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Microsoft CFO to Leave

Microsoft CFO Peter Klein, 49, will leave the company, after nearly four years in role and 11 years at the company. Microsoft will be naming a new CFO from its finance leadership team. Prior to being named Microsoft CFO, Klein served as Corporate VP and CFO of Microsoft's Business Division (MBD), overseeing the financial performance of the division which includes the Microsoft Office System, Unified Communications, Microsoft Business Solutions and other businesses.

Before joining MBD in 2006, Klein was CFO of Microsoft's Server & Tools Business Group (STB). He joined Microsoft in 2002. Prior to joining Microsoft, Klein spent 13 years in corporate finance in the Seattle area, primarily in the communications and technology sectors.  This included senior roles at McCaw Cellular Communications; Orca Bay Capital, a private equity firm; and several startups, including, where as VP and treasurer he helped lead an IPO and subsequent acquisition by Webvan.

Samsung Names Mobile, Consumer Heads as co-CEOs

Samsung Electronics promoted the heads of its mobile and consumer electronics businesses as co-CEOs, along with current CEO Kwon Oh-hyun. Yoon Boo-keun, the president of Samsung's consumer-electronics division, and J.K. Shin, the president of the company's IT and mobile communications, will take on expanded roles as CEOs, together with Kwon Oh-hyun who oversees the company's components business. The decision is aimed at speeding up the decision making process and ensuring independent operations of its mobile and consumer electronics businesses on the component side.

HTC Sees Changes in European Leadership

HTC’s VP of Product and Operations for EMEA, Phil Blair, has taken over as its new EMEA head. Blair has been with the company since it launched in EMEA in 2005. Phil will be responsible for leading HTC’s strategic growth across EMEA, in addition to heading up the UK arm of the business. Phil’s depth of experience in the smartphone market, intrinsic understanding of mobile products and long-standing relationships with key industry partners put him in a strong position to create new opportunities for the business, taking HTC into its next phase of growth.

Blair is replacing former EMEA head Florian Seiche, who decided to join Finnish handset maker Nokia. Seiche has been with HTC since 2005, prior to which he served as Director of Devices at Orange.

GE Capital Promotes IT Exec as CIO for IT Technology Centers and Services

Charles Galda was promoted as CIO, IT Technology Centers and Services at GE Capital. Previously he served as VP, Strategic Technology Initiatives, CIO - Simplification & Initiatives (Canada) at GE Capital, CIO (GE Capital Solutions Canada), Executive Audit Manager, Corporate Initiatives Group Manager, and Initiative Leader at GE. Prior to GE, he was Director, Business Systems at Transamerica Leasing, Sr. Project Manager at PepsiCo, and Project Leader at Pechiney Corporation.

IBM Shifts Head of Hardware Unit to Corporate Strategy

IBM reassigned the head of its hardware division, Rod Adkins, 53, will be SVP of corporate strategy. Tom Rosamilia, who has been overseeing corporate strategy as VP, will take charge of the Systems & Technology Group. Adkins had been head of Systems & Technology, which encompasses all aspects of IBM’s semiconductor, server, storage, and system software, since October 2009. Before that he was SVP, Development and Manufacturing for Systems and Technology Group. Over his 30-year career with IBM, Adkins held a number of development and management roles, including running the Desktop and UNIX Systems businesses. He was general manager of Pervasive Computing, Software Group, which under his leadership developed some of the assets that are part of IBM’s Smarter Planet portfolio today.

Before taking on the corporate strategy post, Rosamilia was general manager of the Power and mainframe z Systems product lines. He has worked at IBM since 1983 and held a number of programming and management posts within the IBM Software Group.

Cisco Sees Changes in Tech Leadership for Global Enterprise Segment

VP of Worldwide Mobility Sales, Tom Wilburn, who joined Cisco in 2005, has been appointed to succeed John McCool as SVP and CTO of the global enterprise segment. McCool is leaving the company the company after 17 years and helped grow its corporate mobile and networking equipment unit from $5 million to more than $1 billion in revenue. McCool joined Cisco in 1996 upon that company’s acquisition of Granite Systems and also designed networking gear for NeXT Computer in the early 1990s.

Wilburn brings experience in mobility, switching and routing to his new position. Prior to his most recent role, he served as VP, US/Canada Security and Mobility Sales from 2005 to 2009. Before that he was VP Worldwide Sales at Airespace (acquired by Cisco), SVP North American Enterprise Business at Alcatel, VP North American Sales at Xylan, VP Sales at Crosscomm, Regional Director at Terminal Networks, Director at Motorola, and Marketing Representative at Four Phase Systems.

VP, Architecture Sales for the Americas, Scott Lovett, has been promoted to security products sales lead, a role McCool held in addition to his other duties.

