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HP Chairman Steps Down, Two Board Members to Leave

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.

Fidelity National Information Services Appoints IBM Vet to board

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.

Equinix Names Former Verizon Finance Exec to Board

The global interconnection and data center company, Equinix, named Tom Bartlett, 54, CFO and treasurer for American Tower, to its board of directors. He is also responsible for American Tower’s global IT function. Prior to joining American Tower, he spent 25 years with Verizon and its predecessor organizations, where he held a number of leadership positions both in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Bell Atlantic International Wireless, responsible for all wireless activities in Latin America, Europe and Asia. While at Verizon, Bartlett served as corporate controller, as well as chief compliance officer and principal accounting officer.

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 general manager 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.

Akamai Board Member with Investment and Financial Service Experience Leaves

C. Kim Goodwin, 52, is resigning from the Board of Akamai Technologies. Goodwin is a private investor since 2008. She is the former Managing Director and Head of Equities (Global), Asset Management Division of Credit Suisse Group, and former Chief Investment Officer of Equities for State Street Research Management. She is the Trustee Director of various equity funds within the Allianz Global Investors family of funds since 2010.

BlackBerry Co-Founder Leaves to Launch New Venture

Mike Lazaridis, 52, has decided to retire as Vice Chair and a Director of BlackBerry. Lazaridis co-founded BlackBerry nearly 30 years ago and served as a co-CEO of the company until last year when he was elected Vice Chair of the Board. Lazaridis, who launched his new venture, Quantum Valley Investments, will be stepping down from the BlackBerry Board.

Iron Mountain Appoints Chairman

Alfred J. Verrecchia, 70, took over the helm as chairman of the board for storage and information management company Iron Mountain. Verrecchia, a longtime Habro employee currently serving as chairman of the board at Hasbro, joined Iron Mountain’s board in 2010 to later be appointed to lead independent director in 2012. While at Hasbro, Verrecchia held various senior leadership roles including COO and CFO before serving as CEO from 2003-2008. He was elected as Hasbro’s chairman in 2008.

Splunk Appoints Cardinal Health CIO to Board

Splunk, the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, appoints Patricia B. Morrison, 53, to the company's Board of Directors. Morrison has been EVP of Customer Care Shared Services and CIO for Cardinal Health since 2009. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Morrison was CEO of Mainstay Partners, a technology advisory firm from 2008 to 2009, and EVP and CIO at Motorola from 2005 to 2008. Her previous experience also includes CIO of Office Depot, and senior-level IT positions at PepsiCo, The Quaker Oats Company, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble.

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.

Semtech Appoints Board Members

Semtech, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors to the networking and storage markets, appointed Sylvia Summers, 59, and Carmelo Santoro, 70, to its Board of Directors. Summers has experience in engineering, business development and leadership, including serving as the CEO and President of Trident Microsystems from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that experience, she held senior positions at Spansion, Cisco and Storagetek. Summers currently serves on the Board of Headwaters, a public company providing product, technology and services to the heavy construction materials, light building products, and energy industries.

Santoro is a business consultant with Santoro Technology Associates, which provides general management, strategic planning, marketing and operations services for the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, disk drive, networking, technology services, biotechnology and financial services industries. He previously served as President and CEO of Attensity, a provider of social analytics and engagement solutions. His prior experience includes executive positions with Platinum Software and Silicon Systems.

TelecityGroup Names Two Independent Non-Executive Directors

European data center operator and managed hosting provider TelecityGroup has named Claudia Arney and Nancy Cruickshank the company’s independent non-executive directors. Arney is an active and experienced board member with a strong background in technology and media. She currently serves as chairman of the Public Data Group, is a board member of Halfords and of Which?, and a UK advisory board member of Huawei. Arney’s career includes executive roles at Pearson, Goldman Sachs, Emap and also for HM treasury as director for its enterprise and growth unit.

Cruickshank is the current interim CEO for Weve, a mobile wallet joint venture between Vodafone, Everything Everywhere and O2. She is also the founder and CEO of UK Fashion and Beauty website In the past, Cruickshank served as executive consulting director of M&A for the Telegraph Media Group, global CEO for VideoJug, and managing director of [.tv], the technology channel of BSkyB.

TelecityGroup’s independent non-executive director Sahar Elhabashi is leaving the board to focus on full time on her executive position at Condé Nast’s entertainment division in the United States.

