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Software Exec & Board Changes 12/22 2012 to 1/16 2013 Featured

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Microsoft Hires Sling Media Founder to Lead Interactive Entertainment Business

Microsoft named entrepreneur Blake Krikorian, 44, as Corporate VP for its Interactive Entertainment Business. He recently quit the board of about a year and a half after joining. Krikorian is the founder of id8 Group Holdings, a technology consulting and incubation firm, where he has served as CEO. He was the co-founder of Sling Media, a digital television technology company that was acquired by EchoStar Holding in 2007, and served as its Chairman and CEO.

SAP Appoints President, Americas


SAP named Rodolpho Cardenuto president of a combined Americas region, promoting an executive who led record Brazilian sales as the largest maker of business- management software seeks to bolster growth in North America. Cardenuto was appointed President of SAP Americas in January 2013 and he is responsible for leading the business in North America and Latin America. The Americas is SAP’s largest sales region, with nearly 109,000 customers and operations in 13 countries. Rodolpho joined SAP in 2008 as President of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In this role, he drove business growth and established SAP as the innovation provider of choice for customers of all sizes and industries. During his time as leader of SAP LAC, the region became a top performing market for SAP globally and delivered double digit growth for 12 consecutive quarters. In addition, Brazil and Mexico delivered unprecedented growth during his tenure and are among the top 10 markets for SAP globally in terms of financial performance and contribution. Rodolpho has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining SAP, he spent 15 years at Hewlett Packard in leadership roles including sales management in Brazil and leading the SME business for the Latin America region.

Former IBM and Nortel Exec Joins Brocade Communications as CEO

Brocade Communications appointed networking industry veteran Lloyd Carney, 50, to the position of CEO. In addition to his role as CEO, he will join Brocade's board of directors. He succeeds Michael Klayko, who has served as CEO since 2005. Mr. Carney has built a distinguished career during his nearly 30 years in the high-tech industry including a number of senior leadership positions at various networking and semiconductor companies. Most recently, he was CEO and member of the board of directors at Xsigo Systems, a company specializing in data center virtualization. Previously, Mr. Carney was CEO of Micromuse, which specialized in network management software and later became an integral part of the IBM Tivoli framework. Mr. Carney has also held key senior leadership positions at major networking companies including Juniper Networks as its COO and at Nortel Networks as president of its multi-billion dollar Core IP, Wireless Internet and the Enterprise divisions. Mr. Carney also served at Bay Networks as the EVP and general manager of the Enterprise Business Group, the company's largest business unit.

Progress Software Names New CFO

Progress Software named Chris E. Perkins, 48, to serve as its SVP, Finance & Administration and CFO. Upon appointment as CFO, Mr. Perkins will replace Melissa H. Cruz, 50, who previously informed the company of her intention to retire, although Ms. Cruz will remain with the company for a limited period of time thereafter to assist with the transition.

Mr. Perkins is an experienced technology industry executive with global experience and operational responsibilities across finance, corporate development, investor relations, human resources and information technology for publicly traded software companies. Prior to joining Progress, he served as CFO at Eclipsys, and Per-Se Technologies. At Per-Se and at Emageon, he also served as the COO. He began his career at Arthur Andersen.

EPAM Systems Hires Former RedPrairie CEO to Board

Richard Michael Mayoras, 50, was appointed to join the Board of EPAM Systems, the global IT services provider focused on software product development services, software engineering and vertically-oriented custom development solutions. He replaces Ross Goodhart, who communicated his decision to resign from the Board. Mr. Mayoras previously led RedPrairie, now part of JDA, as CEO for five years. Prior to that, he held a number of executive roles at RedPrairie including President of the Americas, EVP of implementation services and support, and EVP for product development. Before joining RedPrairie, he was President of DigiTerra, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIBER, a publicly-traded enterprise application and technology consulting company. Mr. Mayoras serves as a member of the Board for RedPrairie, API Healthcare, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), as well as holds a seat on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Technology Leadership Council.

Co-Founder Leaves Imperva Board

Michael Boodaei, 40, resigns from data security solutions company Imperva’s Board, to focus more time to Trusteer, a provider of secure web access services of which he is the CEO. He co-founded Imperva in 2000 and served as its VP of Technical Services and Product Management, and VP of Sales of EMEA. He founded Edvice and served as its CEO. He served for six years as a security research engineer in the Israel Defense forces.

Web Filtering Software Company Appoints President as CEO

Websense named John McCormack, 52, the current president as it new CEO, replacing Gene Hodges. Previously, he served as SVP, Product Development of Websense. Previously, he was VP of Engineering for Symantec, which he joined through the acquisition of Sygate Technologies, a provider of network access software, where he was SVP of Product Development. He also served in various capacities for Cisco, most recently as General Manager of the Secure Managed Networks Business Unit.

