EMC Names New CTO To Shape New Cloud, Big Data Focus
Cloud storage provider EMC has named former Huawei senior executive John Roese, 41, its new CTO, replacing Jeff Nick. In his new position, Roese will play a key role in shaping EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarks on its next phase of growth and leadership across the key IT trends of cloud, big data and IT. Jeff Nick, who has served as EMC’s CTO for the last eight years, has transitioned to a new CTO role to focus on big data and emerging applications initiatives.
Roese has more than 20 years of IT industry leadership experience and 20 granted and pending patents. He most recently served as SVP and general manager of Huawei’s North American R&D organization. He also served as the executive leader of Huawei’s Enterprise Global Competency Center. Prior to this he was CTO of Nortel, Broadcom Corporation and the CTO, chief marketing officer and chief information security officer of Enterasys Networks. Roese started his career at Cabletron Systems where he grew within the company, ultimately becoming the global CTO.
NetApp Names Chief Strategy Officer and CTO
Cloud-based data storage solutions provider NetApp has named Jonathan Kissane its chief strategy officer and SVP, and company veteran Jay Kidd its CTO and SVP.
As chief strategy officer and SVP, Kissane is tasked with overseeing all corporate development plans for NetApp. This includes all acquisitions and equity investments, discovering and implementing opportunities for technology collaboration, and developing strategic partnerships. Kissane joins the company from his role as SVP of corporate development at CA Technologies, where he was in charge of finding opportunities to improve CA’s position in the market, as well as its IT management services.
Kidd will serve as CTO and SVP, a role in which he will help develop NetApp’s technology vision in an industry that is continually influenced by technological innovations such as virtualization, flash, big data, and cloud computing. Before being promoted, Kidd oversaw product strategy and development for NetApp’s data management and management products, where he played an instrumental role in developing operating system Data ONTAP, and the storage clustering capabilities. Kidd previously served as CTO and VP of product management at Brocade.
AMD’s CFO Resigns; Company Appoints iCFO While Looking for Replacement
AMD’s SVP and CFO Thomas Seifert, 48, resigns to pursue other opportunities. Seifert joined AMD in 2009, after AMD spent almost a year without the CFO. Devinder Kumar, 57, SVP and corporate controller, will serve as interim CFO while a search commences for Mr. Seifert's replacement. Kumar has served as the Company's corporate controller since 2001.
Procera Networks Adds Retired Finance Professional to Board
Procera Networks, a networking equipment company, appointed Elizabeth J. Huebner, 54, as 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.
Silicon Image’s IP Business VP Resigns
Eric Almgren, 46, resigned from his position as VP, IP Business Group, of Silicon Image, the leader in the secure distribution, presentation and storage of high-definition content. Before this position he served as the CEO and Director of Vivcom, where he led corporate strategy and development of PVR, Set-top-box and video search and indexing server software products. He was also the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Mixman Technologies, a consumer music hardware, software and content company. Other executive leadership appointments include a board member and EVP of Corporate Development position at Beatnik, and business management and engineering positions at LSI Logic and HP.
Exar Appoints Director and Asia Sales Leader
Exar Corporation, the analog and mixed-signal solutions provider for data and telecommunications, networking and storage, named Behrooz Abdi, 50, to its board of directors. He currently provides executive leadership and funding to various early stage companies focused on clean energy technologies, semiconductors, mobile applications, and related services. He currently serves as a director at Tabula and InvenSense. Most recently, he was EVP and General Manager at NetLogic Microsystems and was President and CEO of RMI Corporation. He has held executive management and engineering positions at Qualcomm and Motorola.
Tim Lu has joined the company as Asia VP of Sales. Mr. Lu will be responsible for driving sales in the Asia Pacific region, including Japan. Prior to joining Exar, he served as General Manager and VP of Asia Sales for Wolfson for twelve years, and most recently as Executive Director of Greater China for Conexant. Mr. Lu began his career at Logitech and Vishay.
Board and Senior Leadership Changes at Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, the network infrastructure equipment Company, appointed Edward Terino, 59, to its Board of Directors. He brings over 30 years of financial management, operations, and technology experience to the Board of Directors, including expertise in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds and cost restructurings, investor relations, and in strengthening financial measures and controls in technology companies. He has served as a director of Baltic Trading, an international dry bulk shipping company, and as a director of SeaChange International, a video software company.
The company also appointed Nancy Shemwell to the position of EVP of Global Sales. Previous positions included that of President and CEO of Multi-Link, EVP Global Sales at Symmetricom and a 16 year career with Nortel Networks where she held titles of President, Micom Communications Corporation (a Nortel data subsidiary), VP Business Segments, and VP Sales and Marketing Wiltel (Nortel's largest distributor). Shemwell currently serves on the board of the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization, VoodooVox, and she is an associate board member for Southern Methodist University's (SMU) Cox School of Business.
Diane Honda, 47, resigned as VP, General Counsel and Secretary of Extreme Networks. In connection with her resignation, Ms. Honda and the Company entered into a Consulting Agreement , under which Ms. Honda agreed to assist the Company as a consultant during a transition period of two months. She joined the company in 2004 as VP and Associate General Counsel. She previously held legal or business positions with Speedera Networks, Riverstone Networks, Legato Systems, and HP.
PLX Technology Appoints iCEO as CEO Leaves
PLX Technology, the semiconductor and software solutions provider for data center and consumer storage, named David Raun, 48, as interim President and CEO, replacing CEO Ralph Schmitt, 51, who has joined OCZ Technology Group as CEO. Schmitt will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors. Prior to Raun's appointment as interim President and CEO, he served as the company's EVP and General Manager of Product Lines. Prior to that, he was VP, Marketing and Business Development and VP, Marketing. Prior to joining PLX, he was VP of Marketing at Pericom Semiconductor, EVP & General Manager at Actovate, a technology-based marketing company, VP of PSD & Memory Products at Waferscale Integration. He held various sales, sales management, and marketing positions at AMD earlier in his career.
Solid-State Drives Manufacturer OCZ Sees CEO Changes
OCZ Technology Group has appointed Ralph Schmitt, 51, as the Company's president and CEO. He replaces interim CEO Alex Mei, 36, who is also EVP and CMO and continues to be so. Alex had succeeded outgoing CEO Ryan M. Petersen, 36. Ralph Schmitt has been a member of the Company's board of directors since 2011. Mr. Schmitt joins OCZ from PLX Technologies, a provider of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets, where he served as president and CEO. Mr. Schmitt is the on the board of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), and remains on the board of PLX. Prior to his leadership tenure at PLX, he acted as CEO of Legend Silicon, a privately funded Chinese terrestrial digital TV semiconductor company. He was CEO of Sipex, an analog semiconductor company that merged with Exar, where he was appointed CEO, and was EVP of sales, marketing, and business development for Cypress Semiconductor.
Qualstar Witnesses Changes in Legal Representative on Board
Qualstar’s board member Robert Rich, 61, resigns from the board. Mr. Rich is outside counsel for Qualstar and has been a board member since 2000. He has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1975.
The company has appointed Daniel Molhoek, an attorney with the Varnum law firm, to its board of directors. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1993. He has advised boards of publicly held companies and currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Herman Miller. He also serves on the Board of several private companies and of many non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and the John Ball Zoological Society.
Date range: September 17th - October 14th