Tech Moves: Lumen taps former Microsoft exec as CEO; Seattle Children’s hires research officer

Kate Johnson. (Lumen Applied sciences Photograph)

— Kate Johnson will turn out to be the brand new CEO of Lumen Applied sciences, previously referred to as CenturyLink. She was additionally appointed president and can be part of the board of administrators of the 35,000-employee firm, beginning November 7.

Johnson beforehand served 4 years as president of Microsoft U.S., overseeing gross sales, providers, advertising and marketing and operations. She additionally beforehand was government vp and company officer at GE and a senior vp at Oracle. Early in her profession she was a senior supervisor at Deloitte Consulting.

Johnson will succeed Jeff Storey, who’s retiring and can stay with the corporate by means of the tip of the 12 months to help within the transition.

“Kate’s appointment and the strategic transition introduced at present are the end result of a succession plan that Jeff and the board have been engaged in for the previous a number of years,” stated T. Michael Glenn, chairman of Lumen’s board of administrators, in a press release. Lumen serves prospects in additional than 60 international locations with about 450,000 miles of fiber cables on its routes. Johnson will relocate to Denver, close to the corporate’s places of work in Broomfield, Colo.

Eric Tham. (Seattle Youngsters’s Photograph)

— Seattle Youngsters’s appointed Eric Tham as its senior vp and chief analysis operations officer. Tham now has government accountability for the administration, funds, and operation of Seattle Youngsters’s Analysis Institute (SCRI) and the analysis division. Tham may also oversee Seattle Youngsters’s Mental Property Core.

“I’m excited to assist information the analysis division because it continues to develop and sort out huge questions round bettering little one well being and well being fairness,” stated Tham in a press release Tuesday asserting his appointment. Tham has served as interim senior vp of SCRI since January 2021 after its longtime president, Jim Hendricks, stepped down.

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Tham is a doctor who has a grasp’s diploma in biomedical informatics and has held quite a lot of earlier roles at Seattle Youngsters’s, together with chief analysis data officer, vp of knowledge expertise and scientific analysis operations, and affiliate chief data officer. He has additionally practiced pediatric emergency drugs at Seattle Youngsters’s and Youngsters’s Hospital Colorado, the place he was a college member.

“Eric’s deep data of our analysis division and experience as an administrative senior chief, collectively along with his background as a doctor and biomedical informatics researcher, place him to thrive on this position,” stated Seattle Youngsters’s CEO Jeff Sperring in a press release.

Sooner or later, Seattle Youngsters’s may also rent a chief scientific officer and senior VP, a brand new position to assist set the scientific path of the analysis division with Tham, in accordance with a spokesperson.

Different key personnel strikes throughout the Pacific Northwest tech trade:

  • David C. Kaslow, chief scientific officer at international well being nonprofit PATH, will tackle the position of director of the Workplace of Vaccines Analysis and Evaluate throughout the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration’s Middle for Biologics Analysis and Analysis.
  • Kelly Fukai is now vp of presidency and neighborhood affairs on the commerce group Washington Expertise Trade Affiliation. She was beforehand supervisor of public and exterior affairs on the Spokane Worldwide Airport.
  • Kelci Zile, beforehand international lead for sustainability at Amazon Net Companies Market and Information Change is a brand new enterprise associate at Madrona Enterprise Labs, main sustainability and local weather tech.
  • Washington Analysis Basis introduced a brand new cohort of 5 part-time enterprise analysts: Mroj Alassaf, Diego Alba Burbano, Melanie Busch, Jay Lubow and Vanessa Nguyen.
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