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Software Exec & Board Changes 3/15 to 4/11 2013 Featured

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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 GM 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 GM 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.

HP Sees Board and Leadership Changes

Hewlett-Packard’s Chairman Ray Lane, 66, is stepping down from his role as Chairman. He continues as a director on the board. Ralph V. Whitworth, 57, will step into the role on an interim basis as the board searches for a permanent replacement.

With Lane stepping down as executive chairman, the role of lead independent director, currently held by Rajiv L. Gupta, 68, is no longer necessary and will be eliminated. Gupta will remain on the board.

In addition, the two longest serving members of the board, John H. Hammergren, 53, and G. Kennedy Thompson, 62, are stepping down as directors. HP intends to name two new directors to replace Hammergren and Kennedy by the end of this year. Until then, HP will have nine directors on its board.

Lane served as executive Chairman from 2011 and as non-executive Chairman from 2010 to 2011. He has served as Managing Partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a private equity firm, since 2000. Prior to joining Kleiner Perkins, he was President and COO and a director of Oracle. Before joining Oracle in 1992, he was a senior partner of Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to that, he served as a division VP with Electronic Data Systems, an IT services company that HP acquired in 2008. He is a director of several private companies and is a former director of Quest Software.

Current Interim Chairman Whitworth has been a HP Director since 2011. He has been a principal of Relational Investors, a registered investment advisor, since 1996. He also is a former director of Genzyme, Sovereign Bancorp, Sprint Nextel and seven other public companies.

Outgoing Director Hammergren has served as a Director of HP since 2005. He has served as Chairman of McKesson since 2002. He joined McKesson in 1996 and held a number of management positions before becoming President and CEO in 2001. Mr. Hammergren also is a former director of Nadro, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico).

Thompson, who also leaves the board, has served as a Director of HP since 2006. He has been a principal of Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm, since 2011 after having served as Senior Advisor to Aquiline from 2009 until 2011. Previously, he served as Chairman of Wachovia, a financial services company, from 2003 until 2008. He also served as CEO of Wachovia, formerly First Union Corporation, from 2000 until 2008 and as President from 1999 until 2008. Previously, he served as Chairman of First Union for a portion of 2001, Vice Chairman of First Union from 1998 to 1999, and EVP of First Union from 1996 to 1998. He also is a director of BNC Bancorp.

The company’s software business unit SVP and GM Ajei Gopal is departing for private equity firm Silver Lake Partners. Gopal will be part of Silver Lake's 'Value Creation' Team and an operating partner of the firm. While the company conducts an extensive internal and external search for a new leader for the IT Management group, George Kadifa, EVP, HP Software, will step in as the acting leader.

VMware Names Former Savvis President as SVP and GM of Hybrid Cloud

VMware named Bill Fathers as SVP and GM of VMware’s newly-formed hybrid cloud services business unit. Fathers previously served as president of cloud hosting provider Savvis for nearly two years, before leaving the company in 2012. As president of Savvis, Fathers oversaw sales, marketing, product development, global operations and all corporate functions in North America, Europe and Asia. He has more than 15 years’ experience scaling global services businesses from start up to more than $1 billion in revenues. He also has significant ecosystem expertise from his years building partnerships across service provider, ISV and system integrator communities.

Fidelity National Information Services Appoints IBM Vet to board; Names CFO

Banking software and tools company FIS named James B. Stallings Jr. to its board. Prior to his retirement from IBM in January after 23 years, Stallings served in a variety of general management roles, including GM of Enterprise Systems in the $20 billion-a-year Systems and Technology Group, before assuming the Global Markets post in 2009 for the hardware business unit. He also has worked at GE and ROLM Corp, is managing partner of PS 27 Ventures, a private investment fund that focuses on technology companies in the healthy and sustainable living market; and co-founded SmartBox, Florida's leading healthy snack vending company. Stallings earlier served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer.

Woody Woodall has been named CFO of the company. Woodall has served as SVP, chief accounting officer and controller for FIS since 2008. 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers serving technology and communications clients.

