Flexport hires Microsoft CVP; Avalara adds chief revenue officer; and more – GeekWire


Teresa Carlson, president and chief commercial officer at Flexport. (Flexport Photo)

Teresa Carlson, a longtime tech executive who was most recently a corporate vice president at Microsoft, joined Flexport as its new president and chief commercial officer.

Carlson spent the past eight months at Microsoft as a CVP and executive-in-residence; she previously was a vice president at the company from 2001 to 2010. Carlson also spent more than a decade at Amazon Web Services, and joined Splunk in 2021 as president and chief growth officer. She sits on the boards of Seattle startup Karat and Bay Area company Commure.

Carlson will oversee sales, marketing, communications, and non-profit efforts at Flexport, the San Francisco-based logistics giant which was valued at $8 billion after raising a $935 million Series E round in February of last year. Founded in 2013, Flexport provides cloud-based freight forwarding and brokerage services for ocean, air, truck, and rail, among other offerings such as insurance and customs compliance.

Carlson will report to Flexport CEO Dave Clark, the former longtime Amazon exec who joined Flexport last year. She will be based at Flexport’s office in Miami and split time between Florida and Washington D.C.

Other key personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest tech industry:

  • Seattle tax software giant Avalara hired Kimberly Deobald as its new chief revenue officer. She was most recently a general manager at Varicent, and spent more than two decades at IBM.
  • Seattle-area workflow automation company Nintex hired Jen Ballin as chief commercial officer. She was most recently at Amazon Web Services and previously held exec roles at Salesforce, Cisco, and Microsoft.
  • Seattle employee engagement startup Mystery hired Shawn Ramirez as vice president of data science. She is president of Eisenrez Partners, a data science consultancy firm, and previously held leadership roles at FutureFit AI, Shelf Engine and Insight Data Science.
  • Seattle investment firm Cascadia Capital promoted Novan Le to senior vice president.


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