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New Chairman & Board Appointments 5/28 to 6/26 2012 Featured

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Facebook COO Joins Company's Board

Facebook added COO Sheryl Sandberg, 42, to the company's board of directors. Sandberg oversees Facebook's business operations including sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was VP of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. She previously served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton and began her career as an economist with the World Bank. Sandberg also serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development and V-Day.

Sage announces Chairman Designate 

Sage, the business management software company, appointed Donald Brydon, CBE, 65, as Non-Executive Director and Chairman Designate. He will succeed Tony Hobson as chairman in September, 2012. Brydon is currently Chairman of Smiths Group and Royal Mail Group. Since 1996 he has been Chairman of Amersham, TNS, London Metal Exchange, and the international children's development charity EveryChild, and SID of Allied Domecq and Scottish Power. He has served as CEO at AXA Investment Managers, BZW Investment Management and Barclays de Zoete Wedd Investment Management.

NCR Corporation Adds Influential Banker and Logistics Expert to Board 

NCR Corporation, the hardware, software apps, ATM machines, POS and Retail systems company, elected Deanna Oppenheimer, 52, to its board. She has been ranked as one of the most powerful women in banking and is the CEO at CameoWorks, where she advises global retail, technology and financial services firms. Most recently, she served as CEO, UK and Western Europe Retail/Business Banking and vice chair, Retail/Business Banking at Barclays. Previously and through her departure in 2005, Oppenheimer held several senior management positions at Washington Mutual which she joined in 20 years back, including president of Retail Banking and Financial Services. Currently, she serves as a non-executive director for Tesco. 

The company also elected Kurt Kuehn, 57, to the board. Kuehn is the CFO at UPS, a global leader in logistics. Prior to his appointment as CFO he was SVP, Worldwide Sales and Marketing. He joined UPS as a driver in 1977, his career has included leadership roles in sales and marketing, engineering, operations, and strategic cost planning.

AllScripts Revamps Board 

AllScripts nominates Randy Thurman, 61, David D. Stevens, 57, Stuart L. Bascomb, 70, Paul M. Black, 54, and Robert J. Cindrich, 68, as new directors. 

Randy Thurman currently serves as the Senior Advisor and Operating Partner at New Mountain Capital, a leading private and public equity firm. He has been Founder, Chairman and CEO of Viasys Healthcare, now acquired by Cardinal Health. Prior to that, he served as Chairman and CEO of Strategic Reserves International, Chairman and CEO of Coming Life Sciences, President and CEO of Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals and many other companies. He also served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force. 

David Stevens is actively involved as an investor/advisor in PE, focusing on providing capital to lower-middle market growth companies in the healthcare services industry. Previously, he served as CEO – AHG Division of Medco Health Solutions. He joined Medco through the Accredo acquisition where he was Chairman and CEO. Prior to working at Accredo, he served as COO at Southern Health Systems, and VP and COO at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. 

Stuart Bascomb currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of QualSight, a start-up company in Chicago to create a nationwide network of ophthalmologists to market a managed care refractive surgery program to plan sponsors. Mr. Bascomb has a broad range of experience in the healthcare industry. He was a founder of Express Scripts in 1986 and helped lead its IPO as the company's CFO. In addition, he served as EVP and Treasurer at Medicare-Glaser and Group Controller at Pet Incorporated. 

Paul M. Black currently serves as Operating Executive of Genstar Capital, a PE firm, and as Senior Advisor at New Mountain Finance Corporation, an investment management company. Prior to joining Genstar, Mr. Black spent over 13 years with Cerner Corporation and retired as its COO in 2007. Prior to Cerner, he was with IBM from 1982 to 1994 in a number of senior sales and professional services leadership positions. 

Robert J. Cindrich is the former SVP and Chief Legal Officer for UPMC, and currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Office of the President of UPMC. Prior to UPMC, he served as a judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for 10 years. 