Red Hat Appoints Microsoft Exec to Lead Virtualization Technologies and Solutions

Red Hat has appointed a new head of its virtualization technologies and solutions. Radhesh Balakrishnan will serve as the global leader of Red Hat's virtualization infrastructure solutions, including responsibilities for the company's Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization technologies and solutions. Balakrishnan joins Red Hat from Microsoft, where he held product management and product marketing responsibilities across a wide range of product lines. Most recently Balakrishnan served as a senior director responsible for the Windows Azure cloud platform business in the Asia Pacific region.

Autodesk Appoints NetApp’s CEO to Board

Autodesk named Tom Georgens, CEO, president and director of NetApp, to its Board of Directors. Georgens has served as CEO and president of NetApp since 2009, and has been a member of its board since 2008. In other roles at NetApp, he served as EVP and GM of enterprise storage systems, EVP of product operations and COO. Before joining NetApp, he served LSI Corporation and its subsidiaries, in various capacities, including as CEO of Engenio and EVP of LSI Logic. Prior to this, he spent 11 years at EMC in a variety of engineering and marketing roles.

Sage North America Appoints CFO

Sage North America named Marc Scheipe as CFO. Scheipe was most recently with Ally Financial (formerly GMAC) as its CFO of global business functions. In this role, he managed a large finance function in addition to other corporate shared services. Before joining Ally, he was the CEO and president of FrontStream Payments. Scheipe also spent several years at Bank of America in various sales and operations leadership roles including card services, small business and bank/partner sales. Scheipe started his career in the United States Navy as an FA-18 strike/fighter pilot. While in the Navy, he attained the rank of lieutenant commander and held various roles in operations, training and maintenance.

Pitney Bowes Makes Senior Executive Appointments; New Leadership for Mailing, Software Businesses

Pitney Bowes named Kevin Connolly to the new position of VP, Global Client Services. Connolly rejoins Pitney Bowes after a one-year retirement, and brings three decades of company experience to his new role. He came to Pitney Bowes in 1982 and progressed steadily through roles of increasing responsibility across manufacturing, engineering, client service, and supply chain activities in multiple business units of Pitney Bowes. His most recent role was VP of strategic transformation.

The company also appointed Joe Schmitt to the position of VP and CIO. Schmitt succeeds Greg Buoncontri, who recently retired from Pitney Bowes. In his new role, Schmitt will lead IT strategies and teams worldwide. Schmitt previously held CIO positions at Steward Health Care System and Cerberus Capital Management. He started his career with Accenture, the global management consulting and technology services firm, and then spent twelve years in roles of increasing responsibility at General Electric.

Debbie Salce was appointed to the position of VP and Treasurer. Salce succeeds Helen Shan, who will leave Pitney Bowes for Marsh & McClennan Companies. Salce joined Pitney Bowes in 2001 as Director of Capital Markets. She has held roles of increasing responsibility since then, including VP and Assistant Treasurer, and VP for Enterprise Performance Management. Before joining Pitney Bowes, Salce worked as an investment banker for seven years with Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns and Citigroup.

The company is planning to reorganize its business operations and is making two leadership appointments in newly-constituted SMB Mailing and Software businesses. Mark Shearer is joining the company as EVP and President, Pitney Bowes SMB Mailing Solutions and Mark Wright is joining as EVP and President, Pitney Bowes Software Solutions.

Shearer had a 30-year career at IBM, where he held a broad range of general management, business and product strategy, and marketing senior leadership positions. He led both startup and mature businesses, with deep experience in the SMB space, and excelled at leading complex global organizations. His last role at IBM was VP of Marketing and Strategy for IBM’s $20B hardware businesses.

Wright joins Pitney Bowes with two decades of leadership in the IT and enterprise software sales and marketing arena. Most recently, he served as EVP for Infor Global Solutions, where he had led 15 business units with $512M in annual revenue. Prior to Infor, Wright was President & CEO of Aurema, successfully building a leading global provider of enterprise resource management software, and eventually selling the company assets to Citrix Systems in 2007. Wright’s early career was at IBM, where over 18 years, he rose through the ranks from Sales Representative to Sales Leader to Business Unit Executive, eventually holding the title of VP, Software Sales and Marketing, Small & Midmarket Business, Americas.

The company also announced the departure of Leslie Abi-Karam, EVP and President, Pitney Bowes Communications Solutions, and John O’Hara, EVP and President, Pitney Bowes Software Solutions, both of whom will be assisting in the transition over the next several months.

