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Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Qualcomm, SAP & Others: A Round-Up of Tech Giants Going Through Board and Leadership Transitions Featured

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Apple to go Through CFO Transition This Year

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's SVP and CFO, will retire this year. Luca Maestri, Apple's VP of Finance and corporate controller, will succeed Oppenheimer as CFO. Oppenheimer started with Apple in 1996 as controller for the Americas, and in 1997 was promoted to VP and Worldwide Sales controller and then to corporate controller. Oppenheimer joined Apple from Automatic Data Processing (ADP), where he was CFO of one of the four strategic business units. Before that, he spent six years in the IT Consulting Practice with Coopers and Lybrand.

Prior to joining Apple, Maestri was CFO at both Nokia Siemens Networks and Xerox. Since joining Apple in March 2013, Maestri has managed most of Apple's financial functions and done an excellent job leading them, while also working closely with Apple's senior leadership. Luca began his career with General Motors and spent 20 years in finance and operating roles in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. His last role at GM was CFO for all of GM's operations in Europe.

Microsoft Expands Board; Goes Through Senior Leadership Changes under New CEO Nadella


Microsoft appoints Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, to the company's board. ValueAct Capital is a San Francisco-based investment firm with a $2 billion stake in Microsoft, which entered into a cooperation agreement to have Morfit join the board. Before joining ValueAct Capital in early 2001, Morfit worked in equity research for Credit Suisse First Boston. He is also a director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and a former director of Advanced Medical Optics, C. R. Bard, Immucor, MSD Performance and Solexa.

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.

AT&T Appoints Chief Medical Adviser for Mobile Health StrategyEric Topol

Eric Topol has been named chief medical adviser at AT&T. In the new role of Chief Medical Advisor, Topol will offer strategic guidance as the company adds mobile devices and mHealth products and services. In addition to his duties at AT&T Topol will continue to serve as the the Chief Academic Officer at Scripps Health and as the editor-in-chief of Medscape. Before moving to Scripps Topol had been the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Topol, along with Robert Califf, was the leading force behind the highly influential GUSTO trials and their predecessor, the TAMI trials.

Qualcomm Promotes its Licensing Business Veteran as Company President to Oversee Global Expansion and the BUs 

Qualcomm promotes 13-year company veteran Derek Aberle as its new President. In his new role, Aberle will have oversight for all business divisions across the organization as well as the Company's global market development and marketing groups. Prior to his current role, Aberle held several roles within Qualcomm's Technology Licensing division, including EVP & President and SVP & GM. In 2000, Aberle joined Qualcomm after representing the Company as outside counsel for several years at large, international law firms.

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.

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.


SAP also appointed John Ruthven as SVP of Cloud and Line of Business for Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) as the company focuses on expanding the enterprise cloud business. Ruthven is tasked with driving SAP's "cloud first" strategy across line of business solutions and oversee the entire cloud portfolio in the region. Based in Sydney, Ruthven brings to SAP 18 years of experience in the IT industry with particular expertise in regional and international management and sales operations. Prior to joining SAP, Ruthven served as SVP of International Sales at Zuora, and General Manager of Emerging Markets at CA Technologies.

HP’s Networking Head Reassigned as New BU Head; HP Japan’s CEO to Retire


Bethany Mayer, an HP SVP and head of its networking equipment business unit, has been reassigned to run the new Network Functions Virtualization business unit, which will draw from HP’s enterprise hardware business, its enterprise services group and its cloud services business. She had replaced the networking equipment unit’s prior head Marius Haas. Haas left HP in 2011 for a job as an industry adviser at private equity firm KKR, and is now chief commercial officer and president of Dell’s Enterprise business unit.

Shinichi Koide, president and CEO of HP Japan, is retiring from the company. The 55-year-old former executive who previously worked at Softbank and IBM joined HP in 2007.

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.

Yahoo! Appoints New CISO; APAC Key Execs Leave

Yahoo! named Alex Stamos, current CTO for security firm Artemis and co-founder of TrustyCon, as its next Chief Information Security Officer. The company's last CISO, Justin Somaini, left Yahoo! more than a year ago.

Naoko Okumoto, a VP at Yahoo in charge of monitoring its key Yahoo Japan business, is leaving the company. Okumoto has been with Yahoo since 2000, and has served most recently as the liaison between the Silicon Valley Internet giant and its lucrative Japanese asset and has worked on other strategic partnerships. Okumoto is one of several top execs exiting the Asia-Pacific unit at Yahoo.

Stuart Sayers, CEO of Yahoo Australia, left last month for a top regional job at Amazon, within a year of arriving.

Salesforce’s CFO 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.

T-Mobile Director Not to Stand for Re-election

James N. Perry, Jr., 52, informed T-Mobile US, that he will not stand for re-election as a director. Perry is a Managing Director on the MDP Telecom, Media & Technology Services team. Prior to co-founding MDP, he was with First Chicago Venture Capital for eight years. Previously, he was with The First National Bank of Chicago.

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

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.

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.

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.

Date Range: February 7th - March 11th

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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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