On the move: 9 Austin tech companies announced new executives in June

by Kelly O'Halloran
July 3, 2018

Execs are on the move once again. Throughout June, nine Austin tech companies, including three edtech startups, announced new leadership in HR, marketing, finance and more. Take a look to see who ended up where.


Emily Lawrence
VP of Content • Aceable

Edtech startup Aceable made four key leadership hires in June as part of its growth plan to expand its presence in driving instruction and real estate education, as well as to enter new verticals soon. Eric Seifert comes aboard as Aceable’s chief revenue officer. He’s joined by Ben Opps, VP of marketing; Derrick Mar, VP of engineering; and Emily Lawrence, VP of content. Since June 2016, Aceable has grown from 25 employees to 88 today.


Jenny Fuller
VP of People Operations • Civitas Learning

Civitas Learning continued its executive hiring spree, adding Jenny Fuller to its roster as VP of people operations. Fuller brings with her nearly two decades of recruitment and talent management experience. Her work history includes serving as president at It’s All About Talent, as well as roles at WP Engine, Dachis Group and Motive Communications.


Ryan Minarovich
Chief Counsel • Medici

Attorney Ryan Minarovich has signed on as chief counsel to Austin healthtech startup Medici. Minarovich specializes in healthcare regulation and joins the company from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a San Diego-based international law firm. In his new role, he will provide counsel on partner agreements and state and federal government relations, along with support for the business development team.


Hyrum Smith
Chief Revenue Officer • Liquibase

In addition to announcing a new Austin headquarters, Datical named Hyrum Smith its new chief revenue officer. Smith joins Datical with over 20 years of experience working in tech. He previously led North American enterprise sales at OpenText as a senior vice president.


Steve Constantino
SVP of Strategic Accounts • LivingTree

Following the announcement of a new CEO in January, LivingTree, an edtech engagement platform, welcomed Steve Constantino to its team. Constantino, the former acting Virginia state superintendent and author of four books on family engagement in education, will take on the role of SVP of strategic accounts. He will lead LivingTree’s training, implementation and sales teams.


Bob Bearden
Chief Financial Officer • Outdoorsy

Last month, Outdoorsy shared that Bob Bearden would be joining the team as its new CFO amid its aggressive hiring plans in Austin. Bearden’s resume includes CFO titles at Expedia and Hotels.com, Travelocity and, most recently, at uShip. Outdoorsy relocated its headquarters to Austin in March.


Don Roedner
Head of Marketing • Alegion

Alegion, a local startup developing AI custom training data sets, named Don Roedner its new head of marketing. Roedner, a software marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience and a degree in computer science, will head up Alegion’s online presence, demand generation and communications.  


Brett Billick
Chief Marketing Officer • Self Financial

Fintech startup Self Lender recently welcomed Austin tech veteran Brett Billick to the team as its CMO. Billick previously served as CMO at SpareFoot, head of marketing at RetailMeNot and in senior marketing positions at Virgin America and Gap, Inc. The news comes after Self Lender reported nearly tripling its workforce since securing a $5 million Series A last July, with more growth on the way.


Anirban Datta
Chief Marketing Officer • Lifesize

Lifesize, the Austin tech company behind a suite of meeting productivity solutions, appointed Anirban Datta to its C suite as CMO. Datta, who comes to Lifesize from a CMO role at Boardvantage, will lead Lifesize’s global growth strategies.


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