Comcast Cable Promotes Sales and Marketing Leader

Comcast Cable has promoted Greg Butz to EVP, Sales and Marketing Operations. Butz has been with Comcast for more than 20 years, most recently serving as SVP of Marketing. In his new role, he will continue to lead consumer marketing for Xfinity TV, Internet, Voice and Home. He will also focus on driving growth by investing in sales channel transformation and evolving Comcast's customer acquisition, retention and segmentation strategies. Butz joined Comcast in 1993 as Director of Business Development for Comcast Cellular Communications. He was promoted to VP of Business Planning and Development in 1995, moved to the cable division in 1999 as VP of Business Development, and was promoted to SVP of Marketing and Business Development for Comcast Online in 2003. Prior to Comcast, he held positions in the wireless, communications and entertainment industries.

Accenture Sees CFO Replacement

Accenture’s CFO Pamela J. Craig, 54, has decided to step down. David P. Rowland, 52, SVP - Finance, will become CFO. From 2004 until 2006, Craig was SVP-Finance, with global responsibility for client, group and geographic finance. Prior to that, she was group director-Business Operations & Services, prior to which, she held several line management positions in the company's Products and Communications & High Tech operating groups and spent more than 20 years in consulting with a focus on Finance and Enterprise Performance. Craig joined Accenture in 1979, practicing as a certified public accountant for three years, and began working in consulting in 1982. She became a partner in 1991.

Rowland currently has the global responsibility for Accenture's Finance Operations, which includes approximately 3,500 finance professionals focused on client finance, country controllership and operating group and growth platform finance activities. He is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee and serves on the board of directors for Avanade, a joint venture of Accenture and Microsoft. Rowland began his career with Accenture in 1983.

T-Mobile USA Creates Senior B2B Role

T-Mobile USA appointed Drew Kelton to the newly created role of EVP of B2B. The move to hire a seasoned B2B executive reflects the importance of business customers to T-Mobile's growth plans. Kelton brings to T-Mobile a wealth of telecom experience from around the globe. Most recently, he was president of Bharti Airtel Business in India. Through his leadership and creativity, he successfully revamped the company's strategy, product and service portfolio and returned Airtel Business to growth in an extraordinarily competitive market. Prior to Airtel Business, Kelton served as managing director for Telstra International, where he established the company as a thriving player in the Asia Pacific region.

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.

Yahoo! Chair Steps Down; High-Profile Exec Leaves while HR Leader Adds on Chief Development Officer Title

Yahoo Chairman Fred Amoroso, 62, is stepping down from his position. Amoroso will be replaced in the chairman role by director Maynard Webb Jr, 58, on an interim basis. Amoroso, a former IBM executive, will remain on the board of directors until the annual shareholder meeting in June. Amoroso had informed the Yahoo board when he became chairman in May 2012 that he intended to serve only one year "in order to help Yahoo during a critical time of transformation." He is the former CEO of digital entertainment company Rovi, and joined Yahoo's board in February 2012. Among other positions, he had previously served as the President, CEO and Vice Chairman of META Group, the President and CEO of CrossWorlds Software, and as GM and a member of the world-wide management committee of IBM.

Webb, who is the chairman of contact center software company, LiveOps, joined Yahoo's board in February 2012. He had formerly served as CEO for LiveOps, COO of eBay, and CIO of Gateway.

Besides this, one of Yahoo’s top women execs, Elissa Murphy, who is VP of engineering for cloud services, is departing the Internet giant to become CTO and head of platform efforts at Go Daddy. Murphy has overseen a great deal of code contributions to Hadoop, a technology essential to large-scale computing, first developed at Yahoo.

Jackie Reses, Yahoo’s EVP of people and development, now has the title of Chief Development Officer.

Time Warner Cable Appoints COO for Business Services Unit

Time Warner Cable appointed Philip G. Meeks as EVP and COO for Business Services. In this newly created role, he will lead the Company's rapidly growing business services unit, which serves more than 570,000 business customers and accounts for approximately $2 billion in annual revenues. He most recently served as SVP of Cox Business, the fastest growing business unit in the enterprise. Before joining Cox in 2008, he was the co-founder and lead executive for a start-up company focused on enhancing the supply chain between technology vendors and value added resellers in the Internet security, data storage and VoIP markets. Meeks served in various strategy, sales and account management roles during 20 years of service at MCI Telecommunications, including SVP of Sales Operations and SVP of Strategic Ventures and Alliances. He started his career at AT&T Information Systems/Southern Bell in 1979 and progressed through various sales and marketing leadership roles.

ARM Holdings Witnesses CEO Succession

ARM Holdings’ CEO Warren East, 51, has decided to retire, after nearly twelve years as CEO and nineteen outstanding years at the company. Simon Segars, 45, currently President of ARM, will become the company's new CEO. Warren East joined ARM in 1994 to establish the company's consulting business and later became VP of business operations. Within three years he was appointed to the Board as COO. Warren became ARM's CEO in 2001 and under his leadership ARM has become the foremost designer of semiconductor IP in the world, providing processor technology for nearly all mobile phones and network devices and storage, with many other consumer and industrial electronic devices.

