has named Rick Nozel as the firm's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for its wireless networks business. Nozel joins the firm from General Electric's Mi...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

MarketShare Partners Names Advisor

Los Angeles-based MarketShare Partners, a private equity-backed provider of marketing analytics, said this morning that it has tapped a former marketing exec from Procter & Gamble as an advisor. According to the firm, Jim Stengel, curently ...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NexAira Adds To Board

San Diego-based NexAira, a venture-backed developer of 3G/4g wireless data products, said this morning that it has added two telecom vets to its board of directors. NexAira said that former president and acting CEO of Novatel Wireless, Brad...

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Monday, March 9, 2009

ID Analytics Hires CIO

San Diego-based ID Analytics, a developer of identity and risk management software for the financial and other industries, said Monday that it has hired on Jim Pathman as the firm's new Chief Information Officer. Pathman joins the firm from...

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Energy Innovations Names New CEO

Pasadena-based Energy Innovations, one of the solar power firms funded by Idealab and started by Bill Gross, said Thursday afternoon that it has hired on Joseph Budano as the company's new CEO. Budano was most recently President of the prog...

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

STEC Adds Investment Banker To Board

Santa Ana-based STEC, a manufacturer of solid state disk drives, said this week that it has named investment bank Chris Colpitts as a board member. Colpitts is Managing Director and Global Head of Technology Investment Banking at Deutsche B...

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Covario Hires Bizdev VP

San Diego-based Covario, a developer of marketing analytics and search engine optimization software, said Thursday that the firm has hired on a new VP of Business Development. Covario said that it has hired on Jeff Johnson to the position, ...

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Symark Creates Services Division

Agoura Hills-based Symark, a developer of identity management and access software, said Thursday that the firm is launching a new division focused on professional services. The firm said the new service will help to reduce the risks associa...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Qualcomm Names Paul Jacobs As Chairman

San Diego-based Qualcomm said Tuesday that it has named Paul E. Jacobs, the firm's CEO, as chairman of the board. Jacobs replaces his father, Qualcomm co-founder and former CEO, Irwin Jacobs. Irwin Jacobs remains on the board of directors. ...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

SpaceX Hires Bizdev VP

Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the space launch vehicle startup funded by PayPal founder Elon Musk, said Wednesday afternoon that it has hired on a new Vice President of Business Development. According to SpaceX, it has appointed Rob Peckham, form...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

MySpace Execs Leave To New Firm

Los Angeles-based MySpace is reportedly losing three of its executives to a new startup, according to reports from a number of sources. Amit Kapur, the firm's Chief Operating Officer; Jim Benedetto, SVP of Engineering; and Steve Pearman, SV...

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

St. Bernard Swaps CEO

San Diego-based St. Bernard Software, a developer of web filtering software, said Tuesday that it has named Lou Ryan as the firm's CEO. According to the company, the move comes after current CEO and Acting Chief Financial Officer Vincent Ro...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Comcast Interactive Snags VP From Glam

Comcast Interactive Media announced Monday that it has appointed Scott Schiller as the new Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales, heading up sales for the firm's Fandango, Fancast, Movies.com and Plaxo units. Fandango, Movies.com, and ...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Metabasis Names CFO

San Diego-based Metabasis Therapeutics has hired on a new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the firm disclosed today. Metabasis, which is developing biopharmaceuticals for treating metabolic and other diseases, said that it has na...

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Helixis Adds Illumina's Flatley To Board

Carlsbad-based Helixis, which develops tools for nucleic acid analysis, said Thursday that it has added Illumnia CEO Jay Flatley to the firm's board of directors. The company, which is venture backed by Domain Associates and Okapi Venture C...

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Verdezyne Names VP

Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, which was formerly known as CODA Genomics, said Thursday it has named Damien Perriman as Vice President of Business Development. Verdezyne said that Perriman joins the firm from The Dow Chemical Company, and has pr...

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

MRV Names General Counsel

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, a developer of optical networking components, said Wednesday that it has hired on a new Vice President and General Counsel, Jennifer Hankes Painter. According to MRV, Painter joins the firm on recommenda...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Move Loses President

Westlake Village-based Move, which operates a number of real estate sites, including REALTOR.com, and Move.com, announced late Wednesday that the firm's President, Lorna Borenstein, is leaving the company. Move did not give a reason for Bor...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Xifin Hires CFO, Marketing VP

San Diego-based XIFIN, a publisher of hosted revenue cycle management software for diagnostic laboratories, reported Tuesday that it has added two members to its executive staff. The company said it has hired Steve Zaniboni as chief financi...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Epicor Appoints Two Directors In Deal With Elliott Associates

Irvine-based Epicor Software said this morning that it has added two new directors to the board, in an agreement with a private equity firm. According to the firm, the new representatives were appointed to the company's board as part of an ...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Big Stage Hires VP

Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, which is developing technology for creating 3D avatars, said Tuesday that the firm has hired on Patrick Barry as the firm's Vice President of Content Alliances. Big Stage said that Barry joins the fir...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Global Fitness Media Names CTO

Los Angeles-based Global Fitness Media, which is developing a number of fitness-related online web sites, has hired on a new Chief Technical Officer, according to the firm's search agency, NeoHire. According to the firms, Daniel Auld has be...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Schematic Names VP

Los Angeles-based interactive agency Schematic said this morning that the firm has added a new Senior Vice President of Client Services, Baron Conway. According to Schematic, Conway joins the firm from Organic, and also has served at Genent...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Axesstel Expands Board

San Diego-based Axesstel, a developer of wireless and broadband data products, said Tuesday that it has added Richard M. Gozia to its board of directors. Gozia was most recently CEO of Fenix Companies, a holding company of Union Pacific Cor...

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Mixed Signals Promotes Two

Los Angeles-based Mixed Signals, which develops equipment used to monitor video on on demand, video network, interactive content, and other video-related streams in cable, broadcast and satellite television networks, said this week it has p...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

H2scan Appoints Engineering VP

Valencia-based H2scan, which develops hydrogen sensor systems, announced Wednesday that the firm has hired on Dr. Vikas Lakhotia as its Vice President of Engineering. H2Scan said that Lakhotia joins the firm from Anadigics, Inc., and has ov...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Intelligent Beauty Names Executive

El Segundo-based Intelligent Beauty, a venture-backed provider of online marketing and ecommerce technology, said recently that it has named Dan Williams as the firm's new President of ecommerce site DermStore. Intelligent Beauty said that ...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Syntricity Names CEO

Syntricity Inc., a publisher of yield management software for the semiconductor industry, reported Wednesday that it has promoted Steven Griffith to president and chief executive officer. Griffith, the San Diego-based company noted, had pre...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vision Solutions Adds Advisor

Irvine-based Vision Solutions, which provides high availability and disaster recovery products, announced this morning that it has added Dr. Frank Soltis to the firm's technology advisory board. Vision Solutions, whose products are used for...

