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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. 

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  • Summary Trends & Stats -  Open Tech CEO Roles & Latest Appointments
  • Open CEO Roles as of April 30th, 2018
  • Tech CEOs Appointed in April 2018
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Summary Stats and Trends

By the numbers, overall:
  • Total Open CEO Roles: 48
  • New CEO Appointments: 78 CEO roles filled
    - Gender Diversity:  7 women or 9%, 71 men
Geographic Distribution of Open Roles Vs. New Tech Appointments
2018 May Fig 1 New CEOs by Geography

New Tech CEO Openings: 4 – Deluxe Corporation (MN), TeliaSonera Sverige AB (Sweden), xG Technology (FL), and Trans-Lux Corporation (NY).

CEOs Appointed – Sources 


13% of the CEOs appointed were Chairman or Board Members, 9% were COOs or President or EVP – Operations, 4% were CFOs, 1% was interim CEOs, divisional execs promoted were 8%, 13% other internal executives and 52% external appointments.    ​   

2018 May Fig 2 Sources of CEO Appointments

Diversity: 7 (9%) CEOs out of 71 total CEOs appointed were women. 

2018 May Fig 3 New CEOs   Diversity

The two longest CEO searches started in June and September 2016. 

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Tech CEO Roles Open As of April 30th, 2018

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VEON, Netherlands, March 2018 - CEO Jean-Yves Charlier is leaving the company. The Supervisory Board is undertaking a search for a new CEO.

Convergys Corporation, Ohio, January 2018 - President and CEO Andrea Ayers will transition from her role following a nearly 30-year career at the Company. Ayers will continue to lead the Company in her current role President and CEO, as well as a member of the Board of Directors, as long as necessary for transition purposes.

Deluxe Corporation, Minnesota, April 2018 - Lee Schram will retire as CEO of the Company. The board has formed a CEO succession committee to lead the search with the assistance of an executive search firm.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Oregon, March 2018 - President and CEO, Darin G. Billerbeck, has decided to retire. Glen Hawk, the Company’s COO since November 2015, will be Interim CEO. The Board will conduct a thorough search process for a permanent CEO, including both internal and external candidates, and has retained Egon Zehnder for the search.

Five9, California, November 2017 - Mike Burkland, Chairman, President and CEO, will be transitioning to become executive chairman. In October, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and will be undergoing aggressive treatment over the next several months. The board has named Barry Zwarenstein, the company’s CFO, to the additional post of Interim CEO while a search for a permanent CEO commences.

Sigma Designs, California, January 2018 - Sigma Designs' President & CEO Thinh Tran has resigned. Mr. Elias Nader, Sigma's current SVP and CFO, has been appointed as interim President and CEO.

AutoWeb, California, March 2018 - AutoWeb is initiating an executive management succession process to appoint a new CEO as CEO Jeffrey Coats will be stepping down.

Marchex, Washington, October 2016 - Pete Christothoulou resigned as CEO in October last year. 

Absolute Software, British Columbia, Canada, January 2018 - Absolute Software named Steve Munford, an accomplished cybersecurity industry leader, as interim CEO. Absolute’s former CEO, Geoff Haydon, resigned as both CEO and member of the Board.

Numerex, Georgia, January 2017 - Numerex CEO Marc Zionts stepped down. CFO Kenneth Gayronis is now interim CEO.  

Urthecast,Vancouver, Canada, March 2018 - Board member Greg Nordal was appointed as Interim CEO while former President and CEO, Wade Larson, who was a founder of the Company, will be stepping down as CEO and director., California, October 2016 – Dr. Elizabeth M. Cholawsky departed as president and CEO. Richard Bloom is iCEO.

Westell Technologies, Illinois, November 2017 - Chairman Kirk R. Brannock has been appointed interim President and CEO. The Board intends to conduct a search for a permanent CEO.

