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Apple Appoints Adobe’s CTO as VP, Tech

Kevin Lynch, 45, Adobe's CTO, has left the company to join Apple as VP of technology. Prior to his role as the CTO, he served as Chief Software Architect, EVP and General Manager of Designer and Developer Business at Adobe Macromedia Software, SVP of Experience, Technology & Organization of Adobe Systems, SVP and Chief Software Architect of Platform BU of Adobe Systems, COO of Syzygy Entertainment, COO of Triple Bay Industries, and General Manager of Web Publishing. He worked for General Magic, where he pioneered a navigational user interface for handheld communicators. He designed the user interface and developed the first Macintosh release of FrameMaker software for Frame Technology.

Google Breaks up Mapping and Commerce Unit; Android Sees Leadership Changes

Google is breaking up the unit that formerly combined mapping and commerce. SVP, Commerce & Local, Jeff Huber, is now SVP, Google X, the unit run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin that's working on projects such as self-driving car technology and the Google Glass wearable computing device.

The mapping unit will become part of the Google search team, led by Alan Eustace, and the commerce unit will move under the advertising group, led by Susan Wojcicki.

When Larry Page became CEO in 2011, Huber was one of several computer engineers to be promoted to the rank of SVP, and he took on the new mapping/commerce role. Before that, he ran the software-engineering part of the company's advertising business, which was responsible for its revenue- generating services AdWords and AdSense, among others. Huber joined Google in 2003 from eBay. Earlier in his career, he was SVP, Engineering & Product Development at Excite@Home, SVP-Engineering at @Home Network, and Technology Consultant at McKinsey.

Google has also combined the team running Google's Chrome Web browser and computer-operating software with that of the Android mobile-operating software, as Android chief and SVP of Mobile & Digital Content, Andy Rubin, moves to a new unspecified role at the company. Sundar Pichai, who ran the Chrome group, will take over the combined unit. Rubin is the co-founder and former CEO of both Danger and Android. Earlier in his career, he has worked as an Engineer for MSN TV, General Magic, and Apple and as a Robotics Engineer for Carl Zeiss.

GE Board Nominates Former SEC Chair to Board; Appoints CIO

General Electric has nominated Mary Schapiro, 57, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as a GE director. Prior to becoming SEC chairman, Schapiro served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), president, vice-chair and chair of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Regulation. She served as a commissioner of the SEC before that, and left the SEC when appointed chairman of the CFTC.

GE named Jamie Miller, 44, as SVP & CIO. In this role, Miller will lead the IT teams across the company to further leverage technology to enable speed, growth and profitability. Miller previously was VP, controller and chief accounting officer for GE, where she led a globally distributed GE controllership team comprised of about 3,500 accountants. Prior to joining GE in 2008, she served as the SVP, chief accounting officer and controller of WellPoint. She was also a partner with PwC, where she served in a number of roles including Financial Services leader for the Chicago practice. Miller also served as VP, corporate controller and chief accounting officer at Genworth Financial (formerly GE Financial Assurance).

In the CIO role, Miller succeeds Charlene Begley, 45, who has taken a leave of absence for personal health reasons.

Qualcomm Strengthens Silicon Valley Presence with Appointment of BD Leader

Qualcomm, the powerful mobile chipmaker, has hired well-known Silicon Valley investor Laurie Yoler as SVP of business development, responsible for augmenting existing business relationships in Silicon Valley, as well as developing new strategic business opportunities for Qualcomm in the region. Yoler has most recently been a long-time partner and managing director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, an investment bank in the area, working with a range of companies and start-ups. Yoler has been an integral part of the development and launch of many new innovations and products, including within large companies like Visa, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture, as well as with a small group of founders, investors and advisors of a new entrepreneurial venture with a radical idea such as Tesla Motors, DNA Direct, and Packet Design.

Facebook Appoints Second Female Board Member; Names CTO

Facebook appointed Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., 51, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to the company's board of directors. She previously served as president, product development at the biotechnology pioneer, Genentech. During her 14 years with the company, Desmond-Hellmann brought numerous cutting-edge cancer medicines to market to help people battle the disease. She completed her clinical training at UCSF and is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.  During her training at UCSF, she spent two years as a visiting faculty member at the Uganda Cancer Institute, studying HIV/AIDS and cancer. Desmond-Hellmann is on the board of directors for Procter & Gamble, and she also serves as a trustee for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a non-profit medical research organization.