Freescale Semiconductor Makes Board Appointments 

The company has appointed J. Daniel McCranie, 68, as Non-Executive Chairman of the board. He currently serves on Freescale's board of directors. He has served as the Chairman of ON Semiconductor and Executive Chairman of Virage Logic. In executive management role, he served as President and CEO of Virage Logic, EVP, Marketing and Sales at Cypress Semiconductor and President, and CEO of SEEQ Technology. 

John T. Dickson, 64, and Gordon Almquist, 61, have been appointed as directors. John Dickson is EVP of Alcatel-Lucent and Head of Operations. Prior to his current role, he was President and CEO of Agere Systems, EVP and CEO of Lucent Technologies’ Microelectronics and Communications Technologies Group, COO and VP of the group’s Integrated Circuits division. Before joining Lucent he was Chairman and CEO at SHOgraphics. 

Mr. Almquist, is currently VP & CFO of WaveConnex, a semiconductor technology company. Prior to WaveConnex, he was a Co-Founder and VP Finance & Administration and Secretary of Strix Systems, a manufacturer and marketer of wireless mesh networking equipment; VP, Finance & Administration, CFO, and Secretary of Vertel, a provider of telecom network management software and engineering services. 

Chinese Social Network Company Names New Director 

Renren, a social network company in China, appointed Chuanfu Wang, 46, as an independent director. He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of China based BYD Company, manufacturer for rechargeable batteries as well as handset components and assembly services 

Mr. Wang will replace Ruigang Li, 41, who resigned from the Board. Mr. Li has served as the chairman of China Media Capital and director of WPP. He is the former President of Shanghai Media Group. 

Yelp’s new Director, Campaign Advisor to President Obama 

Yelp, a social network that connects people with local businesses, appointed Robert Gibbs to its board of directors. He is a senior campaign advisor to President Barack Obama. He served as the 28th White House Press Secretary. He was the communications director for then- U.S. Senator Obama and for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Previously, he was Press Secretary of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and has specialized in Senate campaigns, having served as Communications Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and for four individual Senate campaigns, including those of Obama in 2004 and Fritz Hollings in 1998. 

Sopra separates Chair & CEO positions 

IT Consulting firm, Sopra separates Chair & CEO positions and appoints Pierre Pasquier, 76, as Chair and MD Pascal Leroy, 55, as the new CEO. 

Pierre Pasquier served as Chairman and CEO of Sopra for the last six years with previous individual stints on the same roles. He holds several other mandates, including Chairman of Axway Software and Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sopra Consulting and Sopra GMT. 

Pascal Leroy has served as Managing Director of the Company since 2010. Previously he was Director of Systems Integration France. In 1992, he joined Valoris as Vice-Chairman of Corporate Development and then CEO in charge of France. He started his career working at Capgemini and Sema Group. 

Former HP CEO Apotheker Appointed as Supervisory Board Member at French IT firm 

Former CEO of HP Leo Apotheker, 58, has been appointed as member of supervisory board at France based IT enabled business services firm, Steria. Apotheker has headed HP and SAP, where he worked for 20 years. He was the founding President and COO of ECsoft, one of the largest European venture capital start-ups in the 90s. He currently serves on boards for Schneider Electric and NGO Planet Finance 

Steria has also elected Laetitia Puyfaucher, 38, as member of the supervisory board. She is the Chairman and Co-founder of WordAppeal, providing clients with strategic guidance and developing new services. She is a shareholder in Pelham Media, WordAppeal’s parent company.

Novatel Wireless Appoints Former CEO of Sage Software to Board 

Novatel Wireless, the provider of wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, appointed Sue Swenson, 63, to its board. Since 1994, she has been a director of Wells Fargo and is also a director on the boards of Spirent Communications and Harmonic. She recently retired as president and CEO of Sage Software. Before joining Sage she held positions in a variety of telecom companies, including COO of Atrinsic, COO of Amp'd Mobile, President and COO of Leap Wireless and President and CEO of Cellular One.

