Ankur Sinha, who spent the past two years as an engineering director at Google, joined remittance company Remitly as its chief technology officer.
Sinha, based in Seattle, most recently oversaw Google Cloud’s commerce capabilities. He also previously spent 12 years at Microsoft in roles including principal software engineering manager and senior director.
Remitly went public in September. Founded in 2011, the company offers a mobile platform for sending money internationally, used heavily by immigrants and their families.
“As a first generation immigrant, I feel directly connected to the work Remitly is doing and have experienced some of the challenges that we’re working to solve for our customers,” Sinha told GeekWire.
Sinha said lessons in leadership, agility and scale he picked up at Google and Microsoft “will help us continue to deliver transformative products to immigrants.”
Karim Meghji, who became CTO in October 2020 and joined Remitly in 2016, will transition into an executive advisory role at the end of February.
Other personnel changes:
- Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, a former researcher at Microsoft who was most recently distinguished tech lead for responsible AI at Facebook, joined LinkedIn as a technical fellow for AI.
- Brian Reisbeck, a veteran crypto and finance exec, joined Seattle startup Coinme as chief compliance officer.
- Phil Simpson, a Seattle-based exec who was previously at F5, joined infrastructure startup Teleport as vice president of alliances.
- Jeff Kizilbash was named permanent CEO of Seattle startup RealSelf.
- Dr. Mignon Loh, formerly chief of pediatric oncology at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospitals, joined Seattle Children’s as a leader of cancer care and research.
- Brian O’Connor, previously a principal investigator at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is now chief data officer at Seattle-based biomedical research nonprofit Sage Bionetworks.