5 Austin tech teams welcome new leadership, including former execs from Netflix and Travelocity

by Kelly O'Halloran
April 9, 2018
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Five Austin tech startups recently introduced changes in leadership at the executive and board levels. Take a look to see where these pros landed.


Edtech predictive analytics firm Civitas Learning announced Bruce Jones as the company’s new chief revenue officer. In his role, Jones will oversee Civitas Learning’s sales organization. He joins the team from Austin-based Micro Focus where he held the title of VP of sales in the big data division. He also served as a VP of sales at HPE Channels and Alliances at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.


Rob Fry
VP of Engineering

JASK, a San Francisco-based cybersecurity startup that uses machine learning to analyze and prioritize threat alerts, is building a second headquarters in Austin and has added Rob Fry as its VP of engineering. Fry has more than 20 years of experience in security automation, threat detection, big data and cloud security. Before his move to JASK, Fry worked at Netflix and Yahoo in senior security architect and engineering roles.


Ellen Keszler
Board Member

Compl.ai, the creators of travel tech startup Shep, has welcomed Travelocity’s former president Ellen Keszler to its board of directors. Keszler sits on the company’s board beside Craig Cummings, the co-founder and general partner at Moonshots Capital, and Daniel Senyard, Compl.ai’s co-founder and CEO. Keszler has supported the startup in an advisor role leading up to the board announcement. The company is developing a browser extension that allows business travelers to track expenses while booking travel accommodations through consumer sites.


Spinal diagnostic tech company Ortho Kinematics has named an interim CEO following the departure of former CEO Paul Gunnoe. Erik Wagner, an investor and advisor to Ortho Kinematics, will fill the role during the transitional period. Wagner is a seasoned spinal industry leader, who co-founded spinal implant companies Spinal Concepts and Flexuspine. He also has over 80 patents to his name.  


Jason Dorsey
General Partner

Local VC firm Next Coast Ventures has added Jason Dorsey as a venture partner, joining Jeff Browning, Zeynep Young, Thomas Ball and Michael Smarklo. Dorsey will support the firm’s portfolio companies by offering his intel on market trends, branding and customer acquisition. He is also a co-founder and president of The Center for Generational Kinetics, a research center specializing in generational studies.


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