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GE Elects Cognizant’s CEO to Board

General Electric Company has elected Francisco "Frank" D'Souza, 43, CEO and director, Cognizant Technology Solutions, as director. In addition to his leadership of Cognizant, D'Souza is a director of the U.S.-India Business Council and a Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University.

AT&T Appoints Former Humana CEO to Board

AT&T appointed Mike McCallister, 59, to its board of directors. Mr. McCallister recently retired as CEO of Humana and continues to serve as chairman. He joined Humana in 1974 and served as CEO from 2000 to 2012. He serves on the boards of Fifth Third Bank and Bellarmine University. He is also a former board member of the Business Roundtable, as well as a past chairman of its Health and Retirement Task Force.

Verizon’s New Board Member is President and CEO of Walgreen

Verizon Communications elected Gregory D. Wasson, 54, President and CEO of Walgreen, to the Board of Directors. He was president and COO of Walgreens before being appointed CEO in 2009. Wasson was promoted to EVP, SVP and president of Walgreens Health Initiatives, before which, Wasson was regional VP of store operations. He joined Walgreens as a pharmacy intern in 1980, and managed several Houston Walgreens drugstores before being promoted to district manager in 1986. Wasson serves on the board of Alliance Boots, in which Walgreens holds a 45 percent equity stake. He is board chairman for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and also serves on the boards of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the Healthcare Leadership Council and the Consumer Goods Forum, among other organizations. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Business Council, The Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the civic committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. Among activities on behalf of various non-profit organizations, he served as chairman for the Illinois chapter of the American Cancer Society's CEOs against Cancer.

Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions Joins Cisco Board

Cisco named Greg Brown, 52, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions, to its board. He joined Motorola in and became CEO  in 2008 and led the spin-off of the consumer-focused Motorola Mobility in 2011. He also served as president and COO of Motorola in 2007. Prior to joining Motorola, he was chairman and CEO of Micromuse. Brown serves as deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, vice chair of the US-China Business Council, and recently was named by the Business Roundtable to lead a select CEO committee on comprehensive immigration reform. He also is a member of The Business Council and Technology CEO Council. Additionally, Brown is a member of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Board, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and World Business Chicago.

Coca-Cola CEO Joins 3M’s Board

3M elected Muhtar Kent, 60, Chairman of the Board and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, to the Board of Directors. He became CEO of Coca-Cola in 2008 and Chairman in 2009. Prior to his current position, he served as President and COO and was President of Coca-Cola International. Active in the global business community, he is co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the Business Roundtable, chair of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and a past Chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council. He also was recently appointed as a member of the Eminent Persons Group for ASEAN by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. He serves on the boards of Special Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Emory University.

Accenture CEO Assumes Chairman Role

Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme, 53, has assumed the additional position of chairman of the board. It was previously announced that he would succeed William D. Green, who has stepped down as chairman of the board and retired from Accenture. Nanterme succeeded Green as CEO in 2011 and has served on the Accenture board since 2010. In his 30-year career with Accenture, he has held a wide variety of leadership positions across key parts of the business. Prior to becoming CEO, he was group chief executive of Accenture's Financial Services operating group, and earlier served as the company's Chief Leadership Officer.

Micron Technology Appoints Former Freescale Semiconductor CEO to Board

The memory technologies giant appointed Richard M. Beyer, 63, to the company's Board of Directors. Beyer was Chairman and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor from 2008 to 2012 and continues to serve as a Director with Freescale. Beyer, the 2012 Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association board of directors, also served as a member of the United States Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Council and the Partnership for a New American Economy. Prior to Freescale, Beyer was President, CEO and Director of Intersil from 2002 to 2008. He has also previously served in executive management roles at FVC.com, VLSI Technology and National Semiconductor Corporation. Beyer served three years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Research In Motion Adds Board Members

Research In Motion (BlackBerry) added two seats to its board naming a pair of long-time telecom execs as directors: Richard Lynch, 64, formerly an EVP at Verizon Communications, and Bert Nordberg, 56, who once served as CEO of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. Mr. Lynch is president of FB Associates, an advisory firm, and held various senior-executive positions at Verizon starting in 1990. Nordberg was CEO of Sony Ericsson from 2009 until 2012. He is a board member of technology companies in Denmark and Sweden and is on the board of advisers to Hewlett Packard Communications.

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.

E*TRADE Lead Director Steps Down from Role

Rodger A. Lawson, 65, will step down as Lead Independent Director of E*TRADE, a role he has served since 2012, but will remain on the Board. He served as the President at Fidelity Investments and President at Fidelity Management & Research Company.

Aspen Technology Appoints New Chairman

Stephen M. Jennings resigned as Director of Aspen Technology. Mr. Jennings was originally elected to AspenTech's Board in 2000, and served as Chairman of the Board since 2005. The Board has elected Robert M. Whelan, Jr., as Chairman. Mr. Whelan was originally elected to the Board of AspenTech in 2011. He has been the President of Whelan & Company, providing business and financial consulting and strategic services to a broad range of companies, since 2001. He served as Managing Director of Valuation Perspectives, a consulting firm. Prior to that, he held a number of senior-level positions at various investment banking and brokerage firms. Mr. Whelan was Vice Chairman of Prudential Volpe Technology Group, the technology investment banking and research division of Prudential Securities. Prior to Prudential Volpe, he was COO, Managing Director, board member and Head of Investment Banking of Volpe Brown Whelan & Company, a private technology and healthcare investment banking, brokerage and asset management firm. Volpe Brown Whelan & Company was acquired by Prudential Securities in 1999.