Abi-Karam joined Pitney Bowes in 1984 and served in numerous leadership positions over the course of her career. Prior to her current role, she served as EVP and President, Document Messaging Technologies.

O’Hara joined Pitney Bowes as part of the MapInfo acquisition in 2007, and was named President of Pitney Bowes Software in 2010.

Compuware Names Chairman and New Directors

Compuware, the software solutions provider (both on-premises and SaaS models) made several changes to its Board of Directors. Gurminder S. Bedi has assumed the position of Chairman of the Board. Bedi replaces Peter Karmanos, Jr., who had previously announced his intention to retire. Karmanos cofounded Compuware in 1973 and had been the Chairman of the Board since the company went public in 1992. Bedi has served as one of Compuware's directors since 2002. He is a private investor and formerly served as a VP of Ford Motor Company during a 30-year career there. Bedi also serves on the board of KEMET and Actuant.

David Fubini, a senior director of McKinsey, and Lee Roberts, the former CEO of FileNet, were appointed to the company's Board. W. James Prowse is retiring from the Board after many years of service to focus on his role as CFO of Covisint and that company's pending IPO.

Fubini is completing his third decade as a senior director of McKinsey from which he will retire at year end. David is the past leader of McKinsey's New England operations. He is a former leader of McKinsey's North American Organization Practice and the founder and leader of the firm's Worldwide Merger Integration Practice. He has led McKinsey's efforts for nearly a dozen of the world's 25 largest transactions and has experience with a wide array of mergers and acquisitions.

Roberts is a seasoned software executive with more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry. He was the former CEO and chairman of FileNet, the market leader in content and business process management, where he oversaw the growth of the company and its subsequent sale to IBM. Roberts began his career at IBM and rose through the ranks to hold executive positions in marketing, sales, and IBM's global PC, networking and software businesses. In addition, he has significant corporate governance experience, having served on a number of both public and private company boards during the last 16 years. He is a financial expert and has served on audit, compensation, M&A and strategic committees.

Sourcefire Appoints Board Member and CEO

Kevin Klausmeyer has joined network security solutions company Sourcefire's Board. Klausmeyer is an experienced financial leader in the technology industry. From 2003 to 2012, he served on the board of Quest Software. From 2006 to 2011, he was the CFO of The Planet, a provider of dedicated web hosting products and services. Before joining The Planet, he was CFO of RLX Technologies, and PentaSafe Security Technologies. He also was Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of BMC Software, and spent 13 years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen.

The company appointed John Becker, 55, as CEO. He has been Director of the Company since 2008. Prior to his appointment as the Company’s CEO, he served as CEO of ScienceLogic, a provider of network monitoring software. Previously, he served as CEO of Approva Corporation, until its acquisition by Lawson Software in 2011. Prior to Approva, he served as CEO of Cybertrust, until its acquisition by Verizon Business in 2007. From 2002 to 2004, he was Chairman and CEO of TruSecure, an information security services company, which merged with Betrusted Holdings, to form Cybertrust. Beginning in 1995, he held a series of executive positions with AXENT Technologies, and in 1997 was appointed as CEO of AXENT and became chairman in 1999, holding such positions until the sale of AXENT to Symantec in 2000. He serves as Director of ScienceLogic, and non-executive chairman of the board of Kemp Technologies.

Martin F. Roesch, founder of the Company who has served as interim CEO since June 2012, will continue in his role as CTO and remain a member of the Board.

FedEx Exec Joins SYNNEX as CFO

SYNNEX, the IT design-to-distribution business process services company with a strong software portfolio, has appointed Marshall W. Witt as CFO of the company. Witt will be assuming the role from Thomas Alsborg who announced his retirement last year. Most recently, Witt was SVP of Finance and Controller with FedEx Freight, a $5.3 billion subsidiary of FedEx serving the US, Canada and Mexico.

Xerox CIO Joins MedAssets Board

MedAssets appointed Carol J. Zierhoffer to its board of directors. Zierhoffer is VP and global CIO for Xerox. Prior to that, Zierhoffer was VP and global CIO for ITT. From 1988 to 2008, she worked with Northrop Grumman in various IT leadership positions, most recently as VP and CIO of the company's mission systems sector.

