Vodafone Welcomes Axel Springer’s Chair/CEO and Leading Media Industry Visionary in Board Shuffle

Vodafone appointed Dr. Mathias Döpfner, 51, Chairman and CEO of the German media group Axel Springer in Berlin, while long-time director Luc Vandevelde, 63, will stand down from the Board.

Google Taps Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat as CFO; Changes at Google X and Google+ Units

Google hired Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat, 57, as its own CFO. Porat has helped execute a sweeping cost-cutting strategy across several business lines at Morgan Stanley. She served as the Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, and Chairman of the Financial Sponsors Group. Porat began her career with Morgan Stanley in 1987 in the Mergers and Acquisition Department. 

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Microsoft Hires Forrester Analyst as Chief Strategist in Cloud & Enterprise Group

James Staten, a veteran industry analyst who covered the cloud computing market for Forrester Research, is joining Microsoft as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group, to help in a highly competitive part of the industry. Staten has been with Forrester since 2007 as VP and principal analyst. He started his career as a journalist before becoming an analyst with Gartner in 1996, has worked at tech companies in the past, including Azul Systems and Sun Microsystems, where he was a director of marketing. 

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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.

VMware Hires its New CIO from Juniper Networks

VMware’s CIO Tony Scott was recently appointed to the role of United States CIO. As his replacement VMware hired Bask Iyer from Juniper Networks, where he is currently the CIO.

Google Goes Through Leadership Changes at Google X and Google+ Units

Google X Display Division head Mary Lou Jepsen is joining Oculus, the virtual reality startup that Facebook acquired last year. Jepsen specialized in digital displays at Google, including an advanced project centered on combining multiple independent screens into one fluid image, something that’s certainly in the same vein as virtual reality. She is also co-founder and former CTO of the non-profit One Laptop Per Child, which aims to reduce the cost of laptops for children in Third World countries.

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Microsoft Taps Adobe Exec as VP of Design for Applications and Services Group

Microsoft named Michael Gough as Corporate VP of design for the Applications and Services Group (ASG). Gough will be responsible for leading design across many of Microsoft's most important products, including Office 365. Gough joins Microsoft from Adobe Systems, where he most recently served as VP of Experience Design leading its multidisciplinary experience creation organization. Before joining Adobe in 2005, Gough served as the VP of brand design at Nike, chief creative officer at Quokka Sports, and founder and creative director at Construct Internet Design.

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GE Names CTO and Research Exec for GE Software

GE appoints Harel Kodesh, 56, as VP, CTO, GE Software. Kodesh joined GE from Nurego, where he served as CEO and founder. He served as an EVP at VMWare and President of Cloud Infrastructure Business and CEO of Digital Echo at EMC. He served as the CEO of Decho, CEO of Mozy, Chief Product Officer of Amdocs, President and CEO of Wingcast Corporation, a joint venture between the Ford Motor Company and Qualcomm, VP of the Productivity Appliance Division and VP of the Information Appliances Division at Microsoft.

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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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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.

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