Google Appoints CEO of the Self-Driving Car Project; HR VP Leaves to Join SoftBank
Industry veteran John Krafcik will join Google as CEO of the Self-Driving Car Project as efforts intensify to get autonomous vehicles on the road. Krafcik brings experience gleaned over his years working in product development for Ford and as CEO of Hyundai North America before becoming president of TrueCar, an online automotive site that provides pricing data and connects buyers to dealers. He started his automotive career in 1984 as an engineer for the New United Motor Manufacturing, a former General Motors-Toyota joint venture plant.
Liane Hornsey, a Google VP who led HR for the sales organization, has departed for SoftBank International.
Microsoft Appoints New Chief Legal Officer and Regional Communications and CSR Leader
Bradford L. Smith, 56, was appointed to the position of President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft. Smith previously served as General Counsel & EVP, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He joined Microsoft in 1993, and has served as General Counsel since 2002.
Microsoft has named Goran Pivarski as the new Head of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before taking over the new post at Microsoft, he worked as a spokesperson for Croatia's Ministry of Health.
Former Deloitte & Touche Chair/CEO Joins Verizon Communications as Board Member
Verizon Communications elected Gregory G. Weaver, former chairman and CEO of Deloitte & Touche, to the Verizon Board of Directors. Weaver served from 2012 to 2014 and from 2001 to 2005 as chairman and CEO of Deloitte's audit and enterprise risk services firm, Deloitte & Touche, overseeing all operations, strategic positioning, audit quality and talent matters.
Intel Israel President Steps Down
Intel SVP and president Intel Israel Shmuel (Mooly) Eden is stepping down after 33 years at the company. Eden joined the company in 1982 and has served in many senior management positions. He is currently also GM Perceptual Computing.
Comcast Appoints New Global CISO; Appoints US Regional SVP
Comcast promoted Myrna Soto to SVP, Global CISO. Prior to this appointment, Soto served as SVP, Chief Infrastructure and Information Security Officer (CIISO) within Engineering & Platform Services for Comcast Cable. Soto joined Comcast in 2009.
Michael Parker is now SVP of the company's Western New England Region, which is based in Berlin, Connecticut. He most recently served as VP of Operations for Comcast's Greater Chicago Region and also previously held leadership roles for the company in New York and Connecticut, Baltimore City, and Detroit. Before Comcast, he worked for Tele-Communications (TCI).
Janet Uthman has been named as VP of Inclusion and Multicultural Marketing for the company's Northeast Division. She previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Comcast's Western New England Region, where she worked to ensure all marketing and sales goals and initiatives were communicated and supported for all channels and stakeholders.
Cisco Announces New Exec Roles for Founders of Newly Acquired Companies
David Ulevitch, founder and CEO of OpenDNS, becomes VP at Cisco’s Security Business Group, as the company completes the acquisition of OpenDNS. Ulevitch started OpenDNS in 2005. While at University, he created one of the first DNS management companies, EveryDNS, to fill his need for web-based DNS management software. Ulevitch has an extensive background in networking and operations.
Cisco has announced its first acquisition in India by taking over Pawaa Software for an undisclosed amount. Pawaa's founder Prakash Baskaran has been appointed as CTO for Cisco's security solutions division.
IBM Elects Saudi Businesswoman as New Board Member; Launches Two New Business Units Appointing New VP & GM
IBM elected Hutham S. Olayan, 61, to the board. Olayan is a principal, director and senior executive of The Olayan Group, a private multinational enterprise that is both an international investor and diversified commercial and industrial business in Saudi Arabia. Olayan has been a director of The Olayan Group since 1981 and has headed the group’s New York office since 1985. She is president and CEO of Olayan America.
IBM announced two new business units that will apply the company's considerable strengths in Big Data, advanced analytics and cognitive computing to the Internet of Things and Educations markets, respectively. The company announced Harriet Green, formerly CEO and executive director of the Thomas Cook Group and of Premier Farnell plc, has joined the company as VP & GM for the new units.
