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Apple’s Hardware and Finance Execs Retire

Apple's SVP of Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, 55, will retire and the role will be transitioned to Dan Riccio, Apple's VP of iPad Hardware Engineering, over several months. The entire hardware engineering team will continue to report to Mansfield until his departure. As SVP of Hardware Engineering, Mansfield has led Mac hardware engineering since 2005, iPhoneR and iPodR hardware engineering since 2010, and iPadR hardware engineering since its inception. Mansfield joined Apple in 1999 when Apple acquired Raycer Graphics, where he was VP of Engineering.

Dan Riccio was previously VP, Product Design at Apple which he joined in 1998. Before Apple, he was Manager, Mechanical Engineering at Compaq Computer Corp.

Betsy Rafael, 50, Apple’s VP, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer, will retire from Apple in October this year. Ms. Rafael served as VP of Corporate Finance & Planning, VP and Corporate Controller and its Principal Accounting Officer at Cisco before joining Apple. She served as CAO, CFO and EVP, Finance at Aspect Communications, and oversaw Palmsource's financial, legal, manufacturing, IT and facilities operations. Prior to her position with Aspect Communications, she served as SVP and CFO of Escalate, SVP and CFO of Silicon Graphics, and SVP and CFO of SGI.

Oracle Shuffles European Leaders

Oracle’s SVP for UK, Ireland and Israel, David Callaghan, switches role with SVP, Alliances & Channels, EMEA, Dermot O'Kelly. The exchange happened in recent weeks at the start of the vendor's new fiscal year in June and followed sluggish systems sales by Oracle's UK wing. Callaghan joined Oracle from KPMG and is President of Intellect and the British Quality Foundation, and a board member of e-skills UK.

In his capacity as SVP for Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel, O'Kelly will closely guard Oracle's key accounts. He pitched up at the vendor in 1997 and his previous roles included Managing Director of Consulting Sales in UK and Ireland, and SVP for Oracle Hardware. Prior to joining Oracle, Dermot O'Kelly was Sales Manager for Human Resource Systems for McDonnell Douglas Information Systems. The SVP movements came amid other headcount reshuffling as Oracle integrated the application, technology and hardware channel support teams, reducing costs and the points of contact for resellers.

Qualcomm Appoints Biomedical and Energy Research Heavyweight to Board

Qualcomm elected Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., 60, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Hockfield served as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until July 2012, where she also holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Neuroscience. The first woman and the first life scientist to lead MIT, Dr. Hockfield helped the university break new ground across a range of disciplines. Under her leadership, the university launched the MIT Energy Initiative in 2006, known as MITEI, a $350 million effort to accelerate research, policy and education to achieve a clean energy future.

Cisco Strategy Leadership Changes

Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior, 51, becomes Chief Technology & Strategy Officer as Chief Strategy Officer, Ned Hooper, 44, leaves. Warrior will oversee deals activity as one of the most acquisitive companies in technology reconfigures strategy. Warrior joined Cisco in 2007. Prior to that, she was the CTO at Motorola.

Hooper orchestrated some of Cisco’s biggest purchases in his 13- year tenure. These include security firm IronPort Systems, cable set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta and conferencing software maker WebEx Communications. His focus more recently turned to consumer companies, such as Pure Digital Technologies, which made the Flip Video camera. The foray left Cisco overextended in markets it doesn’t dominate, and the company discontinued sales of the Flip last year. Hoopers has led to start his investment fund.

SAP Appoints P&G Nordic CEO in Charge of HR

SAP has appointed Luisa Deplazes Delgado, 45, as a member of the SAP Executive Board in charge of global Human Resources (HR) and Labor Relations Director. Deplazes Delgado will begin in September 2012. She currently serves as CEO and GM of P&G Nordic. Previously, she served for seven years as P&G’s head and VP of HR for Western Europe, leading the transformation of its HR function to strategic business partner and change agent. She has worked for P&G in various local and international roles in Portugal, the UK, Belgium and Switzerland, both in business units and corporate HR.

EMC reshuffles executive ranks with new CEO at VMware

Pat Gelsinger, 50, who was President and COO of EMC Information Infrastructure Products, becomes CEO of 80%-owned VMware effective September 1. He also joins the VMware board. Prior to joining EMC in 2009 he was SVP and Co-GM of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group. Before that he led Intel Labs and was Intel's first CTO.

Current VMware CEO Paul Maritz, 56, moves to EMC as Chief Strategist and Vice Chair, reporting to CEO Joe Tucci. He also keeps his VMware board seat. Maritz will focus on defining EMC’s strategy for products related to Internet-based cloud systems and handling massive amounts of data. He was appointed CEO of VMware in 2008 after EMC acquired PI Corp, the company he founded in 2003.

