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Giant Tech Updates: Microsoft EVP Leaving, Amazon Elects Director & More Strategic Moves Featured

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Microsoft's Applications and Services Group EVP Dr. Qi Lu Steps Down; New MD for India Lab Appointed

Dr. Qi Lu, the EVP in charge of Microsoft's Applications and Services Group, is leaving the company due to health reasons. Dr. Lu was previously the president of the Online Services Division, where he led the company’s search, portal and online advertising efforts. He spent 10 years at Yahoo before joining Microsoft in 2008. Many of Lu’s duties will be taken over by Rajesh Jha, a corporate VP who has been leading Microsoft’s Outlook and Office 365 efforts.

Before joining Yahoo!, Dr. Lu worked as a research staff member at IBM’s Almaden Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University, and was a faculty member at Fudan University in China.

Microsoft appointed Sriram Rajamani as the new managing director of its India lab, effective August 1, 2016. Based in Bangalore, Sriram will spearhead Microsoft India's continued focus on research, innovation and collaboration with the scientific community. He replaces Chandu Thekkath, who previously was managing director of the lab for 02 years. Prior to joining the India lab, he headed the Software Productivity Tools group within Microsoft's Redmond research lab.

Facebook Taps Snapdeal’s Chief Product Officer 

Facebook has appointed former Chief Product Officer at Snapdeal and Bharti Airtel, Anand Chandrasekaran for its Messenger platform. In a global role, Chandrasekaran will be working out of the Silicon Valley headquarters of the company and will help develop strategies and partnerships for the platform that already boasts of a billion users globally. Chandrasekaran, who served as the senior director of mobile and search products at Yahoo between 2011 and 2014, worked with Airtel and Snapdeal in India in the past two and a half years. Appoints Founding Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech as Director elected Daniel P. Huttenlocher as a director of the company. Huttenlocher has been founding Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell Tech at Cornell University since 2012, and has worked for Cornell University since 1988 in various positions. Huttenlocher has served as a director of Corning since February 2015.

Alibaba Appoints Former McKinsey Exec as its SVP, Strategy & Investments

Alibaba appointed Madhur Deep as its SVP, Strategy & Investments. In his new role, Deep will take care of strategy and investment team in India at Alibaba. Prior to this appointment, Deep worked for McKinsey & Company as its Senior Engagement Manager.

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.

Intel Announces Multiple Executive Changes 

Intel Corporation appointed Robert “Bob” H. Swan as EVP and CFO. He replaces Stacy Smith, who, as previously announced, is taking a broader role within Intel leading manufacturing, sales and operations. Smith served nine years as Intel’s CFO.

Swan joins Intel from growth equity firm General Atlantic where he served as an operating partner working closely with the firm's global portfolio companies on growth objectives. Prior to General Atlantic, he served nine years as the CFO of eBay. Before that, he was CFO at Electronic Data Systems and at TRW. He also served as CFO, COO and CEO of Webvan Group. Prior to that, Bob served in senior finance roles at GE.

Intel and TPG announced a definitive agreement under which the two parties will establish a newly formed, jointly-owned, independent cybersecurity company. The new company will be called McAfee following transaction close. Chris Young will be appointed CEO of the new company upon closing of the transaction. Young is senior vice president and general manager of the Intel Security Group.

IBM to Reorganize Internal Blockchain Team; Couple of IBM Cloud Marketing Execs Depart 

IBM announced that it is planning to reorganize its internal blockchain team into a business unit that is to include its artificial intelligence and cloud computing initiatives. The new unit, in addition to working on blockchain technology, will also lead IBM's efforts to bridge its financial services work with its Watson artificial intelligence initiative. The firm said that the unit, Industry Platforms, will be led by Bridget van Kralingen, a former SVP of Global Business Services. The firm's entire blockchain leadership will move to the new unit.

Jean English, Global VP for IBM Cloud Marketing, has left. She has joined NetApp as CMO. She has expertise in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing strategies and led the go-to-market transformation for IBM's cloud business.

