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May 26, 2023
Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Will Steffener to the Snohomish County Superior Court. He will replace judge Janice Ellis, who is retiring June 30. Since 2021, Steffener has maintained a private practice at Deno Millikan Law Firm in Everett, handling family law, probate and estate planning, landlord/tenant law, and other civil litigation matters. From 2013 to 2021, he worked at the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office in its Municipal Law and Involuntary Treatment Act units. Earlier in his legal career, he worked as a criminal defense attorney at the Snohomish County Public Defender Association. Steffener has led the Snohomish County Bar Association in various roles, and served as its president in 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University and a law degree from the University of Montana School of Law.
Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike announced senior leadership changes: Heidi O'Neill, currently president of consumer and marketplace, will become president of consumer, product and brand; Craig Williams, currently president of the Jordan brand, will become president of geographies and marketplace; Matthew Friend, executive vice president and CFO, will expand his responsibilities to include procurement, global places and services, and demand and supply management; Sarah Mensah, vice president/general manager of North America, will become president of the Jordan brand; Andy Campion, chief operating officer, will take on a new leadership role as managing director of strategic business ventures; and Scott Uzzell, currently CEO of Converse, will become vice president/general manager of North America, reporting to Williams.
A 24-year Nike veteran, O'Neill's previous roles include president of Nike Direct, accelerating Nike's retail and digital-commerce business. O'Neill was also responsible for creating and leading Nike women's business.
Williams will lead Nike's four geographies and marketplace across its direct and wholesale business. In addition, Williams will lead Nike's supply chain and logistics. Williams joined Nike in 2019 as president of the Jordan brand. Williams has decades of enterprise experience building global brands and creating consumer relationships.
As part of his new role, Campion will oversee Nike Virtual Studios and lead teams across Nike's world headquarters and Los Angeles-based offices.
Michael Spillane, president of consumer creation, will retire later in 2023 after 16 years with the company.
Uzzell's successor will be named shortly.
May 25, 2023
Bellevue-based SirionLabs, a provider of AI-powered contract lifecycle management (CLM), appointed Sujay Rao as its first chief product officer. This newly created role encompasses product strategy, product management and product marketing functions. Rao will oversee Sirion's entire portfolio of authoring, performance and AI products. Rao brings more than 25 years of experience in product management and the SaaS space to Sirion. Rao will help Sirion to develop and expand conversational contracting AI in its product capabilities, grow market share in the mid-market segment, and extend its product capabilities in adjacent areas of CLM, such as procurement and sales operations. Prior to joining Sirion, Rao served as chief product officer for Simpplr, an AI-powered employee experience platform. Previously, at Korn Ferry Digital he launched the Intelligence Cloud, an AI-powered talent intelligence platform that draws insights from external labor market data and internal workforce data to help large enterprises attract, engage and retain their talent.
Pivotal Commware, a privately held mmWave company focused on expanding 5G wireless coverage, announced it is relocating to new corporate headquarters in Bothell. The new facility will accommodate company growth and research needs, and include 10,000 square feet of lab space, as well as test chambers, according to Pivotal CEO Brian Deutsch.
SheerID, a Portland-based company that provides identity marketing, announced it has joined the MACH Alliance, a not-for-profit industry body dedicated to advocating for open, best-of-breed technology ecosystems. MACH Alliance membership certifies that SheerID meets the MACH standard for modern technology: microservices based, API-first, cloud-native SaaS, and headless. SheerID allows merchants to develop personalized offers for consumer communities like students, teachers, and healthcare professionals. SheerID has developed a digital verification engine that connects to over 20,000 authoritative data sources through a single API, to determine consumer eligibility for personalized promotions and loyalty programs. Founded in 2011, SheerID is backed by Fortson VC, Brighton Park Capital, Centana Growth Partners, Voyager Capital, and CVC Growth Partners. The MACH Alliance was formed in June 2020 to help enterprise organizations navigate the modern technology landscape.
May 24, 2023
Opening day is Wednesday, June 7 for the Kenmore Farmers Market. This year will brings new, additional vendors for a more robust market as well as Food Access Programs including WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The market is located at NE 181st Next to Town Square and runs every Wednesday through August from 3 pm -7 pm.
May 23, 2023
Kenmore Air announced the expansion of its land-based plane service connecting Boeing Field, Paine Field and Friday Harbor Airport with Victoria International Airport, expanding on its long standing float plane service to Victoria's Inner Harbour. Effective May 25th, Kenmore Air will provide two round trips per day between Friday Harbor and Victoria. Customers can book their tickets at KenmoreAir.com. Founded in 1946, Kenmore Air flys over 90,000 passengers annually in its de Havilland Beaver and Otter aircraft to over 45 water-based destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Kenmore Air's wheeled aircraft operation, Kenmore Air Express, offers scheduled service aboard Cessna Caravan aircraft. In addition to their scheduled service, Kenmore Air and Kenmore Air Express offer charter service to many other destinations. Kenmore Air has operated land planes from Boeing Field for the past 17 years and Paine Field for the last year with scheduled, year-round service to Friday Harbor and Eastsound. Kenmore Air is now a partner with Alaska Airlines with flights originating from Paine Field bookable on alaskaair.com and eligible for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.
Nate Jorgensen and Susan Morris, executives at two public, Idaho-based companies, have been named to the boards of directors of Idacorp and Idaho Power. Jorgensen has served as the CEO of Boise Cascade since March 2020. Prior to that role, he was the company's chief operating officer responsible for overseeing the Wood Products and Building Materials Distribution divisions. Jorgensen joined Boise Cascade in 2015 after 28 years with Weyerhaeuser, where he served in various leadership roles. Morris is the executive vice president and chief operations officer at Albertsons Companies, a role she has held since January 2018. She leads the company's retail operations, overseeing more than 2,200 stores across 34 states, and has held a variety of leadership roles in her more than 38 years in the retail grocery industry. Jorgensen also serves on the board of directors for the American Wood Council. Morris also serves on the board of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertsons Foundation, the Food Marketing Institute, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Salt Lake City branch. Boise-based Idacorp is a holding company comprised of Idaho Power, Idacorp Financial, and Ida-West Energy. Idaho Power has been a locally operated energy company since 1916, and serves a 24,000-square-mile service area in Idaho and Oregon.