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Qualcomm Appoints Former HP and Apple Exec as Director

Qualcomm elected Jonathan Rubinstein, 56, to its Board of Directors. Rubinstein brings more than 30 years of experience in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics industries to the position, and he last served as SVP of Product Innovation for Hewlett-Packard until 2012. Rubinstein's longstanding career has spanned a number of roles. In his most recent positions at HP, he led product innovation for HP's Personal Systems and, prior to that, presided over the launch of the HP's Touchpad tablet as SVP and general manager of Palm Global Business Unit.

Previously, Rubinstein joined Palm as executive chairman in 2007, where he focused on product development; R&D and engineering to drive Palm's return to innovation with its webOS software and smartphone devices. He led Palm as chairman and CEO from 2009 until it was acquired by HP in 2010. Prior to his role at Palm, Rubinstein earned the nickname, "The Podfather," while running Apple's iPod division, where he was instrumental in creating the iPod and its robust ecosystem. He also served as SVP of Hardware Engineering, where he was responsible for overhauling the Apple's engineering teams, product roadmaps, manufacturing processes and leading the rapid rollout of the iMac. Rubinstein previously held a number of engineering and leadership positions at different computing companies, such as Stardent Computer and NeXT Computer and founded his own company, Firepower Systems. He is on the board.

Dell and Facebook’s Board Member Steps Down

Dell and Facebook’s board member James W. Breyer, 51, is stepping down from both the boards. Breyer, a member of Dell's board since April 2009 and Facebook’s board since 2005, is a partner at Accel, a venture capital firm, since 1987. He currently sits on the board of Wal-mart, News Corp and Model N. He previously served as a director of Brightcove, Marvel Entertainment, Prosper Marketplace, and RealNetworks. Breyer is also the founder and has been the CEO of Breyer Capital, an investment firm, since 2006. He is a co-founder and has been co-lead on the strategic investment committee since inception of the IDG-Accel China Funds. Breyer worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey and served at Hearme, Hewlett-Packard and Apple.

FIS Appoints COO to Board

Fidelity National Information Services named 25-year FIS veteran and current President and COO Gary A. Norcross, 46, to its board. Norcross, a highly respected industry executive, assumed the role of President and COO in 2012, and is responsible for the steering and execution of the company's global business strategy. Prior to his current role, Norcross held several leadership positions within the company and was instrumental in the 2009 acquisition and integration of Metavante Technologies. He was also instrumental in the acquisition of leading organizations such as Certegy and eFunds and more than 15 other companies, helping to grow FIS to more than 35,000 employees with over $5.8 billion in annual revenue. Norcross is active in the local North Florida community and serves on the Dean's Executive Advisory Board for the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. He is also on the board of the Knowledge is Power Program's (KIPP) Impact School in Jacksonville, Fla.

L-3 Communications Appoints Corporate Law Specialist to Board

L-3 Communications, the integrated space communications system provider, elected Vincent Pagano Jr., 62, a Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett attorney specializing in corporate law and former head of the firm’s capital markets practice, to the board. His legal career spanned 32 years at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, where he served as a partner since 1986 before retiring in 2012. He headed the firm's capital markets practice, including its public company advisory practice, from 1999 to 2012. During this time, he represented investment banks and public companies, including L-3, on mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate governance and disclosure matters. He serves on the Engineering Council of Lehigh University and on the board of directors of Cheniere Energy Partners GP, the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, and Hovnanian Enterprises. He also serves on several community and charitable boards in New York. Prior to his legal career, he was a practicing engineer.

Electronic Arts Appoints New York Times Digital Exec to Board

Electronic Arts appointed Denise F. Warren, 48, EVP of the Digital Products and Services Group at The New York Times, to its board of directors. Warren previously served as general manager and chief advertising officer of the New York Times Media Group, where she managed operations for and related digital and mobile products.

Shutterfly Appoints Finance and Internet Experts to Board

Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service firm Shutterfly appointed Ann Mather, 52, to its board of directors. She is a corporate finance executive who has driven global accounting and strategic business initiatives for some of the world's most recognized brand names including Pixar and Disney. In her time at Pixar, she was EVP and CFO, and was Pixar's prime contact with Disney on distribution issues as part of the Disney/Pixar co-production agreement, and served as the Company Secretary. Prior to joining Pixar, she was EVP and CFO at Village Roadshow Pictures, as well as SVP at the Walt Disney Company, in the Buena Vista International Theatrical Division.

