Making moves: 12 execs enter new roles within Austin tech

by Kelly O'Halloran
December 18, 2018

A common trend for companies might be to slow down between Thanksgiving and the new year, but for these eight companies it’s quite the opposite. All eight have made major executive hirings over the past 30 days, and we’ve got the skinny. See below.


Jeff Cotten
Chief Executive Officer

After Tenfold CEO and co-founder Patrick Hogan moved on to found a new startup in San Francisco, the company snagged a former Rackspace CEO to fill the role. Beginning mid-January, Jeff Cotten will officially join the Tenfold team. Cotten, who has worked in various leadership roles at Rackspace for 10 years, led as interim CEO in 2017. His VC firm, Active, has also pumped money into Austin startups like Pingboard.


Lynn Atchison
Board Member

Convey’s momentum has carried through 2018. In June, the company announced a brand new downtown headquarters followed weeks later by closing $10 million in funding. This month, the company shared it has added former HomeAway CFO Lynn Atchison to its board of directors.


Sai Machavarapu
VP of Engineering

AgileAssets appointed Sai Machavarapu as VP of engineering at the end of last month. Machavarapu, who joins the company with more than 20 years of experience building and leading DevOps teams, will oversee AgileAssets’ global engineering team to continue developing roads management solutions using data science, business analytics and AI. He joins AgileAssets from previous roles at Deloitte, D&B Hoovers, The Advisory Board Company and Accruent.


Scott Lumish
Chief Executive Officer

Drone technology startup Hangar named industry veteran Scott Lumish as its new CEO and board member, following the departure of former CEO Jeffrey DeCoux. Lumish comes to Hangar from a San Francisco-based drone software company called DroneDeploy, where he led as VP of business and corporate development. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the drone tech sector.


Alexandra Damsker

After raising $2 million in June, blockchain startup SeriesX rolled out its first product, Vertalo, and added two new advisors to its team. Alexandra Damsker and Nisa Amolis, both digital attorneys, have joined the company in advisory roles. Damsker’s career includes 15 years as a securities attorney with training from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and international law firm Mayer, Brown, Row & Maw before launching her own securities practice. Damsker also founded two startups, one in biotech and the other in the consumer packaged goods industry, with one exit.

Nisa Amolis

Nisa Amolis, named one of Business Insider’s 30 Women in Venture Capital to Watch, is an active tech industry investor and has served as a VC at Scout Ventures. As an angel investor, she also mentors and supports women founders and is a member of New York Angels. Prior to her career as an investor, Amolis was a corporate attorney.


Melanie Meyer Sommer
VP of Marketing

Cybersecurity firm ReconaSense announced two key executive hires this month. Joining the team are Melanie Meyer Sommer as VP of marketing and Pat Aiello as VP of global sales. Sommer’s experience includes over two decades in marketing and communications. Before ReconaSense, she worked for tech titans Dell, EMC, IBM and up-and-coming stars SailPoint and Spanning. She most recently led RSA Security’s global marketing team.

Pat Aiello
VP of Global Sales

Pat Aiello also has more than 20 years of industry experience. His previous leadership roles include positions at March Networks, 3VR CompuCom and Verizon, and most recently he worked for Hikvision as the director of enterprise sales.


Mark Boullie
Chief Revenue Officer

Cybersecurity startup JASK also rounds out a busy year with the three executive hirings of Mark Boullie as chief revenue officer, Monte Sjobakken as VP of business development and Tom Mitchell as VP of sales in the Western region. Bouille comes to JASK with 30 years of experience supporting pre-IPO enterprise tech companies. He spent eight years at ArcSight, which went public in 2008 and was acquired for $1.5 billion by HP in 2010.

Monte Sjobakken
VP of Business Development

Sjobakken’s security experience runs deeps with 20 years dedicated to the industry. He held previous roles as senior director of client development at Carbon Black, and sales leadership titles at Global Technology Resources, Inc., Citadel Security, which was acquired by McAfee, and Juniper Networks.

Tom Mitchell
VP of Sales, West

Mitchell, an enterprise sales leader with 20 years of experience under his belt, joins JASK from Tanium, where he held the title regional VP of sales for the South Central region. He’s also worked in senior sales roles at FireEye, Bromium, McAfee and ArcSight.


Stephen Duggan
EVP and Chief Financial Officer

Mood Media gained an executive from media tech mogul Viacom, with the hiring of Stephen Duggan. Duggan will serve as Mood Media’s EVP and CFO. At Viacom, he held various positions spanning six years including, most recently, GM of global business services. Prior to Viacom, Duggan served as chief operating and financial officer of Publishing Group of America, CEO of Alpha Media Group, and president and CEO of Athlon Sports Communications.


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