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Giant Tech Companies Exec & Board Appointments 7/25 to 9/3 2012 Featured

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Microsoft Appoints P&G Exec to lead Retail Sales and Marketing and Perceptive Pixel Founder as New GM

Microsoft appointed Stephen Schueler as Corporate VP of Retail Sales and Marketing. In his position, Schueler will be responsible for driving demand through global retail partners and ensuring customers receive a great service experience. Schueler joins Microsoft from Procter & Gamble, where he most recently served as General Manager for the Global Retail Operations Group responsible for global merchandising, promotion, and the third-party selling organizations. He will report to Chris Capossela, Chief Marketing Officer for Microsoft.

As Microsoft acquired Perceptive Pixel, a company founded by multi-touch pioneer Jeff Han and currently focused on large-screen touch displays the company’s founder Jeff Han joined Microsoft as General Manager reporting to Microsoft Office President Kurt DelBene. Han is a research scientist for New York University's (NYU) Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He started his career by joining a start-up company to commercialize the CU-SeeMe video-conferencing software that he helped develop while an undergraduate at Cornell.

Skype Appoints Former Yahoo! CMO

Skype, a division of Microsoft, added Elisa Steele to its senior management team as Corporate VP to lead marketing. In this role, Elisa will oversee Skype's global brand and marketing functions, as well as local go-to-market activities. Elisa joins Skype after serving as EVP and CMO at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, Elisa she was SVP of Corporate Marketing at NetApp and led Sun Microsystems' integrated marketing and merchandising organization as VP. Elisa was a top performing sales leader at AT&T for several years.

Qualcomm Nabs Former Intel Exec to Head Marketing

Anand Chandrasekher, 49, has joined Qualcomm as CMO. He will oversee global marketing and external communications. Chandrasekher is a seasoned global operating and management executive with a proven track record in strategic planning, product development and marketing. Most recently, he was SVP, general manager for the Ultra Mobility Group at Intel Corporation, with responsibility for the Intel Atom processor family. During his nearly 25-year tenure at Intel, Chandrasekher held a variety of leadership roles including head of Intel's Worldwide Sales and Marketing Group, corporate VP of the Mobile Platforms Group and co-general manager for the Intel486 Processor Division. He is best known for his pioneering efforts on the Intel Centrino platforms.

Cisco Appoints salesforce.com CEO and Well-known Former Government Official to Board

Cisco appointed Marc Benioff, 47, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com and Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D., 54, CEO of Enduring Energy, to its Board. Marc Benioff co-founded Salesforce.com in 1999 and has been its CEO since 2001 and Chairman since 1999. He serves as General Advisor of Keas. He was employed at Oracle where he held a number of positions in sales, marketing and product development, and served as SVP.

Dr. Johnson most recently served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy before joining Enduring Energy. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Johnson served as Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. In addition to her academic career, she is an inventor and entrepreneur, holding over 45 U.S. patents (129 U.S. and international patents) and co-founder of several successful companies including, ColorLink.

EMC Hires Former CIA Director to Board

EMC named Jami Miscik, 54 to its Board. Ms. Miscik is President and Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates and former Deputy Director for Intelligence at the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She joined Kissinger Associates in 2009, and has been a Senior Advisor on Geopolitical Risk to Barclays Capital since 2009. She was Global Head of Sovereign Risk at Lehman Brothers from 2005-2008 and served at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1983-2005, rising to become the Deputy Director for Intelligence. Ms. Miscik is a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, a Director on the Council of Foreign Relations, Vice-Chairman of The American Ditchley Foundation, and a Trustee of In-Q-Tel.

HP Makes Another Round of Executive Appointments

HP looked outside the organization, naming Ramon F. Baez, 53, from Kimberly-Clark as its Global CIO. At HP Baez will be responsible for the technology giant’s IT strategy and all of its internal assets, including architecture and data management. He will report to John Hinshaw, HP’s EVP, Global Technology and Business Processes. As CIO at Kimberly-Clark Baez led the company’s enterprise-wide information systems initiatives for almost six years. Prior to that Baez held CIO positions at Fisher Scientific, Honeywell and Northrop Grumman.