Carrie Palin, VP of Marketing for IBM’s Cloud Data Services and Analytics Software, has joined Box as its first CMO.

Qualcomm Named Ann M. Livermore to its Board 

Qualcomm appointed Ann M. Livermore to its board of directors. With her nearly 30 years at Hewlett-Packard (HP), Livermore brings extensive experience in senior leadership positions, and broad knowledge and experience in the areas of technology, business management, marketing, sales, and research and development. Livermore was formerly an EVP at Hewlett-Packard, where from 2004 until June 14, 2011 she led the HP Enterprise Business business unit of HP.

Adobe Chief Accounting Officer Retires         

Adobe announced that retirement of Richard Rowley as Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Adobe following 10 years of service. Rowley currently expects to remain in his role until January 31, 2017.

Salesforce Appoints Former Microsoft Exec as First Chief Equality Officer

Salesforce announced Tony Prophet will join the company as Chief Equality Officer. Prophet will be responsible for leading the company's equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ and racial equality. Prophet is a respected leader who has held senior executive roles at Microsoft and HP. He most recently served as Microsoft's Corporate VP of Education Marketing. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gannett.

PayPal Appoints COO and Europe Regional Leader     

William J. Ready has been appointed as EVP, COO at PayPal. Prior to this appointment, Ready previously served as the company's SVP, Global Head of Product and Engineering from January 2016 to September 2016, as SVP, Merchant and Next Generation Commerce from April 2015 to January 2016, and as CEO and GM of Braintree from December 2013 through April 2015.

Paypal has appointed Frank Keller as the new General Manager for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, succeeding Arnulf Keese who leaves the company after ten years.  Until recently, Keller managed the corporate customer business.  Keese moves on to become general partner of a venture capital fund. He joined Paypal as Head of Strategy & Business Operations.

Netflix Hires Ex-Universal Television Exec as VP-Content       

Netflix announced that it hires Bela Bajaria, ex-Universal Television, as VP-content, leading team focused on TV and film licensing from major U.S.  studios, and co-production relationships with major U.S. networks.

ADP’s President, Global Enterprise Solutions Resigns to Join NCR    

Mark Benjamin resigned as President, Global Enterprise Solutions of Automatic Data Processing. He joined ADP as an account representative and moved up in a number of leadership positions, including ADP’s small business and employer services divisions.

Benjamin is joining NCR as President and COO.

JD.Com Announces Executive Changes        

Shen Haoyu, CEO of China based JD Mall,'s B2C business group, is to transfer to the US for family reasons and will act as president of's international operation. Shen Haoyu joined JD as COO in 2011.

Infosys Announces Appointments and Resignations

Sangita Singh, Wipro's former chief executive for healthcare and life sciences, is to join Infosys as EVP and head its nearly $800-million healthcare and life sciences portfolio.

Sanjay Purohit, an EVP at Infosys, has resigned. Purohit was in-charge of the strategic initiatives with Pravin Rao, the COO of Infosys.

ARM Holdings Announces Executive Appointments   

ARM Holdings, the semiconductor and software design company, owned by SoftBank Group, appointed Masayoshi Son as Chairman and Executive Director; Ronald Fisher as Executive Director and Alok Sama as Executive Director. Masayoshi Son currently acts as Chairman and CEO for SoftBank and Chairman for Sprint Corporation, and holds executive directorships in Yahoo Japan Corporation and Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

Ronald Fisher currently holds executive positions in SoftBank and Sprint Corporation, and has held previous executive directorships in E*TRADE Financial Corporation and GSI Commerce Inc.

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. 

VMware Announces Board Changes  

VMware reported that Michael S. Dell has been elected to the VMware board of directors as chairman. In addition, Egon Durban was elected to the VMware board. Both of these appointments were triggered by Dell Technologies' completion of the acquisition of EMC, creating a family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.

