Big day for big hires: 3 startups made executive hires on Tuesday

September 20, 2017

Tuesday was a busy day for Chicago tech’s top brass. On top of three funding rounds for a combined $73 million, three well-known startups announced new executive hires. The newly minted executives include veterans from LinkedIn, the automotive industry and the world of venture capital.


Automotive marketing technology startup LotLinx just brought another industry veteran into the fold. John Gottschalk, previously senior VP of dealer relations and business development at FordDirect, is joining the startup as senior VP of client relationships. "John has worked directly with the country's top dealers, manufacturers, agencies, vendors and is highly respected by all,” said president Eric Brown. “We're excited to add someone of his caliber to the team." [Press release]


Shiftgig, which connects hourly workers with companies in need of their services, announced on Tuesday that it has brought on former LinkedIn VP Wade Burgess as its new CEO. Burgess takes the reins from founder Eddie Lou, who will remain with the company as executive chairman in a full-time capacity, according to the Chicago Tribune. As part of the team that transformed LinkedIn from a social network to an employment platform, Burgess told the paper he hopes to bring similar efficiencies to the gig economy. [Chicago Tribune]


Eved, a Chicago startup that makes event management software used by companies such as Dell to buy, manage and pay for event services, announced on Tuesday that it has brought on Josh Gray as chief operating officer. A seasoned B2B vet, he has served as interim CEO of Unitrends and was a member of BigMachines’ management team. [Eved]


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