Budget Expert Leaves Deltek

Ray Bjorklund has left Deltek to form his own consultancy, BirchGrove Consulting, to provide the market intelligence that made him famous in federal contracting circles. Bjorklund became VP and chief knowledge officer for Deltek after the company acquired the market research firm FedSources in April 2011. Prior to coming to FedSources, Bjorklund oversaw procurement processes at the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Air Force.

Former GE Exec Joins Board of Numerex

Jerry A. Rose has been appointed to board of Numerex, the company that offers Numerex DNA(R) that includes software applications that are delivered through Numerex FAST (Foundation Application Software Technology). Rose was instrumental in the sale of GE Security to UTC in 2010 and joined UTC as VP of Global Product Management where he drove business integration and built a global team to develop and execute critical strategies for growth of the Fire & Security business. He joined GE in 1984, and held several global leadership positions during his 26 years at GE including GM and CEO roles in GE's Appliances, Lighting and Security businesses. In 2007 he became an officer of GE and led global product development strategies. He began his career in sales and marketing with Chytraus Distributing. 

Ikanos Communications’ Board Member Leaves

Douglas Norby resigned from the Board of Ikanos Communications, the company that provides software products for the digital home. Norby joined the Ikanos board in 2011 with 25-plus years of financial management and technology-industry experience. He has been CFO at no fewer than seven technology corporations including Fairchild Camera and Instrumentation, ITEL, Mentor Graphics, LSI Logic, Novalux, Tessera Technologies, and Zambeel. Norby’s experience also spans the entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors. He was President of Lucasfilm, and SVP and CFO for Syntex.

Media Veteran Joins Clip Interactive

Clip Interactive, the software development company that has developed a mobile app called Clip Radio, which revolutionizes radio as a marketing medium, has onboarded Michael Fischer to the executive team as VP of Affiliate & User Acquisition. Fischer, a media veteran with more than 20 years of experience, comes to Clip after spending nearly four years at Triton Digital. At Triton Fischer was responsible for the North American loyalty program, which served over 800 clients. Fischer will use his vast experience to acquire new partners as well as develop programs which focus on driving user acquisition and creating more value for advertisers.

Commtouch Appoints Former Comverse and DHL Exec for Senior HR Role


Internet security solutions company Commtouch named Uri Gal as global VP of human resources. Bringing more than 20 years of human resources and administrative management experience, Gal offers repeated proven successes in building and supporting the needs of a growing international technology company. He previously served as a global VP of human resources and administration at Nilit, an industrial company. Gal also served in previous human resource leadership roles at Oridion, a medical device company, as well as Comverse, a software and systems firm, and DHL, an international courier company.

Motricity’s CFO & COO Steps Down

Motricity’s CFO, COO and Treasurer, Nathan Fong, 48, resigns. He was appointed CFO in May 2012. He has more than two decades of experience in corporate finance. He joined Motricity from Atrinsic, a direct-to-consumer Internet search-marketing company, where he served as CFO and interim CEO. Prior to joining Atrinsic, Fong served as EVP and CFO of The Orchard Enterprise, an industry pioneer and innovator in digital media services. Fong has also served as CFO of Rodale International, a global publisher of health and wellness books and magazines, and Discovery Networks International, a leading media and entertainment company. Earlier in his career, he was divisional VP of finance at Twentieth Century Fox International.

Spare Backup’s CFO Resigns

Robert L. Hymers III has resigned as CFO of Spare Backup. He joined the company at the end of 2012. He is a certified public accountant and currently serves as the Interim President of Everlert, a publicly traded real estate acquisition & management company. Prior to his role at Everlert, he was a CPA working at Ernst & Young from 2006 to 2011. As a Senior Tax Professional at EY, he worked in the Firm's core assurance practice performing audits of publicly and privately held companies. Hymers was a member of EY's National Tax Group (FSO) for several years, which services private equity firms, hedge funds and banks.

Mozilla CEO to Step Down; Other Leadership Changes Made

Gary Kovacs, who has been CEO of the free software community best known for producing the Firefox web browser - Mozilla - for just over two years, will be stepping down this year. The open source software non-profit foundation (which is also a for-profit company) said it will be searching for a new leader immediately to replace Kovacs, who will remain on the board of Mozilla. Kovacs came to Mozilla in late 2010 — after stints as an exec at Sybase and Adobe, as well as at Zi Corporation, a company specializing in embedded software and services for mobile and consumer devices — to lead the development and direction of its best-known product, the Firefox Web browser.

