Big Reorg at Microsoft after Terry Myerson Departure - Focus on AI, Experience, Azure and Devices
- Terry Myerson, 45, EVP. Windows and devices business, will be leaving the company amid a major management reshuffle that increases the company’s focus on its cloud products. The software giant elevated the role of Rajesh Jha lead Experiences & Devices as EVP. The word Windows is dropped from the title, but the role includes Windows, Office, third-party applications and devices on an integrated 365 Experience.
- Scott Guthrie will lead Cloud + AI Platform. This is all about applying AI in the business. It will include distributed computing (cloud and edge) and AI covering infrastructure, run-times, frameworks, tools and higher-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition.
- Jason Zander is now EVP of Azure, promoted from SVP. Harry Shum stays on in his role leading AI + Research.
- Newly acquired company Chalkup's CEO Justin Chando joins the Microsoft Education team to help integrate classroom collaboration features.
Google Announces New Leaders for the AI and Search Roles
- Google had announced that John Giannandrea, its SVP of Engineering in charge of search and artificial intelligence, was stepping down, to join Apple. Google appointed veteran programmer Jeff Dean, 50, as the new head of the company's artificial intelligence unit, while Ben Gomes, who joined Google in 2000, will head Search unit.
Alphabet New Chairman, Board Retirement & New CEO for Access
- Alphabet appointed John L. Hennessy, 65, to serve as Chair of Alphabet’s Board. Mr. Hennessy has served as a member of the Board since April 2004 and Lead Independent Director since April 2007. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, 61, said in late December that he would step down as executive chairman. Schmidt, who was Alphabet’s chairman for 17 years, is still a member of the company’s board.
- Academician and leader in the field of molecular biology Shirley M. Tilghman, 71, announced her retirement from the Alphabet Board. Tilghman has served as a member of the Board since October 2005.
- Alphabet has named Dinesh Jain, 53, formerly Time Warner Cable COO, to head up the company's Access business, which runs the Fiber and internet service provider Webpass.
The Facebook Leadership Shuffle after the Cambridge Analytica Scandal
For more details, please see our detailed blog post.
Facebook Board changes - Jan Koum, 41, CEO of WhatsApp stepped down from the board over significant disagreements over privacy issues. The company hired heavyweight and Senior Obama Adviser, Jeff Zients, 51. Earlier this year, the company also hired its first non-white director, former American Express CEO, Ken Chenault, 66.
CISO - Facebook's CISO Alex Stamos left the company after internal disagreements over how the company should handle its role in spreading disinformation.
Engineering Changes: In addition to focusing on experts in Privacy, Security and GDPR (Data Privacy), the company is making forays into the future with emphasis on technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented/Virtual Reality. No one is leaving Facebook in the engineering re-organization. Under the new structure, the company is organized into three product areas reporting to the CEO:
- Product area one - Family of Apps led by Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, 36, leads the base platform, messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.
- Product area two - New Platforms and Infrastructure led by CTO Mike Schroepfer, 43, is in charge of Privacy and Data Security (with GDPR experts) and also leads the company’s initiatives into Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality and Blockchain.
- Product area three: Central Product Services led by VP of Growth Javier Olivan, 40.
Communications team changes: Caryn Marooney is handing over day to day operations of Facebook communications to PR veteran x-uber and x-google exec Rachel Whetstone, 50. Facebook 's Saurabh Doshi has been promoted to the position of Head of Entertainment Partnerships, Facebook- Asia Pacific. Doshi was previously the Head of Videos and Media Partnerships- India and South Asia.
Netflix Generates Fury with Board Appointments
- Ambassador Susan E. Rice, 53, a former U.S. National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations joins the Netflix board. The news prompted fury from conservatives who allege that Susan right misled the public in 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
- Rodolphe Belmer, 48, former CEO, Eutelsat and Canal +Group, former McKinsey and P&G.
Samsung Launches The Samsung Design Innovation Center (SDIC)
SDIC, a design lab dedicated to the integration of disruptive user-experiences to product design will be led by Dr. Federico Casalegno, an associate professor of the practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as founder and executive director of the MIT Design Lab and founder of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab, as the head of the new center.
Intel Elects African American Woman Powerhouse to Board & Hires CPU Guru from Tesla
Intel’s Board of Director Changes
- Intel elected Dr. Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, 63, as board member. She has served as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2003 to 2017. which has an endowment of about $8 billion and distributes more than $400 million a year. She was named one of the top 100 most powerful women several times by Forbes. She serves on the boards of GE and Hess Corporation.
