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Software Exec & Board Appointments 8/27 to 9/23 2012 Featured

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Microsoft Director not to seek re-election; Company Appoints Ex-CBS Exec to Run Entertainment

Raymond V. Gilmartin, 71, Microsoft board member, decided to not seek re-election. He is the former chairman, president and CEO of Merck & Co. He joined the company’s board in 2001. He served as Becton Dickinson and Company’s CEO, President and Chairman from 1989 to 1994, joining the company in 1976 as VP of strategic Planning. An active participant in health industry affairs, he served as the Chairman of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey. He serves as Member of the Business Roundtable and the Business Council. He was appointed by President Bush in 2003 as a Member of the President's Export Council.

Nancy Tellem, 58, former president of CBS Network Television Entertainment Group, has joined Microsoft as Entertainment & Digital Media president. Tellem will oversee the launch of a newly created production studio in Los Angeles that will develop interactive and linear content for Xbox and other devices. In addition to running the production studio, she will help spearhead the company’s efforts to turn Xbox into a destination where consumers can enjoy all their entertainment in one place. Tellem has been a CBS executive since 1997, most recently as senior adviser to CEO Leslie Moonves, where she explored business and strategic opportunities — domestic and international — involving content partnerships, new production models, emerging media and technologies. As president of the CBS Network Television Entertainment Group, Tellem supervised programming, development, production, business affairs and operations. Before joining CBS, Tellem was EVP of Business and Financial Affairs for Warner Bros. Television.

HP Names Microsoft Exec to Run Autonomy

HP named Microsoft’s North American President Robert Youngjohns, 58, to run its Autonomy software division as SVP and General Manager, Autonomy/Information Management (IM) Business Unit. The hiring capped a search that began in June, following the departure by the unit’s former CEO Mike Lynch. Before joining Microsoft, Youngjohns served as President and CEO of Callidus Software, prior to which he was EVP Strategic Development and Financing division, and EVP Global Sales Operations, VP-EMEA and VP-UK for Sun Microsystems, which he joined in 1995. He served 18 years at IBM most recently as a Director of EMEA RS/6000 business.

Renault-Nissan Exec hired by Salesforce.com to Lead Automotive Industry Strategy

Salesforce.com named Patrick Pelata, 57, as EVP and Chief Automotive Officer. Pelata is responsible for leading salesforce.com's strategy for delivering social and mobile cloud technologies to the automotive industry. Pelata joins salesforce.com with 28 years of leadership experience driving product and management innovation in the global automotive industry. He served as chief operating officer of Renault and most recently led a Renault-Nissan 'connected cars' initiative. When the Renault-Nissan Alliance was formed in 1999, he was, with Carlos Ghosn, one of the three executives sent by Renault to help revive Nissan. As EVP of product, design and strategy, working closely with the American and Asian markets, Pelata was one of the architects of the revival of the Nissan and Infiniti products and brands. In addition, he led the European region at Nissan. At Renault, Pelata drove the expansion for emerging markets as well as the electric vehicle (EV) product strategy. And, as COO, he led global operations throughout the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

BMC Software Names Acronis CEO as New Director

BMC has named Alex Pinchev, 62, to its board of directors. Mr. Pinchev brings over 25 years of senior executive experience in the software industry to the BMC Software board of directors. Currently, he is president and CEO of Acronis, a leading provider of data protection and disaster recovery software. Prior to joining Acronis in January 2012, he was president of global sales, services and field marketing at Red Hat. During his career, Mr. Pinchev has held numerous senior executive roles within a range of technology companies - including MRO Software, Interchip and MainControl Inc where he was chairman, CEO and founder.

Palo Alto Networks Names AT&T Exec to Board

Firewall vendor Palo Alto Networks appointed John Donovan, 51, to its Board of Directors. He has worked at AT&T since 2008, first as CTO and currently as Senior EVP– AT&T Technology and Network Operations. Before joining AT&T, he was EVP of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign. He also has served as chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group and as a partner with Deloitte where he was the Americas industry practice director for telecom.

Splunk Appoints Oracle Product Exec to Spearhead Growth

Splunk, the developer of software to search, monitor and analyze machine-generated data, appointed Markus Zirn as VP of product and solutions management. With more than 15 years of experience, Zirn will be responsible for spearheading the development priorities, overall product roadmap and pricing of Splunk software. Prior to Splunk, Zirn spent nine years at Oracle as VP of product management, where he was responsible for a portfolio of products, including service-oriented architecture, SOA governance, business process management, process solutions, ERP user productivity, and event processing. During his time at Oracle, Zirn provided the requirements for the work of hundreds of engineers and enabled the sales efforts of a large, worldwide sales team. Zirn began his career as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton serving high tech, media and telecom customers, first in Dusseldorf, Germany and later in San Francisco.

