Dec 10, 2019
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann is stepping down after more than five years in the role to focus on health and family. The foundation appointed Mark Suzman as the new CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2020. Suzman is the foundation's president of Global Policy & Advocacy and chief strategy officer. He has been with the foundation for 12 years.
Bothell-based Molina Healthcare picked 16 community-based organizations to receive nearly $1 million in grants through the inaugural year of the Molina Community Innovation Fund. The fund supports programs and initiatives that help reduce barriers to health care. The recipients are: Council for the Homeless; Friends in Service to Humanity; Neighborcare Health; YWCA Seattle King Snohomish; CHAS Health; Dave Purchase Project/Tacoma Needle Exchange; Hepatitis Education Project; Pregnancy Resource Center; Puget Sound Kidney Centers Foundation; Community in Schools of Tacoma; Family Health Centers; Family Solutions; Peer Spokane; Toddler Learning Center; Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho; and Tri Cities Community Health.
Seattle-based HomeStreet Inc., the parent company of HomeStreet Bank, sold its interest in Penrith Home Loans to a subsidiary of Windermere Services. Penrith operates a single-family mortgage origination business. Windermere Services will continue to operate Penrith in conjunction with Windermere Real Estate Co. franchise owners. HomeStreet is refocusing on commercial banking.
Graham Construction & Management hired Josh Tocheny as senior project coordinator for the 707 Terry tower project, Robert Crook as superintendent for the Ivy Apartment job and Colleen Parris as project controls advisor in the Seattle Operations office. Canada-based Graham builds multifamily, retail, health care, life science, education and office buildings.
In Seattle, the Northwest Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association hired Rick Miller as executive director. Miller is responsible for collective bargaining and member services. He previously was executive officer of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County and COO of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.
Since 2014, PCL Construction has donated more than $500,000 to food banks across the country to help eliminate hunger and food insecurity experienced by over 30 million adults and children. This year, the company's U.S. operations contributed $55,000 to 15 food banks across the country, including Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest in Seattle.
Dec 06, 2019
Andrew L. Haines will be the new executive director of SIFF, a Seattle nonprofit that runs the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema and SIFF Education. Haines has been director of marketing and communications and part of the leadership team at Seattle Rep since 2015. He starts his new role next month. Amy Fulford of management consulting firm enlight has served as SIFF's interim executive director since Sarah Wilke stepped down in March.
Central Washington University hired Virginia “Ginny” Tomlinson as associate vice president and chief information officer. Tomlinson has been chief technology officer at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, since 2014 and has two decades of senior technology leadership in higher education. She starts next month at CWU.
Seattle-based business tax software developer Avalara said CFO Bill Ingram will retire March 31 after four years with the company. The new CFO will be Ross Tennenbaum, Avalara's executive vice president of strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Avalara, Tennenbaum spent 10 years in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Avalara said Ingram will join the company's board after he retires.
Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company Omeros announced it will issue $50 million in common stock priced at $13.10 per share. The offering is expected to close on Dec. 9. Omeros intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including funding clinical trials, pre-clinical studies, manufacturing and build-out of commercial infrastructure. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is managing the stock offering.