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WhaleShark Names Howitt Engineering VP, To Boost Austin Hiring

Austin-based WhaleShark Media, which operates a network of coupon code and deal sites, said today that it has named Matt Howitt as its new Vice President of Engineering. Howitt joins WhaleShark from Lombari Software, and also has served at MessageOne, Trilogy, and pcOrder. The firm said that Howitt reports to Chief Technology Officer Paul Rogers. WhaleShark noted that it hired Howitt to "stop the trend of watching many of our best computer scientists leave Texas," saying that it wants to expand the local talent pool. The company explained that the hire is part of an "aggressive" recruitment campaign to attract technologists to Austin, which wil linclude sponsoring local events, increasing visibility through civic initiatives, and a tour of college campuses inside and outside of Texas.