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New Chairman & Board Appointments 9/4 to 9/30 2012 Featured

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IBM Chairman to Retire; CEO to add Chairman’s Role

IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty, 55, is taking on the added role of chairman, as Sam Palmisano, 61, prepares to retire. Palmisano will become a senior adviser until he retires at the end of the year. Palmisano served as CEO between 2002 and 2012, and has been Chairman since 2003.

Rometty took the reins at IBM in January, becoming the company’s ninth CEO and its first female leader. Previously, she was SVP of IBM Global Business Services. In that role, she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting—the largest acquisition in professional services history, building a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts. She has also served as General Manager of IBM Global Services, Americas, and of IBM's Global Insurance and Financial Services Sector. She joined IBM in 1981 as a Systems Engineer.

L-3 Communications Names Retired Air Force Personnel to Board

L-3 Communications elects General Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton (U.S. Air Force - retired to its board of directors. Throughout his 34-year military career, General Newton served in a number of command and staff positions in the U.S. Air Force. From 1997 until his retirement in 2000, he was commander of the Air Education and Training Command, where he was responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. He also served as an Air Force congressional liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives. A combat aviator with more than 4,000 flight hours, General Newton was also a member of the Air Force's Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds. Following his retirement from the Air Force, General Newton was EVP of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines until 2006. He was also a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

BMC Software Names Acronis CEO as New Director

BMC has named Alex Pinchev, 62, to its board of directors. Mr. Pinchev brings over 25 years of senior executive experience in the software industry to the BMC Software board of directors. Currently, he is president and CEO of Acronis, a leading provider of data protection and disaster recovery software. Prior to joining Acronis in January 2012, he was president of global sales, services and field marketing at Red Hat. During his career, Mr. Pinchev has held numerous senior executive roles within a range of technology companies - including MRO Software, Interchip and MainControl Inc where he was chairman, CEO and founder.

Palo Alto Networks Names AT&T Exec to Board

Firewall vendor Palo Alto Networks appointed John Donovan, 51, to its Board of Directors. He has worked at AT&T since 2008, first as CTO and currently as Senior EVP– AT&T Technology and Network Operations. Before joining AT&T, he was EVP of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign. He also has served as chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group and as a partner with Deloitte where he was the Americas industry practice director for telecom.

e-Payment Solutions Company Internet Advertising Expert to Board

VeriFone Systems appointed Wenda Harris Millard, 57, president and COO of MediaLink to its Board of Directors. One of the early pioneers of internet advertising, Millard was a key driver at DoubleClick, Ziff Davis, Yahoo!, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia before assuming her current role with MediaLink, an advisory firm that provides critical counsel and strategic direction to the media, marketing, advertising, entertainment and technology industries. Millard has served on multiple boards, including True North, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Context Web and, currently, Millennial Media. She has also been chairman of the Internet Advertising Bureau and a board member of the James Beard Foundation.

AOL Appoints PepsiCo CFO to Board

AOL appointed Hugh F. Johnston, 51,EVP and CFO of PepsiCo, to Board. Johnston brings more than 25 years of finance and general management experience to AOL's Board, including M&A, marketing, finance and strategy positions at PepsiCo and Merck Medco. He has served as EVP and CFO of PepsiCo since 2010. Before that Johnston left PepsiCo for sometime to pursue a general management role as VP, Retail, at Merck Medco, leading the company's retail pharmacy card business. Earlier in his career, he joined PepsiCo in 1987 and has held a number of increasing leadership roles, including EVP, Global Operations; President, Pepsi-Cola North America; SVP, Transformation; and SVP, Mergers and Acquisitions.

