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Alibaba Appoints Former McKinsey Exec to Oversee Strategy and Investment Team in India 

Alibaba appointed Madhur Deep as its SVP. 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 as its Senior Engagement Manager.

PayPal Promotes Global Head of Product and Engineering to COO

PayPal named William J. Ready, 36, as EVP, COO. Prior to this appointment, Ready served as the company's SVP, Global Head of Product and Engineering, and SVP, Merchant and Next Generation Commerce. He was CEO and GM of Braintree earlier.

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.

WEX Elects Retired PwC Partner John (Jeb) E. Bachman to Board 

Global payment solutions company WEX elected John (Jeb) E. Bachman, 60, to the company’s board of directors. Mr. Bachman is an “audit committee financial expert” who spent more than 35 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is on the board of directors for The Children’s Place, a public company. A partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers until his retirement in 2015, Bachman served as the U.S. assurance operations leader from 2007 to 2013, with full financial and operational responsibility for the $4 billion business, including the firm’s audit and risk management practices.

Match Group Appoints IAC CFO as Board Member 

Glenn H. Schiffman, age 47, was elected to the Board of Directors of Match Group. Schiffman has served as CFO of IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) since April 2016. Prior to joining IAC, he served as Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Securities and was a partner at The Raine Group.

Rightmove’s Newest Board Member is Recognized Technology Leader in in the UK 

Rightmove, the UK's number one property website, appointed Jacqueline de Rojas as a non-executive director. Jacqueline holds a full time position as EVP of Northern Europe for The Sage Group plc and is a Non-Executive Director of tech UK, where she serves as President. She has worked in the software, technology and digital sectors since 1984 holding executive roles with digital and enterprise sales-focused businesses including Citrix Systems, CA Technologies, McAfee and Business Objects amongst others.

Just Eat Appoints Former P&G Marketing Expert to its Board        

Roisin Donnelly, who spent 31 years with Procter & Gamble and rose to be CMO for Northern Europe, joined the board of leading online takeaway ordering service Just Eat. Donnelly oversaw marketing in six countries for P&G. Before that she spent 14 years leading the P&G marketing department for the UK and Ireland. She was marketing director for P&G's Prestige Fragrance division for North America and Latin America, and marketing director for P&G's former Max Factor cosmetics brand in the UK.

Square’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Steps Down

Payments firm Square announced that resignation of Dana R. Wagner as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Wagner will remain an employee of the Company in order to provide transitional services to the Company through November 2016.

GrubHub Goes through Board Changes        

Online food ordering services firm GrubHub announced that Justin Sadrian, 44, a member of the board of directors the company, resigned from the board. Sadrian is a partner at the firm of Warburg Pincus. The board increased the size of the board to ten members and appointed David Habiger, 47, and Linda Johnson Rice, 58, as directors.

Habiger was the interim CEO of Textura Corporation and a member of the company's Board of Directors, prior to its recent sale to Oracle, and is a venture partner with Pritzker Group.

Rice is Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) and Chairman Emeritus of EBONY Media Holdings, and serves on the Board of Directors of Omnicom Group. Group Names New CEO

The head of social network VKontakte, Boris Dobrodeyev will assume the position of CEO of Group in Russia. The change in management structure is due to the fact that current CEO Dmitry Grishin plans to focus on investment and strategy, including international expansion. Dobrodeyev was CEO of VKontakte and also head of strategy and development at

Zynga Names EA Finance Exec as CFO       

Zynga appointed Gerard Griffin as CFO. Griffin brings to Zynga more than two decades of industry experience in financial and operational management within the gaming, media and technology sectors. Before joining Zynga, Griffin spent more than 10 years at Electronic Arts. Most recently, he served as SVP of Finance where he was the finance leader for EA’s Studios, Marketing and Publishing organizations.

WebMD Announces CEO and CFO Changes

WebMD appointed Steven L. Zatz, M.D., its President, to serve as its CEO. Dr. Zatz has been a member of the senior leadership of WebMD and its predecessor companies for 17 years. Dr. Zatz was appointed President of WebMD in 2013. Prior to becoming President, Dr. Zatz was EVP of Professional Services, responsible for Medscape, the company's site for healthcare professionals. As a result of this transition, Dr. Zatz's responsibilities will expand to include WebMD Health Services.

The company also announced that David J. Schlanger, who has served as CEO since 2013, is leaving the company by mutual agreement.

WebMD also appointed Blake DeSimone as EVP and CFO of the company. DeSimone is replacing Peter Anevski, whose employment was terminated without cause by the company. Prior to joining the company, DeSimone served as CFO of D+M Holdings from 2010 to June 2015. Group Hires CEO from John Lewis 

British price comparison website Group announced that Mark Lewis is succeeding Peter Plumb who, as announced in August, has indicated he will step down as CEO. Lewis is currently Retail Director of John Lewis. He joined John Lewis in early 2013 as online director, and in 2015 was made responsible for running both shop and online operations at the retailer. Announces Board Appointments           

Internet-based mailing and shipping services company appointed two new members to its board of directors. David Habiger, former CEO of Textura, NDS Group and Sonic Solutions, joined company's board.

Theodore R. Samuels, President of Capital Guardian Trust Company and long-time portfolio manager and equity analyst with Capital Group, will join company's board following his retirement on January 4, 2017.

Shutterfly Elects Amazon VP Eva Manolis to Board of Directors     

Shutterfly, the Internet-based image publishing service firm, elected Eva Manolis to its board of directors. Most recently, Manolis served an 11 year tenure as VP of consumer shopping experience at At Amazon, Manolis’s responsibilities included leading the development of core consumer-facing features, functionality and user interface designs across multiple websites, mobile apps, and business lines. She further led cross-company initiatives in customer experience, design, and innovation.

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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.

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