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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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.

Comments Welcomed and Appreciated! 

Dora Vell 

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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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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 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.

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Apple Creates New VP Role for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives

Apple named Lisa Jackson as its VP of environment, policy and social initiatives. Jackson, who previously served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joined Apple two years ago to head up its environmental initiatives. That role is now broadened. She will also be in charge of the company's education policy programs, its product accessibility work and government affairs.

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SAP Names New President to Head Latin America Organization; Marketing Exec Joins Hortonworks

SAP has appointed Claudio Muruzabal as the new president for SAP Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC). Muruzabal was previously CEO of NEORIS. With more than 25 years in the IT industry, Muruzabal successfully lead the evolution of NEORIS from being the IT branch of CEMEX, to becoming a global fast growth business and IT consulting company. During his 10 year tenure, NEORIS achieved global partner status with SAP. Previously, Muruzabal served as VP of NCR’s Teradata for Latin America and the Caribbean, and also held numerous executive positions throughout his 17 year career at NCR. 

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Salesforce.com Appoints Mark Hawkins from Autodesk to Replace Retiring CFO Graham Smith

Salesforce.com has hired Mark Hawkins, 55, as CFO, replacing Graham Smith, 54, who retires. Hawkins was most recently the EVP & CFO of Autodesk. Prior to joining Autodesk in 2009, Hawkins was CFO and SVP of Finance & IT at Logitech International . Hawkins worked with Dell, serving as VP of Finance for the Worldwide Procurement and Logistics organization, as well as VP of Finance for the U.S. Home Segment.  Before joining Dell in 2000, Hawkins worked with Hewlett-Packard for almost 19 years, serving on the Board of Directors for HP's Japan and Shanghai Analytical Joint Ventures and living in Europe. He serves on the board of media sharing solutions company Plex, and served on BMC Software’s board from 2010 through 2013, until the company was taken private.

Microsoft Names New Head of Corporate Strategy and Chief Economist

Microsoft appointed Jeff Teper as Corporate VP of Corporate Strategy. Teper was former VP in Office Service and Servers Group. Prior to that, Teper led development of SharePoint. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, he was VP, Software Engineering at Colonial Consulting.

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Microsoft Names New Head of Corporate Strategy and Chief Economist 

Microsoft appointed Jeff Teper as Corporate VP of Corporate Strategy. Teper was former VP in Office Service and Servers Group. Prior to that, Teper led development of SharePoint. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, he was VP, Software Engineering at Colonial Consulting.

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Apple Appoints Adobe’s CTO as VP, Tech

Kevin Lynch, 45, Adobe's CTO, has left the company to join Apple as VP of technology. Prior to his role as the CTO, he served as Chief Software Architect, EVP and General Manager of Designer and Developer Business at Adobe Macromedia Software, SVP of Experience, Technology & Organization of Adobe Systems, SVP and Chief Software Architect of Platform BU of Adobe Systems, COO of Syzygy Entertainment, COO of Triple Bay Industries, and General Manager of Web Publishing. He worked for General Magic, where he pioneered a navigational user interface for handheld communicators. He designed the user interface and developed the first Macintosh release of FrameMaker software for Frame Technology.

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