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Microsoft Names New Head of Corporate Strategy and Chief Economist 

Microsoft appointed Jeff Teper as Corporate VP of Corporate Strategy. Teper was former VP in Office Service and Servers Group. Prior to that, Teper led development of SharePoint. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, he was VP, Software Engineering at Colonial Consulting.

Microsoft hired Preston McAfee as chief economist. Most recently, he was director of Google strategic technologies. For five years, he was chief economist and research fellow for Yahoo! His other current professional activities include advisor to Rand Education; council member, Game Theory Society; founding co-editor ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation; and member of the Board of Governors, Pardee Rand Graduate School.

GE Appoints Digital and Software Leader for Power & Water Business

GE appointed Ganesh Bell as the Chief Digital Officer and GM of Commercial Software and Analytics for the Power & Water business. Recently, he served as EVP, GM & Chief Products Officer at ServiceSource. Prior to ServiceSource, Bell held key positions at SAP including VP of Product Strategy & Management for the business intelligence & technology platform group, and VP of Portfolio Strategy in the Office of the CEO. Bell also held leadership positions across PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards and YOUcentric.

Oracle Group VP and Public Sector Industry Veteran Joins Cellebrite; Global Sales VP Leaves

Paul Battaglia, Group VP, North America Public Sector Storage at Oracle has joined Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic solutions. He has been named SVP of Sales for the company's Mobile Forensic business in North America. His previous roles include serving as President and GM of Inxight Federal Systems, which provides enterprise software solutions for information discovery and text analytics.

Shahin Taromsari, VP of Global Sales, leaves. Taromsari has more than 20 years of technology experience from leadership positions with EDS and IBM, before Oracle.

SaaS Leader Leaves IBM

Trillium Software, provider of data quality solutions, appointed IBM senior leader Philip Galati as CEO. Galati most recently served as Executive Director of SaaS Services and Customer Success for IBM. During his tenure at IBM, he was instrumental in helping to lead the business transformation of the company's SaaS business and also helped launch IBM's Smarter Commerce organization. Prior to IBM, he was SVP at Sterling Commerce which was acquired by IBM in 2010. He also held executive positions at Dell and Ernst & Young.

SAP Goes Through Several High-Ranking Leadership Changes

SAP appointed Robert Enslin and Bernd Leukert to the company's Executive Board. Enslin will continue to lead global customer operations and Leukert will assume responsibility for the global development organization. Enslin joined SAP in 1992 and began his career as an SAP consultant supporting customers in South Africa. He has steadily risen to his current role leading sales and services and has presided over the integration of SAP's go-to-market teams to advance a simplified experience for SAP customers.

Leukert joined SAP in 1994 and has long been one of the company's foremost technologists and solution visionaries. He was appointed to the Global Managing Board in 2013 after successfully orchestrating the development and delivery of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. He will now lead the global development organization in redefining business applications on the HANA Cloud platform.

Dr. Vishal Sikka, Executive Board Member for Products and Innovation, announced his departure from the Executive Board for personal reasons. He has lately been named as the CEO of Infosys.

Shawn Price, head of the cloud business, is also leaving the company. Price will not be replaced. Instead, his responsibilities will be shared among the heads of recently acquired cloud companies.

The Supervisory Board also approved two new appointments to the Global Managing Board, Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries, to strengthen the next generation leadership team of SAP and will support the company's cloud operations and people agenda. A 18-year veteran of SAP, Arnold will assume the role of CIO for the SAP Group and lead cloud operations and the HANA Enterprise Cloud, in addition to her current responsibilities as the head of SAP's internal Business Innovations and Application Services organization. She has broad experience leading SAP's internal innovation agenda, most recently transitioning SAP to a next-generation financial management system on the SAP HANA platform.

Ries recently rejoined SAP to lead global human resources from Egon Zehnder, where he served during the last three years as principal consultant, advising global companies in leadership and executive search. Between 2002 and 2010, Ries had several global and regional leadership positions with SAP's HR organization.

SAP named Rodolpho Cardenuto as the Head of a new Global Partner Operations (GPO) organization, formed in the office of the co-CEO, which will focus on driving Board-sponsored initiatives through strategic SAP partners and accelerating the company's growth through new and existing sales channels. Cardenuto joined SAP in 2008 as president of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean, and has spent the past year as president of SAP Americas. He has spent 15 years at Hewlett-Packard in leadership roles including sales management in Brazil and leading the small and midsize enterprise (SME) business for the Latin America region.

