Facebook CAO Decides to Resign; Company Appoints Former NBCUniversal Information Chief
Jas Athwal notified Facebook of his decision to resign from his position as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer after nearly nine years with the company. Athwal will continue to serve as the company's CAO until the company completes its year-end audit and file its Annual Report.
Alphabet Appoints Well-known Economist and Former TIAA CEO to Board
Alphabet appointed Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., 64, to its Board of Directors. Ferguson is a respected leader in the economics and finance industries. Ferguson has served as the President and CEO of TIAA since April 2008. He joined TIAA after his tenure at Swiss Re, where he served as Chairman of the firm's America Holding Corporation, Head of Financial Services, and a member of the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008.
Facebook Appoints Couple of Geographic Leaders
Facebook has appointed Umang Bedi as MD, India. Bedi will lead in building and maintaining strategic relationships with top clients and regional agencies in the country. He will take over from Kirthiga Reddy, who will be returning to United States to take on a new role at the company's headquarters at Menlo Park. Prior to joining Facebook, Bedi was the MD of the South Asia region at Adobe.
Google Appoints Board Member and CEO of New Acquisition bebop as SVP; Makes Multiple Promotions
Google will acquire bebop Technologies and appoints the CEO, board member, and a stockholder of bebop, Diane B. Greene, 59, as SVP of Google. Greene has been Google’s non-independent director and will continue to serve on the Google board. Greene had been one of the founders of VMware, the company that more or less introduced the world to the concept of virtualization. She started the company with her husband Mendel Rosenblum and was its CEO for about 10 years, which included about four years after its acquisition by EMC, and saw it through the IPO.
Apple Appoints Former Boeing CFO to its Board
Apple appointed James Bell, Boeing's former CFO, to its board. Bell, who was Boeing's CFO from 2003 to 2012, is on the board of several other companies, including JPMorgan Chase and Dow Chemical. He also served as Boeing's interim CEO for several months in 2005 after the aircraft maker fired CEO Harry Stonecipher.
Microsoft Appoints its Former President of Office Division as New EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning
Microsoft named Kurt DelBene, 54, as EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
Google Communications and Policy Head Joins Uber; Commerce Exec Leaves for Jawbone
Rachel Whetstone, 48, Google’s SVP of Communications and Policy has left. She has joined Uber in a similar role. The position has been held by David Plouffe, the high-profile former adviser to President Barack Obama, who was hired less than a year ago, at Uber. He has been elevated to the role of chief adviser to the company and its chief executive Travis Kalanick, and will also sit on the board of Uber.
Google Appoints CEO for Newly Launched Health and Well-Being Company Calico
Google launched Calico, a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases. Arthur D. Levinson, 61, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be CEO and a founding investor. Art Levinson will remain Chairman of Genentech and a director of Hoffmann-La Roche, as well as Chairman of Apple.
Google China Chief Steps down; Company Names Replacement
Google China Country Manager Dr John Liu will step down after six years in the role. Liu will leave in August having presided over a period of great change for Google in China, which included the Internet giant’s controversial exit from the country in 2010 following allegations that the Chinese government hacked into email accounts belonging to activists.
Qualcomm Appoints Former HP and Apple Exec as Director
Qualcomm elected Jonathan Rubinstein, 56, to its Board of Directors. Rubinstein brings more than 30 years of experience in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics industries to the position, and he last served as SVP of Product Innovation for Hewlett-Packard until 2012. Rubinstein's longstanding career has spanned a number of roles. In his most recent positions at HP, he led product innovation for HP's Personal Systems and, prior to that, presided over the launch of the HP's Touchpad tablet as SVP and general manager of Palm Global Business Unit.