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Monday, February 9, 2009

PowerGenix Hires New CFO

San Diego-based PowerGenix, which develops rechargeable, Nickel-Zinc batteries, said today that it has added John Creelman as the firm's Chief Financial Officer. Creel joins the firm from ID Analytics, where he was also CFO. He has also ser...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

ARTISTdirect Names Villard CEO

Los Angeles-based ARTISTdirect, which operates a music focused information website and runs MediaDefender, which looks for copyright violations on the Internet, said Wednesday that it has appointed interim CEO Dimitri Villard as its permane...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Autobytel Names New CFO

Irvine-based Internet automotive marketing firm Autobytel Inc. reported yesterday that it will promote Curtis E. DeWalt to chief financial officer, effective March 1. DeWalt, Autobytel said, has been with the company since October 2007 and ...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

QLogic Snags Sales VP From DataDirect

Aliso Viejo-based data storage networking hardware firm QLogic Corp. has snagged a sales VP from Chatsworth-based DataDirect Networks, naming Scott Genereux as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. QLogic said that Genereux will report ...

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Monday, February 2, 2009

CyberDefender Hires CFO

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, which develops antispyware and antivirus software, announced this morning that it has hired on Kevin R. Harris as the firm's Chief FInancial Officer. Harris joins the company after serving as Chief Operating...

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Overland Swaps CEO

San Diego-based Overland Storage has swapped out its CEO, saying earlier this week that it named board member Eric Kelly as its new CEO. Current President and CEO Vern LeForti will retain his title of President. Overland said in the appoint...

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

TranZfinity Expands Board

Carlsbad-based TranZfinity, a developer of secure payment products, said Wednesday that it has added a VeriFone executive to its board of directors. The firm said that Bud Waller, current Executive Vice President at VeriFone, has joined the...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

DEX Snags Logistics Experts From UPS, Solectron

Camarillo-based DEX, a provider of supply chain services to the high tech industry, said Wednesday that it has bolstered its executive ranks. The firm said that it has hired on two new executives from UPS and Solectron. Dex announced that i...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CitizenHawk Taps VC As COO

Aliso Viejo-based CitizenHawk, a provider of a service that helps companies monitor the use of their brands online, said this morning that it has tapped Brady Stout as the firm's new Chief Operating Officer. Stout was most recently a ventur...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SpectraFluidics Hires Systems Engineering VP

Santa Barbara-based SpectraFluidics Inc., a developer of handheld chemical-detection devices, reported Tuesday that Casey Hare has joined the firm as vice president of systems engineering. In this role, SpectraFluidics explained, Hare will ...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

WiSpry Names Marketing, Sales VP

Irvine-based WiSpry announced today that it has hired on Lewis Boore as the firm's Vice President of Marketing and Sales. WiSpry, which develops RF semiconductors used for mobile phones, laptops, and other wirelss products, said that Boore ...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Emulex Taps Hoogenboom For Sales Post

Costa Mesa-based storage equipment maker Emulex has tapped Jeff Hoogenboom as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, the firm disclosed Monday morning. Hoogenboom joins the firm from Cadence, where he headed the firm's software-as-a-serv...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Sequenom Hires Chief Medical Officer

San Diego-based Sequenom Inc. reported this morning that it has hired Dr. Allan T. Bombard, M.D., as chief medical officer. In this newly created role, Sequenom explained, Bombard will oversee its clinical and medical affairs, including cli...

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Friday, January 23, 2009

OCTANe's Augusta To Leave

Orange County's effort to boost startup and high tech companies, OCTANe, is losing its President and CEO, Gary Augusta, and has retained an executive search firm to find a replacement, the group said Thursday. In a letter to OCTANe's mailin...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Epicor's Klaus Back As CEO, President

Irvine-based Epicor Software said Tuesday that Chairman George Klaus has been reappointed as CEO and President of the firm. According to the software firm, Klaus will replace current CEO Thomas F. Kelly, who will be leaving the company to "...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Abraxis BioScience Names VP

Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience announced this morning that it has named Lex H.T. Van der Ploeg, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President of Integrative Medicine and Translational Science at its new spinoff, Abraxis Health. Van der Ploeg joins ...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nirvanix Taps Storage Veteran For Sales

San Diego-based Nirvanix has hired on a storage veteran as VP of Sales, saying today that Joseph Lyons has joined the firm. Lyon joins the company from Brocade Communications, where he was Director of Services Sales for the Americas. He has...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

FastSoft Names New CEO

Pasadena-based FastSoft, which develops network acceleration technology, announced today that it has named J. Edward Synder as the firm's CEO. Snyder has been involved in seed funding and founding such companies as Netboost (acquired by Int...

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Mindspeed Loses Board Member To Obama

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed, a manufacturer of networking semiconductors, said Friday afternoon that Donald H. Gips has resigned from the company's board of directors. Gips leaves following his appointment by President-elect Obama to the ...

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Friday, January 16, 2009

WebVisible Taps Search Engine Expert As Marketing Head

Irvine-based WebVisible, which helps local advertisers place online ads, said Thursday that it has named Kevin M. Ryan as the firm's Chief Marketing Officer. Ryan joins the firm from Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies, where h...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Perfect Market Names Advisors

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, the Idealab-backed startup which is looking to help publishers monetize their underutilized and archive content, said Wednesday that it has created a new advisory board. The firm said that it has added Darshan...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Symwave Names Manian As Advisor

Laguna Niguel-based Symwave, a venture backed firm focused on analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said Tuesday that it has added Vahid Manian as a member of the firm's Technical Advisory Board. Manian was most recently Senior Vice Presi...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Nirvanix Shuffles CEOs

San Diego-based Nirvanix, which operates an online, storage-as-a-service which competes against Amazon's S3 storage service, has shuffled its CEOs, the firm said today, replacing CEO Patrick Harr with Jim Zierick. Nirvanix said that Harr is...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Autobytel Names VP

Irvine-based Autobytel announced this morning that it has bolstered its executive ranks, hiring Zane Rathwick as the firm's Vice President Development for IT. Rathwick joins the firm from Local.com and Kelley Blue Book, and has previously s...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

mobileStorm Hires CFO

Los Angeles-based mobileStorm, a provider of email and mobile marketing services, has hired on a new Chief Financial Officer, the firm revealed this morning. The firm said that it has appointed Doug Schiller to the role. Schiller was most r...