Microsoft Vet Joins Riverbed Technology’s Board

Riverbed Technology, the technology company that specializes in improving the performance of networks and networked applications, appointed Satya Nadella, 44, to its board of directors. He currently serves as president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business (STB), that builds and runs the company's computing platforms, developer tools, and cloud services. Prior to STB, Nadella was SVP of R&D for the Online Services Division, which includes the Search (Bing), Portal (MSN), and Advertising platforms, where he was responsible for some of the largest cloud infrastructure in the world. Prior to the Online Services Division, Nadella led Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), which develops and markets the Microsoft Dynamics line of ERP and CRM products. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

VeriFone Systems' Vice Chair Retires

Elmore (Bud) Waller, 63, retires as Vice Chairman of electronic payment solutions firm VeriFone Systems. He served as its EVP of Software Petroleum Taxi & Media Solutions, EVP of Integrated Solutions, and SVP and General Manager of the Worldwide Petro Division. He worked for 11 years at GE, serving in several financial management positions.

Williams-Sonoma CEO Joins RealD Board as Film-Maker Resigns

RealD, a global licensor of 3D technologies, appointed Laura J. Alber, 42, to its Board of Directors. Laura is currently the President and CEO of Williams-Sonoma. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as President, Williams-Sonoma since 2006. In that role, she was responsible for leading the Pottery Barn brands and their retail stores, as well as the company's global supply chain, distribution, and worldwide logistics strategies, and expansion into the Middle East. In 2009, she added accountability and oversight of the West Elm brand. She joined the company in 1995 as a Senior Buyer for the Pottery Barn brand, and since that time has held numerous brand management and executive roles within the company, including: President, Pottery Barn Brands; EVP, Pottery Barn Merchandising; and SVP Pottery Barn Catalog and Pottery Barn Kids Retail.

James Cameron, 58, resigned from the RealD Board of Directors due to the rigorous demands of his filmmaking commitments. Cameron is currently dedicated to finalizing the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 and hopes to begin production on these 3D films by the end of 2013. Cameron joined RealD's Board of Directors in 2010.

SeaChange Board Member Leaves

Peter Feld, 32, has resigned from the Board of SeaChange, the company that provides multi-screen video services through an open, cloud-based software platform. He is a Member of Starboard Principal Co GP and a member of the Management Committees of Starboard Value GP and Starboard Principal Co GP. Previously, he served as a Managing Director of Ramius and a Portfolio Manager of Ramius Value and Opportunity Master Fund. Prior to becoming a Managing Director, he served as a Director at Ramius. He joined Ramius as an Associate in 2005. From 2001 to 2004, he was an investment banking analyst at Banc of America Securities.

Juniper Networks and CGI Execs Join EXFO Board

Provider of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireless and wire-line network operators and equipment manufacturers, EXFO, named Randy Tornes to its Board of Directors. He is currently Head of Sales, AT&T at Juniper Networks and previously spent more than two years at Ericsson, also working with AT&T. He spent most of his career at Nortel Networks, culminating with the position of VP of Sales, GSM Americas. He also served as member of the Board of Governors at 3G Americas.

Claude Seguin has also joined the EXFO Board of Directors. Mr. Seguin is currently SVP, Corporate Development and Strategic Investments at CGI Group, a leading provider of IT and business process services. Prior to joining CGI in 2003, he was President of CDP Capital - Private Equity, a unit of the Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec. From 1992 to 2000, he held the position of EVP, Finance and CFO of Teleglobe. He also had a successful career in the public service, culminating with the title of Deputy Minister of the Quebec Finance Ministry for five years. He sits on several boards including COM DEV International (retiring), HEC Montreal and Centraide of Greater Montreal.

InferX Appoints Venture Capitalist to Board

Carl B. Eckstein, 73, a Managing Partner of Sundial Ventures, a business development firm, has joined the board of InferX, the provider of distributed predictive analytics (PA) enterprise software solutions. Mr. Eckstein also has served as Managing Director of NextGen Capital I and II venture capital funds that have made equity investments in private emerging technology companies. In this role he has directly participated in 22 investments and in some cases served as CEO of several portfolio companies. Mr. Eckstein has over thirty years of experience as a venture capitalist, consultant and the owner of several software firms engaged in GIS and IT consulting. Mr. Eckstein’s experience also includes serving as a principal with Arthur Young, consultant at Price Waterhouse, and a systems engineer at IBM.

Business Intelligence Software Company QlikTech Appoints Director

QlikTech has appointed Palo Alto Networks' CFO Steffan Tomlinson to its Board of Directors. Steffan joined Palo Alto Networks in 2012, where he oversees the company's finance, accounting, IT, legal, and manufacturing functions. From 2005 to 2011, he served as CFO of Aruba Networks and was instrumental in both their Initial Public Offering and helping the company scale to facilitate growth. From 2000 to 2005, he was the first non-founder employee and, ultimately, CFO of Peribit Networks. Prior to Peribit, Tomlinson was the director of financial planning and analysis at Excite@Home, and has also held various finance and financial analyst positions at Oracle.

Mobile Software Company Motricity Sees Board Change

Lady Barbara Judge, CBE, 65, Director of Motricity, resigned from her position. Lady Judge has been the Chairman of the U.K. Pension Protection Fund since 2010. She was a member of the Board of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority from 2002 to 2004 and served as the Chairman from 2004 to 2010. Lady Judge serves as a director of Magna International and Statoil ASA and previously served on the board for ATP Oil & Gas Corporation and Alpha Appalachia Holdings (formerly known as Massey Energy Company).

P4RC Makes Board Appointments

P4RC, which is building a platform that rewards people with prizes for playing mobile games, has announced that Jeffrey Lapin, former CEO of Atari, and Michael Pachter, a gaming analyst for Wedbush Securities, have joined the board.

Date Range: January 23rd - February 23rd

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