Michael Zeisser, 47, has also joined the board of directors. Zeisser has worked in the consumer internet industry since its inception, first as a Partner with McKinsey and then a senior deal-maker at Liberty Media. Most recently at Liberty Media, he led numerous M&A transactions in digital media, gaming, and commerce in the US and abroad. He created Liberty's eCommerce Group of companies, which comprises leading digital commerce brands such as,,,,,,,, and Evite.com2. Prior to joining Liberty Media in 2003, he was a partner at McKinsey in New York, 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.

Data Security Solutions Company Imperva Goes Through Board Changes

Imperva appointed Charles Giancarlo, 55, to its board of directors. Giancarlo is a managing director of Silver Lake, and also chairman of the board of Avaya, co-owned by Silver Lake. He is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry. Before joining Silver Lake in 2007, he spent 14 years with Cisco, holding senior roles like EVP and chief development officer and president of Cisco-Linksys. He joined Cisco when the company acquired Kalpana, a pioneer in Ethernet switching. He was an early developer of both asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and switched Ethernet technologies, and he holds multiple patents in ATM and voice technologies. He founded four communications equipment companies and sold two of them to larger companies.

Asheem Chandna, 48, is leaving the Imperva board. Chandna is a Partner at Greylock Partners, where he is focused on helping entrepreneurs create and build the next generation of enterprise companies. His current company boards include AppDynamics, Aquantia, Delphix, Imperva, Palo Alto Networks, and Skyhigh Networks. Previous company boards and/or investments include Aruba Networks, CipherTrust, NetBoost, Sourcefire, PortAuthority Technologies, Securent, Xsigo Systems, and Zenprise. He joined Greylock Partners in 2003 from Check Point Software, where he was VP of business development and product management. Prior to Check Point, Asheem was VP of marketing with CoroNet Systems, and held strategic marketing and product line positions with SynOptics/Bay Networks, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, on the panel of judges for the Wall Street Journal Global Technology Innovation Awards, on the advisory board for the RSA Conference, and a mentor at Stanford's StartX student accelerator.

Tellabs Sees Board Changes

Tellabs elected Vincent H. Tobkin, 61, chairman of the board, succeeding the retiring Michael J. Birck. Previously, Tobkin was a senior advisor, retired director and global telecom/technology practice leader at Bain & Co. General partner and a founder of Sierra Ventures 1984-1992. He was Partner and consultant with McKinsey and Company from 1976-1984. He is a Tellabs director since 2010 and was named lead director in 2012.

It also elected Alex Mashinsky, 43, managing director of Governing Dynamics and former CEO of Name.Space, a new member of the board. Mashinsky also serves on the Migo Software board.

Active Network’s Chairman Steps Down; iCEO Joins Board

Online registration and event management software firm Active Network made several changes in its senior leadership as the Company continues to focus on strengthening its long-term operational and financial performance. David Alberga has resigned as Executive Chairman. Alberga will remain member of the Board.

iCEO Jon Belmonte has been nominated by the Board to serve as a director. He is a former Chief Media Officer and COO at the Company.

Keynote Appoints Clearwire CEO to Board

Keynote, the global leader in mobile and web cloud testing & monitoring, appointed Erik Prusch, 43, President, CEO and Director of Clearwire Corporation. Prusch has served as Clearwire's CEO since 2011 and has served as a director of Clearwire since 2012. Prior to being appointed as CEO, Prusch served as COO from and CFO. Prior to Clearwire, Prusch served as President and CEO of Borland Software, where he led the restructuring of the company and returned the business to profitability. Other leadership roles included VP of finance in Intuit's TurboTax division; CFO of Identix Incorporated; and VP and CFO, Finance and Operations at Gateway Computers. Prusch began his career at Touche Ross and PepsiCo.

Tessco Technologies Board Member to Retire

Daniel Okrent, 64, a member of the Board of Directors of Tessco Technologies, the wireless & mobile communications products company, will be retiring. He was the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has previously been public editor of the New York Times and a senior executive at Time Inc., to which he remains a consultant. Okrent formerly served on the board of directors of Lands’ End, and is past chairman of the National Portrait Gallery, a division of the Smithsonian Institution.

Chairman Changes at DSP Group

Provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, DSP Group’s Chairman Eliyahu Ayalon, 69, has decided to resign. Patrick Tanguy, 52, a current independent director of the Company, has agreed to replace Ayalon as non-executive Chairman.