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

SEO, Inc. Hires Executive

Carlsbad-based Search Engine Optimization Inc, a provider of search engine marketing services, announced this morning that it has hired on Edward Andrews as the firm's Chief Development Officer. Search Engine Optmization said that Andrews j...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Provision Interactive Snags Apple's Amelio

Chatsworth-based Provision Interactive Technologies, which is developing 3D display technology, has snagged former Apple Computer CEO Gil Amelio for the firm's board of advisors. Provision is developing technology it says can project full-c...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sage North America Appoints CTO

Irvine-based Sage North America, the software division of The Sage Group plc, said Tuesday that it has appointed a new Chief Technology Officer, Motasim Najeeb. Sage said that Najeeb joins the firm from TradeBeam, where he was CTO and EVP o...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

ContentNext Hires Sales Head

Santa Monica-based ContentNext, a publisher of online news focused on the content and publishing business, said Tuesday that it has hired on Susan Leiterstein as the firm's new head of sales. Leiterstein was most recently VP and Publisher o...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Play N Trade Names CEO

Newport Beach-based Play N Trade, which operates a retail video game franchise, said Tuesday that it has named Larry Plotnick as the firm's CEO. Plotnick was most recently EVP and Chief Operations Officer for Hollywood Entertainment, and ha...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

CaseStack Taps Kline For Board

Santa Monica-based CaseStack, which provide supply chain and logistics services for retailers, distributors, and manufacturers, announced today that it has added Frank R. Kline, of Kline Hawkes & Co., to its board. Kline is founder of the v...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

SmartDrive Names Product Chief

San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems, which develops technology and associate services for managing vehicle fleet safety, announced today that it has hired Jason Palmer as its Chief Product Officer. Palmer has previously served at 800.com, Q...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Illumina Hires Operations VP

San Diego-based Illumina has hired on a new Senior Vice President of Operations, Bill Bonnar, the firm disclosed this morning. The firm, which develops life science products and services for the genomics market, said that Bonnar joins the c...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Brickfish Bolsters Social Media Efforts

San Diego-based Brickfish, an online advertising network focused on social media, announced this monring that it has hired Becky Carroll as the firm's Director of Social Media. The firm said that Carroll joins the company from Petra Consult...

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Axesstel Shuffles Board

San Diego-based Axesstel, a developer of fixed wireless and broadband data products, said Monday afternoon that the firm's Chairman, Bryan B. Min, is resigning. According to the firm, Min is resigning for personal reasons, and will be repla...

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Specific Media Bolsters Sales Team

Irvine-based Specific Media, which operates an online advertising network, said Monday that it has hired four for the firm's sales and client relations teams. According to Specific Media, it has hired Kathy Benigo, Jolene Ortiz, Ray Duncan,...

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Friday, December 19, 2008

SpaceX Names President

Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the commercial spaceflight startup headed by ex-PayPal founder Elon Musk, has named a new president the firm said this week. SpaceX said that Gwynne Shotwell has been named as Preside...

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Hydra Hires Creative Director

Hydra LLC reported this week that it has hired Johnny Talisman as creative director. The Los Angeles-based advertising network said Talisman will direct its in-house creative team and, as such, will oversee the development of original creat...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Woz Joins Axiotron

El Segundo-based Axiotron, a manufacturer of table computers running Apple's Macintosh OS, said Thursday that it has added Steve Wozniak to the firm's board of advisors. Axiotron's tablet PC takes existing Macintosh computers and converts t...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cymer Loses CFO

San Diego-based Cymer, a manufacturer of laser light sources used for the semiconductor industry, disclosed Wednesday that the firm's CFO, Nancy J. Baker, has resigned. Cymer said that Baker left the firm to pursue other opportunities. The ...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Symwave Snags Advisors From Dell, Intel, Best Buy

Laguna Niguel-based semiconductor supplier Symwave has snagged three notable advisors for the firm's Technical Advisory Board, saying Wednesday that it has brought on Dr. Kevin Kettler, Brian Chubboy, and Gil Frostig to the new group. Kettl...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kofax Adds Partner VP

Irvine-based Kofax, which develops document capture tools, has hired on Jim Vickers as its Senior Vice President of OEM and Partner Strategy, the firm said today. Vickers joins the firm from Taylor Corporation, and has also served at EMC/Ca...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dexcom Hires Executive

San Diego-based DexCom has appointed a new Chief Administrative Officer, the firm disclosed this morning, saying it had hired Steven R. Pacelli. The firm, which designs glucose monitoring systems for the healthcare industry, said that Pacel...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

maniaTV Makes A Slew Of New Hires

Los Angeles-based maniaTV, which develops video content for the web, said today that it has hired six new executives at the firm. According to the firm, it has hired on Daniel Paul as VP of Business Develompent, Michael Klein as VP of Sales...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Novatel Wireless Hires New EMEA VP

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless announced today that Greg England has joined the company as Vice President of Sales and General Manager, EMEA. The firm, which manufactures wireless broadband accessory cards, said that England joins the fir...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

My Damn Channel Bolsters Advertising Experience

Los Angeles- and New York-based My Damn Channel, a producer of online, original video, has bolstered its executive ranks, hiring on a new Vice President of Advertising Strategy & Partnerships for the firm. The company said that Sahaila Suhi...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Illumina Appoints VP

San Diego-based Illlumina, a manufacturer of life science equipment, said today that it has appointed Mark Lewis as the firm's Senior Vice President of Development. Lewis was previously at Becton Dickinson Biosciences, where he was Vice Pre...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Novatel Wireless Loses President

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless, which develops broadband modems for connecting PCs and other devices to cell phone networks, said this morning that its President, Brad Weinert, has resigned, as of Monday. Reason for the sudden departure w...