Dave Goulden, 52, CFO at EMC, also becomes President and COO of the company. Before being named as CFO he served as EVP of BD, Customer Solutions and Marketing, EVP of Global Marketing and BD and EVP of Customer Operations. Prior to EMC, he was President and COO for the Americas and Asia Pacific at Getronics.

Jeremy Burton, 44, now Chief Marketing Officer, will be EVP, Product Operations and Marketing. Prior to joining EMC, he was CEO-Serena Software, Group President-Security and Data Management BU of Symantec, EVP-Data Management Group and CMO at VERITAS Software, SVP-Product and Services Marketing at Oracle.

Public and Private Sector Heavyweight leaves Accenture Board

Dennis F. Hightower, 71, has resigned from Accenture’s board. Hightower, a member of Accenture’s board since 2003, is a retired business executive who has had distinguished careers in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he was the United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Prior to that, he was CEO of Europe Online Networks, a privately held broadband interactive entertainment company based in Luxembourg. Prior to joining Europe Online in 2000, he was a professor of Management and a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, President of Walt Disney Television & Telecommunications, Managing Director and Los Angeles Office Manager with Russell Reynolds, VP of Corporate Planning and a Corporate Officer of Mattel, VP and GM with GE in Mexico; Senior Associate and Engagement Manager at McKinsey, and a manager at Xerox. Prior to entering the private sector, he served in the U.S. Army for eight years, where he rose to the rank of major and was awarded decorations for meritorious achievement and valor.

HP Legal Exec Leaves for Venture Backed Video Ad Software Company

HP’s VP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Paul Porrini, has left the company. Porrini has taken a job as General Counsel and Secretary at YuMe, a company that provides video advertising software and services. Porrini had been at HP since 2001. Before that, he worked at Bluestone Software, which HP acquired in 2000. Earlier, he was a partner at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton; before that, he worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Yahoo! taps Google VP as new CEO; With Prior Leadership Changes made by iCEO

Yahoo! has appointed Google VP, Marissa Mayer, 37, as President and CEO and Member of the Board of Directors. She takes over from interim CEO Ross Levinson, 48, who took on the role in May as former CEO Scott Thompson, 54, left over the resume scandal. The appointment of Ms. Mayer, a leading consumer internet executive, signals a renewed focus on product innovation to drive user experience and advertising revenue. Ms. Mayer has been VP of Local and Maps for Google since 2010. She is an Engineer and managed some of Google’s most successful innovations, launching more than 100 features and products including image, book and product search, toolbar, iGoogle, Google News, and Gmail — creating much of the “look and feel” of the Google user experience.

Michael J. Callahan, 43, resigned as EVP, General Counsel and Secretary of Yahoo. Ron Bell (Ron Bell), the current Yahoo associate general counsel, will fill Callahan’s position temporarily. Previously Callahan was SVP and served as a Deputy General Counsel and an Assistant Secretary, its Associate General Counsel, Senior Corporate Counsel and Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining Yahoo in 1999, he served as the Manager of BD and Corporate Counsel of Electronics for Imaging. Prior to that, he was associated with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He has been a Director of 5to1 Holding and interCLICK since 2011.

The company re-appointed Scott Bushman as VP, Media Networks for Canada, Latin America and for the U.S. Hispanic market. Most recently, Scott was SVP of Digital at Wasserman Media Group and VP of Business Development, Content and Programming at Metacafe. He created and founded, a digital action sports extension of ESPN. Prevously he served Yahoo as Senior Director, Business Development, Global Publisher Solutions.

John Buchanan, formerly VP of Global Marketing at Electronic Arts, is now Head of Consumer Marketing at Yahoo. Prior to Electronic Arts, he was the VP, Product Marketing, Strategic Planning and Sales at Cranium, one of the world's fastest growing independent gaming brands.

John replaced Barbara O'Connor who joins Move, the real estate focused online network, as EVP of Marketing. O'Connor, spent more than 10 years at Yahoo!, most recently as VP of Global Consumer Marketing and was responsible for leading the marketing of the Yahoo! Commerce and Media properties across many platforms, including the category-leading News, Sports, Finance, Entertainment, and Lifestyles sites. Prior to Yahoo!, she helped launch Kontiki, by developing and managing marketing initiatives to drive awareness of the company's software-based content delivery network.

Ken Fuchs moved into an expanded global role as Head of Entertainment, Sports and Games. Ken is also being charged with developing some new opportunities coming soon for Yahoo. In the meantime, Ken will continue to build on Yahoo!'s successes in sports around the world. Before Yahoo he was VP, Emerging Platforms Business Development and Partnerships at Time, VP and GM, Sports Illustrated Digital Group at Time, VP, Strategy and Development at Fox Interactive Media - Revenue Group and Director, Business Development at Sports Illustrated.

