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.

Intel Appoints Workday CEO to Board 

Intel appointed Aneel Bhusri, 48, co-founder and CEO of Workday, to serve on the company's board. Bhusri co-founded Workday in 2005 and served as its co-CEO from 2009 and chairman from 2012 until May of this year, when he was named sole CEO. In addition, Bhusri serves as a partner at Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm. Previously, he held a number of leadership positions at PeopleSoft, including SVP responsible for product strategy, business development and marketing, and vice chairman of the board. 

Microsoft Names New Head of Corporate Strategy and Chief Economist 

Microsoft appointed Jeff Teper as Corporate VP of Corporate Strategy. Teper was former VP in Office Service and Servers Group. Prior to that, Teper led development of SharePoint. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, he was VP, Software Engineering at Colonial Consulting.

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Microsoft Realigns to Enable Innovation at Greater Speed

Microsoft has made a major overhaul at the company to bring all divisions under one united strategy. The changes include senior management moving into new roles. To embrace the new strategy, Microsoft will now be organized by function: Engineering (including OS, Apps, Cloud, and Devices), Marketing, Business Development and Evangelism, Advanced Strategy and Research, Finance, HR, Legal and COO. The new teams and their leaders are...

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Microsoft Loses a Pair of Top Advertising Executives

Richard Dunmall, Microsoft Advertising’s VP of Global Agencies and Accounts, is departing. In the meantime, Microsoft veteran Keith Lorizio, the current VP of U.S. Sales and Marketing, will oversee the global agency team. Previously, Dunmall was the VP, Microsoft Advertising for Greater APAC and Americas. Before joining Microsoft, he was the SVP and MD, EMEA at aQuantive, an advertising network which was acquired by Microsoft. Prior to aQuantive, he served as the CEO of MindShare Interaction UK and mOne UK. Earlier in his career, he was a Sales Director for AdLINK Internet Media.

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