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

LRN Hires Two Execs

Los Angeles-based LRN, which provides corporate ethics learning tools to the business market, has added two new executives, the firm said today. The firm said that it has hired on Alister Christopher and David Greenberg to the firm's execut...

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sendio Hires Sales VP

Irvine-based Sendio, a provider of e-mail security appliances, announced this morning that it has hired on Jo Javier as the firm's new Vice President of Sales. Javier joins the firm from Corporate Express, where he was Director of Sales for...

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Emulex Hires Marketing Head

Costa Mesa-based storage switching equipment maker Emulex announced Monday that it has appointed Steve Daheb as Chief Marketing Officer. The firm, which makes host bus adapters and other equipment for the storage market, said that Daheb joi...

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Broadcom Fires VP After Resume Flap

Irvine-based Broadcom has fired a Vice President at the firm, after a shareholder activist raised questions about the executive's college degree. According to a SEC filing by Broadcom Wednesday, the employment of Vahid Manian, the firm's Se...

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

DivX Loses CTO

San Diego-based DivX said late Wednesday that the firm's Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Markus Moenig, has resigned from the firm. According to DivX, Moenig, who joined the firm when it acquired MainConcept in November ...

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Inphi Taps Makimoto To Advisory Board

Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation, a manufacturer of high speed analog semiconductors, said this morning that it has appointed Dr. Tsugio Makimoto as an advisor for the company. Makimoto is based in Japan, and was most recently an ex...

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hydra Hires Finance VP

Los Angeles-based Hydra, an affiliate advertising network, said Monday that it has appointed Gary Gooperman as the firm's Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration. Hydra said that Cooperman joins the firm from Helio, where Coo...

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Symwave Hires Three, Moves To OC

Laguna Niguel-based Symwave, a provider of mixed signal and analog semiconductors, said Monday that it has hired on three new vice presidents, and moved itself to Orange County. According to Symwave, it has hired Gideon Intrater as VP of So...

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Symark Names New CEO

Agoura Hills-based software provider Symark International has hired on a new CEO, the firm said today. Symark said that John Mutch has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the firm, joining from strategic investment firm MV Advisors...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

FatTail Names Product Management VP

Woodland Hills-based FatTail, a developer of software for online advertising management, said today that it has appointed Ali Bohra as Vice President of Product Management. Fattail, which is venture backed by Velocity Interactive Group, Ted...

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Perfect Market CTO Joins School Board

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, the Idealab startup which is looking to monetize dormant content from publishers, said this morning that the firm's CTO, Dr. Jay Budzik, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Mathematics...

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Ixia Expands To Latin America

Calabasas-based Ixia, a developer of network testing software and hardware, said last week that it is entering the Latin American telecommunications market. The firm said that it has named a VP to head up the efforts, and has tapped a Brazi...

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Arkeia Names New CEO, VP

San Diego-based Arkeia Software, a provider of data backup software, said last week that it has named Bill Evans as the firm's CEO. Evans joins the data storage firm from Parascale, where he was CEO. He also served at Gateway, and was also ...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

United Online Makes Executive Moves

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Friday that it has promoted Robert J. Taragan to President of the firm's Communications segment, and named Matthew J. Wisk as President of the firm's online loyalty business, MyPoints.com. Taragan has...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Networks In Motion Names VP

Irvine-based location-based services (LBS) firm Networks in Motion said this week that it has hired on a new Vice President of Engineering at the firm. Networks In Motion said that M. Fathi Hakam has joined the firm from Kyocera Wireless, i...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Power-One Shifts Board

Camarillo-based Power-One, a manufacturer of power supplies and related products, said earlier this week that it has appointed Jon Gacek to its board of directors. Gacek replaces Gayla J. Delly, who resigned from the board. According to Pow...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Aspyra Names CEO

Calabasas-based Aspyra, a provider of clinical information systems for the healthcare industry, has appointed Rodney Schutt as the firm's CEO. Schutt joins Aspyra from Luminetx, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Schutt has also served a...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Docstoc Hires Two Execs

Santa Monica-based business document sharing site Docstoc.com has made two executives hires, saying Wednesday that it has hired Robyn Ward as Vice President of Business Development, and Serena Ehrlich as Director of Marketing. Ward was most...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

RealD Opens European Offices

Los Angeles-based 3D theater projection firm RealD is expanding in Europe, saying Tuesday that it has hired on Bob Mayson as Managing Director of RealD Europe. RealD said that Mayson will lead the firm's European team, overseeing sales, cus...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ethertronics Names New Board Member

San Diego-based Ethertronics announced Monday that it has appointed John E. Major to its board of directors. Major is currently president of strategic consulting firm MTSG, and has also served as Chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless. Major ...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Nexsan Names Sales Head

Thousand Oaks-based Nexsan, a developer of storage hardware products, has appointed a new Chief Commercial Officer, the firm disclosed Monday. Nexsan said that Michael McGuire has joined the firm, reporting to CEO Philip Black, and will be ...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Dot Hill Expands Board

Carlsbad-based storage systems manufacturer Dot Hill Systems said late Friday that it has appointed Thomas H. Marmen to the firm's board. Dot Hill said that Marmen was most recently President and CEO of TimeLab Corporation, and has also ser...

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Oversee.net's Ng Becomes Chairman, Kupietzky New Head

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, which provides Internet marketing and domain name services, is announcing today that co-founder Lawrence Ng is becoming Chairman of the board, and handing over the reins to Jeff Kupietzky. Kupietzky becomes Pr...

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rubicon Project Opens New York Office

Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project, which provides web advertising optimization software, has expanded into New York, the firm announced Thursday. Rubicon, which is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, and Mayfield, ...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Velocity Interactive Group Adds Partner

Los Angeles-based Velocity Interactive Group, the venture capital firm led by Ross Levinsohn and Jon Miller, said this morning that it has added Mickie Rosen as an investment partner at the company. According to Velocity, Rosen will focus o...

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Quartics Snags AMD Exec As CEO

Irvine-based Quartics, which is developing semiconductors for media processing, said Monday that it has named former AMD Executive Vice President Mario Rivas as the firm's new CEO. Quartics, which was started by former AST Founder Safi Qure...

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Monday, November 10, 2008

RoyaltyShare Expands In Europe

San Diego-based RoyaltyShare is expanding its efforts in Europe, saying Monday that it has added executives in the region plus added support for multiple currencies in its software. The firm, which develops software used to track digital ro...

