People: King Gets CFO in Time for IPO

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

King, the game company behind Candy Crush Saga, named former Clearwire CFO Hope Cochran Chief Financial Officer. She’d better settle in fast, since her addition was announced the same day the company filed for an IPO — and the striking resemblance of the game developer’s product portfolio to Zynga’s hasn’t gone unnoticed. [GeekWire]

People Moves IconJoseph Staten, the Lead Writer and Cinematics Director for the Halo games, left his position as Design Director at game maker Bungie. His leave comes as the company prepares to launch Destiny, its first title since it was spun off from Microsoft in 2007. [GeekWire]

Foursquare Co-Founder Navreen Selvadurai joined Oscar, a health insurance startup, as Head of the Mobile Team. [Tech Crunch]

Following the announcement of disappointing second quarter results, Brian Crowley resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bsquare, a technology distributor and systems integration company, and stepped down from the company’s board of directors. Newly added Board Member Jerry Chase will serve as the company’s CEO while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement. [GeekWire]

Teemu Huuhtanen left his position as Vice President for Mergers and Acquisitions at Rovio Entertainment, the maker of the Angry Birds games, to co-found mobile gaming startup Next Games. [The Wall Street Journal]

Sales forecasting platform provider C9 appointed Michael Howard to be Chief Executive Officer. He brings more than 20 years of Big Data and analytics experience, most recently from his position as Chief Marketing Officer for Greenplum, the Big Data division of EMC. He’s also held CEO positions at Ingrian Networks (acquired by Safenet) and Outerbay (acquired by HP). He succeeds Jim Burleigh, who left to become COO for Engine Yard. [Tech Crunch]

Former About.com CEO Cella Irvine stepped down from her position as Chief Executive Officer for Vibrant Media, an advertising technology company. According to a source that spoke to TechCrunch, the company’s board has been frustrated with a lack of revenue growth and stymied hopes for an IPO. Founder and Chairman Craig Gooding will take over in the newly created Office of the Chairman position, though according to TechCrunch, a search for a new CEO is not currently in the plans. [Tech Crunch]

Former Facebook Vice President of Global Sales and Operations Grady Burnett joined mobile app analytics platform provider Flurry as Chief Operating Officer. Before Facebook, he worked on the DoubleClick platform at Google. [All Things D]

DIRECTV appointed Adam Braff to be Senior Vice President of Business Analytics. Previously, he was Head of Customer Data and Analytics at JP Morgan Chase. Before that, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company and a lawyer at Hogan & Hartson. [DIRECTV]

Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Government Affairs, Catherine Novelli, joined the U.S. Department of State as Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. [AllThingsD]

After 12-years at NBC Universal, Lauren Zalaznick left her position as Executive Vice President. She will continue to consult with the company on digital media content and technology marketplace trends. She is expected to take a top seat at a Web media company, though she has not yet accepted a new position. [AllThingsD]

AppFirst, another application analytics platform, named Bob Fox Director of Solutions Architecture. He comes from Splunk, where he worked for seven years, most recently as Manager of Global Technical Enablement. [Dice News]

Marchex, a mobile advertising company, appointed former Razorfish President and CEO Clark Kokich to be Chief Strategy Officer. Kokich, who is credited with playing a large part in the industry’s movement from traditional to online advertising, also serves on the board of Rocket Fuel and Acxiom. [marchex.com]

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