HP also announced the creation of a new Mobility Global Business Unit which will operate within Printing and Personal Systems Group (PPSG). The company has named Alberto Torres, the former head of Nokia’s abandoned MeeGo smartphone operating system efforts, to run it. Alberto Torres, who most recently oversaw the MeeGo products and platform at Nokia as EVP, will join HP as SVP of Mobility. Prior to Nokia, he was a partner at McKinsey, where he worked with industry leaders in mobile devices, consumer technologies, software and Internet services.

The company appointed Mike Nefkens, currently SVP and GM of HP Enterprise Services - EMEA, to lead HP ES on an acting basis. John Visentin, who previously ran HP ES, will be leaving the company to pursue other interests. Nefkens will be responsible for driving growth and innovation for HP's applications, business processing and outsourcing services. Nefkens has led successful customer IT transformations for some of HP's largest services accounts. Prior to joining Electronic Data Systems (EDS), he spent 10 years with Holland Chemical International, where he held several executive positions in Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the western United States.

Jean-Jacques (JJ) Charhon, SVP and CFO of HP ES, was appointed COO for HP ES. Charhon will focus on increasing customer satisfaction and improving service delivery efficiency, which will help drive profitable growth. Charhon joined HP in 2010 as VP of Finance for the Personal Systems Group. He brings a decade of services experience in the technology sector from both General Electric (GE) and HP.

Dell Hires Former HP Exec as Enterprise Solutions Head and Promotes Finance Execs

Dell named Marius Haas, a 20-year industry veteran, as President of Enterprise Solutions. Haas succeeds Brad Anderson, who has led Dell's Enterprise Solutions since joining the company in 2005, and made a personal decision to seek new opportunities. Mr. Haas joins Dell from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) where he was responsible for identifying and pursuing new investments, particularly in the technology sector, while also supporting existing portfolio companies with operational expertise. Prior to that Haas held a number of leadership roles at HP, Compaq and Intel. Most recently he served as SVP and Worldwide General Manager of the HP Networking Division. Previously, Haas served as HP's SVP of Strategy and Corporate Development and led initiatives to improve efficiency and drive growth, including the execution and integration of all acquisitions. He also oversaw the company's strategic planning process, new business incubation and strategic alliances.

Thomas W. Sweet, 50, VP, Corporate Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Dell has been promoted as VP, Corporate Finance and Controller. He joined Dell in 1997, and has held a variety of executive-level roles in the company’s finance organization, like VP, Finance, supporting Dell’s Education, Government and Healthcare business units, VP Internal Audit, leading the worldwide audit team and implementing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities, and director of sales for the higher education and preferred accounts divisions. Prior to joining Dell, he spent 13 years with PWC, providing audit and accounting services to a variety of technology companies.

Yvonne McGill, 45, replaces Thomas W. Sweet as VP, Corporate Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. Ms. McGill has served as VP, Finance supporting Dell's Software Group since April 2012. In addition, she has also concurrently served as VP, Chief of Staff for the Business Operating Team since the beginning of the year. Prior to her service in these positions, she held various other finance positions since joining Dell in 1997. These positions included VP, Finance for Global Public and Large Enterprise, VP Finance for Global Public, VP  Finance for Large Enterprise, and VP  Finance for North America Public. Prior to joining Dell, Ms. McGill spent three years at ManTech as Assistant Controller and five years at PWC providing audit and accounting services to a variety of technology companies.

Corning Promotes Senior Leaders

Corning elected Clark S. Kinlin, 52, to the position of EVP, Corning Telecommunications business group. The group comprises Corning Optical Fiber and Corning Cable Systems. He was appointed President and COO of the cable division in 2008. Kinlin joined Corning in 1981 and has worked in a variety of businesses, including Corning Consumer Products and Corning International. Based in China for several years, Kinlin led the growth of Corning's business in China and established a strong corporate operating platform. He also led the commercial entry of the telecommunications business into Japan and China.

