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Samsung Electronics Nominates Jay Y. Lee to Board 

Samsung Electronics has nominated Jay Y. Lee, the son of its longtime chairman, to its board of directors. More than two years after the hospitalization of Chairman Kun-Hee Lee, the Board of Samsung Electronics believes that the time is now right to nominate Jay Y. Lee as a member of the Board to allow him to take a more active role in the Company's strategic decision-making. Following Lee's appointment, Sang-Hoon Lee, who will continue as CFO, plans to stand down from his position on the Board in order to maintain the Board's current structure of four members of the management and five independent outside directors.

Cisco Middle East Appoints Managing Director of East Region

Cisco Middle East has appointed Shukri Eid as the managing director of its East region. In his new role, Shukri will lead the Cisco’s business in the UAE, Oman, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. A Cisco Leadership Pipeline Program alumnus, Eid most recently held the position of senior director of country digitisation acceleration (CDA) in Cisco’s EMEAR region, working with government and industry leaders to accelerate national digitisation strategies. Prior to that, he was the director managing Cisco consulting services in the same region. Prior to joining Cisco, Eid held a number of senior consultancy roles at leading blue chips, including IBM global business services and PwC, with engagements involving local and federal government, education, financial services, and defence.

Nokia Announces Change in the Nokia Technologies’ Leadership; Appoints CEO of its Russian Branch   

Nokia announced that Ramzi Haidamus, President of Nokia Technologies and a member of the company's Group Leadership Team, will step down from the Nokia Group Leadership Team.

Brad Rodrigues, currently head of strategy and business development in Nokia Technologies, will assume the role of acting president of Nokia Technologies, and the company has started the search for a permanent successor with the requisite technology, product and commercial skills.

Nokia has appointed Mikhail Rayskin the CEO of its Russian branch. Simultaneously, Rayskin will continue working as head of the customer business team to deal with key accounts. Rayskin has previously held management positions at numerous telecommunications companies. 

Harris Corporation Appoints New Board Members

Harris Corporation has announced the appointment of James Albaugh to its board of directors. Harris also announced that Roger B. Fradin has been nominated for election to its Board. Albaugh, is a senior adviser to Perella Weinberg Partners. He served as senior advisor to The Blackstone Group from December 2012 to July 2016. Prior to that, he had a 37-year career at Boeing, where he held various leadership positions, including president and CEO of the Commercial Airplane business, president and CEO of the Integrated Defense Systems business and president and CEO of the Space and Communications business.

Fradin is vice chairman of Honeywell International Inc. During his 16-year career with Honeywell, he has held leadership positions, including president and CEO of the company's Automation and Controls business. He joined Honeywell in 2000 when the company acquired Pittway Corporation.

ARRIS International Announces Board and CEO Changes   

ARRIS International appointed Bruce McClelland as CEO. McClelland also was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors. McClelland joined ARRIS in 1999 as VP of Engineering.

Bob Stanzione will become ARRIS Executive Chairman in addition to continuing to serve as Chairman of the Board. Stanzione will remain with ARRIS on a full-time basis as Executive Chairman. Stanzione was the founding President and CEO of ARRIS Interactive. The appointment of McClelland as CEO is the culmination of a formal CEO succession process started in early 2016 by the Board of Directors. In connection with the process, the Board retained the firm of Spencer Stuart to assist with the extensive search process.

ARRIS also appointed Andrew M. Barron, 51, as a director.  Since 2014, Barron has served as Chairman of Com Hem Holding AB. Barron also served as Chairman of Primacom.

Cheetah Mobile Announces New CEO and Director

China based mobile tools provider Cheetah Mobile named Tao Zou as CEO and a director of the Company and announced the resignation of Dr. Hongjiang Zhang as a director of the Company, due to his intended retirement. Tao Zou, who has worked at Kingsoft for approximately twenty years, is currently an executive director and SVP of Kingsoft as well as the CEO of Seasun Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Kingsoft. 

Date Range: August 10th - September 20th

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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