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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.

Akamai Technologies sees Leadership Changes

Peter J. Kight, 55, resigned as a Director of Akamai Technologies. Since January 2010, he has been a managing partner of The ComVest Group, a private investment firm focused on providing debt and equity solutions to middle-market companies. From 1981 until 2007, he was Chairman and CEO of CheckFree (now acquired by Fiserv).

Debra L. Canner, 53, resigned as SVP, HR. Prior to Akamai, she served as VP of Human Resources for the Joslin Diabetes Center and Haemonetics. Prior to Haemonetics, she worked at Genzyme, starting as Manager, Human Resources and advancing to VP of Human Resources, directing worldwide operations for HR.

Jim Ebzery has been appointed as SVP and GM, Americas, to lead sales, services and marketing operations across the Americas. Most recently, he ran the Security, Management and Operating Platforms business at Novell, where he led the growth of the security business and expansion of their strategic cloud business. Prior to his tenure at Novell, Ebzery held senior positions with companies including L-1 Identity Solutions, Viisage Technology and Internet Capital Group. He began his career with IBM Corporation where he held multiple sales, marketing and general management positions during a 17-year career.

SeaChange Appoints Legal Eagle as General Counsel

SeaChange International, transformative multi-screen video services provider through an open, cloud-based software platform, appointed David McEvoy as its new General Counsel reporting to Michael Bornak, SeaChange's CFO. McEvoy brings significant software experience as general counsel of several public and private companies, including ATG (acquired by Oracle), VeriFone Systems (acquired by GTCR), Aprisma Management Technologies (acquired by Concord Communications), and The Learning Company/Broderbund (acquired by Mattel and The Gores Group). McEvoy's extensive merger and acquisition experience includes group general counsel at The Gores Group, a PE firm and attorney at two major Boston law firms (Powers & Hall, PC and Hutchins & Wheeler).

Cloud Hosting Provider Hires CMO

Cbeyond appointed Paul Carmody as Chief Marketing Officer. A seasoned high-tech and cloud veteran, Carmody will drive Cbeyond's strategy to offer businesses a personalized path to the latest technology using its network and the cloud as the framework. Before joining Cbeyond, Carmody most recently served as the SVP of Product Management and BD at Internap, where he oversaw the company's managed and cloud hosting, colocation and enterprise IP and CDN units. Previously, he was SVP of Marketing, Product and Strategy at Broadlane. He also served as VP of Product Development at Rackspace.

SoundBite Appoints Former CEO of DigitalGlobe to Board

SoundBite Communications, the cloud-based, multi-channel proactive customer communications (PCC) company, elected of Jill Smith, 53, to its board of directors. Ms. Smith fills the recent vacancy created by the resignation of Eric Giler. Most recently, Smith was the chairman and CEO of DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery and information company. Prior to DigitalGlobe, Smith served as the president and CEO for eDial, a private, voice-over-IP collaboration company, as the EVP and COO of Micron Electronics, and president and CEO of SRDS. Smith's early career included a partner at Bain & Company, and co-founding an investment and a consulting firm.

Former Dell and AT&T Exec named CEO at Cloud Storage and Applications Company

IceWEB, company providing cloud attached storage solutions and on-line cloud computing application services, appointed Rob Howe as the Company's new CEO. He is the former President of CompUSA, as well as the former VP and GM of AT&T's worldwide PC business, and the former SVP of Dell North America. He is credited with the turnaround of as its former CEO, and most recently served as President and COO of McCusker & Company. Mr. Compton, who served as IceWEB's CEO on an interim basis following the sudden passing of IceWEB CEO John Signorello, remains as IceWEB's Chairman of the Board while relinquishing his position as IceWEB's CEO to Mr. Howe.

Digital Development Group sees CEO Change; Names Social Media Innovator as Chief Creative Director

Ms. Jane C. H. Brooke, 55, resigned from the Digital Development Group, the content delivery enabler’s Board of Directors and as President and CEO of the Company. She held these positions since inception in 2006.

