New Achievements in Business: May 4

Technology: San Mateo mobile phone software firm Digital Chocolate Inc. hired Xavier Mas Kaupp as VP of sales and marketing for Europe. He previously worked at Gameloft. The company also promoted Ilkka Paananen from European managing director to president of studios. Gary Schofield was promoted to VP of sales and marketing to president of networks. Jason Loia was promoted from VP of operations to COO.

» MonoSphere Inc., a Redwood City software firm, hired Gregg Westerbeck as VP of sales. He was VP of worldwide sales for Movaris Inc.

» Foster City data center firm Equinix Inc. said Irving Lyons joined its board of directors. He is the principal of Lyons Asset Management.

» Intellectual property firm Ipotential of San Mateo hired Ira Blumberg as senior VP of licensing. He was VP of licensing for Rambus Inc.

» SenSage Inc., a San Francisco data-management software firm, hired Rick Schultz as VP of worldwide sales and Ed Chopskie as VP of corporate marketing. Schultz was a VP of worldwide sales at Fox Technologies. Chopskie was VP ofmarketing for Creekpath.

» Riverbed Technology Inc. of San Francisco hired Andres Hurtado as sales director for Latin America. He was a director of sales for Network Appliance.

» Kabira Technologies Inc., a San Mateo software firm, hired Chris Clabaugh as VP of business development. He was VP of business development for CollabNet.

» Message-security firm Cloudmark Inc. of San Francisco hired Michael Williams as CFO. He was controller of the Oakland Raiders NFL football team.

Finance

» San Mateo’s Financial Leadership Group LLC hired two new principals, Dan Gravelle and Mary Korn. Gravelle was a consulting CFO for early-stage startup firms; Korn was CFO of OpSource.

» The Federal Housing Finance Board, a government regulator, appointed John Luikart as one of several new directors on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Luikart is president of Bethany Advisors LLC in The City.

» Menlo Park venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures hired Bryan Stolle as a partner in the firm. He was co-founder of Agile Software, where he served as CEO.

» Genstar Capital LLC in San Francisco, a private equity firm, hired Perry Odak as operating partner. He was CEO of Wild Oats Markets Inc.

Energy

» Nanoexa, a clean energy storage firm in South San Francisco, hired Michael Meyer as CFO. He has worked as an executive at Ballard Battery Systems.

Biotech

» Lori Kunkel was hired as chief medical officer at Proteolix Inc, a South San Francisco biotech company. She was VP of clinical development at Xenocor Inc.

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