Samsung CPO Leaves; Groupon Poaches More Amazon Execs
A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week: Kevin Packingham left his position as Chief Product Officer for Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Division. It’s unclear whether or not his departure was voluntary or who will take over the role. [The New York Times] Groupon poached Amazon Prime VP Robbie Schwietzer for its Vice President of Operations position. He reports to Chief Operating Officer Kal Raman, another former Amazon exec. Also newly reporting to Raman is Lisa Kennedy, former Vice President of eCommerce at Amazon’s Quidsi, who was named Vice President and General Manager of Groupon Reserve. Meanwhile, David Kerr, formerly General Manager of eCommerce at Angie’s List, was appointed to be Vice President and General Manager of Home Services, and Hoke Horne, former CFO of Windows at Microsoft, became Vice President of Global Commercial Finance. [GeekWire] The strange hiring continues at Apple with the addition of John-Francois Mulé, a cable TV industry vet who most recently worked at CableLabs, as an engineering director on an undisclosed project. All that’s known about the project so far is that it’s “something big”-- at least according to Mulé’s LinkedIn Profile. [Multichannel News] Identified, an analytics company that transforms data from Facebook into professional intelligence, hired Mohammad Sabah to be Chief Data Officer. Previously, he was Manager of Data Science and Analytics for Facebook’s Identity Team. He’s also held Principle Data Scientist/Engineer positions at Netflix, Fox Audience Network (acquired by the Rubicon Project,) and Yahoo. [TechCrunch] JP Colaco resigned from his position as Senior Vice President of Advertising for Hulu. He joined the company six years ago when it was a startup, before it was called Hulu. He was one of the last of the original team members to work there, but decided to leave to pursue a startup. [Hulu] Former Frog Design President Doreen Lorenzo joined Quirky, a crowdsourcing invention platform, as President. [PandoDaily] AOL underwent a shakeup in its executive ranks. Maureen Sullivan, SVP & GM of Lifestyle Brands and Women’s Content, was made responsible for the AOL homepage, and Graham Moysey, formerly General Manager, became Head of International. Meantime, Francis Lobo, President of AOL services, left the company to become CEO of United Online. [All Things D] Former Twitter Director of Platform Ryan Sarver finally had enough rest, and joined RedPoint Ventures as a partner. The VC firm also got another new partner, Tomasz Tunguz, who was promoted from within. Meanwhile, Jamie Davidson, former Vice President of Product at Hotel Tonight, was hired as a Senior Associate. [Redpoint Ventures] Video analytics platform provider Ooyala appointed David Wilson to be Chief Financial Officer. He brings more than 12 years of CFO experience from positions at DIRECTV and Alaska Communications Systems. [ooyala.com] Manish Goel was named Chief Executive Officer of Guavus, a Big Data company. He comes from NetApp, where he worked for 11 years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Product Operations. He succeeds Anukool Lakhina, Guavas’ founder, who will transition to a new position to focus on innovation. [Multichannel News] Refurbished television equipment provider Cable Technologies International named Christopher Shirling President. Former President and Cable Technologies’ Founder, Paul Morse Jr., transitioned to CEO. [Multichannel News] Former Twitter Product Manager Mitali Pattnaik joined Foundation Capital as an entrepreneur-in-residence. She will focus on the education and collaborative consumption sectors. Prior to Twitter, she worked on commerce initiatives at Google. She’s also held positions at Electronic Arts, Yahoo, and Microsoft. [All Things D] Web and mobile design company Cultural Foundry added two new senior-level developers. Jeff Lindermeier was hired as a front-end developer. He brings more than 15 years of design and development experience and co-owned a Web development company for six years. Meantime, Roberto Santiago was hired to lead a systems development team. He’s also run his own company, and brings 20 years of systems architecture and engineering experience. [Dice News] Avegant, the developer of a Google Glass competitor that uses Virtual Retinal Display Technology, appointed former Citigroup CTO Yobie Benjamin to be Chief Operating Officer and Chief Software Officer. [cnet] Do you know of people moving to new jobs inside, or outside, your company? Let us know by emailing email@example.com.