Xceligent, Missouri, October 2017 - Jody Vanarsdale, Xceligent’s COO, will take on the role of Acting CEO.

Cartesian, Kansas, November 2017 - Peter Woodward provided formal notice to Cartesian that he will resign from his position as CEO.

xG Technology, Florida, April 2018 - George Schmitt has elected to retire from his roles as CEO and Executive Chairman. The Board has appointed current xG Technology board member Gary Cuccio as Executive Chairman and interim CEO.

Trans-Lux Corporation, New York, April 2018 - Trans-Lux Corporation appointed COO and board member Alberto Shaio as the company’s Interim CEO while Jean-Marc Allain is on medical leave following a surgical procedure.

MassRoots, Colorado, December 2017 - Scott Kveton resigned as CEO of the company. Kveton had sold his startup, Odava, to MassRoots in July in a deal worth about $1.6 million, and was later named CEO.

MMRGlobal, California, June 2017 - Robert H. Lorsch, Chairman, President and CEO of the company, died unexpectedly.

Lavu, New Mexico, June 2016 - Marc Chesley has stepped down as the CEO of Lavu. 

International Card Establishment, California, July 2017 - Payment company International Card Establishment appointed Kelani Long iCEO & Director.

Kickstarter, New York, July 2017 - Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler is stepping down as CEO of the innovative crowdfunding company later this year. Kickstarter is now actively looking for a replacement.

Birch Communications, Georgia, October 2017 - Birch Communications announced the departure of President and CEO Tony Tomae.

AdColony, California, December 2017 - Otello announced the departure of AdColony's CEO, Will Kassoy. Lars Boilesen, Otello CEO, will act as interim CEO for AdColony while the company searches for his permanent replacement.

DataPath, Georgia, February 2018 - DataPath announced that its Chairman of the Board, Chris Melton, will step in as interim CEO, after its current President and CEO, David Myers, announced his plans to step down in February 2018.  

Europe, Middle East & Africa 

TeliaSonera Sverige AB, Sweden, April 2018 - Hélène Barnekow, EVP and CEO of Telia Sweden, has resigned. Johan Dennelind, President & CEO of Telia Company, will temporarily assume the role of CEO of Telia Sweden until a permanent solution is in place.

Bezeq The Israel Telecommunication Corporation, Israel, March 2018 - Bezeq The Israel Telecommunication Corporation Limited announced that Ms. Stella Handler, the company’s CEO, is quitting the company.

Proact IT Group AB, Sweden, February 2018 - Jason Clark has chosen to resign from his position as CEO. The company has initiated a recruitment process of a new CEO. The Board has decided to appoint Peter Javestad, as acting CEO, to lead the company's operations.

Mycronic AB, Sweden, February 2018 - Lena Olving will leave as President and CEO during 2019. The process to find a successor has begun. 

NetEnt, Sweden, March 2018 - Per Eriksson is to step down as President and CEO with immediate effect. NetEnt's Board has appointed CFO Therese Hillman also as acting CEO.

IDOX plc, United Kingdom, March 2018 - Idox plc announced that CEO and directo Andrew Riley has stepped down, further to the announcement of his absence due to ill health. Richard Kellett-Clarke continues to serve as the Group's interim CEO.

Ellies Holdings Limited, South Africa, November 2017 - Wayne Samson resigned as CEO. The board says a further announcement, regarding the appointment of a new CEO, will be released in due course.

Pricer AB, Sweden, April 2017 - CFO Helena Holmgren has been appointed acting CEO until a new CEO has been recruited. 

IDE Group Holdings, United Kingdom, March 2018 - IDE Group Holdings plc announced that Andy Ross, CEO, has resigned from the company and is stepping down with immediate effect. Julian Phipps, CFO, will assume the role of COO in addition to his CFO duties and additionally the Board intends to further strengthen the Board in due course.

Net Insight, Sweden, March 2018 - Net Insight announced the resignation of Fredrik Tumegård as CEO. The Board of Directors has initiated the recruitment process for his replacement.

