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Microsoft’s Lead Independent Director Not to Seek Re-Election to Board

Reed Hastings, 52, who has served as a member of the Microsoft Board for last five years and is current lead independent director, decided not to seek re-election.  Reed Hastings has served as Netflix’s CEO since 1998 and Chairman since inception. He served as CEO of Pure Atria Software, a maker of software development tools, before that, until it was acquired by Rational Software.

Google’s APAC President to Replace Yahoo!-Bound Head of Partners Business Solutions

Daniel Alegre, who is currently Google’s president of Asia-Pacific and worldwide mobile, will replace outgoing sales exec Henrique De Castro as president of its partners business solutions. De Castro was hired by Yahoo! - as COO. Alegre earlier served as VP of Asia Pacific Sales and Operations at Google, VP of APLA Business Development & Latin America at Google. Since joining Google in 2004, he has expanded strategic partnerships, including China Mobile, AOL Europe, KDDI and NTT Docomo. Prior to joining Google, he served as VP of Business Development of Bertelsmann eCommerce Group in New York, Managing Director of Record division BMG Music in Latin America, and Director of New Internet Initiatives in Guetersloh, Germany. Earlier, he started and ran an FM radio station in Mexico.

HP Exec Joins McAfee to Lead Mobile Engineering and Ops

Ari Jaaksi has joined McAfee as SVP and general manager, Mobile Engineering and Operations. Most recently, Jaaksi held the position of SVP of HP's WebOS Software and Services. Prior to HP, Jaaksi worked at Nokia for twelve years in a range of senior positions. In his last job at Nokia, he led the team responsible for software, hardware, user experience and developer activities for Nokia's high end mobile phones.

Cisco Promotes Executives as CEO Lines Up Successors

Cisco appointed Robert W. Lloyd, 56, as President, Development and Sales and Gary B. Moore, 63, as President and COO. Prior to his new appointment, Mr. Lloyd served as EVP, Worldwide Operations. He joined Cisco in 1994 and has served as SVP, US, Canada and Japan, SVP, EMEA, VP, EMEA, and General Manager of Cisco Canada.

Mr. Moore has served as COO since 2011. Prior to his new appointment, he served as an EVP. He joined Cisco in 2001 as SVP, Advanced Services, and held various positions like EVP, Cisco Services. Immediately before joining Cisco, he served as CEOof Netigy, a network consulting company. Prior to that, he was employed by Electronic Data Systems where he held a number of executive positions.

eBay Director Resigns; Joins AOL Board

Dawn G. Lepore, 57, a director of eBay, has resigned from the company’s board. She has been newly elected to AOL’s board. She is CEO at Prosper Marketplace, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Formerly, she was CEO and Chairman of, a leading online retailer of health, beauty, and wellness products, until its sale to Walgreens. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at The Charles Schwab Company, like Vice Chairman of technology, operations, administration, strategy and active trader, was CIO, a member of Schwab's executive committee and a trustee of SchwabFunds.

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.

Accenture CEO adds on Chairman Role; Current Chairman to Retire

Accenture has named CEO Pierre Nanterme, 53, to the additional position of chairman of the board. He succeeds William D. Green, 59, who will step down as chairman. Mr. Nanterme succeeded Mr. Green as CEO in 2011, and has been a member of the Accenture board since 2010. Prior to assuming these roles, Mr. Nanterme held various leadership roles throughout the Company, including serving as group CEO of Financial Services operating group, chief leadership officer, country managing director for France – being in Accenture for 28 years.

Mr. Green joined Accenture in 1977. He has served as chairman of the board and was CEO until 2011. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Green led Accenture to record growth and profits, nearly doubled the company's global workforce, expanded Accenture's global footprint and successfully navigated the company through a challenging economic environment. Under his leadership, the company launched its highly successful Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative.

High-Profile Facebook Execs Depart

Joanna Shields, 50, Facebook’s VP and managing director of the social network’s operations in EMEA, has left the company to become CEO of Tech City Investment Organisation, a high-tech economic development group in London, the Telegraph reports. Prior to joining Facebook in 2010, she served as CEO of Bebo Shields and assisted its sale to AOL.

Facebook Communications VP Joe Lockhart, 53, has also departed. Lockhart is perhaps most famous for his time spent inside the White House as communications secretary for President Bill Clinton during the latter half of Clinton’s second term in office. After the administration ended, Lockhart went on to become one of the founding members of the Glover Park Group, a D.C.-based consultancy firm which has worked on campaigns for Microsoft, Verizon and Pfizer.

VMware Appoints New CFO from Microsoft

VMware named Jonathan Chadwick as its new CFO. Chadwick has previously served as Microsoft's Corporate VP and as the CFO of Skype. He replaces Mark Peek, VMware's former CFO, who left the company earlier this year. Prior to Microsoft, Chadwick was EVP and CFO at McAfee. Prior to McAfee, Chadwick spent over a decade in various roles at Cisco. He oversaw Cisco’s finance teams for the service provider, enterprise, commercial and consumer customer segments. In addition, he has also been Cisco’s Principal Accounting Officer and VP of Corporate Finance and Planning. Chadwick also worked for Coopers & Lybrand in various roles in the US and UK. Makes Board Changes

Jeffery H. Boyd , 55, President and CEO of online travel company, will assume the additional role of Chairman, beginning next year. He will succeed Ralph M. Bahna , 69, who will retire. Mr. Boyd has been President of since 2001 and CEO since 2002. He previously served as COO, EVP, General Counsel and Secretary of Prior to joining, Mr. Boyd was EVP, General Counsel and Secretary of Oxford Health Plans.

