Former Cisco Exec Leaves Walt Disney Board
The Walt Disney Company is replacing former Cisco exec Judith Estrin, 57, who is leaving, as she reached the 15-year term limit for the Disney board. Estrin is CEO of JLABS, (formerly Packet Design Management Company), a privately held company focused on furthering innovation in business, government and non-profit organizations. Estrin served as CTO and SVP of Cisco, from 1998 until 2000, and as President and CEO of Precept Software, a developer of networking software of which she was co-founder, from 1995 until its acquisition by Cisco in 1998. Estrin has been a Disney Director since 1998.
Microsoft Makes iCIO Jim DuBois Permanent CIO;
Consumer Apps & Services CMO, Bing Engineer and Skype CFO Leave
Microsoft appoints Jim DuBois as Corporate VP and CIO. DuBois, who had served as interim CIO for the past six months, will lead a team of employees overseeing Microsoft IT applications, infrastructure, solution delivery and process excellence. DuBois has been at Microsoft for more than 20 years, during which he has held several key leadership positions. Most recently, he was VP of Microsoft IT Products and Services. He has also served as general manager of IT at the company.
Acer’s Board Elects New Chairman
Acer elected the company founder, Stan Shih, as Chairman and interim Corporate President. Shih chaired Acer until his retirement late in 2004. Shih founded Acer (originally named as Multitech, but later changed to Acer in 1987) in 1976. Shih is also the founder and is a Partner of iD Innovation. In 1972, he helped establish Qualitron Industrial, and led the team that designed the world's first pen watch. He began his career at Unitron Industrial Corp. in 1971 and successfully designed, developed and commercialized Taiwan's first desktop calculator.
Twitter Adds First Female Director to Board
Twitter has appointed its first female director, former publishing executive Marjorie Scardino, 66. Scardino was CEO of London-based Pearson, a publishing and education company, from 1997 to 2012. From 1985 to 1997 she served in several roles, including CEO, at The Economist Group, a media company.
Google Appoints Microsoft’s Bing Architect to Work on Machine Learning
Blaise Aguera y Arcas has left Microsoft for Google. Aguera y Arcas played a key role in the development of the Bing search engine, working mainly on Bing Maps and Bing Mobile. He also focused on wearable computing, augmented reality, and natural user interfaces. The engineer will work on machine learning at Google. Aguera y Arcas joined Microsoft after his company, Seadragon Software, was acquired by the software giant in 2006.
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.
Cisco’s Chief Technology and Chief Strategy Officer Joins Gap as Director
Gap appoints Padmasree Warrior, 52, chief technology and chief strategy officer of Cisco, to serve on the Board. Prior to joining Cisco, Warrior worked at Motorola for 23 years, where she started as a research engineer and exited as its Chief Technology Officer. Her roles of increasing responsibility over the years included leading global innovation, overall research and development, Global Software Group and Early Stage Businesses. She also led the Motorola's Energy Systems Group, which was a global business with diversified products in the mobile phone, portable computing and hand held electronics markets.
Google VP of Product Management and Head of Search for Google Play Store Depart
Google's VP of Product Management for Android, Hugo Barra, is leaving the company. Barra is joining Chinese company Xiaomi as Head of the company's International Business Development. During his five years stint at Google, Barra had been the constant public face of Android. Xiaomi, which entered smartphone segment just two years ago, recently displaced Apple in China.
Facebook Names General Counsel and New European Boss; Brand Design Head Leaves
Facebook named Colin Stretch as VP and general counsel for the social giant, assuming responsibility for leading Facebook’s legal team. Stretch will take over the position after the departure of Ted Ullyot, Facebook’s acting VP and general counsel of the past five years, who announced his intention to leave the company. Stretch had previously worked as VP and deputy general counsel under Ullyot, and was a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel.
Microsoft CIO Leaves to Focus on 'personal projects'
Tony Scott, who as CIO managed Microsoft's internal IT operations for the past five years, is leaving the company to focus on 'personal projects'. Jim Dubois, VP of IT product and services management, is serving as interim CIO, while the company searches for his replacement within and outside of the company.