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.
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.
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.
Comcast Cable Appoints President, Technology and Product and CTO
Comcast Cable promoted Tony Werner to President, Technology and Product, and Sree Kotay to CTO. In his new role, Werner will continue to oversee all aspects of the Technology and Product organization, including innovation, development and operations. The Technology and Product team leads the design and development of Comcast's customer-facing products, software development, systems engineering, next-generation access networks, cloud computing and technical operations.
Amazon Names Cloud Computing Head as Unit CEO
Web retailer Amazon announced Andy Jassy, 47, the SVP of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing business since 2006, as CEO of the unit. Jassy served as VP of Web Services at Amazon from January 2005 to April 2006, VP of Associates and Web Services of Amazon from September 2003 to January 2005 and served as its VP and Technical Assistant from November 2002 to September 2003. Prior to that, he founded a marketing consulting company in 1997 and served as its Manager.
Qualcomm Names New CIO
Qualcomm has named technology-industry veteran Mary Gendron as its new SVP and CIO. She replaces former CIO Norm Fjeldheim, who left in December after 17 years at the company to lead IT at Illumina. Prior to Qualcomm, Gendron served as CIO at biotech drug and medical device firm Hospira since September 2014. She has also held senior IT management roles at Celestica, Motorola Solutions, and BCE, or Bell Canada, over a 25-year career in enterprise technology.
VMware Director Resigns; Company Establishes New Cloud Provider Software BU
David N. Strohm, 67, resigned from the VMware board of directors. He is a Partner at Greylock Partners, Greylock XI, L.P. and Greylock XII L.P. Strohm joined Greylock Partners in 1980.
Microsoft Hires Forrester Analyst as Chief Strategist in Cloud & Enterprise Group
James Staten, a veteran industry analyst who covered the cloud computing market for Forrester Research, is joining Microsoft as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group, to help in a highly competitive part of the industry. Staten has been with Forrester since 2007 as VP and principal analyst. He started his career as a journalist before becoming an analyst with Gartner in 1996, has worked at tech companies in the past, including Azul Systems and Sun Microsystems, where he was a director of marketing.
Vodafone Welcomes Axel Springer’s Chair/CEO and Leading Media Industry Visionary in Board Shuffle
Vodafone appointed Dr. Mathias Döpfner, 51, Chairman and CEO of the German media group Axel Springer in Berlin, while long-time director Luc Vandevelde, 63, will stand down from the Board.
Vulcan Materials Elects Former U.S. Secretary of Labor as Newest Board Member
Vulcan Materials elected Elaine L. Chao to its Board of Directors. Chao served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001-2009, and is the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a U.S. Cabinet position. Prior to the cabinet position, she held various leadership roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including: President and CEO of United Way of America; Director of the Peace Corps; Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission; VP of Syndication at Bank of America, Capital Markets Group, and Citicorp.