Velti Witnesses CFO Shuffle

Velti named Jeff Ross, 42, as the company's CFO. With more than 25 years of international finance experience, including at Sybase and PwC, he joins from Sybase, where he has been CFO since 2007 and was before Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller, until the acquisition by SAP. Prior to his promotion to CFO, Ross was Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Sybase. Wilson Cheung, Velti's current CFO, will remain with Velti and transition into a new role in its fast-growing Asian markets.

Wilson Cheung, Velti's current CFO, will remain with Velti and transition into a new role in its fast-growing Asian markets.

Guidance Software Appoints DeviceLock CEO as Sales Head

Guidance Software appointed Vincent Schiavo as the company's SVP of Worldwide Sales. A veteran of the software industry, Schiavo most recently served as CEO of DeviceLock. Previously, he was EVP of Worldwide Sales for LogLogic, and he spent almost seven years as SVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Secure Computing, where he drove revenue growth from $36 million to nearly $300 million, prior to that company's acquisition by McAfee.

Former Microsoft Exec Joins Board of Software Security Systems Company

VASCO Data Security International appoints Matt Moog, 42, to its Board of Directors. Moog is the Founder and CEO of Viewpoints, a leading consumer ratings and reviews service. He is Founder of Built In, a network of regional online communities that connect, educate, and promote digital entrepreneurs and innovators. He is also the founder of the FireStarter Fund, an early stage investment fund focused on digital technology companies. Previously, he served as President & CEO of Q Interactive, EVP Sales and Marketing at CoolSavings, the predecessor to Q Interactive and Business Development Manager at Microsoft.

Vringo Appoints Legal Eagle to Board

Mobile phones software company Vringo appointed Ashley Keller to the company's board of directors. Mr. Keller is a special situations analyst at Alyeska Investment Group, a multi-strategy hedge fund based in Chicago. Prior to joining Alyeska, he was a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, American Lawyer's litigation boutique of the year, where he handled trial and appellate matters involving multi-billion dollar patent and securities cases, contractual disputes, and mass-tort class actions. Earlier in his career, he clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Richard Posner at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

ModusLink Global Solutions Appoints New CEO

ModusLink Global Solutions named John J. Boucher, 53, as President and CEO. Boucher joins ModusLink from Symbotic, a global provider of integrated supply network automation solutions for warehouses and distribution centers, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer & COO. Prior to this role Boucher served in executive and leadership positions at Celestica, a major provider of supply chain services to companies in the communications, consumer, computing, and industrial, aerospace and defense, healthcare, green technology, and semiconductor capital equipment globally. While at Celestica, he held the positions of EVP of Global Services, Sales & Supply Chain Solutions; EVP, Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer; and President & SVP, Americas Operations where he had direct accountability for approximately $3 billion of revenue. Boucher was a member of the founding team at Manufacturers Services Limited prior to its acquisition by Celestica in 2004, and held senior management positions such as Group VP of Electronics Manufacturing Services Business Unit and Corporate VP, Global Supply Chain Management. Boucher began his career, and worked for more than 17 years, with Digital Equipment where he held a number of senior management positions, including managing supply chain strategies for the Company's personal computer division.

Cinedigm Sets Software Head

Digital cinema technology developer Cinedigm has named Dan Sherlock as its President of Cinedigm Software, responsible for production, technology, business development. Most recently, Sherlock was president of Baseline, a comprehensive film and television database with a robust subscription and syndicated content client base comprised of all the major studios, agencies, production companies, and some of the largest fortune 500 companies owned by The New York Times Company. Previously, Sherlock held numerous executive roles with The Walt Disney Company, most recently as VP and General Manager of

Senior Execs Leave Digital Marketing Software Company

Philip Sakakihara, 69, SVP of Engineering and Nello Franco, 46, SVP of Customer Success, resigned from Lyris. Sakakihara joined the Company in 2011 as SVP of Engineering and CTO. He relinquished the title of Chief Technology Officer in November 2012 but remained SVP of Engineering. Prior to joining, he was co-founder, CEO and CTO of OnVideon, and also founder and President of Global Mountain Software, a full service software development and program management consulting business. His prior experience includes VP of Engineering and Worldwide Operations at CaseCentral, SVP & CTO of Enterprise Products at Fidelity National Financial. He began his career at HP, where he became General Manager and CTO of Enterprise Software. He also served as a full time visiting professor at the University of California, Davis in networks, database, and object based systems.

