LA Tech ‘Moves’: We Are Verified Taps Wormhole CEO and Facebook Exec

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

LA Tech ‘Moves’: We Are Verified Taps Wormhole CEO and Facebook Exec
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Banking app Dave promoted external vice president of engineering Chien-Liang Chou to chief technology officer.

Health care technology company Cue Health hired David Tsay as chief medical officer. Tsay previously led the clinical health team developing new health products at Apple.

Digital media veteran Phil Ranta joined digital talent management and brand services company We Are Verified as chief operating officer. Ranta was previously Wormhole Labs's CEO and the head of Facebook’s Gaming Creators, North America.

Deepdub, an AI-based entertainment localization company, added Jeny Nicholson as vice president of sales. Nicholson previously served as the VP of sales at Iyuno SDI Group.

Medcrypt, a cybersecurity company providing solutions for medical devices, welcomed Jamell Pentecost as senior director of product security services. Prior to this role, Pentecost was the director of global product security at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics.

Industry veteran David C. Smith joined financial services provider Wedbush Securities as managing director of investments.

Phase Four, a satellite propulsion technology developer, tapped former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine to its board of directors.

Electric vehicle charging station developer and software company ChargeNet Stations appointed Erica Dahl as head of public policy. Dahl was formerly VP of public policy and government affairs at Vivint Solar.

Lead Edge Capital, a technology-focused investment fund, added Susie Bihler as an investment partner. Bihler was previously a partner at Catalyst Investors.

Investment firm Good Scout Capital welcomed Ray Joseph, Rick Moreno, Stacie Olivares and Qiana Patterson as senior advisors to its growth equity Fund. Joseph was chief investment officer for the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Funds. Moreno is currently the managing director and senior advisor at BlackRock. Olivares serves on the corporate boards of Core Scientific, while Patterson is managing partner at NAYAH.

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