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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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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VMware Hires Recently Resigned Microsoft CIO in Same Position

Tony Scott, who recently left Microsoft, is joining VMware as SVP and CIO. Scott will manage VMware's corporate IT organization, a division of the firm that manages its critical systems and worldwide business operations. In Microsoft, Scott managed the internal IT operations for the past five years, leaving in June this year. Scott was hired by Microsoft in 2008, taking over for Stuart Scott. At Microsoft, Scott oversaw Microsoft’s migration from Siebel customer management software owned by Oracle and SAP’s ERP software to Microsoft’s own Dynamics software. He also tested the company’s Office 365 collaboration software and Windows Azure cloud software before the company commercialized them. Before Microsoft, Tony Scott led a major IT infrastructure upgrade at Walt Disney and served as CTO at General Motors and VP of Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

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AT&T’s Long-Time Board Member to Retire

AT&T board member Dr. Gilbert Amelio, 70, has decided to retire to devote more attention to a wide range of professional and personal activities. Amelio has been an AT&T Director since 2001 and had previously served as an Advisory Director of AT&T from 1997 to 2001. Also, he was a Director of Pacific Telesis Group from 1995 until 1997 when the company was acquired by AT&T (then known as SBC Communications).