DST Systems’ CEO Retires being Replaced by COO

DST Systems’ CEO and President Thomas A. McDonnell, 66, is retiring from the company at the end of the year. Stephen C. Hooley, 48, currently President, COO and a director of DST, succeeds him. Mr. McDonnell will serve as non-executive Chairman through his planned retirement.

Mr. McDonnell has served as CEO since 1984, and as President from 1973 through 2009 (except for a 30-month period from 1984 to 1987). He served as Treasurer from 1973 to 1995. Mr. McDonnell has been with DST since inception and is considered one of the principal founders of the Company. He has led the Company into its core financial services and software businesses and into international and various diversified business ventures.

Mr. Hooley has served as DST’s President and COO since 2009, before which he served as President and CEO of Boston Financial Data Services, DST’s 50/50 joint venture with State Street Corporation, and CEO of International Financial Data Services Limited Partnership, another 50/50 joint venture with State Street. He is currently a member of the Board and a non-executive officer of Boston Financial.

Guidewire Software Appoints Former PeopleSoft EVP to Board

Guidewire Software, the core system software provider to the global Property/Casualty (general) insurance industry, elected Guy Dubois, 58, as a Director to the Board. Guy Dubois brings more than 30 years' leadership experience in the software industry to the Board. Most recently, he was CEO of banking software provider TEMENOS, and prior to that he was CEO of hub-based mobile communications solutions provider MACH Group. He has also served as EVP of PeopleSoft, where he led overall strategy, business development and execution for all company activities outside North America. Prior to that, he was at Amdocs where he was the EVP and president of its global business division.

Progress Software Hires Long-time Software Industry Finance Professional

Progress Software has appointed Melissa Cruz, 50, to serve as its SVP of finance and administration and CFO. Prior to joining Progress, Cruz served as CFO at several software companies, including Picis, a provider of Healthcare software solutions which was acquired by UnitedHealth; BladeLogic, a data center automation software company; and Concord Communications, a provider of network security software. She began her career at Digital Equipment.

Comverse Hires HR Head from Sonus Networks

Comverse named Kathleen Harris as SVP, Human Resources, and will lead the company's global HR activities. She replaces Sharon Dayan, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

Ms. Harris joins CNS from Sonus Networks, where she has led the global HR team since 2007. Prior to that, she served in a variety of HR management positions at Lightbridge, a leading provider of technology, services and software that manage customer transactions. Before that, she held several HR management positions at Trend-Lines, Lily Transportation and Mark-Burton.

Pegasystems Appoints Leading Expert in Marketing, PR and Social Media to Board

Pegasystems, the business process management (BPM) and CRM software company, named Larry Weber, 57, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Weber is an entrepreneur and well-known global expert in the areas of public relations and marketing. Over his thirty year career, he has counseled many of the world's leading brands on marketing and business strategy. Mr. Weber is the Chairman of the W2 Group and is a leading expert in marketing, public relations and social media. He is a Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), and serves on a number of boards of corporations, non-profit groups, and academic institutions. Mr. Weber also is the author of several books and is a frequent public speaker. He is passionate about the convergence of technology, the web and communications. Mr. Weber enjoys helping global brands and emerging companies harness social media strategies to enhance brand reputation, create and extend partnerships, and increase demand generation.

Blackbaud Appoints Capgemini Exec as BU Head

Blackbaud, the fund-raising software provider to nonprofit industry, appointed Joseph (Joe) D. Moye as president of its Enterprise Customer Business Unit (ECBU). Moye will replace Gene Austin, who has decided to leave Blackbaud to pursue new opportunities. Moye will be responsible for ensuring exceptional customer experiences and growth for the unit (an $8 billion global opportunity), leading strategy, sales, marketing and professional services for Blackbaud's enterprise customers. Moye brings a successful track record of executive, sales and channel partner positions with a 29-year career in the technology sector, which includes founding and profitably growing Gazelle Consulting, a professional services company focused on business intelligence and executive information delivery systems. Most recently, Moye served as president and CEO of Capgemini Government Solutions and drove record growth for that organization.

iGATE Appoints Seasoned International Business Leader to Board

Application development company iGATE named Naomi O. Seligman, 74, a seasoned international business leader with significant innovation experience to its Board. She has been a senior partner at Ostriker von Simson, a consulting firm focusing on IT, since 1999. Previously, Ms. Seligman served as a co-founder and senior partner of the Research Board, a private sector institution sponsored by one hundred CIOs from major corporations. She presently serves on the boards of Oracle, Akamai, Dun & Bradstreet. She also previously served as a director of Sun Microsystems, prior to its acquisition by Oracle.