Mr. Bahna, who participated in the formation of and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2004, is a longtime executive veteran of the travel industry. In addition to, he has served as Chairman of Masterworks Development, a company he founded in 1992 that developed the Club Quarters hotel group. He also served as the CEO of Cunard Lines and the Cunard Group of Companies. Prior to Cunard, Mr. Bahna was employed by Trans World Airlines, where he developed and launched its highly successful Ambassador Service.

The Board named current Director James M. Guyette, 66, to serve in the newly created role of Lead Independent Director. Mr. Guyette has been a Director of since 2003. Mr. Guyette is currently Chairman, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America. Before joining Rolls-Royce, he served as EVP – Marketing and Planning for United Airlines. Mr. Guyette is also the Chairman of the Board of PrivateBancorp.

The Board also named Thomas E. Rothman, 57, departing Chairman and CEO of News Corporation's Fox Filmed Entertainment Group, as's newest Director. Before joining Fox Filmed, which he served for 18 years, Mr. Rothman served as President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, and EVP, Production of Sony’s Columbia Pictures. He also served as a partner with Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz.

Time Warner Cable Makes Senior Management Changes

Peter C. Stern, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, will assume additional responsibility as Chief People Officer and leader of Corporate Development at Time Warner Cable. Mr. Stern assumes responsibility for HR functions from Tom Mathews, who is leaving the company for personal reasons, and Corporate Development from Carl Rossetti, who, the company announced earlier this year, will retire at the end of the year. Mr. Stern joined Time Warner Cable over a decade ago and has served in a number of strategy and product roles at both Time Warner Cable and its former parent, Time Warner. Before joining Time Warner, he was an Associate Principal at McKinsey.

Stephanie Anderson joined the company as SVP, Marketing for Business Services and will oversee all marketing, sales and customer relationship management activities. She joins from Cablevision, where she spent the last three years serving as VP, Commercial Markets Marketing and Advertising overseeing marketing and advertising for all sales channels. Before joining Cablevision, Anderson was the CMO and advisor to the CEO for Presence Technology, specializing in call center software solutions.

The copany also promoted Greg King to SVP, Business Services Product and Strategy and will oversee all aspects of product strategy, development and management for Business Services. He joined Time Warner Cable in 2010 as Group VP, Business Services Strategy and was part of the team that helped acquire and integrate NaviSite. King began his career at ATX Communications in Philadelphia. Subsequently, he worked for twenty years at an international transportation company, where he started as a systems architect before becoming Director, MIS, CIO, and ultimately was appointed to their Board. In 1998, King also co-founded and was CTO of a small telecom services company that built its own switches to provide customized business telephony services.

Senior Leadership Changes Continue at Yahoo!

Yahoo! has hired Henrique de Castro, 47, Google's VP of worldwide Partner Business Solutions, as its new COO. He will be responsible for strategic and operational management of Yahoo!'s sales, operations, media and business development worldwide. Before joining Google, De Castro managed Dell's Western European sales and business development activities, and before that was a consultant at McKinsey.

Yahoo’s Chief Technical Officer Ashfaq Munshi has also left the company, joining the company only about a year ago. He is the founder and continues to be the CEO of Terabitz. Prior to that, Ash was CEO of Level5 Networks. He has founded four other Silicon Valley companies: Radiance, Vivecon, SpecialtyMD (acquired by Ventro), and Commerce Engine (became Ariba). Earlier in his career, he served as a corporate VP at Applied Materials, and VP and GM of the Enterprise Business Unit at SGI. He began his executive career at Oracle where he was director of development and marketing.

The company’s Media Products Head, David Rice, VP of media properties, has left to take over as SVP and GM of CBS Interactive Games. Hired in 2010, the former Microsoft exec was the key media product manager in charge of strategy and execution of Yahoo’s home page, news, sports, finance, entertainment, lifestyle, games and more.

Head of Yahoo’s Omg! and Yahoo TV, Liz Coughlin, left to run business operations at next-gen digital content site Young Hollywood.

HP Veteran Joins Wipro Board

Wipro appointed Vyomesh Joshi, 58, a well-respected IT industry veteran and influencer, to its board. Mr. Joshi will serve as an independent member on the board and will bring to Wipro a wealth of experience, having spent over three decades in the industry. He was until recently the EVP of HP's Imaging and Printing Group. He joined HP in 1980 as a research and development engineer and retired earlier this year after a 32-year career with HP.