Ayalon joined the company in 1996 as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director. In 2000, he was appointed as Chairman of board and later stepped down as Chief Executive Officer resuming the role again for some time. He is also a member of the board of CEVA, a company that develops and licenses of DSP cores and related platform-level IP to the semiconductor industry, as of 2002, and was the Chairman until 2005. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and a member of the executive committee of the University Center of Ariel, Israel.

Patrick Tanguy has been a Managing Director at Wendel, a French-listed investment company. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Prezioso, an industrial coating and insulation specialist, Chief Executive Officer of Monne-Decroix, a real estate development company, Chief Executive Officer of Technal Group, an aluminum building systems company. He served as a director of Hays DX France, Legrand and as Chairman of Groupe DAFSA, a supplier of economic data and financial information.

Sprint Nextel Exec Joins as Director of Mindspeed Technologies

Mindspeed Technologies, a leading provider of network infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry, appointed Fared Adib, 35, of Sprint Nextel to its board of directors. Adib is currently EVP of product development & operations at Sprint, and is in charge of all product strategy and planning, as well as the product portfolio (handsets, smartphones, tablets, embedded devices and M2M), vendor management, engineering, logistics, development, device quality, software services and application platforms. He was named by Fortune as one of the Smartest People in Technology in 2011, Adib and his team delivered the first 4G handset in the U.S., the first dual-touchscreen smart phone and the nation’s first 3-D phone and brought the Apple iPhone to Sprint.

Single Touch Systems Goes Through Board Changes

Single Touch Systems, a mobile media solutions provider, named James Nelson, 63, to its Board of Directors. He is a prominent business leader with significant experience as Director of numerous private and public companies. He has served as a Director of Icahn Enterprises G.P. since 2001, serves as a Director of one of Icahn Enterprises subsidiaries, Tropicana Entertainment; Take-Two Interactive Software and as Chairman of Voltari  (formerly Motricity ). He formerly served as Chairman and CEO of Eaglescliff, Chairman and CEO of Orbit Aviation, CEO and Co-Chairman of Orbitex Management, and Director of Orbitex Financial Services Group.

Concurrent with Nelson becoming a Director, Richard Siber, 49, is retiring from Single Touch's board after five years of serving as a Director to the Company.

Board Changes at MRV Communications

Glenn Tongue, 52, resigned from the Board of Directors of MRV Communications, the communications equipment and services company. Tongue has been a General Partner and Co-Manager of T2 Partners Management since 2004 and is the co-manager of three private investment partnerships: the Tilson Growth Fund, the Tilson Offshore Fund and the T2 Qualified Fund. Prior to joining T2 Partners, he spent 17 years working on Wall Street, most recently as an investment banker at UBS, where he was a Managing Director. Previously, he served as President of DLJdirect, a publicly traded online brokerage firm that was spun out of the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1999. He oversaw both DLJdirect's IPO and its eventual sale. Additionally, he was a Managing Director for 10 years in the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

PFSweb Board Member Replacements

PFSweb, an international provider of end-to-end ecommerce solutions, appointed Shinichi “Shin” Nagakura, 49, to its Board of Directors. In addition, Timothy M. Murray, 59, a non-employee Director, is retiring from the Board. Nagakura is a Director of transcosmos, a leading Japanese BPO company. Nagakura brings over 15 years of experience investing in and advising technologies companies, including RealNetworks, Brightcove and AskJeeves. Prior to TCI, he worked for ten years at Recruit, a leading Japanese publishing and Internet media and marketing services company. He also serves on the Board of Merlin Information Systems, an international provider of high quality, personalized IT and customer support solutions, and Become, a leader in electronic commerce and online comparison shopping.

Murray has served as a non-employee Director of the Company since its inception in 1999. He is a partner of Chicago Growth Partners (a private equity firm) and is a managing director of several private equity funds related to William Blair Capital Partners. From 1979 to 2004, he was employed at William Blair & Company (an investment banking firm) and was a Principal of that firm from 1984 to 2004.

ARC Group Worldwide Appoints Board Members and CEO

ARC Group Worldwide, a provider of wireless network component and wireless network solutions, appointed Willard T. Walker Jr. as new director. Walker is President and CEO of W. T. Walker Group, a holding company with businesses engaged in the manufacture of steel forgings and provision of thermal treatment services. His career in engineered products includes experience in strategic planning, financial oversight, organizational development, and mergers and acquisitions.

