Amazon Promotes Two Executives to SVP; Providence Executive Named COO of Teladoc; and more – GeekWire

James Hamilton, left, and Drew Herdener have each been promoted to senior vice president at Amazon.

Amazon promoted two executives to senior vice president: James Hamilton, a distinguished company engineer; and Drew Herdenwho directs global communications.

Both were previously vice presidents of Amazon. Promotions reflect the scope and impact of their work, according to the company. Both joined Amazon’s management team a year ago. The promotions were announced inside Amazon last Thursday.

Hamilton focused for many years on Amazon Web Services, working for Andy Jassy, ​​then Amazon’s chief cloud officer. He moved last year to a broader technical role, including but not limited to AWS, reporting to Jassy as CEO of Amazon.

Herdener has been with the company for over 19 years. He reports to Jassy on an interim basis after Jay Carney, the company’s global head of policy and communications, last week announced his intention to leave for Airbnb.

Gary Rosenfeld was named Vice President of Business Development at big fish games. Running his own consulting firm, BD Lab, Rosenfeld previously worked on business development and strategy with companies including Pixel United, Discovery Communications and Universal Music Group. Prior to starting his own company, he held executive positions at 20th Century Fox and other companies.

Seattle-based Big Fish, which sold Aristocrat for nearly $1 billion in 2018, also introduced the a new president in May: Larry Plotnickformer General Manager of Games for Amazon Prime.

Mike Waters. (Photo Teladoc Health)

mike waters is now chief operating officer of Teladoc Health, leaving Providencewhere he most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Ambulatory Care Network.

Waters worked more than nine years in Providence, based in Renton, Wash., which has 52 hospitals and hundreds of clinics. Prior to Providence, Waters was administrative director at Swedish Medical Group.

Purchase, New York-based Teladoc serves 51.5 million members in more than 175 countries with “virtual care for the whole person.” Waters’ move follows March departure of digital director from Providence Aaron Martin. Martin became vice president of healthcare at Amazon, which announced last week that it would acquire Teladoc rival One Medical.

Dirk Nagorsen has been appointed chief physician at cell therapy startup Affini-T Therapeutics. Nargorsen previously spent ten years at Amgen, where he most recently served as vice president of early development and therapeutic lead for early development in hematology and oncology.

At Amgen, Nagorsen oversaw programs for T-cell agents and for Lumakras (sotorasib), the first approved treatment targeting KRAS, also a target at Affini-T. Earlier this month, the company added to its board with Jill DeSimonewho most recently served as President of US Oncology at Merck.

Yvan Willow was hired as sendinbluechief technology officer. He leaves the electronic market company Octopia, where he was vice president of engineering, growing his team from eight to 300 engineers. Prior to that, he was CTO for France for digital consultancy Publicis Sapient.

Paris-based Sendinblue, which sells marketing and sales tools to businesses, has its US home in Seattle. The company is looking to fill 60 positions, a third of which will be under the responsibility of Saule.

— Seattle start-up Mason appointed Phil Moon as Chief Financial Officer and Bernard Richardson as Vice President of Operations. Mason provides customers with bespoke hardware and software for single-use Android devices.

Moon was previously an executive at Grove Collaborative, a green home commodities company, and helped lead its recent public listing through a SPAC merger. Bernard was previously director of product operations at Sunrun, a clean solar energy company, and at Meta. He has also worked for Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.

Other personnel changes in the Pacific Northwest tech industry:

  • Soojung Smith is now commercial director of Kodrawhich automates greenhouse operations and recently won the autonomous greenhouse challenge at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands.
  • Sean Maier joined the investment management company WestRiver Group as a senior partner, leaving Meridian Capital.
  • Alpine Immune Sciences appointed Jorn Drappa to its board of directors. Drappa co-founded Viela Bio, which was acquired last year for $3.1 billion.
  • Real estate start Plunk appointed Joan Woodward and Jeff Zajkowski as business leaders.

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