SAP Witnesses Series of Senior Leader Appointments
SAP recently appointed Pat Bakey as President of the Industry Cloud organization. Bakey is a 12-year SAP veteran who has held a number of strategic and industry leadership positions across the SAP field organization. He most recently served as global GM for Consumer Industries.
Michael Kleinemeier will become the newest member of the Executive Board of SAP when he takes on sole responsibility for the Global Service & Support organization. His predecessor in this role, Gerhard Oswald, will continue to serve on the Executive Board as head of Product Quality & Enablement. Michael Kleinemeier joined the SAP Global Managing Board in January 2015 and led the Global Service & Support area. He was appointed president of the Middle and Eastern Europe (MEE) region in 2013.
Lori Mitchell-Keller is EVP and global GM of the Consumer Industries organizationMitchell-Keller will report directly to Pat Bakey, president of Industry Cloud. Mitchell-Keller drives strong collaboration across regions' customers and partners through the established SAP integrated operational model.
SAP named Terrence Yong as MD for Malaysia, replacing Bernard Chiang. Prior to his appointment as MD, he was the VP, head of sales for SAP Malaysia.
The Latin American division of German ERP giant SAP appointed Martín Saludas as HR solutions VP for the Southern Region, comprising Argentina, Chile and Peru. Saludas had been commercial director at SAP Argentina since 2009.
Accenture Names New MD of Global Technology R&D
Accenture named Marc Carrel-Billiard as MD of Global Technology Research & Development within Accenture Technology. Carrel-Billiard joined Accenture in 1998. His most recent role was as Accenture’s global lead for emerging technology.
EMC Adds BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Laura Sen to Board; Greylock’s Partner Stepped Down as Director
Storage and IT giant EMC added Laura J. Sen, 59, CEO of retail giant BJ’s Wholesale Club as director. Sen will be the second woman on the board, joining to Jami Miscik, president of Kissinger Associates. Sen is a 26-year veteran of BJ’s and has been its CEO since 2009.
David N. Strohm, 67, resigned from the EMC and VMware board of directors. He is a Partner at Greylock Partners, Greylock XI, L.P. and Greylock XII L.P. Strohm joined Greylock Partners in 1980.
Ahead of Split, Future HP Inc. CEO Weisler Shakes Up Printing Team
HP Inc., the portion of the company devoted to PCs and printing, announced some changes to his leadership team, with an emphasis on the printing business.
Steve Nigro, currently head of the printing business, will run HP’s new business devoted to 3-D printing.
Enrique Lores, currently head of the PC business in the Europe-Middle East region, will take over as the new head of the printing group.
Nick Lazaridis, who runs the printing and PC business in the Asia-Pacific region, will take over for Lores in Europe-Middle East. Richard Bailey will take over in Asia.
There are more changes in the Solutions team and the Customer Support team.
The Solutions team and the organizations reporting to Gilbert Rossi, Bill Avey, Mike Weir, Andrew Joiner, and Dan Salzman will join Enrique Lores’ printing organization, and Jan Riecher, Dennis Mark, and Dave Prezzano will be responsible for regional Solutions, reporting to the region leaders.
The Customer Service & Support team will report into Jon Flaxman’s Strategy and Business Management organization. Teams led by Lachelle Porter-Ainer, John Moses, Robert Casey, Ramesh Giri, Axel Wolff as well as the regional teams led by Dave Smith, Aps Mukherjee, and Joan Canigueral will all report into a new Customer Support leader to be named soon.
Kim Rivera was named as new Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for HP Inc. In this role, Rivera will manage HP's global legal team, covering ethics, compliance, intellectual property and IP licensing, brand protection, and government relations.
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Names New CIO
Scott Spradley has been named the CIO for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Spradley has been with HP for seven years, most recently serving as CIO of HP Global Functions.
