Much activity happened in the past three months or so in the Giant Tech Companies. We have categorized these in roughly three categories:
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.
VMware Announces Multiple Leadership Changes
VMware announced an expanded focus on communication service providers (CSPs) and telecommunications carriers (telcos), and the promotion of Shekar Ayyar to EVP and General Manager, Telco Group. Ayyar holds more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in enterprise software, communications and semiconductors.
Microsoft Announces Multiple Key Executive Changes
Microsoft announced a broad reorganization of the company's senior executive ranks as long-time COO Kevin Turner prepares to leave for another job. Instead of naming a new COO, the company appointed two executives to divvy up the sales responsibilities and report to him. Jean-Philippe Courtois will be in charge of global sales, marketing and operations spanning Microsoft's 13 business areas. Judson Althoff will lead the worldwide commercial business, including government and small and medium-sized businesses.
SAP Appoints COO and CIO; Makes Other Regional Management Changes
SAP appointed Christian Klein, 35, as COO and Thomas Saueressig, 31, as CIO. In his role as SAP chief controlling officer he is also responsible for SAPs Group Controlling and oversees the company's growth and profitability strategy. Klein joined SAP as a student in 1999.
Microsoft Appoints Former Cisco CTO to Board; Sees Multiple Exec Changes
Padmasree Warrior, 55, the former CTO of Cisco is joining the Microsoft board. She's already a board member for Box, and for Gap, posts she had before she left Cisco.
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.
Vulcan Materials Elects Former U.S. Secretary of Labor as Newest Board Member
Vulcan Materials elected Elaine L. Chao to its Board of Directors. Chao served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001-2009, and is the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a U.S. Cabinet position. Prior to the cabinet position, she held various leadership roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including: President and CEO of United Way of America; Director of the Peace Corps; Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission; VP of Syndication at Bank of America, Capital Markets Group, and Citicorp.
VeriSign Board Adds Lawyer and Former US Deputy Attorney General
Jamie S. Gorelick was elected to VeriSign's Board of Directors. Gorelick has been a partner with the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr since 2003. She served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 1994 to 1997 and as General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 1993 to 1994. She has been a director of Amazon.com since 2012. She previously served as a director of United Technologies Corporation and of Schlumberger Limited.
Verizon Elects Aetna Chair/CEO to Board
Verizon Communications elected Mark T. Bertolini, 57, chairman and CEO of Aetna, to its Board of Directors. Bertolini joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna's Specialty Products. He served as EVP and head of Aetna's regional businesses prior to being named president. In 2007 he was named president and in that role was responsible for all of Aetna's businesses and operations. Prior to joining Aetna, Bertolini held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans and SelectCare, where he served as president.