Guidewire Software Appoints Former PeopleSoft EVP to Board

Guidewire Software, the core system software provider to the global Property/Casualty (general) insurance industry, elected Guy Dubois, 58, as a Director to the Board. Guy Dubois brings more than 30 years' leadership experience in the software industry to the Board. Most recently, he was CEO of banking software provider TEMENOS, and prior to that he was CEO of hub-based mobile communications solutions provider MACH Group. He has also served as EVP of PeopleSoft, where he led overall strategy, business development and execution for all company activities outside North America. Prior to that, he was at Amdocs where he was the EVP and president of its global business division.

iGATE Appoints Seasoned International Business Leader to Board

Application development company iGATE named Naomi O. Seligman, 74, a seasoned international business leader with significant innovation experience to its Board. She has been a senior partner at Ostriker von Simson, a consulting firm focusing on IT, since 1999. Previously, Ms. Seligman served as a co-founder and senior partner of the Research Board, a private sector institution sponsored by one hundred CIOs from major corporations. She presently serves on the boards of Oracle, Akamai, Dun & Bradstreet. She also previously served as a director of Sun Microsystems, prior to its acquisition by Oracle.

Intersil Corporation Appoints Long-Serving Semiconductor Industry Professional to Board

Intersil Corporation, the analog and mixed-signal solutions company, named Donald Macleod, 63, to its Board of Directors. He served as President and CEO of National Semiconductor until its acquisition in 2011. He joined National Semiconductor in 1978 and served in a variety of executive positions prior to becoming CEO, including COO and CFO. He also served as the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Macleod currently serves on the Board of Avago Technologies, a position he has held since 2007.

Pegasystems Appoints Leading Expert in Marketing, PR and Social Media to Board

Pegasystems, the business process management (BPM) and CRM software company, named Larry Weber, 57, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Weber is an entrepreneur and well-known global expert in the areas of public relations and marketing. Over his thirty year career, he has counseled many of the world's leading brands on marketing and business strategy. Mr. Weber is the Chairman of the W2 Group and is a leading expert in marketing, public relations and social media. He is a Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), and serves on a number of boards of corporations, non-profit groups, and academic institutions. Mr. Weber also is the author of several books and is a frequent public speaker. He is passionate about the convergence of technology, the web and communications. Mr. Weber enjoys helping global brands and emerging companies harness social media strategies to enhance brand reputation, create and extend partnerships, and increase demand generation.

Blackbaud Adds Non-Profit Sector Service Leader To Board

Blackbaud, the fund-raising software provider to nonprofit industry, appointed Joyce Nelson, former President and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), to its Board of Directors. Nelson was with NMSS for 28 years, serving as CEO for the last seven years until she recently retired in 2011. Nelson is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago where she was recognized for her accomplishments with the awarding of an honorary doctorate in 2006. She also received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. She is a recipient of the Brotherhood Award in Media from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, was named Community Service Leader of the Year in 2008 by Paul Hastings, and received the Honor Award in 2009 from the Invisible Disabilities Advocates. She has served on the boards of the MS International Federation and the North Park University School of Non-Profit Management.

Former Motorola Exec and Retired Finance Professional Named to Networking Equipment Company’s Board

Procera Networks, a networking equipment company, elected Alan B. Lefkof, 52, to its Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge, most recently serving as corporate VP and general manager at Motorola, and then at its spinoff, Motorola Mobility Holdings, where he led the Broadband Solutions Group and then the Software Solutions Group until early 2012. Prior to that, he served as a director and as president and CEO of Netopia, a developer of broadband networking equipment and carrier-class software for the remote management of broadband services until its acquisition by Motorola in 2007. Prior to Netopia, he served as president of Farallon Communications, a local area networking company. He was also president of the GRiD Division of Tandy Corporation, where he led the enterprise division for personal computers and laptops.

The company also appointed Elizabeth J. Huebner, 54, as a director. She retired from a 26-year career in the finance sector in 2006. Ms. Huebner was CFO from 2000 to 2006 at Getty Images, a provider of visual content and rights services. Prior to her service at Getty Images, she was CFO of Primus Knowledge Solutions, a software company specializing in knowledge management and self-service.

Biometric and Digital Imaging Software Solutions Company Names New Board Member

ImageWare Systems elected Charles Crocker, 73, to its Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Crocker Capital, a private investment company. He also serves as a director of Franklin Resources, Teledyne Technologies, Fiduciary Trust International, Bailard, and Mercator MedSystems. Beyond his corporate duties, Mr. Crocker serves as a Trustee of the Mary A. Crocker Trust, the Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association and the Fine Arts Museums Foundation of San Francisco.