ManTech Names Divisional Heads

ManTech, the IT solutions provider to US National Security programs, promoted Eric Eifert to SVP of its Cyber Defense Solutions business unit. Eifert will be responsible for growing ManTech's cyber defense services and capabilities across the spectrum of ManTech's customers. Eifert joined the company in 2001 as a computer forensics engineer and made significant contributions that helped to establish a more advanced forensics and security research capability. Prior to joining ManTech, Eifert was a Special Agent and Computer Crime Investigator for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He has remained in the Air Force Reserves and continues to serve as the reserve detachment commander for AFOSI at Langley AFB, VA. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University where he teaches Graduate Computer Forensics and Cyber Investigations.

The company named Fleetwood Lilley as VP of contracts of its Mission, Cyber, and Intelligence Solutions (MCIS) group. Lilley is responsible for managing commercial, federal, state and local government contracts. Lilley joined ManTech from SAIC where he served as VP of contracts of their Cyber and Information Services business unit. Earlier, he served in a variety of positions at AT&T, managing various contractual relationships representing U.S. interests in international negotiations.

USA Mobility Appoints Lawson Exec as President of Amcom Software

USA Mobility appointed Colin Balmforth, 49, as President of Amcom Software. Balmforth joins Amcom, USA Mobility's software subsidiary, after four years at Lawson Software, where he had been Group EVP of Lawson's Subscription Business unit. He succeeds Christopher D. Heim, who left Amcom Software in June but remains on USA Mobility's Board. Balmforth has more than 20 years of operational management experience in the software technology industry. Prior to Lawson, he was Group EVP for General Industries including software sales, services and general management of Lawson's industry vertical group. Previously, he was Global VP of Professional Services at Intelliden, COO and EVP Conexus Partners, held operations and business leadership roles in Europe and USA with J.D. Edwards & Co. and PeopleSoft.

Alcatel-Lucent Exec Joins Ciber to Lead International Division

Ciber, the application development and management company, named Maria Pardee as SVP and General Manager of its international division. She joins Ciber from Alcatel-Lucent where she was SVP of Global Enterprise Accounts. She moved to Alcatel-Lucent from British Telecom where she served as President for Global Integration, and led the integration of 29 firms BT had acquired into its network and IT operations. Pardee joined BT as CIO for its Retail division, which accounted for more than half of the company's business. She has also worked as Managing Director for BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), leading its Communications and Content division, and VP of American Management Systems responsible for its largest communications client.

Carbonite’s CFO Resigns

Cloud-based online PC back-up software company, Carbonite’s CFO Andrew Keenan, 50, has resigned. The company has initiated a search to identify a CFO. Keenan will continue as CFO through January, 2013 to facilitate an orderly transition of his responsibilities. Keenan has led the company through its rapid growth since early 2007. Prior to Carbonite, Keenan served as the CFO of Vovici, a survey software company. Before Vovici, he was CFO of Silver Oak Partners where he helped orchestrate it sale to CGI. Before Silver Oak, Keenan was Corporate Controller of Synchronicity Software, a global software and service provider. Keenan also held Corporate Controller and other senior financial positions at Provant and Systemsoft where he completed their IPOs and a secondary offering, managed all financial functions during dramatic growth as public companies and completed over 25 acquisitions.

Business Intelligence Software Company Appoints New Director and Leaders to Drive Growth

Datawatch Corporation named Christopher T. Cox, a partner in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, one of the world's leading international law firms, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Cox is also an investor in and a Managing Member of WC Capital, which owns approximately 10.9% of Datawatch's outstanding common stock. Mr. Cox joined Cadwalader in January 2012, after serving as a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York. Over the course of his extensive career, he has advised public and private companies, private equity firms and financial institutions in U.S. and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, capital raising transactions and strategic investments, as well as a wide range of governance, compliance and other business-related matters. He has been recognized for his work in mergers, acquisitions and buyouts by The Legal 500.

The company named Mike Carroll as its VP of Worldwide Sales Support. With more than 20 years of direct field operations experience, Mr. Carroll will be responsible for worldwide pre-sales, services, training and customer support. He joins Datawatch from IBM Cognos, where he was responsible for the North American financial performance management pre-sales function. Prior to IBM Cognos, he was VP of North American pre-sales at Applix, a leader in business analytics software, which was acquired by Cognos in 2007.

Business intelligence industry veteran Jon Pilkington was named as VP of Products. Mr. Pilkington will be responsible for the overall product management strategy and direction for Datawatch's information optimization solutions as the company seeks to capitalize on rapidly growing opportunities in Big Data and the cloud. Mr. Pilkington brings more than two decades of business analytics experience to Datawatch, including 18 years in the business intelligence market. He joins Datawatch from Sonian Systems, a public cloud email archiving vendor, where he served as VP of marketing and product management. Prior to Sonian, he was VP of marketing and product management at Metatomix, a real-time data integration vendor. Mr. Pilkington previously spent 13 years at Cognos in a variety of executive roles, including VP of business intelligence product management, VP of global solution architects and VP of North American field marketing.