Earthport plc, United Kingdom, December 2017 - Earthport plc announces that CEO Hank Uberoi will become Executive Chairman and the Board has initiated a search for a new CEO. Phil Hickman, currently Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, has agreed to act as interim CEO.

Brady Plc, UK, September 2016 - After nine years CEO Gavin Lavelle has decided to pursue new opportunities. Ian Jenks will assume operational control of the company as executive chairman. 

Dods Group PLC, United Kingdom, November 2017 - Guy Cleaver, CEO, has resigned. The Board is currently seeking to appoint a new CEO.

Escher Group Holdings, Ireland, January 2018 - Escher Group Holdings plc announced that it has been notified by Liam Church, Chief Executive, that he will retire at the end of May 2018. During the next few months, Liam will work with the Board to ensure an orderly handover to a replacement CEO.

Asia Pacific

Total Access Communication, Thailand, March 2018 - Total Access Communication PLC announced that Mr. Lars-Ake Norling, CEO and a director of the company, has resigned from the positions of CEO and a director to pursue new opportunities effective September 1, 2018 or the date on which a successor has been appointed.

Maxis Berhad, Malaysia, March 2018 - Maxis Berhad appointed Board member Robert Nason as executive Director and interim CEO.

Vocus Group, Australia, February 2018 - Group CEO Geoff Horth will be leaving the company. The role of Interim Group CEO will be assumed by Michael Simmons, Vocus current Chief Executive of its Wholesale & International Division, and previous Chief Executive of the (former) Vocus Enterprise & Wholesale division.

J-Devices Corporation, Japan, November 2017 - Yoshifumi Nakaya notified parent company Amkor Technology of his intention to retire as President & CEO of J-Devices at the end of 2017. The company expects to announce Mr. Nakaya's succession plan concurrently with the effective date of his retirement.

SUNeVision Holdings, Hong Kong, March 2018 - Yan King-shun, Peter has tendered his resignation as an Executive Director and the CEO. The company is now in the course of identifying a suitable candidate to be appointed to the role of CEO of the company.

Isentia Group, Australia, February 2018 - Isentia Group Limited announced the resignation of its Managing Director and CEO John Croll. An external search for a replacement commenced immediately.

Trio Industrial Electronics Group, Hong Kong, March 2018 - Chairman, CEO, Executive Director, Director of Marketing Kwan Tak Sum Stanley will retire from his positions. The Board announced that it will discuss replacement of the Positions.

CS Loxinfo Public Company, Thailand, March 2018 - Anant Kaewruamvongs resigned from the position of CEO and Managing Director. The board of directors has appointed Dr. Somchai Kittichaikoonkit, currently VP - Marketing & Sales, as Acting CEO and Managing Director.

Xchanging Solutions, India, October 2017 - Mr. Shrenik Kumar Champalal as CEO for an interim period and whole time director with effect from March 31, 2018. Xchanging Solutions Limited has received resignation letter from Mr. Ramaswamy Sankaranarayanan Kavalapara as Managing Director cum CEO 

Seeing Machines Limited, Australia, January 2018 - Seeing Machines Limited announced that CEO Mike McAuliffe is leaving the company. Executive Chairman Ken Kroeger has now been appointed as interim CEO by the board until the recruitment of a new CEO is finalized.



