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Software Exec & Board Appointments 9/24 to 10/21 2012 Featured

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Netflix CEO Quits Microsoft Board

Reed Hastings, 52, who has served as a member of the Microsoft Board for last five years and is current lead independent director, decided not to seek re-election.  Reed Hastings has served as Netflix’s CEO since 1998 and Chairman since inception. He served as CEO of Pure Atria Software, a maker of software development tools, before that, until it was acquired by Rational Software.

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.

HP Veteran Joins Wipro Board

Wipro appointed Vyomesh Joshi, 58, a well-respected IT industry veteran and influencer, to its board. Mr. Joshi will serve as an independent member on the board and will bring to Wipro a wealth of experience, having spent over three decades in the industry. He was until recently the EVP of HP's Imaging and Printing Group. He joined HP in 1980 as a research and development engineer and retired earlier this year after a 32-year career with HP.

Former webOS CTO Leaves HP for Enterprise Role at Dell

Sam Greenblatt, the former CTO of HP’s webOS business unit, has joined Dell. Greenblatt left his job as the CTO of the webOS unit earlier this year and took a then-unspecified role within HP. That job turned out to be general manager of the Critical Systems Management unit. Greenblatt is now chief technical evangelist at Dell’s Enterprise Solutions Group.

SAIC Appoints Retired Army Major General for Program Development of its Cybersecurity BU

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) named retired Army Major General David Lacquement as the company's Cybersecurity Business Unit’s (CSBU) Program Development Director and SVP. Lacquement most recently served as Director of Operations for the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), where he led the complex operational establishment of USCYBERCOM. He also served as Commander of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; Director of Intelligence for the Multi-National Forces Iraq; and the Director of Intelligence for the U.S. Southern Command.

OpenText Hires SAP Exec for Corporate Development

OpenText named industry veteran James Mackey as SVP of Corporate Development. Most recently, Mackey lead corporate development efforts at SAP, where he developed and lead the company's global merger and acquisitions group. He was instrumental in expanding SAP's vision and footprint by investing in market-leading technologies that enabled SAP to expand into new markets. Under his leadership, SAP completed more than 40 acquisitions, including three of the largest software acquisitions in the last five years (the $5.9 billion purchase of Sybase, the $6.7 billion purchase of Business Objects and last year's $3.6 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors). An attorney and public accountant by training, Mackey has also held several positions as Corporate Legal Counsel providing advice on mergers and acquisitions and securities matters.

International Game Technology's CTO Departs; Company Creates New Role of Chief Creative Officer

Chris Satchell, 39, International Game Technology's CTO and EVP R&D, departs. Mr. Satchell has 17 years work history in the video game and technology industries. He joined IGT from Microsoft, where he served as CTO for the Interactive Entertainment Business, General Manager and Chief Software Architect of XNA (Microsoft's game development platforms and services), Director of Engineering at Microsoft Game Studios, and Development Manager of Studio RX (game titles such as Forza Motorsport, Fable and Crackdown). Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Satchell served as an Executive Director and Engineering Director at the 3DO Company and Technical Director at Silicon Dreams.

The company has named Darrell Rodriguez to the newly created position of Chief Creative Officer. Rodriguez has served as IGT's SVP Global Game Studios since 2010. With over 15 years of gaming and entertainment experience spanning The Walt Disney Company, Electronic Arts, Lucas Arts and IGT, Rodriguez brings a unique understanding of how to proficiently leverage industry-leading content across all platforms in ways that will benefit all IGT stakeholders.

FICO Names Top Sales Leaders

FICO named Mike Gordon as its new EVP for sales, services and marketing. A seven-year veteran of FICO, Gordon succeeds Charlie Ill, who left the company recently. Frans Labuschagne has rejoined FICO to take Gordon's position as managing director for EMEA.

