Bill Hilf, general manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprises’ cloud-computing unit and a former Microsoft executive, will take the post Dec. 1.

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Vulcan, the company that manages Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s interests from real estate to sports and philanthropic work, is getting a new chief executive.

Bill Hilf, a former Hewlett Packard Enterprise executive, will join the Seattle company Dec. 1.

He’ll replace Allen, who had been acting as CEO since his sister, Jody Allen, stepped down from the role in 2014. Paul Allen will remain chairman, he said in a note posted to LinkedIn on Wednesday.


Founded: 1986 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his sister, Jody.

Real estate: Spurred the redevelopment of Seattle’s South Lake Union area, and continues to invest in new projects amid its recent selling spree.

Investments: Manages Allen’s fortune through Vulcan Capital investment firm.

Museums and culture: Operates Seattle’s Living Computer Museum and EMP, and the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett. Also owns a film-production studio.

Sports: Owns Portland Trail Blazers and the Moda Center arena; Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders.

Vulcan Aerospace: Building Stratolaunch, the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan, a platform to launch rockets into space.

Research: Operates research groups, focusing on brain and cell science, and artificial intelligence.

Philanthropy: Engages in wildlife conservation and ocean-health projects, among other initiatives.

Source: Vulcan

Hilf was previously the general manager of HPE’s cloud-computing unit. Before that, he spent more than nine years at Microsoft, most recently working on the company’s Azure cloud platform.

“I look forward to working with Bill in setting Vulcan’s vision and strategy and tackling our slate of challenging initiatives,” Allen said.

Vulcan, based in the Chinatown International District a stone’s throw from CenturyLink Field, is the umbrella group that controls the sprawling set of entities that carry out Allen’s diverse interests from sports teams to a conservation-oriented census of Africa’s elephants.

Vulcan controls the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders, research groups studying brain science and artificial intelligence, and a real-estate unit that has reshaped Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The firm employs about 450 people in Seattle, a spokesman said.

Hilf will lead the firm’s philanthropic programs, technology-development work and film-production arm.

Barbara Bennett, a former media executive who has been president and chief operating officer since 2014, will retain those titles, as well as direct oversight of Vulcan’s real-estate and venture-capital investments.

Allen will continue to lead the sports group, aerospace projects and research institutes.