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Microsoft Goes Through Board, CEO and Series of Senior Leadership Changes

Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella, 46, as CEO and member of the Board. Nadella previously held the position of EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. He has overseen the Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, led R&D for the Online Services Division and was VP of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer, 57, who announced in August 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named.

Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, 58, previously Chairman of the Board, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.

John W. Thompson, 64, Lead Independent Director for the Board, will assume the role of Chairman. Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in February 2012. Thompson is the CEO of privately held Virtual Instruments. Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley. Before that, he was CEO of Symantec, and stepped down as from the role in 2009 and from Symantec's board in 2011. Previously, he held leadership positions at IBM, including sales, marketing, software development and GM of IBM Americas, and was also a member of IBM's Worldwide Management Council.


Scott Guthrie has been appointed as the interim Cloud & Enterprise EVP at Microsoft, taking Nadella’s place. Guthrie moved from being the Corporate VP of the .Net platform in the Developer Division, to head the Azure Application Platform team in the Business Platform Division in mid 2011. He has been a major advocate for developers and has made a priority integrating open-source tools and technologies into the Microsoft stack.

EVP of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group and former Skype CEO Tony Bates and EVP, Marketing Tami Reller are leaving the company. Head of Microsoft's advanced strategy, Eric Rudder, will take up Bates' duties on a temporary basis, while continuing in his current role. Marketing executive Chris Capossela will replace Reller.

Tony Bates, before leading the Business Development and Evangelism group, was the president of Microsoft’s Skype Division and the CEO of Skype prior to its acquisition in October of 2011. Before running Skype, Bates was SVP and GM of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Group as well as leader of its service provider and high-end router business units. Before Cisco, Bates spearheaded the backbone-engineering strategy for Internet MCI.

As co-head of Microsoft's Windows unit, Reller is considered one of the top female executives at Microsoft and she will remain with the company for a little while to help with the reshuffle. Before becoming EVP, Marketing in July 2013, she was both CMO and CFO for the Windows division. Before that, she was EVP of marketing and previously was both CMO and CFO for the Windows division. Reller began her career in technology at Great Plains Software in 1984 while still in college. She had a number of leadership positions within the company, including CFO, a position she held at the time of Microsoft’s acquisition of Great Plains Software in 2001.

Eric Rudder, who will also serve as interim leader responsible for Business Development and Evangelism, is EVP of Advanced Technology, responsible for cross-company technology initiatives for all Microsoft devices and services. Previously, Rudder served as Chief Technical Strategy Officer, and managed Microsoft Research, as well as the company’s Trustworthy Computing group, Technology Policy group, Startup Business group, and the Strategic Software and Silicon Architectures team.  Prior to that, Rudder served as SVP of Server and Tools.

Chris Capossela the new EVP and CMO, earlier served as Corporate VP, Consumer Channels Group, Corporate VP, Office Marketing, GM, Microsoft Project, Director, Business Operations, EMEA, Speech Assistant to Bill Gates, Program Manager, Microsoft Access, Product Manager, Desktop Database Products, and Marketing Manager, Windows Seminar Team at Microsoft.

EVP of advertising and strategy Mark Penn was named Chief Strategy Officer. Previously, Penn was worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, serving as senior adviser to global corporate and political leaders including Bill Gates, Bill Ford, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Bill Clinton. For six years, Penn served as White House Pollster to President Clinton and was a key strategy adviser in his 1996 re-election, and also served as chief strategist to Hillary Clinton in her Senate campaigns and 2008 Presidential campaign.

Microsoft appointed former CEO of acquired Nokia, Stephen Elop, to lead the entire Xbox division. After Don Mattrick left in the wake of the Xbox One’s disastrous debut last year, Microsoft turned to the highly regarded Julie Larson-Green to head the program, which she did for the past six months.

Larson-Green is moving over to take a role as the company’s Chief Experience Officer, heading up the My Life & Work team. While her experience at Microsoft prior to helming the Devices & Studios division was tangential to Xbox development, she had worked for the company for 20 years and was seen as a solid choice for the role.

