|By Marketwired .||
|August 6, 2013 11:00 AM EDT||
SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/06/13 -- The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) (http://www.washingtontechnology.org), one of the largest and most respected statewide associations of technology companies in North America, today announced that it has appointed Michael Schutzler as CEO.
Schutzler comes to WTIA from Livemocha, where he served as President & CEO. Prior to that he led the consulting firm CEOSherpa, where he served as a CEO advisor and executive coach. Schutzler has developed an expertise in leadership over the course of over 25 years while working in large enterprises as well as rapid growth companies and turn-around ventures. As a successful Internet start-up entrepreneur, angel investor, and CEO advisor, he has raised over $50M in financing for more than a dozen companies.
"We are very pleased to appoint Michael as the new CEO of the WTIA," said Janice P. Anderson, WTIA board chair. "Michael's deep experience and leadership have been honed during an impressive career working in both large enterprises and in the startup community. He is the ideal person to lead the next phase of the WTIA's work to create opportunities for the Washington State technology sector. We would also like to thank our departing CEO, Susan Sigl, for the passion and energy she brought to the WTIA during her tenure."
Schutzler has been an active contributor and advisor to the UW Burke Center for Entrepreneurship for the past 10 years and has recently served as an associate professor of finance at the UW Foster School of Business. He is currently a director on the boards of three Seattle startups -- Flowplay, Relaborate, and Acucela.
"I am honored to join the team of passionate and skilled professionals working at the WTIA," said Schutzler. "The state of Washington is home to some of the most powerful and exciting technology companies in the world, as well as a vibrant startup ecosystem. I am eager to help our members collaborate to not only build great companies, but also a community and ecosystem that will grow economic and educational opportunities for future generations."
About the Washington Technology Industry Association
The Washington Technology Industry Association, founded in 1984, is one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies in North America. With more than 500 members representing more than 100,000 employees in Washington State, we're passionate about promoting Washington as a desirable place to start and grow successful technology companies amid a strong and connected community. The association's global partners are F5 Networks, HTC, Microsoft, Regence BlueShield, Verizon Wireless, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. The association's funding partners are AH&T Insurance and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. For more information, go to http://www.washingtontechnology.org.
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