Most recently, Franco was VP of Field Operations for SCOPIX Solutions, a provider of technology solutions for retail store management, and was previously with W-5 Networks, where he served as VP of Marketing and Field Operations. He was VP, Services and Support for Tacit Software, a provider of experience and knowledge software. Earlier in his career, he led Systems Integration projects for Global 1000 clients with KPMG.

Information Systems Associates Terminates COO; Appoints CFO as New COO

William Nelson, 55, was terminated as the COO of Information Systems Associates, the asset management software company for corporate IT data centers and networks. He has served as the Company’s VP of Product Development. He was Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing at Visual Network Design, d/b/a Rackwise, a software development and marketing company.

Adrian Goldfarb, 55, was appointed new COO. He has been the Company's President and CFO and has served as a director of the Company since 2010. Prior, he was the CFO of Ecosphere Technologies, and President of WSR Consulting. He has been a director of GelStat since 2008.

Jacquelyn Bolles, 52, was appointed the Company’s CFO, replacing Goldfarb. Bolles, joined WSR Consulting in 2011 as its Managing Director of Corporate Accounting. Prior to joining the WSR Group, she worked as VP of Finance at AsgardHealth, controller at Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches, interim controller at Ecosphere Technologies, and Director of Finance and Operations at Place of Hope. She served as an international tax accountant specializing in treaty issues (1994-1996) and as a litigation accountant involved with business valuations and forensics (1996-2000) with two mid-size accounting firms.

Epicor Software’s Americas Senior Exec Leaves

Kevin Roach, Epicor Software’s EVP and General Manager, ERP Americas has left the Company. Until a permanent replacement is appointed, Pervez Qureshi, the Company's President and CEO will take over responsibility for the Company's ERP Americas business unit on an interim basis. Roach came to Epicor in 2011, following the merger with Activant Solutions, where he led the wholesale distribution group. Roach joined Activant in 2008 as EVP and general manager of the wholesale distribution group and brought extensive experience managing global corporations as well as an entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to joining Activant, Roach was the president of Rockwell Software, a division of Rockwell Automation, VP of Sales and VP of Global Manufacturing at GE Fanuc, a division of GE.

Twilio Names New Chief Revenue Officer

Telephony software start-up Twilio named former Salesforce SVP Bobby Napiltonia as the company’s new Chief Revenue Officer. Napiltonia comes most recently off his smart-grid start-up eMeter, which was sold to Siemens in 2011. Previous to this, he did a four-year stint at Salesforce as a senior executive, where he drove up revenue for the company’s Channels and Alliances group. Prior to that, he ran the worldwide channels and alliances organisation for BEA.

Anametrix Names New Media Marketing and Digital Analytics Exec as New CEO

Anametrix, the venture-backed developer of marketing analytics software, has named Pelin Thorogood as its new CEO. Thorogood was previously CMO at the company. Thorogood also joins the company's board. She succeeds co-founder and Chairman Blaise Barrelet, who the company said will remain as Chairman. Barrelet also has started a new, investment firm called Analytics Ventures, which the company said will help extend the Anametrix analytics platform to new markets.

Music Mastermind Taps Muve Music and Napster Vet as CTO

Music Mastermind, which develops software which combines music creation, social gaming, celebrity musicians, and others in its games, tapped James Mitchell, as its new CTO. He is joining from Muve Music, where he was VP of Technology and Engineering. Mitchell also has served at CTO of Napster.

Black Pixel Reclaims Chief Designer

Black Pixel, the developer of iOS and Mac applications, named Chris Clark as Chief Designer at the company. Clark had most recently been at mobile payments firm Square as Senior Product Designer. Clark was a co-founder of Black Pixel when it was launched in 2009 and before that a designer for the early iFund participant Tapulous, which was later purchased by Disney. He left for Square in 2011. Veteran Joins Nimble for Future Growth

Nimble, the developer of social relationship management software, has tapped a veteran Alyson Stone to head up its content and product marketing strategy. He formerly served in the same role at Salesforce's division, will lead expansion of its content and education strategy. Stone also served at Assistly, in addition to having over 20 years of experience at startups and large companies.

Webroot Names VP of Worldwide Channels

Security software firm Webroot has named Charles Tomeo as its new VP of Worldwide Channels. Tomeo will now be responsible for driving strategy and execution for worldwide channels for the Business segment in addition to maintaining his current role of managing the worldwide systems engineering team, training and services across the business, consumer and strategic alliance market segments. Previously, Tomeo served as Senior Director of WW Systems Engineer, Professional Services, and Training at Webroot. Prior to Webroot, Tomeo served as a senior systems engineer at Finjan Software, an enterprise web security solution company acquired by M86 Security in 2009. Tomeo also worked as an assistant VP of IT in the Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch.

Date range: December 22 - January 16

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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