The company appointed Martin W. Greenwald as CEO and Interim CFO of the Company, as Dragan Bozanic resigned earlier as the CFO. Mr. Greenwald is currently the Chairman of the Company's Board. Mr. Greenwald is currently the Chairman of the Board and CEO of DDAC, positions he has held since January, 2012, and former Chairman and CEO of Public Media Works, positions he has held since 2010. He previously served as Chairman of Image Entertainment, President and CEO of Image where he helped lead operations focused on laserdisc and DVD content production, development and acquisition. He was a guest lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business and UCLA Anderson School of Management, and has been a guest speaker or panelist at numerous home video entertainment events.

Alex Frejrud has been appointed as Chief Creative Director. He joins the Digidev team to develop and direct the architecture and brand strategy of the Company's entertainment and platform systems. Aided by his considerable entrepreneurial skills, Mr. Frejrud has been the driving force behind various successful startups. In 2004, he co-founded the award-winning social network He followed up in 2008 with the establishment of the Glampire Group, consisting of Glampire Media, Glampire Mobile and Glampire Mobile-Label. As director and president of The Glampire Group, he worked with a number of renowned record labels, fashion brands, corporations, websites, and movie production companies, enhancing their media profiles, visibility, viral marketing, and connectivity of clients including BMW, MySpace, H&M, Sony, EMI, and Universal Studios.

Video Digitization Company YesVideo Welcomes New CEO and CTO

YesVideo received a $5 million investment from Greystripe ad network founders Michael Chang and Andy Choi, both of whom have recently joined the company, as CEO and CTO, respectively. The company will use the capital injection to broaden brand reach with retailers, as well as to work on new products. Michael Chang was General Manager, Greystripe a division of ValueClick, CEO and Co-founder at Greystripe, Associate at Incubic Venture Capital and Product Marketing Manager at Gadzoox Networks.

Andy Choi co-Founded Greystripe and served as its VP of Technology and CTO. He is the architect of Greystripe's AdWRAP technology. Previously, Mr. Choi served as the Chief Architect of CoManage Corporation, focused on software and telecom markets.

Open Source and Cloud Specialist named to Issuer Direct’s board; Former Oracle and IBM

Issuer Direct, the leading disclosure management solutions and cloud-based compliance technologies company, named Andre M. Boisvert, 58, to its Board of Directors. He is currently Chairman of Palamida, a software firm on composition analysis for intellectual property and security risk management. He also serves as Vice Chairman of River Logic, as a Director of Clario Analytics, Transera Communications, Emailvision, and Webtrends. He co-found Pentaho Corporation, a commercial open source business intelligence platform in 2004, later becoming an investor, advisor of several other leading commercial open source companies, including Revolution Analytics, Zenoss, and Infobright. Before that he was Chairman and CEO at Sagent Technologies (one of SAS’s investments, now sold to Group 1 Software), President and COO at SAS, SVP of Worldwide Marketing at Oracle and Cognos, and held senior management positions in sales, marketing and research & development at IBM which he served for 13 years.

Barracuda Network CEO stands down

Barracuda Networks co-founder and CEO Dean Drako is to quit, the content security appliance vendor has confirmed. During the past nine years Drako was a constant, also serving as president and chairman but from the middle of next week he will hand control to three fellow board members on an interim basis. Fellow founder and CMO Michael Perone, CFO David Faugno and director Gordon Stitt will take over his duties under the "Office of the CEO" while they search for his permanent successor. Drako, who will remain on the board and plans to hang around to help out with recruitment, hinted the privately held operation may go public.

