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Storage & Networking Exec & Board Changes 3/8 to 4/7 2013 Featured

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ARM Holdings Witnesses CEO Succession

ARM Holdings’ CEO Warren East, 51, has decided to retire, after nearly twelve years as CEO and nineteen outstanding years at the company. Simon Segars, 45, currently President of ARM, will become the company's new CEO. Warren East joined ARM in 1994 to establish the company's consulting business and later became VP of business operations. Within three years he was appointed to the Board as COO. Warren became ARM's CEO in 2001 and under his leadership ARM has become the foremost designer of semiconductor IP in the world, providing processor technology for nearly all mobile phones and network devices and storage, with many other consumer and industrial electronic devices.

Simon Segars joined the Board in 2005, is President of ARM, and has operational responsibility for the company's IP divisions. Simon has been with ARM since 1991 and has held several executive roles including EVP Engineering, when he worked on many of the early ARM processors, as well as EVP Worldwide Sales and EVP Business Development. He has international leadership experience having held senior positions for ARM in both the UK and the USA.

Iron Mountain Appoints Chairman

Alfred J. Verrecchia, 70, took over the helm as chairman of the board for storage and information management company Iron Mountain. Verrecchia, a longtime Habro employee currently serving as chairman of the board at Hasbro, joined Iron Mountain’s board in 2010 to later be appointed to lead independent director in 2012. While at Hasbro, Verrecchia held various senior leadership roles including COO and CFO before serving as CEO from 2003-2008. He was elected as Hasbro’s chairman in 2008.

Mellanox Technologies Announces Series of VP-Level Appointments

Mellanox Technologies, the fabless semiconductor company that produces and supplies interconnect products that facilitate data transmission between servers, storage systems and communications infrastructure equipment and other embedded systems, appointed Kevin Deierling to VP of marketing. Kevin Deierling is a global technology executive and has led technical and marketing efforts at multiple successful technology companies that focused on delivering breakthrough products for network search engine, high performance computing, data center, storage, wireless, video, and VoIP markets. Previously, Deierling was chief architect at Silver Spring Networks. From 2005 to 2007, he was VP of marketing and business development at Spans Logic. From 1999 to 2005, Deierling was VP of product marketing at Mellanox Technologies. Deierling has contributed to multiple technology standards through organization including the InfiniBand Trade Association and PCI Industrial Manufacturing Group. He has over 20 patents and was a contributing author of a text on BiCmos design.

Gilad Shainer has been promoted to VP of marketing, as well. Shainer has served in a series of leadership positions since joining Mellanox. Most recently, he was Mellanox's VP of market development from 2012 to March 2013. He joined Mellanox in 2001 as a design engineer and later managed several hardware and software product developments. He later served in senior marketing management roles between 2005 and February 2012. He also holds several patents in the field of high-speed networking and has contributed to the PCI-SIG PCI-X and PCIe specifications. Shainer led the foundation of the HPC Advisory Council, a non-profit organization focused on high-performance computing outreach and education with more than 360 member companies, and has served as its chairman since 2008.

Benny Koren is the new VP of architecture. Koren re-joined Mellanox in 2010 and is responsible for Mellanox's switch silicon, firmware, software and system architecture. Previously, Koren was VP of architecture at Kaminario from 2008 to 2010. From 2000 to 2008, he was a lead architect at Mellanox Technologies. From 1998 to 2000, he was a chip design engineer at Oren Semiconductors, now part of Zoran Microelectronics.

Mellanox also promoted Gideon Rosenberg to VP, Israeli legal affairs. Gideon Rosenberg joined Mellanox in 2010 and is responsible for Mellanox's Israeli, EMEA, and Asia legal affairs and corporate governance. Previously, he was chief counsel, sales west, central, community and practice partner at McKesson. From 2004 until joining Mellanox, he was general counsel and company secretary of McKesson Israel (formerly Medcon). From 2003 to 2004, he was a lawyer at Bank Leumi le-Israel B.M. From 2000 to 2002, he was an associate at Haim Samet, Steinmetz, Haring & Co.

Semtech Appoints Board Members

Semtech, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors to the networking and storage markets, appointed Sylvia Summers, 59, and Carmelo Santoro, 70, to its Board of Directors. Summers has experience in engineering, business development and leadership, including serving as the CEO and President of Trident Microsystems from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that experience, she held senior positions at Spansion, Cisco and Storagetek. Summers currently serves on the Board of Headwaters, a public company providing product, technology and services to the heavy construction materials, light building products, and energy industries.

Santoro is a business consultant with Santoro Technology Associates, which provides general management, strategic planning, marketing and operations services for the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, disk drive, networking, technology services, biotechnology and financial services industries. He previously served as President and CEO of Attensity, a provider of social analytics and engagement solutions. His prior experience includes executive positions with Platinum Software and Silicon Systems.

Cavium Appoints New Director

Cavium, the provider of integrated semiconductor processors, which enable processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless, security, video and connected home and office applications, elected Madhav V. Rajan, 47, as a director. Rajan has served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University since 2010. From 2002 to August 2010, he served as the area coordinator for accounting at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He currently serves on the board of directors of iShares, and is a trustee of the iShares Trust.

