Tech Moves: Skytap CEO Thor Culverhouse hands reins to CTO; Apptio CMO Chris Pick retires

Skytap CEO Thor Culverhouse.

Thor Culverhouse is no longer the CEO of enterprise cloud services company Skytap, and former chief technology officer Bradley Schick will lead the company going forward, GeekWire has learned.

“I am very proud to have led Skytap for the last six years, during a time of major transformation, building key partnerships and expanding our top-line growth by 7x. While I continue to advise the company, I am pursuing my next set of great challenges and opportunities,” Culverhouse told GeekWire in an email.

Culverhouse is a tech industry veteran, with stints at companies including Tektronix, IBM, Interwoven, SeeBeyond, Stratavia, and HP. The Washington State University grad joined Skytap in 2013 and was a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016.

“During his 6-year tenure, Thor was instrumental in driving Skytap’s growth and he will continue to contribute in an advisory role,” Schick said in an email statement to GeekWire. “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Skytap as we continue to expand our reach.”

Skytap, founded in 2007, helps companies migrate to the cloud. Near the end of last year, Skytap cut 25 jobs from its marketing and sales teams. The move was part of a restructuring plan tied to its strategy to work more closely with public cloud providers.

Skytap recently made the IBM i operating system available on its public cloud, and it also supports AIX and Linux. The idea is to allow companies to move their data centers to the cloud with minimal changes.

Bradley Schick. (Skytap Photo)

“As demonstrated by our recent IBM i announcement, Skytap is expanding our ability to easily run legacy systems in the cloud,” Schick said. “In addition to our existing partnership with IBM, Skytap will announce more public cloud partnerships later this year.”

Schick has spent the past nine years at Skytap. Prior to joining the company, he founded Wegos, a web application startup, and was a manager at Microsoft.

The company employs around 200 people and has raised $109.5 million in funding. Backers include Goldman Sachs, Insight Venture Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Ignition Partners, OpenView Capital, W Capital Partners, Washington Research Foundation, and others. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also invested in the company in its early days.

Chris Pick. (Apptio Photo)

— IT cost management Apptio is saying goodbye to chief marketing officer Chris Pick, who will retire from the IT cost analysis software company in November.

Pick has been with Apptio for nearly a decade. He led the company through an initial public offering and the decision to go private once again last year as part of a $1.9 billion deal with Vista Equity Partners.

“As I look back, the Apptio I joined 9 years ago was just a seedling of the giant tree we’ve become. This bold, audacious company has transformed over time and is now primed for the next chapter in its growth,” Pick said in an email statement to GeekWire. “Retiring from Apptio will provide me with the opportunity to spend more time with my family and evaluate the next chapter of my career.”

“We wouldn’t be where we are as a company without him and we all owe Chris our thanks and gratitude for his contribution,” Apptio CEO Sunny Gupta said in an email to employees. “Chris has had a tremendous impact on me, our business and lives of our customers – he will always be an Apptian and always be a friend.”

Apptio has started the search for a new CMO.

— Katie Curnutte is moving on from her role at real estate tech company Zillow Group as senior vice president of communications and public affairs. In a farewell email, Curnutte called her 11 years at Zillow “an amazing ride.” She’s not ready to announce her next move but promised an update in the coming weeks.

Zillow has bet its future on buying and selling homes, a shift that has already started to bring in big revenues — at a price.