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.
Google Names Red Hat CTO as VP, Cloud Platforms
Brian Stevens, 50, who stepped down as EVP and CTO of Red Hat recently, has joined Google to lead its cloud platforms. Stevens had been with Red Hat since 2001. Stevens served as the CTO and VP of Engineering of JBoss, a division of Red Hat. Before joining the company, he had been the CTO at Mission Critical Linux, and a senior Architect at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where he worked on Digital's UNIX operating system.
VMware Appoints Former SAP Exec as GM for End-User Computing Business
VMware named Sanjay Poonen as executive vice president and general manager of VMware’s End-User Computing business unit. In this role, Poonen is responsible for strategy, products, engineering and delivery across all of VMware’s end-user computing solutions. Most recently, Poonen was president and corporate officer of Platform Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP. During his more than seven years at SAP, Poonen held several executive-level roles in development and sales. Poonen started SAP’s analytics business in 2006, and led all of SAP’s platform solutions – analytics, database, big data and. Prior to SAP, Poonen held executive roles at Symantec, VERITAS and Informatica, and he began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft, followed by Apple.
Intel Names Current COO as CEO and Software and Services Head as President
Intel’s COO Brian Krzanich, 52, a company veteran of nearly 30 years, will assume the CEO role replacing Paul Otellini, who is retiring. Krzanich has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles at Intel, most recently serving as the COO since January 2012. Prior to becoming COO, Krzanich held senior leadership positions within Intel's manufacturing organization. He was responsible for Fab/Sort Manufacturing from 2007-2011 and Assembly and Test from 2003 to 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he was responsible for the implementation of the 0.13-micron logic process technology across Intel's global factory network. From 1997 to 2001, Krzanich served as the Fab 17 plant manager, where he oversaw the integration of Digital Equipment Corporation's semiconductor manufacturing operations into Intel's manufacturing network. Prior to this role, Krzanich held plant and manufacturing manager roles at multiple Intel factories. Krzanich began his career at Intel in 1982 in New Mexico as a process engineer.
HP Chairman Steps Down, Two Board Members to Leave
Hewlett-Packard’s Chairman Ray Lane, 66, is stepping down from his role as Chairman. He continues as a director on the board. Ralph V. Whitworth, 57, will step into the role on an interim basis as the board searches for a permanent replacement.
GE Board Nominates Former SEC Chair to Board
General Electric has nominated Mary Schapiro, 57, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as a GE director. Prior to becoming SEC chairman, Schapiro served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), president, vice-chair and chair of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Regulation. She served as a commissioner of the SEC before that, and left the SEC when appointed chairman of the CFTC.
Qualcomm Expands R&D Exec’s Role to Include CTO Responsibilities
Qualcomm, a wireless communication components company, announced the appointment of Matt Grob as EVP and CTO. In addition to his new responsibilities, Grob will continue to lead Qualcomm's Corporate R&D division and provide oversight to Qualcomm’s Corporate Engineering Services. Grob joined Qualcomm in 1991 as an engineer. Since his promotion to SVP of Corporate R&D in 2006, Grob has expanded the group's mission beyond wireless connectivity into new areas such as Augmented Reality.