Spradley will replace Ramon Baez, who was appointed SVP of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s customer advocacy organization in February, and had served in the role of CIO until now.
Baidu Goes Through Board Member Replacements
Chinese web services company Baidu named Brent Callinicos and Yuanqing Yang were appointed as directors. Nobuyuki Idei and Dejian Liu will step down from the board.
Callinicos most recently served as CFO of Uber Technologies from 2013 to 2015, where he remains an advisor. Prior to Uber, he served as VP, Treasurer and Chief Accountant at Google, and served in a variety of increasingly senior roles at Microsoft; his last role was as Corporate VP, Divisional CFO for the Platforms and Services Division.
Yuanqing Yang is Chairman and CEO of Lenovo Group. Yang joined Lenovo Group in 1989, leading the company from its roots as a China-based PC maker to a diversified global technology leader with $46 billion in revenue last year.
Multiple Management Moves at Adobe
SVP David Wadhwani decided to leave Adobe to become CEO at AppDynamics. The company announced Bryan Lamkin will lead the Digital Media business, which includes Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud. Lamkin, who currently leads the Document Cloud business as well as Corporate Development and Technology, played a leading role in the success of both Photoshop and Creative Suite.
Abhay Parasnis, who joined Adobe in July as CTO and SVP of Cloud Technology, will also expand his current role. Parasnis’ charter is to drive the overall technology strategy, architecture, and innovation and integration roadmap for Adobe’s cloud services. He will now assume responsibility for Adobe’s Security and Research teams.
EVP and CFO Mark Garrett will add Corporate Development, which includes corporate strategy, M&A and corporate alliances, to his existing responsibilities.
SVP & CIO Gerri Martin-Flickinger has left. She has joined Starbucks as CTO.
PayPal Announces Management Changes
PayPal Holdings announced the departure of Hill Ferguson from his position as SVP, Consumer of PayPal. William Ready has been named SVP, Global Head of Product and Engineering, and will lead the functions previously led by Ferguson in addition to his current responsibilities.
Cognizant Elects PepsiCo Veteran to Board
Cognizant elected Zein Abdalla, 57, to its Board. He was most recently President of PepsiCo. Prior to that, he served as CEO of PepsiCo Europe and was President, PepsiCo Europe Region. He previously held a variety of senior regional positions at PepsiCo since he joined that company in 1995.
Infosys Appoints Insider as New CFO; Former CFO Joins Ola; Appoints Global HR Head
Infosys’ CFO Rajiv Bansal has been replaced by MD Ranganath, a 15-year Infosys veteran, who is currently EVP and head of strategic operations at Infosys. Bansal has been hired by India based online taxi aggregator Ola as its new finance head. Prior to becoming the CFO, Bansal was VP and Head of Finance. Before joining Infosys, he worked in different capacities at Tata Technologies, Cable & Wireless, and ABB.
In earlier roles at the company, Ranganath was the Chief Risk Officer for over five years, implementing the Enterprise Risk Management Programme and leading cost optimisation initiatives as SVP in the Chairman's office.
Infosys appointed former Philips executive Krish Shankar as its global HR head.
Yahoo! Witnesses Series of Exec Departures; Appoints Three Execs to Small Business Unit
Media head and CMO Kathy Savitt, has decided to leave, as the company plans a major shakeup in its media unit. Savitt will join film and television studio STX Entertainment as president of its digital business.
Aman S. Kothari, SVP, Global Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Yahoo! left the company. CFO Kenneth Goldman will serve as the company's principal accounting officer.
Scott Burke, Yahoo’s SVP of advertising and data platforms, left in August, after losing much of his portfolio to other execs.
Dawn Airey, who headed Europe and other international units for the company, just left after two years at Yahoo, apparently exasperated by the lack of progress in its turnaround.
Yahoo! Small Business added Chris Wayne as new head of IT and Infrastructure, Matt Cokely as new head of Customer Care, and Brandon Cruse as new head of HR.