As part of the CEO change, longtime Mozilla leaders Mitchell Baker and Brendan Eich will continue to step up their involvement in the company, with Baker’s title as executive chairman and Eich’s as CTO and SVP of engineering. In other management changes: Jay Sullivan, SVP of products, has been appointed COO; Harvey Anderson, VP of business affairs and general counsel, has been named SVP of business and legal affairs; and Li Gong, who has been running Mozilla’s Asian operations, will also take on the role of SVP of mobile devices.

Urban Airship Bolsters Execs

Urban Airship, the developer of push messaging software for mobile software developers, has named John Schroeder as its VP of Customer Success. As the former global infrastructure director at Nike, Schroeder brings 22 years of experience in strategic planning and implementation of large-scale global initiatives to drive business outcomes.

Gazzang Names Global Sales Head

Database security software developer Gazzang is staffing up its sales ranks by naming Brian Brogan as VP of Global Sales. Prior to Gazzang, Brogan was VP of enterprise software sales at Verint Systems. He joined the company from Openwave Systems, where he ran activities related to sales, operations and partnerships. Brogan has also held sales executive and management roles at EMC, Legato Systems, Fujitsu Siemens and IBM.

Agile Development Co-Creator and Wiki Inventor Joins New Relic

New Relic, the SaaS-based application management provider, appointed software development luminary Ward Cunningham as a staff engineer. Cunningham will add his unique talents as a craftsman developer and innovation accelerator to New Relic's stellar developer team. In addition to inventing the Wiki, he is broadly recognized as co-creator of Extreme Programming, the first form of Agile Programming that is widely accepted today as a superior methodology for fast-paced development organizations. Most recently, Cunningham held the prestigious position of Code for a Better World fellow In Nike's sustainable and innovation group. In addition, he was CTO for Citizens Global,, The Eclipse Foundation and held a senior technical position at Microsoft.

Former Nextel Executive Joins Guavus to Strengthen Industry Ties, Evangelize Products

Guavus, a leading provider of big data analytics solutions for Communication Service Providers (CSPs), named Rob Chimsky to the newly created role of VP of insights. In this role, Chimsky will work with customers as a trusted advisor to further leverage the capabilities of Guavus' decisioning applications for improved operational efficiencies and new revenue opportunities. With over 30 years in the telecommunications industry, Chimsky brings an impressive track record across technology, product, and marketing. At inCode, Chimsky was responsible for managing the company's technology thought leadership and knowledge capital, guiding clients on technology evolution strategy, including migration to LTE and spectrum management, with an emphasis on next generation wireless technology and services. He also led inCode's work with private equity clients in the evaluation of potential acquisitions in the telecom industry. Before joining inCode, Chimsky spent over seven years as VP of Technology Development at Nextel, overseeing Nextel's dramatic growth from niche carrier to one of the top carriers in the U.S. Prior to that, he spent a total of 12 years in management positions at MCI and AT&T.

McLane Advanced Technologies Names Insider as President and COO

McLane Advanced Technologies has promoted retired Army Major Gen. James Chambers to president and COO. He was formerly an EVP. Before joining the company in 2011, Chambers served for over 33 years in the Army, including a stint as director of logistics, J-4 U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base.

Appthority Names New VP of Marketing

Appthority, a global provider of cloud-based mobile application security services, named Mark Hodgson as VP of marketing. Most recently, Hodgson was responsible for leading WhiteHat's marketing strategy, which included corporate marketing, demand generation and research initiatives. He has also previously served in marketing management roles at Charles Schwab, BigFix, Symantec, SecurityFocus and Hewlett-Packard.

Rocket Software Names New CFO, VP of HR

Enterprise software firm Rocket Software has named a former executive at Silicon Laboratories as its new CFO, and a former VP at Dassault Systemes to head its human resources.

Walsh has nearly 20 years of experience in finance and accounting. Prior to joining Rocket, he served as CFO at Silicon Laboratories; previously he held various operational, finance, controller, and management roles at PerkinElmer, Teradyne and Analog Devices. He serves on the board of Nitero, an early-stage semiconductor company, and previously served on the board of Grande Communications & Rio Holdings, a provider of cable, Internet and phone services.

