Board Shuffle at Apple; VP Leaves Company
Apple has appointed Arthur Levinson, 61, as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Levinson, a molecular biologist, is the Chairman & former CEO of Genentech. He has been on the Apple Board since 2000 and has been the Co-Lead Director since 2005. Levinson also serves on the board of Roche, Amyris, and NGM Biopharmaceuticals.
The company also selected Disney CEO Robert Iger, 59, to serve on the Board. He joined the Disney senior management team in 1996 as the Chairman of the ABC Group. He has also served as the CEO of MarketWatch. Iger orchestrated Disney’s acquisition of Pixar, which secured Steve Jobs a Board position at Disney. Currently, he serves as a director of the Lincoln Center and New York City Outward Bound.
The company also announced that VP of Global Security John Theriault has left the company following the controversial lost iPhone 4S investigation. At Apple, he was responsible for all of the company’s security operations and led an anti-counterfeit team in 2008 focused on China's growing counterfeit market. Theriault joined Apple in 2007 after a decade at Pfizer, where he served as CSO and then as a VP. Prior to his professional career in the corporate environment, Theriault was an FBI Special Agent.
Microsoft Promotes Veteran; Recruits Samsung Exec for GM Role
Microsoft announced that Yusuf Mehdi has been appointed as the Head of Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Division. In this role, he will be responsible for Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and Kinect. Most recently, Mehdi served as the Chief Audience Officer for the company’s Online Services Division. Mehdi has spent more than a decade at Microsoft Online Services and has fostered strategic partnerships with Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Nokia. Before joining Microsoft, Mehdi was a Product Manager at Reuters Group.
The company also announced that Gavin Kim has joined as GM of the Windows Phone Team. Most recently, Kim served as the VP of Consumer & Enterprise Services at Samsung. He was instrumental in launching several recent Samsung products, including the Galaxy S II phones and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet. Before joining Samsung, Kim served as the Director of Product Operations at Motorola and as the Director of Asia Pacific Sales & BD at PacketVideo.
AT&T Promotes Veteran to VP, Canada Sales Centre
AT&T announced that it has selected David Aspinall to be the new Canada Sales Centre VP. Most recently, he served as the VP of Mobility Sales Centre for Washington & Chicago. Aspinall is a proven telecommunications professional with more than 15 years of experience working for major global corporations across multiple regions and countries.
New Regional President at Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless announced that Jonathan LeCompte has been named President of the Georgia/Alabama Region. Most recently, he served as the Director of Retail Sales for the company's Northern California/Nevada/Hawaii Region. LeCompte has been with Verizon Wireless and its legacy companies for nearly 20 years and has served in a variety of sales leadership positions. He is a three-time Verizon Wireless President's Cabinet award honoree.
HP Elects Lead Director; Prominent Shareholder Joins the Board
Rajiv Gupta has been selected as the company’s new Lead Independent Director. He has been on the HP Board since 2009. Currently, Gupta serves as the Chairman of Avantor Performance Materials, a chemical manufacturing company, and as a Senior Advisor to New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm. Earlier in his career, he served as Chairman & CEO of Rohm and Haas, a specialty materials producer. While at Rohm and Haas, he also held the titles of Vice Chairman, Director of Electronic Materials, and VP & Regional Director of the Asia-Pac Region. Gupta also sits on the board of directors of Delphi Automotive, Tyco, and Vanguard.
HP also elected activist shareholder Ralph Whitworth to its Board to help shore up investor confidence. Whitworth’s company, Relational Investors, holds about 17.5 million HP shares. Prior to founding Relational Investors, he served as the Chairman of Waste Management and Apria Healthcare Group. From 1986 to 1994, Whitworth was the President of United Shareholders Association. Whitworth has served on a variety of boards, including Tyco, Genzyme, Mattel, Sovereign Bancorp, Tektronix, HP, and Sprint.
Big Tech Changes at HP
John Hinshaw, 41, has been appointed to the newly created position of EVP of Global Technology & Business Processes. He will oversee information technology and shared and administrative services. Hinshaw comes to HP from The Boeing Company, where he was VP & GM of Boeing Information Solutions. Prior to that role, he was Boeing’s Global CIO. Before joining Boeing, Hinshaw served as SVP & CIO at Verizon Wireless. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant with Accenture. Currently, Hinshaw serves on the CIO Advisory Board of NCR Teradata. He was awarded the 'CIO 100' award for Agility in Information Technology by CIO Magazine in 2004.
The company has also selected Craig Flower, 49, to serve as SVP & CIO. Flower has been with HP for over 25 years and has held positions in various sectors, including eBusiness, customer and sales operations, and marketing. Most recently, he was the SVP of Data Management & IT Services. Flower has also served as the Global IT SVP for eBusiness, Customer & Sales Operations (ECO).
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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.
Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years. Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.
Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.
Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults, garage.ca, and RBC Capital Partners.
She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.