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Meet the new executive director of Radiant Earth
As of tomorrow, the DC-based geospatial data analytics organization Radiant Earth Foundation has a new face. Starting Sept 1, Jed Sundwall will be the foundation’s new executive director. Current executive director Hamed Alemohammad will become an advisor for the org and join its board.
Sundwall takes on this role after leading the global sustainability engagement team at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a company he’s been with since 2014. Radiant Earth said Sundwall created and led AWS’s Open Data Program during his time there.
“We live in a golden age of access to Earth observation data, and I’m convinced that we’ve only just started to see the impact of the combination of Earth observation data, cloud computing and machine learning,” Sundwall said in a statement. “Radiant Earth is precisely the kind of neutral and trustworthy institution the world needs to ensure that critical data and tools are accessible to everyone working to solve our planet’s greatest challenges. I look forward to expanding the Radiant Earth community as we work to better understand our world.”
Interos has a new CFO
Arlington, Virginia supply chain risk management company Interos appointed Aida Sukys as its new chief financial officer.
Sukys makes the move following her role at Justworks, where she helped the company prepare to make its IPO. She was also the group CFO and global head of financial business services at Willis Towers Watson.
For Interos, the leadership change comes about a year after another large finances-related move. After a $100 million Series C round led by San Francisco-based venture capital firm NightDragon last July – valuing the company at over $1 billion – Interos reached unicorn status. In other words, there are plenty of finances for Sukys to manage.
“I’m honored to be joining Interos at this exciting juncture in their history,” said Sukys in a statement. “I can’t think of a more important and relevant business to be part of as the world wrestles with so many material supply chain challenges brought on by third-party risk. This is an opportunity to be part of a technology disrupter that’s led by a talented and passionate team.”
Gerren Price is (officially) a BID CEO
As of this month, Gerren Price is the new president and CEO of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID).
Price joined the company as the director of public space operations in 2018. He was appointed the interim lead in November following prior leader Neil Albert’s placement on leave. He’s this BID’s third leader since it was founded in 1997. There are several BIDs in the district, with the Downtown DC BID one being the largest.
“I fully understand that a successful downtown is vital for a successful D.C.,” said Price in a statement. “I am honored to serve and lead during such a pivotal time for the organization and for the future of downtown D.C., and I look forward to continued work with our amazing board, passionate and dedicated staff, city officials and the downtown community to accelerate our resurgence, reimagine what’s possible and set the course for downtown to be vibrant, thriving and dynamic for years to come.”
Price was the force behind the redevelopment of Franklin Park and coordinated support to business leaders — including emergency food and shelter — during the pandemic.
Here’s who else is updating their Linkedin around DC:
- mPhase Technologies, Rockville, Maryland energy tech company, appointed Ted Fagenson to the role of chief commercial officer.
- Silver Spring, Maryland regenerative medicine company Azioyo Biologics announced Michelle LeRoux Williams as its chief scientific officer. She was previously the CSO of Osiris Therapeutics.
- Rockville-based energy tech company Argan announced that founder and CEO Rainer Bosselmann retired from the company in August. David Watson will replace him in the role of president and CEO, as well as join the board.
- Torc Robotics, a subsidiary of Daimler Truck, appointed Peter Schmidt, the current head of its autonomous technology group, as its new CEO. Schmidt will succeed current CEO Michael Flemming on Oct. 1.
- DC cyber firm Virtru named Mishi Choudhary as senior VP and general counsel.
- Naveen Kumar is the new VP of the Information Technology Coalition’s Oracle solutions practice. He was previously the company’s director of ERP solutions.
- Adlumin, a DC detection and response firm, appointed Jim Adams as its chief revenue officer.
- Eutelsat Communications, a satellite operator with its US HQ in DC, named Richard Mortellaro as its president of Eutelsat America, succeeding David Blair.
- Reston, Virginia engineering services company Bowman Consulting appointed Matt Mullenix as executive VP, chief information officer and chief information security officer.
- Red Cell Partners, a healthcare and national security incubation firm in Tysons, Virginia, added Roger Ferguson Jr. as its chief investment officer.
- Verato, a cloud identity company in McLean, Virginia, appointed Richard Jordan as chief commercial officer. He previously was a leader at Sutherland Global Healthcare Solutions.