Morgan has worked in the human resources profession for over 25 years. Early in his career he was an initial member of the HR team at Lotus Development Corporation. From 2004 until 2013 Dick worked for Dassault Systemes, a global leader in 3D design software, first as VP HR at SolidWorks and more recently VP HR for Dassault Systemes Americas Corporation.

GreenBytes Appoints Former Microsoft Exec as COO

GreenBytes, a developer of full-featured virtual desktop solutions that uniquely support existing infrastructure, named Chris Maher as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Maher joins GreenBytes from Flexera Software, a provider of application usage management solutions, where he drove over $30M in revenue. Prior to that, Maher worked at Neocleus - a client hypervisor provider (acquired by Intel) where he built the Support and Services organization. Prior to this role, Chris worked as a Practice Manager in the Virtualization Global Practice at Microsoft, and previously served as the Engagement Director at Softricity, an application virtualization pioneer (acquired by Microsoft).

OneSpot Snags Marketing Exec from SpiceWorks

Online advertising and social marketing software developer OneSpot has named Adam Weinroth, most recently Executive Director of Product Marketing for Spiceworks, as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Most notably, Weinroth was VP of Strategic Marketing for Demand Media, a comScore U.S. top 20 online media property and internet content studio, where he worked to craft the company's brand strategy and identity in connection with Demand's IPO. Weinroth also served as VP of Marketing for Pluck, acquired by Demand Media in 2008.

MEDHOST Appoints VP of Consulting

MEDHOST, provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, has hired veteran healthcare executive Barbara Bryan as VP of consulting. Additionally, Bryan will work with leadership of HealthTech, a health information technology company that manages MEDHOST, Healthcare Management Systems (HMS) and Patient Logic, to identify other opportunities to insert or expand consulting services.Bryan comes to MEDHOST from Bryan Advisory Group, which she founded to provide performance improvement and waste management solutions to healthcare organizations and companies in other industries. Her prior experience includes serving as VP of patient flow consulting at Eclipsys and as director with Navigant Consulting, the firm that acquired Invalesco Group, a multi-million-dollar consulting company that Bryan co-founded.

Magento Names Global Sales VP

Magento, the e-commerce software provider which is now part of eBay's X.Commerce unit, has named Glenn Hasen as VP of Global Sales and Channels. Prior to joining Magento, Glenn directed worldwide field operations at Zend Technologies, expanding operations to a 25 percent annual growth rate. Additional roles include positions at Pivotal Software and Computer Associates. Glenn’s leadership experience also includes serving as the president and CEO of several technology software companies.

Nimble Appoints CMO to Drive Expansion

Customer relationship management software developer Nimble has hired Eric Quanstrom as its new Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Marketing and Sales. Previously, Quanstrom was COO of Sorenson Media, an award-winning provider of high-quality video solutions such as Sorenson Squeeze, the gold standard in video encoding and the original video codec company behind Flash and Quicktime.

Former Likewise CEO Joins Cloud Automation Software Developer to Lead Enterprise

Cloud automation software developer Opscode named Barry Crist, the former CEO of Likewise, as its new VP, Enterprise. At Opscode, Barry will be focused on guiding our enterprise strategy and execution as we continue to witness rapid growth of the Opscode Chef platform among the Global 10,000. Barry was most recently as an Executive-in-Residence at Ignition Partners, an Opscode investor. Prior to Ignition and Likewise, he spent time as an executive at Mercury, now a division of HP, as well as Network Associates (now McAfee) and Apple.

Former Nokia CFO Joins Software Maker Sabre

Travel software company Sabre named former Nokia CFO Rick Simonson as its EVP & CFO.  Simonson, who worked at cellphone maker Nokia in various roles for nearly 10 years, is replacing Mark Miller, who is leaving the company for opportunities at other companies owned by Sabre's private equity owners, TPG and Silver Lake. Simonson most recently served as CFO and president, business operations at Reardon Commerce.  Prior to that he spent nearly 10 years in several global roles at Nokia in Helsinki, Zurich and New York, including EVP and general manager of Nokia's Mobile Phones division, and EVP and CFO, which he held for over five years. He was also with Barclays Capital and Bank of America Securities serving the telecom, media, and technology industries.  He currently serves on the boards of Electronic Arts and Silver Spring Networks.

Date Range: March 15th - April 11th

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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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