Technology CEO Appointments in April 2018

The United States & Canada 

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Tech Data Corporation, Florida - Richard T. Hume, EVP & COO, will become the company's CEO and Director.
NCR Corporation, Georgia - NCR has named former FIS CFO Michael D. Hayford as CEO. Hayford was most recently Founding Partner of Motive Partners, a tech focused investment firm.
McGraw-Hill Education, New York - McGraw-Hill Education named Dr. Nana Banerjee as president and CEO. Dr. Banerjee, is currently group president of Verisk Analytics.
Match Group, Texas - Malgosia Green has been appointed CEO of PlentyOfFish. Most recently Green served as the Chief Product Officer of Top Hat.
Burroughs, Michigan - Burroughs has appointed Ed Boyd as the new CEO. He most recently served as VP of Client Services with Burroughs.
comScore, Virginia - comScore appointed board member Bryan Wiener as CEO. Most recently, Wiener served as executive chairman at 360i.
Ribbon Communications, Massachusetts - Ribbon Communications appointed board member Franklin W. Hobbs as President and CEO of the company.
Canadian Broadcasting, Ontario, Canada - The government of Canada appointed Catherine Tait to the position of president/CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. Ms. Tait most recently served as President of Duopoly.
Axway Software SA, Arizona - CFO Patrick Donovan named as Group CEO replacing Jean-Marc Lazzari.
A.H. Belo Corporation, Texas - Robert W. Decherd will succeed Jim Moroney as chairman, president and CEO. Decherd previously served as chairman and CEO of A. H. Belo and Belo Corp. from 1987 to 2013.
DHI Group, New York - DHI Group announced that Art Zeile will join the Company as President and CEO. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Zeile was the co-founder and CEO of HOSTING.
Brightcove, Massachusetts - Jeff Ray is joining as CEO and as a Director. He is retired CEO of Ellucian.
AutoWeb, California - AutoWeb has appointed Jared Rowe as director, president and CEO, succeeding Jeffrey Coats. Previously held senior positions at FordDirect, Cox Automotive, and Cerberus-backed YP Holdings.
General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions, Massachusetts - Nick Lantuh has joined the company as President and CEO. Most recently having served as Executive Chairman of eSentire.
Riskonnect, Georgia - Riskonnect hired Jim Wetekamp as its new CEO. Most recently served as CEO of BravoSolution.
Computex, Texas - Computex Technology Solutions appointed EVP & CFO John Schilsky as its new President and CEO.
Sparta Systems, New Jersey - Sparta Systems appointed Dana Jones as CEO. She most recently served as CEO of Active Network.
Llamasoft, Michigan - Longtime supply chain industry executive Razat Gaurav has joined as the new CEO. Former JDA Software, i2 Technologies and Ernst & Young exec.
DataCore Software Corporation, Florida - DataCore Software appointed Dave Zabrowski as CEO. He most recently served as founder and CEO of Cloud Cruiser, a leading cloud analytics company that was acquired in 2017 by HPE.
LXRandCo, Quebec, Canada - LXRandCo announced that current independent director, Steven Goldsmith, has been appointed President and CEO.  Goldmsith joins LXRandCo from Brookstone where he served as CEO and President.
Frankly, New York - COO & CFO Lou Schwartz has been promoted to CEO and director.
Dealnet Capital, Ontario, Canada - Dealnet Capital appointed interim CEO Mr. Brent Houlden to the position of President and CEO.
Netwrix Corporation, California - Netwrix has appointed its board member Steve Dickson as CEO. Steve was previously with Dell, where he served as VP and GM of the Windows Platform Management business.
