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Giant Tech Companies Exec & Board Appointments 4/5 to 5/27 2012 Featured

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Microsoft Loses a Pair of Top Advertising Executives

Richard Dunmall, Microsoft Advertising’s VP of Global Agencies and Accounts, is departing. In the meantime, Microsoft veteran Keith Lorizio, currently VP of U.S. Sales and Marketing, will oversee the global agency team. Previously, Richard was the VP, Microsoft Advertising Greater APAC and Americas. He has been SVP and MD, EMEA for Atlas and DRIVEpm (aQuantive owned business, now acquired by Microsoft). He served as CEO in MindShare Interaction UK and mOne UK. He had also been Sales Director UK for AdLINK Internet Media.

Marc Bresseel, Microsoft Advertising’s VP, Global Marketing, is also leaving the company. Previously he has been VP-Global Agencies, GM- Microsoft Advertising EMEA, Director for MSN Belgiumand Corporate Communications Manager-Benelux at Microsoft. Before Microsoft he was PR Manager in IBM.

IBM Engineering and Development leader joins Blue Coat

Blue Coat Systems, the Web security and WAN optimization solutions company appoints IBM veteran, VenkatRaghavan as SVP of Research and Development.Prior to joining Blue Coat, Raghavan led engineering and development for IBM Internet Security Systems portfolio, where he was responsible for worldwide engineering and development of security software and hardware-optimized security appliances. 

Yahoo! Board Shake-up; iCEO announced

Yahoo! named Fred Amoroso, 61, as Chairman of the Board and Ross Levinsohn, 48, as interim CEO. Mr. Amoroso replaces Roy Bostock as Non-Executive Chairman and Mr. Levinsohn replaces Scott Thompson, former CEO, who has left the Company over the resume scandal. Fred Amoroso is President and CEO of Macrovision at Trymedia Systems, prior to which he was CEO of Rovi Corporation and advisor to Warburg Pincus. Mr. Levinsohn has been serving as Yahoo’s EVP of the Americas prior to which he was President of Fox Interactive Media.

Yahoo Director Ms. Patti Hart, 56, has stepped down. She joined the board in 2010 and is the current CEO of casino gaming manufacturer International Game Technology. She previously served in executive positions with Pinnacle Systems, Excite@Home, DirecTV, HomeCorp and Sprint.

Third Point, Yahoo’s largest outside investor, which called for the termination of the former CEO over the resume error, has elected three new nominees - their CEO/Founder Daniel S. Loeb, 51, former Goldman Sachs executive Harry J. Wilson, 41, and former MTV Networks executive Michael J. Wolf, 48, - to the Yahoo board.

Comcast Cable names SVP of Human Resources Service Delivery

Comcast Cable has promoted Melanie Penna to SVP of Human Resources Service Delivery. Ms. Penna leads the HR Operations team responsible for the strategy and ongoing development of the SAP HCM system and oversees human resources for many of the company's key business functions. She joined Comcast in 1995 and was promoted to VP-HR. Prior to joining Comcast, she was responsible for employee relations issues at Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation (AHERF) and handled compensation issues at Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania. Before her career in Human Resources, she was a member of the litigation team at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis and a member of the labor and employment team at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen.

United Technologies’ Director Retires

United Technologies’ director Charles R. Lee, 72, retired from the board as he reached the retirement age. He is the former Chairman and Co-CEO of Verizon Communications. Prior to the merger of GTE and Bell Atlantic to form Verizon Communications, he served as Chairman and CEO of GTE.

eBay appoints Chief Accounting Officer

eBay appointed Brian J. Doerger, 39, as VP, Chief Accounting Officer replacing Phillip DePaul, who has assumed new responsibilities within the Company. Prior to joining eBay, Mr. Doerger, most recently served as EVP, Corporate Finance and Controller of NBCUniversal. Formerly he held other management and accounting roles at GE and KPMG

Accenture Appoints Hospitality, Entertainment and Communications Experts to board

Accenture’s New Director, Gilles C. Pélisson, 54, was formerly CEO and Chairman of leading Hotels group, Accor. He also served in the capacity of Chairman/CEO at Disneyland Paris resort and Bouygues Telecom. Accenture also named 28-year veteran insider Robert E. Sell, 50, as Group CEO of Communications, Media & Technology.

