December 16th, 2017
Welcome to our Software Industry Newsletter.
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.
Microsoft Announces Departure of Jim Dubois as CIO; Appoints New President in Russia
Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois is leaving the company. DuBois is a more than 20-year Microsoft veteran who became the company's interim CIO in 2013 and permanent CIO the following year. He went on sabbatical earlier 2017.
Microsoft appointed T. Bochenek as new Microsoft President in Russia. Now he keeps the COO position at Microsoft in Russia.
Broadcom Announces Board Changes
American fabless semiconductor company Broadcom appointed Check Kian Low as an independent director of the company and as the company's required Singapore resident director. Low will replace Lucien Y.K. Wong as a director on the Board, whose previously announced resignation from the Board. Low, 57, was one of the founding partners and a director of NewSmith Capital Partners.
SAP Appoints Concur Exec as President to Lead Team Offering Solutions for SMBs
SAP appointed Barry Padgett as new president of the SAP® Business One, SAP Anywhere, and SAP Business ByDesign® teams. He steps into the role having held various leadership positions since 1997 at Concur Technologies, including serving as Concur's chief product officer since 2014.
VMware Director Resigns; Company Establishes New Cloud Provider Software BU
David N. Strohm, 67, resigned from the VMware board of directors. He is a Partner at Greylock Partners, Greylock XI, L.P. and Greylock XII L.P. Strohm joined Greylock Partners in 1980.
Microsoft Appoints New Chief Legal Officer and Regional Communications and CSR Leader
Bradford L. Smith, 56, was appointed to the position of President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft. Smith previously served as General Counsel & EVP, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He joined Microsoft in 1993, and has served as General Counsel since 2002.
Oracle Adds Former Defense Secretary as Director; Appoints President and Head of Office Retail
Oracle elected the Honorable Leon Panetta, 76, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to the company's Board. Secretary Panetta served in the Obama Administration as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013 and as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011. Previously, he was White House Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing California's 16th district.
SAP Appoints Microsoft Cloud and Big Data Leader as CTO
SAP Appoints Quentin Clark, a 20-year veteran of Microsoft, as CTO. Most recently, Clark served as Microsoft’s Corporate VP in the business application space and before that was Corporate VP of data platform group, where he helped design and deliver the company’s big data platforms for both on premise (SQL Server) and Azure (PowerBI, HDInsight). Previously he was GM of the Database Systems Group, GM for WinFS project, Product Unit Manager for MOM/Application Center starting as a Software Engineer at the company in 1994.
Visa CEO and Kraft Foods’ CFO Join Microsoft’s Board; Couple of Long-Time Directors Leave
Visa’s CEO Charles W. Scharf, 49, and Kraft Foods’ EVP and CFO Teri List-Stoll, 51, are joining as board members of Microsoft. Scharf has served as CEO and a director of Visa since November 2012. Previously, he was a Managing Director of One Equity Partners, the private investment arm of JPMorgan Chase, CEO of Retail Financial Services at JPMorgan Chase, CEO of the retail division of Bank One Corporation, CFO of Bank One, CFO of the Global Corporate and Investment Bank division at Citigroup, and CFO of Salomon Smith Barney.
Microsoft’s Former CEO Ballmer Leaves Board; Company Appoints New Director and EVP of BD
Former CEO of Microsoft, Steven A. Ballmer, 58, resigned from the Microsoft Board. He led the company as CEO from 2000 to February 2014. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included SVP of sales and support, SVP of systems software and VP of marketing.