- David S. Pottruck, 70, former CEO, Charles Schwab, is leaving the board
Intel’s Executive Changes
- Intel announced that CPU design guru Jim Keller, 59, will join Intel as a SVP. He will lead the company’s silicon engineering, which encompasses system-on-chip (SoC) development and integration. He joins Intel from Tesla, where he most recently served as VP of Autopilot and Low Voltage Hardware.
- Intel also promoted four corporate officers. The company announced promotion of Leslie S. Culbertson to EVP and GM, Intel Product Assurance and Security Group from CHRO. Dr. Ann B. Kelleher was promoted to SVP, Intel’s Technology Manufacturing Group. Dr. Michael Mayberry was promoted to SVP and Intel’s CTO and is also MD, Intel Labs. . Matthew M. Smith was promoted to SVP and CHRO.
Cisco Appoints Board Changes & New Go to Market Appointments
- Cisco Systems appointed Mark Garrett, 59, former Adobe CFO, to its board. Garrett currently serves on the board of GoDaddy and Pure Storage.
- Amy L. Chang, CEO and Founder of Accompany, acquired by Cisco, resigned. Amy Chang is named SVP, Collaboration Technology Group. She is replacing Rowan Trollope, who is leaving Cisco to become CEO at another company effective May 3, 2018.
- Cisco announced hired Gerri Elliott, 61,as EVP and chief sales and marketing officer. She held roles at IBM, Microsoft and Juniper, as well as various public board positions. Chris Dedicoat, 60, EVP of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations, will move into a senior advisory role, taking on a number of strategic initiatives for Cisco Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins.
- Salesforce executive Maria Martinez, 60, joins Cisco as EVP and chief customer experience officer. She’s also held a number of leadership positions at Microsoft, Motorola, AT&T as well as CEO of the start-up, Embrace Networks.
- After three years at the helm of Cisco Japan, Miyuki Suzuki, has been promoted to president for Asia Pacific & Japan.
Mastercard Innovations with Cities' New EVP is xCTO of NYC
Mastercard announced that Miguel Gamino Jr., most recently CTO, New York City, has joined the company as EVP, global cities. Gamino will lead the scaling of urban tech solutions pioneered by Mastercard and will also integrate the payment systems company's products into municipal services around the world. In Chicago, it has helped baseball fans to come to the stadium over a long period of time. In Mexico City one can pay for buses and trains digitally. And it’s pushing payment solutions for people without bank accounts, as well as build a treasure trove of economic data.
Oracle increases Board Members to 14; Elects Two
- Charles (Wick) Moorman IV, 66, former Amtrak CEO
- William G. Parrett, 72, former CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Comcast hires new Consumer Services Head & Hires Lobbyist to Head Fed Relations
- Comcast appointed Ms. Dana Strong, 47, as President of Consumer Services. Strong joins Comcast from Virgin Media, a fully owned subsidiary of Liberty Global, where she served as President and COO.
- Comcast hired Lobbyist and former Disney exec, Mitch Rose as SVP of Congressional and Federal Government Affairs. He succeeds Melissa Maxfield, 49, who is transitioning to a new role. The company also announced expanded roles for Comcast VPs Lindsey Dickinson and Sam Lancaster in order to more effectively deal with the White House and Congress.
IBM's CFO Transition
- IBM announced that CFO Martin J. Schroeter, 53, is now SVP, Global Markets, responsible for IBM's revenue generation, profit and client satisfaction worldwide. James J. Kavanaugh, 50, is promoted to SVP and CFO.
SAP Announces Promotions
- Ms. Hala Zeine to President of Digital Supply Chain and manufacturing.
- President of SAP Ariba, Alex Atzberger was named president of SAP Hybris.
- Hybris co-founder and President Carsten Thoma is stepping down from his position to return to his entrepreneurial roots.
- Barry Padgett, former CPO & President, SMP of acquired company Concur, is named President SAP, Ariba.
Adobe Names Eli Lilly’s Chair & CEO to Board; Appoints New CFO
- Adobe appointed David “Dave” A. Ricks, 49, to its board. Ricks currently serves as CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and became chairman in June 2017.
- John F. Murphy, 48, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller was named EVP and CFO of Adobe Systems. Mr. Murphy will assume the role from Mark Garrett, 59, who is retiring.
- Mike Dillon, 58, EVP and general counsel, intends to retire in 2018.