Most important hiring and departures from June 11 to August 25, 2017

Several technology vendors announced changes to their board of directors in the said time period. We have tried to capture the most important and interesting ones, categorizing them under few noticeable patterns. 

Chairman Changes

  • Cerner Announces New Chairman after Sudden Demise of Chair/CEO Neal Patterson. Cerner announced that Neal Patterson, chairman and CEO, passed away on July 9, 2017, at 68 years of age, due to unexpected complications that arose after a recent recurrence of a previously disclosed cancer. Cerner Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board Cliff Illig, 66, has been named chairman and interim CEO.
  • IDT Appoints Board Member Ken Kannappan as Chairman. Kannappan has served on IDT's Board since January 2015, after previously serving in the role of IDT Board Chairman from 2000 to 2008. John Schofield has resigned as Chairman in anticipation of his upcoming retirement. 
  • Acer Combines Chair-CEO Roles. Jason Chen was named Chairman in addition to his continuing role as CEO. George Huang steps down from the chairmanship but remains on the Board. Chen joined Acer in January 2014 as Corporate President and CEO.

Hewlett-Packard to Split into Two Companies – HP, Inc. and HP Enterprise

Hewlett-Packard plans to break in two, separating its printing and personal systems businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations. The company will cut another 5,000 jobs in the process of carrying out the breakup. Meg Whitman, 57, is slated to be chairman of the PC and printer business, to be known as HP Inc., and CEO of the other company, to be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. 

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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.

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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.

Dell announced that Judy Lewent has decided not to seek re-election to its board of directors when her current term ends in July in order to devote more time to other business responsibilities. Ms. Lewent, the former EVP and CFO of Merck, was chair of the finance committee and also served on the audit committee of the Dell Board. She has been a member of the board since May 2001. Ms. Lewent recently joined the board of Glaxo Smith Kline. In addition, she is a director of Motorola Solutions and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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