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Giant Tech Companies Exec & Board Appointments 11/26 to 12/26 2012 Featured

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Former Motorola Exec Named CMO at HTC

HTC appoints new CMO, Benjamin Ho— replacing current CMO, John Wang, who will be stepping down.  Jason Mackenzie, currently serving as its president of global sales and marketing, will focus on global sales strategy. Ho was previously VP of business strategy and marketing at Far EasTone Telecommunications, and served as VP and CMO at Motorola Asia Pacific, as well as previously being director at BBDO Greater China, Dentsu and Young and Rubicam International.

Google Nabs Samsung Exec for Motorola Mobility

Google has hired Brian Wallace, the VP of strategic marketing at Samsung’s U.S. phone unit, to fill a similar post at Motorola. Wallace joined Samsung a year ago; prior to that he had spent more than a decade at BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion.

Microsoft’s Research & Strategy Head to Retire

Craig Mundie, 64, leaves his role as Microsoft’s Chief Research & Strategy Officer to become Senior Adviser to CEO, to wind down before retirement. Technical strategy chief Eric Rudder will assume much of Mundie's day-to-day duties. Mundie has been at Microsoft for years, having served as technical assistant to co-founder Bill Gates, Server and Tools head, and shifted into his current role back in 2006.

Verizon Adds Board Member

Verizon elected Kathryn A. Tesija, EVP of merchandising and supply chain at Target, its Board of Directors. Tesija joined Target in 1986 and has held a variety of leadership positions within merchandising. She is a member of Target's executive committee and currently oversees all merchandising functions, including product design and development, sourcing, inventory management, merchandising systems, presentation and operations, as well as the company's global supply chain.

VMware Exec Moves to EMC

VMware’s Co-President, Applications Platform, T. Tod Nielsen, 46, moves to EMC, in connection with the recently launched joint VMware/EMC Pivotal Initiative led by Paul Maritz, EMC's Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Nielsen served as VMware’s COO from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining VMware, he served as President and CEO of Borland Software, an enterprise software company.

Yahoo! Goes Through Board Changes

Yahoo! added Max Levchin, 36, to its board of directors. Levchin is a computer scientist, serial entrepreneur and angel investor with extensive experience building enduring Internet companies. His latest undertaking, HVF, is focused on solving big problems and improving lives by extracting insights from the vast quantities of data around us. Prior to founding HVF, Levchin served as VP of engineering at Google after its acquisition of Slide, an early developer of social applications which he founded and ran. Levchin incubated and was the first investor in Yelp. He was one of the co-founders of PayPal as well as the company’s CTO, from founding through its acquisition by eBay. Levchin also serves as chairman of the boards at Kaggle and Yelp and is a director at Evernote.

Brad Smith, 48, CEO of Intuit, and David W. Kenny, 50, CEO of the Weather Channel, depart from Yahoo’s Board. Smith, before being named Intuit’s CEO, was SVP and GM of Intuit's Small Business Division, led the company's Consumer Tax Group, and served as VP and GM of Intuit's Accountant Central and Developer Network. Previously, he was SVP of marketing and BD at ADP.

David W. Kenny is Chairman and CEO of The Weather Company. Previously, he co-founded and served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was Chairman and CEO at Digitas, a top global integrated brand agency.

Adobe Adds New Director to Board

Adobe expanded its board with the addition of new Director Kelly J. Barlow, a partner with ValueAct Capital who also serves on the board of directors of KAR Auction Services. He previously served on the boards of Allscripts and SIRVA. Prior to joining ValueAct, Barlow worked at EGM Capital, where he served primarily as portfolio manager. Prior to EGM, he worked at Wells Capital Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank.

Former PayPal Exec Joins Visa after Brief Yahoo Stint

Sam Shrauger is the new head of global commercialization for Visa, with responsibility for developing, implementing, and optimizing the company’s strategy and processes for bringing new Visa products and services to market successfully. Prior to joining Visa, Shrauger served as SVP of commerce at Yahoo. He has also held roles in product management and consulting with, VerticalNet, Deloitte Consulting, and Quantum Consulting. Previously, Shrauger was VP of global product and experience at PayPal and led a variety of PayPal’s product lines, launched its digital goods payment solution, led the integration of Bill Me Later after its 2008 acquisition, and served as a founding member of the merchant services business unit.