Keith Lorizio, VP-U.S. sales for Microsoft's advertising division, has left. A thirteen-year Microsoft veteran, Lorizio took over sales and marketing for Microsoft's ads division in 2010. Lorizio's duties expanded in 2012 to include management of Microsoft's global agency team after the exec in charge of that team left. 

Multiple Executive Reshuffles at SAP

SAP appointed Rick Costanzo as EVP and GM of Global Mobility Solutions. Costanzo brings an extraordinary amount of enterprise mobile expertise and leadership experience to SAP. His understanding of mobile solutions and telecommunications has been developed over more than 20 years in senior management roles, including network services, operations, marketing and sales at both BlackBerry and AT&T. Most recently, Costanzo was EVP of Global Sales at BlackBerry, where he led the sales organization to new levels of execution with enterprise customers and mobile services providers.

The company also hired Mike Ettling as head of Global Cloud HR. As CEO at NGA Human Resources, multimillion global HR and payroll services provider, Ettling managed relationships with leading HR technology companies and successfully guided many of the world's largest companies in finding HR solutions that fit their business needs. Prior to NGA, Ettling was VP of Global Business Process Outsourcing for Unisys. He held various executive roles for Unisys, including MD for Australia and New Zealand and VP of Outsourcing for Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, Africa.

COO of SAP Asia Pacific Japan, Adaire Fox-Martin, was appointed as President of APJ region. She simultaneously served the interim APJ lead following the resignation of former APJ president Steve Watts. Prior to becoming COO, she served as the SVP for Industry Business Solutions. Adaire joined SAP in 2008 from Oracle as the head of Public Sector for APJ.

Darren Roos has joined the company as COO for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Roos joins SAP from Software AG where he was a member of the Group Executive Board and CPP Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Prior to this, he held numerous other roles within Software AG, including SVP of Field Operations for Nordics, Southern Africa, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg, and Country Manager for Africa and the Middle East.

SVP & GM managing the SuccessFactors/SAP Cloud business globally, Graham Younger has left the company to join online file sharing and cloud content management service company Box as EVP for worldwide field operations. Younger joined SuccessFactors in the summer of 2011, only four months before it was acquired by SAP in a $3.4 billion deal. Before SuccessFactors, Younger did two stints at Oracle, and also worked for Amdocs, Tibco and IBM.

VMware Hires Gartner Research VP as CTO for Americas Region

VMware hires Chris Wolf as CTO for Americas region. Wolf was formerly a Research VP at Gartner, specializing in virtualization technologies and during his time there kept a close eye on VMware and Citrix among others. Before that he spent a few years working with the Burton Group, a datacenter-focused consultancy.

Salesforce’s CFO and President of Global Enterprise to Leave


Graham Smith intends to retire from his position as EVP and CFO of salesforce.com. Before joining salesforce.com in December 2007, Smith served as CFO of Advent Software, the software and services provider to the investment management industry. Prior to Advent, Smith was CFO of Vitria Technology, CFO for Nuance Communications, and spent 11 years at Oracle in a variety of senior finance roles, lastly as VP of finance for worldwide operations.

Blair Crump resigned from his position as President, Global Enterprise of salesforce.com to join PROS Holdings as COO. Crump joined the Company in February 2012. He previously spent five years with Verizon Business, where, in his last role was group president of its Worldwide Sales and Consulting Services business. Crump began his career at MCI, where he worked for over 20 years before Verizon acquired the company in 2006.

Workday appoints former SAP, Infor exec as EMEA president

HCM specialist Workday appointed Chano Fernandez as EMEA president to lead the company’s growth strategy in the region. Andy Leaver, Workday’s VP and GM previously oversaw the EMEA business operations before Fernandez was appointed. Leaver is now occupying a new role at the company’s headquarters in California.

Fernandez joined Workday from German software giant SAP (which owns SuccessFactors) where he most recently served as SVP & head of database, technology & mobility. While at SAP he also served as head of innovation sales for the EMEA organization. Before that Fernandez led the EMEA sales division at enterprise CRM and ERP specialist Infor.