With this change, Joseph M. Tucci, the company's chairman of the board of directors since 2007, as well as John R. Egan who served as a director on the company board of directors since 2007, are resigning from the company board.

Dell currently serves as chairman of the board and CEO of Dell Technologies.

Applied Materials Announces Resignation of Robert H. Swan as Director

Applied Materials announced that Robert H. Swan notified the company that he was resigning as a member of the Board of Directors of Applied Materials. Swan is Operating Partner, General Atlantic.

Intuit Appoints Nikhil Rungta as its Managing Director of its India Business

Intuit has appointed Nikhil Rungta as its managing director of its India business. Previously, he was appointed chief marketing officer at Prior to that, Rungta was the SVP of marketing at Reliance Jio and the CMO for Google India, where he led the position for four years. Overall, Rungta has over 20 years of experience in the marketing field and has worked in leadership roles at Yatra and Yebhi, where he headed the marketing for the companies.

HP Promotes Chief Academic Officer to Distinguished Technologist; Appoints MD for South African Business

Elliott Levine, chief academic officer at HP (formerly Hewlett-Packard), has been promoted to distinguished technologist.

HP has appointed David Rozzio as the new managing director of its South African business. Rozzio replaces Thibault Dousson.

Ericsson Announces CHRO and Tech Leader Changes

Ericsson announced it will move the position as CHRO to Sweden and that Bina Chaurasia, will resign from her role as SVP and CHRO. Joining Ericsson from Hewlett Packard in 2010, Chaurasia has built a world class global HR function for Ericsson.

Maj-Britt Arfert has been appointed acting CHRO while the search for a successor is underway.

Ulf Ewaldsson appointed Chief Strategy and Technology Officer and Head of Group Function Strategy and Technology for the Ericsson Group. Ulf Ewaldsson currently holds the position as Chief Technology Officer and Head of Group Function Technology.

Dassault Systemes Makes Geographic Leadership Changes  

Dassault Systemes has appointed Samson Khaou as the Managing Director of its India Geo. Dr. Chandan Chowdhury, who has been the India MD over the last five years will be taking over a new role as VP (Global Affairs & Business Development).

Samson Khaou will develop Dassault Systemes' India business strategy in line with the country's opportunities across sectors like aerospace and defense, transportation and mobility, consumer goods, life sciences, natural resources, industrial equipment, financial and business services, energy process and utilities. Samson Khaou is with Dassault Systemes since 1989. He launched Dassault Systemes' business in Korea and then he took the responsibility of Industry Services for Europe before leading the Asia Pacific South geo in 2011. Under his leadership, the revenue doubled, with several innovative projects such as Virtual Singapore being initiated.

Dr. Chandan will be in charge of defining new engagement and business models, focusing on the government's initiatives in areas like 'Make in India', urban transformation, digital India, smart cities and developing centers-of-excellence for creating industry-ready professionals to increase employability and interactions with senior scientists.

Analog Devices Announces Business Group Leadership Changes      

Analog Devices announced that Richard Meaney, SVP, Industrial, Healthcare and Consumer Business Group, will leave the company. Rick D. Hess, who currently leads the Communications and Automotive business groups will assume leadership of the Industrial, Healthcare and Consumer business groups, previously run by Meaney.

Micron Technology Announces Retirement of Mark Heil as VP and Corporate Controller      

Mark Heil, VP and Corporate Controller of Micron Technology announced his intention to retire from the Company. Heil served as the Company's interim Principal Financial Officer and interim Principal Accounting Officer from March 2015 to June 2015.

Workday Elects Member of its CEO Advisory Board as Director     

Workday elected Lee J. Styslinger, III as a director of Workday. Styslinger has served as a member of Workday's CEO Advisory Board since 2015. Additionally, he has served as the CEO of Altec, a leading equipment and service provider for the electric utility, telecommunications, contractor, lights and signs, and tree care markets, since 1997 and as its Chairman since 2011.

