Much activity happened in the past three months or so in the Giant Tech Companies. We have categorized these in roughly three categories:
December 16th, 2017
Welcome to our Software Industry Newsletter.
In this newsletter, we report on Software Board & Exec Leadership Moves from September 24th to December 12th, 2017. They are roughly organized by size.
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Microsoft Elects Former US Secretary of Commerce as Newest Board Member. Entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist and former United States Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker, 58, joins as director of Microsoft.
SAP Names COO Christian Klein, 37, to Executive Board to Lead Global Business Operations.
Adobe Promotes Scott Belsky, 37, to Product Chief and EVP, Creative Cloud. Scott Belsky is the former VP of Products at Adobe, leading the Creative Cloud mobile product strategy.
Activist Investor Not to Seek Re-Election to Microsoft Board; PepsiCo CFO to Join as Director. D. Mason Morfit, 41, ValueAct Capital’s President and Chief Investment Officer, will not seek re-election to Microsoft’s board. Hugh Johnston, 55, vice chairman and CFO of PepsiCo, joins as Director.
Intel elected Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, to board; Senior Leader Stacy Smith to Retire from Executive as well as Board Role. Wilson, 43, joined EA in May 2000, and has served as the company’s CEO and a director of EA since September 2013.
Smith, 54, group president of manufacturing, operations and sales, is retiring after more than 30 years at the company. Smith will stay on board through the end of January.
Executive Chairman John Chambers, 68, not to stand for re-election to Cisco’s Board. CEO-Chair Roles Combined. The Board plans to appoint Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, 49, to serve as chairman when Chambers' term expires in December 2017. John will also be given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus. Chuck Robbins assumed the role as Cisco CEO in 2015.
The software industry is witnessing rapid transformation – from increasing shareholder activism to more diverse boards, from geographic expansion to acquisitions - the following board and leadership moves reflect all these trends. Here are the major changes from July 28th to September 23rd, 2017.
In the past couple of months, there are several companies that have multiple announcements, which we cover below. Some of the patterns:
Note: We covered Uber Technology Changes in a separate blog post as Uber itself has had too many changes
Microsoft Announces Departure of Jim Dubois as CIO; Appoints New President in Russia
Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois is leaving the company. DuBois is a more than 20-year Microsoft veteran who became the company's interim CIO in 2013 and permanent CIO the following year. He went on sabbatical earlier 2017.
Microsoft appointed T. Bochenek as new Microsoft President in Russia. Now he keeps the COO position at Microsoft in Russia.
Salesforce Appoints Chief Communications Officer from Starbucks
Salesforce announced that Corey duBrowa will join the company as EVP and Chief Communications Officer. Most recently duBrowa served as SVP, Global Communications for Starbucks. During his seven-year tenure, he led the development and execution of global communications strategies to enhance and protect the Starbucks brand and corporate reputation as it grew from forty countries to seventy-five.
Microsoft Appoints New VP for Its Asia Pacific Operations
Microsoft appointed Andrea Della Mattea as its new VP of its Asia Pacific operations. Andrea Della Mattea joins Microsoft from Insight Enterprises. As the new VP of the Asia Pacific region, Della Mattea will lead Microsoft's business across the region, including over 2,000 employees and more than 11,000 Microsoft certified partners.
SAP Announces Newly Expanded Responsibilities of Key Executives
Robert Enslin and Bernd Leukert will shift and expand their portfolios as members of the Executive Board of SAP. The Supervisory Board of SAP has named Adaire Fox-Martin and Jennifer Morgan to the Executive Board. In addition, two new leadership assignments were announced for current EMEA President Franck Cohen and SAP Cloud Platform President Bjoern Goerke. Cohen will become chief commercial officer and Goerke CTO.
IBM Appoints New Chief Digital Officer for India & South Asia
IBM has appointed Nipun Mehrotra as chief digital officer for India & South Asia, and the appointment comes with months of Bob Lord, IBM's first ever chief digital officer, being charged with bringing together the digital business group (DBG). Over the past two years, as the VP for strategy growth initiatives, Mehrotra led IBM's transformational strategy across several areas in Asia & India.
Qualcomm Goes through CTO Shuflle
Qualcomm announced that Dr. James H. Thompson, EVP of Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, has been appointed to the additional position of CTO. Matt Grob, EVP, Qualcomm Technologies and CTO, will transition to the role of EVP of technology, Qualcomm Technologies.
Conifer Health Solutions Appoints Chief Compliance Officer
Conifer Health Solutions announced that Daniel Feldman has joined its senior leadership team as SVP and chief compliance officer. Prior to joining Conifer Health, Feldman held various leadership positions at Dean Foods Co. in Dallas, serving most recently as VP, chief litigation counsel and chief compliance officer.
SAP Announces Newly Expanded Responsibilities of Key Cloud Exec
SAP Cloud Platform President Bjoern Goerke will become CTO. As CTO, Bjoern Goerke will advance the company's technology strategy and serve as a key external spokesperson.