Tuesday, 15 May 2018 23:42

Xerox ended a planned $6.1 billion deal with Fujifilm, in which Fuji would take control of Xerox,  and reached a new agreement with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, who have a combined 15% stake at the company and have been opposing the Fujifilm deal. They launched a campaign to stop the merger and oust top managers, including CEO Jeff Jacobson, 58. Jacobson was a particular target as Icahn accused him  of rushing into the Fujifilm deal and acting against board instructions, something that he board denied in April. Jacobson was named CEO January 2017. He had been President and prior to that COO of the Xerox Technology business, and president of Global Graphic Communications Operations joining in 2012. Prior to joining Xerox, he served as Chairman &  CEO of Presstek. 

Monday, 14 May 2018 08:49

Facebook has re-organized its ranks in the wake of user privacy issues that has been creating waves across all quarters. The social network’s misuse in the spread of Russian propaganda and disinformation and the more recent Cambridge Analytica scandal have made data privacy and security issues the foremost priority for the social media giant.  

Board Shuffles

Jan Koum, 41, CEO of WhatsApp stepped down from the board over significant disagreements over privacy issues. The company hired heavyweight and Senior Obama Advisor, Jeff Zients, 51. Earlier this year, the company also hired its first non-white director, former American Express CEO, Ken Chenault, 66. More details on the board shuffles are outlined below.

Sunday, 06 May 2018 21:54

May 3, 2018

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 4/30/2018) and latest appointments for the month of April 2018.  

The average length of time the searches are open is 4.7 months, up from 4.3 last month. There is little variance across geographies. 

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 13:18

NCR Names Frank Martire as Executive Chairman and Michael Hayford as CEO

NCR Corporation has named Frank Martire, 69, as Executive Chairman. Martire most recently served as non-executive chairman of FIS till last year. He served as CEO of FIS after acquisition of Metavante, where he served as CEO before the acquisition.

Friday, 20 April 2018 07:43

April 17th, 2018

Welcome to the 55th Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending April 15, 2018. 

  • 121 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs.
  • 8 % of these roles were filled by women
  • The majority of these roles are filled with people hired externally (77%)
  • There are 44 open roles
Thursday, 05 April 2018 23:40

April 3, 2018

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 3/31/2018) and latest appointments for the month of March 2018.  

The average length of time the searches are open is 4.3 months, down from 5.2 last month. There is little variance across geographies. 

Friday, 23 March 2018 08:55

Twitter’s Chief Information Security Officer to Leave after Three Years In Role

Twitter’s CISO Michael Coates steps down from his role to launch his own security startup. Coates joined the company in January 2015. He had joined from Shape Security, where he was the Director of Product Security. Earlier in his career, he held roles at Mozilla, Aspect Security and Motorola.

Friday, 23 March 2018 08:19

March 18th, 2018

Welcome to the 53rd Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending February 17, 2018.

  • 84 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs. 
  • 14 % of these roles were filled by women
  • The majority of these roles are filled with people hired externally (71%)
  • There are 41 open roles 

 

Friday, 09 March 2018 12:45

March 1, 2018 

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 2/28/2018) and latest appointments for the month of February 2018.   

The average length of time the searches are open is 5.2 months, up from 4.4 months last month. There is little variance across geographies

 

Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:38

Vell Executive Search captures the most recent board appointments in tech, from October 29, 2017 to February 8, 2018.

Tech Giants

Alphabet Names Board Veteran as Chairman to Succeed Schmidt. Alphabet appointed John L. Hennessy, 65, former President of Stanford University, to serve as Executive Chair of Alphabet’s Board. Hennessy has served on the Board since April 2004 and Lead Independent Director since April 2007. Eric Schmidt, 62, becomes technical advisor to the company while continuing to serve on its board. Alphabet said that Canadian-born Shirley M. Tilghman, 71, 19th President of Princeton University, also retired from the board effective Feb. 15, 2018.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 07:38

February 20th, 2018

Welcome to the 53rd Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending February 17, 2018.