Instart Logic, California - Instart Logic appointed Sumit Dhawan as CEO. Dhawan comes to the company from VMware, where he served as GM computing business.
Quantros, California - Quantros appointed Trey M. Cook as its new president and CEO. Most recently, Trey achieved significant growth while leading Hill-Rom Corporation’s clinical communication business unit where he was responsible for all aspects of the global business.
Ricoh USA, Pennsylvania - Ricoh USA announced that Joji Tokunaga has been appointed President and CEO of Ricoh in the Americas. Most recently, Tokunaga served as EVP and GM of Shared Services within Ricoh Americas.
Riverbed Technology, California - Riverbed Technology appointed Chief Sales Officer Paul Mountford to CEO, succeeding Jerry M. Kennelly, who is retiring after serving as CEO since co-founding Riverbed in 2002., Utah - Margaret Georgiadis, a member of the company's Board of Directors, was appointed CEO of Ancestry. Georgiadis previously served as CEO and a director of Mattel.
Peak-Ryzex, Maryland - Juliann Larimer will join the company as its new president and CEO. Larimer was most recently VP and GM sales North America at Zebra Technologies.
Calypso Technology, California - Didier Bouillard has joined as CEO and Director. Prior to Calypso, Didier served as CEO of Ullink.
IPC Systems, New Jersey - IPC Systems appointed Robert (Bob) A. Santella as its new CEO. Most recently, Mr. Santella served as President of the Global Trading Group for Fidelity National Information Systems.
Nintex USA, Washington - Nintex has named CFO Eric Johnson as its new CEO.
Payspan, Georgia - Payspan promoted COO Rob Pinataro to CEO.
dvsAnalytics, Arizona - Hardy Myers has been selected as the company’s CEO. Former CEO of Unified Communications (UC) software provider Applied Voice & Speech Technologies (AVST).
Amplero, Washington - Jamie Miller officially joined Amplero, as CEO. Most recently, Miller spent a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Pioneer Square Labs in Seattle.
Synthio, Georgia - Synthio appointed technology leader Sean O'Leary as CEO. Most recently, O'Leary served as President & CEO of KnowledgeTree.
Hive-IO, Delaware - HiveIO appointed Dan Newton as its CEO. Dan joins company from Rackspace following Rackspace's acquisition of Datapipe where he served as COO.
Black Cactus Global, Nevada - Black Cactus Global appointed board member Dr. Ramesh Para as CEO.
MobileCause, California - MobileCause appointed Victor Limongelli as its new CEO. Most recently, he served as Chairman and CEO of AccessData.
Intrinsic4D, Michigan - Mike Marrandino has been appointed as President and CEO of the company and a board member. Marrandino possesses over 30 years of strategic management consulting experience.
InSpeed Networks, California - Michael Mansouri has joined the company as chairman and CEO. Former chairman, president and CEO of iPass.
Docupace Technologies, California - Docupace Technologies appointed current board member Mark Tapling as the company's CEO.
Transit Wireless, New York - Transit Wireless appointed Melinda White as CEO. Ms. White's most recent tenure at telecommunications company Frontier spanned over a decade from VP and GM of Electric Lightwave.
iWave Information Systems, Prince Edward Island, Canada - Ross Beattie, former Executive Director and Vice Chairman at iWave, will be stepping into the role as CEO.
GlobeTouch, California - COO Alfredo de Cárdenas has been appointed CEO of Globetouch.
Smashfly Technologies, Massachusetts - Thom Kenney, SmashFly's CTO, has been appointed CEO.

