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.

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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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.

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Microsoft's Applications and Services Group EVP Dr. Qi Lu Steps Down; New MD for India Lab Appointed

Dr. Qi Lu, the EVP in charge of Microsoft's Applications and Services Group, is leaving the company due to health reasons. Dr. Lu was previously the president of the Online Services Division, where he led the company’s search, portal and online advertising efforts. He spent 10 years at Yahoo before joining Microsoft in 2008. Many of Lu’s duties will be taken over by Rajesh Jha, a corporate VP who has been leading Microsoft’s Outlook and Office 365 efforts.

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Former HP Cloud Leader Joins Cisco CTO Role

Cisco named Zorawar Biri Singh as CTO and SVP, Platforms and Solutions. His appointment comes as CTO and Chief Strategy Officer Padmasaree Warrior takes her leave. Singh will be responsible for driving thought leadership around Cisco’s long term technology roadmap, platforms and architectures. 

Google Appoints SVP of all Google products; Couple of Senior Execs Leave

Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome and Apps has been promoted as SVP of all Google products. This excludes YouTube. Earlier, Pichai served as VP of Product Management joining Google in 2004. Before that, he held various engineering and product management positions at Applied Materials, and was a Management Consultant with McKinsey for a variety of software and semiconductor clients. He served as a Director of Jive Software as a Member of Board of Advisors at Ruba.

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Micron Technology Appoints Quality Lead

Memory technologies giant Micron Technology named Rajan Rajgopal as VP of Quality. Rajgopal most recently served as the VP of Global Quality and Customer Enablement for GLOBALFOUNDRIES in Singapore. Rajgopal's professional background includes serving in multiple executive and management positions involving customer programs, manufacturing operations and engineering at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, where he had worked since 1995. He also worked as a member of the technical staff at the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Research and Design Center in Dallas from 1989 to 1995. 

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Apple’s Top VP, Engineering and VP, Product Design Leave

One of Apple’s top VP of Engineering Henri Lamiraux has left the technology giant recently. He had worked at the technology giant for over 20 years. He joined the company in the early days, back in 1990. He worked his way up the corporate ladder and helped build the original operating system for the first iPhone. 

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Intel Architecture Group Head Leaves; Company’s Subsidiary Goes through Leadership Changes

David Perlmutter, 59, EVP and General Manager of Intel Architecture Group, to leave Intel, in order to pursue other opportunities. Throughout his career at Intel, Perlmutter led many of the product, technology and business transformations at Intel. Earlier, he served as SVP of Intel Mobility Group (formerly known as Mobile Products Group), General Manager and Corporate VP of Mobility Group, VP and General Manager, Mobile Platforms Group and became co-manager with Sean Maloney of Mobility Group. Prior to that, he also served as VP of Microprocessor Group and General Manager of Basic Microprocessor Division and Intel Israel Development Center.

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Apple Names Burberry CEO as SVP, Retail and Online Stores

Apple appointed Angela Ahrendts, 53, CEO of Burberry, to a newly created position, as SVP, Retail and Online Stores. Ahrendts will have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both Apple retail and online stores, which have redefined the shopping experience for hundreds of millions of customers around the world.

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