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Want a Tech Board Seat?
Are you seeking your next board seat in a technology company? It is often helpful to look at the current composition of technology boards and what skills and experiences are currently in demand. A recent Vell Study studied public tech companies with $100m in revenues or more.
Where are the board seats? There are more board roles in the $100m to $500m companies overall, even though they have fewer board seats per company.
Industry sub-sectors with the most board seats: Software leads the way with 30% of the board seats, the Hardware sector has almost 20%.
Getting on your own company’s board: you may have a shot if you have one of the following roles. Companies between $100m to $500m have 18% insiders and include non-founder CEOs, including CTOs, CMOs, COOs and Presidents.
Technology Hot Topics in Tech Companies & All Industries
Analytics & Data, Virtual Reality and leaders in the innovative breakthrough sectors. Hot topics in all Industry Sectors: Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Analytics & Data, Cloud operation and ERP (from a Deloitte study lines up with our own)
Ages: 41% are between 50 to 60, and 36% over 60. But ages vary from 25 to 94.
Harvard leads the way in all categories and some of the other Top Ranked Universities. As with everything else, it is an indicator of success. Other factors also weigh in, like deep expertise in something hot or have recognizable company names. 75% have an advanced degree. The top degree in demand seems to be an MBA. The second highest degree attained is a Bachelor’s.
Committee Leadership Specialization: specializing in a specific committee and leading one gets you multiple boards and board leadership opportunities to head up committees.
Functional Representation: For executives sitting on multiple boards., CEOs and GMs take up 53% of the roles, and CFOs make up for another 22% of the roles. New functional areas? a new trend are CHROs with Succession Planning experience to supplement compensation committees.
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Tech Function Exec Open Roles
- as of November 16, 2017
The United States & Canada
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Liberty Global plc, United Kingdom - Balan Nair, currently Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Liberty Global, will assume the position of President and CEO of its Latin American and Caribbean operation once the split-off from Liberty Global occurs, which is expected around the end of the year. Mr. Nair will remain in his current position with Liberty Global until the split-off is completed, and a search is already underway for his successor.
Tata Motors, India, September 2017 - CTO Tim Leverton has resigned and will continue in the position until 31 October, and his successor will be announced in due course.
First Philippine Holdings Corporation and First Gen Corporation, Philippines - Charlie R. Valerio, VP and CIO of the Corporation, resigned effective September 30, 2017, to pursue other interests.
Just Dial, India, October 2016 - $104.2M, October 2016 - R. V. Raman, CTO of the company has resigned.
Oceanus Group, Singapore - Tan Kim Chuan Matthew stepped down as Chief Risk Officer and CTO of the company.
TOTVS S.A., Brazil - TOTVS approved the resignation tendered by the CTO, Mr. André Bretas Nunes de Lima.
Tech Function Execs Appointed
- 24 days ended November 16, 2017
The United States & Canada
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, California - Hewlett Packard Enterprise has named Archana Deskus, a former top tech exec at Baker Hughes and most recent CIO of GE's oil-and-gas unit, as its new CIO.
Dollar General Corporation, Tennessee - Rob Scruggs has joined as chief digital and customer engagement officer. Scruggs most recently served as global director of client experience for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
CBS Corporation, New York - CBS Corporation announced that it has named Radha Subramanyam as EVP, Chief Research and Analytics Officer, CBS Television Network. Most recently served as President of Research, Insights and Data Analytics for iHeartMedia.
Viacom, New York - Kelly Day named as President of Viacom Digital Studios. Joins from AwesomenessTV, where she served as Chief Digital Officer and Chief Business Officer.
Stanley Black & Decker, Connecticut - Dr. Mark Maybury appointed to the newly created position of CTO. Maybury joins the organization from The MITRE Corporation.
Dick's Sporting Goods, Pennsylvania - Paul Gaffney has been named as CTO.Gaffney joins DICK'S from The Home Depot, where he most recently served as the SVP of IT.
Hallmark Cards, Missouri - Peter Opalka has joined Hallmark Cards as SVP, IT, serving as the company’s CIO. Previously served as VP–global infrastructure and IT service delivery with Unilever.
Rockwell Automation, Wisconsin - Chris Nardecchia has joined Rockwell Automation as SVP, IT and CIO. Most recently, he was VP and CIO global operations and supply chain at Amgen.
iHeartMedia, Texas - iHeartMedia announced that Dr. Michele Madansky will join the company as its EVP of Insights, Research and Data Analytics.
Intuit, California - Intuit named Diego Rodriguez as EVP, chief product and design officer. Joins from IDEO as a partner and global managing director.
Novant Health, North Carolina - Angela Yochem, CIO of Rent-A-Center, joins as chief digital officer at Novant Health.
Bank of the West, California - Andreas Bubenzer-Paim named as new Head of Technology Banking. Previously at Bank of America as SVP, Senior Relationship Manager within the bank's Technology Industry Group.
Amtrak, Washington, D.C. - Amtrak has named the former head of its infrastructure services Christian Zacariassen as CIO.
Acosta Sales, Florida - Acosta announced that Brian Christensen has joined the company as SVP of Digital Strategy and eCommerce. He most recently served as Customer VP, eCommerce at Kimberly-Clark North America.
Welbilt, Florida - Andreas G. Weishaar will oversee the new corporate function of Digital as SVP, Strategy, Marketing and Digital, assuming additional responsibility for Digital and IT. Joined Welbilt in February 2016 as SVP Strategy, Marketing and Human Resources.
Cubic Corporation, California - Cubic Corporation promoted chief engineer, Melanie Hagerty to VP of innovation.
Weight Watchers International, New York - Michael Korcuska has been appointed Chief Product Officer. Joins Weight Watchers from Greylock Partners where he provided counsel to its portfolio companies as Executive-in-Residence.