Facebook named VP of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, as the company’s CTO. The position was previously unoccupied due to the departure of former CTO Bret Taylor last summer. Prior to joining the social network, Schroepfer was the VP of Engineering at Mozilla where he led the global, collaborative, open, and proprietary product development process behind the company’s popular softwares, including the Firefox web browser. He also was a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, specifically leading the data center automation division as its CTO.

Deutsche Telekom CEO Leaves for Video Post; CFO Named Next CEO

Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann, 50, is leaving his post to join Dutch cable firm Ziggo. Obermann will take over as Ziggo’s CEO, following the planned retirement of current head Bernard Dijkhuizen. Obermann has presided over a number of big moves at the company’s U.S. subsidiary, T-Mobile USA, including the failed bid to be acquired by AT&T, as well as more recent moves to merge with MetroPCS, add Apple products to its lineup and build an LTE network. He is the Chairman of the Management Board and CEO since 2006. He served as Member of the Management Board and CEO of T-Mobile International AG from 2002 until 2006. He joined the Group, in 1998, as Managing Director Sales for T-Mobile Deutschland. His career began with business traineeship at BMW in Muenchen.

Deutsche Telekom named CFO Timotheus Höttges, 51, as next CEO. He has been appointed Deputy CEO and CFO. He served as Member of the Management Board responsible for T-Home and Sales & Service at the Company from 2006 to 2009. From 2005 until being appointed to the Group Board of Management, he headed European operations as Member of the Board of Management, T-Mobile International. From 2000 until the end of 2004, he served as Managing Director, Finance and Controlling, before becoming Chairman of the Managing Board of T-Mobile Deutschland. Earlier, he spent three years with a business consulting company, latterly as Project Manager.

HP Cloud Services Appoints Cloud Evangelist

Hewlett-Packard named Symform executive Margaret Dawson as the VP of product marketing and cloud evangelist for the company’s HP Cloud Services. Previously, Dawson served as Symform’s VP of product management and marketing. Dawson has more than 20 years of experience working in leadership roles at global technology start-ups and Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and Amazon. Prior to Symform, she was head of product management and marketing for B2B cloud integration provider Hubspan. She has worked in Asia, Europe, and North America, including 10 years in the Greater China region, consulting with many top Taiwanese IT companies and governmental agencies as well as serving as foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine. She is also a regular author and presenter on cloud computing, network security, integration, and other business and technology issues.

Global Platform Head Departs Yahoo for Go Daddy, While Yahoo News Head Leaves for NBC

James Carroll, SVP of the consumer and global platform group at Yahoo, has left the company. He has been in charge of the company’s global R&D centers in China, India and the Middle East and been responsible for Yahoo’s content, social and membership platforms and the international delivery of all Yahoo! products and services worldwide. He is leaving to head international at Go Daddy.

Editor in chief of Yahoo News, Hillary Frey, has taken the role of editorial director of news at, which is undergoing a major refurbishment. She had been at Yahoo since late 2011. Before Yahoo, she was managing editor at Adweek, media and style editor at Politico; before that, she served as both culture editor and media editor of the New York Observer, a books editor at Salon and The Nation, and managing editor of Lingua Franca, the lauded 1990s magazine that covered academic life.

Veteran Developer-Relations Exec Leaving Nokia

Richard Kerris has left the Finnish phone maker to set up his own consulting firm. Kerris was at Nokia for a year and a half, helping the company woo developers to Windows Phone. He has previously served as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at HP, and CTO of Lucasfilm. Prior to that, he held numerous positions at Apple, from managing special projects for the applications division to managing the company’s technical marketing strategies for professional applications. Kerris was also senior director of Developer Technologies for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations group. Prior to joining Apple, Kerris was the director of Maya Technologies at Alias|Wavefront, and earlier in his career, Kerris held senior management positions at both Electric Image and Silicon Graphics.

Western Digital Appoints Strategy and Corporate Development EVP

Western Digital named Mark Long, 42, as EVP of strategy and corporate development. Long was most recently SVP, strategy and corporate development at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST), which was acquired by Western Digital in 2012. He previously served as managing director of VisionPoint Capital, where he provided M&A and corporate finance services to a range of technology companies, including Fabrik, which was acquired by Hitachi GST in 2009. In addition, Long has served as a senior executive with both public and private venture-backed technology companies and has been an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank Securities. Long began his career as a corporate lawyer with law firm Gunderson Dettmer.

