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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

UIEvolution lands ex-drugstore.com CFO

Kirkland’s UIEvolution is undergoing a business evolution.

To help manage its surging business, the 12-year-old company hired its first chief financial officer, former drugstore.com CFO Tracy Wright Knox (pictured).

Knox joined drugstore.com in 2003, became vice president and CFO in 2008 and left in 2011, after it was acquired by Walgreens for $429 million.

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UIEvolution provides software and connected services used in cars, mobile devices, TVs and other hardware. Its customer list includes Toyota, AT&T, Microsoft, Disney, Samsung and Mitsubishi.

The company has grown by a third this year to handle new business, including powering Toyota’s Entune dashboard entertainment system, which uses UIEvolution’s platform to integrate apps.

UIEvolution added about 50 employees this year, growing its team to about 150. Two-thirds are based in Kirkland and the rest at offices in Japan.

“Tracy has an outstanding financial track record and unique experience managing rapid growth in companies,” UIEvolution Chief Executive Chris Ruff said in the release.

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