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Wal-Mart Names New Board Member – Google VP Marissa Mayer

Retail giant Wal-Mart nominated Marissa Mayer, 36, a VP at Google, to its board of directors. Mayer has been VP of Local and Maps for Google since 2010. She oversees product management and engineering work for Google Maps, Street View, Google Earth and local search products. Mayer was also VP, Search Products and User Experience at Google. Mayer joined Google in 1999 and was the company’s first female engineer.

eBay Appoints Chief Accounting Officer

eBay appointed Brian J. Doerger, 39, as VP and Chief Accounting Officer. He replaces Phillip DePaul, who has assumed new responsibilities within the company. Prior to joining eBay, Doerger, served as EVP of Corporate Finance and Controller at NBCUniversal. Before that, he held management and accounting roles at GE and KPMG.

Yahoo! Board Shake-up; iCEO Announced

Yahoo! named Fred Amoroso, 61, as Chairman of the Board. He replaces Roy Bostock, who has stepped down from his role as Non-Executive Chairman. Currently, Amoroso is a Senior Advisor at Rovi Corporation. In the past, he served as the company’s President & CEO. Before joining Rovi Corporation, he was an Advisor at Warburg Pincus and the President, CEO, and Vice Chairman at META Group.

Ross Levinsohn, 48, has been selected as interim CEO. He replaces Scott Thompson, the former CEO, who has left the company after a scandal emerged regarding the credentials in his resume. Before being named iCEO, Levinsohn was Yahoo!’s EVP and Head of Global Media. Before joining Yahoo!, he was the President of News Corporation's Fox Interactive Media. Previously, he held senior roles with AltaVista, CBS, and HBO.

The company also reached a board settlement agreement with Third Point, an activist hedge fund with a large investment in Yahoo! According to the agreement, three Third Point nominees, Daniel S. Loeb, Harry J. Wilson, and Michael J. Wolf, have joined the Board at Yahoo!

Patti Hart, 56, has resigned from the company’s board. Currently, Hart serves as the CEO of casino game maker International Game Technology. She previously served in executive positions with Pinnacle Systems, Excite@Home, DirecTV, HomeCorp and Sprint.

Groupon Leadership and Board Changes

Groupon named Veit Dengler as its new SVP, International. In this position, he will lead the EMEA and APAC regions. Most recently, he was the Executive Director & GM of Consumer SMB at Dell. Before that, he was a VP at T-Mobile and held senior roles at P&G and McKinsey. Dengler will assume responsibility from Marc Samwer, who had been consulting for Groupon since the acquisition of CityDeal in 2010.

Kal Raman, 43, has assumed the role of SVP, Americas. Most recently, he has been consulting as GM of Global Fulfilment at eBay. Before eBay, he served as the CEO and Founder of GlobalScholar, a leader in enterprise software to K-12 public schools. Prior to that, he was SVP at Amazon and CEO of Earlier in his career, he held numerous senior roles at Wal-Mart.

Daniel Henry, 62, has joined the Board. Currently, Henry is EVP & CFO of American Express. Before being named CFO, he was EVP and CFO of U.S. Consumer, Small Business and Merchant Services. He joined American Express in 1990 as Comptroller. Prior to American Express, Henry was a Partner with Ernst & Young.

Robert Bass, 62, a Vice Chairman of Deloitte, will also join the Groupon Board. He has been a Partner at Deloitte since 1982. He has been responsible for all services provided to Forstmann Little and is the advisory partner for Blackstone, DIRECTV, McKesson, IMG and CSC. He has previously been the Advisory Partner for, RR Donnelley, ADP, Community Health Systems and Avis Budget.

Ctrip Announces Changes to Finance Team

Ctrip, an internet travel agency, promoted Jane Jie Sun, 41, from CFO to COO. She was named Best CFO of the 2011 All-Asia Executive Team by Institutional Investor Magazine. Previously, she served as the Head of SEC and External Reporting Division at Applied Materials and worked at KPMG.

