Google Names New Asia Boss
Google named Karim Temsamani, 39, as head of the Asian-Pacific region. He replaces Daniel Alegre, who now oversees Google’s operations with its various global business partners. Temsamani was most recently the VP of New Products and Solutions for the Americas. Formerly he was VP of Global Mobile and Managing Director for Australia.
Former PayPal Exec Joins Visa after Brief Yahoo Stint
Sam Shrauger is the new head of global commercialization for Visa, with responsibility for developing, implementing, and optimizing the company’s strategy and processes for bringing new Visa products and services to market successfully. Prior to joining Visa, Shrauger served as SVP of commerce at Yahoo. He has also held roles in product management and consulting with Agency.com, VerticalNet, Deloitte Consulting, and Quantum Consulting. Previously, Shrauger was VP of global product and experience at PayPal and led a variety of PayPal’s product lines, launched its digital goods payment solution, led the integration of Bill Me Later after its 2008 acquisition, and served as a founding member of the merchant services business unit.
eBay Director Resigns; Joins AOL Board
Dawn G. Lepore, 57, a director of eBay, has resigned from the company’s board. She has been newly elected to AOL’s board. Lepore is CEO at Prosper Marketplace, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Formerly, she was CEO and Chairman of drugstore.com, a leading online retailer of health, beauty, and wellness products, until its sale to Walgreens. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at The Charles Schwab Company, like Vice Chairman of technology, operations, administration, strategy and active trader, was CIO, a member of Schwab's executive committee and a trustee of SchwabFunds.
Google’s APAC President to Replace Yahoo!-Bound Head of Partners Business Solutions
Daniel Alegre, who is currently Google’s president of Asia-Pacific and worldwide mobile, will replace outgoing sales exec Henrique De Castro as president of its partners business solutions. De Castro was hired by Yahoo! - as COO. Alegre earlier served as VP of Asia Pacific Sales and Operations at Google, VP of APLA Business Development & Latin America at Google. Since joining Google in 2004, he has expanded strategic partnerships, including China Mobile, AOL Europe, KDDI and NTT Docomo. Prior to joining Google, he served as VP of Business Development of Bertelsmann eCommerce Group in New York, Managing Director of Record division BMG Music in Latin America, and Director of New Internet Initiatives in Guetersloh, Germany. Earlier, he started and ran an FM radio station in Mexico.
Yahoo! Names EVP, People and Development
Yahoo! appointed Jacqueline Reses as EVP of people and development, responsible for leading human resources and talent acquisition as well as corporate and business development globally. Reses led the U.S. media group at Apax Partners, where she built a team of investment professionals focused on investing and driving value in media and technology businesses. In addition, Reses worked extensively on Apax's talent initiatives, including recruiting and training. While at Apax Partners, Reses served on the Board or led the investments in Cengage Learning, Intelsat, Nelson Education, Hit Entertainment, and NEP Broadcasting. Reses also served as CEO of iBuilding, a real estate software business that was launched by Tishman Speyer and Benchmark Capital. Previously, she spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, where in addition to working on several keystone corporate transactions, she also supported the firm's mentoring, training and recruiting efforts.
Skype Appoints Former Yahoo! CMO
Skype, a division of Microsoft, added Elisa Steele to its senior management team as Corporate VP to lead marketing. In this role, Elisa will oversee Skype's global brand and marketing functions, as well as local go-to-market activities. Elisa joins Skype after serving as EVP and CMO at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, Elisa she was SVP of Corporate Marketing at NetApp and led Sun Microsystems' integrated marketing and merchandising organization as VP. Elisa was a top performing sales leader at AT&T for several years.
Google VP becomes CEO of Yahoo!; Commerce Exec leaves for VC-Firm
Marrissa Mayer, 37, Google’s VP of Local and Maps, joins Yahoo as CEO. She oversaw product management and engineering work for Google Maps, Street View, Google Earth and local search products. She was also VP, Search Products and User Experience at Google. She joined Google in 1999 and was the company’s first female engineer.
Facebook CTO leaving
Facebook’s CTO, Bret Taylor, 32, will be leaving the social network company for a start-up with Kevin Gibbs, founder and tech lead of the Google App Engine and creator of Google Suggest. Taylor joined Facebook in 2009 as Director of Platform Products via the acquisition of FriendFeed which he founded. He had previously worked at Google as Group Product Manager and has a strong start-up background.
Wal-Mart Names New Board Member – Google VP Marissa Mayer
Retail giant Wal-Mart nominated Marissa Mayer, 36, a VP at Google, to its board of directors. Mayer has been VP of Local and Maps for Google since 2010. She oversees product management and engineering work for Google Maps, Street View, Google Earth and local search products. Mayer was also VP, Search Products and User Experience at Google. Mayer joined Google in 1999 and was the company’s first female engineer.
Executive & Board Restructuring Continues at Yahoo!
Yahoo! has appointed John Hayes, 56, as a Director. Currently, Hayes serves as EVP & Chief Marketing Officer at American Express. Previously, he was the EVP of Global Advertising & Brand Management at American Express and the President of Lowe & Partners. Earlier in his career, Hayes was a director of the Association of National Advertisers and Wyndham Vacation Resorts.
Google VP Resigns to Form Startup
Google announced the departure of VP of Apps Dave Girouard. He is leaving to start his own venture which Google Ventures plans on investing in. Before being named VP of Apps, Girouard served as VP & GM of Google’s Worldwide Enterprise business. Before joining Google, he served at Virage as SVP of Marketing & Corporate Strategy, VP & GM of Virage Interactive, and Director of Product Marketing. Prior to Virage, Girouard was a Product Manager at Apple in the Worldwide Product Marketing Group and an Associate in Booz Allen & Hamilton’s IT practice.
Google Loses Head of Consumer Payments
Vikas Gupta has announced his resignation as Head of Consumer Payments. While at Google, he was one of the leaders on the payments team overseeing Google Wallet. Gupta joined Google after it acquired Jambool, an eCommerce company which he co-founded and led. Prior to founding Jambool, Gupta served as a Senior Manager at Amazon.
Google Elects Former VMware Exec to Board; Division Head Promoted
Google has elected Diane Greene, 55, to its Board. Greene is the Co-founder and former CEO of VMware. Earlier in her career, she served as an EVP at EMC and held technical leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, Tandem, and Sybase. Currently, Greene serves on the Board of Directors at Intuit.
New Head of Sales & CPO at AOL
AOL has promoted Jim Norton to Head of Sales. He joined AOL in 2009 as the SVP of AOL Advertising’s Advance Sales team. Prior to AOL, he was the National Sales Manager for Google’s Agency Activation team. Norton has also served as a Sales Manager at Tribune Broadcasting's WLVI-TV (Boston's WB) and has held a series of marketing positions at the Miller Brewing Company.