Vell Executive Search captures the most recent female board appointments in tech, from November 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

Tech Giants Welcoming Women on Board

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, JD, 58, joins as director of Microsoft.

Broadcom Appoints Former Benchmark Electronics CEO as Independent Director. Broadcom appointed Ms. Gayla J. Delly, 57, as an independent director of the company. Ms. Delly served as CEO of Benchmark Electronics.

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 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.* 617-530-1260 * www.vell.com

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.

Published in Software Industry

Apple’s Car Project Leader Is Leaving; Makes New Leadership Appointments

Steve Zadesky, the veteran Apple executive overseeing the company’s electric car project is leaving. Zadesky, a former Ford Motor engineer who has overseen the car project for the last two years, and who tripled the size of Apple’s automotive team, is leaving the company for personal reasons. Zadesky spent nearly 17 years at Apple, where he built and led the teams for the first iPod, first iPhone, all subsequent iPhones and iPods and hundreds of Apple accessories.

Published in Telecom Products

Salesforce Names Keith Block as COO

Salesforce named Vice Chairman and President Keith Block, 54, its COO. Keith Block will continue to serve as vice chairman and president and serve as a member of Salesforce's board. Prior to joining Salesforce, Block served as Oracle's EVP of North America Sales and Consulting, leading a multi-billion dollar sales and services business-unit that achieved record revenue and margin during his tenure.   

Published in Software Industry

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.

Published in Giant Tech Companies

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.

Published in Software Industry

VMware Board Member David Goulden Resigns; He’s been Replaced by EMC Director and Former Akamai CEO Paul Sagan 

VMware board member David Goulden, 54, resigns from Board. He is CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO of EMC. Goulden is an 11-year EMC veteran, who has operated as EMC's CFO for seven years and held full responsibility for EMC's Information Infrastructure BUs, Sales and Customer Operations, Services, Marketing and G&A functions since mid-2012. Goulden has led more than 70 acquisitions since 2003.

Published in Software Industry

Microsoft Goes Through More Board and Senior Leadership Changes

Stephen J. Luczo, 57, Chairman and CEO of Seagate resigned from Microsoft Board. Luczo joined Microsoft’s board in May 2012. Prior to his current role, Luczo served at Seagate as President and COO, and SVP of Corporate Development. Prior to joining Seagate in 1993, he was Senior Managing Director of the Global Technology Group of Bear, Stearns & Co., an investment banking firm.

Published in Giant Tech Companies

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.

Published in Giant Tech Companies

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.