Silicon Labs Appoints Board Member with Financial Acumen

Silicon Labs, designer and developer of analog-intensive, mixed-signal and integrated circuits, elects Jack R. Lazar, 47, to the company's board of directors. Most recently, he was SVP of corporate development and general manager of Qualcomm Atheros following the acquisition of Atheros by Qualcomm in 2011. He joined Atheros in 2003 and most recently served as CFO and SVP, corporate development. He also served as EVP and CFO of NetRatings, and CFO of Apptitude. He has held various executive positions at Electronics for Imaging and started his career at Price Waterhouse.

Shutterfly Appoints Liberty Interactive’s Former M&A Exec and eCommerce Group Creator to Board

The Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service company Shutterfly elected Michael P. Zeisser to the Board. Zeisser was most recently the SVP of Liberty Interactive (formerly known as Liberty Media). At Liberty Media, he led numerous M&A transactions in digital media, gaming, and commerce both domestically and abroad. He created Liberty's eCommerce Group of companies, which include numerous leading online companies that generated over $1.5 billion in sales during 2012. Prior to joining Liberty Media in 2003, he was a partner at McKinsey, where he co-founded and led McKinsey's Internet Practice, in addition to being a member of the firm's Media & Entertainment and Private Equity practices. He also serves on the board of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado.

Sourcefire Appoints Board Member

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.

Cavium Appoints New Director

Cavium, the provider of integrated semiconductor processors, which enable processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless, security, video and connected home and office applications, elected Madhav V. Rajan, 47, as a director. Rajan has served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University since 2010. From 2002 to August 2010, he served as the area coordinator for accounting at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He currently serves on the board of directors of iShares, and is a trustee of the iShares Trust.

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.

Accretive Health Appoints CEO as Board Chair

Healthcare revenue cycle management firm Accretive Health’s co-founder and current President and CEO Mary Tolan, 51, has been elected Chairman of the Board. From 2003 to 2013 she served as President and CEO and a Director of the Board. Prior to joining Accretive, Tolan spent 21 years at Accenture, where she  served in several leadership roles, including group chief executive for the resources operating group that had approximately $2 billion in annual revenue, and as a member of Accenture’s executive committee and management committee. She serves on the board of trustees of the University of Chicago, Loyola University and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Cray Names Former HP Labs Head as New Board Member

Supercomputer developer Cray named Prith Banerjee, 52, as a new member of its board, as well as Chair of the Strategic Technology Assessment Committee. Banerjee is the CTO of Switzerland based ABB Group. Prior to joining ABB in 2012, Banerjee was with HP for five years where he served as the SVP of Research, and Director of HP Labs. Previously, Banerjee was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also held leadership positions at BINACHIP, AccelChip, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Banerjee is currently a Board member of the United States National Academy of Engineering Computer Science and Telecommunications, and is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board at Cypress Semiconductor.

Emulex Adds Former Oracle and IBM Execs to Board

The developer of high speed, networking hardware, Emulex, added Gene Frantz and Greg Clarke to its board. Frantz is a business executive with deep technology and telecom experience. Frantz was most recently a partner of TPG Capital having worked there from 1999 to 2012. Prior to joining TPG, he worked at Oracle and Morgan Stanley.

Clark has more than 23 years of leadership experience successfully growing technology companies through innovation, focus and execution. He has a strong operations and technology background that spans security, cloud services, supply chain and network management. Clark has been CEO and member of the Board of Blue Coat Systems, since 2011. Prior to joining Blue Coat, Clark was President and CEO of Mincom, a global software and services provider to asset-intensive industries. At Mincom, he expanded the company’s market opportunity and revenue via the addition of cloud-based solutions and a modernization of Mincom's legacy products. The company was acquired by the ABB Group in 2011. Before joining Mincom, Clark served as President and CEO at E2open. Earlier in his career, Clark founded security software firm Dascom. In 1999, IBM acquired the company, and the technology became the foundation for Tivoli's security product line. At IBM, Clark was a Distinguished Engineer and VP of IBM's Tivoli Systems, where he was instrumental in defining and selling IBM security and management products. He previously held senior roles with global IT companies, such as AT&T Unix Software Operation and Unix System Labs.

Rosetta Stone Witnesses Changes to Board

Language-learning software company Rosetta Stone’s director Theodore J. Leonsis, 57, will resign, and Tom P.H. Adams, 39, and John E. Lindahl, 67, will not seek re-election to the board. Leonsis was instrumental in helping to bring Rosetta Stone President and CEO Stephen M. Swad to the company and has been an important advisor as Rosetta Stone transitions to a more online and cloud-based model. He is leaving the Board to focus on his other businesses interests and investments, including Monumental Sports and Entertainment which owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, and the Verizon Center; Revolution Growth, a speed up capital fund; SnagFilms, a company that offers independent movies on demand; and Groupon, where he serves as interim co-CEO.

