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Storage & Networking Exec & Board Changes 4/8 to 5/13 2013 Featured

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Intel Names Current COO as CEO and Software and Services Head as President

Intel’s COO Brian Krzanich, 52, a company veteran of nearly 30 years, will assume the CEO role replacing Paul Otellini, who is retiring. Krzanich has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles at Intel, most recently serving as the COO since January 2012. Prior to becoming COO, Krzanich held senior leadership positions within Intel's manufacturing organization. He was responsible for Fab/Sort Manufacturing from 2007-2011 and Assembly and Test from 2003 to 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he was responsible for the implementation of the 0.13-micron logic process technology across Intel's global factory network. From 1997 to 2001, Krzanich served as the Fab 17 plant manager, where he oversaw the integration of Digital Equipment Corporation's semiconductor manufacturing operations into Intel's manufacturing network. Prior to this role, Krzanich held plant and manufacturing manager roles at multiple Intel factories. Krzanich began his career at Intel in 1982 in New Mexico as a process engineer.

Renée James, 48, has also been elected president of the company. During her 25-year career at Intel, James has spearheaded the company's strategic expansion into providing proprietary and open source software and services for applications in security, cloud-based computing, and importantly, smartphones. In her most recent role as EVP and general manager of the Software and Services Group, she was responsible for Intel's global software and services strategy, revenue, profit, and product R&D. In this role, James led Intel's strategic relationships with the world's leading device and enterprise operating systems companies. Previously, she was the director and COO of Intel Online Services, Intel's datacenter services business. James was also part of the pioneering team working with independent software vendors to port applications to Intel Architecture and served as chief of staff for former Intel CEO Andy Grove. James began her career with Intel through the company's acquisition of Bell Technologies.

SanDisk Hires OEM & Enterprise Sales SVP from Freescale

SanDisk has appointed Henri Richard, 54, as SVP of worldwide OEM & enterprise sales. Prior to joining SanDisk, Richard served as SVP and chief sales and marketing officer for Freescale since 2007. Prior to Freescale, Richard held various senior executive sales and marketing positions at companies including AMD, WebGain, IBM and Seagate. Richard has worked in both the U.S. and Europe, and his experience includes entrepreneurial roles in addition to senior corporate positions.

Analog Devices Names iCEO as CEO; Sees CAO Replacement

Vincent Roche, 53, has been named President and CEO and elected to the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, the analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits company. Roche joined ADI in 1988. Over his nearly 25-year career at ADI, he has served in key leadership positions including worldwide sales, strategic marketing, and product management. He was appointed President of ADI in 2012 and has served as interim CEO since March this year following the unexpected death of ADI CEO Jerald G. Fishman.

The company promoted Eileen Wynne, 47, to vice president, corporate controller, and chief accounting officer. Wynne has been the ADI corporate controller since 2011, managing worldwide accounting, internal control, financial management planning and reporting, internal audit, and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting. She joined ADI in 1999 as external reporting manager. In 2004, she was promoted to assistant corporate controller. Prior to joining ADI, she held various positions in private and public accounting, including audit manager for the global audit, tax, and advisory firm Grant Thornton.

Wynne succeeds long-term ADI employee and retiring Chief Accounting Officer Seamus Brennan.

Apple Graphics Chip Tech Chief Returns to AMD

Raja Koduri, 44, is returning to Advanced Micro Devices after a four-year stint at Apple as graphics chip designer. Koduri was tech chief for graphics and was said to have worked on some of Apple's "best graphics products." In AMD, Koduri will take up the role of Corporate VP of Visual Computing. Before joining Apple in 2009, he was CTO, Graphics Product Group at AMD; Director, Advanced Technology Development at ATI; and Director/Engineering manager at S3.

Fusion-io Goes Through Top Management Changes

Fusion-io, the flash memory company’s CEO, David Flynn, 43, has resigned, and that Shane Robison, 59, the former chief strategy officer of Hewlett-Packard, has been named to succeed him. Robison, already a director at Fusion, was also named its chairman. Flynn served as a Chief Scientist of Inaura, and Realm Systems, and as CTO of Fusion-io. Flynn served as Project BlackDog's Chief Scientist and Vice President, Engineering. He has also held positions at Linux Networx and Network Computer Incorporated (NCI), a spin-off of Oracle. His experience includes work at both Oracle and Network Computer Incorporated developing thin-client solutions.

Robison served as Chief Strategy & Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Hewlett-Packard from 2002 to 2011.  Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Technology and Chief Technology Officer of Strategy and Technology of Compaq.  Prior to joining Compaq, he served as the President of Internet Technology and Development at AT&T Labs, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, and then served as President of the Design Productivity Group at Cadence Design Systems.  He also spent seven years at Apple, where he held a series of executive-level positions, leaving the company as Vice President and General Manager of the Personal interactive Electronics Division.

Rick White, 42, the company’s chief marketing officer, also resigned. He was a co-founder too. He has been a Venture Partner at GMG Capital Partners since 2001.

The company named Dr. Pankaj Mehra as CTO and SVP. Mehra has been advising the Fusion-io office of the CTO in recent months, and brings more than 20 years of global experience in developing innovative hardware and software technologies to Fusion-io. Mehra was recently SVP and CTO at Whodini, a big data engagement analytics company he co-founded in 2010. An industry veteran, Mehra directed the development of persistent memory at Compaq, leading to his appointment as a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard, and subsequently Chief Scientist of HP Labs Russia. Mehra previously chaired the InfiniBand Trade Association's Management Working Group and contributed to the 1.0 specification.

Mehra succeeds Neil Carson, who served as Fusion-io CTO since 2010. Carson is now transitioning to the role of Fusion-io Asia Pacific CTO and VP.