Fairchild Semiconductor’s Corp Controller Departs

Robin A. Sawyer, 44, VP, corporate controller and principal accounting officer, left Fairchild Semiconductor, the supplier of semiconductor, analog, discrete & optoelectronic devices for power management & networking communications applications. Mark S. Frey, EVP, CFO and treasurer, will assume the duties of principal accounting officer. Sawyer has served as the company’s VP and Corporate Controller since 2002. She was previously Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis since joining the company in 2000. Prior to joining the company, Sawyer was employed by Cornerstone Brands from 1998 to 2000 as Director of Financial Planning and Reporting. Prior to that Sawyer was employed by Baker, Newman and Noyes and its predecessor firm, Ernst & Young, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Sawyer is a director of Camden National Corporation.

Emulex Adds Former Oracle and IBM Execs to Board

Emulex it has added two members to its board of directors. The developer of high speed, networking hardware said it added Gene Frantz and Greg Clarke to its board. Frantz is a business executive with deep technology and telecom experience. He was most recently a partner of TPG Capital having worked there from 1999 to 2012. Prior to joining TPG, he worked at Oracle and Morgan Stanley.

Clark has more than 23 years of leadership experience successfully growing technology companies through innovation, focus and execution. He has a strong operations and technology background that spans security, cloud services, supply chain and network management. Clark has been CEO and member of the Board of Blue Coat Systems, since 2011. Prior to joining Blue Coat, Clark was President and CEO of Mincom, a global software and services provider to asset-intensive industries. At Mincom, he expanded the company’s market opportunity and revenue via the addition of cloud-based solutions and a modernization of Mincom's legacy products. The company was acquired by the ABB Group in 2011. Before joining Mincom, Clark served as President and CEO at E2open. Earlier in his career, Clark founded security software firm Dascom. In 1999, IBM acquired the company, and the technology became the foundation for Tivoli's security product line. At IBM, Clark was a Distinguished Engineer and VP of IBM's Tivoli Systems, where he was instrumental in defining and selling IBM security and management products. He previously held senior roles with global IT companies, such as AT&T Unix Software Operation and Unix System Labs.

Ikanos Communications’ Director Resigns

R. Douglas Norby, 76, resigned from the Board of Ikanos Communications, the semiconductor and software products supplier tonetwork equipment manufacturers. He has served as SVP and CFO of Tessera, Zambeel, Novalux, EVP and CFO of LSI Logic, SVP and CFO of Mentor Graphics, President of Pharmetrix, President of Lucasfilm, and SVP and CFO of Syntex.

OCZ Technology Sees CFO Replacement

Solid-state drives (SSD) company OCZ Technology appointed Rafael Torres, 45, as CFO. Torres joins OCZ with over 15 years of experience as a senior leader in finance and over 10 years serving as CFO. Prior to joining OCZ, Torres served as CFO and VP of Finance for Capella Photonics, a privately-held firm selling optical switching subsystems from 2009 to March 2013, where he successfully raised new capital and developed a financial infrastructure to support a fast-growing start-up. Before joining Capella, Torres was the CFO and VP of Finance for Power Integrations, CFO and VP of Finance for PLX Technology.

Torres replaces Arthur Knapp, 64, who retires from the Company.

Netlist’s Director Steps Down

Richard J. Char, 52, resigned as board member of Netlist, the leading provider of high performance and hybrid memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets. He currently serves as Managing Director and Global Head of Information Services for Citi's Global Enterprise Payments group since 2011. He served as CEO of VIPGift, a provider of corporate and consumer loyalty and incentive programs, SVP of corporate development and general counsel at Blackhawk Network, a provider of prepaid merchant gift cards and network branded cards, president and CEO of IC Media, a developer of CMOS image sensors, managing director with the Technology Group of Credit Suisse First Boston, co-head of technology investment banking at Cowen & Company, and partner in the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He currently serves on the Board of Iteris.

DukeNet Communications Names VP of Network Architecture and Technology Planning

DukeNet Communications, a leading regional fiber provider of high-bandwidth connectivity solutions for enterprise, data center and carrier businesses in the Southeast, has named David Herran its new VP of an expanded Network Architecture and Technology Planning team. In this role, Herran will be the chief strategist and architect for all ongoing technology development, implementation and training as well as identification, evaluation and development of new network platforms.

ST-Ericsson Names COO as CEO

Carlo Ferro, 51, is appointed President and CEO of ST-Ericsson, the JV between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson. Ferro is currently COO of ST-Ericsson and succeeds Didier Lamouche who, as previously announced, will pursue opportunities outside the company. Ferro will lead the work in securing both business continuity of ST-Ericsson and effective completion of the transition phase. He served as CFO, SEVP, Group VP Corporate Finance, Deputy CFO, and EVP of STMicroelectronics. Before that, he gained extensive experience in Planning and Control, Corporate Finance and M&A at Finmeccanica, the leading Italian high-tech engineering and manufacturing group and, at that time, a shareholder of SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics (now STMicroelectronics). He served as a professor of Planning and Control and as an associate professor of Advanced Finance in various periods.

Vitesse Adds To Board

Networking chip maker Vitesse Semiconductor has added two directors, Matthew Frey and Kenneth H. Traub, to its board. William LaRosa and G. Grant Lyon stepped down from the board. Frey is CEO of Optimum Energy, a provider of energy management applications for complex buildings, data centers, campuses, hospitals and manufacturing facilities. He has experience in senior executive and advisory roles at technology companies. Traub is CEO at Ethos Management, a private investment and consulting firm in New Jersey. He has more than 20 years in senior management, corporate governance, turnaround, and transaction experience with various public and private companies. Traub also serves on the boards of MRV Communications, a Chatsworth optical network and Ethernet communications company, and Tix, a Studio City operator of discount ticket kiosks in Las Vegas.

Date Range: March 8th - April 7th

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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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