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Giant Tech Companies Exec & Board Appointments 9/4 to 9/30 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.

GE Capital Americas Hires IBM Cloud Exec as CIO, Enterprise Architecture

GE Capital Americas named Snehal Antani as CIO, Enterprise Architecture. He joins from IBM where he was Cloud-Centric Platforms Architect, Strategist & Product Manager. Prior to that he served as Private Cloud Strategist at IBM, Senior Product Manager & Business Strategy Lead for WebSphere Cloud & Virtualization Technologies, Senior Managing Consulting & WW Technical Lead for WebSphere XD, Developer for WebSphere XD at IBM.

IBM Chairman to Retire; CEO to add Chairman’s Role

IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty, 55, is taking on the added role of chairman, as Sam Palmisano, 61, prepares to retire. Palmisano will become a senior adviser until he retires at the end of the year. Palmisano served as CEO between 2002 and 2012, and has been Chairman since 2003.

Rometty took the reins at IBM in January, becoming the company’s ninth CEO and its first female leader. Previously, she was SVP of IBM Global Business Services. In that role, she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting—the largest acquisition in professional services history, building a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts. She has also served as General Manager of IBM Global Services, Americas, and of IBM's Global Insurance and Financial Services Sector. She joined IBM in 1981 as a Systems Engineer.

Intel Veteran Plans to Leave

Sean Maloney, 56, an Intel EVP once seen as a potential candidate to lead the chip maker, plans to retire in January 2013. He suffered a stroke in 2010 that temporarily sidelined him from management roles. But he recovered sufficiently to assume the position of Chairman of Intel China and make public appearances in Asia, where he had long helped to build the company’s relationships with makers and buyers of personal computers. In 2009, Mr. Maloney was named general manager in charge of business operations of the Intel Architecture Group. Mr. Maloney, who is British, joined Intel 30 years ago and held a number of positions in the U.S. and abroad, including chief sales and marketing officer. He was a technical assistant to Andy Grove, then former Intel’s CEO, who helped define many of Intel’s policies and wrote books on management.

McAfee Promotes Field Engineering and Advanced Technology Head to CTO

McAfee promoted Mike Fey to Worldwide CTO from Head of Field Engineering and Advanced Technology organizations. Fey joined McAfee in 2007, having previously served in leadership positions at several technology companies like Worldwide VP of Presales at Opsware, Area Presales Director at Mercury, SE Manager at Mercury, Systems Engineer at Mercury and Developer at Lockheed Martin. He is the lead author of "Security Battleground: an Executive Field Manual," which provides guidance to executives who find themselves shouldering oversight responsibility for information security.

Yahoo! Co-Founder Leaves Cisco Board

Jerry Yang, 43, is leaving Cisco Systems’ board. Yang co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 with David Filo and served as CEO from 2007 to 2009. He resigned from the Yahoo! Board and boards of Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba Group Holding earlier this year. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Fund.

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.

T-Mobile USA Names New CEO

T-Mobile USA named John Legere, 54, as the company's new CEO, following Phillip Hume's resignation in June and the subsequent naming of Jim Alling as interim CEO. Legere was formerly CEO of telecommunications company Global Crossing, which was acquired by Level 3 communications. He's also spent time at Dell, serving as president of operations for EMEA, and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that, Legere worked at AT&T as president of AT&T Asia. As for Jim Alling, he'll return to his previous position as T-Mobile's Chief Operative Officer.

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.

McKesson Appoints New President of U.S. Pharmaceutical Business

McKesson appointed Mark Walchirk as president, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. Walchirk succeeds Brian Tyler, who was recently appointed EVP of corporate strategy and business development. Walchirk, who was most recently COO of McKesson Specialty Health, has held numerous leadership roles at McKesson for the last 11 years, including COO of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. Walchirk joined McKesson in 2001. He led McKesson's integration of US Oncology and assumed the role of COO for the newly combined organization, McKesson Specialty Health. Before joining McKesson, Walchirk spent 13 years in medical-surgical distribution and manufacturing with Baxter Healthcare, Allegiance Healthcare and Encompass Group, holding various leadership positions in sales, marketing, operations and business development.

Yahoo! Names EVP, People and Development; Sees CFO Replacement

Yahoo! appointed Jacqueline Reses as EVP of people and development, responsible for leading human resources and talent acquisition as well as corporate and business development globally. Reses led the U.S. media group at Apax Partners, where she built a team of investment professionals focused on investing and driving value in media and technology businesses. In addition, Reses worked extensively on Apax's talent initiatives, including recruiting and training. While at Apax Partners, Reses served on the Board or led the investments in Cengage Learning, Intelsat, Nelson Education, Hit Entertainment, and NEP Broadcasting. Reses also served as CEO of iBuilding, a real estate software business that was launched by Tishman Speyer and Benchmark Capital. Previously, she spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, where in addition to working on several keystone corporate transactions, she also supported the firm's mentoring, training and recruiting efforts.

Ken Goldman will join the company as CFO. Goldman succeeds Yahoo! CFO Tim Morse, who has been with the company since 2009. Morse will leave the company later this fall. Goldman brings more than 30 years of experience in financial, operational and business management. He joins Yahoo! from Fortinet, a provider of threat management technologies, where he served as CFO. Prior to Fortinet, Goldman spent nearly six years as SVP of finance and administration and CFO of Siebel Systems, until the company’s acquisition by Oracle. He has held CFO positions at [email protected], Sybase, Cypress Semiconductor and VLSI Technology. Goldman has served as a director on several public and private sector boards and has been named among “America’s 15 Most Connected Capitalists” by Forbes magazine.