Rich Cusick joined the company as VP of Entertainment and Women's Lifestyles. Cusick will drive the vision and lead execution globally for Yahoo! Shine, Health, and Entertainment properties (omg!, Movies, TV and Music). Rich Cusick most recently served as Interim GM of (a division of, GM of Swirl by Daily Candy, and SVP of Digital Media at Gemstar TV Guide. He started his career in investment banking in the media practices of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns.

Cognizant Elects McKinsey Veteran to Board

Cognizant elects Michael Patsalos-Fox, 59, to its Board of Directors. He is a Senior Partner of McKinsey, where he has worked for 31 years. During his tenure at McKinsey, he has served on the Firm's Operating Committee and elected Board for several years. He has led the Americas region, the New York and New Jersey Offices, the North American Corporate Finance and Strategy practice, and the European Telecoms practice. Since 2009, he has been leading McKinsey's new global data and software growth opportunities. He serves on the Board of the Playwrights Horizons Theater Company.

Symantec CEO leaves with Chairman taking over

Symantec’s President and CEO Enrique Salem, 48, has stepped down, replaced by Steve Bennett, 57, who also continues role to serve as the Chairman of the board. Mr. Bennett has served as a member of Board since 2010. He is the former CEO of Intuit. Prior to Intuit, he was at GE for 23 years, serving as EVP and Director of GE Capital, President and CEO of GE Capital e-Business, and President and CEO of GE Capital Vendor Financial Services. He also serves as a director of Qualcomm.

Enrique T. Salem served as the CEO and President of Symantec since 2009. Previous to that, he was COO, Group President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, President of Consumer Products, SVP of Consumer Products and Solutions and Security Products and Solutions, Chief Technical Officer and VP of the security and assistance business, SVP of Network and Gateway Security Solutions, SVP, Consumer Products and solutions (Veritas), President and CEO of Brightmail for Symantec. He served as VP of Security Pacific Merchant Bank, SVP of Products and Technology of Oblix, and VP of Technology and operations of Ask Jeeves.

Fiserv names US Payments Industry Connoisseur to Board

Fiserv names Dennis F. Lynch, 63, to its Board. Lynch has been a major contributor to the US payments industry for over 30 years, driving the adoption of card and payment solutions that have enhanced how consumers conduct financial transactions. Lynch is currently the Chairman of the Board at Cardtronics, the largest owner and operator of retail ATMs worldwide. He is also a Director, and former Chairman, of the Secure Remote Payments Council, a cross-industry organization dedicated to accelerating the growth, development, and market adoption of more secure ecommerce and mobile payments. Lynch was previously the Chairman and CEO of RightPath Payments and the President and CEO of NYCE Corporation. He was a founding Director of the New England-wide Yankee 24 ATM Network, serving as Chairman.

T-Mobile US CEO Resigns to Join Vodafone Europe; replaced by COO as interim

The CEO of T-Mobile US Philipp Humm, 51, resigns from his post to be named as Vodafone's Head of Central and Northern Europe. He is now replaced by the T-Mobile US COO Jim Alling on an interim basis until the position is filled.

Mr. Humm moved to T-Mobile USA in 2010, taking over as CEO towards the end of the year. Prior to that he was with the parent company Deutsche Telekom, with the responsibility of managing the sales and service activities of the European mobile companies within Deutsche Telekom Group and was initially responsible for the company’s mobile business in Germany. Before joining the company he was Managing Director at Amazon Germany. Prior to Amazon he was responsible for the German discounter Plus, oversaw Tengelmann's Group Strategy and Controlling and was Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey. His professional career began at Procter & Gamble in 1982 where he worked in marketing management.

Autodesk's VP Finance leaves

Autodesk’s VP Finance and Principal Accounting Officer, Pamela Strayer, 44, is named SVP & CFO at Plantronics. Before Autodesk, she spent five years at Epiphany, a CRM software company acquired by SSA Global Technologies in 2005, the last three years of which as Epiphany's VP of Finance and Corporate Controller.

Former Motorola Mobility Executive Joins Citigroup after Google Acquisition

Citigroup hired former Motorola Mobility SVP, General Manager, Enterprise, Christy Wyatt, to lead its consumer and mobile efforts. Wyatt, who left Motorola as the Google acquisition closed, will lead the technology teams at Citi that handle the bank’s Web, mobile and ATM efforts. Before heading the enterprise unit at Motorola, she was Corporate VP-Software and Services Product Management, VP-Software Platforms and Ecosystems, VP-Ecosystem at Motorola; Director, Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple; Senior Director, OS Licensing at Palm; Manager, BD, Telco and Wireless, JavaSoft at Sun Microsystems; Manager at ESRI Canada and Software Engineer at Ultimateast Data Communications.

Date range: June 25th - July 24th

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