BRIAN MCANDREWS has been named managing director at Madrona Venture Group. McAndrews was recently a senior vice president at Microsoft, a position he obtained when he sold his online advertising company, aQuantive, to Microsoft for $6 billion in 2007.
J.R. COOK is the new managing director of the Agent Channel at Vancouver, Wash.-based New Edge Networks, the business communications unit of EarthLink Inc. Cook previously worked as vice president for premier accounts at TelePacific Communications and as director of its Telepartner Channel.
NANCY ELLISON has been appointed government affairs director for the Northwest region at Minneapolis-based UnitedHealthcare. Ellison previously served as assistant vice president for public policy and director of legislative and regulatory affairs for Regence BlueShield in Washington.
NICHOLAS KAISER has stepped down as president and CEO of Bellingham-based Saturna Capital Corp., which manages investment of the Amana and Sextant Funds. He remains chairman, chief investment officer and primary portfolio manager for the funds.
JEFF PANCOTTINE resigned as chief executive of Seattle's Daptiv, an online project management software company. Pancottine stepped down after more than three years on the job due to "personal reasons."
JOHN G. PASQUALETTO has stepped down as president and chief operating officer at SeaBright Insurance Co. in Seattle. He was replaced by Richard J. Gergasko and still serves as chairman and CEO.
SIMON SPROULE has left his position as vice president of corporate communications for Microsoft. Sproule, a former Nissan executive, has returned to the auto industry. He was replaced by Frank Shaw, former president of the Microsoft account at public relations firm Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.