Tech Moves: Xbox hires Seattle gaming veteran Kim Swift; Frontdoor Adds Amazon Fashion Leader; After

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Kim Swift. (Photo LinkedIn)

Kim swift has been appointed senior director of cloud games for Xbox Game Studios Publishing.

Swift is a longtime Seattle-area gaming industry veteran whose resume includes Valve Software (she helped lead the development of Portal), Airtight Games, Amazon, EA and most recently Google Stadia, where she was the game design director for the tech giant’s cloud gaming. a service.

In his new role at Xbox, Swift will work on innovation and collaborate with independent studios to create games for the cloud, according to a ad Monday. Microsoft is investing heavily in cloud-related gaming efforts.

“Today, we’re proud to share that Kim Swift is joining the team to help accelerate our innovation and collaborate with studios looking to join us on our journey to create native games in the cloud,” Peter Wyze, Manager of Xbox Game Studios Publishing, said in a statement.

At Google Stadia, Swift oversaw the development of external second-party games. Google Stadia closed its proprietary game studios in February.

Tony Bacos. (Photo of the front door)

Tony bacos, former vice president and CTO of Amazon Fashion, was hired at Front door as the company’s senior senior vice president and chief digital officer.

Frontdoor, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is a provider of home service plans. Bacos will be responsible for the company’s digital execution and strategy. He will help lead the company’s engineering, product management, data science, machine learning, AI, user experience, data security and enterprise technology teams.

At Amazon, Bacos also led Alexa Entertainment and Amazon’s homepage and navigation teams. He previously worked at Nike, Symantec and The Regence Group.

Emily parkhurst, publisher and market president of the Puget Sound Business Journal, will become vice president of content for 6h00 City, a hyper-local newsletter and news aggregation company.

Emily Parkhurst. (Photo PSBJ)

Parkhurst’s movement was announced with 6AM plans to expand to other cities.

“People across the country are hungry for news that comes without the political bias that has so divided our communities, and that’s what 6AM City serves every day in cities across the country,” Parkhurst told GeekWire.

Parkhurst said it was an opportunity she “couldn’t pass up” to use her skills to restore confidence in the local media.

6AM plans to expand to 50 cities across the country. To differentiate themselves from competitors who are trying to reinventing local news via newsletters, Parkhurst said that each local market has two publishers in town who know their community.

“These publishers are supported by a decentralized team across the country, which helps reduce expenses and allows us to grow as quickly as we have,” said Parkhurst. “It also means that each market has two entrepreneurs on the ground whose big ideas can be quickly replicated in other cities.”

Steven maheshwary, head of the information and communications technology sector of the Washington State Department of Commerce, has joined the advisory board of X4Impact, based in Kirkland, Wash.

(Impact photo X4)

The advisory board currently has 14 members, including Microsoft Tech for Social Impact CTO Erik Arnold; Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf; and King County ISD Tanya Hannah.

X4Impact is an AI-powered market intelligence platform for nonprofits, universities, and other social impact-driven organizations. Founded in 2020, it is a spin-out of Giving Tech Labs in partnership with Microsoft, Vulcan and The Hewlett Foundation.

Maheshwary previously worked at Amazon as a program manager for underserved populations and special projects and was a Fulbright Fellow with the US State Department in Malaysia.

Natalie Steck (Photo courtesy of Silicon Valley Bank)

– Silicon Valley Bank hired former CEO and chairman of Viewpath Nathalie Steck as manager of his Seattle team. She was previously Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Qorus Software and Senior Director of Marketing at Logic 20/20.

– Managing Partner of West Monroe Brian Paulen was promoted to lead the West Coast region for the National Technology Consulting Firm.

Paulen will continue to lead the West Monroe office in Seattle. He joined the firm after the 2014 acquisition of Madrona Solutions Group, a CRM-focused consulting firm that he co-founded.

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