FactSet Research Systems, Connecticut - Gene Fernandez will join FactSet as the Chief Technology and Product Officer, from J.P. Morgan where he was most recently the CTO, New Product Development.
Astellas Pharma US, Illinois - Astellas announced Nate Crisel has been promoted to VP, Real World Informatics & Analytics. Crisel will continue to be responsible for overseeing the RWI division.
Corporation Service Company, Delaware - Aline Sternberg joins as head of transaction services (UK).
Planet Fitness, New Hampshire - Craig Miller named as chief digital & information officer. Most recently, he served as SVP and chief information and technology officer at Sonic Drive-In.
AppNexus, New York - AppNexus named Theresa Vu to the role of SVP, Engineering. Vu formerly held the position of VP, Engineering.
Forcepoint, Texas - Forcepoint announced that Allan Alford has joined the company as chief information security officer (CISO). Joined from Pearson, where he was product and business information security officer.
Press Ganey Holdings, Massachusetts - Press Ganey announced that Jason Erdell has joined the company as President and Chief Client Officer. He was most recently EVP for Technology-Enabled Services at Change Healthcare (formerly Emdeon).
First Financial Bankshares, Texas - First Financial Bankshares has elected J. Michael Wilson to the position of EVP and CIO. Wilson has served as SVP and CTO of Community Bank for the past 15 years.
Interactions, Massachusetts – The leading provider of Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVAs) for enterprise customer care named Robert Nagle as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer. With 35 years experience leading enterprise technology ventures in the Boston area, most recently Robert launched a startup providing large scale data analytics for the enterprise. Former VP at Molecular Simulations and Automatix.
Meta Financial Group, South Dakota - Shelly Schneekloth has joined as EVP and Head of Technology and Operations. Joins from FIS where she served in leadership roles at the top ranked technology provider.
LGS Innovations, Virginia - LGS Innovations named BAE Systems exec Dr. Kevin McNeill as the company’s SVP of Cyber Solutions.
Spiceworks, Texas - Manish Dixit joins as new SVP of Products and Engineering. Prior to joining Spiceworks, Manish held executive product and engineering roles at Dice.
Millennium Health, California - Millennium Health named Dave Henderson as CIO. Most recently, Henderson was the CIO at GenomeDx Biosciences.
AgJunction, Kansas - AgJunction has appointed M. Brett McMickell, Ph.D, as SVP of global product development. For the past twelve years, Dr. McMickell held various management positions, including senior director of program management at Honeywell Aerospace.
LookingGlass Cyber Solutions, Virginia - Jeremy Haas has joined as Chief Security Officer. Haas joins LookingGlass following 24 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) supporting intelligence activities.
AdRoll, California - Current CEO Aaron Bell will step into a full-time Chief Product Officer role, overseeing engineering, product, UX, data science and supply.
Sauce Labs, California - Sauce Labs named Brad Adelberg, Ph.D., as VP of engineering. He joins the team from Oracle, where he spent six years as VP of development.
Savi Technology, Virginia - Nanette Efird has joined as the new VP of Product Management. Joins from GE Transportation Digital, where she was Senior Director for Strategic Data and Analytics Solutions.
OmniComm Systems, Florida - Kim Rejndrup has joined as the SVP of product development. Rejndrup spent nearly 20 years at Oracle Corporation.
Joyent, California - Angela Fong named as the company's new VP of Engineering. Fong initially joined Joyent in February 2015 to help develop and roll out Triton.
Aurora Cannabis, British Columbia, Canada - Aurora Cannabis appointed Darryl Vleeming as its new CIO. Prior, he spent eight years, lastly as VP, IS and CIO, at Capital Power Corporation.
My Alarm Center, Pennsylvania - My Alarm Center (MAC) appointed Scott Taylor as CTO. Most recently, he served as VP of Product Operations at Time Warner Cable.
DelaGet, Minnesota - Neal Lefebvre has joined Delaget as its new VP of Product. Prior to Delaget, Neal served as Director of Product Management at Sovos Compliance.
Aspect Software, Massachusetts - Aspect Software named Tom Davies to SVP, Cloud Operations. Most recently, he served as Senior Director, CTO Office at Citrix Systems.
CoolSys, California - CoolSys has appointed John Manzanares as EVP of IT. Prior to joining CoolSys, he was the VP and CIO at Daylight Transport.
Skybox Security, California - Ron Davidson has joined the company as CTO and VP of R&D. Davidson is a 30-year cybersecurity veteran. He joins Skybox from Cisco, where he served as senior director of security research and analytics for the company’s video security business.
Europe, Middle East & Africa
TOTAL S.A., France - Marie-Noëlle Semeria, former CEA exec, joins as SVP and Group CTO.
Accenture plc, Ireland - Accenture has appointed Natalie Heisler as managing director for the Accenture Analytics in Canada. Heisler has worked in analytics throughout her career, including recent positions with Qlik, MicroStrategy, SAP and SAS.
Australian Unity Limited, Australia - Amanda Hagan, previously CEO Healthcare, will fill the role of Chief Customer Officer and Group Executive, Digital.
Jubilant FoodWorks, India - Jubilant FoodWorks appointed Anand Thakur as Chief Digital Officer. Currently, Anand is CTO with Koovs.com and is also an ex- entrepreneur and a computer scientist.
Wisdom Marine Lines, Taiwan - Wisdom Marine Group appointed Shuang-Chau Tsaur, VP, Technical Department as CTO.
Aconex, Australia - Tim Olshansky has been appointed CTO, and Kirsten Mann has been named acting VP, Product and Experience.
Microland, India - Microland named Robert (Bob) Wysocki, as CTO. He most recently co-chaired the ONUG Hybrid Cloud Working Group.
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