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Microsoft Promotes Veteran to Head of Interactive Entertainment Division

Microsoft announced that Yusuf Mehdi has been appointed as the Head of Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Division. In this role, he will be responsible for Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and Kinect. Most recently, Mehdi served as the Chief Audience Officer for the company’s Online Services Division. Mehdi has spent more than a decade at Microsoft Online Services and has fostered strategic partnerships with Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Nokia. Before joining Microsoft, Mehdi was a Product Manager at Reuters Group.

Microsoft Life Sciences Head Joins SAP

SAP announced the appointment of Michael Naimoli as VP & Head of the Life Sciences Industry Business Unit. Naimoli joins SAP from Microsoft, where he served as the Worldwide Managing Director of the Life Sciences division. Prior to Microsoft, he worked as a Senior Biochemistry Specialist at GlaxoSmithKline and as a Senior Scientist at Merck.

IBM Promotes Female Insider to CEO and Board Positions

IBM announced that Virginia Rometty, 53, has been named as the company’s new President, CEO & Director, effective January 1, 2012. She is currently IBM’s SVP and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing & Strategy. Rometty will replace Samuel Palmisano, who will remain as Chairman of the IBM Board. Previously, Rometty served as SVP of IBM Global Business Services. She has also served as GM of IBM Global Services Americas and GM of IBM Global Insurance & Financial Services Sector. Rometty joined IBM in 1981 as a Systems Engineer.

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 at the company, 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.

Intel CFO on Autodesk Board

Autodesk announced that Stacy Smith, 48, has been appointed to its Board. Currently, he serves as Intel’s CFO & SVP of Finance. Smith joined Intel in 1988 and has held a variety of titles at the company, including GM & VP of Sales for EMEA, CIO, VP of Finance & Enterprise Services, and Assistant CFO. He also serves on the Board of Gevo, a developer of bio-based alternatives to petroleum products.

Allscripts Recruits Former Kodak Exec to its Board

Allscripts, a healthcare management software provider, announced that Catherine Burzik, 59, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Currently, she is the President & CEO of Kinetic Concepts, a leading medical technology company. Before joining Kinetic Concepts, she served as President of Applied Biosystems Group and as SVP of Applera. Burzik has also served at Eastman Kodak Company, where she held various operations and marketing positions during her 20 year tenure. She currently serves as a board member at KCI, the San Antonio branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and AdvaMed.

CRM Software Company Hires Former Nuance & Avaya Exec

RightNow Technologies has appointed Tom Shepherd as the new VP of Global Indirect Sales. Prior to this appointment, he was GM of Global Technology Sales & Solutions at Convergys, a global leader outsourced customer care and billing services. Before joining Convergys, Shepherd was VP of Global Partners and Channels for Nuance Communications. Earlier in his career, he was the VP of Strategic Accounts for the EMEA region at Avaya.

Ex-Microsoft & HP Exec Named as CEO of Chinese Software Company

Kingsoft has recruited Zhang Hong Jiang, 50, to be the company’s CEO. Most recently, Jiang was the CTO for the Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group and the MD of the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center. Prior to joining Microsoft, Zhang was a Research Manager at HP Labs. He also worked at the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore. Zhang also works as a professor and Ph.D. supervisor at the University of Science and Technology of China and as a guest professor at Tsinghua University.

Date range: October 20th - November 17th

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

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.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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