Thursday, May 1, 2014

AncestryDNA Management Changes

Kendall Hulet, VP of Product-DNA at Ancestry.comI noticed a couple of items on LinkedIn recently regarding AncestryDNA. Kendall Hulet has been appointed “vice president of product – DNA at” has also posted a job opening for a “Senior Product Manager – DNA” in San Francisco, California. Perhaps this will be Hulet’s first hire. According to the job description,

The role of Senior Product Manager will be at the hub of the AncestryDNA organization, working closely with world-class scientists, engineers, designers, marketers, and others to create an innovative, science-based family history product like none other. The Senior PM role will focus on creating and improving AncestryDNA product features, and the ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience product managing a rich, interactive online application. Having a strong personal interest in science, technology, and family history will be a distinct advantage – and will bring perspective and insight into this role. This position will report to the product director for DNA, and could be based either in our San Francisco, CA office or our Provo, UT office.

AncestryDNA is led by Ken Chahine, general manager and an senior vice president.


  1. Hopefully this is a sign that we will finally be able to learn where and how we match. Whoever made the decision to not allow chromosome browser type comparisons on Ancestry had no understanding of genetic genealogy. Whoever gets the new post should have to demonstrate the ability to actually use the information that Ancestry has collected for genealogical research.

  2. I agree, and they should also provide a printable report that shows the results, not just printing the screens on the website.

  3. Lack of any chromosome matching and evaluation tools make the results and "matches" pretty much a joke. I understand that many of their customers are to lazy or ??? to figure out how to use the information, but does this mean that those of us who are not must be deprived of even basic genetic genealogy tools?

  4. Senior Product Manager, Kenny Freestone, needs a bit more education on his product:

    Without doing triangulation and utilizing segment data, genetic genealogy is reduced nearly to pseudoscience. I hope Ancestry understands that genealogists cannot accept evidence without seeing it.


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