Tech shakeup: Sports pro joins DraftKings Seattle veteran pioneers advisory firm.

January 29, 2024
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Dave Cotter, former chief product officer at Leafly, has launched a new advisory firm called D3 Advisors. Cotter aims to advise and consult with startup founders, CEOs, and venture capitalists, using his 30+ years of operational experience to help them turn great ideas into successful companies.

Other notable tech moves include:

  • Johanna Faries, former GM of Call of Duty at Activision, has been named president of Blizzard Entertainment.
  • Marie Donoghue, previously involved in Amazon’s sports content initiatives, has become chief business and growth officer at DraftKings.
  • Kirt Debique, former leader at Microsoft and co-founder of start-up SyncFloor, has been appointed chief architect at cybersecurity firm Oleria.
  • Sanjay Puri, former 9Mile Labs accelerator leader and Avalara product exec, is now vice president of product marketing at Icertis.
  • Computer vision startup Plainsight Technologies has appointed Kit Merker, a former engineering leader at Microsoft and Google, as CEO.

Other moves include those at Nexus Search Partners, Yesler, Taqtile, Fearey PR, NLM Photonics, Focal, and Greater Seattle Partners, as well as a promotion for Steven F. Ziegler at Benaroya Research Institute and Linda Fairchild at Kidder Mathews.

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