Deputy CFO Jenny Wenjie Wu, 37, has become the CFO. Prior to joining Ctrip, she was an equity research analyst covering China Internet and Media industries at Morgan Stanley Asia and Citi Investment Research & Analysis. Prior to that, Wu worked in the Department of Enterprises Operations and Management at China Merchants Holdings International.

AOL Rehires Sales Exec, Names Head of Tech Media Brands and CTO

Brad Elders has rejoined the AOL Sales team as SVP of East Coast Sales. Most recently, he served as SVP of Sales at Function(x). Previously he served as the VP of Video Sales for AOL, COO of TidalTV, and SVP of North American Sales at Joost. Earlier in his career, he held senior sales roles at MTV Networks and Massive, a video game ad company which was acquired by Microsoft.

Ned Desmond has joined the company to oversee AOL's Tech Media brands, including Engadget, Joystiq, TechCrunch and The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). Desmond joins from GoSportn, an online social media and marketing firm which he co-founded. Prior to that, he was President of Time Inc. Interactive, where he led Time's digital efforts for six years. Before that, he was the President and Editor of Business 2.0.

The company also appointed iCTO Curtis Brown, 40, as EVP & CTO. Brown is an accomplished technology leader with over 20 years of experience building and managing global technology teams, products, data, systems, infrastructure, and consumer web sites. He has served as CTO at Skymall, Oxygen Media, The Princeton Review, CTB/McGraw-Hill and Kaplan Test Prep.

Former AOL Exec Named CSO at Meredith

Meredith, a media and publishing company focused on women, named Jon Werther, 43, as Chief Strategy Officer. Most recently, he was President of Simulmedia, an audience-targeted television ad network. Before that, he was the EVP of Integrated Operations and EVP of Business Development at AOL. He has also served as the VP of Operations at Time Warner and VP of Corporate Strategy & Business Development at AOL.

Former Virgin Group CEO Appointed to Renren Board

Renren, a social network in China, appointed Stephen Murphy, 65, as an Independent Director. He previously served as the CEO of Virgin Group for six years. He continues to act as a Special Advisor to the Virgin Board. During his 17 year tenure at Virgin Group, he served as Chairman and Executive Director of various subsidiaries as well as other senior positions, including six years as Group Finance Director. He continues to serve as Chairman of the Board for Virgin Atlantic.

Acxiom Names Google Exec as Chief Product and Engineering Officer

Marketing technology company Acxiom named Dr. Phil Mui as the company's Chief Product and Engineering Officer. Previously, he was Group Product Manager for Google Analytics. Prior to joining Google, Mui served in leadership roles at the Stanford Functional Genomics Facility, Oracle, Microsoft and Lycos.

Bazaarvoice Appoints New Director and Market Leaders

Bazaarvoice, a social commerce solutions company, appointed TIBCO EVP and CFO Sydney Carey, 46, to the Board. Carey joined TIBCO in 2004 and has served as its CFO since 2009. Prior to TIBCO, she was CFO at Vernier Networks, Pacific Broadband Communications and Entera. Carey also held a variety of positions with Network Associates, including VP of Worldwide Sales Finance and Operations.

Kelly Connery has joined the company as GM, Brands North America. Most recently, he served as the VP of Sales at BMC Software. Before that, he was the EVP of Sales & Field Operations at eglue, VP & GM of Americas at Cramer Systems (acquired by Amdocs), VP of Americas for the Communications Section at Clarify (acquired by Amdocs), and Regional Director of Sales at PTC.

Matthew Schatz has joined as GM of Retail and Emerging Markets, responsible for Europe, Asia and Latin America. Before joining Bazaarvoice, he was the President of City Voice and VP of Sales at Rackspace. Most recently, Schatz founded Mekon Aid International, establishing dormitories and funding school improvements in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

Shutterfly CMO Transitions to SVP Role, New CMO Named

Shutterfly, an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing company, announced that Peter Elarde, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, will transition into a new role as SVP of New Business Initiatives. He joined Shutterfly in 2001 as VP of Product Marketing and has also served as VP of the Services Business. Earlier in his career, he held product management and product marketing roles at,, Tom Snyder Productions, and the Learning Company. He began his career as a Consultant at Bain & Company.