With Cardenuto's move to his new role, Jennifer Morgan has been named President of SAP North America and Diego Dzodan has been named president of SAP Latin America & Caribbean. Both will report to Enslin. Morgan was previously president of Regulated Industries at SAP. Prior to joining the company, Morgan worked for Siebel Systems and Accenture, where she primarily oversaw large system modernizations across multiple industries.

Dzodan has more than 15 years experience in the IT and joined SAP in 2004 and has held key leadership positions in Latin America, including MD of SAP Southern Latin America, SAP Brazil and SAP Mexico and Central America. Before joining SAP, Dzodan founded Certant, a regional consulting firm focused on technology and business integration. Earlier, he was with companies like Aluar Aluminio Argentina, Technit Solutions and Andersen Consulting (Accenture).

Adam Binnie, SVP of Emerging Products (BIT), has left the company. Earlier he served as GM & Global VP Business Intelligence Solutions; VP Portfolio Strategist Business Analytics & Technology; VP Product Management Emerging Technologies at the company. Earlier to that, he was Senior Director Emerging Strategies and Senior Director Product Management at Business Objects. 

Hewlett Packard's Software division CFO Leaves

CFO for Hewlett Packard's Software division Steve Fieler has been appointed CFO of digital medicines company Proteus Digital Health. Before becoming CFO, Fieler was previously HP's VP Investor Relations and held several other leadership positions in Corporate Development and Operations at the company. Prior to HP, he was a venture capitalist at Thomas H. Lee Putnam and an executive at a mobile software start-up. He began his career at General Electric where he held Finance roles across a variety of GE's businesses and geographies.

Workday Names Sole CEO 

Co-CEO Aneel Bhusri was appointed the sole CEO of Workday. Co-CEO David A. Duffield was appointed the Chairman of the Board, and George J. Still, Jr. was appointed the Vice Chairman of the Board. Duffield and Bhusri served as co-CEOs and Bhusri served as Chairman. New Vice-Chair Still will remain Lead Independent Director of the Board. Bhusri focuses on strategy, products, operating results and execution of business plans. Duffield focuses on Education and Government business, the development and launch of our Student Initiative, and on maintaining and enhancing Workday’s culture and values.

Fiserv Board Chairman Retires, Long-Time Board Member Steps Up

Financial services technology company Fiserv named Dan Kearney, 74, as its new Chairman, following the retirement of long-time chairman Don Dillon, 74. Dillon has been chairman since 2000.

Kearney has been a director for fifteen years. He has an insurance and financial consultation background and also serves on the boards for MGIC Investment, the Joyce Foundation and Prudential Bank. Kearney is a financial consultant and served as Chief Investment Officer of Aetna, and was President and CEO of the Resolution Trust Corporation Oversight Board.

Symantec Channels Sales Exec Leaves

Channel sales veteran Garrett Jones who was VP of Global Channel Operations at Symantec, has left the company. He has joined Spanning Cloud Apps as VP, Sales. With more than 20 years of experience in channel sales, business development and strategic alliances, Jones also spent time working for Dell across the US, UK, Ireland and Asia-Pacific region.

Check Point Appoints Cisco VP as New CMO

Check Point Software Technologies hired Marie Hattar as the company’s CMO. Hattar brings over 20 years of marketing leadership experience spanning the security, routing, switching, telecom, and mobility markets. Prior to joining Check Point, she was VP at Cisco where she led the company’s enterprise networking and security portfolios. Prior to Cisco, she worked at Nortel Networks, Alteon WebSystems, and Shasta Networks in senior marketing and CTO positions.

CSC Names Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

CSC named Gary Stockman Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. Prior to founding his own firm in 2013, Stockman served in senior management positions including global CEO and senior partner at Porter Novelli, one of the world’s 10 largest public relations agencies. Prior to Porter Novelli, Stockman was a partner at Silicon Valley technology communications firm Copithorne & Bellows. He is a former journalist.

NetSuite CMO Leaves to join Enterprise Financial Software Company in Similar Role

Enterprise financial software company BlackLine Systems hired David Downing, former CMO of cloud ERP company NetSuite, as their first-ever CMO.  Downing previously spent five years at NetSuite, most recently as SVP and CMO.  Downing spent the previous 25 years in various senior marketing roles with other leading companies including SAP, Informatica, Oracle, Adobe, Seagate and Hill and Knowlton.

