Vell Executive Search captures the most recent board appointments in tech, from October 29, 2017 to February 8, 2018.

Tech Giants

Alphabet Names Board Veteran as Chairman to Succeed Schmidt. Alphabet appointed John L. Hennessy, 65, former President of Stanford University, to serve as Executive Chair of Alphabet’s Board. Hennessy has served on the Board since April 2004 and Lead Independent Director since April 2007. Eric Schmidt, 62, becomes technical advisor to the company while continuing to serve on its board. Alphabet said that Canadian-born Shirley M. Tilghman, 71, 19th President of Princeton University, also retired from the board effective Feb. 15, 2018.

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Apple Appoints Former Boeing CFO to its Board

Apple appointed James Bell, Boeing's former CFO, to its board. Bell, who was Boeing's CFO from 2003 to 2012, is on the board of several other companies, including JPMorgan Chase and Dow Chemical. He also served as Boeing's interim CEO for several months in 2005 after the aircraft maker fired CEO Harry Stonecipher.

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Comcast Promotes Myrna Soto as New Global CISO

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, who joined Comcast in 2009, has more than 25 years of information security and technology leadership experience in a number of industries, including financial services, hospitality, insurance/risk management and gaming/entertainment. 

Former PwC CEO Joins AT&T Board

AT&T appointed Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr., 64, former Global CEO of PwC, to its Board. Di Piazza began his career with PwC in 1973 and served as Global CEO from 2002 to 2009. In between, he held a variety of regional leadership roles and served as chairman and senior partner of PwC's U.S. operations. 

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Microsoft Expands Board by Appointing Activist Investor

Microsoft appoints Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, to the company's board. ValueAct Capital is a San Francisco-based investment firm with a $2 billion stake in Microsoft, which entered into a cooperation agreement to have Morfit join the board. Before joining ValueAct Capital in early 2001, Morfit worked in equity research for Credit Suisse First Boston. He is also a director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and a former director of Advanced Medical Optics, C. R. Bard, Immucor, MSD Performance and Solexa.

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