Martin J. Curran, 53, has been appointed to the position of SVP and Innovation Officer, a new position in the company. Most recently, Curran served as SVP and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber. Curran joined Corning in 1984 and has held several roles in finance, manufacturing, marketing, and served as SVP and general manager for Corning Cable Systems Hardware and Equipment Americas organization, prior to being named head of optical fiber.

The company also elected Stephen P. Miller, 43, as VP and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. Most recently, Miller served as SVP and CFO for Corning Cable Systems. He joined Corning in 1995 and has held several roles in finance across a number of business organizations. He spent several years in Japan as the Display Technologies division controller.

Yahoo! Names CMO and General Counsel while SVP of North American Sales leaves

Kathy Savitt is joining Yahoo! as CMO, responsible for all worldwide marketing and branding. Savitt is a successful consumer, retail and technology executive with experience in strategic product development and marketing. She was most recently founder and CEO of Lockerz, a rapidly-growing social commerce company with more than 45 million unique users. Prior to founding Lockerz, Savitt was EVP and CMO of American Eagle Outfitters, where she led all brand efforts, store and multi-channel marketing for the company’s portfolio of brands. She has held senior leadership roles at Amazon.com and was president of MWW Savitt, where she consulted with Fortune 500 clients across the globe.

Ron Bell was named as General Counsel. Bell will be responsible for Yahoo!'s global compliance programs and legal affairs worldwide. Bell joined Yahoo! in 1999, serving in numerous senior roles within the legal department, most recently as Interim General Counsel, and prior to that as a Deputy General Counsel for 11 years.

Yahoo SVP of North American Sales Wayne Powers has quit the company to become President and Group Publisher at Parade Publications. Powers was hired by new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's interim predecessor, Ross Levinsohn, back when Levinsohn's job was to run Yahoo's media businesses. He came from Time.

Adobe Sees General Cousel Replacement

Adobe appointed Michael A. Dillon as SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary succeeding Karen Cottle who is retiring after a decade as general counsel. With more than 25 years of corporate legal experience, Dillon comes to Adobe from Silver Spring Networks, a networking solutions provider, where he was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Before joining Silver Spring Networks, he spent 14 years with Sun Microsystems, prior to its acquisition by Oracle, serving as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Symantec CEO leaves with Chairman taking over

Symantec’s President and CEO Enrique Salem, 48, has stepped down, replaced by Steve Bennett, 57, who also continues role to serve as the Chairman of the board. Mr. Bennett has served as a member of Board since 2010. He is the former CEO of Intuit. Prior to Intuit, he was at GE for 23 years, serving as EVP and Director of GE Capital, President and CEO of GE Capital e-Business, and President and CEO of GE Capital Vendor Financial Services. He also serves as a director of Qualcomm.

Enrique T. Salem served as the CEO and President of Symantec since 2009. Previous to that, he was COO, Group President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, President of Consumer Products, SVP of Consumer Products and Solutions and Security Products and Solutions, Chief Technical Officer and VP of the security and assistance business, SVP of Network and Gateway Security Solutions, SVP, Consumer Products and solutions (Veritas), President and CEO of Brightmail for Symantec. He served as VP of Security Pacific Merchant Bank, SVP of Products and Technology of Oblix, and VP of Technology and operations of Ask Jeeves.

Seagate Appoints Leader for its Solid State Drive Business

Seagate Technology, the leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, re-appointed Gary Gentry to lead its solid state drive (SSD) business as SVP, SSD. Mr. Gentry will have responsibility for driving Seagate leadership in the SSD space, with time-to-market, competitive product offerings. Mr. Gentry has over 25 years of experience in the storage industry, including most recently as the General Manager of the Enterprise SSD Division of Micron Corporation. Prior to rejoining Seagate, he held leadership positions focusing on solid-state technologies at Spansion Corporation and Storage Genetics. He also served as CMO for Maxtor, and provided strategic consulting to Hitachi Global Storage Systems. While at Seagate he held various management positions including VP, Strategic Marketing and Planning.