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

STEC Names CFO

Santa Ana-based solid state memory manufacturer STEC said Monday that it has appointed Raymond D. Cook as the firm's new CFO. Cook replaces Dan Moses, who the firm says is retiring. Moses will remain on STEC's board of directors. Cook joins...

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Monday, November 3, 2008

mobileStorm Snags Engineering Director From MySpace

Los Angeles-based mobileStorm has bolstered its engineering resources, saying today that it has named David Pedowitz as the firm's new Director of Engineering and Principal Architect. mobileStorm, which provides mobile and email marketing s...

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Broadcom Names General Counsel

Irvine-based Broadcom announced Friday morning that it has named Arthur Chong as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the firm. The semiconductor maker said that Chong replaces Alvin G. Segal, who was serving as Acting G...

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Pegasus Biologics Names VP

Irvine-based Pegasus Biologics, which develops products for the soft tissue repair and wound care management market, said earlier this week that it has named Rob Cripe as its Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. Cripe joins ...

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

QualityLogic Restructures Business

Moorpark-based QualityLogic, a provider of quality assurance tools and services, said Thursday that the firm has restructured its business. According to the firm, it has reorganized the company into two new units, the QualityLogic Services ...

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sony Names VP For Crackle

Culver City-based Sony Pictures Entertainment said Wednesday that it has named Eric Berger as head of the firm's Crackle online video network. Berger has been at Sony since 2006, running Sony Pictures Television's mobile games division, and...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tsavo Snags Percival From Docstoc

Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the online media startup headed by former Userplane founder Michael Jones, said today that it has hired on Sean Percival as Director of Content at the firm. Percival was most recently at Docstoc, where he was...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Astute Networks Adds Board Member

San Diego-based blade storage manufacturer Astute Networks said Monday that it has added John C. Shoemaker to the firm's board of directors. Shoemaker is currently chairman of the board of SonicWALL, and serves on the boards of Altera and E...

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Monday, October 27, 2008

NHN Hires CEO, Looks To Expand

Irvine-based online video game publisher NHN USA, the North American subsidiary of Korean Internet firm NHN, said Monday that it has hired a new CEO and is looking to expand at its Irvine location. According to NHN USA, it has appointed Phi...

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Logicube Appoints CTO

Chatsworth-based Logicube, a developer of hard drive duplication products, announced this morning that the firm has appointed Gabi Abraham as Chief Technologist at the firm. Abraham joins the firm from Strix Systems, where he was System Arc...

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Digital Performance Raises $3.2M, Hires CEO

Long Beach-based Digital Performance, which develops technology for online sales efforts in the after market automotive parts sector, is announcing Monday that it has raised $3.2M in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Rincon Ven...

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Day Software Hires Marketing Head

Newport Beach-based Day Software, a developer of content management software, said this week that it has appointed Kevin Cochrane as the firm's Chief Marketing Officer. Cochrane joins the company from Alfresco, where he was VP of Product Ma...

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Report: Break.com Cuts Staff

Beverly Hills-based online entertainment site Break.com has reportedly laid off 11 staffers, according to a report by CNET. Break.com's CEO Keith Richman, which focuses its efforts on providing videos, games, and other entertainment for men...

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Leap Wireless Adds Two to Senior Management Team

Leap Wireless International Inc. reported this week that it has strengthened its executive staff with the addition of two senior vice presidents. The San Diego-based provider of discount wireless voice and data communications services said ...

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Epicor Expands Board

Irvine-based Epicor reported Monday that it has expanded its board, and added James T. Richardson as a director. Richardson is currently chairman of FEI Corporation, and also served on the boards of Digimarc and Tripwire; Richardson has als...

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Rubicon Project Makes Two Hires

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, which develops online advertising optimization software, announced this morning that it has hired on two executives to the firm. Rubicon said that it has hired Mark Douglas as Vice President of Engineering...

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Ethertronics Names Manufacturing VP

San Diego-based Ethertronics, a developer of embedded antennas for the wireless industry, announced this week that it has appointed Dr. Joe Wu as Vice President of Global Manufacturing operations at the firm. Ethertronics said that Wu joins...

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

QAD CFO Bounces Back

Santa Barbara-based QAD, a provider of manufacturing and supply chain management software, said this morning that the firm has re-hired Daniel Lender, the firm's former CFO. According to QAD, Lender will resume his duties as CFO at the firm...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

United Online Names Head Of FTD Unit

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Tuesday that the firm has appointed Robert S. Apatoff of the firm's FTD Group subsidiary. Apatoff joins the firm from private equity firm Patriach Partners, and has also served as president and CEO of...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Abraxis BioScience Names Ops VP

Los Angeles-based Abrais BioScience said this week that it has hired on Edward C. Geehr, M.D. as Executive Vice President of Operations. The biotechnology firm said that Dr. Geehr will be responsible for the commercial, manufacturing and ma...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

ContentNext Hires Research Director

Santa Monica-based ContentNext Media, the parent company of digital media publisher paidContent.org, said this morning that it has hired Lauren Rich Fine, CFA, as Research Director at the firm. ContentNext said that Fine will author researc...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Demand Media Hires Ad Sales Head

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has hired a new executive to head up the firm's advertising sales, the firm disclosed Tuesday. Demand Media has appointed George Stewart as the company's Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales, heading...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Zag Makes Exec Hires, Promotions

Santa Monica-based Zag, a venture-backed developer of online car buying software, said this morning that it has made a number of hires and a promotion. Zag said it has promoted Bernie Brenner to Executive Vice President in charge of the f...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Activision Appoints Chief Creative Officer

Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing said this morning that it has appointed Brad Jakeman as the firm's Chief Creative Officer. Jakeman joins the video game publisher from Macy's, where he was EVP of Corporate Marketing. According to Ac...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Quest Software Promotes Garn to CEO

Quest Software Inc., a publisher of enterprise systems management applications, reported Thursday that its board of directors has promoted Doug Garn to chief executive officer. Garn, the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based company said, also joins th...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

CoreValve Expands Board

CoreValve Inc., a designer and manufacturer of artificial replacement components for the human heart, reported earlier this week that it has appointed Frank Fischer to its board of directors. The Irvine, Calif.-based company described Fisch...

