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New Chairman & Board Appointments 10/1 to 10/27 2011 Featured

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Chairman of Emerson Electric on IBM Board

IBM announced that it has elected David Farr, 56, to the company’s Board of Directors. Currently, Farr is the Chairman and CEO of Emerson Electric. He also sits on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America and the Municipal Theater Association of St. Louis. He has been with Emerson for more than 25 years and has held a variety of roles, including SVP, COO, Manager of Investor Relations, VP of Corporate Planning and Development, President of the Ridge Tool Division, and Group VP for the Industrial Components and Equipment Business. Earlier in his career, Farr served as a director for the United Way of Greater St. Louis and DPH Holdings Corporation.

Vice Chair Selected at Qualcomm

Steve Altman, 49, has been appointed as the new Vice Chairman of Qualcomm. Most recently, Altman served as President of the company. Prior to being named President, Altman served as EVP & President of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

Chairman Departure at CSC

Computer Sciences Corporation announced that Michael Laphen, 60, has resigned from his roles as Chairman, President & Director. He will remain at the company until his successor is named. Prior to being named Chairman, Laphen served the company as COO, Corporate VP, and President of the European Group. He has been with CSC for over 30 years.

Akamai Loses Board Member

Akamai Technologies announced that David Kenny, 49, has resigned as President and Director of the company. Before joining Akamai, Kenny served as a Managing Partner of VivaKi, a global advertising and communications company owned by Publicis Groupe. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Digitas, an integrated advertising agency. Kenny currently serves on the Board of Directors at Yahoo!

Board Member Resigns from Optical Communication Components Manufacturer

Finisar announced that Dominique Trempont, 56, has retired from its Board. Earlier in his career, Trempont was Chairman, President & CEO of Kanisa, a software company focused on enterprise self-service applications. He has also served as President & CEO of Gemplus, and as CFO & Head of Operations at NeXT Software. He began his career at Raychem, a materials science and engineering company. Trempont has also served as a director of Energy Recovery, a manufacturer of devices utilized in the water desalination industry, and 3Com, a networking company that was acquired by HP.

Former Oracle VP Joins Semiconductor Board

Applied Micro Circuits announced that Robert Sproull has joined the company's Board of Directors. Most recently, Dr. Sproull served as the VP & Director of Oracle Labs, an applied research group. Earlier in his career, he was the VP & Director of Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Prior to Sun, he was a Principal in the consulting firm of Sutherland, Sproull and Associates, an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Research Scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Sproull is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served on the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

New Board Member at Telecom and Broadband Provider

Alaska Communications announced the Brian Ross has joined its Board of Directors. He will also serve on the company’s Audit Committee. Currently, Ross is the President & CEO of KnowledgeWorks, a non-profit organization providing innovative methodologies in the field of education. Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, he was with Cincinnati Bell, where he served as COO. Ross is a member of the boards of Downtown Cincinnati, KnowledgeFunding Ohio, and Ursuline Academy.

Lead Director Elected at announced the appointment of Lowell Robinson, 62, as the company's new Lead Director. Currently, Robinson is the chairman of American Consolidated Media Holdings and a director at the Jones Group. Most recently, Robinson served as CFO & COO of MIVA, an online advertising network. He has also served as the Senior EVP, CFO, & CAO of In the past, Robinson has served on boards of Edison Schools and the International Wire Group.

Former Major General on Board on Wireless Products Company

PCTEL announced that it has elected retired Major General Michael Davidson to its Board of Directors. His active military service began in 1969 when he served with the Airborne Ranger Infantry Company of the First Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam. Later in his career, Davidson served for six years on the Pentagon Joint Staff as an Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is the co-founder of CRA, a Washington-based homeland security and defense company. Davidson has also served on the Advisory Board for the Electronics Systems Division of Northrop Grumman, a global aerospace and defense technology company.

Board Change at Healthcare Management Software Company

MMR Global announced that Michael Finley has been appointed to serve on the Board. He has also been appointed as a member of the company’s Audit and Compensation Committees. Finley currently serves as the VP of Worldwide Carrier Relations for Qualcomm. Prior to Qualcomm, he was President of the West Region for Sprint Nextel. He joined Nextel as Area VP of Southern California and was promoted following the Sprint Nextel merger to SVP of General Business for the U.S. He began his career in communications as a co-founder of Celluland, a national franchise which created an alternative distribution approach in advance of consumer marketing of wireless products.

Date range: October 1st - October 27th


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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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