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Apple Hires Xerox's CFO; VP-Retail Leaves

Apple has hired Xerox’s CFO Luca Maestri, 48, as its Corporate Controller. Prior to Xerox, he served as the CFO of Nokia Siemens Networks. Previously he was VP and CFO, General Motors Europe and General Motors Brazil. He has been a Director of Principal Financial Group since 2012.

Apple’s VP of Retail Jerry McDougal, a key player in Apple's retail development over the past 12 years, has departed the company. Finance VP Jim Bean will replace McDougal in the position. McDougal was with Apple for over 12 years. He joined the company in 2000 and was one of Apple’s retail execs possibly in the running to take up former SVP of Retail Browett’s position.

Google Names New Asia Boss

Google named Karim Temsamani, 39, as head of the Asian-Pacific region. He replaces Daniel Alegre, who now oversees Google’s operations with its various global business partners. Temsamani was most recently the VP of New Products and Solutions for the Americas. Formerly he was VP of Global Mobile and Managing Director for Australia.

Microsoft Hires Sling Media Founder to Lead Interactive Entertainment Biz; Leaves Amazon Board

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.

IBM Sees Services Business Exec Reshuffle

SVP and Group Executive of Services, Michael Daniels, 57, the man credited for masterminding IBM's successful services business, will be retiring. He'll be replaced by two IBM executives - Bridget van Kralingen, 48, and Erich Clementi, 53. This is van Kralingen's second promotion at IBM since Rometty took over. She previously ran IBM's Global Business Services. Prior to that, she was General Manager, IBM North America, and also led Global Business Services in Northeast Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Bridget brings more than 20 years consulting experience to her current role. She joined IBM in April 2004 as global Managing Partner of the Financial Services Sector, following more than 20 years at Deloitte, where she served as Managing Partner of the Financial Services Sector. She is a trained psychologist and began her career as a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Clementi has been SVP of Global Technology Services, before which he was General Manager of Enterprise Initiatives, General Manager of Business Performance Transformation Services and Chief of IBM's mainframe business.

PayPal Hires Senior Execs

Arnold Goldberg has been named VP of Customer Experience Engineering. Goldberg most recently came from Box, where, as VP of Engineering, he helped establish the cloud-based sharing platform. At PayPal, he will work on coming up with new technology for PayPal’s small businesses and merchants.

Koby Avital is now VP of Architecture and Infrastructure. Avital comes from Microsoft, where he led the company’s service-oriented architecture strategy and platform development. At PayPal, he will lead strategic architecture, infrastructure and innovative research.

Ryan Granard has been named as VP of Platform Engineering. Ryan comes most recently from DreamWorks Animation, where he built an internal platform that was able to scale globally. He was also an early employee of Webvan, the online grocery service. At PayPal, he will be in charge of building internal cloud services.

Alibaba CEO Steps Down

Jack Ma, 48, founder of Alibaba Group, is stepping down as CEO. Ma said he would name an internal candidate as successor in May. Ma will transition to a new role as Chairman. Ma and 18 partners launched in 1999, with a dream of making business easier for small- and medium-sized enterprises. With Ma at the helm, Alibaba grew to become China's dominant e-commerce site through its Taobao Marketplace, which lets consumers trade goods online.

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.

HP’s Senior Cloud Exec Departs

Zorawar “Biri” Singh, SVP of HP Converged Cloud and GM for HP Cloud Services, is leaving the company. Roger Levy, the group’s VP for technology and customer relations, will replace him on an interim basis. Singh was recruited out of IBM two years ago by HP’s then-CEO Leo Apotheker. Previously he has served as VP, Cloud Computing at IBM, CEO & President at Encentuate (acquired by IBM), Interim CEO at JRG, CEO & President at Pivia Software (acquired by F5 Networks, 2005), Interim CEO at Crossweave (acquired by Amberpoint, 2003), CEO & President, Co-Founder at Idapta, COO/EVP at RelevantKnowledge-MediaMetrix (now comScore), and Manager at NORTEL.

Two Senior Execs Leave Yahoo!; New HR Exec Hired from Disney/ABC Television

Yahoo! Connections SVP Shashi Seth is leaving the company. He was responsible for Yahoo! Search, Mail & Messenger, Flickr, Answers, Groups, IntoNow and other products. He was promoted to this role in 2012, from SVP of Search & Marketplaces. He is a former Products Exec from AOL, Google and eBay.

Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Justin Somaini has also left the company. Before Yahoo!, he was CISO at Symantec, Director, Information Security at Verisign, Managing Director at Charles Schwab and a Manager at PwC.

Yahoo! hired recruitment veteran Sandy Gould, most recently of the Disney/ABC Television Group, as SVP of Global Talent Acquisition and Development. At Disney/ABC, Gould led recruiting for over two years as VP Recruiting, and before that he was VP of HR for Linden Lab/Second Life, VP Executive Recruiting and Organizational Development at Real Networks, and AVP Executive recruiting at Washington Mutual.

Motorola Solutions Sees Senior Exec Changes

EVP, Product & Business Operations of Motorola Solutions, Eugene A. Delaney, 55, will retire from the Company this year after a 35-year career. Mark Moon, 48, will assume responsibility for product operations, which includes product development, engineering and supply chain, in addition to his existing responsibilities. Mark has been named EVP and President, Sales & Product Operations.

Before his current role, Delaney served as EVP, Product and Business Operations, Enterprise Mobility Solutions; EVP, President, Enterprise Mobility Solutions; SVP, Government and Public Safety; and SVP, International Sales Operations, Networks and Enterprise.

Mark Moon has previously served as EVP, Sales and Field Operations; SVP, Sales and Field Operations; SVP, Worldwide Field Operations, Enterprise Mobility Solutions; SVP, Government and Commercial Markets—Americas, ASTRO Product Management, Enterprise Mobility Solutions Business; SVP, NA and LAC Biometrics, ASTRO, PCR Product Management, Government and Public Safety Business, Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group; and SVP, North America Government and Commercial Markets, Networks and Enterprise Business.

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).

Nokia Siemens Networks Restructures Geographic Units; Names Leaders

Nokia Siemens Networks is bringing together its business in the Middle East and Africa into a new, single, regional organization structure covering the Middle East & Africa (MEA). Igor Leprince, who was leading the company’s business in the Middle East, has assumed the role of head of MEA. With this change, Nokia Siemens Networks is expanding its Asia and Middle East regional cluster to include business in Africa. Continuing under the leadership of executive board member Ashish Chowdhary, the new Asia, Middle East & Africa cluster (AMEA) will manage the company’s customer operations in MEA, India, Asia Pacific, Greater China and Japan.

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.

RIM’s CIO Retires

Robin Bienfait retired as CIO of Research in Motion, after six years with the company. She'll continue to advise the company during the transition to the new mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10, which will launch early next year. As CIO, Bienfait has been in charge of RIM's enterprise services division. Prior to joining RIM, she held senior leadership positions within AT&T Labs and Global Network Services. She served as a Director of American Electronics Association.

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.

AMD Appoints iCFO to Permanent Role of CFO

AMD appointed interim CFO Devinder Kumar, 57, to the full time role of SVP and CFO. Kumar, has been interim CFO since September 2012 following the departure of Thomas Seifert, will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization. A 28-year veteran of the chip company, Kumar previously served as Corporate Controller at AMD since 2001 and as SVP since 2006.

Date Range - December 27th - January 22nd

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