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.

Much activity happened in the past three months or so in the Giant Tech Companies. We have categorized these in roughly three categories: 

  1. Multiple complex changes, due to either massive restructurings, promotions from within, activist investors or stock troubles;
  2. Board and CEO changes or other Significant changes
  3. Changes by functional area: Presidents/COO/GMs, Sales, Marketing , Product and CFOs.
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Rockwell Automation Appoints TSYS CIO as Newest Board Member

Rockwell Automation announced that Patricia Watson, 50, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Watson is senior EVP and CIO at Total System Services (TSYS). She currently serves as a board director for Texas Capital Bancshares.

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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IBM Appoints New Chief Digital Officer for India & South Asia

IBM has appointed Nipun Mehrotra as chief digital officer for India & South Asia, and the appointment comes with months of Bob Lord, IBM's first ever chief digital officer, being charged with bringing together the digital business group (DBG). Over the past two years, as the VP for strategy growth initiatives, Mehrotra led IBM's transformational strategy across several areas in Asia & India.

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GE Witnesses Leadership Switches in TechnologyMonica Caldas

Monica Caldas, currently CIO for GE Transportation’s global services and digital solutions teams, will take over as CIO for the entire unit. GE Transportation’s CIO Nancy Anderson moved to the CIO role at GE Power.

 

Apple Hires Shiva Rajaraman to Boost its Video and Music Strategy

In a bid to boost its video and music strategy, Apple has hired former YouTube and Spotify executive, Shiva Rajaraman. Rajaraman spent 8 years at YouTube, working to secure licensed content from companies like Disney for streaming.  After his tenure at YouTube, Rajaraman spent two years at Spotify working on its video and podcasting efforts, licensing content from Time Warner, Disney and NBC.

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PNC Financial Services Group Promotes CTO as Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Security

PNC Financial Services Group appointed Deborah Guild as chief security officer and chief information security, leading the initiative. Guild joined PNC in 2013 as CTO. Previously, Guild worked for Bank of America for 21 years, most recently as CTO of enterprise functions and end-user computing. She had also been a senior network engineer at Intel.

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.

Published in Giant Tech Companies

Welcome to our CEO Turnover Newsletter. This newsletter covers open CEO roles and latest appointments in the tech sector in the month of January 2017.

The average length of time the CEO searches have been open is 5.5 months, up from 5 months in 2016. There is little variance across geographies.

Total Tech CEO Roles Open: 87
New Tech CEO Appointments: 92 (4 women – 4.3%, 88 men)