FIS Names CAO as CFO

Fidelity National Information Services named Woody Woodall as CFO. He has served as SVP, chief accounting officer and controller for FIS since 2008 and was responsible for managing all FIS accounting functions including accounting policy, internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Over the past two years, Woodall has taken on an increasingly expanded role in investor communications, capital allocation strategy, capital committee and executive committee. Prior to joining FIS, Woodall served as executive director and controller of AT&T's southeast region. Prior to AT&T, Woodall was a senior manager in the audit practice of PwC serving technology and communications clients.

Microchip Technology's Investor Relations & BD Leader Retires

Gordon Parnell, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development of Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, will retire. Gordon was a long-time CFO of Microchip, and in 2009, moved to a role of IR and Business Development. He has many long-term relationships with Microchip's investors and analysts. Under Gordon's watch, Microchip completed 10 acquisitions in the last four years, including two large acquisitions - Silicon Storage Technology in 2010 and SMSC in 2012.

Rackspace Names Open Source Expert as VP of Intellectual Property

Cloud hosting provider Rackspace named intellectual property law veteran, Van Lindberg, as VP of intellectual property. Prior to Rackspace, Lindberg spent six years at Haynes and Boone, where he practiced property and patent prosecution with emphasis on open source licensing. During his time at Haynes and Boone, Lindberg analyzed multiple patent portfolios and provided IP advice and patent prosecution services to early-stage startups. Lindberg’s expertise plays well with Rackspace’s focus on OpenStack and seems to support the direction that Rackspace is zeroing in on in terms of open source, which is a huge component in its strategy in winning enterprise customers. Lindberg is chairman of the board of the Python Software Foundation, and has written a book on the open source licensing model, “Intellectual Property and Open Source.” In 2012, Lindberg was named one of “America’s Top 12 Techiest Attorneys” by the American Bar Association Journal.

Electronic Arts’ CEO Steps Down

Electronic Arts’ CEO John Riccitiello, 51, will step down from his role. The company has appointed Larry Probst, 62, as Executive Chairman to ensure a smooth transition and to lead EA's executive team while the Board conducts a search for a permanent CEO. The Board will consider internal and external candidates with the assistance of a leading executive search firm. Mr. Probst has played a leadership role at EA since 1991. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board since 1994, he previously served as the Company's CEO from 1991 to 2007. As CEO, Probst successfully grew the Company's annual revenues from $175 million to approximately $3 billion, led EA into new platforms such as mobile, online and other emerging markets and expanded its international presence to more than 75 countries.

Infor Hires Healthcare Informatics Expert as Chief Medical Information Officer

Infor hired healthcare industry veteran Barry P Chaiken, MD, MPH as chief medical information officer (CMIO). A 20 year industry veteran, Dr. Chaiken joins Infor from DocsNetwork, where as chief medical officer he offered clients his expertise in strategy development, clinical transformation, and quality improvement. Dr. Chaiken is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health as well as Health Care Quality Management. He served as a Board member and Board Liaison to HIMSS Europe, and Board Chair and continues his involvement as a Fellow of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). He is a frequent lecturer and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Patient Safety and the journal of Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.

Level 3 Communications Appoints Investment Expert to Board

Level 3 Communications appointed Peter van Oppen, 59, to its board of directors. Oppen has been a partner at Trilogy Partnership, a private investment firm focused on technology and telecommunications, since 2006. Prior to joining Trilogy, he served as CEO and chairman of the board for Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC), a data storage company, for twelve years, from 1994 through its acquisition by Quantum in 2006. Prior to ADIC, he served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Interpoint from 1985 to 1996 and served as its COO from 1987 to 1989 and EVP of Finance and Operations from 1985 to 1987. He was an Initial Investor in Voicestream and Western Wireless (WWCA). Prior to 1985, he served as a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse and Bain & Company.

ST-Ericsson Names COO as CEO

Carlo Ferro, 51, is appointed President and CEO of ST-Ericsson, the JV between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson. Ferro is currently COO of ST-Ericsson and succeeds Didier Lamouche who, as previously announced, will pursue opportunities outside the company. Ferro will lead the work in securing both business continuity of ST-Ericsson and effective completion of the transition phase. He served as CFO, SEVP, Group VP Corporate Finance, Deputy CFO, and EVP of STMicroelectronics. Before that, he gained extensive experience in Planning and Control, Corporate Finance and M&A at Finmeccanica, the leading Italian high-tech engineering and manufacturing group and, at that time, a shareholder of SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics (now STMicroelectronics). He served as a professor of Planning and Control and as an associate professor of Advanced Finance in various periods.

Date Range: February 24th - March 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.

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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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