As a Yahoo veteran of more than 12 years, Chris Wayne led the Service Reliability Engineering team, where he was responsible for keeping Yahoo’s sites up and running.
Head of Customer Care Matt Cokely has been at Yahoo for 10 years, and was most recently the Director of Product Support Management.
Brandon Cruse was most recently at Intuit and has experience managing HR for a global corporation.
eBay Appoints Former Gap CEO to Board
eBay appointed Paul Pressler, 59, to its board of directors. Pressler is a partner at the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. He currently serves as Chairman of David’s Bridal and SiteOne Landscape Supply and serves on the board of The DryBar. Previously, Pressler served as the President and CEO of Gap. He spent 15 years in senior leadership roles at Walt Disney.
Former CEO of Waste Management Resigns from TE Connectivity’s Board
David P. Steiner, 54, retires from connectivity and sensors solutions company TE Connectivity’s Board. Steiner advised the Company that his decision to not stand for re-election. Steiner has served as CEO and a Director of Waste Management, a provider of integrated waste management services, and also has been its President since 2010.
LinkedIn Appoints Benelux Country Manager
LinkedIn has appointed Marcel Molenaar its new Benelux country manager. With his new position, Molenaar will develop and strengthen the company's brand and reputation. He was Head of Marketing Solutions Benelux at LinkedIn previously.
Nokia and Alcatel-lucent To Combine; Appoints New Leadership Team
Nokia announced the leadership and organizational structure that it intends to implement after and subject to the successful closing of the public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities.
Mobile Networks (MN) would include Nokia's and Alcatel-Lucent's comprehensive Radio portfolios and the designated President of Mobile Networks would be Samih Elhage, who currently serves as EVP and Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Nokia Networks.
The President of Fixed Networks would be Federico Guillén, who currently serves as President of Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.
President of Applications & Analytics would be Bhaskar Gorti, who currently serves as President of IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent.
The designated President of IP/Optical Networks would be Basil Alwan, who currently serves as President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent.
Timo Ihamuotila, currently EVP and Group CFO, Nokia, would serve as CFO.
Hans-Jürgen Bill, currently EVP, Human Resources, Nokia, would serve as CHRO.
Barry French, currently Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nokia, would serve as CMO and would oversee the Marketing & Corporate Affairs unit.
Maria Varsellona, currently EVP and Chief Legal Officer, Nokia, would serve as Chief Legal Officer.
Nokia has appointed Minna Aila as the VP of corporate affairs. Aila joins Nokia from Outotec where she was SVP, Marketing, Communications and Corporate Responsibility. Aila will be responsible for Nokia's Corporate Affairs, including Government Relations, Internal and External Communications and Corporate Responsibility.
Nokia hired Boon Lai to serve as CMO for its Nokia Technologies unit, the part of the company that plans to re-enter the phone business as soon as next year. Lai has been serving as chief marketing officer for Philips’ health and wellness business for phones, Nokia plans to help design the products, but will tap a partner to handle marketing, sales and distribution rather than rebuild the apparatus it sold to Microsoft.
Dell Hires Lenovo Exec as VP and GM of North America Enterprise Solutions Sales
Jay Parker, who recently resigned from his post atop Lenovo's Enterprise Business Group, has taken on a new role at Dell. Parker's new title is VP and GM of North America Enterprise Solutions Sales for Dell. And Parker, who headed the firm's North American operations before being promoted to lead enterprise in May, has been a visible player in that effort, touting Lenovo's growth strategy at every opportunity.
Wipro Appoints VP, Global Infrastructure Services
Wipro announced Dave Chopra to head its key global infrastructure business. Chopra has joined the company as VP, global infrastructure services and will be responsible for driving strategy, marketing and business development for GIS.
Twitter Appoints New Chairman, CEO and COO
Twitter appointed Omid R. Kordestani, 51, to serve as a member of the Board and as its Executive Chairman. Kordestani served as SVP and Chief Business Officer of Google.