Western Digital Announces Leadership Changes

Western Digital, the hard drive technology company, appointed Tim Leyden, 60, and Mike Cordano, 48, as Presidents of the company's WD (Western Digital) and HGST (Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) subsidiaries, respectively. Before the acquisition of HGST by Western Digital in March 2012, Leyden served as COO of Western Digital and Cordano served as EVP, Sales and Marketing and President, Branded Business Division of HGST.

Wolfgang U. Nickl, 43, was promoted from the position of SVP and CFO to the position of EVP and CFO. Prior to his role of SVP and CFO, he served as the Company's VP, Finance, VP, Worldwide Business Operations, and as Executive Director, Worldwide Business Operations, joining the Company in 1995.

Joseph R. Carrillo, VP and Chief Accounting Officer of Western Digital, has been appointed as Head of the Finance Organization for the Company's WD Division. Mr. Carrillo was previously employed as Audit Senior Manager by KPMG. He also served on the board at United Cerebral Palsy Association of Orange County.

Fiserv’s Sales Leader Leaves

Fiserv’s EVP and Group President, Sales and Distribution, Thomas W. Warsop III, 45, resigned to accept a new position outside the financial technology industry. Before joining Fiserv, he served for 17 years in various capacities at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), including VP, U.S. financial services, VP in the United Kingdom and as President of EDS’s Business Process Outsourcing Unit in Asia Pacific.

Akamai Technologies sees Leadership Changes

Peter J. Kight, 55, resigned as a Director of Akamai Technologies. Since January 2010, he has been a managing partner of The ComVest Group, a private investment firm focused on providing debt and equity solutions to middle-market companies. From 1981 until 2007, he was Chairman and CEO of CheckFree (now acquired by Fiserv).

Debra L. Canner, 53, resigned as SVP, HR. Prior to Akamai, she served as VP of Human Resources for the Joslin Diabetes Center and Haemonetics. Prior to Haemonetics, she worked at Genzyme, starting as Manager, Human Resources and advancing to VP of Human Resources, directing worldwide operations for HR.

Jim Ebzery has been appointed as SVP and GM, Americas, to lead sales, services and marketing operations across the Americas. Most recently, he ran the Security, Management and Operating Platforms business at Novell, where he led the growth of the security business and expansion of their strategic cloud business. Prior to his tenure at Novell, Ebzery held senior positions with companies including L-1 Identity Solutions, Viisage Technology and Internet Capital Group. He began his career with IBM Corporation where he held multiple sales, marketing and general management positions during a 17-year career.

Computer Sciences Corporation Names Board Member and Accounting Head

CSC appointed Lawrence A. Zimmerman, 69, to its Board of Directors. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and accounting, previously serving as Vice Chairman and CFO of Xerox. He also spent 32 years with IBM, holding various senior finance positions, including Corporate Controller. Zimmerman currently serves as a director of Brunswick Corporation and Delphi Automotive, and previously was a director for Stanley Black & Decker.

CSC named Tom Colan as VP, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer reporting to CSC Chief Financial Officer Paul Saleh. Colan takes over from Don DeBuck who has served as VP and Controller since 2001. Colan brings vast experience with transforming financial and accounting organizations and comes to CSC from Discovery Communications where he served as EVP and Chief Accounting Officer. He also served as SVP, Controller and Treasurer for AOL Online/Time Warner.

Harris Corporation Appoints Board Member

Harris Corporation, the international telecommunications equipment company, appointed U.S. Army General Peter W. Chiarelli (Ret.), 62, who served for almost 40 years, to its Board of Directors. General Chiarelli most recently served as the U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff until his retirement earlier this year. During his military career he also served as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Commander of the Multi-National Corps in Iraq; Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and in Iraq; U.S. Army Chief Operations, Training and Mobilization; and Executive Officer, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He served as a commander at all levels within the Army - from platoon to a multinational corps in a combat theater. General Chiarelli is currently CEO of One Mind for Research, a non-profit organization bringing together healthcare providers, researchers and academics to cure brain disorders.

Date range: July 25th - September 3rd

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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.

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