CopyTele Names Board Member

CopyTele, the telecom produts company, elected Bruce F. Johnson to Board. Mr. Johnson, 68, a self-employed commodity trader, has served as a director of CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange, since 2007 when CME Group was created from the merger between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. Mr. Johnson has been a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for more than 31 years and has an extensive knowledge of the capital markets as a result of his investment background.

BluePhoenix’s New Director is former Coca Cola and Starbucks CIO

BluePhoenix, the Israel- based enterprise legacy IT modernization solutions company, elected Brian Crynes, 65, as a new member of the Board. Brian served as served as Interim CIO at Russell Investments and Global CIO for Starbucks. As CIO for Coca-Cola Amatil, he delivered business solutions across twenty countries in Asia Pacific. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brian led IT for the $16 Billion Worldwide Medicines Division. At Apple, Brian led the Asia Pacific and Europe IT Teams and transformed local IT resources into Competency Centers for strategy, solution delivery and infrastructure services.

Business Software Company Implements Succession Plan for Former Chair and CEO

CSP disclosed a succession plan for former Chairman, President and CEO Alexander R. Lupinetti, who passed away suddenly late last month. C. Shelton (Shelly) James, 72, a Director of CSP since 1994, has been appointed Chairman of the Board. He also currently serves as Principal of Shelton James Associates, a business consulting firm. He has formerly served as a Director of Fundamental Management; Director and CEO of Cyberguard; Director and CEO of Technisource; Director of DRS Technologies; CEO and Chairman of Elcotel; and is a Director of Concurrent Computer Corporation.

Mindpix Sees Board Changes

Internet and entertainment content company Mindpix’s Chairman Roxanna Weber and COO and Director Mary Waldman have resigned. The company appointed Andrea P. Diaz to serve as Chief Creative Officer and a Director on their Board. Ms. Diaz, a European native, has worked with branding public and private corporations such as Morgans Hotel Group, Menin Hotels, Dolce&Gabbana, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation (DCOTA), iStar Residential, and Chanel. Her innovative expertise is an asset to ensuring that MPIX develops a tailored brand identity and brand equity. She will work directly with Company's Directors and Officers to drive creative development, establishing the MPIX brand, and ensuring that the MPIX brand personality is carried throughout all creative projects.

President's Advisory Council Member and Well-Known VC joins Board of Search Optimization SaaS Firm

RAMP, the next generation search and video experience company, raised a financing led by StarVest Partners. Deborah Farrington, 61, Co-Founder and General Partner at StarVest will join the RAMP Board of Directors. Prior to founding StarVest, Ms. Farrington held positions including: President and CEO of Victory Ventures, a PE investment firm where she also served as chairman of Staffing Resources. Ms. Farrington currently sits on the Boards of NetSuite, where she is lead director, Xignite, Host Analytics, and PivotLink on behalf of StarVest. She is also a member of the President's Advisory Council and investment committee of Smith College; a board member of the Harvard Business School Club of New York City; a member of The Committee of 200 and the Economic Club of New York; and a board member of Opportunity International, a leading international microfinance organization.

Former Cisco and HP Exec Named to ApeniMED’s Board

ApeniMED, a leader in healthcare interoperability and Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) connectivity, appoints Barbara Stinnett to its Board of Directors. Stinnett will provide her expertise to help grow the financial and clinical product sales at ApeniMED as well as advise on fundraising, strategic acquisitions, and investor relations. Stinnett brings over 30 years of successful experience leading, creating, and developing profitable businesses. In addition to her role on the ApeniMED Board of Directors, Stinnett is currently the CEO and Managing Partner of the Timmaron Group, an organization serving CEOs, boards, and investors. Previously, she held leadership positions at Cisco Systems, SumTotal, I2 Technologies, and HP. She also serves on the boards of Altus365, Aidmatrix, and the Norris Institute, part of the University of St. Thomas, and is a mentor with the Minnesota Emerging Software Association.

Date range: September 4th - September 30th

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