June 20, 2017
Welcome to the Vell Leadership Update 46th monthly edition, for the 30 days ending June 14, 2017.
We’ve seen a lot of shakeups this past month, as 125 new heads of technology have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs. Quite a few new tech executive roles have opened up, as well.
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Uber Technologies’ CEO Travis Kalanick, 40, has stepped down from his role. He will continue to serve on the board of directors. Five of the major shareholders in the company – Benchmark Capital, Fidelity, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital and Menlo Ventures, demanded the CEO’s resignation.
Kalanick co-founded Uber in 2009 and led it to be the largest U.S. ride-hailing service and among the biggest globally. Prior to Uber, he co-founded Red Swoosh in 2001 that specialized in file-sharing technology and managed to sell it to Akamai Technologies for nearly $19 million in 2007. Before Red Swoosh, he co-founded Scour with his UCLA batch mates in 1998 which offered an Internet search engine and file-sharing services.
InfoSpace announced that it has appointed Steve Hooper to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Hooper is a founding partner of Ignition Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in communications, internet, software, and technology services. Prior to founding Ignition, Mr. Hooper was the Chairman and CEO at Nextlink Communications (now XO Communications). Prior to this, he served as the Co-CEO at Teledesic.
Pitney Bowes announced the appointment of Chuck Cordray to the new position of president of the Volly secure digital delivery service. Cordray joins Pitney Bowes from Hearst Corporation, where he served as SVP and GM of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. Cordray previously held executive leadership roles for several large consumer brands, including TV Guide Publishing Group, Primedia, and Meredith Corporation.
Apple announced that Bertrand Serlet, Apple's SVP of Mac Software Engineering, will be leaving the company. Serlet joined Apple in 1997. Before joining Apple, Serlet spent four years at Xerox PARC, then joined NeXT in 1989. Craig Federighi, Apple's VP of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet's responsibilities and report to Steve Jobs. Federighi worked at NeXT, followed by Apple, and then spent a decade at Ariba where he held several roles including VP of Internet Services and CTO. He returned to Apple in 2009 to lead Mac OS X engineering.
Tom Hogan, 50, decided to leave HP. He served as EVP of Sales and Marketing for HP’s Enterprise Business group, with global responsibility for the sales and marketing of all products and solutions for the $57-billion-a-year business. Prior to this, Hogan turned around HP’s software business. Hogan also served as the CEO of Software maker, Vignette and was an executive at SAP. Jan Zadak, Managing Director for HP Europe, the Middle East and
CA Technologies announced that Rohit Kapoor, 46, CEO of ExlService Holdings Inc. has been elected to its Board of Directors. The Board expects to name Kapoor to the Board's Audit Committee. Kapoor's appointment brings the Board membership to 10, nine of whom are independent. In 2008, Kapoor was named president and CEO of ExlService Holdings, Inc., a provider of outsourcing and transformation services, and has served as a director since 2002. Kapoor previously served as ExlService Holdings' COO and CFO. He co-founded ExlService.com, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ExlService Holdings, in April 1999.