Here’s our occasional look at new hires, appointments and other people on the move at Pacific Northwest technology companies.
Jeff Lanctot is returning to Razorfish to serve as chief media officer, a new position at the digital media agency. Lanctot joined Avenue A — the predecessor company of Razorfish in 1999. He left in 2009, joining Microsoft as managing director of advertiser and publisher solutions.
In a press release, Lanctot said that he’s glad to be back at the company, noting that there’s “no other agency out there that understands digital media like Razorfish.” A board member at Seattle area startups Mixpo and WealthVisor, the 39-year-old executive will report directly to CEO Bob Lord.
“We’ve seen such dramatic changes in the media, creative, and technology marketplace, even over the past few months since winning digital media agency of record for Disney and Travelocity,” said Lord in a statement. “To continue on the same winning trajectory, we needed someone at the highest level of the organization to spearhead our leading edge media presence.”
Stephen Graham, a partner at Fenwick West and co-chair of the law firm’s life sciences group, has been named co-chairperson of the SEC’s new advisory committee on small and emerging companies. The committee was announced today as a way for the SEC to receive advice and recommendations related to privately-held companies and those public companies with market values of less than $250 million.
Paul Gross, a former Microsoft senior vice president and ex-CEO of Redmond startup Sampa, has been appointed to the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council. He currently serves as chairman of the Hydrocephalus Association.
Bob Wise has joined Opanga as director of worldwide business development and operations. He previously served as senior vice president of Mobile Care for Nuance — managing the Seattle office and integrating companies such as SnapIn, Tegic and Jott. Seattle-based Opanga is working on mobile video optimization technologies, helping companies deliver files without degrading the network.