Tech Moves: RealSelf appoints interim CEO; Hootsuite hires new CFO; Tune CEO lands at Roku

Jeff Kizilbash. (RealSelf Photo)

— RealSelf CEO James Coyle stepped down and Jeff Kizilbash has been named interim CEO of the cosmetic review platform.

Kizilbash is a recent hire at the Seattle-based company, joining in June as vice president of corporate development. He was previously an executive at Varsity Tutors and Sears, where Coyle also worked.

Coyle, who was appointed CEO a year ago, departed for personal reasons, according to RealSelf Chairman and Founder Tom Seery. Coyle also stepped down from the board of directors.

“We thank James for his commitment to RealSelf these last few years. Under his leadership, RealSelf swiftly responded to the impacts of COVID-19, expanded globally, and recruited exceptional talent,” said Seery in a statement.

“Wishing my friend James Coyle our very best,” he added in a post on LinkedIn.

RealSelf’s board of directors is conducting a search for Coyle’s permanent replacement. In an email to GeekWire, Seery confirmed Kizilbash is a candidate for the full-time position.

Founded in 2006, RealSelf saw its business impacted early in the pandemic but bounced back later in 2020. The company acquired two international cosmetic resource platforms earlier this year.

Tiziana Figliolia. (Hootsuite Photo)

— Vancouver, B.C.-based social media management platform Hootsuite announced Tiziana Figliolia as its new CFO. She was most recently VP of finance at InterDigital, a mobile and video technology company.

Figliolia was previously based in Shanghai where she held senior roles at software companies PTC and Autodesk. She is currently based in Boston and the co-founder of science education non-profit Full STEAM Forward.

Val Rupp. (Fabric Photo)

— E-commerce startup Fabric hired Val Rupp as the Seattle company’s first chief people officer. She was most recently head of HR for HPE Greenlake.

Rupp previously held senior HR roles at Microsoft and Amazon, where she worked with Fabric CEO Faisal Masud.

Fabric closed a $100 million funding round in July and has raised $153 million to date. The startup provides retailers the back-end infrastructure to sell products online.

Tune CEO Peter Hamilton at the company’s 2017 Postback conference. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

— Former Tune CEO Peter Hamilton is now head of television commerce at streaming media player Roku. He moved into an advisory role at Tune last year, following the Seattle marketing startup’s acquisition by Constellation Software.

Hamilton spent nearly a decade at Tune. He invested and advised startups before taking the new gig at Roku.

“As I thought about my next operating role, I hoped that my background in performance marketing could somehow bring me closer to the media and entertainment industry that is unfolding today,” said Hamilton, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio Television Film and performed professionally in the opera. “As our Televisions become more like our phones and other smart devices, with content on demand and interactive experiences, perhaps there is an opportunity to be part of the future of Television. It just so happens that opportunity is definitely at Roku.”

From left: Chris Ries and Shannon Yost. (Outlier AI Photos)

— Outlier AI hired Chris Ries as VP of demand generation and Shannon Yost as VP of product marketing.

Ries was most recently general manager of demand generation at contract management startup Icertis. Yost joins Outlier AI from Skytap where she was senior director of marketing. Both are based in the Seattle area.

Oakland, Calif.-based Outlier offers an automated business analysis platform using AI and data science.

Levis Nderitu. (PATH Photo)

— Seattle non-profit PATH appointed Levis Nderitu as its first-ever global diversity, equity and inclusion director. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nderitu has served as a DEI consultant for nonprofits Doctors Without Borders and One Acre Fund. He will serve as the primary DEI advisor for PATH’s executive team.

A global health organization, PATH has more than 1,600 employees and offices across 20 countries. Its staff developed a diagnostic test dashboard for health officials to help low-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Bothell, Wash.-based BioLife Solutions announced Illumina Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer Joydeep Goswami will join its board in October. He will succeed Andrew Hinson who has retired.

— Software development consultancy GenUI promoted Shane Delamore to chief technology officer. He was most recently head of technology at the company.

— Attorney Whitney McCollum joined the Seattle office of K&L Gates as a partner. She joins the international law firm’s technology transactions and privacy practice.

— Seattle-based product development firm Igor Institute announced three new director-level hires:

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