What were the important tech board changes in the most recent couple of months? This leadership report covers tech board changes from 8/26 to 10/29 in 2017.  

We have three categories, roughly organized by company size. Industries/ categories per CapIQ classifications.

  • The Giants ($100b+ market cap): Microsoft, Samsung, Intel, Cisco
  • The Software Companies: Paypal, Salesforce, Intuit, eBay, RedHat, ServiceNow, Twitter, Square, Citrix, Splunk, Fortinet, FireEye and any others.
  • Others (Telecom, Hardware, Services, Payments): HP, Inc., Infosys, Ericsson, TSYS, Micro-Semi, TSYS, FLIR, Cypress Semi., Cree, Convergys, Blackhawk Networks, Boingo, ScanSource and others.

Some basic stats:

19.7% of the new board seats went to women;
15.6% of the board seats removed were women held seats.

The software industry is witnessing rapid transformation – from increasing shareholder activism to more diverse boards, from geographic expansion to acquisitions - the following board and leadership moves reflect all these trends. Here are the major changes from July 28th to September 23rd, 2017.

Board Moves

  • Activist Investor Not to Seek Re-Election to Microsoft Board; PepsiCo CFO to Join as Director - Microsoft board member D. Mason Morfit, 41, ValueAct Capital’s President and Chief Investment Officer, will not seek re-election. The board has appointed Hugh Johnston, 55, as Director. Johnston is vice chairman and CFO of PepsiCo. 
  • Salesforce Gets Influential Health Care Exec to Board - Bernard J. Tyson, 58, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, joined Salesforce’s board. 
  • Charles Giancarlo Resigns as ServiceNow Director - In connection with his appointment as CEO of Pure Storage, Charles Giancarlo, 60, resigned from the Board of ServiceNow. Former Avaya CEO.
  • Red Hat Announces New Chairman - Narendra K. Gupta, 68, co-founder of Nexus Venture Partners and long time director named as Chairman of the board. Succeeds retired U.S. Army Gen. H. Hugh Shelton, 75, who recently retired as chairman.
  • Constellation Software’s New Board Member Comes with Corporate Governance, Corporate Culture, And Corporate Law Preeminence - Constellation Software’s newest board member is Lawrence Cunningham, 55, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor at George Washington University Law School.
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Most important hiring and departures from June 11 to August 25, 2017

Several technology vendors announced changes to their board of directors in the said time period. We have tried to capture the most important and interesting ones, categorizing them under few noticeable patterns. 

Chairman Changes

  • Cerner Announces New Chairman after Sudden Demise of Chair/CEO Neal Patterson. Cerner announced that Neal Patterson, chairman and CEO, passed away on July 9, 2017, at 68 years of age, due to unexpected complications that arose after a recent recurrence of a previously disclosed cancer. Cerner Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board Cliff Illig, 66, has been named chairman and interim CEO.
  • IDT Appoints Board Member Ken Kannappan as Chairman. Kannappan has served on IDT's Board since January 2015, after previously serving in the role of IDT Board Chairman from 2000 to 2008. John Schofield has resigned as Chairman in anticipation of his upcoming retirement. 
  • Acer Combines Chair-CEO Roles. Jason Chen was named Chairman in addition to his continuing role as CEO. George Huang steps down from the chairmanship but remains on the Board. Chen joined Acer in January 2014 as Corporate President and CEO.

In the past couple of months, there are several companies that have multiple announcements, which we cover below. Some of the patterns:

  • Multiple heads of India; lots of regional appointments 
  • Chief People Officers or senior HR leaders with Diversity as a primary domain and 
  • Many analytics appointments

Note: We covered Uber Technology Changes in a separate blog post as Uber itself has had too many changes

Board Announcements (one announcement)

  • Alphabet Appoints Google Chief Sundar Pichai, 45, to its Board.
  • Texas Instruments Appointed its COO Brian T. Crutcher, 44, to Board.
  • PayPal Appoints Media Exec and President, BBC Worldwide Ann Sarnoff, 55, to its Board of Directors.
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Microsoft Appoints New VP for Its Asia Pacific Operations

Microsoft appointed Andrea Della Mattea as its new VP of its Asia Pacific operations. Andrea Della Mattea joins Microsoft from Insight Enterprises. As the new VP of the Asia Pacific region, Della Mattea will lead Microsoft's business across the region, including over 2,000 employees and more than 11,000 Microsoft certified partners.

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Microsoft Names LinkedIn’s Kevin Scott as CTO

Microsoft has named Kevin Scott to a newly created role of CTO for the company. This is an expansion of Scott's new role at LinkedIn as SVP of Infrastructure. Prior to his role as SVP of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn, Scott held a number of engineering leadership roles at Google and AdMob. While pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Virginia, Scott was an intern with Microsoft Research in 2001. Scott is an adviser to several Silicon Valley startups, an active angel investor and founder of the nonprofit organization Behind the Tech.

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Microsoft Names LinkedIn’s Kevin Scott as CTO

Microsoft has named Kevin Scott to a newly created role of CTO for the company. This is an expansion of Scott's new role at LinkedIn as SVP of Infrastructure. Prior to his role as SVP of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn, Scott held a number of engineering leadership roles at Google and AdMob. While pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Virginia, Scott was an intern with Microsoft Research in 2001. Scott is an adviser to several Silicon Valley startups, an active angel investor and founder of the nonprofit organization Behind the Tech.

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Microsoft Appoints MD for its India Lab

Microsoft announced the appointment of Sriram Rajamani as the new managing director of its India lab. Based in Bangalore, Sriram will spearhead Microsoft India's continued focus on research, innovation and collaboration with the scientific community. He replaces Chandu Thekkath, who previously was managing director of the lab for 2 years. Prior to joining the India lab, he headed the Software Productivity Tools group within Microsoft's Redmond research lab.

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Couple of IBM Cloud Marketing Execs Depart

Jean English, Global VP for IBM Cloud Marketing, has left. She has joined NetApp as CMO. She has expertise in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing strategies and led the go-to-market transformation for IBM's cloud business.

Apple Makes Appointments to Key Leadership Roles

Apple hired Tesla Motors' former VP of vehicle engineering Chris Porritt to work on its Project Titan car project. 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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