CFO on Juniper Networks’ Board

Mercedes Johnson, 55, has joined as Director on the Board of Juniper Networks. Johnson served as SVP & CFO at Avago and as SVP & CFO at Lam Research. She also previously held executive leadership and management roles at Applied Materials, Nanometrics, NCR and HP.

Telecom Veteran Selected to Health Services Board

John Gerdelman, 58, has joined as Director on the Board of healthcare supplies and solutions company Owens & Minor. He currently serves as President of telecom provider, Long Lines. Before Long Lines, he was Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Intelliden, a network solutions provider acquired by IBM in 2010. Gerdelman has over 15 years of experience with MCI Communications and serves on the boards of directors of Brocade Communications Systems, Sycamore Networks, and Proxim Wireless.

Dell announced that Judy Lewent has decided not to seek re-election to its board of directors when her current term ends in July in order to devote more time to other business responsibilities. Ms. Lewent, the former EVP and CFO of Merck, was chair of the finance committee and also served on the audit committee of the Dell Board. She has been a member of the board since May 2001. Ms. Lewent recently joined the board of Glaxo Smith Kline. In addition, she is a director of Motorola Solutions and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Michael R. Cannon, 58 has been elected to Lam Research Corp's board of directors. Mr. Cannon retired from Dell Corporation after serving as Dell's president of global operations. Prior to his Dell experience, he was chief executive officer of Solectron, and president and CEO of Maxtor. His past management experience includes vice president roles at IBM storage systems division, AdStar, as well as Control Data Corporation and The Boeing Company.
Friday, 25 March 2011 17:45

New Technology Board Members February 2011

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David Kenny, 48 President of Akamai Technologies has joined the Yahoo!’s Board of Directors. Kenny was previously a managing partner of VivaKi and CEO of Digitas, where he transformed the company from a direct marketing business to cutting-edge interactive communications firm.

January 2011 had some notable appointments:

Ivan G. Seidenber, 63, Chairman and CEO of Verizon joined the board of BlackRock, Inc. Mr. Seidenberg has led Verizon since its inception in 2000 and before that he was Chairman and CEO of its predecessor companies, NYNEX and Bell Atlantic. He created Verizon Wireless in a period of massive industry transformation by merging Bell Atlantic Mobile, GTE Wireless and portions of Vodafone AirTouch. In June 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Export Council and in 2007 President George W. Bush named him to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Mr. Seidenberg is a member of the New York Academy of Science’s President’s Council and serves on the board of trustees of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Hall of Science, Pace University and the Paley Center for Media.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:19

Stand Out Board Trends for Tech Companies 4Q2010

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As some tech companies continue to feel the backlash of the recession—and as others continue to defy it—board appointments remain in the spotlight. Fourth quarter appointments indicate a recognition of the opportunities and challenges 2011 has to offer.

Friday, 14 January 2011 12:15

Tech Board Appointment of note 4Q2010

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We didn’t have room in our latest newsletter for these significant technology board appointments, but we would be remiss not to mention them…

Apple appointed Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, 61,  former Chair and CEO of Northrop Grumman. He also held executive positions at Litton Industries and was CFO, TRW.  He is a director of Chevron, Amgen and Air Lease Corporation, and is a senior advisor to Ares Management. He holds a PhD in engineering from USC. A strong financial executive was needed to boost up the board with the death of Jerry York, 71, earlier this year.

What educational backgrounds do board members of fast growth software companies have?