We’ve seen a lot of shake-ups, as 109 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs. 

Monday, 05 February 2018 02:27

February 1, 2018

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 1/31/2018) and latest appointments for the month of January 2018.  

The average length of time the searches are open is 4 months, up from 4.4 last month. There is little variance across geographies. 

Monday, 05 February 2018 02:12

Vell Executive Search captures the most recent female board appointments in tech, from November 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

Tech Giants Welcoming Women on Board

Microsoft Elects Former US Secretary of Commerce as Newest Board Member. Entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist and former United States Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker, JD, 58, joins as director of Microsoft.

Broadcom Appoints Former Benchmark Electronics CEO as Independent Director. Broadcom appointed Ms. Gayla J. Delly, 57, as an independent director of the company. Ms. Delly served as CEO of Benchmark Electronics.

Friday, 19 January 2018 05:42

Happy Holidays!!! and all the best for 2018!!

Welcome to the 52nd Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending January15, 2018. 

We’ve seen a lot of shake-ups, as 65 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs.

Monday, 08 January 2018 10:37

Much activity happened in the past three months or so in the Giant Tech Companies. We have categorized these in roughly three categories: 

  1. Multiple complex changes, due to either massive restructurings, promotions from within, activist investors or stock troubles;
  2. Board and CEO changes or other Significant changes
  3. Changes by functional area: Presidents/COO/GMs, Sales, Marketing , Product and CFOs.
Thursday, 04 January 2018 06:44

January 3rd, 2018 

Happy New Year 2018!

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 12/31/2017) and latest appointments for the month of December 2017.  

The average length of time the searches are open is 4 months, up from 3.9 months earlier this year. There is little variance across geographies. 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 06:55

Happy Holidays!!! and all the best for 2018!!

Welcome to the 51st Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 29 days ending December 15, 2017. 

We’ve seen a lot of shake-ups, as 64 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs.

Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:32

CVS Health CIO Stephen Gold Steps Down
CVS Health's CIO and EVP of Technology & Operations Innovation, Stephen J. Gold, 58, resigned to "pursue professional opportunities outside of CVS Health". The resignation was not related to CVS’ recent $69 billion acquisition of Aetna. Gold joined CVS in 2012 as SVP & CIO. 

Gold was previously SVP and CIO for Avaya, guiding all aspects of the company’s technology strategy, as well as leading IT business operations and systems globally. 

Prior to joining Avaya, Gold was the EVP, CIO and Corporate CTO for GSI Commerce. 

Sunday, 17 December 2017 07:13

December 16th, 2017

Welcome to our Software Industry Newsletter.

In this newsletter, we report on Software Board & Exec  Leadership Moves from September 24th to December 12th, 2017. They are roughly organized by size.

Comments Welcomed and Appreciated! 

Dora Vell 

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Microsoft Elects Former US Secretary of Commerce as Newest Board Member. Entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist and former United States Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker, 58, joins as director of Microsoft.

SAP Names COO Christian Klein, 37, to Executive Board to Lead Global Business Operations. 

Adobe Promotes Scott Belsky, 37, to Product Chief and EVP, Creative Cloud. Scott Belsky is the former VP of Products at Adobe, leading the Creative Cloud mobile product strategy.

Saturday, 09 December 2017 00:59

December 5th, 2017 

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 11/30/2017) and latest appointments for the month of November 2017.  

The average length of time the searches are open is 3.9 months, down from 4.4 months earlier this year. There is little variance across geographies.

 

In This Edition 

  • Want a  Tech Board Seat? A Vell Study Reveals Backgrounds in Demand
  • Summary Trends & Stats -  Open Tech CEO Roles & Latest Appointments
  • Open CEO Roles as of November 30th, 2017
  • Tech CEOs Appointed in November 2017
  • Vell Research & Insights Summary
  • Featured Vell Placements