Agilent Technologies Names Diagnostics and Genomics Group President

Lars Holmkvist, president and CEO of Dako, a unit of Agilent Technologies' diagnostic and genomics group, has been named president of Agilent's diagnostic and genomics group and an SVP of Agilent. Holmkvist joined Agilent in June 2012, when Dako, a Danish diagnostics company, was acquired by Agilent. He has been president and CEO of Dako since 2009. Before joining Dako, he served as President Europe for Applied Biosystems, where he was later promoted to President International with responsibility for all commercial operations outside the U.S. Before that, Holmkvist was at Medtronic Vascular & Cardiac Surgery, where he was VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Xerox Hires Former Northrop Grumman Exec as CISO

Xerox named Mark Leary as Chief Information Security Officer. Leary will be responsible for the information security and governance strategy to protect Xerox intellectual property, assets and client information. Leary joins Xerox from TASC, where he was VP and Chief Information Security Officer. Previously, he was director and deputy Chief Information Security Officer for Northrop Grumman, and earlier held positions in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps and the Special Operations Forces.

Western Digital Reveals CEO Succession Plans

Western Digital, the hard drive technology company announced that Steve Milligan, 49, will become CEO in 2013, succeeding John Coyne, 63, who is retiring. Coyne served as CEO of Western Digital since 2007 and spent the vast majority of a distinguished career in the electronics industry with Western Digital, joining the company in 1983.

Milligan rejoined Western Digital earlier this year as president as a result of the HGST acquisition. He had served as HGST's president and as its president and CEO until Western Digital's acquisition of HGST in 2012. Before that he served as HGST's CFO. Before joining HGST, Milligan served as CFO of Western Digital. Previously, he held a variety of financial and accounting roles at Dell and Price Waterhouse.

Equinix Hires CMO From Level 3 Communications

Data center operator Equinix appointed Sara Baack as CMO, responsible for Equinix’s global brand, product and service portfolio, industry analysis, communications and vertical market development. She joins Equinix from Level 3 Communications where she served as SVP of Voice Services. During her 13-year tenure at the company, Baack held a variety of positions including SVP of Wholesale Markets, VP for Colocation Services, and Director of Corporate Strategy. Baack began her career at PaineWebber as a financial analyst in investment banking and moved on to become VP of principal transactions where she invested the firm’s proprietary capital in communications businesses.

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.

L-3 Communications Names Retired Air Force Personnel to Board

L-3 Communications elects General Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton (U.S. Air Force - retired to its board of directors. Throughout his 34-year military career, General Newton served in a number of command and staff positions in the U.S. Air Force. From 1997 until his retirement in 2000, he was commander of the Air Education and Training Command, where he was responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. He also served as an Air Force congressional liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives. A combat aviator with more than 4,000 flight hours, General Newton was also a member of the Air Force's Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds. Following his retirement from the Air Force, General Newton was EVP of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines until 2006. He was also a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

Micron Technology Names VP, WirelessSolutions Group and VP, Global Supply Chain

Micron Technology named Michael Rayfield as VP, WirelessSolutions Group. Rayfield will be responsible for managing all aspects of Micron's Wireless Solutions Group that provides DRAM, NAND Flash, NOR Flash and PCM memory solutions, including multi-chip packages, to the global mobile device market. With 15 years of executive management experience and nearly 30 years in the industry, Rayfield worked for the past seven years as the VP and general manager of NVIDIA's Mobile Business Unit where his team created advanced computer on a chip technology and won key mobile industry reference designs. Rayfield's professional background also includes serving in executive sales, business development and operations roles at Stretch, Reshape, Cisco, Growth Networks and Texas Instruments. He began his career in various technical sales roles with Texas Instruments.

The company has also named John Waite as VP of global supply chain. With more than 15 years of executive global supply chain management experience, Waite's professional background includes previously serving as the VP of global supply chain and other related roles at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and IBM Microelectronics.

STMicroelectronics Announces New Appointments in the Executive Management Team

Jean-Marc Chery, EVP, will take the additional responsibility of General Manager, Digital Sector, while maintaining his current role of EVP, Chief Technology and Manufacturing Officer at STMicroelectronics.

As a consequence of Chery's expanded responsibilities, Eric Aussedat, General Manager, Imaging and Bi-CMOS ASICs Group; Joel Hartmann, Corporate Vice President, Front-end Manufacturing & Process R&D, Digital Sector, and Philippe Magarshack, Corporate Vice President, Design Enablement & Services, are promoted to Executive Vice Presidents while maintaining their previous scope of activities.

Philippe Lambinet, EVP, Corporate Strategy Officer and General Manager, Digital Sector is leaving the company today to pursue other interests.

Harris Corporation’s COO Retires

Daniel R. Pearson, 60, EVP and COO of Harris Corporation , will retire in the beginning of 2013, after 35 years of service with the Company. He joined Harris in 1977 and has held positions in various capacities of increasing responsibility. He served as the President of Network Support Division, Group President of  Defense Communications, Group President of Government Communications Systems, VP of Strategic Management and Business for the Government Communications Systems Division and VP, General Manager of the Government Aerospace Systems Division.

Date range: September 4th - September 30th

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Dora Vell

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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