Symantec Hires Thomas Seifert from Brightstar as CFO and Appoints Cisco SVP Sheila Jordan as New CIO

Symantec has appointed Thomas Seifert as EVP and CFO. Seifert joins Symantec from Brightstar where he served as EVP and CFO. Previously, he was at Advanced Micro Devices where he served as CFO, chief accounting officer and, for much of 2011, its interim CEO. Earlier, he was CFO and COO of Qimonda AG; group VP & GM of the Memory Products Group at Infineon Technologies AG; and as CEO & COO of Wireline Communications Business Group.


Symantec appointed Sheila Jordan as its new CIO. Jordan is currently SVP of Communications and Collaboration IT at Cisco, where she has worked for nine years. In addition, Jordan had global responsibility for Cisco.com, the company's gateway for information to customers, partners, analysts, the news media, and new recruits. Jordan joined Cisco in 2005 from Walt Disney World, where she was SVP of Destination Disney. She serves as a director for NextSpace, a provider of innovative physical and virtual infrastructure for entrepreneurs, and sits on the CIO Advisory Board for SnapLogic.

Jordan replaces Marty Hodgett, who left Symantec in December after a year and a half on the job. Before Symantec, Hodgett was the president and CEO of RivalWatch, which produced a Web-based competitive intelligence tool used by many of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers. Prior to joining RivalWatch, he was the CIO and VP of Business Strategy for Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), and also had a distinguished twenty-two year career at Accenture where he was a senior partner and worked across several industry sectors.

CA Appoints McAfee Exec as Partners and Alliances Leader to Establish Strategic Collaborative Relationships

CA Technologies appointed Alyssa Fitzpatrick as SVP, Global Partners and Alliances. Previously, she led McAfee's Worldwide Alliances organization and has held positions of increasing seniority at world-leading organizations such as Oracle and Informatica.

Autodesk Appoints VP/Corporate Controller as Principal Accounting Officer

Autodesk appointed Paul Underwood, 46, the Company's current VP, Corporate Controller, as Principal Accounting Officer. Underwood will replace Mark Hawkins. Hawkins will continue to serve as the Company's CFO and Principal Financial Officer. Mr. Underwood's appointment was effective January 29, 2014. Underwood has served as VP, Corporate Controller of the Company since September 2012. Previously, he served as VP, WW Sales Finance and as Senior Director, WW Sales Finance.

Citrix’s CEO Returns to Role but Intends to Retire; iCEO Named COO

Citrix’s CEO, Mark B. Templeton, will be returning from his previously announced leave of absence to resume his role as CEO. He intends to retire within the next year, subject to the naming of his successor. The board has formed a committee of independent directors to lead a search process to identify the next CEO.

David J. Henshall, who has been serving as acting CEO, has been promoted to COO and will retain a portion of the executive responsibilities that he assumed during Templeton’s absence. Henshall will continue in his roles as EVP and CFO, with responsibility for the company’s finance and accounting organizations.

Splunk Deepens Security Leadership with Appointment of Former ArcSight-HP Enterprise Security Products Exec

Splunk, which produces software for searching, monitoring and analyzing machine-generated big data via a web-style interface, appointed Haiyan Song as VP of security markets. Previously, she spent nine years at ArcSight-HP Enterprise Security Products as VP and GM, responsible for driving product strategies and business execution. Before joining ArcSight, she was VP of engineering at SenSage, and held previous leadership positions at enterprise software companies and service providers including Escalate, Ketera Technology and Omniva Policy Systems. She started her career at IBM Informix.

New Zealand-based Xero Appoints Former Microsoft CFO as Chair, Bill Veghte as Director and PayPal Exec as CEO, NA

New Zealand-based accounting software provider for small business, Xero, has hired Chris Liddell as new Board Chairman. Liddell is the former CFO for both Microsoft and General Motors. He will be replacing Sam Knowles, who has resigned as Director and Chairman of Xero. Liddell was also the CFO of International Paper and Carter Holt Harvey, before becoming CEO of the company.