Former webOS CTO Leaves HP for Enterprise Role at Dell

Sam Greenblatt, the former CTO of HP’s webOS business unit, has joined Dell. Greenblatt left his job as the CTO of the webOS unit earlier this year and took a then-unspecified role within HP. That job turned out to be general manager of the Critical Systems Management unit. Greenblatt is now chief technical evangelist at Dell’s Enterprise Solutions Group.

Motorola Solutions Elects ComED CEO to Board

Motorola Solutions elects Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and CEO of the largest electric utility in Illinois, Commonwealth Edison, to baord. Pramaggiore served as Commonwealth Edison 's COO previously, being with the Chicago-based company since 1998 in various executive roles including overseeing customer operations and regulatory and external affairs. Prior to that, she was an attorney with McDermott, Will & Emery for eight years.

Symantec Sales EVP Leaves

William T. Robbins, 44, EVP, Worldwide Sales and Services of Symantec is leaving, as a result of the Company's elimination of such position. Mr. Robbins is expected to remain employed by the Company for a transitional period of time. He served as SVP of The Americas Geography of Symantec, Senior Leader for the overall Symantec business in Asia Pacific and Japan, SVPof Asia Pacific and Japan Geography, and VP-Eastern United States & National Telecommunications Sales at the company. Previously he served as SVP of Asia Pacific and Japan Geography of Veritas Software, and VP- Northern Europe of Veritas. Throughout the Symantec-Veritas Software merger, he led the integration planning for the global Sales organization. Before Veritas, he served as COO for Comdisco's $800m Technology Services Division, and MD of BD at MCI Systemhouse.

Citrix Systems CMO Steps Down

Wes Wasson, 45, SVP and CMO of Citrix Systems, steps down to begin working on plans for a new startup focused on social entrepreneurship, applying his business and technology experience to help people impacted by poverty, especially in the poorest countries of the world. Mr. Wasson will resign his CMO role with Citrix, but will continue to serve as SVP of Strategy for Citrix into the first half of 2013 to advance Citrix corporate and product strategy and serve as a spokesperson for Citrix with customers, partners, press and analysts around the world. Citrix intends to initiate a search for a new CMO. Prior to joining Citrix, Mr. Wasson served as VP of Worldwide Marketing at NetScaler, a privately-held software company acquired by Citrix in 2005. Befe that he served as the Chief Strategy Officer of NetContinuum, an application security company based in Silicon Valley.

SanDisk Appoints Intel VP to Lead SSD Business

SanDisk appointed Thomas Rampone as SVP of solid state drive (SSD) business, which includes SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions (ESS) and Client Storage Solutions (CSS) organizations. Rampone joined SanDisk from Intel where he served for over 27 years in various engineering and executive roles. Most recently, Rampone was VP and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. Previously, he served as VP and general manager for Intel's Channel Platforms Group and the Desktop Boards Business.

NetApp Names Chief Strategy Officer and CTO

Cloud storage provider NetApp has named Jonathan Kissane its chief strategy officer and SVP, and NetApp 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.

Rackspace US Names Interim Leader for Enterprise Business

Rackspace US, the US operating subsidiary of Rackspace Hosting, appointed Chris Cochran as its interim General Manager, Enterprise. Mr. Cochran replaces Jim Lewandowski, Rackspace's SVP and General Manager, Enterprise who leaves. Mr. Cochran joined Rackspace in 2008 and is moving from his current role as VP, Strategy. Previously, he helped launch the Rackspace Enterprise Services group, and served as General Manager for the Rackspace Managed Colocation business. Before coming to Rackspace, he worked for Electronic Data Systems in various strategy and operations roles, including as an enterprise account executive.

Quest Diagnostics’ Health IT Leader to Leave

Quest Diagnostics’ senior leader Richard Mahoney, 64, VP, Healthcare Information Services, and President of MedPlus, its acquired healthcare IT subsidiary, is leaving the company next year. He is also a Special Advisor to the Miami (Ohio) University School of Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining MedPlus, he has served in leadership positions in a number of companies, most recently he was president of a company that provided equipment financing for hospitals and related organizations.

Former Aetna and WellPoint Exec Joins Verisk Health to Lead Client Development

Verisk Health named Kim Bresnan as EVP of client development for its MediConnect Global business. Verisk Health is a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics. Most recently as director of senior risk and recovery for WellPoint, she built sustainable data analytics programs. In the 18 years she spent at Aetna Health, Bresnan served in roles of progressively greater responsibility, from project manager to financial director of retiree markets, where she led the identification, development, and implementation of processes for revenue optimization and reconciliation of Medicare Advantage and prescription drug programs. Bresnan has also served in the roles of national product manager and VP of business development for Outcomes Health Information Solutions, where she led efforts to achieve significant revenue recovery for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Akamai Names Asia-Pacific Leaders

Content delivery network provider Akamai Technologies appointed Alex Caro its new CTO and VP for its Asia Pacific and Japan region, and Malcolm Rowe its regional VP of sales for South Asia.Caro began at Akamai as a research scientist in 1999, before eventually becoming corporate chief information officer. Caro will move to Singapore from Akamai’s corporate headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rowe got his start at Akamai in 2002, serving as director of business development.

Date range: October 1st - October 28th

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