Europe, Middle East & Africa

Telekom Austria AG, Austria - Telekom Austria Group named  Thomas Arnoldner, currently VP, Sales & Service at T-Systems Austria, as new CEO, replacing Alejandro Plater who will take over the post of COO.
Magyar Telekom, Hungary - Tibor Rekasi, who has been the CCO residential services at Magyar Telekom since January 2017 and with the group for 10 years, will become CEO.
Criteo S.A., France - Criteo announced that founder and chairman JB Rudelle will return to the role of CEO. Current CEO Eric Eichmann will become an advisor to the CEO and transition out of the Board.
Mobile Telecommunications Company Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia - COO Sultan Abdulaziz Al Deghaither, to take the lead role as CEO across the company.
Telecom Italia Sparkle, Italy - Riccardo Delleani named as its CEO. Former CEO of Olivetti.
eircom Holdings, Ireland - Carolan Lennon has been appointed as CEO. Carolan was the Managing Director of eir's networks and wholesale division, open eir, since October 2016.
The Rank Group Plc, United Kingdom - The Rank Group Plc appointed former Ladbrokes and Gala Coral executive John O'Reilly as CEO.
Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane, Italy - Telecom Italia has appointed its Head of Technology Giovanni Ferigo as CEO and GM.
CLX Communications AB, Sweden - CLX Communications appointed Oscar Werner as new CEO. Most recently President of Tobii Tech.
A3 Allmänna IT- och Telekomaktiebolaget AB, Sweden - A3 announced that board member Paul Moonga will replace Johan Hellstrom as CEO. Moonga was CEO of A3's predecessor company AllTele between 2013 and autumn 2014.
Magal Security Systems, Israel - Dror Sharon has been appointed as CEO replacing Mr. Saar Koursh. Former President and CEO at Controp Precision Technology.
SES Techcom, Luxembourg - SES announced that John-Paul Hemingway has been appointed as CEO of SES Networks. Hemingway previously served as SES Networks' EVP of Product, Marketing & Strategy.
ULS Technology plc, United Kingdom - Stephen 'Steve' Goodall, Managing Director, has been appointed as CEO and has joined the Board.
Pantaflix AG, Germany - Pantaflix AG has promoted COO Stefan Langefeld to CEO.
Unruly Group Limited, United Kingdom - Unruly appointed Norm Johnston as their CEO. Most recently, chief digital officer of GroupM's Mindshare and CEO of Mindshare FAST.
Intercede Group, United Kingdom - Intercede Group plc announced that Klaas van der Leest has been appointed as CEO. Klaas is an experienced executive with significant international knowledge and experience as a result of various roles with remits across EMEA, Asia-Pac and North America.
SysGroup, United Kingdom - SysGroup plc announced that COO Adam Binks has been appointed CEO.
PayByPhone, United Kingdom - PayByPhone named Andreas Gruber, a former board member of PayByPhone, as President & CEO.
Alfresco Software, United Kingdom - Alfresco Software has appointed Bernadette Nixon as CEO. Nixon joined Alfresco in 2016 as Chief Revenue Officer.
ZenGuard, Germany - Andrei Mochola, former global VP-level Executive at Kaspersky Lab, will step into the role as CEO.
QoBuz Sarl, France - Qobuz has named Yann Miossec as its new CEO. Miossec is a multidisciplinary-management specialist. EVP for 12 years at Warner Music France.
Empow Cyber Security, Israel - Peter George is joining as CEO. Served as President and CEO of Fidelis Security Systems.

Asia Pacific 

StarHub, Singapore - StarHub appointed Peter Kaliaropoulos (Peter K) as CEO of the Group. He will join StarHub from Zain Saudi Arabia, where he was CEO.
Cowell e Holdings, China - Former Samsung Electronics exec Lee Kyung Koo has been appointed as CEO.
Wacom, Japan - Nobutaka (Nobu) Ide was named as Representative Director, President and CEO of the company. Formerly head of marketing in the Technology Solution Business Unit.
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings, Hong Kong - Dr. Roger Shun-hong TONG is the new Executive Director and the CEO of the company. VP, Engineering and Operations and Chief Technical Officer of AsiaSat.
SUNeVision Holdings, Hong Kong - Mr. Tong, Raymond Kwok Kong has been appointed as an Executive Director and the CEO. He is currently the COO of Maxim's Group.
Vista Entertainment Solutions, New Zealand - Leon Newnham will take over as CEO of Vista Entertainment from Kimbal Riley. Newnham is currently the CEO of Vista Entertainment USA.
Industronics, Malaysia - Industronics appointed Mr. Lai Yunjun as CEO. Former CEO, Forsja Technologies.
Pine Labs, India - Pine Labs has appointed its non-executive director Vicky Bindra as its CEO. Previously, global head for product and solutions at payments major Visa.
Getswift Limited, Australia - Bane Hunter will assume the role of CEO of the Company. Former CEO of The Loop.
Aeries Financial Technology, India - CASHe appointed Kotak Mahindra Bank exec Ketan Patel as its executive director and CEO. 



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