Currently serving as the non-executive Chairman of the Board, Adams has been a member of the Rosetta Stone Board since January 2006. He served as the company’s President and CEO from 2003 until 2012, when he assumed the role of non-executive Chairman. He was recently named to the Management Committee of Bridgewater Associates, an investment company, and is not seeking re-election to the Board due to his responsibilities at Bridgewater.

A Director since 2006, Lindahl is Managing Partner of Norwest Equity Partners, where he led Norwest’s investment in Rosetta Stone in 2006. He will continue to oversee Norwest’s investments in Rosetta Stone and its other portfolio companies.

Procera Networks’ Director with Financial Insight Leaves

Elizabeth Huebner, 55, resigned from Procera Networks’ Board of Directors. Procera Networks is a provider of intelligent policy enforcement solutions that enables mobile and broadband network operators and entities managing private networks. Prior to retiring in 2006 after a 26-year career in the finance sector, she was CFO at Getty Images, a provider of visual content and rights services, from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that, she was CFO at Primus Knowledge Solutions, a software company specializing in knowledge management and self-service.

Virtual Piggy Expands Board

Virtual Piggy, an innovator in safe youth payments, expanded its Board by adding three independent directors with broad software industry knowledge and experience. William Lyons has over 20 years experience at the CEO level of public and private software companies including AXS-ONE, Caminus Corporatio, ParcPlace Systems and Ashton-Tate.

William Tobia has over 25 years experience at the CFO level of software companies including his current role as the CFO of Maxwell Systems. Tobia has extensive M&A and company financing expertise.

Harold Copperman has over forty years experience in the computer hardware and software industry including 20 years experience at IBM, and senior management roles at Apple and Digital Equipment Corporation (now owned by HP). Copperman also brings over 25 years of board governance expertise including serving on the boards of AOL and EDGAR ONLINE.

Limelight Networks Co-Founder Steps Down from Company Board

Nathan F. Raciborski, 45, will not stand for re-election to the board of Limelight Networks. Raciborski co-founded Limelight Networks in 2001. He has currently serves as CTO. He is the inventor of over twenty-five patents related to the acceleration of Internet content, the scalability of Internet platforms, and the enhancement of content delivery to mobile devices. He leads all global engineering and operations at Limelight. Prior to co-founding Limelight, starting in 1993, he founded numerous companies including Aerocast (acquired by Motorola), where he served as Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer from 1999 to 2000, Entera (acquired by Cacheflow), where he served on its board of directors from 1997 to 2000, and Primenet Services for the Internet, where he served as President, CEO and Director beginning in 1993 until it merged with GlobalCenter, where he served as President and Director, and later as President of Network Services of Frontier Communications/Global Crossing from 1997 to 1998 after Frontier acquired GlobalCenter. He had been a Director of Limelight Networks since 2006.

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.

Single Touch Systems Names IP Market Pioneer to Board

The mobile solutions provider serving retailers, advertisers and brands, Single Touch Systems, elects Peter Holden to its Board of Directors. Holden is currently SVP, Corporate Development and Investments at IPVALUE where he is responsible for IP investments and acquisitions. Prior to joining IPVALUE, he founded the IP Investment Group at Coller Capital, a global Private Equity firm with over $14 billion under management in 2006. He formerly held senior positions at Panasonic, IPVALUE Management, University Patents, and Invisible Hand, an IP venturing fund that he founded.

Kodak Appoints Director with Extensive Board Experience with High-Tech Companies

James V. Continenza, 50,  has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors. Continenza also brings to the Kodak Board experience as a manager and director with diverse companies that have successfully emerged from corporate restructuring. He is the former President of STI Prepaid, and the former Interim CEO of Anchor Glass Container. He currently serves on the board of Tembec, a publicly traded company, and the boards of the following privately held companies: Broadview Networks, Southwest Georgia Ethanol, The Berry Company, Neff Rental, Portola Packaging, Aventine Renewable Energy and Blaze Recycling. Previously, he was a director for Hawkeye Renewables, Anchor Glass Container, Rath-Gibson, Rural Cellular, U.S. Mobility, Maxim Crane Works, Arch Wireless and Microcell Telecommunications.

MRV Communications Expands Board

MRV Communications, global provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment and services to a broad range of telecom concerns, appointed Mark J. Bonney, 59, as a Director. Bonney has over 35 years of experience holding various senior executive financial and operating positions in middle market high technology companies in the United States and he has a proven track record in increasing shareholder value. Bonney currently serves on the board of Sigma Designs, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home, Zix Corporation, the market leader in email encryption services, and is chairman of the Community Health Center, a not-for-profit health care organization.