Corning Board Changes and CTO Appointed

William D. Smithburg, 73, Retired Chairman, President and CEO of the Quaker Oats Company, retired from the Corning Board after serving for 25 years. Corning appointed Gordon Gund, 72, as Lead Director following Mr. Smithburg's retirement. Mr. Gund is Chairman and CEO of Gund Investment, and has served on Corning's Board since 1990.

Glenn F. Tilton, 64, Chairman of the Midwest for JP Morgan Chase, left Corning's Board when his term expired. He has been Chairman and CEO of United Continental Holdings and Continental Airlines.

Dr. Joseph A. Miller, Jr., 70, retired as Corning's EVP and CTO after 11 years of service. Prior to joining Corning, Dr. Miller was CTO and SVP-R&D with E.I. DuPont de Nemours. David L. Morse, 59, was appointed EVP and CTO to succeed Dr. Miller. David joined Corning in 1976 as a composition scientist in glass research, and most recently served as SVP and Director of Corporate Research for the Science & Technology organization.

Adobe Appoints New Media Execs & Financial Heavyweight to Board

Adobe appointed three new board members Amy Banse, Frank Calderoni and Laura Desmond. Amy Banse, 51, serves as MD and head of funds, Comcast Ventures and SVP, Comcast Corporation. Prior to this role, she was President of Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), joining the company in 1991.

Frank Calderoni, 53, serves as EVP and CFO of Cisco. He joined Cisco in 2004 from QLogic, a storage networking company where he was SVP and CFO. Prior to that, he was SVP, Finance and Administration and CFO for SanDisk, a flash data storage company. Before joining SanDisk, Calderoni spent 21 years at IBM, where he became VP and held controller responsibilities for several divisions within the company.

Laura Desmond, 47, is the CEO of StarcomMediaVest Group (SMG), a global marketing services company, part of the Publicis Groupe. Prior to her appointment as global CEO she was CEO of SMG - Americas managing US, Canada and Latin America; CEO of MediaVest; and CEO of SMG's Latin America group.

Former IBM and HP Exec appointed EVP-Global Sales & Services at Red Hat

Red Hat appointed enterprise software industry veteran ArunOberoi, 56, as EVP of Global Sales and Services. Oberoi comes to Red Hat from Viridity Software, a data center infrastructure management start-up, where he served as President and CEO. Previously he was CEO of Aveksa, EVP of worldwide sales and services at Micromuse, a market-leading provider of network and service management solutions. Micromuse was acquired by IBM, where Oberoi led the integration and its continued fast growth and field expansion as VP within IBM Tivoli. He also held a variety of other roles, including  VP and GM of worldwide top 100 Accounts and VP & GM of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Software Business at HP.

Infor Poaches Cloud and Big Data Execs from Oracle and GenieDB

Infor appointed of John Goedert as SVP, Speed is responsible for optimizing the development resources across Infor product portfolios and driving faster customer adoption of Infor applications. He previously served as VP of Operations for Oracle's Global Retail business unit and was COO at Retek.

Infor’s new SVP, Business Cloud, Mark Thacker is the former CEO of cloud database software provider, GenieDB. He also served as EVP of Big Data Analytics provider, DATAllegro, acquired by Microsoft in 2008.

SAS appoints VP of Government and MD for UK & Ireland Operations

SAS appointed Ian Manocha as VP of Government for EMEA and AP. As previous Managing Director for SAS UK & Ireland, Manocha is succeeded by Mark Wilkinson, who will lead the organization's operations and further strengthen SAS' leading position in exploiting big data.

During his 16 years at SAS, Manocha has advanced from sales director to country leadership to EMEA Board Member. Over the last three years, Ian has also successfully developed a new international business line for SAS in policing, security and national intelligence, including the Memex acquisition in 2010. The SAS Public Security business will continue to report to Ian in his new role.

Wilkinson joins SAS after more than four years at Oracle, where he ran the UK Applications organization and was a member of the UK Management Board. He has also headed up the Northern European region for BI Provider, Hyperion, prior to its acquisition by Oracle.

Date range: April 5th - May 27th


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