Biometric and Digital Imaging Software Solutions Company Names New Board Member

ImageWare Systems elected Charles Crocker, 73, to its Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Crocker Capital, a private investment company. He also serves as a director of Franklin Resources, Teledyne Technologies, Fiduciary Trust International, Bailard, and Mercator MedSystems. Beyond his corporate duties, Mr. Crocker serves as a Trustee of the Mary A. Crocker Trust, the Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association and the Fine Arts Museums Foundation of San Francisco.

BluePhoenix’s New Director is former Coca Cola and Starbucks CIO

BluePhoenix, the Israel- based enterprise legacy IT modernization solutions company, elected Brian Crynes, 65, as a new member of the Board. Brian served as served as Interim CIO at Russell Investments and Global CIO for Starbucks. As CIO for Coca-Cola Amatil, he delivered business solutions across twenty countries in Asia Pacific. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brian led IT for the $16 Billion Worldwide Medicines Division. At Apple, Brian led the Asia Pacific and Europe IT Teams and transformed local IT resources into Competency Centers for strategy, solution delivery and infrastructure services.

DecisionPoint Systems names CFO

Paul E. Ross, 39, was appointed the interim CFO of DecisionPoint Systems, the enterprise mobility and wireless application solutions company. He was the CFO of GenMark Diagnostics, manufacturer of molecular diagnostic medical devices. Previously he served as the CFO of Teledata Technology Solutions, SVP-Finance and CFO at Meade Instruments, and CFO and Treasurer of Power-One.

Business Software Company Implements Succession Plan for Former Chair and CEO

CSP disclosed a succession plan for former Chairman, President and CEO Alexander R. Lupinetti, who passed away suddenly late last month. C. Shelton (Shelly) James, 72, a Director of CSP since 1994, has been appointed Chairman of the Board. He also currently serves as Principal of Shelton James Associates, a business consulting firm. He has formerly served as a Director of Fundamental Management; Director and CEO of Cyberguard; Director and CEO of Technisource; Director of DRS Technologies; CEO and Chairman of Elcotel; and is a Director of Concurrent Computer Corporation.

Victor Dellovo, 43, who was appointed Interim President and CEO, will assume those roles on a permanent basis and he was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors. Victor Dellovo had served as President of Worldwide Operations of CSP's Modcomp subsidiary since 2010. Mr. Dellovo joined the company in 2003 as the president of the U.S. Modcomp Systems and Solutions division following the acquisition of Technisource Hardware, a company he co-founded in 1997. He was promoted to president of U.S. Operation in 2005 then in 2010 became President of the Modcomp Worldwide Operations.

CSP promoted Peter Kaufman to VP of Operations at Modcomp. He will assume the day to day operational responsibilities for the U.S. operation. Mr. Kaufman joined Modcomp following the acquisition of Technisource Hardware in 2003.

Former Avaya and Cisco Exec to lead Sales and Marketing at CTI

CTI Group, the enterprise communications management software company, hired Randy Sorensen as new VP of Sales and Marketing, USA, Canada and LATAM. He is a seasoned veteran and well respected name in the telecom industry, with over 30 years of experience and having spent an extended period time at world class organizations and industry leaders. He served as Region Manager, Unified Collaboration at Cisco, Director, IT CRM Solutions at Roche Diagnostics, Area Sales VP at Avaya and Lucent, General Manager at AT&T and Account Representaive at IBM.

Kenshoo Appoints Former PeopleSoft and SAP Executive to Lead Sales

Ted Krantz has been hired as SVP of Global Sales at Kenshoo, the digital marketing software company. Krantz brings more than 22 years of enterprise-class software sales experience to Kenshoo, having served in a number of positions at industry-leading companies like VP, Sales Utilities and Energy Practice at C3, VP, Premier Customer Network, VP, Strategic Industries, and VP Sales Emerging Solutions at SAP, and Director, Global Accounts at PeopleSoft.

Big Data and Analytics Software Firm Hires SAIC’s Legal Exec

San Diego-based Zebit, a venture backed developer of big data and analytics software, named Joshua Clorfeine as VP, Legal and Administration. Clorfeine was most recently at SAIC, where he served as VP for Legal and Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for Legal. He also has served at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Los Angeles. Zebit is backed by Global Analytics Holdings, and is developing an analytics platform aimed at underwriting to the underbanked.

Date range: August 26 - September 23

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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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