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Passenger Names Business Development Exec

Los Angeles-based Passenger, which provides software-as-a-service to companies to help connect with their customers, has tapped Samantha Skey as the firm's Senior Vice President of Business Development, and GM of its Eastern Region. Accordi...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Emergent Game Technologies Hires VP

Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies, which develops technology for the video game industry, said this week that it has hired on Katie Morgan as the firm's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Emergent said that Morgan joins the fir...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tsavo Names General Manager For SEO Unit

Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the new startup venture of former Userplane founder Michael Jones, said Tuesday that it has named Steve Schepke as General Manager of Tsavo Agency, a new unit focused on providing monetization services to con...

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Monday, October 6, 2008

CalAmp Appoints VP

Oxnard-based CalAmp Corp., which develops wireless communications products, announced this morning that it has appointed Mike Zachan as the firm's Vice President and General Manager of its Aercept business unit. According to CalAmp, Zachan ...

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Guidance Software Hires New Marketing VP

Pasadena-based Guidance Software, a developer of digital forensics software, said Friday that it has hired on Grant Johnson as the firm's new Vice President of Marketing. Johnson joins the firm from FileNet, where he also served as VP of ma...

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

inQ Adds Stiefler To Board

Agoura Hills-based inQ said this week that it has added former Digital Insight CEO Jeff Stiefler as Chairman of the company's board of directors. Stiefler is a venture partner at Emergence Capital, which is also an investor in inQ. inQ prov...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Leads360 Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based Leads360, a developer of lead management software, has tapped Dan Morefield as the firm's new President and CEO, the firm announced this morning. Morefield is the former COO of Experian Consumer Direct, as well as CIO at O...

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Monday, September 29, 2008

X1 Technologies Hires Marketing Head

Pasadena-based X1 Technologies announced Monday that it has appointed a new Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. The firm said it has appointed John Maxwell to the position, to lead the marketing initiatives for the firm. According to X1,...

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Monday, September 29, 2008

SOA Software Expands In Europe

Los Angeles-based SOA Software, a provider of software used for controlling and managing service oriented architecture (SOA) software projects, said this morning that the firm is expanding in the European market. SOA Software said it has hi...

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

International Rectifier Names New CFO

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, a supplier of analog semiconductors, said Thursday afternoon that it has appointed Ilan Daskal as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer. According to IR, Daskal was most recently VP of FInance and ...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

VMIX Shuffles Staff, Rolls Out New Player

San Diego-based VMIX, a provider of video publishing tools for web publishers, said today that the firm has shuffled its executive staff and delivered a new version of its VMIX Player. According to the firm, the moves come as it goes into a...

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Endologix Hires VP

Irvine-based Endologix, which develops medical devices for the minimally invasive treatment of aneurysms, said this morning that it has hired Gary I. Sorsher as the firm's Vice President of Quality. According to Endologix, Sorsher joins the...

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Sofinnova Ventures Hires EIR In San Diego

Venture capital firm Sofinnova Ventures has hired on an Executive-in-Residence based in San Diego, the firm said Thursday. Sofinnova, which invests in early stage life sciences and IT firms, said it has appointed Lars Ekman, M.D., Ph.D. to ...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

eSolar Hires VP Engineering

Pasadena-based eSolar, the Google-backed thermal solar energy startup, is announcing today that it has hired on a new Vice President of Engineering, Craig Tyner, Ph.D. According to eSolar, Tyner joins the firm from Sandia National Laborator...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

eSolar Hires VP Engineering

Pasadena-based eSolar, the Google-backed thermal solar energy startup, is announcing today that it has hired on a new Vice President of Engineering, Craig Tyner, Ph.D. According to eSolar, Tyner joins the firm from Sandia National Laborator...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ProfitLine Hires Sales VP

San Diego-based ProfitLine said today that it has appointed Kurt Bloxdorf as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at the firm. According to ProfitLine, Bloxdorf joins the firm after serving at such companies as SSA Global...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Spot Runner Loses High Profile VP, Hires Two

Los Angeles-based online advertising startup Spot Runner has lost a high profile vice president, Joanne Bradford, to Yahoo!, just months after announcing Bradford's hire as the firm's Executive Vice President of National Marketing Services....

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Friday, September 5, 2008

DriveCam Names CEO

San Diego-based DriveCam, which develops driver safety systems, said Thursday that it has named Brandon Nixon as the firm's CEO and added him to the firm's board of directors. Nixon was most recently SVP at ViaSat, and has also served at En...

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Qualcomm Names New Enterprise Exec

San Diego-based Qualcomm has hired on a new executive for the firm's Qualcomm Enterprise Services division, the company said Tuesday. Qualcomm said that it has appointed Robert Walton as Senior Vice President and Division President of the u...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Aptera Hires CEO

Carlsbad-based Aptera, the electric car startup funded by Idealab and Google, said today that it has hired on a new President and CEO, Paul Wilbur. According to Aptera, Wilbur joins the firm from American Specialty Cars, a supplier of open ...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Aqua Connect Adds Digital Insight's Fiore To Board

Los Angeles-based Aqua Connect, a developer of Mac terminal emulation software, said Wednesday that it has named Digital Insight founder Paul Fiore to its board of directors. Fiore co-founded and served as President and CEO of Digital Insig...

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Internet Brands Hires CFO

El Segundo-based Internet Brands has hired a new CFO, saying Friday that it has appointed Scott Friedman to the position, succeeding current CFO Alex Hansen. Friendman joins the firm from WPT Enterprises, where he also served as CFO. Friedm...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Userplane's Jones, Thelen Make Departure Official

Michael Jones and Nate Thelen, co-founders of web software firm Userplane, have both officially stepped down from their positions at AOL, according to a message from Jones Wednesday afternoon. Jones, who was CEO and co-founder of Userplane,...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sometrics Expands Business Development Team

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, which develops analytics tools for social networking applications, announced today that the firm has hired on two new business development managers for the firm. According to Sometrics, it has added Jennifer Bar...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Zag Names New President, COO

Santa Monica-based Zag, which develops software used for online product configuration of automobiles, announced this morning that it has added Chris Porch as the firm's President and Chief Operating Officer. Porch was a founder of Trilogy S...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Tsavo Hires AOL's Macadaan

Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, a new startup headed up by Userplane founder Mike Jones, said today that the firm has hired Mike Macadaan as VP of Product and Design. Tsavo--which is currently in stealth mode, but describes itself as delive...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

BakBone Snags CFO From Leap Wireless

San Diego-based BakBone Software, a developer of data storage backup software, said Thursday afternoon that the firm has hired on Steve Martin as the firm's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Martin was most recently Chief A...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

QAD Loses CFO

Santa Barbara-based QAD Inc. said Thursday that the firm's CFO, Daniel Lender, has resigned. According to QAD, Lender resigned to "pursue a new business opportunity." No details on Lender's new role was given. QAD said the firm has begun a ...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Buzznet Snags TMZ's Citron

Hollywood-based Buzznet, the online social media site focused on music and pop culture, has snagged Alan Citron, former general manager of Time Warner's TMZ, the firm said today. Citron will act as head of the what the firm describes as "Sp...

