Qualcomm Goes through CTO Shuflle
Qualcomm announced that Dr. James H. Thompson, EVP of Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, has been appointed to the additional position of CTO. Matt Grob, EVP, Qualcomm Technologies and CTO, will transition to the role of EVP of technology, Qualcomm Technologies.
Apple Hires Shiva Rajaraman to Boost its Video and Music Strategy
In a bid to boost its video and music strategy, Apple has hired former YouTube and Spotify executive, Shiva Rajaraman. Rajaraman spent 8 years at YouTube, working to secure licensed content from companies like Disney for streaming. After his tenure at YouTube, Rajaraman spent two years at Spotify working on its video and podcasting efforts, licensing content from Time Warner, Disney and NBC.
Qualcomm Chief Accounting Officer Leaves for Adobe
John Murphy, SVP and Chief Accounting Officer (Principal Accounting Officer) of Qualcomm resigned to pursue other opportunities. George S. Davis, the company's EVP and CFO, will serve as the company's Principal Accounting Officer, in addition to his continued service as CFO (Principal Financial Officer). Davis previously served as both the company's Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer upon joining the company in March 2013 until Murphy's hiring in September 2014.
Ericsson Announces Topmost Management Changes
Ericsson announced that in connection with Borje Ekholm assuming the position as President and CEO of Ericsson, Jan Frykhammar, who has temporarily held the position as President and CEO, remains a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is appointed Executive Vice President and Advisor to the CEO. Jan Frykhammar will support Borje Ekholm during a transition period and will focus on corporate governance and efficiency.
Alcatel-Lucent Announces Resignation of Board of Directors
Nokia announced the 100% ownership of Alcatel-Lucent following the completion of the Squeeze-Out of all remaining Alcatel-Lucent securities not tendered into the Public Buy-Out Offer, completing the acquisition announced 19 months ago. The composition of the Board has been modified to reflect the new ownership structure of the company. Independent directors Carla Cico, Jean-Cyril Spinetta and Sylvia Summers, as well as Board observers Gilles Le Dissez and Laurent du Mouza, resigned from the Board.
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jae-Yong Lee Joins Board
Samsung Electronics approved the nomination of Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong to the electronics giant's board of directors. The approval enables the 48-year-old Lee, the only son of the ailing Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee, to more actively participate and take formal responsibility in the company's important decision-making. The younger Lee joined Samsung Electronics in 1991.
Samsung Electronics Nominates Jay Y. Lee to Board
Samsung Electronics has nominated Jay Y. Lee, the son of its longtime chairman, to its board of directors. More than two years after the hospitalization of Chairman Kun-Hee Lee, the Board of Samsung Electronics believes that the time is now right to nominate Jay Y. Lee as a member of the Board to allow him to take a more active role in the Company's strategic decision-making. Following Lee's appointment, Sang-Hoon Lee, who will continue as CFO, plans to stand down from his position on the Board in order to maintain the Board's current structure of four members of the management and five independent outside directors.
Nokia Announces Resignation of Board Member; Appoints New Geographic Leaders
Nokia announced that Vivek Badrinath has informed that he will step down from the Nokia Board of Directors, due to his appointment as CEO for Vodafone's Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific region.
Comcast Cable Appoints President, Technology and Product and CTO
Comcast Cable promoted Tony Werner to President, Technology and Product, and Sree Kotay to CTO. In his new role, Werner will continue to oversee all aspects of the Technology and Product organization, including innovation, development and operations. The Technology and Product team leads the design and development of Comcast's customer-facing products, software development, systems engineering, next-generation access networks, cloud computing and technical operations.
Apple Makes Appointments to Key Leadership Roles
Apple hired Tesla Motors' former VP of vehicle engineering Chris Porritt to work on its own car project dubbed Project Titan. Steve Zadesky, who led Apple's Project Titan left the company earlier this year. Before working at Tesla, Porritt served as chief engineer for British luxury carmaker Aston Martin.
Qualcomm Names New CIO
Qualcomm has named technology-industry veteran Mary Gendron as its new SVP and CIO. She replaces former CIO Norm Fjeldheim, who left in December after 17 years at the company to lead IT at Illumina. Prior to Qualcomm, Gendron served as CIO at biotech drug and medical device firm Hospira since September 2014. She has also held senior IT management roles at Celestica, Motorola Solutions, and BCE, or Bell Canada, over a 25-year career in enterprise technology.
Apple’s Car Project Leader Is Leaving; Makes New Leadership Appointments
Steve Zadesky, the veteran Apple executive overseeing the company’s electric car project is leaving. Zadesky, a former Ford Motor engineer who has overseen the car project for the last two years, and who tripled the size of Apple’s automotive team, is leaving the company for personal reasons. Zadesky spent nearly 17 years at Apple, where he built and led the teams for the first iPod, first iPhone, all subsequent iPhones and iPods and hundreds of Apple accessories.
Apple Announces Multiple Leadership Changes
Apple announced that Jeff Williams has been named COO and Johny Srouji is joining Apple's executive team as SVP for Hardware Technologies. Phil Schiller, SVP of Worldwide Marketing, will expand his role to include leadership of the revolutionary App Store across all Apple platforms. Apple also announced that Tor Myhren will join Apple in the first calendar quarter of 2016 as VP of Marketing Communications, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.
Cisco Appoints CTO for Security Solutions Division from Newly Acquired India-based Company Pawaa Software
Cisco has announced its first acquisition in India by taking over Pawaa Software. Pawaa's founder Prakash Baskaran has been appointed as CTO for Cisco's security solutions division. As CEO of Pawaa, he was solving the most critical challenges of file security with an innovative key management and file container technology. Prior to Pawaa, Prakash was founder of five other startups in the areas of VoIP services, HR/CRM solutions and B2B marketplaces. He has several years of work experience in industry-leading organizations such as AT&T, Lucent and IBM.