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.

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TCS Independent Director Retires from Board 

Tata Consultancy Services said independent director Vijay Kelkar has stepped down from the board upon reaching the retirement age set by the IT services company. Kelkar, a Padma Vibhushan award winner, is an Indian economist and academician. He has been on the board of TCS since 2010. 

SAP Announces Newly Expanded Responsibilities of Key Executives    

Robert Enslin and Bernd Leukert will shift and expand their portfolios as members of the Executive Board of SAP. The Supervisory Board of SAP has named Adaire Fox-Martin and Jennifer Morgan to the Executive Board. In addition, two new leadership assignments were announced for current EMEA President Franck Cohen and SAP Cloud Platform President Bjoern Goerke. Cohen will become chief commercial officer and Goerke CTO.

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Amazon.com Appoints Founding Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech as Director

Amazon.com elected Daniel P. Huttenlocher as a director of the company. Huttenlocher has been founding Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell Tech at Cornell University since 2012, and has worked for Cornell University since 1988 in various positions. Huttenlocher has served as a director of Corning since February 2015.

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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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. 

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Alibaba Group Appoints New Board Member to Fuel International Growth

Börje Ekholm joins as an independent director of Alibaba Group’s Board. Ekholm currently serves as President and CEO of Investor AB of Sweden and is a member of Investor AB’s board. He newly assumed responsibilities as head of Patricia Industries, a newly created division of Investor AB to manage the company’s privately-held and controlled companies. He is the non-executive Chairman of NASDAQ OMX and serves on the boards of global technology companies such as Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.

Microsoft Appoints its Former President of Office Division as New EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning

Microsoft named Kurt DelBene, 54, as EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.

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Salesforce Hires Comcast Cable CIO as SVP, Global Communications and Media Industry

Salesforce.com appoints Andrew Baer as SVP, global communications and media industry. In his previous role as CIO for Comcast Cable, Baer transformed the company's IT strategy across all of its corporate systems, including call center, customer self-service, field workforce management, ordering and provisioning, billing, and data centers. He is credited for significant advancements in employee and customer management initiatives at Comcast and implementing cutting-edge solutions to support growth of the Comcast Cable business.

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AT&T Adds Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp as Director

AT&T has named Beth E. Mooney, 58, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, to its board of directors. Mooney joined KeyCorp in 2006 as vice chairman and head of Key Community Bank and served as president, COO and executive director from 2010 to 2011, when she was named CEO. Prior to her most recent position as Senior EVP and CFO for AmSouth Bancorporation (now Regions Financial Corporation), Mooney ran its banking operations in Tennessee and Northern Louisiana. Mooney also completed other line assignments of increasing responsibility at Bank One Corporation, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc., Hall Financial Group and Republic Bank of Texas/First Republic. At Bank One, she served as Regional President in Akron and Dayton, and then as President of Bank One Ohio, managing major markets throughout the state.

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