Under Gordon's leadership, EMEA became FICO's fastest-growing sales region, and the sales team consistently met or exceeded its quarterly targets. Gordon was previously VP of FICO's Emerging Industries and Technologies business unit, overseeing FICO's insurance, retail, health care and pharmaceutical markets, as well as its Decision Management Tools group. Prior to joining FICO in 2005, Gordon spent more than 13 years in the financial services industry. As a VP at Capgemini, his core competency was in providing strategic and operational solutions to banking and insurance providers, and he led the Insurance Center of Excellence and Solutions.

To succeed Gordon as head of EMEA sales, services and marketing, Frans Labuschagne rejoined FICO from S1 Corporation (now part of ACI), where he was SVP and general manager for large financial institutions in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. In this role he had full P&L responsibility and led sales, delivery and marketing activities, driving target-beating revenue and bookings results. Labuschagne worked previously at FICO, most recently selling into global accounts and leading sales for Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He began his career in South Africa at Standard Bank.

Comverse Names New CTO

Comverse named Nassrin Tavakoli as SVP, CTO and R&D, responsible for all CNS product planning and development. Most recently, she served for two years as SVP of Global Engineering at Hypercom, a global leader in high security end-to-end electronic payment products and services. She held a variety of technology leadership positions of increasing responsibility over a sixteen year period at Motorola, focused on advanced wireless infrastructure, handset and multimedia technologies, most recently as Senior Director of its Global Software Group.

Sourcefire CEO Passes Away

Sourcefire's CEO John C. Burris, 57, who had been on medical leave from the Company and had decided to retire recently, has passed away. Martin F. Roesch, founder, CTO and board member, will continue to serve as the interim CEO while the company conducts a search for Mr. Burris' successor. Mr. Burris remains a member of the Board and will participate as his health permits.  Burris has been Sourcefire's CEO since 2008.

CEO and other Senior Leadership Changes at Progress Software

Jay Bhatt, 43, plans to step down as President and CEO and as a Director of Progress Software to pursue another leadership opportunity. The company has initiated a search process. Phil Pead, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Board.

The company named Karen Tegan Padir as SVP and business line lead, Application Development. Padir joins Progress from EnterpriseDB, where she most recently served as EVP, Products & Engineering. Prior to EnterpriseDB, she was at Sun Microsystems, where she was one of the founding members of the J2EE team, and grew the entire middleware business, comprising MySQL, Glassfish Application Server, Identity, Access and Roles Management, Directory Server and the SOA Portfolio.

Kimberly King, a specialist in channels and alliances growth, comes to Progress as VP, Global Partners and Channels. Before joining Progress, King was general manager and SVP, Worldwide Channels and Alliances at Compuware. Most recently, Kim was named one of CRN magazine's 2012 Top Women of the Channel. She has also been recognized as a CRN magazine Channel Chief for three consecutive years in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Blackbaud New Director is Non-Profit Sector Service Leader

Blackbaud, the fund-raising software provider to nonprofit industry, appointed Joyce Nelson, former President and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), to its Board of Directors. Nelson was with NMSS for 28 years, serving as CEO for the last seven years until she recently retired in 2011. Nelson is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago where she was recognized for her accomplishments with the awarding of an honorary doctorate in 2006. She also received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. She is a recipient of the Brotherhood Award in Media from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, was named Community Service Leader of the Year in 2008 by Paul Hastings, and received the Honor Award in 2009 from the Invisible Disabilities Advocates. She has served on the boards of the MS International Federation and the North Park University School of Non-Profit Management.

SeaChange International Hires Chief Architect and VP-Strategic Marketing

SeaChange International named Sam Ganesan as Chief Architect . Ganesan came to SeaChange from Motorola, where he served as a distinguished member of the technical staff and engineering director, and earlier, a member of the technical staff in the connected home technology office. Prior to Motorola, Ganesan was engineering director at Iperia, director of engineering support at North Point Communications, technology advisor to a major venture capital firm, and director of systems operations to medium-sized enterprises

SeaChange also appointed Alan Hoff as VP-Strategic Marketing. Hoff rejoins SeaChange where he earlier served the company as VP - worldwide product marketing. He returns to SeaChange from Avid Technology, where he served as director of the media enterprise segment. Prior to his work at Avid, Hoff was CEO of Cinedeck, a leading on-camera disk recorder startup. Earlier in his career, Hoff worked in technical marketing at Intergraph and Media 100.

