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Divisive Resignations in Fortune 500 Tech: Demanding New Board & CxO Talent Featured

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Steve Jobs Relinquishes CEO Role at Apple

Apple announced that Steve Jobs, 56, has resigned as CEO of the company. He will continue to serve the company in his new role as Chairman of the Board. Former Apple COO Tim Cook, 50, has assumed the role of CEO. Prior to joining Apple, Cook was the VP of Corporate Materials for Compaq. He came to Compaq from Intelligent Electronics, where he served as COO of the computer reseller division. Cook has also worked at IBM, most recently as the Director of North American Fulfillment.

Microsoft Loses Veteran

Charlie Kindel, a Microsoft employee of 21 years, announced that he is leaving to begin his own startup company. As General Manager of the Windows Phone developer experience, Kindel was tasked with leading the team that built the Windows Phone application platform. He was also responsible for contracting third party developers to create applications for the system. Prior to his work with the Windows Phone division, Kindel held a variety of senior roles within the company, including GM of Windows Home Server, Executive Technical Assistant, Senior Program Manager, and Chief of Staff.

Intel Selects Vice Chairman

Intel announced the appointment of Andy Bryant, 61, as Vice Chairman, a newly created position on its Board. This move is designed to help facilitate Bryant’s eventual transition to the role of Chairman when Jane Shaw, the current Chairman, retires in 2012. Bryant joined Intel in 1981 and has since served as CFO, Chief Administrative Officer, and EVP. Also, he currently serves on the boards of McKesson, Columbia Sportswear, and Kryptiq.

COO Promoted to CEO at Verizon

COO Lowell McAdam, 57, has been promoted to the role of CEO. He has replaced longtime CEO Ivan Seidenberg, 64, who will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board. Before his stint as COO, McAdam held the titles of EVP, COO, & CEO of Verizon Wireless. Prior to joining Verizon, he was the CEO of Primeco, a wireless joint venture between AirTouch and Bell Atlantic.

Cisco Promotes Longtime Employee to Regional GM

Cisco Systems announced that Christian Martin has been appointed as the GM of Switzerland. Martin has been with Cisco since 1998 and has served the company in a variety of roles, including Manager of the Datacenter Virtualization team and Regional Sales Manager for the Enterprise business in Switzerland. He replaces Eric Waltert, who is now the EMEA Leader of Collaboration for the Cisco Enterprise Business Group.

HP Exec Promoted to EVP

HP announced that it has appointed John Visentin as EVP of the Enterprise Services business. He will also serve as a member of the company's Executive Council. Prior to being named EVP, Visentin led HP Enterprise Services for the Americas. Before joining HP, he held several senior executive positions at IBM, including GM of IBM’s Integrated Technology Services for North America.

Division SVP Leaves Adobe

Robert Tarkoff, 42, the SVP of the Digital Enterprise Solutions business unit at Adobe Systems, has resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities. Prior to joining Adobe, he worked at EMC Software as the SVP and GM of the Captiva Software Division. Tarkoff joined EMC from Documentum, an enterprise content management company, where he served as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Before that, he was SVP of Worldwide Business Development at Commerce One, a provider of B2B e-commerce solutions.

Symantec Names New Chairman

Symantec's Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Bennett, 56, as Chairman of the Board. Bennett has been a Director at Symantec since early last year. Before Symantec, Bennett served as President & CEO of Intuit. He joined Intuit from GE, where he held senior management roles in divisions such as the GE Capital e-Business, GE Capital Vendor Financial Services, GE Appliances, and GE Medical Systems. Prior to GE, Bennett served as the CEO of Orbitz, SwissAir, and of Alta Vista. He currently serves on the boards of American Airlines, AMR, Qualcomm, and Vertafore.

New CEO at AMD

Advanced Micro Devices, a semiconductor manufacturer, has appointed Rory Read, 49, as President and CEO. Read has also been appointed to the company's Board of Directors. Before joining AMD, Read served as President and COO of the Lenovo Group. Prior to Lenovo, he spent 23 years at IBM, most recently as a Managing Partner of the Business Consulting Services division.

Date range: August 3rd - August 30th

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