Matthew Stecker, 44, has also joined as a Director. Stecker has 20 years of experience with a deep background in the telecommunications and wireless industries and a successful track record in turnarounds, M&A and operations. Stecker currently serves as president, CEO and director of Livewire Mobile, a comprehensive end-to-end managed service solutions provider for network operators, consumer device manufacturers, media companies and content providers. He also serves on the board of, a retail mail-order pharmacy.

eCommerce company DubLi Appoints Microsoft Long-Timer as Chair; Financial Expert Joins as Director

DubLi named Blas Garcia Moros, 49, as Chairman of the Board, replacing Niel Burtenshaw Thuesen, who resigned. Moros is a former Microsoft employee. Since leaving Microsoft, he has been a private investor in a variety of businesses, primarily in the technology sector. He spent 15 years at Microsoft, from 1985 until 2000, where he was one of the founders of Microsoft Latin America. He held numerous positions during his tenure, including positions in Latin America and Asia, as well as the Company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington. His last position at Microsoft, from 1997 to 2000, was based in Singapore as the Regional Director South Asia and President, Microsoft Regional Sales Corporation (Asia), where he was responsible for the region which encompassed all countries within Southern Asia, including India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

DubLi appointed David W. Sasnett, 56, to the Company's Board. Sasnett has served as a director of Consolidated Water since 2004 and since 2006 has served as EVP and CFO. In 2005 and 2006, he was the CFO of VoIP, a communication services firm utilizing voice over internet protocol technology. During 2004, he was the VP of Finance and Controller for MasTec, a specialty contractor and infrastructure provider traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He was the CFO of Catalina Lighting, a manufacturer and distributor of residential lighting and other consumer products from 1996 to 2002. His experience also encompasses more than 12 years with Deloitte & Touche.

PFSweb Appoints New Chair

Provider of e-commerce services PFSweb has appointed lead director James F. Reilly, 53, as Chairman of the Board. This follows the announcement of current Chairman and CEO, Mark Layton, leaving the Company to pursue other business opportunities. The Board determined to separate the roles of CEO and Chairman at this time in order to allow the CEO to focus more completely on increasing operating efficiency. New Chairman Reilly has served as a non-employee Director of the Company since its inception in 1999 and as Lead Director since 2010. He has been an investment banker since 1983 and is currently the Managing Partner of Stonepine Advisors, an investment banking firm focused on high growth technology companies. Until 2010, he was a Senior Advisor to Needham & Company, a nationally recognized investment banking and asset management firm and also served in various capacities including Head of West Coast Investment Banking.

GigaMedia Appoints Media Industry Expert to Board

Diversified provider of online games and cloud computing services, GigaMedia, added Billy Huang, VP of The Walt Disney Company, as an independent director. Huang has over 20 years of senior leadership experience in the technology/media industry and a proven track record of driving growth. At The Walt Disney Company, where he serves as VP responsible for the mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets, he launched Disney Channel and Disney Junior Channel and expanded services to new online media. At Taiwan's Videoland Communications, where he served as VP from 1996-1998, he implemented a restructuring plan that transformed the business from an old production house into a modern cable television consortium distributing content for global television brands. Prior to that, he was VP of Fantasmic International, a PR and advertising firm in Taipei, and held numerous positions with prominent advertising firms in Taipei.

FuncoLand Founder Joins DigitalTown Board

DigitalTown, the company that owns and operates social networking site of hyper-local, on-line communities built around their domain names and the schools and communities, named David R. Pomije to its board of directors. In 1988, David founded FuncoLand, predecessor to GameStop, an Interactive Entertainment Company with over 5,000 retail locations. From inception until its sale to Barnes and Noble in 2000, David held the position chairman and CEO of FuncoLand. He oversaw the building of a team of professionals, the transformation to a public company, and rapid growth to 400 locations and $250 million in revenue. Additionally, he oversaw the launching of The Game Informer magazine, the world's largest interactive entertainment magazine.

Netlist’s Director Steps Down

Richard J. Char, 52, resigned as board member of Netlist, the leading provider of high performance and hybrid memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets. He currently serves as Managing Director and Global Head of Information Services for Citi's Global Enterprise Payments group since 2011. He served as CEO of VIPGift, a provider of corporate and consumer loyalty and incentive programs, SVP of corporate development and general counsel at Blackhawk Network, a provider of prepaid merchant gift cards and network branded cards, president and CEO of IC Media, a developer of CMOS image sensors, managing director with the Technology Group of Credit Suisse First Boston, co-head of technology investment banking at Cowen & Company, and partner in the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He currently serves on the Board of Iteris.