Dell Appoints New Services Head

Dell named Suresh Vaswani as president of Dell Services. Vaswani previously led Dell Services’ application and business process outsourcing (BPO) line of business. He joined Dell after 25 years at Wipro, where he served as the co-CEO of Wipro’s IT business and was on the Board. Vaswani succeeds Steve Schuckenbrock, who held executive leadership roles at Dell since joining the company in 2007. Mr. Schuckenbrock recently announced his intention to seek new opportunities outside Dell. As the president of Dell Services, Mr. Schuckenbrock oversaw significant gains in profitability, growth and customer satisfaction. Prior to Services, Mr. Schuckenbrock served as Dell’s president, Large Enterprise, and previously served as Dell’s CIO.

Symantec Hires COO from Best Buy

Symantec appoints new EVP & COO Stephen Gillett from Best Buy Digital, where he was EVP & President, Global Marketing & Strategy. Gillett has been a member of Symantec's board since early 2012 but will step down effective immediately. Prior to joining Best Buy, Gillett was CIO and EVP, Digital Ventures at Starbucks. Prior to Starbucks Stephen held executive roles at Corbis, Yahoo and CNET.

Design & Innovation Expert Joins Fiserv Board

Fiserv appointed Chris Flink, 40, to its Board of Directors. Flink, a partner at the innovation and design firm IDEO and a consulting associate professor at Stanford University, has extensive experience helping companies of all kinds innovate and grow. In his 15 years with IDEO, Flink has held a variety of roles, from heading the firm's Consumer Experience Design practice to co-founding its New York office. He has led diverse programs in collaboration with clients that include some of the world's most recognizable brands. He currently leads key client relationships, guiding portfolios of innovation projects in retail, education and consumer products. At Stanford, Flink is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business, and a consulting associate professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( He has served on the's Strategy Board since inception and has taught courses within the engineering department.

SanDisk Appoints Former IBM Long Timer to Lead Corporate Engineering

SanDisk appointed Jeff VerHeul as SVP of the company's corporate engineering organization. VerHeul joined SanDisk from Standard Microsystems, now a part of Microchip Technology, where he was SVP of engineering. Prior to that, he held executive roles at AMD in platform solutions engineering and silicon design. VerHeul began his career at IBM where he spent 25 years in positions that included the VP of server development, VP of product development for microelectronics, and VPof engineering and technology services.

CA Appoints Former Taleo Head as New CEO

CA Technologies has named Michael P. Gregoire, 46, as the company’s new CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. He will succeed William E. McCracken, 70, who has served as the CEO since 2010 and is retiring. Most recently, Gregoire was chairman, president and CEO of Taleo for seven years, spanning a period ranging from its IPO in 2005 to its acquisition by Oracle earlier in 2012. Before joining Taleo, Gregoire spent four years at PeopleSoft (which Oracle acquired), where he was the EVP, PeopleSoft Global Services, and spent 12 years at EDS (which HP acquired), where he held a number of senior positions including Executive Director of the Global Financial Markets Group, Chief Technologist for Manufacturing and Financial verticals, as well as several architecture and project management positions.

Akamai Founder Takes Rein as CEO; Company Promotes Other Senior Execs

Akamai Technologies has tapped mathematician Co-founder and Chief Scientist Tom Leighton, 56, as its new CEO, taking over a job held since 2005 by Paul Sagan, 53, who announced plans earlier this year to step down from his role.

Mr. Leighton has been the Chief Scientist and Director of the company since 1998. Prior to that, he was a Professor of applied mathematics at MIT and a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He holds numerous patents involving content delivery, Internet protocols, network algorithms, distributed computing, cryptography, and digital rights management. He has served on the President's IT Advisory Committee (PITAC), during which time he chaired the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity.

Mr. Sagan plans to remain a part-time adviser and board member.

