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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’s 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, European Divisional VP and BD Exec Leave 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.

Digital River, the company that builds e-commerce sites for software publishers and online retailers, appointed Marco Vergani as its GM and VP of EMEA. Vergani joins Digital River from IBM, where he most recently served as the VP of European sales for the Global Process Services division. During his career at IBM, Vergani also spent five years leading IBM's Retail Store Solutions division across EMEA.

Pitney Bowes appointed Matthew (Tony) DeVore to lead North American and Latin American direct sales for the company’s Document Messaging Technologies business. Before joining Pitney Bowes, DeVore was a VP in business development with IBM.  DeVore also served in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Captain.

Facebook Hires PayPal President; Adds Former Android Director to BD Role

PayPal President David Marcus is leaving the company to lead Facebook as VP, Messaging Products. Marcus joined PayPal as VP in 2011, after it bought his company, Zong, and was promoted to president in 2012. PayPal's leadership team will report to eBay president and CEO John Donahoe until a replacement for Marcus is found.

John Lagerling joined Facebook as VP of BD. Lagerling was previous director of Android global partnerships at Google. He was responsible for all business development of the Nexus device program. He was VP & GM, Japan & Korea at AdMob; Head, Mobile Business and Product, Japan & Asia-Pacific at Google Japan, Manager & Executive Advisor at NTT DoCoMo.

Intel Appoints Workday CEO to Board; Couple of Execs Leave

Intel appointed Aneel Bhusri, 48, co-founder and CEO of Workday, to serve on the company's board. Bhusri co-founded Workday in 2005 and served as its co-CEO from 2009 and chairman from 2012 until May of this year, when he was named sole CEO. In addition, Bhusri serves as a partner at Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm. Previously, he held a number of leadership positions at PeopleSoft, including SVP responsible for product strategy, business development and marketing, and vice chairman of the board.

Thom Degnan, VP of Business Development at Intel has left the company, to join for Soitec S.A. as VP of sales and business development for its Electronics Division in North America. Prior, he was VP and general manager of the Americas Region of Intel Mobile Communications. Previously he was VP and general manager of the Americas Region of Infineon Technologies, which Intel acquired in 2011. Degnan held several management positions within Qualcomm, Scientific Atlanta, now part of Cisco.

Stuart Pann, General Manager of Intel’s Business Management Group is now Head of HP’s Print and Personal Systems (PPS) unit.

Cisco Names Key Cloud Leaders to Drive Cloud Strategy; Announces Next Generation of Leadership in India

Cisco appoints Nick Earle as SVP, of the newly launched cloud sales and go-to-market unit. Most recently, Earle served as SVP of Worldwide Services Sales and Channels. Before that, he was SVP of Customer Advocacy European Markets & Global Enterprise and SVP of Services for European Markets. He was CEO of Streamserve, President & GM of EMEA for Ariba, President of HP's Internet incubator-E-Services Solutions, VP of Worldwide Marketing, Computer Systems and then as CMO, Enterprise Computing for HP, and Senior Analyst in the M&A department at CitiCorp.

The new cloud unit will also be led by Gee Rittenhouse, former President, Bell Labs, the R&D subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, and Faiyaz Shahpurwala, SVP Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services.

Cisco’s new leadership in India and the APAC region comprises of - Dinesh Malkani, President, Sales for India & SAARC; Amit Phadnis, President, Engineering & India Site Leader; and V. C. Gopalratnam (Gopal), President, Strategy, Planning and Operations, India and CIO, Asia Pacific and Japan & Greater China.

Dinesh Malkani takes over from Jeff White. India is at the heart of Cisco's emerging markets strategy, and Malkani will lead the company's efforts to help transform the country's economy through technology. He will drive Cisco's senior level external engagement, including those with government and industry associations, to drive growth and market leadership in India and SAARC.

Amit Phadnis as the new India Site Leader will lead Cisco's focus on innovation, ecosystem and talent development in the country. Another major focus area for Phadnis is developing the Engineering and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner ecosystems. In addition to this role, Phadnis leads the Enterprise Engineering portfolio in India and will continue to report into the organization led by Rob Soderbery, SVP & General Manager of the Enterprise Networking Group in the US.

V. C. Gopalratnam (Gopal) will take on the newly created role of President of Strategy, Planning and Operations for Cisco India, in addition to his role as CIO for Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China. Gopal will help create better synergies between Cisco's internal IT organization and the company's technology roadmap as well as drive infrastructure development and operations to facilitate growth and productivity. Gopal will work closely with the university relations team in shaping curricula to help produce next generation industry ready talent. He also serves on the board of the Cisco Foundation. 

