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.
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.
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.
Facebook Names CTO
Facebook named VP of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, 38, as the company’s CTO. The position was previously unoccupied due to the departure of former CTO Bret Taylor last summer. Prior to joining the social network, Schroepfer was the VP of Engineering at Mozilla where he led the global, collaborative, open, and proprietary product development process behind the company’s popular softwares, including the Firefox web browser. He also was a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, specifically leading the data center automation division as its CTO.
Apple Appoints Adobe’s CTO as VP, Tech
Kevin Lynch, 45, Adobe's CTO, has left the company to join Apple as VP of technology. Prior to his role as the CTO, he served as Chief Software Architect, EVP and General Manager of Designer and Developer Business at Adobe Macromedia Software, SVP of Experience, Technology & Organization of Adobe Systems, SVP and Chief Software Architect of Platform BU of Adobe Systems, COO of Syzygy Entertainment, COO of Triple Bay Industries, and General Manager of Web Publishing. He worked for General Magic, where he pioneered a navigational user interface for handheld communicators. He designed the user interface and developed the first Macintosh release of FrameMaker software for Frame Technology.
Google Names New Asia Boss
Google named Karim Temsamani, 39, as head of the Asian-Pacific region. He replaces Daniel Alegre, who now oversees Google’s operations with its various global business partners. Temsamani was most recently the VP of New Products and Solutions for the Americas. Formerly he was VP of Global Mobile and Managing Director for Australia.
Former PayPal Exec Joins Visa after Brief Yahoo Stint
Sam Shrauger is the new head of global commercialization for Visa, with responsibility for developing, implementing, and optimizing the company’s strategy and processes for bringing new Visa products and services to market successfully. Prior to joining Visa, Shrauger served as SVP of commerce at Yahoo. He has also held roles in product management and consulting with Agency.com, VerticalNet, Deloitte Consulting, and Quantum Consulting. Previously, Shrauger was VP of global product and experience at PayPal and led a variety of PayPal’s product lines, launched its digital goods payment solution, led the integration of Bill Me Later after its 2008 acquisition, and served as a founding member of the merchant services business unit.
eBay Director Resigns; Joins AOL Board
Dawn G. Lepore, 57, a director of eBay, has resigned from the company’s board. She has been newly elected to AOL’s board. Lepore is CEO at Prosper Marketplace, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Formerly, she was CEO and Chairman of drugstore.com, a leading online retailer of health, beauty, and wellness products, until its sale to Walgreens. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at The Charles Schwab Company, like Vice Chairman of technology, operations, administration, strategy and active trader, was CIO, a member of Schwab's executive committee and a trustee of SchwabFunds.
Yahoo! Names EVP, People and Development
Yahoo! appointed Jacqueline Reses as EVP of people and development, responsible for leading human resources and talent acquisition as well as corporate and business development globally. Reses led the U.S. media group at Apax Partners, where she built a team of investment professionals focused on investing and driving value in media and technology businesses. In addition, Reses worked extensively on Apax's talent initiatives, including recruiting and training. While at Apax Partners, Reses served on the Board or led the investments in Cengage Learning, Intelsat, Nelson Education, Hit Entertainment, and NEP Broadcasting. Reses also served as CEO of iBuilding, a real estate software business that was launched by Tishman Speyer and Benchmark Capital. Previously, she spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, where in addition to working on several keystone corporate transactions, she also supported the firm's mentoring, training and recruiting efforts.
Skype Appoints Former Yahoo! CMO
Skype, a division of Microsoft, added Elisa Steele to its senior management team as Corporate VP to lead marketing. In this role, Elisa will oversee Skype's global brand and marketing functions, as well as local go-to-market activities. Elisa joins Skype after serving as EVP and CMO at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, Elisa she was SVP of Corporate Marketing at NetApp and led Sun Microsystems' integrated marketing and merchandising organization as VP. Elisa was a top performing sales leader at AT&T for several years.