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Conexant Swizzles Chair

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Conexant Systems said Thursday that it has appointed D. Scott Mercer as Chairman of the firm's board of directors, replacing existing chairman Dwight W. Decker. Decker continues on the firm's board. Me...

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

ThisNext Names Morrow CEO

Los Angeles-based ThisNext said Thursday morning that it has promoted Scott Morrow to CEO of the firm. Morrow, who has been President of ThisNext since September of 2007, has also served at IAC/Citysearch and CNET. ThisNext co-founder and C...

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Irvine Sensors Names New Chairman

Costa Mesa-based Irvine Sensors said Wednesday that it has named John C. Carson, the firm's CEO and a director of the firm, as its Chairman. Irvine Sensors said that Carson succeeds former chairman Dr. Mel Brashears, who has resigned due to...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pinkberry Taps VC For CEO

Los Angeles-based Pinkberry, the frozen yogurt chain, said Tuesday afternoon that it has named Ron Graves, formerly General Partner of venture capital firm Maveron, as the firm's CEO. Maveron is an investor in the firm. According to Pinkber...

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Occam Networks Hires Controller

Santa Barbara-based Occam Networks, a manufacturer of broadband access hardware for the telecommunications industry, said Friday that it has added Donald F. DePascal as the firm's new Corporate Controller. DePascal joins the firm from PalmS...

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Total Beauty Media Hires VP

Santa Monica-based Total Beauty Media, an online operator of TotalBeauty.com, an online web site focused on creating content for the beauty market, has hired on a new Vice President, the firm told socalTECH today. Total Beauty said that it...

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Appoints CEO

San Diego-based Somaxon Pharmaceuticals said today that it has appointed Richard W. Pascoe as the firm's President and CEO. Pascoe will also serve as a director of the company. Pascoe was most recently at ARAID Pharmaceuticals, where he was...

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Big Stage Hires Executives

Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, which develops technology to create life-like 3D avatars, announced today that the firm has appointed two new executives to the firm's management team. Big Stage said that it has hired on James Brenna...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

DataDirect Networks Names VP

Chatsworth-based DataDirect Networks, a developer of data storage products, announced today that it has appointed David Zimmer as the firm's Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales. Zimmer joins the firm from Pillar Data Systems, where he...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

GETAC Names President

Lake Forest-based GETAC, a manufacturer of rugged laptop, tablet, and handheld computers, said today that it has named Jim Rimay as the firm's President. Rimay will oversee the firm's North American Operations. GETAC is a subsidiary of MiTA...

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Qualcomm COO Leaves For Motorola

San Diego-based Qualcomm has lost executive Sanjay Jha, the firm's COO, to Motorola. Motorola said today that it has hired on Jha as its Co-Chief Executive Officer of Motorola and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola's Mobile Devices Busines...

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Illumina Names CTO

San Diego-based Illumina, a developer of life sciences tools and services, said Monday that it has appointed Dr. Mostafa Ronaghi as the firm's Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Ronaghi joined Illumina last year as part of ...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Newegg Names New CEO

City of Industry-based Newegg, an online electronics retailer, said today that the firm has shuffled its executive staff in a major change. According to the firm, Tally Liu, current President of the firm, has been promoted to Chairman and C...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MySpace Names Five VPs

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced today that the firm has appointed five new VPs at the firm. MySpace said that it has hired Manu Thapar as SVP of Engineering; Angela Courtin as SVP Marketing, Entertainment, and Con...

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Gumiyo Names President

Woodland Hills-based Gumiyo announced today that it has appointed Eric Larson as President of the company. Larson joins the firm from 5square Systems, where he also had served as President. Larson has also served as Senior Vice President an...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

ReachLocal Names CFO, General Counsel

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said Thursday that it has hired on both a new CFO and a General Counsel. The venture backed provider of Internet marketing services for small and medium sized businesses said that Ross Landsbaum has been appo...

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Specific Media Hires Engineering VP

Irvine-based Specific Media said today that it has appointed Brian Burdick as Senior Vice President of Engineering at the firm. Specific Media operates an independent online advertising network which targets consumers based on demographic i...

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Illumina Names VP

San Diego-based Illumina said today that it has appointed Stephen Pentoney as the firm's Vice President of Array Biochemistry. Pentoney will be responsible for Illumina's assay and application development efforts. Pentoney joins Illumnia fr...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ripple Hires New CEO

El Segundo-based Ripple, which operates a network of out-of-home information screens and a related advertising network, said today that John McMenamin has been appointed the company's new Chief Executive Officer. McMenamin was most recently...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Big Stage Taps Ressler As CEO

Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment announced this morning that the firm has appointed former Clearstone Venture Partners VP Phil Ressler as the firm's President and CEO. Ressler replaces Chuck Heubner, who the firm said will continue as...

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Friday, July 11, 2008

SpaceX Installs Murphy as Marketing, Communications VP

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., a developer of manned and unmanned launch vehicles for space exploration, reported Thursday that it has hired Diane Murphy as vice president of marketing and communications. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based ...

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Friday, July 11, 2008

International Rectifier Names New General Counsel

International Rectifier Corp., a manufacturer of analog, digital and mixed-signal computer chips for use in power management applications, reported this week that it has hired Tim Bixler as vice president, general counsel and secretary. The...

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Friday, July 11, 2008

SiliconSystems Names Marketing VP

Aliso Viejo-based SiliconSystems, a developer of silicon storage products, said Thursday that it has named Robert Fan as the firm's Vice President of Marketing. Fan joins the firm from Entorian Technologies, and has also served previously a...

