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Tech Strikes: Netflix product chief lands at Google; YouTube CEO to hitch Code.org board; and extra

Keela Robison.

Keela Robison, former vice president of product innovation at Netflix, joined Google as vice president of product management leading a team working on search experience.

Robison spent three years in her role at Netflix. She was previously vice president of technology and product at Expedia Group, and CEO of Urbanspoon, the Seattle-based restaurant directory startup acquired by Zomato. She also held leadership roles at GameHouse, Amazon, WhitePage, T-Mobile, and RealNetworks.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with this incredible team and improve the experience of billions of consumers,” Robison wrote on LinkedIn.

Robison will be based at Google’s HQ in Silicon Valley. She told GeekWire that she maintains “many Seattle connections” and still comes back a few times per year to visit friends.

Code.org, a nonprofit that focuses on expanding access to computer science in K-12, announced new members to its board of directors that will join this summer:

  • Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Los Angeles District, Calif.
  • Sharon Contreras, superintendent of Guilford County Schools in North Carolina.
  • Jhone Ebert, Nevada superintendent of public instruction.
  • Kevin Scott, chief technology officer at Microsoft.
  • Aileen Tang, former Google group product manager.
  • David Treadwell, senior vice president at Amazon.
  • Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer of YouTube.

Other personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest tech industry:

  • Dr. Susan Athey will step down from the board of Rover, effective Aug. 4.
  • Kelly Sims of Stripe and former Google leader Gayathri Rajan joined the board of Shape Therapeutics.
  • Divya Kakkad, head of platform at Graham & Walker, joined the board of Tasveer.
  • Vidya Raman, former general manager of health and life sciences solutions at Amazon Web Services, is now chief medical officer at Teladoc Health.

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