Abhijit Bhaduri Leaves Wipro as Chief Learning Officer         

Wipro confirms that Abhijit Bhaduri, currently the chief learning officer, has decided to pursue his entrepreneurial ambition after a rewarding career with the organization. Given this, Abhijit will continue with Wipro in an advisory role. The company did not confirm if the post of chief learning officer will see an executive from outside or within company folds brought in to replace Bhaduri. He will start his own executive coaching firm in the next few months.

Capgemini Names Chief Digital Officer of its North American Application Services and Consulting Services       

Capgemini has named Kim Smith Chief Digital Officer of its North American Application Services and Consulting Services. In her prior role, Smith was Adobe's first global head of digital services innovation where she led the development of its digital services portfolio strategy, and launched Adobe's Smart Bag for retailers and Immersive Retail Experience offering in collaboration with Capgemini. She was previously a VP at Capgemini, and led product and service lines for cloud and digital innovation. Prior to that, Smith spent 12 years as an executive at Microsoft leading online, digital, cloud products and services innovation.

Enphase Energy CFO Joins Skyworks Solutions as SVP and CFO        

Skyworks Solutions announced that Kris Sennesael has joined Skyworks as SVP and CFO. Sennesael, most recently served as CFO for Enphase Energy, a semiconductor-based energy solutions provider. Prior to Enphase, Sennesael was CFO at Standard Microsystems, and, previously, he held increasingly responsible financial positions at ON, AMI Semiconductor and Alcatel Microelectronics.

Citrix Systems Appoints APJ Region Sales Leader

Citrix has announced that Stanimira Koleva has been appointed group VP (GVP) of sales and services for the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Most recently, Koleva was the SVP and chief operations officer, for APJ at Software AG, a leading large enterprise software company where she was responsible for the business in the Asia Pacific and Japan region.

Palo Alto Networks Announces Sales Leadership Changes   

Mark Anderson has been promoted to president with responsibility for the company's sales, go-to-market strategy, customer support, and business development. Over the last four years, Anderson's leadership as SVP of Worldwide Field Operations, for its sales organization has been instrumental to its growth. rior to joining Palo Alto Networks, he was EVP of Worldwide Sales at F5 Networks, where he oversaw all sales activities for the company beginning in 2007.

First Data Appoints Co-CEO at Lebenthal as Board Member; Appoints Leader for APAC Region         

First Data Corporation appointed Barbara A. Yastine as Board of Directors. Yastine most recently served as a director and Co-CEO at Lebenthal Holdings. Prior to Yastine’s most recent role at Lebenthal Holdings, she served as Chair, President, and CEO of Ally Bank from 2012 to 2015. She also previously held the role of Chief Administrative Officer of Ally Financial. In addition Yastine is also a member of the Board of Primerica.

Ivo Distelbrink will join the company to lead its business in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Reporting to Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano, Distelbrink will be based in Singapore and will also serve on First Data’s Management Committee. Distelbrink joins First Data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), where he most recently held the role of Managing Director and Regional Head of Global Transaction Services (GTS) for APAC.

Maxim Integrated Products Announces Board Appointments

Maxim Integrated Products, engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing a range of linear and mixed-signal integrated circuits, elected MaryAnn Wright and Tracy Accardi to its Board of Directors.

Wright serves as Group VP, Technology and Industry Relations at Johnson Controls. Before joining Johnson Controls, Wright was EVP of Engineering, Product Development, Commercial and Program Management at Collins & Aikman Corporation from 2006-2007. Prior to that, she served in several executive management positions at Ford Motor.

Accardi has served as VP of Global Research and Development, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions at Hologic since 2014. Previously, Accardi was CTO at Omniguide Surgical from 2012 to 2014, and Executive Consultant at Mednest Consulting from 2011 to 2012, after having held senior research and development positions at Covidien, Johnson & Johnson Company, and Philips Medical Systems.

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.

Date Range: August 24th - October 11th

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