John Boris has been selected as the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, he was EVP and MD of Lonely Planet Americas, a provider of travel guides and information. Before that, he held marketing leadership roles at Zagat Survey, and Fresh Direct.

Former AT&T Exec Named COO at K12

K12, provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs, named Timothy L. Murray, 55, as President and COO. Most recently, he served as CEO of Pulsepoint, a digital media technology company formed by ContextWeb, an ad exchange company. Prior to ContextWeb, he was COO of Dialogic. He began his career at AT&T in 1980 and held numerous sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and product management roles, culminating in a stint as EVP of Business Service Operations.

LeapFrog Enterprises President of Americas Sales Retires

William K. Campbell, 49, President of Americas Sales at LeapFrog Enterprises, an educational entertainment company, will be retiring after more than 12 years of service. Previously, he served as the company’s President of Sales and Marketing, SVP of Global Sales, VP of Global Sales and as Director of Sales. Prior to joining LeapFrog, he served in various roles at LEGO Systems, most recently as National Account Manager.

E-Commerce China Dangdang CFO Resigns

E-Commerce China Dangdang’s CFO Conor Chia-huang Yang, 47, has resigned. Previously, he was the CFO of Airmedia Group, CEO of Rock Mobile Corporation, CFO of the Asia Pacific region for CellStar Asia Corporation, Executive Director of Goldman Sachs (Asia), Chief Investment Officer of Sherwood, VP at Lehman Brothers Asia, and an Associate at Morgan Stanley Asia.

E-House Management Restructuring After CRIC Merger

E-House, an online real estate services company, named Xin Zhou, 43, as Co-Chairman and CEO. Zhou has served Executive Chairman since 2009, prior to which he was Chairman and CEO from 2003 to 2009. He served as CEO & Co-Chairman of the company’s majority owned subsidiary China Real Estate Information Corporation’s (CRIC) from 2009 until the two company’s merged in late April.

Charles Chao, 45, has been appointed Co-Chairman of the board. Chao served as Co-Chairman of CRIC prior to the completion of the merger. Currently, he serves as the CEO of SINA, an online media company.

Jianjun Zang, 44, has been appointed Co-President and has resigned from the positions of Director and Acting CEO of the company. He was a Co-Head of the company’s primary real estate agency service from 2001 to 2009.

Zuyu Ding, 36, has been appointed Co-President. Previously, he served as the President and Director of CRIC. Earlier in his career, he was VP of the Shanghai Real Estate Sales Group.

Li-Lan Cheng, 46, has been appointed COO. He served as the company's CFO from 2006 until the completion of the merger with CRIC. He is the former CFO of SouFun Holdings Limited, an Internet real estate company.

Bin Laurence, 43, has been appointed CFO. She is the former CFO of CRIC. Prior to joining CRIC, Laurence was a research analyst at SuttonBrook Capital Management LP, a hedge fund based in New York.

Fan Bao, 40, has been appointed as an Independent Director of the company and Chairperson of the Board's Audit Committee. Bao was an Independent Director of CRIC and Chairperson of CRIC's Audit Committee prior to the completion of the merger.

May Wu, 43, has resigned from the company's board and will no longer serve as an Independent Director of the company or as a member of the Audit Committee. Currently, she serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at Home Inns & Hotels Management.

TheStreet Appoints EDGAR Online Exec as CTO

The online financial news company TheStreet appointed Stefan Chopin, 52, as CTO. Most recently, he was the CTO of EDGAR Online. Before that, he was Partner & CTO of Deep Harbor Partners. Previously, he was SVP of Technology for iXL Enterprises, an e-business solutions provider. He has also served as the President and Founder of Pequot Systems and VP of Engineering for Micrognosis. Appoints Former Jefferies and Morgan Stanley Exec as CEO Group, a provider of a fixed income trading platform, appointed Thomas M. Thees as CEO and Director. Most recently, he served as Head of Investment Grade Credit. Before that he was the Co-Head of Fixed Income for Jefferies and COO of MarketAxess. Earlier in his career, he held senior roles at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and A.G. Becker & Co.

Date range: April 4th - May 19th

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