Expedia hires chief security officer; Microsoft technical fellow departing; and more – GeekWire


Expedia worldwide chief security officer Kurt John. (Expedia Picture)

Kurt John, previous chief cybersecurity officer for Siemens Usa, joined Expedia as world-wide main protection officer. John will be liable for IT stability, bodily stability and privateness.

John spent practically six decades at Siemens. He also serves on the advisory board at security startup Titanium and on the innovation advisory committee at George Mason College. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

John will be dependent in Fairfax Station, Va., the place he is on the board of administrators of the Virginia chamber of commerce.

— Longtime Microsoft engineer Jeffrey Snover is leaving the tech huge. Snover is currently CTO for fashionable office transformation and is a technological fellow. He joined Microsoft in 1999. “It is time for me to attempt a little something new,” said Snover in a LinkedIn article.

Paul Moore will sign up for Zymeworks as chief scientific officer. He moves from antibody therapeutics organization MacroGenics, where he was vice president for cell biology and immunology. Moore also was previously director of cell biology at Celera.

Before this year, Zymeworks declared it was laying off 25% of its workforce and shaking up leadership roles as it focuses on driving its lead antibody-primarily based drug applicant by way of a late-stage scientific trial for most cancers. The organization is also testing an additional applicant in early trials and “streamlined” its R&D tactic. Zymeworks is also fending off a takeover endeavor.

Other staff variations throughout the Pacific Northwest tech industry:

  • The Seattle Seahawks reportedly hired two new analytics gurus — Becca Erenbaum from the New York Knicks and Peter Engler from the Charlotte Thunder.
  • Eduard Koller will be part of Twilio as a senior director, leading project administration for the developer knowledge. He is leaving a place as director of project administration at DocuSign.
  • Lawyer Michael O’Shaughnessy joined psychedelics startup CaaMTech as director of intellectual house. CaaMTech develops creates and patents different psychedelic compounds and formulations. The business has a lot more than 200 pending patent applications and issued patents.


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