Online Financial News Company Appoints Chairman and Internet and Ad Industry Experts to Board 

TheStreet, a digital financial media company, announced that Elisabeth DeMarse, the company’s chief executive officer and president has been appointed as Chair. Most recently, DeMarse served as CEO of Newser, an online news aggregator. A graduate of Harvard Business School, DeMarse was the CEO of Bankrate from April 2000-June 2004 and led the company through a turnaround that included a name change from ilife.com in September 2000. She has also been an entrepreneur-in-residence with Austin Ventures since August 2010, and serves on the boards of Insweb, ZipRealty and All Star Directories. 

TheStreet appointed Mark Walsh, 58, and Sarah Fay, 49, to Board. Mark Walsh is CEO and co-founder of GeniusRocket, a leader in crowdsourced advertising media. Before GeniusRocket, he served as Chairman and CEO of VerticalNet and before that, as a SVP and Corporate Officer at America Online. He also was the President of GEnie, General Electric's online service, and as director of New Business Development at HBO. He got into the internet business in 1986, and was GM and CEO of several internet and technology start ups. Active in politics and policy, he was the first CTO of the Democratic National Committee, Head of Internet Strategy for John Kerry's campaign for President and founding CEO of Air America Radio. He recently also joined the board of directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. 

Sarah Fay has served as CEO of Aegis Media North America, a marketing services company. Prior to that, she served as CEO and President of Carat and Isobar, divisions of Aegis. Since leaving Aegis she has served on the boards of a number of digital advertising, marketing and technology companies, including NeoMedia Technologies, a mobile barcode technology company. 

Compliance and Quality Management Solutions Company Names Chairman

QUMAS, the leader in Compliance and Quality Management Solutions, appointed Margaret Rice-Jones as Chairman of the Board. Previously Margaret was Chairman of the Board at NewBay, a leading digital content services company recently acquired by RIM; CEO of Aircom International, a global software and services company; and Corporate VP of Motorola, where she ran both the IP and Switching Products Division and the EMEA region for the Networks business. She also has extensive consumer marketing experience from her time as Managing Director of Psion Computers and various roles with Motorola's mobile phone business. 

Former McAfee CEO appointed Chairman a Network Security Company; former Google SVP named Director 

FireEye, names David DeWalt, 47, former President and CEO of McAfee, as chairman of the board. Sequoia Capital Partner and former Google SVP of Engineering, Bill Coughran, has also joined the board.

DeWalt has over 25 years of experience building innovative, industry-leading technology companies and is a recognized authority on cybersecurity. Most recently, he served as President, CEO and Director of McAfee. Prior to joining McAfee, DeWalt was President of software, sales, and services at EMC, which he joined in 2003 through the company's acquisition of Documentum whwre he was President and CEO. He has served as VP of North American sales at Segue, Founding Principal and VP of Eventus Software acquired by Segue, and VP of Sales and Marketing at Quest Software. He has been named one of the top five CEOs of publicly traded software companies by Institutional Investor magazine. DeWalt was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Security Technology Advisory Council. 

Google’s former SVP of Engineering, Bill Coughran, joined Sequoia Capital as a Partner in 2011. He joined Google as an engineering director responsible for infrastructure systems in early 2003. He had a deep involvement with the development of a number of Google’s most popular products including Chrome, YouTube, Maps and Search. Prior to Google, he founded Entrisphere, a telecom equipment vendor bought by Ericsson. He was also VP of Bell Labs’ Computing Sciences Research Center. 

Database Scalability Company Appoints Software Veteran as Executive Chair 

Ram Metser, a software veteran with a proven record of growing emerging technology companies, has joined ScaleBase, the database scalability company, as Executive Chairman.  Metser was most recently the CEO of Guardium, now acquired by IBM.

Date range: May 28th - June 26th

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