Much activity happened in the past three months or so in the Giant Tech Companies. We have categorized these in roughly three categories:
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.
Walmart Gets a New CIO and Shuffles Tech Execs as it Moves More towards E-Commerce
Wal-Mart names GE Power’s Clay Johnson CIO and EVP for global business services, part of a larger reorganization of its corporate IT and e-commerce groups. The Global Business Services division combines cybersecurity, back-office solutions and global shared services groups. Johnson succeeds CIO Karenann Terrell, who is leaving after five years in the position. Before joining GE, Johnson was VP of IT at Boeing.
PayPal Appoints Airbnb Exec to Board
PayPal appointed Belinda Johnson to its board of directors. Johnson is a recognized attorney and business leader who has focused her talents on crafting and directing policies and strategies that enable high-growth, consumer-facing internet companies for more than two decades. Johnson is the Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer at Airbnb.
Xerox Announces Board Changes
Xerox announced the appointment of Cheryl G. Krongard, a former senior partner with Apollo Management, to the Xerox board of directors. Krongard currently serves as a director on the boards of Legg Mason and Air Lease Corporation.
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.
Vell Executive Search looked into the major HR changes in the Fortune 1000 for the twelve months ended April 2016. We use the CHRO term to encompass the top role of HR, as there are a variety of titles.
Accenture Appoints GM Veteran to Board
Accenture appointed Jaime Ardila, 58, as a new director of the Company. Ardila first joined General Motors in 1984 and has been EVP and president of General Motors South America since 2010. Previously, he was president of GM's operations in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, and prior to that, he was VP and CFO for the Latin America, Africa and Middle East region. Over the course of his more than 25 years with GM, he also lived and worked in Europe and the United States. In addition, he was also with N M Rothschild & Sons for two years, establishing the investment bank's Colombian business before rejoining GM in 1998.
Former AT&T Long-Timer Joins Sprint Board
Sprint has elected Sara Martinez Tucker, 56, to the board. Tucker is the president and CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative. Its programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are transforming teaching, schools and education in the U.S. Tucker most recently served as the Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, she worked for nine years as the CEO and president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). Prior to joining HSF in 1997, Tucker spent 16 years at AT&T, becoming the first Latina to reach the company's executive level.
Senior Apple Exec Steps Down to Work on Special Projects
Apple’s SVP of Technologies Bob Mansfield, 52, will step down, to work on special projects. Mansfield originally retired in June 2012, but returned to the company two months later to his most recent role. Mansfield presided over some of Apple’s toughest hardware-engineering jobs in the past decade, including a transition of its Mac personal computers to Intel chips and development of the iPad tablet. Mansfield was SVP of Mac Hardware Engineering, overseeing teams that delivered products such as the iMac and MacBook. Earlier in his career, he was senior director at SGI and VP of Engineering at Raycer Graphics, acquired by Apple in 1999.