RealNetworks Hires Legal Professional for Corporate Development

RealNetworks appointed Edmund O. Belsheim, Jr. as SVP of Corporate Development. Belsheim joins RealNetworks after four years in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Before that he served in a variety of senior roles at InfoSpace, including President and COO and CAO. Earlier in his career, Belsheim was a partner at Perkins Coie and Bogle & Gates, where he was chairman of the business department. He also served as SVP or VP and general counsel at Penwest Pharmaceuticals and Penford. He began his career as an associate at Dewey Ballantine in New York.

Lawson Finance Exec Joins Amcom Software

Amcom Software, the communication software solutions company, named Lynn M. Danko as CFO. Danko joins Amcom after spending a significant portion of her career as a finance leader for Lawson Software, including Controller roles in the United States, International Controller in Stockholm, Sweden, and VP, Financial Planning and Analysis. Danko began her career in public accounting at KPMG and held various other finance leadership roles with companies including Nash Finch, SuperValu and Travelers Express/MoneyGram.

IBM Cognos Exec Joins Datawatch as CMO

Datawatch, the leading global provider of information optimization solutions, named Ben Plummer as CMO and SVP of Strategic Alliances. He joins Datawatch from IBM Cognos, where he was VP, data discovery and analytics. Prior to IBM Cognos, Mr. Plummer was CMO at Applix, a leader in business analytics software, which was acquired by Cognos. Before Applix, he was SVP and CMO at Outlooksoft, a performance management software company that was subsequently acquired by SAP. He previously spent 13 years at Cognos in a number of executive positions, including VP of customer operations, VP of North American marketing, VP of global marketing and VP of global partner operations. During his career, Mr. Plummer has also held positions as SVP of marketing for Convera, a search and content management solution provider, and EVP of Clareos, a high-volume OLAP engine software company.

Mitek Names Industry Luminaries to its Board for Strategic Insight

William Tudor, 66, resigned from the board of the mobile imaging software solutions company Mitek Systems. He is VP, Strategic Implementation of Northwest Evaluation Association, a not-for-profit organization engaged in devising formative testing systems for children.

Bruce Hansen, 52, was appointed to the Board to fill the vacancy created by Tudor’s resignation. Hansen, who has served on Mitek's advisory board, brings decades of "big data" analytics industry experience as the co-founder and former chairman and CEO of ID Analytics, a consumer risk management company that was acquired by identity theft protection leader, LifeLock earlier this year. Previously, Hansen was president of HNC Software and CEO of the Center for Adaptive Systems Applications.

In addition, Mitek welcomed Jane J. Thompson, 60, and Jim Hale, 59, to its advisory board. Jane Thompson is a recognized thought leader in financial services, serving banks and non-banks through her firm, Jane J. Thompson Financial Services. As founder and former president of Walmart Financial Services for nearly a decade, Ms. Thompson is recognized as an innovator in financial services, achieving significant profit growth based on her consumer insights and operating leadership skills. She brings over two decades of consumer-level strategy and marketing expertise to Mitek, including executive roles at Sears, Roebuck & Co., partnership at McKinsey, and brand management at Procter & Gamble.

Jim Hale is a successful innovator with 35 years of experience in management, private equity and commercial and investment banking. In 1998, he co-founded FTV Capital, a growth equity fund with over $1 billion under management. Prior to FTV, he was senior managing partner and head of the Financial Institutions Group at Montgomery Securities.

Date range: September 23 - October 21

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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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