Extreme Networks Sees CEO Replacement

Charles W. Berger, 59, is Extreme Networks’ new president and CEO, following resignation of CEO Juan Oscar Rodriguez, 52. Rodriguez also resigned from the Extreme board. Berger had been CEO of software analytics company ParAccel, which was sold today to Actian, another business analytics and big data company. Berger has 30 years of experience in technology, including CEO tenures at DVDPlay, Nuance Communications, Vicinity Corporation, AdForce and Radius. He has also held executive positions in sales, marketing and finance at Apple and Sun Microsystems. Berger also currently serves as a director of Official Payments Holdings and a trustee of Bucknell University.

Rodriguez was named Extreme CEO in 2010, replacing CFO and acting President and CEO Bob Corey.

Procera Networks’ Director with Financial Insight Leaves

Elizabeth Huebner, 55, resigned from Procera Networks’ Board of Directors. Procera Networks is a provider of intelligent policy enforcement solutions that enables mobile and broadband network operators and entities managing private networks. Prior to retiring in 2006 after a 26-year career in the finance sector, she was CFO at Getty Images, a provider of visual content and rights services, from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that, she was CFO at Primus Knowledge Solutions, a software company specializing in knowledge management and self-service.

ShoreTel CEO to Retire; Company Looking for Successor

ShoreTel President and CEO Peter Blackmore, 65, plans to retire, with a search for his successor already under way. Blackmore has been CEO of the provider of commercial, closed-source VoIP products, since 2010 and will officially step down from the role when his successor is named. Prior to joining ShoreTel, Blackmore was president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of UTStarcom, an internet protocol company, and executive vice president of Unisys Corporation.

Numerex Appoints Former GE and UTC Exec to Board

Numerex, the machine-to-machine devices, networks and solutions company, appointed Jerry A. Rose to its Board. Rose is an experienced senior executive with a track record of success leading turnarounds and driving growth in key businesses within General Electric (GE) and United Technologies (UTC). He was instrumental in the sale of GE Security to UTC in 2010 and joined UTC as Vice President of Global Product Management where he drove business integration and built a global team to develop and execute critical strategies for growth of the Fire & Security business. Before that he was an officer of GE and led global product development strategies.  Rose began his career in sales and marketing with Chytraus Distributing before joining GE in 1984. He held several global leadership positions during his 26 years at GE including General Manager and CEO roles in GE's Appliances, Lighting and Security businesses.

ARC Group Worldwide Appoints Board Members and CEO

ARC Group Worldwide, a provider of wireless network component and wireless network solutions, appointed Willard T. Walker Jr. as new director. Walker is President and CEO of W. T. Walker Group, a holding company with businesses engaged in the manufacture of steel forgings and provision of thermal treatment services. His career in engineered products includes experience in strategic planning, financial oversight, organizational development, and mergers and acquisitions.

Gregory D. Wallis is also new director of the company. Wallis is the CEO of Dorst America, a leading international supplier of machines and complete production systems for ceramic and powder metal components. Before being named CEO in 2004, Greg was Dorst's Executive Vice President, with primary responsibilities for sales and marketing in the US, Canada, and Mexico. He played a key role in taking Dorst from a niche player to the dominant supplier of high technology compacting presses in the Powder Metallurgy and related industries. He joined Dorst in 1989.

Robert Marten is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Company as well as a member of the Company's Board. Marten was appointed as the Company's President in 2012. He succeeds Theodore Deinard, who has resigned as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company's Board. Deinard will stay with the Company in a leadership role, as CEO of the Company's Arc Wireless subsidiary.

Marten has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company's subsidiary FloMet since 2006, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company's subsidiary Quadrant Metals Technologies since its inception in 2011, Chief Executive Officer of the Company's subsidiaries General Flange & Forge, Tubefit, Advanced Forming Technologies, and AFT-Hungary Kft. since the Company acquired these entities.

Qualstar Appoints Board Member and CFO

Qualstar, a manufacturer of data storage solutions and high-efficiency power supplies, has appointed Gerald J. "Bud" Laber to its board. Laber spent 20 years with Arthur Andersen, as an audit partner with extensive experience in auditing public companies and dealing with financial statement disclosure and accounting matters. He has served on the board of directors of eight publicly-traded companies and currently serves on several boards including Scott's Liquid Gold, Smart Balance, and Allied Motion Technologies.

The company also named Philip G. Varley, 54, as its new CFO. Varley was most recently at financial consulting firm Barrington Group, where he had been CFO at DemandPoint and a number of turnaround companies. Varley has over 20 years of experience, and has been behind a number of successful turnarounds.

Cisco Exec Joins Big Switch Networks for Product Management Role

Big Switch Networks, the startup focused on software-defined networking (SDN), named Prashant Gandhi, a senior director at Cisco who led development of its own SDN efforts, as vice president of product management. Gandhi helped develop Cisco's ONE SDN controller. He is the former president and CEO of Cisco-acquired Rohati Systems.

Riverbed CEO Joins Board of Startup Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage, the startup that offers its customers a way to reduce the amount of storage hardware they buy, appointed Jerry Kennelly, 61, the CEO of Riverbed Technology, to its board of directors. Kennelly co-founded Riverbed in 2002 and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and as President and Chief Executive Officer. Immediately prior to founding Riverbed, he spent six years at Inktomi, an infrastructure software company, where he served as Executive Vice President, CFO and Secretary. From 1990 until joining Inktomi in 1996, he worked for Sybase, most recently as Vice President of Corporate Finance. Before that, he worked at Oracle as finance director for US Operations. From 1980 until 1988, he worked at Hewlett-Packard as Worldwide Sales and Marketing Controller for the Tandem Computers Division.

Date Range: April 8th - May 13th

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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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