Twitter appointed interim CEO Jack Dorsey, 38, as permanent CEO. As former CEO Dick Costolo stepped down in June this year, the company had appointed its Chairman and co-founder Jack Dorsey as its interim CEO. The board had hired Spencer Stuart to run the search. Dorsey will also continue to serve as a member of the Board. In addition, he will continue to serve as CEO of Square, the payments and financial services company he co-founded in 2009. Dorsey launched Twitter as a micro-blogging platform in 2006, as social media networks were gaining massive popularity.
In addition, the board also appointed Adam Bain, 42, as COO. Bain served as Twitter’s President, Global Revenue & Partnerships from September 2010 to October 2015. Prior to Twitter, Bain held a number of roles. From September 1999 to September 2010, Bain held a number of positions at News Corp., including EVP of Products & Technology and as President of its advertising arm, Fox Audience Network.
Sprint’s Corporate Strategy and Development SVP Resigns
Michael Schwartz, SVP, Corporate Strategy and Development of Sprint Corporation since 2013, informed the Company of his decision to resign from the Company. Prior to Sprint, he served as VP, Marketing, Corporate Development and Regulatory at Telesat.
Symantec Appoints Salesforce EMEA Marketing Head as CMO
Symantec appointed Dan Rogers to Chief Marketing Officer. Since 2013, Rogers has been Chief Marketing Officer of the EMEA-region at Salesforce. Prior to that, he was head of global product marketing for Amazon Web Services.
Palo Alto Networks Strengthens Cybersecurity Initiatives with New Appointments
Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis will serve as Federal Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Palo Alto Networks and brings extensive cyber experience into the new role. He left the Pentagon in May 2015 as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy.
Sir Iain Lobban joined the Palo Alto Networks Public Sector Advisory Council, which serves as a sounding board for Palo Alto Networks roadmap and vision for the needs of the international public sector, as well as strategy and policy relevant to global cybersecurity. An internationally respected leader, he was Director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the United Kingdom from 2008 – 2014.
The company also appointed Greg Day as VP and regional chief security officer (CSO) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Day, who will be based in London, will oversee Palo Alto Networks regional security operations.
Check Point Software Separates Chair-CEO Roles
Check Point Software Technologies separated the position of Chairman and CEO and appointed Marius Nacht, 49, as Non-Executive Chairman. Nacht is one of Check Point’s founders, and has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2001 and as a director of Check Point since its incorporation in 1993. From 1999 through 2005, Nacht held SVP positions at Check Point. Before that he was VP of International Operations.
Co-Founder Gil Shwed, 48, stepped down from the Chairman role but will continue as CEO. Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern firewall and authored several patents, such as the company’s Stateful Inspection technology.
Citrix Names Worldwide and India/SAARC Regional Partner Strategy and Sales Execs
Citrix announced that Kimberly Martin is joining the company as VP of Partner Strategy and Sales. Most recently, she was VP of worldwide business development and partner at Datameer. She has also served as VP of worldwide channels at Informatica, and led Microsoft’s EMEA channel business for several years.
Citrix also appointed Eklavya Bhave as head, partner strategy & sales for the India and SAARC region. Bhave has previously been associated with software companies including Oracle, Microsoft and IBM.
TripAdvisor Names New CFO
Ernst Teunissen will join TripAdvisor as CFO. He is currently EVP and CFO of Cimpress N.V., a leader in mass customization, where he has similar responsibilities. He joined Cimpress in 2009 as VP, corporate strategy.
Juniper Networks Appoints New General Counsel
Juniper Networks appointed Brian Martin as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary. Martin brings nearly 20 years of corporate legal experience in the technology industry, most recently serving as EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary at KLA-Tencor Corporation. He also spent 10 years in senior legal positions at Sun Microsystems.
Martin succeeds Mitch Gaynor who, in March, announced his plan to leave his role as general counsel after 11 years with the company.
Date Range: September 1st - October 18th