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Power Moves: has new hiring moves at the executive level after last month’s layoffs

Plus, Comscore's CFO is taking another C-Suite role and the Northern Virginia Tech Council has a new group of officers for its board.'s headquarters in McLean, Virginia. (Courtesy photo)
Update: This article has been updated since initial publication with comment from Comscore CEO Jon Carpenter. (7/11/22, 7:01 p.m.)

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After layoffs, is still making hiring moves

After laying off 54 employees in the wake of a number of controversies, the McLean, Virginia tech giant is still making hiring moves. The company appointed Yoshi Kohno as head of technology and equity research and David Kensick as its chief experience officer.

Kensick comes to the company after 20 years working for United Airlines, and Kohno as a professor at the University of Washington.

“It is critical that our customers who use – especially first-time users – have a positive time that flows as smoothly as possible,” Kensick said in a statement. “My background in the military and the airline industry will help identify friction points and smooth them out to deliver a safer and more convenient experience for the people we serve.”

The hiring moves immediately follow the layoffs announced last month, which the company said it enacted to promote efficiency and reduce redundancy. It laid workers off following turmoil that included being dropped from an IRS deal and subject to an investigation from the House Oversight Committee.

“With economic headwinds beginning to be felt across many industries, as good stewards of our company we must position for long-term success,” the company said in a statement to at the time. “ is committed to investing its resources wisely to ensure its customers continue to be properly served.”

NVTC has a new class of officers

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the state’s trade association for the tech community, has added 18 members to its board of directors. Serving until 2025, the new appointees will join the current 72 voting-member board to guide the organization to help the local industry.

“This year’s class of NVTC board members includes outstanding leaders who reflect the makeup of our diverse technology community. They each bring unique perspectives and ideas and will help NVTC grow our tech industry and create greater access to the thousands of open jobs in our region,” said NVTC President and CEO Jennifer Taylor in a statement. “I am thrilled to see NVTC’s board continue to collaborate and shape our region as one of the nation’s top technology hubs.”

Meet the new officers for 2022-2023

  • Greg Baroni, Attain Partners, chair
  • Jennifer Taylor, NVTC, president and CEO
  • Bruce Caswell, Maximus, vice chair
  • Amy Gilliland, General Dynamics Information Technology, vice chair
  • Jean Stack, Baird, secretary
  • Craig Chason, Pillsbury, general counsel
  • Mike Condro, Deloitte, treasurer
  • Alisa Valudes Whyte, Merritt Group, public relations advisor
  • Myles Louria, Hunton Andrews Kurth, policy advisor

See the full class of new board members here.

Comscore has a new CEO

Reston, Virginia-based Comscore, a tech company that provides digital audience measurement services, is shuffling its C-Suite this summer.

The company appointed Jon Carpenter, who has been the company’s CFO since November of last year, as its new CEO, effective July 6. According to Comscore, the move follows an internal and external search after CEO and vice chair Bill Livek announced retirement plans.

Alongside Carpenter, board director Nana Banerjee will be the new non-executive chairman of the board. The company’s chief accounting officer Mary Margaret Curry was also moved into the role of chief financial officer and treasurer.

“Having served as Comscore CFO, I am in the unique position of having great insight and understanding of our operations and plans for providing the leadership the industry needs to meet a rapidly changing media and advertising environment,” Carpenter told in an email. “The transition will enable me to apply this understanding to the acceleration of our growth and development initiatives.”

Here’s who else is trying out something new this summer:

  • Personica, an Alexandria, Virginia-based marketing tech company for restaurants, appointed Adam Ochstein as the company’s CEO. Ochstein previously served as the head of strategy for Toast and was the cofounder of StraxEx HR before selling the company to Toast in 2019.
  • Bethesda, Maryland’s DMI, an IT consulting firm, named Trey Theimer as its chief growth officer. Theimer previously was the CGO at Serco and has previously held leadership roles at Peraton, Accenture and more.
  • College Park, Maryland’s Cybrary added Matt Mullins, a longtime instructor at the cybersecurity teaching company, to its Cybrary Threat Intelligence Team as a senior security researcher.
  • Stride, Inc, an edtech company based in Herndon, Virginia, appointed Donna Blackman as CFO. She’s been the company’s chief accounting officer and treasurer for two years.
  • Digital Commerce, an IT company also based in Herndon, announced Dan Currell as the company’s new CEO.
  • RegCheck, a DC mortgage tech company by Asurity Technologies, added Karol Villavicencio as its director of RegCheck product management and operations.
  • Lloyd Whitman, a former science and tech official for the White House, is the new senior director of the GeoTech Center. The center is a collaborative of colleges and universities in the geospatial industry.
  • Arlington, Virginia-based health information provider Surescripts appointed Frank Harvey as its new CEO.
  • Surefire Local, a business intelligence software company in Vienna, Virginia, named Michael Pierce as its new president. Pierce took on the role of chief revenue officer at the company in 2020.
  • MIRTE, a McLean and Massachusetts company operating federally funded R&D centers, appointed Kerry Buckley as VP of the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development. The center supports the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Unissant Inc, a data and analytics company for health and national security in Herndon, named Venkat Kodumudi as its CTO.
  • Fairfax, Virginia digital product development company 3Pillar Global appointed Will Daniel as VP and global head of learning and development.
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Series: Power Moves

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