SAP’s SVP of Emerging Products Leaves 

Adam Binnie, SVP of Emerging Products (BIT), has left SAP. 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.

eBay Appoints Former AT&T Chair & CEO to Board; Appoints Former IBM Exec to Lead Enterprise Biz

eBay appoints David W. Dorman, 60, as a new member of the Board. Mr. Dorman, age 60, is a Founding Partner of Centerview Capital Technology. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of CVS Caremark. Dorman also serves as a board member of YUM! Brands and Motorola Solutions and is a Trustee for Georgia Tech Foundation. He was chairman and CEO of AT&T from 2002 until the completion of the AT&T and SBC Communications merger in 2005. Dorman joined AT&T as president in 2000. He began his career in the telecommunications industry at Sprint in 1981. 

Craig Hayman is now President of its eBay Enterprise business. Hayman is a former executive from IBM where he spent the past 15 years in leadership roles. He led the company's transformation to become a SaaS provider and was the worldwide leader for enterprise SaaS solutions targeted at CMOs, and ecommerce professionals. Hayman led IBM's acquisitions of over a dozen companies including Sterling Commerce and Coremetrics, and built a partner network that included global and regional system integrators.

Hewlett Packard's Software Division CFO Leaves; Printers and Personal Systems Division Sees Few Changes

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.

HP has hired Stuart Pann to Head its Print and Personal Systems (PPS) unit, from Intel. Pann is replacing the job vacated by Tony Prophet who is now Corporate VP of windows marketing for Microsoft. Pann worked at Intel, most recently serving as the General Manager of Intel’s Business Management Group.

Samsung Electronics America hired Matthew Smith as VP of Sales and Marketing, Printing Solutions. Prior to Samsung, Smith was responsible for channel marketing, marketing development, and communications for Print and PC for the United States and Canada at HP.

Ericsson Appoints Heads of New Business Units

Ericsson appointed heads of new business units, business unit Radio and business unit Cloud & IP. The two units are formed by a split of the current business unit Networks in a move to accelerate transformation and support growth. Arun Bansal, currently Head of Ericsson's region South East Asia & Oceania, is appointed SVP and Head of Business Unit Radio. Bansal has successfully applied his skills in technology and business across a number of markets and functions during his close to 20 years in Ericsson.

Anders Lindblad, currently Head of Ericsson's region Middle East, is appointed SVP and Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP. In his international career Lindblad has held a variety of positions in business development and commercial operation across countries and regions during his 17 years with Ericsson.

Infosys Names Vishal Sikka as New CEO, Narayana Murthy to Step Down 

Infosys has appointed former SAP CTO Vishal Sikka, 47, as CEO. Infosys founder Narayana Murthy will step down as executive chairman, continuing as chairman emeritus. Dr Sikka will take over as CEO and MD from current chief SD Shibulal. Sikka will be the first non-founder CEO at Infosys. Sikka joined SAP in 2002 and became a member of the Executive Board in 2010. Before that, he has been the first CTO at SAP, and prior to that was SAP's Chief Software Architect. Before joining SAP, he was Area VP for platform technologies at Peregrine Systems, and founded and led two start-ups - Bodha and IBrain Software.

Wipro’s Board Members Leave

Two of Wipro’s independent directors B.C. Prabhakar and Shyam Saran have conveyed their intention not to seek re-election in order to pursue other personal and professional interests. Dr Henning Kagermann, an independent director on the Board of Wipro Limited since 2009, has expressed his intent to resign in keeping with the regulatory requirements in Germany. B C Prabhakar and Shyam Saran, who joined the Wipro Board in 1997 and 2010 respectively, will cease to be directors in July while Dr. Henning Kagermann's resignation will take effect within June.

Twitter’s COO and Second-In-Command Ali Rowghani Resigns; followed by Media Head Chloe Sladden 

Twitter’s COO, Ali Rowghani, 40, has resigned. Twitter does not intend to replace him, and other members of the management team will assume the duties. Rowghani will act as a strategic advisor to the CEO of Twitter. Rowghani joined Twitter in 2010 as CFO, eventually taking up BD and media responsibilities, being promoted to the COO role in 2012. He joined Twitter from Pixar Animation Studios, where he served for about eight years, most recently as the CFO.

VP, Media, Chloe Sladden, who was reporting to Ali Rowghani, has also resigned. Sladden was responsible for guiding and managing the quality of Twitter’s content. She was responsible for media and entertainment partnerships as well as relationships with most influential users. Before Twitter, Sladden worked at Current TV as VP of Strategic Partnerships and Booz Allen Hamilton’s media and entertainment practice as a consultant.

Agilent Technologies Sees HR Leadership Changes; Appoints Retiring HR Leader to Board of Spin-off Company Keysight Technologies

Agilent Technologies appoints Dominique Grau as SVP, Human Resources. Grau will succeed Jean Halloran, who has announced plans to retire at the end of the fiscal year, in October. Agilent Technologies announced plans to appoint Jean Halloran to the board of Keysight Technologies, the spinoff electronic measurement products company that comprises nearly half of Agilent. Halloran has been SVP of Human Resources since the formation of Agilent in 1999. She served at Hewlett-Packard's Medical Products Group.

