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.

Tech companies have increasingly been feeling the investor pressure to refresh their board of directors. Several companies are focusing on diversity and adding female directors. Here we have compiled the female board appointments in tech from June 10 to September 16, 2017.

Recent Appointments 

Accenture Appoints Estee Lauder’s CFO Tracey T. Travis, 55, as Board Member

PayPal appoints media exec and President, BBC Worldwide Ann Sarnoff, 55, to its Board of Directors

Intuit appointed Deborah (Deb) Liu, leader of Facebook's developer and commerce businesses, to its board

Paychex’s board has appointed most recent EVP & CMO of FireEye Kara Wilson, 47, to board. Wilson is now CMO at Rubrik

Most important hiring and departures from June 11 to August 25, 2017

Several technology vendors announced changes to their board of directors in the said time period. We have tried to capture the most important and interesting ones, categorizing them under few noticeable patterns. 

Chairman Changes

  • Cerner Announces New Chairman after Sudden Demise of Chair/CEO Neal Patterson. Cerner announced that Neal Patterson, chairman and CEO, passed away on July 9, 2017, at 68 years of age, due to unexpected complications that arose after a recent recurrence of a previously disclosed cancer. Cerner Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board Cliff Illig, 66, has been named chairman and interim CEO.
  • IDT Appoints Board Member Ken Kannappan as Chairman. Kannappan has served on IDT's Board since January 2015, after previously serving in the role of IDT Board Chairman from 2000 to 2008. John Schofield has resigned as Chairman in anticipation of his upcoming retirement. 
  • Acer Combines Chair-CEO Roles. Jason Chen was named Chairman in addition to his continuing role as CEO. George Huang steps down from the chairmanship but remains on the Board. Chen joined Acer in January 2014 as Corporate President and CEO.

In the past couple of months, there are several companies that have multiple announcements, which we cover below. Some of the patterns:

  • Multiple heads of India; lots of regional appointments 
  • Chief People Officers or senior HR leaders with Diversity as a primary domain and 
  • Many analytics appointments

Note: We covered Uber Technology Changes in a separate blog post as Uber itself has had too many changes

Board Announcements (one announcement)

  • Alphabet Appoints Google Chief Sundar Pichai, 45, to its Board.
  • Texas Instruments Appointed its COO Brian T. Crutcher, 44, to Board.
  • PayPal Appoints Media Exec and President, BBC Worldwide Ann Sarnoff, 55, to its Board of Directors.
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TCS Independent Director Retires from Board 

Tata Consultancy Services said independent director Vijay Kelkar has stepped down from the board upon reaching the retirement age set by the IT services company. Kelkar, a Padma Vibhushan award winner, is an Indian economist and academician. He has been on the board of TCS since 2010. 

 

Apple Hires Shiva Rajaraman to Boost its Video and Music Strategy

In a bid to boost its video and music strategy, Apple has hired former YouTube and Spotify executive, Shiva Rajaraman. Rajaraman spent 8 years at YouTube, working to secure licensed content from companies like Disney for streaming.  After his tenure at YouTube, Rajaraman spent two years at Spotify working on its video and podcasting efforts, licensing content from Time Warner, Disney and NBC.

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Microsoft Promotes Regional Leader to New Global Digital Transformation Role; Appoints New MEA Region President

Microsoft has appointed Ali Faramawy to the newly announced global role as the head of the Emerging Markets Digital Transformation Organization which has been established within Microsoft. He has headed the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region for thirteen years, most recently as President. 

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Texas Instruments Appoints Lennox International Chair/CEO as Board Member

Texas Instruments announced that Todd M. Bluedorn has been elected to the company's board of directors. Bluedorn is chairman of the board and CEO of Lennox International. Before joining the company, Bluedorn, held a number of senior management positions at United Technologies Corporation, including president of three different businesses.

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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Broadcom Announces Board Changes

American fabless semiconductor company Broadcom appointed Check Kian Low as an independent director of the company and as the company's required Singapore resident director. Low will replace Lucien Y.K.  Wong as a director on the Board, whose previously announced resignation from the Board. Low, 57, was one of the founding partners and a director of NewSmith Capital Partners.

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