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Giant Tech Companies Exec & Board Appointments 10/29 to 11/25 2012 Featured

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Apple Witnesses Management Reshuffle to Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services

Apple has made major management restructuring for its executive team. Among the biggest changes are the immediate departure of retail chief John Browett and a 2013 exit for iOS chief Scott Forstall. As part of the restructuring, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi are all taking on increased responsibilities.

Jony Ive will take over leadership of Human Interface teams in addition to his role as head on Industrial Design. Eddy Cue will take over responsibility for Siri and Maps, consolidating online services under one unit. Cue was promoted just over a year ago to SVP for Internet Software and Services. He played a prominent role in the educational announcement earlier this year, and now has control of two of Apple's most prominent new iOS features.

Craig Federighi will lead both the iOS and OS X teams. Earlier this year, he was promoted to SVP of Mac Software Engineering. Now, he gains the iOS team that was formerly under Scott Forstall. Bob Mansfield will lead a new "Technologies" group focused on innovation in wireless technology and semiconductors. Earlier this year, Apple announced that Mansfield would be retiring, but several months later announced he would instead be staying at the company.

Scott Forstall, the current SVP of iOS Software, is leaving the company next year. On the retail side, SVP of Retail John Browett is stepping down. A search for a successor is underway.

Microsoft Goes Through Major Corporate Leadership Changes

Microsoft named Andy Lees as Head of Corporate Development and Strategy. Lees, who assumed the new job last month, handles a role that’s been vacant since Hank Vigil left the company in 2011. Since being replaced as president of the Windows Phone division last year, Lees has overseen Microsoft’s investment in a Barnes & Noble subsidiary. Lees has been with the company for more than 20 years.

Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky leaves the company and that Julie Larson-Green is promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering, responsible for all future Windows product development in addition to future hardware opportunities. Since 1993, Larson-Green has worked on and led some of the most successful products for Microsoft, including the user experiences for early versions of Internet Explorer, and refresh of the user experience for Microsoft Office. For Windows 7 and Windows 8 she was responsible for program management, user interface design and research, as well as development of all international releases.

CFO and CMO Tami Reller will take on the pure business and marketing sides of the OS.  Reller joined Windows in 2007 from the Microsoft Dynamics Division where she held a number of leadership positions. She began her career in technology at Great Plains Software in 1984 while still in college, and was the company's CFO at the time the company was acquired by Microsoft in 2001.

The company has hired Jeannette Wing to lead Microsoft Research International, the company’s applied computing research arm, spanning 13 offices globally with more than 850 PhD researchers in the organization. Previously, Wing did a four-year stint as the assistant director of research for the National Science Foundation, and headed the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. Wing will join Microsoft at the beginning of 2013, heading up oversight for the company’s labs in southeast Asia and England.

Intel CEO to Retire Earlier than Expected; Successor Not Named Yet

Intel’s President and CEO Paul Otellini, 62, who has been on the job for eight years, will be retiring as an officer and director of the company in May, next year, with years to go before reaching the company's mandatory retirement age of 65. A successor has not been named yet. The company is going to consider both internal and external candidates in a transition expected to last six months.

Otellini was promoted to CEO role in 2005 from being the COO of the company. Prior to that, he served as EVP and General Manager of the then Intel Architecture Group and Sales and Marketing Group, General Manager of the Microprocessor Products Group, assistant to former Intel President Andy Grove, General Manager of Intel's Folsom Microcomputer Division and Peripheral Components Operation, beginning at Intel in 1974.

He serves on the board of Google. He is also a member of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and a member of Change the Equation, a CEO-led initiative to move the U.S. to the top of the pack in science and math education over the next decade.

SAP Appoints Acquired Company Ariba’s CEO to Global Managing Board; Sybase CEO leaves

SAP named Bob Calderoni, chairman and CEO of Ariba, a SAP company, to the SAP Global Managing Board. The appointment follows the completion of SAP's acquisition of Ariba in October this year. Calderoni will oversee all cloud-related supplier assets of SAP, including the fast-growing Ariba Network, the cloud-based network from SAP for inter-enterprise collaboration. Since joining Ariba in 2000, Calderoni has successfully transformed the company from a procurement applications vendor to the world's most powerful global business commerce network. Prior to joining Ariba, Calderoni served as SVP of finance and CFO for Avery Dennison. Before joining Avery Dennison, he was SVP of finance and corporate controller for Apple, and CFO and VP of finance for IBM's US$8 billion Storage Systems division. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Company.

Following his successful integration of Sybase into SAP, John Chen, president and CEO of Sybase since 1998, has left the company. He has joined PE firm Silver Lake as a Senior Advisor. Before Sybase, Chen was CEO and president of Siemens Pyramid, a unit of Siemens Nixdorf. He currently is on the boards of Disney and Wells Fargo.

Accenture Names SAP’s Real-Time Analytics and Applications Expert as In-Memory Solutions MD

Accenture appointed Dr. Alexander Zeier as Managing Director of In-Memory Solutions. In this capacity, Zeier will work with Accenture clients to develop in-memory solutions, provide sales support to global industry teams in leveraging in-memory technology, and provide ongoing thought leadership. He will also serve as director of programs for the SAP HANA platform within the Accenture Innovation Center for SAP solutions. Dr. Zeier has been working with SAP technologies and solutions for over 20 years. Prior to joining Accenture, he was responsible for SAP's first large in-memory application, and was a pivotal part of the development of SAP HANA, SAP's platform for real-time analytics and applications. He holds ten patents related to in-memory technology and applications for enterprise systems, and is co-author with Hasso Plattner of the recently published book, "In-Memory Data Management - Technology and Applications." Dr. Zeier is a Visiting Professor in Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was also deputy chair, Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts, at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany, focusing on real-time, in-memory enterprise systems and RFID technology.