The company's new director will be Bill Veghte, who runs HP’s Enterprise Group as its EVP and GM. Prior to that, he spent almost 20 years at Microsoft where he held roles that included SVP for Windows Server.

Xero's new CEO of North America will be Peter Karpas, who is the VP and GM, North America for Small & Medium Business at PayPal. Prior to that, he worked at Intuit as Chief Marketing, Product Management Officer and SVP.

Newly Appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Steps Down from Riverbed Board

Satya Nadella, 46, has retired from the board of Riverbed Technology. He is stepping down in order to more fully devote time to his new position as CEO of Microsoft. Before becoming CEO, he held the position of EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Since joining Microsoft in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services. He oversaw Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, led R&D for the Online Services Division and was VP of the Business Division. Prior to that, he was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Demandware CFO Dussault Resigns

Scott Dussault, EVP, CFO of Demandware, plans to transition from the company to pursue other career opportunities. The company will be initiating a search to identify a CFO. Dussault previously served as CFO of Archivas, until Archivas was acquired in 2007 by Hitachi Data Systems. Prior to that, Dussault served as CFO of Astra Tech, a medical devices distributor and subsidiary of AstraZeneca, and CFO of StorageNetworks, a data-storage software and services company. He began his career with Ernst & Young where he practiced in the Entrepreneurial Services group and attained his CPA.

RealPage Names Real Estate and Technology Vet as Divisional President

Provider of on demand software solutions for the rental housing industry, RealPage, appointed Ed Wolff as president of LeasingDesk Insurance. Prior to RealPage, Ed served as COO for Cortland Partners. He also led all operational support functions as chief administrative officer with Pinnacle and with national real estate developer Place Properties. Wolff is a part of several industry associations including the National Multi Housing Council, National Apartment Association, Texas Apartment Association and Real Estate Investment Advisory Council. In addition, he actively serves on the board for the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

Monotype Imaging Appoints Director with Brand Expertise and Entrepreneurial Perspective

Monotype Imaging, the company specializing in typesetting and typeface design as well as text and imaging solutions, appoints Gay Warren Gaddis, founder and CEO of the advertising agency, T3 (The Think Tank), to its board. Gaddis founded T3 in 1989, and today the company is the largest independent advertising agency owned by a woman in the U.S. Gaddis began her career as a copywriter with The Richards Group. She then served as PR director for Baylor University Medical Center; Marketing Director for Leadership Dynamicsand later became a full partner at an Austin advertising agency, before founding T3.

AVG’s New Chief Strategy Officer Comes with In-Depth Mobile and Cloud Expertise

AVG Technologies appointed Todd Simpson as Chief Strategy Officer. He joins AVG from Innovation Partners at InterDigital Communications where he led corporate development and partnering. Previously, he held the role of Chief of Innovation at Mozilla, President and CEO of Ditech Networks and CTO of Zi Corporation.

BMC Software Exec Joins IHS as CIO Mark F. Settle

Market research firm IHS appoints Mark F. Settle, an IT executive with more than 25 years of experience in managing technical innovation, organizational change and global business unit performance, as SVP and CIO. Settle comes to IHS from BMC Software where he was responsible for delivering new business functionality to internal user groups and leveraging virtualization technologies to improve the performance and utilization of BMC's product development. Settle worked as CIO of Corporate Express, Arrow Electronics and Occidental Petroleum He also served as EVP of systems and processing at Visa.

Kofax Names New Board Member with Deep Understanding of Capital Markets

Kofax, which develops software for document capture and automation, has named James A. Urry as a member of its board of directors. Urry is a Partner at Augusta Columbia Capital Group, and also has served at venture firms Court Square Capital Partners and Citigroup Venture Capital. He also serves on the board of Intersil, and previously was on the board of Lyris and AMIS Holdings. 

Date Range: January 25th - March 5th

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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.

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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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