EVP of Global Sales, Services & Support and Marketing, Robert Hughes has been promoted to President, Worldwide Operations, and EVP, Products and Development, Rick McConnell to President, Products and Development.

Mr. Hughes has served Akamai for 13 years, previously responsible for global sales and services and global marketing. Prior to Akamai, he held senior sales and BD positions at PictureTel, developing strategic sales channels to market PictureTel's TCP/IP voice, video and data product lines; and served in sales and marketing roles at Boston Scientific Corporation.

Mr. McConnell joined Akamai in 2011 and has been instrumental in managing and scaling the development, innovation, and productivity of Akamai's product divisions. Prior to that, he as VP and GM of the Unified Communications BU in Cisco's Voice Technology Group, and led strategy and operations for Cisco’s Communications and Collaboration business.

CSC Hires Former Rolls-Royce IT Exec as CIO; Names New Healthcare Industry Group Leader

CSC named Doug Tracy, 52, as CIO. He joins CSC from Dana Holding oration, where as VP and CIO he integrated the global IT organization and improved the efficiency and business focus of the company's applications and infrastructure assets. Previously, he had served at Rolls-Royce as EVP of IT for a $4 billion North American subsidiary and as global CTO with responsibility for IT strategy and architecture.

Guy M. Hains stepped down from his position as VP and General Manager of the Global Healthcare Industry Group at CSC.  Andrea Fiumicelli has been appointed VP and General Manager of the Global Healthcare Industry Group. Prior to his appointment he served as Director of Healthcare Integration and Projects since 2011. He joined the Company as part of the 2011 acquisition of iSOFT, a leading healthcare software company where he served as CEO.

Head of Nokia’s Digital Imaging Departs for Land Rover/Jaguar

Nokia's longtime head of imaging and photography, Damian Dinning, is leaving after nearly a decade. He is leaving the mobile giant for a job at Land Rover/Jaguar. During Damian Dinning’s nine years at Nokia, he led the team that developed the PureView technology that introduced a 41 megapixel camera to a smartphone.

Harris Corporation Names Divisional Heads

Harris Corporation has named Vishal Agrawal, M.D., 38, president of the company's Healthcare Solutions business. He joins Harris from McKinsey and Company, where he was a partner and leader in the firm's North American Healthcare Systems and Services practice. Prior to his business career he served as a research fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University.

James D. Morris, 47, is now group president of the company's Integrated Network Solutions business. He joins Harris from Western Digital, where he held domestic and international leadership positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company in 2001. He most recently served as EVP and general manager for four of the company's commercial product businesses, with $7 billion in total revenue. Previously he helped revitalize the company's notebook and desktop operations, guiding WD to industry leadership in both segments. Morris also served as a senior engagement manager with McKinsey. Prior to his business career he served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army and was awarded a Bronze Star in Operation Desert Storm.

Capgemini Promotes BU Exec as CFO

French IT services group Capgemini has appointed Aiman Ezzat, 51, as its new CFO. Ezzat, who currently heads Capgemini's financial-services global business unit, replaces Nicolas Dufourcq, who is leaving to run France's new state-owned investment bank after eight years as CFO. Aiman was previously Head of the Oil and Chemicals practice of Gemini Consulting where he spent 10 years. Aiman served as Capgemini's Deputy Director of Strategy, where he played an important role in the development of the Group's offshore strategy. He was part of the acquisition and integration team of Kanbay, a global IT services firm focused on the financial services industry, acquired by Capgemini. Aiman also played a key role in the development of the Booster turnaround plan of the Group's activities in the US. In 2007, Aiman Ezzat was appointed as COO of the Financial Services Global Business Unit (GBU) and became CEO in 2008.

AMD Veteran Jumps to Samsung

Michael Goddard, a 25-year AMD veteran and most recently corporate VP for product design engineering and chief engineer on client products, has joined Samsung as VP and system architect. During his years at AMD, Goddard worked closely with former CEO Dirk Meyer, and also spent some time with AMD’s design operations in India.

Date Range - November 26th - December 26th

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