Segars joined the Board in 2005, is President of ARM, and has operational responsibility for the company's IP divisions. Simon has been with ARM since 1991 and has held several executive roles including EVP Engineering, when he worked on many of the early ARM processors, as well as EVP Worldwide Sales and EVP Business Development. He has international leadership experience having held senior positions for ARM in both the UK and the USA.

Nokia Goes Through Several Leadership Changes

Shiv Shivakumar, Nokia's operations chief for India, the Middle East, and Africa, has left the company. Shivakumar, an 8-year veteran, has overseen Nokia's operations in about 90 countries, including a number of emerging markets where its share has held up relatively well. Shivakumar, who led Nokia’s India operations from 2006 to 2011, before moving to Dubai to head the region, will continue in a consultancy role for some time. Before joining Nokia India in 2006, he headed the consumer electronics business of Phillips.

Shivakumar is being replaced by VP of smart devices for the Americas, Arto Nummela. Nummela joined Nokia in 1994 and has served in several positions including VP AT&T Business Team, VP R&D Productization and General Manager for Vodafone Sales Account Globally.

Florian Seiche, EMEA President at HTC, will be joining Nokia as head of European sales. Seiche has been with the company since 2005, prior to which he served as Director of Devices at Orange.

SanDisk Appoints Worldwide OEM & Enterprise Sales SVP from Freescale

SanDisk has appointed Henri Richard as SVP of worldwide OEM & enterprise sales. Prior to joining SanDisk, Richard served as SVP and chief sales and marketing officer for Freescale since 2007. Prior to Freescale, Richard held various senior executive sales and marketing positions at companies including AMD, WebGain, IBM and Seagate. Richard has worked in both the U.S. and Europe, and his experience includes entrepreneurial roles in addition to senior corporate positions.

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.

Xerox Appoints CFO from ADT

Xerox appointed Kathryn Mikells, 47, as CFO and an EVP of the corporation. Mikells was most recently CFO of The ADT Corporation, a provider of electronic security, interactive home and business automation and related monitoring services. Prior to joining ADT, Mikells was CFO of Nalco, a global provider of water treatment and energy technologies. She joined Nalco in 2010 from UAL Corporation, the parent company of United Airlines, where she served as EVP and CFO. During her 16 years with UAL, Mikells held a variety of senior leadership roles, including head of investor relations, VP of financial planning and analysis, and treasurer. Before joining UAL, Mikells spent six years in the financial services industry at GE Capital, Household International and CIBC. Mikells serves on the board of The Hartford Financial Services Group.

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.

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 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 Leaves; Company Appoints CHRO from Cisco

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.

James (Jim) Gemmell has been named as CHRO. Having served in a number of senior executive HR positions at Cisco Systems for the past 13 years, he most recently held the role of CHRO. His tenure at Cisco included serving as VP, HR, advising Cisco's senior leaders on optimizing human capital across the company. He provided strategic and operational leadership in the areas of compensation, benefits, HR mergers and acquisitions, and international assignments. He also held HR leadership roles within the engineering and sales organizations, in corporate compensation, and in key geographic regions, including Cisco India. Prior to Cisco, he held HR leadership positions at AlliedSignal, Mobil Oil and General Electric.

BlackBerry Co-Founder Leaves Board 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.

Sensata Technologies’ CFO Leaves; Company Looking for Permanent Replacement

Sensata Technologies’ SVP & CFO Robert Hureau resigns after more than six years with the company, to join Kinetic Concepts as CFO. Jeff Cote, 45, Sensata's EVP, COO and previously Sensata's CFO, will serve as interim CFO while the firm undertakes a search for a permanent replacement. Previously, Hureau has held other finance leadership positions with Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy, Ocean Spray Cranberries and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

SAS Appoints Managing Director of Southern Africa

SAS appointed Desan Naidoo as the company's Managing Director Southern Africa responsible for setting and managing the company's strategy for the region. Naidoo was appointed at SAS in June 2008 as General Manager: Public Sector and in February 2011 he was promoted to Operations Director. In February 2012 he moved to the position of Director Sales Operations and Customer Advocacy MEA. Before joining SAS, he held positions with Novell and Eskom.

Apple Graphics Chip Tech Chief Returns to AMD

Raja Koduri, 44, is returning to Advanced Micro Devices after a four-year stint at Apple as graphics chip designer. Koduri was tech chief for graphics and was said to have worked on some of Apple's "best graphics products." In AMD, Koduri will take up the role of Corporate VP of Visual Computing. Before joining Apple in 2009, he was CTO, Graphics Product Group at AMD; Director, Advanced Technology Development at ATI; and Director/Engineering manager at S3.

Date Range: March 23rd - April 23rd

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