Cloud Services Firm LuxCloud Names Industry Veteran Globalization Expert

Cloud service distribution provider LuxCloud named Carlos Ramón as globalization expert. In the past, Ramón has developed and executed international strategies and operations for high-tech companies all over the world. He has over 20 years of experience working with technology companies including Akamai Technologies, PeopleSoft, Conviva, Silver Spring Networks and Ooyala, in either a executive role or as an advisory board member. Ramón has lead the build-up and operations of companies with SaaS based solutions, such as PeopleSoft, to increase the productivity of their customers whilst maintaining a low cost of ownership. Ramón served as general manager of international operations and VP of sales at Akamai Technologies. He also served as general manager at Silver Spring Networks where he introduced the company to new markets around the world and successfully signed up many new customers. As globalization expert, Ramón will be resposible for maximizing and diversifying global revenue by establishing a solid foundation for a sustainable, profitable and leading global SaaS business. One of the top priorities for Ramón will be to promote Hosted365, LuxCloud’s hosted desktop with web based versions of Microsoft Office programs.

Data Center Operator QTS Names New Director and Senior Execs to Drive Growth Strategy

Quality Technology Services added Peter A. Marino, 69, to its board of directors. Marino works as a private consultant for government and industry on defense and intelligence issues, and has more than 25 years of defense-related experience to his role with QTS. Marino has held executive positions with Fire Arms Training Systems, Raytheon, E-Systems, Fairchild Industries and Lockheed Martin. He also served in numerous roles at the CIA over 16 years, including director of technical service and deputy director for the Office of Research and Development. Marino currently serves as chairman of the board of TASC. He has served on several other boards including Defense Science Board and QinetiQ North America. He also chairs the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency Advisory Group.

Veteran technology industry executives Dan Bennewitz and Jim Reinhart were named to senior executive management roles. Bennewitz has been appointed QTS’ COO of Sales and Marketing. He previously served more than 30 years at IBM in a series of sales, marketing and executive management positions in the United States and internationally. Most recently, Bennewitz served as VP of IBM sales model, where he led IBM’s go-to-market transformation. He also served as VP of the East region of the US, where he led IBM’s software, hardware and services businesses. Additionally, Bennewitz led IBM’s US communications and healthcare industries and served as managing director of sales for IBM Japan and VP of global mainframe server sales.

Reinhart has been appointed COO of Development and Operations to guide QTS’s development, service delivery and operations. He has more than 25 years of managerial experience, including leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies. He comes to QTS from Genworth, where he held executive roles in operations, technology, strategy and marketing. Reinhart also previous served in managerial roles at Capital One and HP.

Xand Names COO to Oversee Three Data Center Expansions

Data center provider Xand has named Keith Markley as COO. Markley will oversee corporate strategy, planning and all of its operations in his new role. In addition to the appointment, Xand has announced that it is currently expanding three of its data centers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Markley will oversee these expansion projects, which are scheduled for completion in the third and fourth quarters of 2012. Prior to Xand, Markley was CEO of LAI Holdings, a technology and manufacturing company. He also served as president and COO of, president of Covad Communications’ Eastern Region, VP and GM for New England Fiber Communications and as district director for Advanced Radio Telecom. Markley is also a former legislator, serving two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Web Hosting Firm Brain Host Names President as its CEO

Web hosting provider Brain Host appointed its President Corey Hammond the company’s new CEO. He’ll be replacing the company’s outgoing CEO, who will now serve as Chairman. Hammond is a veteran of the Internet marketing industry, an area of expertise that has presumably had a big influence on the company’s quick rise to prominence in the mass hosting market. He previously served as Senior Search Engine Marketing Strategiest at The Karcher Group, Search Engine Optimization(SEO) Program Manager at Fathom, SEO Manager at A1 Wireless-Sprint Express, Loan Officer at G.S. Group Mortgage Services and Sales Representative at Verizon Wireless.

Icelandic Cloud Host GreenQloud Names CEO, CFOO and CMO

Icelandic carbon-neutral cloud hosting and storage service provider GreenQloud named Bala Kamallakharan to CEO, replacing founder and former CEO Eirikur Hrafnsson who will transition into the role of Chief Global Strategist. With the continuing “dirty data” problem in IT and data storage, offering carbon neutral cloud infrastructure as a service solutions powered exclusively by renewable energy sources is a real differentiator for web hosts.  Bala has served as Advisor & Consultant at Resolution Committee of Glitnir Bank, Executive Director & Chief Representative in India at Glitnir, Executive Director Strategic Growth at Glitnir, Manager at Capgemini US, Senior Consultant at Capgemini US, and Consultant at Ernst & Young.