HP Taps Server Exec as CTO; Makes Other Subsequent Leadership Changes

HP named Martin Fink as its CTO and head of HP Labs research division. He has until recently run the Business Critical Server business. He previously led the Open Source and Linux Organization and the NonStop Enterprise Division joining HP in 1985. Fink replaces Prith Banerjee, who left HP earlier this year to take a job as CTO of the Swiss industrial giant ABB.

Ric Lewis has been named to run that business unit for now. He has been named interim general manager of Business Critical Systems (BCS) and Converged Application Systems (CAS) within HP’s Enterprise Group business unit. Previously, Lewis served as VP of BCS Hardware and Technology Systems and as general manager of the HP NonStop Enterprise Division.  Lewis joined HP in 1987 and spent his earlier years leading design teams in computer system, chipset, CPU, and firmware development for a broad range of products spanning from workstations to high-end servers.

The interim head of HP labs, Chandrakant Patel, has been named an HP Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer. He is a pioneer in microprocessor and system thermo-mechanical architectures, end-to-end energy management in IT, and applications of sustainable IT ecosystem for a net positive environmental impact. Patel joined HP Labs in 1991, initially leading the cooling and packaging research of the Wide Word microprocessor. Through the 90s, he charted the directions in thermo-mechanical research that led to innovations in chip and system cooling solutions. In the late 90s, he initiated the research in "smart" data centers. Patel got his start in Silicon Valley as a design and manufacturing engineer at HP's personal computer division and at Memorex/Unisys hard disc division.

Bell Canada Enterprises Names Former CPP Investment Board CEO as New Director

Bell Canada Enterprises appointed David F. Denison, 60, as a Director of BCE and Bell Canada. Mr. Denison has served as President and CEO of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board. Prior to his appointment to the CPP Investment Board, he was President of Fidelity Investments Canada. He serves as a Director at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and as a member of the World Bank Treasury Expert Advisory Committee. He is a director of The United Way of Greater Toronto, and a member of the Toronto Community Foundation Investment Committee and the University of Toronto Investment Advisory Committee.

Yahoo! Re-Appoints Cloud Exec; Names Mobile Kingpin

Yahoo! re-appointed Jay Rossiter as EVP, Platforms, who left as SVP, Cloud Platform, earlier this year under CEO Scott Thompson. He had been with Yahoo! since 2008, before which he was with Oracle for fifteen years, most recently being the VP of System Management Products Division. Prior to that, he was Development Manager at 3Com and member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories.

Yahoo! appointed former IntoNow founder and CEO Adam Cahan as SVP of Emerging Products and Technology, to oversee all of Yahoo’s mobile efforts, as well as its Flickr photo sharing service. Yahoo purchased IntoNow in 2011. He also founded Auditude, acquired by Adobe. He has served as EVP, Strategy and Business Operations at MTV, oversaw Business Operations at Google, was an Associate Principal at McKinsey, was Digital Director at NBCUniversal, and was Wildlife Filmmaker for National Geographic Television.

Former HP CTO Joins Altera Board

Altera Corporation named Shane Robison to the company's board of directors. Mr. Robison served most recently as EVP, CTO and chief strategy officer for HP. Additionally, he held senior executive leadership positions in product development and business management with world-leading technology companies, including AT&T Labs, Cadence Design Systems and Apple.

SanDisk Appoints OEM Marketing Leader

Drew Henry has been named as SVP, OEM Marketing. Henry joined SanDisk from NVIDIA where he served in various executive roles, most recently as the general manager of the GeForce GPU business. Prior to NVIDIA, Henry held leadership positions at iBeam Broadcasting, Silicon Graphics and Failure Analysis Associates. He started his career in the technology industry with TRW.

McAfee Makes Series of Senior Management Changes

McAfee appointed Steve Redman as EVP of global sales. Redman previously served as regional president for the Asia Pacific Region for the company. Prior to joining McAfee in 2008, Redman spent eight years at EMC, most recently as VP of Asia Pacific. Prior to EMC, Redman was general manager of Rockwell Electronic Commerce and held positions at Lucent Technologies and Fuji Xerox. Redman replaces Joe Sexton, who chose to depart to take a leadership role in a non-competing technology company.

Yahoo!’s acting CMO and SVP, Brand Strategy and Marketing, Penny Baldwin who left earlier this year has joined McAfee as EVP and CMO. She previously served as president and CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising and Wunderman Direct Marketing.

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.

T-Mobile Names Former AT&T and Microsoft Exec as CMO

T-Mobile has appointed Michael Sievert, 40, as the company’s new CMO. T-Mobile has been without a permanent CMO since Cole Brodman stepped down from a 17-year career at T-Mobile earlier this year. Sievert was most recently the CEO of Discovery Bay Games, the maker of tablet gaming accessories such as the Atari Arcade peripheral for the iPad. Sievert has 20 years of marketing experience as Chief Commercial Officer of Clearwire, CEO and co-founder of Switchbox Labs, SVP at Lenovo, Corporate VP of the worldwide Windows business group at Microsoft, EVP and CMO at AT&T, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at E*TRADE, and began his career with management positions at Procter & Gamble and IBM.

Acting CMO Andrew Sherrard will resume his duties as SVP of marketing for T-Mobile’s contract business. Sherrard has been serving as acting CMO since spring 2012.

Juniper Networks Names EVP, Platform Systems Division

Stefan Dyckerhoff, 39, EVP, Platform Systems Division of Juniper Networks, to leave the Company to pursue a career as a venture capital financier. Prior to re-joining Juniper, Mr. Dyckerhoff was at Cisco, serving as VP and General Manager of the Edge Routing Business Unit. Before that he was at Juniper serving in various engineering leadership roles.

Date range: October 29th - November 25th

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