Ruben Ortega, former Amazon and Allen Institute exec, to head Pinterest’s Seattle engineering office

Ruben Ortega. (Via Pinterest) Ruben Ortega, a Seattle tech veteran who has led engineering teams at Amazon, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Google and Nordstrom, has been tapped to lead the Seattle engineering office of Pinterest, the company announced today. Ortega has previously served as vice president of technology at Nordstrom; engineering director at Google; CTO and VP of A9.com; director of Mechanical Turk at Amazon; and CTO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. At Pinterest’s first satellite engineering office, he will focus on ads and ranking, among other areas, with plans to grow to more than 30 people over the next year, the company said. In August, an invite-only recruiting event was held at the Seattle WeWork building where Pinterest engineers discussed some of the technology challenges the company is taking on. RELATED…


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