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Microsoft’s New Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment Biz Leaves Amazon Board

Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Blake Krikorian, 44, has quit the board of about a year and a half after joining. He has now joined Microsoft as Corporate VP for its Interactive Entertainment Business. 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.

Texas Instruments Names Flowserve CEO as New Board Member

Texas Instruments elected Mark A. Blinn, 51, president and CEO of Flowserve, to board. He joined Flowserve, a leading provider of flow control products and services, in 2004 as its CFO and assumed responsibility for the company's Latin America operations in 2007. He became a member of the company's board in 2009 and was named president and CEO the same year. Prior to joining Flowserve, he served as CFO for FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Services, and earlier was a senior financial officer at Centex, a home building company.

AOL CEO Joins Board of Online Travel Company named Timothy (Tim) Armstrong, 41, to the Board. He is the Chairman and CEO of AOL. He joined AOL in 2009 from Google, where he served as President of the Americas Operations, overseeing North American and Latin American advertising sales, marketing and operations teams. He also was a member of Google's Operating Committee, the company's executive team. Prior to joining Google, he was VP of Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Before that, he was Director of Integrated Sales and Marketing for Starwave's and Disney's ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures.

Nokia Board to Go Through More Changes

Nokia named Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Doherty, 54, currently CFO of Reckitt Benckiser, to its Board. Prior, she has served as Group CFO at Brambles, Group International Finance Director at Tesco, SVP Finance CE&E at Unilever, Commercial (Finance) Director at Unilever Thailand, Commercial Director - Frudesa (Spain) at Unilever, Commercial Director - Frigo (Spain) at Unilever, Supply Chain Mgr - Mattesson Walls at Unilever, and Auditor at Unilever.

Dame Marjorie Scardino, 66, and Isabel Marey-Semper, 45, have informed that they will no longer be available for re-election to the Nokia Board of Directors. Dame Marjorie Scardino has been a Nokia Board member since 2001 and Isabel Marey-Semper since 2009. Dame Scardino is CEO of Pearson. Earlier in her career, she was CEO and President of the North American Operations of The Economist Group; Lawyer and Publisher of The Georgia Gazette newspaper.

Isabel Marey-Semper has served as the CFO of PSA Peugeot Citroen. Previously, she served as its Head of Strategy Department and VP of Finance. She was COO of Intellectual Property and Licensing BU of Thomson, VP of Corporate Planning at Saint-Gobain, Director of Corporate Planning, High Performance Materials at Saint-Gobain, Principal at A.T. Kearney (Telesis, prior to acquisition by A.T. Kearney).

Symantec Splits Chair and CEO Roles

Symantec has split the roles of chairman and CEO. The company elected director Dan Schulman, 54, to the position of non-executive chairman while Steve Bennett, 57, remains president and CEO. Schulman has been a member of Symantec's board since 2000. Since 2010, he has been president of American Express' Enterprise Growth group. Previously, Schulman served as president of Sprint's PrePaid Group and CEO of Virgin Mobile USA, until its acquisition by Sprint in the Fall of 2009. Prior, Schulman was president and CEO of, after serving as president and COO. Previously, Schulman was president of the AT&T Consumer Markets Division, and was appointed to the AT&T Operations Group, the company's most senior executive body. Schulman also serves on the board of Flextronics.

F5 Networks Appoints Two Industry Vets to Board

F5 Networks named Sandra Bergeron, 54, and Steve Smith, 55, to its board of directors. Ms. Bergeron is an experienced technology industry executive with a national reputation as an expert on computer security matters. Mr. Smith is CEO, President, and member of the board of Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company.

From 2004 until 2012, Bergeron was a venture partner at Trident Capital. She currently serves on the board of Qualys, Sophos, and TraceSecurity - where she also serves as chairman. Bergeron previously served on the board of TriCipher, a secure access management company acquired by VMware in 2010 and ArcSight, a security and compliance management company acquired by HP in 2010. During her tenure at McAfee, Bergeron held a wide range of executive leadership positions in sales, R&D, and corporate development.

Prior to joining Equinix in 2007, Smith served as SVP at HP Services, a business segment of HP. Prior to that, he served as VP of Global Professional and Managed Services at Lucent Technologies. Smith also held various management and sales positions during his 17 years with EDS, including Chief Sales Officer, President of EDS Asia-Pacific, and President of EDS Western Region. Smith serves on the board of Volterra Semiconductor. He previously served as a director of 3PAR, acquired by HP.

Former Microsoft Exec Joins Fortinet Board

Network security solutions company, Fortinet, appointed Bill Neukom, 59, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Neukom is a well-respected technology company executive with experience helping scale high-growth organizations. He began representing Microsoft (upon its move to Seattle in 1979 when it had just 12 employees. He joined the company in 1985 to form its Law and Corporate Affairs department and served as its chief legal officer until his retirement in 2002 as an EVP. His diverse business experience also includes serving as the managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball team and currently serving as the founder and CEO of the World Justice Project, an organization dedicated to strengthening the Rule of Law globally.

Intersil Names iCEO and Chair

Chip maker Intersil has appointed board member, James Diller, 76, as interim president and CEO, following Dave Bell's, 55, resignation as president and CEO and a director of the company. Diller, who has been the company's board member since 2002, has significant expertise in the semiconductor industry, having served as CEO of two public companies, including Elantec Semiconductor and PMC-Sierra, of which he was a founder.

Further, Intersil named Donald Macleod, 63, as Chairman with immediate effect. Gary Gist, 65, the company's former Chairman, has stepped down from that position and would remain a board member. A member of Intersil's Board of Directors since 2012, Macleod brings to his new role as Chairman of the Board more than 30 years of industry experience in both the US and Europe and proven business and financial acumen. Notably, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of National Semiconductor from 2009 until its acquisition by Texas Instruments in 2011. Previously, he served in a variety of executive positions at National Semiconductor Corporation, including COO and CFO.

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.

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.

Local Corporation Appoints New Board Member

Local Corporation has hired Frederick G. Thiel, 52, to its board of directors. Thiel was managing partner of the software IT group at Triton Pacific Capital Partners, a PE firm. During this time, Thiel served on the board of directors for four of its portfolio companies: Custom Credit Systems, an enterprise software company; DB Technology, an enterprise content management software company; Assetpoint, an enterprise software company; and Vayan Marketing Group, an internet media marketing company providing customer acquisition services to major consumer brands. Thiel has served as an operating partner with Graham Partners, a mid-market PE firm, since 2008. Previously, Thiel was founder and managing partner of TechStarter Ventures, a venture capital and technology incubator, and CEO of GameSpy Industries.

Former StarTek CEO Named Exec Chair at Software Company

Coalfire, which develops IT risk management, compliance, and governance software, has named former StarTek CEO Larry Jones, 58, as Executive Chairman. He is the former CEO of Activant, Message Media and NeoData, and is a seasoned veteran in technology services and other high-growth industries. He is a principal at Aegis Management. He also serves on the board of Comverge, a publicly traded provider of smart grid, demand management and energy efficiency solutions.

Date Range - December 27th - January 22nd

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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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