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

DivX Tabs Rodli as Sales, Marketing EVP

San Diego-based digital media firm DivX Inc. reported Thursday that it has hired Eric Rodli as executive vice president of sales and marketing. DivX said Rodli will report directly to Kevin Hall, the company’s chief executive officer. Prior...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

eSolar Names CFO

Pasadena-based eSolar, the Idealab startup developing utility scale solar thermal power technology, has named Merrick Kerr as the firm's new Chief Financial Officer, the company announced this morning. The well-funded startup--which recentl...

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Monday, July 7, 2008

CliniComp Hires COO

San Diego-based CliniComp, a provider of clinical documentation systems for the healthcare industry, announced this morning that it has hired Alan Portela as its Chief Executive Officer. Portela joins the firm from Global Care Quest, and ha...

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Specific Media Turns To Ford For VP

Irvine-based Specific Media, an online advertising network, revealed Tuesday that it has hired Jon Schulz as the firm's Senior Vice President, Global Category Development. Schulz was most recently at Ford Motor Company, where he headed the ...

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

eForce Media Acquires Firm, Appoints Former Autobytel Head As CEO

Santa Monica-based eForce Media, a provider of Internet sales lead generation services, said today that it has acquired Vertical Passion Media, LLC and appointed its founder, Jeffrey Schwartz, as President and CEO. Schwartz is the former pr...

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Autobytel Hires New CTO

Irvine-based Autobytel announced today that the firm has appointed Michael Hunsche as the firm's Chief Technology Officer. The firm, which provides automobile marketing services through its online car buying website, said that Hunsche joins...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Aptera Hires Marketing Exec

Carlsbad-based Aptera Motors, the Idealab-backed hybrid-electric vehicle maker, said today that it has hired on Tony Kirton as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Aptera said that Kirton joins the firm after serving as an independent marketing...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Conexant Expands Board

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm COnexant Systems announced today that it has added two new members to the firm's board of directors. Conexant said that it has added William E. Bendush and Matthew E. Massengill to its board. Bendush ...

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Hirsch Named President, CEO of Revenue Science

Revenue Science, a provider of behavioral targeting technology for the online advertising industry, said Thursday that it has promoted Jeff Hirsch to President and CEO. Hirsch was most recently President of the firm, which has operations in...

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Friday, June 20, 2008

RazorGator Grabs GM From Orbitz

Los Angeles-based online ticketing marketplace operator RazorGator Interactive, said Thursday that it has further expanded its executive ranks by adding Seth Brody as the firm's Executive Vice President and General Manager. Brody joins Razo...

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Obagi Taps Iomega's Romm As CFO

Long Beach-based aesthetic and therapeutic skin medicine firm Obagi Medical Products said Thursday afternoon that it has tapped former Iomega CFO Preston Romm as the firm's Chief Financial Officer. Romm was most recently CFO of Iomega Corpo...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

RazorGator Snags VP From Yahoo

Los Angeles-based RazorGator, a provider of an online secondary ticket sale marketplace, said Tuesday afternoon that the firm has hired on a former Yahoo executive as VP of Business Development for the firm. RazorGator said it has hired Sco...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

CyberDefender Adds Advisor

Los Angeles-based security software firm CyberDefender announced today that it has added Sean Whiteley, co-founder and former CEO of RealtyTracker, as a special advisor to its board of directors. Whiteley sold RealtyTracker to Guthy-Renker ...

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Mindspeed Finds CFO

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies reported Monday that it has appointed Bret Johnsen as the firm's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Johnsen replaces Simon Biddiscombe, who resigned in April to become CFO at QLogic...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

CalAmp Swizzles Management Team

Oxnard-based CalAmp, a provider of hardware for the wireless communications market, said today that it has consolidated two of its divisions and made a number of executive changes. The firm said it is consolidating its Wireless DataCom Divi...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ticketmaster Appoints Expedia's Regan As CFO

West Hollywood-based Ticketmaster announced Tuesday that it has appointed a new CFO, snagging Brian Regan as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from Expedia. Ticketmaster said that Regan was most recently Senior Vice P...

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Uber Expands Board

Los Angeles-based Uber.com, the new startup headed by former Friendster CEO Scott Sassa, said this morning that it has expanded its board. The firm said it has added Josh Freeman, Ted Meisel, and Michael Wolf to its board of directors. Free...

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Friday, June 6, 2008

CalAmp Expands Board

Oxnard-based CalAmp, a provider of wireless communications products, said earlier this week that it has added two new independent directors to its board. CalAmp said that Kimberly E. Alexy and Larry J. Wolfe have joined the company, while c...

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Leap Wireless Names Accounting Head

San Diego-based Leap Wireless International, a provider of wireless communications services, said this week that it has named Jeff Nachbor as the firm's Chief Accounting Officer. Nachbor has been at the company since April, serving as the c...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Verve Wireless Names VP

Encinitas-based Verve Wireless said Tuesday that it has named a Vice President of Local Market Development. The firm, which develops software used by local newspapers and other media to publish mobile web sites, said that Kendall Marolda ha...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Rubicon Project Adds CNET's Mohn To Board

Los Angeles-based Internet advertising optimization startup Rubicon Project announced today that it has added CNET Chairman Jarl Mohn to the company's board of directors. The firm, which provides optimization of online advertising for web p...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

IR Hires Compliance VP

El Segundo-based International Rectifier said Monday that it has appointed Alex Garcia as the firm's Vice President of Compliance. Garcia joins the company from Nvidia Corporation, where he was Senior Director and Head of Internal Audit. Ga...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

RotoHog.com Names Stark CTO

Los Angeles-based RotoHog.com, an online fantasy sports firm, said Wednesday that Michael Stark has joined the firm as Chief Technical Officer. Stark joins the company from YouBet.com, where he was SVP Engineering & Technical Operations. St...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Abraxis BioScience Names CFO

Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience said today that it has named David O'Toole as the firm's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. O'Toole joins the firm from Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he was a Partner in the firm's Stra...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Symark Promotes Farber To CEO

Agoura Hills-based Symark International, a developer of systems access management software, announced today that it has appointed Bob Farber as the firm's Chief Executive Officer. The firm was previously Chief Operating Officer at the compa...

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Friday, May 23, 2008

DexCom Expands Board

San Diego-based DexCom said this morning that it has appointed Jonathan T. Lord, M.D. to the firm's board of directors. The firm, a