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.
Google Names Red Hat CTO as VP, Cloud Platforms
Brian Stevens, 50, who stepped down as EVP and CTO of Red Hat recently, has joined Google to lead its cloud platforms. Stevens had been with Red Hat since 2001. Stevens served as the CTO and VP of Engineering of JBoss, a division of Red Hat. Before joining the company, he had been the CTO at Mission Critical Linux, and a senior Architect at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where he worked on Digital's UNIX operating system.
Google Exec Megan Smith Named U.S. CTO; Former Twitter Lawyer Alex Macgillivray Will Serve as Deputy U.S. CTO
Megan Smith, 50, the VP of Google’s secretive research lab Google X, will be America’s next CTO. Smith would be succeeding Todd Park, 41, the former U.S. CTO who recently stepped down to take the technology adviser position for President Barack Obama. Before her last role at Google, Smith was VP of BD and Head of Google.org previously. Before Google, Smith worked for Apple and Planet Out, a site dedicated to the LGBT community.
Apple Appoints BlackRock’s Founding Partner to Replace Long-time Board Member Bill Campbell
Apple appoints Susan L. Wagner, 53, founding partner and director of BlackRock, to board. Bill Campbell, 73, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world’s most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.
Google Appoints Former Ford CEO to Board; Chief Business Officer Leaves
Google appointed former CEO of Ford Motor from 2006 to 2014, Alan Mulally, 68, to board, bringing expertise and connections as Google seeks to play a bigger role in automobiles with its Android software and self-driving car technology. Before Ford, Mulally served as EVP of the Boeing Company and President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to that, he served as President of Boeing's space and defense business. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England's Royal Academy of Engineering.
Twitter Appoints Goldman Sachs Banker Anthony Noto as CFO; Mike Gupta Named SVP for Strategic Investments
Twitter appoints Anthony Noto, 46, the Goldman Sachs exec who helped the company go public last year, as CFO. Noto will replace Mike Gupta, 43, who will become SVP for Strategic Investments, a newly created division taking care of outside investments. Most recently, Noto was a Co-Head of Global Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Investment Banking team at Goldman Sachs. Before that, Noto served in a short stint as CFO of the National Football League. Earlier in his career, he served as an Equity Analyst of Goldman Sachs’ Research Division, was an Associate at Lehman Brothers and a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods.
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.
Twitter’s COO and Second-In-Command Ali Rowghani Resigns; followed by Media Head Chloe Sladden
Twitter’s COO, Ali Rowghani, 40, has resigned. Twitter does not intend to replace him, and other members of the management team will assume the duties. Rowghani will act as a strategic advisor to the CEO of Twitter. Rowghani joined Twitter in 2010 as CFO, eventually taking up BD and media responsibilities, being promoted to the COO role in 2012. He joined Twitter from Pixar Animation Studios, where he served for about eight years, most recently as the CFO.
Apple VP, Worldwide Corporate Communications Katie Cotton to Retire
After 18-year tenure at Apple, Katie Cotton, the company's VP of worldwide corporate communications, will be leaving. She’s long been among the company’s most powerful executives and played a key role in shaping the mystique and exclusivity surrounding the Apple brand. Cotton has played a role in some of the most buzzed-about product launches in technology (iPod, iPhone, iPad).
Google’s SVP, Social Leaves
Vic Gundotra, Google’s SVP, Social, leading Google+ has left. He has been leading Google+, Google's social network, since it launched in 2011. He joined Google eight years ago, initially leading developer relations. Prior to joining Google, Gundotra was at Microsoft. Gundotra joined Microsoft in 1991 and eventually became GM of Platform Evangelism.