HP Promotes Division Executives
HP has promoted Stephen DiFranco, former GM of the Solutions Partner Organization, to the role of SVP & GM for the Americas region of its Personal Systems Group (PSG). DiFranco joined HP from Lenovo, where he served as VP of Consumer and Commercial Channels. Prior to Lenovo, DiFranco held senior marketing positions at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Maxtor. DiFranco will replace Stephen DeWitt, who has been named SVP & GM of the webOS Global Business Unit. Prior to his promotion, DeWitt was leading the Personal Systems Group Americas region. He joined the company in 2008.
HP also announced that Jon Rubinstein, 54, the visionary behind webOS, has been named SVP of Product Innovation in the Personal Systems Group. Rubinstein has previously served at Apple, NeXT Computer, and FirePower Systems.
HP Executive Joins Apple
Apple announced that BJ Watrous, a patent lawyer, has joined the company as the new VP & Chief IP Counsel. Watrous comes to Apple from HP, where he most recently served as VP & DGC of IP & Licensing.
Major Executive Shuffle at AOL
Jeff Levick, 40, has announced his retirement from AOL after a two year stint as the company’s President of Global Advertising & Strategy. Prior to AOL, Levick spent six years at Google where he last served as VP of Industry Development and Marketing for the Americas.
The company also reported the departures of the Head of PR, Lauren Hurvitz, and the Head of HR & CPO, Kathy Andreasen, 45.
Additionally, AOL announced that sales executives Tim Castelli, Wendy MacGregor, Tim Richards, and Jim Norton have been named SVPs. Michael O'Connor, the Director of Global Business Operations, will assume the title of Head of Sales Operations.
New Board Member at Motorola
Motorola has selected Kenneth Dahlberg to be a member on its Board. In the past, Dahlberg has served as Chairman and CEO of Science Applications International and as EVP of General Dynamics. Prior to General Dynamics, he was the President and COO of Raytheon Systems. He is currently a director of Teledyne Technologies and Parsons. Additionally, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Surface Navy Association, the Association of the US Army, and a lifetime member of the US Navy League.
Regional CEO Selected at Management Consulting and Technology Services Company
Accenture has named Jorge Benitez, 51, as MD of North America and CEO of the United States. For the past five years, Benitez has served as COO of Accenture's Products Operating Group. He was recently named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s "2011 Top 25 Corporate Elite" list. In 2004, the publication selected him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the US.
Date range: June 30th - August 3rd