COO Gísli Kristjásson will assume the role of Chief Financial Operating Officer, while Paula Gould has been brought on to serve as Chief Marketing Officer. The new executive hires and management restructure position GreenQloud for greater growth within the Iceland IT industry as well as the global IT market. Gísli  has previously served as CEO - Partner at EXIM ehf, Producer at PartyZone, and CEO at 48DVD ehf. While, Paula has served as Editor at, Director of PR / Producer at Glen Wexler Studio, Director of PR and Accounts at mode: imaging, and Director of PR at

Go Daddy CEO Steps Down, KKR Exec Takes Reins Temporarily

Domain Registrar Go Daddy’s CEO Warren Adelman has stepped down from his role, and will continue with Go Daddy as a special advisor for strategy and global policy. Adelman will be replaced by head of KKR Capstone North America Scott Wagner while Go Daddy begins the search for a permanent CEO. Wagner has spent the last year working with Go Daddy to build up its international strategy. Before replacing Bob Parsons as Go Daddy CEO last year, Adelman was Go Daddy’s COO and President. Adelman has been with Go Daddy since 2003.

Colocation Firm ColoHouse Data Center Names EVP

Colocation provider ColoHouse Data Center named Timothy Armstrong as EVP. In this role, Armstrong will be responsible for company-wide revenue generation and the delivery of service excellence to ColoHouse clients and partners. He also has a significant amount of knowledge and experience in HIPAA, SOX and GLB compliance mandates. He most recently served as Regional Director at eTelemetry. Prior to that, he served as Sales Manager at IKON Office Solution, District Sales Manager at Data Return, and Global Web Hosting Sales Executive/SME at WCOM.

Web Host CyrusOne Appoints Former CoreLink VP as CMO

Web hosting and enterprise colocation provider CyrusOne appointed Scott Brueggeman its new Chief Marketing Officer. Brueggeman was previously VP of Marketing, Corporate Communications and Inside Sales at CoreLink data centers. Brueggeman has 20 years of experience include leadership roles like CMO-Corporate at PEAK6 Investments, VP-Marketing at CareerBuilder, Marketing Executive at AT&T and PepsiCo. Earlier in the year, CyrusOne’s parent company Cincinnati Bell announced plans to conduct an IPO for a new organization that would be created to own and operate CyrusOne.

Data Center Solutions Firm OnX Names EVP of Canada and COO of Cloud

Cloud storage provider OnX Enterprise Solutions named Paul Khawaja as EVP of Canada and COO of the company’s cloud and managed services division. OnX created the new COO role for the cloud and managed services division following its $20 million investment in cloud and data center infrastructure, making it one of the first solutions to bring dual data center-cloud strategy to market in Canada. To support this new investment, OnX is expanding its team and build a offering for enterprise clients throughout North America who seek a high-availability solution with multiple facility failover capacity. Khawaja has over 20 years of executive experience in global information and communications technology. Prior to joining OnX, Khawaja served as VP of Bell and President of technology firm xwave. He also held leadership positions in sales and business development at MITI Information Technology.

Cloud Hosting Software Firm Ensim Names CFO

Cloud hosting software provider Ensim named Kevin Berry as CFO. He has over 20 years of senior-level experience, having served as CFO for several global start-ups and three publicly traded companies, all in the software and technology sectors. Throughout his career he has successfully merged and acquired companies valued at over $400 million, as well as raised $50 million in equity and debt financing from domestic and international venture investors and strategic partners. At Award Software International, Berry led the IPO which was rated in the top ten by the Wall Street Journal. Most recently as CFO of California Micro Devices, Berry led the company’s merger with ON Semiconductor resulting in a 50 percent premium for shareholders. Berry has also served as CFO for SteelEye Technology, Systems at, and Award Software.

Date range: July 2nd - July 31st

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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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