Astea International Appoints Director with Financial Expertise

Service management software solutions firm Astea International appointed Keith Schneck, 56, as a member of the Board. Schneck was the EVP and CFO of eResearch Technology from 2008 through 2012. eResearch Technology was acquired in 2012 by Genstar Capital. Prior to that from 2003 through 2007 he was the EVP and CFO of Neoware, acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2007. Prior to Neoware, Schneck held a number of additional executive positions in both financial and operational roles at various Philadelphia area technology companies. Schneck began his career as a CPA with KPMG in Philadelphia from 1977 to 1986.

Twitter Engineering SVP Joins Board at Mobile Payments Company Braintree

Twitter SVP of engineering Chris Fry has joined the board of directors at mobile payments platform Braintree, the company announced on Friday. Braintree provides the backend infrastructure powering a large number of sites, including Fab, Uber, Airbnb and others, and is doing north of $8 billion in payments volume on its platform annually. Fry, who was chosen specifically for his infrastructure background, joins the likes of NEA, Accel Partners, Braintree CEO Bill Ready and Nigel Morris of Capital One on the company’s board.

Online Ad Star and Former Yahoo Revenue Chief Joins HookLogic Board

Michael Barrett, former Yahoo revenue chief, has joined the board of HookLogic, a performance marketer to online shoppers. Previous to Yahoo, Barrett was CEO of supply-side ad platform Admeld, which was sold to Google. He was also a top exec at Fox Interactive Media, as well as AOL, GeoCities and Disney Online.

i2Coalition Adds Two Board Members

The Internet Infrastructure Coalition has elected Jeanine Percival Wright and Andrew Mentges to its Board of Directors. Wright is the General Counsel at Media Temple, a web hosting company with more than 125,000 customers in 100 countries. For three consecutive years, Wright was named a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine.

Mentges, CEO of Jumpline, has more than 15 years of experience in the hosting industry, with a specialization in mergers and acquisitions. Mentges has successfully closed 13 transactions to date. He also has extensive experience with storage and infrastructure, specifically UNIX and distributed systems.

Outsourcery Group Names Non-Executive Director

Cloud services provider Outsourcery Group appointed FastHosts Internet CEO Andy Burton as the company’s non-executive director. For the past four years, Burton has been serving as CEO of one of the UK’s largest web and cloud hosting providers, Fasthosts Internet. He also founded and chairs the Cloud Industry Forum, an organization which advocates cloud adoption by driving best practice and educating the market through independent research based analysis. Burton’s career spans over 25 years, starting with Securicor Group where he was first appointed a managing director before joining the Chubb Security Group in 1996. He expanded from electronic security into Information Security at Baltimore and subsequently Clearswift, before moving more broadly into IT and Software Asset Management as CEO of Centennial Software, which he built up and sold to FrontRange Solutions in 2008. Since 2008, Burton has been working in the hosting and cloud services markets, adapting his knowledge of the software development and IT markets to a service delivery business model. He is currently a non executive director of the Federation Against Software Theft, the Cloud Industry Forum and the enterprise software and services firm Concorde Software.

Riverbed CEO Joins Board of Startup Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage, the startup that offers its customers a way to reduce the amount of storage hardware they buy, named Jerry Kennelly, 61, the CEO of Riverbed Technology, to its board of directors. Kennelly co-founded Riverbed in May 2002 and currently serves as chairman and CEO. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dominican University of California. Prior to founding Riverbed, Kennelly spent six years at Inktomi, an infrastructure software company, where he served as EVP, CFO and secretary. Prior to joining Inktomi in 1996, Kennelly worked for Sybase in a number of senior financial and operational positions, Oracle as finance director for US operations, and Hewlett-Packard as worldwide sales and marketing controller for the Tandem Computers Division.

Sky-mobi Goes Through Board Changes

Sky-mobi, the company that operates mobile social games and provides applications and content with social network functions, has appointed Jimmy Lai, CPA, as the Company's independent director. Lai succeeds Fan Bao who has resigned from his position as independent director due to personal reasons. Lai has more than twenty years of finance and leadership experience with leading gaming, mobile and technology companies in the United States and China. He currently serves as the CFO of Gamewave Group, the largest web game provider and the leading provider of interactive entertainment services in China. Previously, he served as the CFO for several US-listed and private companies including Daqo New Energy, a leading polysilicon manufacturer based in China, Linktone, a leading provider of interactive entertainment products and services in China. Earlier in his career, he worked in various financial roles at Semiconductor Manufacturing International, one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, and AMX, a leading system control company in the world.

Date Range: March 23rd - April 23rd

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

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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