Tech Moves: Smartsheet names AWS vet as CTO; Ex-Nike exec heads Grayl’s board; Indeed replaces CEO

Praerit Garg. (Smartsheet photo)

Work collaboration software company Smartsheet nabbed AWS veteran Praerit Garg to lead technology efforts as the company’s first official CTO. Garg was a general manager of identity, directory and access services at Amazon Web Services.

Garg spent his early career at Microsoft, later going on to co-found cloud storage startup Symform and organizational tool JoggleMe.

“I’ve seen multiple technology evolutions during my career, from PC’s to the internet and now cloud and SaaS, each powered by killer applications that enhanced people’s lives personally or professionally,” Garg said in a statement. “Smartsheet is taking workplace collaboration and productivity to a new level by helping customers more effectively plan, track, automate, and report on work, regardless of technical skill, and I’m excited to help realize the opportunity ahead.”

Smartsheet, which has grown to serve 90 percent of Fortune 100 companies, acquired creative production platform Slope last month.

Kate Delhagen. (Grayl photo)

Grayl, the Seattle-based maker of portable water-purification bottles, appointed Kate Delhagen as chair of the company’s board.

Delhagen was senior director of global digital business development at Nike, where she worked for a dozen years. As an investor, she helped launch Oregon-based Kindling Ventures and Oregon Sports Angels. Delhagen replaces Harley Rouda, who recently became a U.S. congressman representing the 48th district of California.

“Grayl has done a great job building a brand and establishing itself in the marketplace,” said Delhagen. “And there’s definitely room to expand. I’d like to see us triple our sales by 2022.”

Co-founders Nancie Weston and Travis Merrigan started Grayl in 2013 from an Indiegogo campaign. Three years later, they followed up with a Kickstarter that raised more than $200,000.

Chris Hyams. (Indeed photo)

—Job search site Indeed recently did some hiring of its own, bringing on Chris Hyams as CEO. Hyams replaced CEO Hisayuki Idekoba, who goes by Deko and has held the role since 2013.

Deko will stay on as chief operating officer and sit on the board of directors of Recruit Holdings, Indeed’s parent company.

Hyams, formerly Indeed’s president, has worked at the company for eight years. He was chief product officer at film marketing company Slated and founder of B-Side entertainment prior to joining Indeed.

“Indeed’s mission is to help people get jobs. I am grateful to the Recruit leadership team for the opportunity to lead an organization that helps so many people all over the world,” Hyams said in a statement.

Greg Pearson, former policy chief at Intel, has signed up with Amazon AWS as VP of Americas sales, according to his LinkedIn profile. Pearson left Intel in November after 28 years with the company. Prior to the policy role, Pearson led Intel’s $55 billion sales and marketing efforts.

Pearson’s LinkedIn says he’ll be “helping companies ranging from fast-growing startups to large enterprises become more agile, and lower costs—to enable their next innovation.” Pearson’s appointment was first spotted by The Information.

GeekWire reached out to Amazon and will update this article if we learn more.

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