People Moves: Mad Catz Update, Apple, Twitter

A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week.

Mad Catz Interactive, a flight software and video game developer and distributor of third party games and video game products, appointed Karen K. McGinnis as Chief Financial Officer. McGinnis replaces Allyson Evans, who recently announced her resignation. [Mad Catz]

chess moveApple hired former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chief Lisa Jackson as Vice President of Environmental Initiatives. Jackson worked for the EPA on and off for 25 years, and was the first African American to lead the agency. [San Jose Mercury News]

Ryan Sarver, Twitter’s Director of Platform, tweeted his resignation from the company. Looking to the future he claims he has “no plans but rest.” Ian Dodsworth, Founder of TweetDeck, also announced his departure, almost two years to the day since Twitter acquired the company. He, however, has other plans, saying it’s the perfect time to start his next venture. [TechCrunch, All Things D]

Mobile gaming company Social Gaming Network announced a round of strategic hires to support its rapid growth. Mike Chera, formerly a designer at Storm8, was hired as a Senior Game Designer. Nicolas Bourges, formerly a designer at Lucas Arts, was also added to the team, as a Senior UI/UX Artist. Other hires came from game Zynga, and Playtika. [SGN.com]

Following its recent launch of Veda, a proprietary social risk engine, e-commerce company WePay named John Canfield Vice President of Risk Management. Canfield worked previously as Senior Director of Global Fraud and Risk Management at eBay, and founded Nimbler, a transportation app development company. [Marketwire]

PermaBit, a data efficiency software developer, named Cameron Pforr Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development. Pforr brings nearly 20 years of experience in technology and financial services from his previous role as CFO at WhipTail, as well as positions at Revolution Partners, Mustang Capital Partners, and Deutsche Bank Securities. [PRNewswire]

Optical communications company Source Photonics named Doug Wright President and CEO. He succeeds Near Margalit, who is credited with transitioning the company from a small business to an industry leader. Margalit will become Chief Product Officer and refocus his efforts on product development and quality improvements. [Dice News]

NoSQL database technology company Couchbase named Ravi Mayuram Vice President of Engineering. Most recently Mayuram was the Senior Director of Engineering at Oracle. He’s also held senior and technical management positions at BEA, HP, Informix, and Siebel. [Marketwire]

PatientsLikeMe, a patient network and research platform, named Marcia Nizzari Vice President of Engineering. She will oversee all engineering projects and future platform developments. [patientslikeme.com]

Scott Pulsipher joins Needle, a provider of social commerce for e-commerce companies, as President and Chief Operating Officer. Pulsipher was most recently the General Manager of Amazon Webstore, where he led the launch of the current version in the U.S., UK and Germany. [Needle.com]

Customer communication technologies provider Pitney Bowes named Roger Pilc Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer. [PB.com]

E-commerce company Intrix named Suzanne Coleman Director of IT. She was formerly the COO of Mass Global Solutions. [Marketwire]

Jawbone, a developer of wearable technology, appointed Mindy Mount to be its new President. Mount comes to Jawbone from Microsoft, where she held multiple positions including Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Online Services Division. [Jawbone.com]

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