Microsoft hires Cloud Security VP; Expedia board member resigns; and more – GeekWire

Shawn Bice, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Cloud Security. (Microsoft photo)

— Shawn Bice returned to Microsoft to serve as Corporate Vice President of Cloud Security. Bice left a general manager position at Microsoft in 2016 to become vice president of databases at Amazon.

“Security is a data issue, and I’ve spent most of my career building distributed data systems,” Bice said in a blog post. More recently, Bice served as president of products and technology at data platform company Splunk.

— Susan Athey, professor of economics at Stanford, resigned of Expedia’s board of directors. Athey, a former chief economist at Microsoft, is an advisor or board member of several companies.

Athey is also the founder of the Golub Capital Social Impact Lab, a Stanford initiative to improve social sector organizations through digital technology and social science research. She has previously announced that she will be stepping down from the board of directors of Seattle pet sitting company Rover in August.

— A few top black leaders at Amazon who helped oversee the company’s e-commerce operations are leaving:

  • Alicia Boler-Davissenior vice president of global customer fulfillment and member of Amazon’s senior leadership team (S-team)
  • Dave Bozemanvice president of Amazon Transportation Services

Their departure comes as Amazon is reorganizing its operational organization. On Tuesday, the company announced that Doug Herrington, a veteran of Amazon’s consumer business, will be promoted to the new role of CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores following the departure of top consumer director Dave Clark. Read more here

— Electric aircraft company magniX has appointed a new chairman of the board: John Saabas, formerly head of engineering and technology for Bombardier Transportation.

MagniX CEO John Saabas. (magniX photo)

Saabas was previously also an advisor to MagniX and chairman of the technical steering committee. “I am delighted to take on an expanded role at magniX at a critical stage as we move from product development to certification and commercialization,” Saabas said in a statement.

MagniX last year announced a partnership to develop electric commuter aircraft with Vancouver, BC-based Harbor Air Seaplanes and Swiss battery company H55, and recently raised $74.3 million from NASA.

Outgoing chairman Dominique Spragg will remain with the company as an advisor.

— Logistics startup Shipium is building its leadership team. Shipium hired Shilpa Tiwari as vice president of engineering and data science, Jason Kerner as senior vice president of sales engineering, and Brian Thom as vice president of sales.

Shipium raised $27 million this spring to fuel the growth of its tools to help ecommerce stores manage fulfillment. The startup targets mid-sized retailers who can’t afford to build the kind of software giants like Amazon and Walmart use to coordinate and optimize e-commerce operations.

Other personnel changes in the technology sector in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Joseph Williams joined infosys as an advisory partner, running their global cybersecurity strategy advisory group. He will remain in Seattle, where he was previously director of Seattle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Randall Tau moved from Amazon transportation services until NEXT Freight transportationwhere he is senior vice president of operations.
  • Mike Kaplan is now vice president of business development at satellite company LeoStella† He was previously vice president of new business development for defense and aerospace at Belcan