Splunk Hires Cisco Exec to Lead Field Ops

Splunk appointed Doug Merritt as SVP, Field Operations. Merritt was most recently SVP, product and solutions marketing at Cisco. Previously, he was CEO of Baynote, a provider of a next generation ecommerce personalization platform. During his six years at SAP, Merritt rose to the position of EVP, global on demand applications, with responsibility for sales, consulting, business development and marketing functions globally for all SAP OnDemand and cloud-based applications.

OpenText CFO to Retire

Paul McFeeters will be retiring as CFO of OpenText. The company has engaged a leading executive search firm to appoint a successor on or before his retirement. McFeeters was appointed CFO of OpenText in 2006.

TIBCO Appoints CFO from Acquired Company Jaspersoft

TIBCO appointed Jim Johnson, a seasoned financial executive, as CFO. Johnson most recently served as CFO of Jaspersoft, a company TIBCO acquired in April 2014. Prior to Jaspersoft, he served as the CFP of MSC Software and VGH, an Elevation Partners-owned company that sold to Electronic Arts. His experience also includes executive-level finance positions at VERITAS (which merged with Symantec in 2005) and Sun Microsystems, where he built a 15-year career in increasingly senior finance positions during its high growth phases. He started his career serving in the U.S. Navy.

Matt Langdon, who most recently served as CFO, will be departing.

Electronics for Imaging Appoints Comverse Exec to Lead Its Productivity Software Business Unit

EFI hired veteran software executive Gabriel Matsliach to be GM and SVP of EFI Productivity Software, printing industry's leading provider of business process automation software. Prior to joining EFI, he was with telecommunications software provider Comverse, serving as Chief Product Officer and prior to that as President of Global Products and Operations and as GM of Comverse's business support systems product line.

Infor Expands Leadership Team to Support Growth

Infor named Matt Breslin and Lisa Pope as SVPs of Platform Technologies and Cloud Sales respectively.  Previously Breslin served as VP, Platform and Analytics for SAP and prior to that Regional VP for Technology Products at Oracle. Before that he was Financial Planning Manager at Kraft Foods and Sr. Accountant at Price Waterhouse.

Prior to joining Infor, Pope served as SVP at QAD and previously as VP of Strategic Accounts at Oracle. Earlier to that she was Senior Software Sales Executive at NCR Corporation and Presales Consultant at Triad Computer.

Workday’s SVP of Products Joins Advent Software’s Board

Investment management software company, Advent Software, elected Michael Frandsen as a new member of its Board. Frandsen brings vast experience from the technology industry, specifically in SaaS solutions, to Advent's board. He is the SVP of Products at Workday. Prior to that, he was CEO at Potenco, a green energy startup; CEO at Tradepoint Solutions, a provider of SaaS-based retail promotion management applications; and VP and general manager of supply chain management at PeopleSoft. Frandsen began his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Marketo Appoints Salesforce and Former Oracle Exec as Japan Head

Marketo, the cloud-based marketing software company, appoints Yasutaka Fukuda as President of Marketo KK, its Japan operations. Fukuda, in his previous position, served as and SVP of Salesforce.com. Fukuda joined the U.S. headquarters of Salesforce.com in 2004 and after leading Japanese market operations, assumed a position at the company's Japanese subsidiary in 2005. Prior to that, Fukuda spent eight years with Oracle beginning in 1996, working at Oracle Japan, and the company's U.S. headquarters.

PeopleFluent Appoints Andrew Keenan as CFO

PeopleFluent, a leading social HCM technology company, appoints Andrew Keenan as its new CFO. Keenan joins PeopleFluent from Dyn, where he served as CFO. Keenan brings almost three decades of experience to PeopleFluent, having previously held senior finance roles at a number of software and technology companies, including Cadre Technologies, SystemSoft Corporation, Provant, Vovici and Carbonite. He is extraordinarily accomplished in facilitating the growth in technology companies as a CFO, and has a sterling track record of taking companies public having successfully facilitated five IPOs.

First Data Appoints Global Communications and Corporate Affairs Leaders

First Data, the leader in payment technology and services solutions, appointed Josh King as SVP of global communications and corporate affairs. King served most recently as SVP, group communications and marketing, for Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker. Prior to that, King served as VP, media and community relations, for The Hartford Financial Services Group. Earlier in his career, King served for five years as director of production for presidential events in the White House office of communications, where he helped manage many historic moments during President Bill Clinton’s two terms in office.

Saba Software’s Board Member Resigns

Michael Abbott resigned from the Board of Saba Software. Mike Abbott joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Michael Abbott has served as VP of Engineering at Twitter, led Palm's webOS application platform and services development., and was the GM for .NET Online Services at Microsoft.

Date Range: May 4th - June 11th

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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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