Motorola Solutions Sees HR and Regional Leadership Changes

Michele A. Carlin, SVP, Human Resources and Communications, resigned from her position as an officer of Motorola Solutions to become EVP of the Center on Executive Compensation and the HR Policy Association. Christopher P. Ouimet will assume responsibility for human resources, and will be named Corporate VP and Acting Head of Human Resources.

Regional VP of Strategic Sales, Mark Paul, has left the company to join omnichannel solutions provider Starmount. With over 25 years of retail technology experience, Paul has extensive expertise in mobile computing and consultative technology solution sales.

Symantec Channels Sales Exec Leaves, Appoints APJ SVP

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.

Symantec named Adrian Jones as SVP for its Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Most recently he was the General Manager and SVP of Oracle Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Oracle he was SVP of Enterprise Servers, Storage, and Networking responsible for driving global customer relationships and channel partnerships at Hewlett Packard (HP) in Asia Pacific and Japan. He also held the position of VP and General Manager of HP's Americas Solution Partners managing all channel partnerships throughout Canada.

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.

Xerox Appoints New President for Xerox Technology Division 

Armando Zagalo de Lima, EVP of Xerox and President, Xerox Technology, and one of Xerox's named executive officers, will step down as President, Xerox Technology. He will be succeeded in that role by Jeffrey Jacobson. Jacobson joined Xerox in 2012 and most recently served as VP of Xerox Corporation and COO, Xerox Technology. Prior to joining Xerox, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Presstek, and before that served as Corporate VP and COO of Eastman Kodak's Graphic Communications Group.

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.

Level 3 Communications Names Retired 4-Star Admiral and Long-Time Board Member as New Chairman; Appoints CAO and Secretary

Newly appointed Chairman James O. Ellis Jr., 66, has been a member of the Board since 2005. Since November 2013, he has served as an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Prior, he was the president and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He is former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, and served as commander in chief of U.S. naval forces in Europe and as commander in chief of Allied forces in southern Europe. He retired with the rank of Admiral from the U.S. Navy after 35 years of service. Additionally, Ellis is a member of the Board of Lockheed Martin and Dominion Resources.

Laurinda Y. Pang has been named EVP, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), to succeed Thomas C. Stortz, who will be retiring. John M. Ryan, EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Assistant Secretary for Level 3, will succeed Stortz as the company's secretary. Pang, who most recently served as the CHRO, has been with Level 3 and its predecessor companies since 1994. Prior to leading the company's strategic people initiatives, she served as VP of Customer Experience Re-Engineering, VP of Investor Relations and in other leadership roles in sales, operations and marketing.

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.

Open Text CFO to Retire

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

Samsung Telecommunications America Hires Former Leaders of BlackBerry, Disney, Nokia

Samsung Telecommunications America hired Robin Bienfait, who was BlackBerry’s CIO until the end of 2012. The hiring is part of the company’s push into selling devices to governments and businesses.

Samsung has also hired John Pleasants, who left Walt Disney’s interactive-media unit in 2013. Pleasants, a former chief executive of Ticketmaster and COO at Electronic Arts, will lead Samsung’s U.S. content and services strategy, focusing on existing offerings.

Meanwhile, Mark Louison, a former president of Nokia’s U.S. operations, was named SVP of Samsung’s wireless-network systems, charged with building market share in the U.S. wireless-network industry. Louison, who was also previously responsible for selling Nokia’s network equipment in North America, left in February 2011. He most recently worked at the Boston Consulting Group.

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.

Dell Witnesses Multiple Senior Exec Changes

Ganesh Murthy joined Dell as CFO of Dell Services from MphasiS Limited, a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard (HP). Previous to Mphasis he was the finance director for HP GlobalSoft Limited in Bangalore.

Prasad Thrikutam joined as President and Global Head of Application Services Division, from Infosys. He was formerly head of Infosys Americas and the global head for the $1.4 billion Energy, Utilities, Telecom and Services business unit. He was a senior member of the Infosys Executive Council and served on the boards of Infosys BPO, Infosys China and Infosys Public Services, and served as the global head for Strategic Sales, Marketing and Alliances.

Thrikutam takes on this role from Ashutosh Vaidya, who moves into a full-time position as head of Global Delivery for Dell Services. Vaidya was VP & GM - Application and Business Process Outsourcing at Dell Services. Before that he served as VP & Global Delivery Officer - Applications & BPO at Dell Services and SVP & Global Head at Wipro BPO.

Joe Kremer, the long-serving managing director of Dell Australia New Zealand, is leaving the company to pursue other interests. US-born Kremer joined Dell in 2003 and managed the company’s ANZ operations from Sydney since 2005. He later added south-east Asia to his responsibilities.

Angela Fox, VP of Services Business, Asia Pacific and Japan moved to VP & GM, Australia and New Zealand. Fox has 24 years of IT experience. She worked for IBM’s server division before joining Dell in 2007.

Date Range: May 19th - June 26th

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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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