December 16th, 2017
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In this newsletter, we report on Software Board & Exec Leadership Moves from September 24th to December 12th, 2017. They are roughly organized by size.
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Microsoft Elects Former US Secretary of Commerce as Newest Board Member. Entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist and former United States Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker, 58, joins as director of Microsoft.
SAP Names COO Christian Klein, 37, to Executive Board to Lead Global Business Operations.
Adobe Promotes Scott Belsky, 37, to Product Chief and EVP, Creative Cloud. Scott Belsky is the former VP of Products at Adobe, leading the Creative Cloud mobile product strategy.
Adobe CAO to Retire
Adobe announced that retirement of Richard Rowley as Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Adobe following 10 years of service. Rowley currently expects to remain in his role until January 31, 2017. Rowley has been the Chief Accounting Officer, VP and Controller at Adobe since November 2006. Rowley was previously employed as Treasurer, CAO, VP & Controller by Synopsys.
Facebook Taps Snapdeal’s Chief Product Officer
Facebook has appointed former Chief Product Officer at Snapdeal and Bharti Airtel, Anand Chandrasekaran for its Messenger platform. In a global role, Chandrasekaran will be working out of the Silicon Valley headquarters of the company and will help develop strategies and partnerships for the platform that already boasts of a billion users globally. Chandrasekaran, who served as the senior director of mobile and search products at Yahoo between 2011 and 2014, worked with Airtel and Snapdeal in India in the past two and a half years.
Microsoft Announces Multiple Key Executive Changes
Microsoft announced a broad reorganization of the company's senior executive ranks as long-time COO Kevin Turner prepares to leave for another job. Instead of naming a new COO, the company appointed two executives to divvy up the sales responsibilities and report to him. Jean-Philippe Courtois will be in charge of global sales, marketing and operations spanning Microsoft's 13 business areas. Judson Althoff will lead the worldwide commercial business, including government and small and medium-sized businesses.
Google’s Head of Enterprise Apps to Run Virtual Reality Business
Amit Singh, the president of Google for Work, the company's unit that sells its suite of apps to other companies, is now leading business and operations for Google's nascent virtual reality division. Singh, a former Oracle sales exec, has lead Google for Work since 2010.
SAP Appoints COO and CIO; Makes Other Regional Management Changes
SAP appointed Christian Klein, 35, as COO and Thomas Saueressig, 31, as CIO. In his role as SAP chief controlling officer he is also responsible for SAPs Group Controlling and oversees the company's growth and profitability strategy. Klein joined SAP as a student in 1999.
Amazon Names Cloud Computing Head as Unit CEO
Web retailer Amazon announced Andy Jassy, 47, the SVP of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing business since 2006, as CEO of the unit. Jassy served as VP of Web Services at Amazon from January 2005 to April 2006, VP of Associates and Web Services of Amazon from September 2003 to January 2005 and served as its VP and Technical Assistant from November 2002 to September 2003. Prior to that, he founded a marketing consulting company in 1997 and served as its Manager.
Oracle Appoints Former Intel President Renée J. James as Newest Board Member
Renée J. James, 51, joined the board of directors of Oracle. James was previously the President of Intel. James has a 25 plus year career at Intel. Prior to becoming President, she served as EVP and General Manager of Software & Services Group. James joined Intel in 1987 as the Product Manager and progressed through variety of roles with increasing responsibilities.
Citrix Appoints CMO from SAP; Microsoft Exec to Lead EMEA
Tim Minahan is joining Citrix as CMO. Minahan will be responsible for leading and evolving the Citrix marketing strategy to continue to drive the company’s vision of securely and reliably delivering applications and data. He comes to Citrix from SAP where he was CMO of SAP Cloud.
Microsoft Appoints Former Cisco CTO to Board; Sees Multiple Exec Changes
Padmasree Warrior, 55, the former CTO of Cisco is joining the Microsoft board. She's already a board member for Box, and for Gap, posts she had before she left Cisco.