Gregory D. Wallis is also new director of the company. Wallis is the CEO of Dorst America, a leading international supplier of machines and complete production systems for ceramic and powder metal components. Before being named CEO in 2004, Greg was Dorst's EVP, with primary responsibilities for sales and marketing in the US, Canada, and Mexico. He played a key role in taking Dorst from a niche player to the dominant supplier of high technology compacting presses in the Powder Metallurgy and related industries. He joined Dorst in 1989.

Crossroads Systems Appoints Investment Experts as Directors

Archive and data protection solutions company Crossroads Systems elected Richard K. Coleman, Jr. and Jeffrey E. Eberwein as directors of the Company. Coleman is a private investor and technological advisor. His company, Rocky Mountain Venture Services (RMVS), has helped technology companies plan and launch new business ventures and restructuring initiatives since 1998. He has served in a variety of senior operational roles, including CEO of Vroom Technologies, COO of Metronet Communications, and President of US West Long Distance, and has also held significant officer-level positions with Frontier Communications, Centex Telemanagement, and Sprint Communications culminating in his appointment to lead its Technology Management Division. Coleman began his career as an Air Force Telecommunications Officer managing Department of Defense R&D projects. He has served as an Adjunct Professor for Regis University's Graduate management program and is a guest lecturer for Denver University, focusing on leadership and ethics.

Eberwein is the founder and CEO of Lone Star Value Investors, an investment firm. He has 20 years of Wall Street experience, including 16 years in investment management and four years in investment banking. Prior to founding Lone Star, he served as a portfolio manager for 11 years, most recently at Soros Fund Management and prior to that at Viking Global Investors and Cumberland Associates. He is Chairman of the Board of Digirad and serves on the board of The Goldfield Corporation, NTS, On Track Innovations and Aetrium. He is the Treasurer and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Hope for New York.

Qualstar Appoints Board Member

Qualstar, a manufacturer of data storage solutions and high-efficiency power supplies, has appointed Gerald J. "Bud" Laber to its board. Laber spent 20 years with Arthur Andersen, as an audit partner with extensive experience in auditing public companies and dealing with financial statement disclosure and accounting matters. He has served on the board of directors of eight publicly-traded companies and currently serves on several boards including Scott's Liquid Gold, Smart Balance, and Allied Motion Technologies.

Founder and CEO of Endeca Technologies Joins Infinio Board

Founder and CEO of Endeca Technologies, Steve Papa was named chairman of the board for Cambridge start up, Infinio, the innovative provider of downloadable storage performance software. Papa founded Endeca in 1999 and served as CEO until its acquisition by Oracle in 2011. Prior to Endeca, Papa was part of the original MIT $50K team that created Akamai, a member of the early team at Inktomi in charge of creating the company's infrastructure caching business, and spent time at Teradata and also at Venrock, the Rockefeller Family's venture capital arm.

Pacific Software Sees Board Overhaul

John G. Simmonds was appointed as Chairman, CEO and President of Pacific Software, the company engaged in software development for both PC and mobile platform. Simmonds was previously appointed director of the Company in March this year. He has over 30 years’ experience as a senior public company executive. He began his career over 40 years ago with his family business, A.C. Simmonds & Sons and later co-founded CDN golf course operator. He has a track record of building teams and growing companies with a focus on operations.

Henry J. Kloepper, 63, was appointed as a member of the board. Henry J. Kloepper is a leading financier and has been involved in investment banking and corporate finance for over 30 years. He has enjoyed a long career in structured finance and investment banking, holding executive positions at Citibank Canada, JP Morgan, Security Pacific Bank (now Bank of America) and North American Trust (now Laurentian Bank). He is a director of publicly listed Mogul Energy International and is the COO of Via Bank.

Carrie J. Weiler, 53, was appointed as a member of the board and corporate secretary. Carrie Weiler has over 25 years of experience in public company management. She provides corporate secretarial services and administration to several public companies listed in the United States and Canada.

Bruce Thomsen, 73, resigned as President, Secretary and Director of Pacific Software. He is now CFO of the company. For past five years, he has been a self-employed business consultant through Asia Millennium Investments, where he serves as its President and CEO. In addition, he and his wife each owns 50 percent of Solutions For Life, a distributor of Shaklee products in the United States and China, and he serves as Chairman of the Board of Golden Peach Corporation, a company devoted to providing senior care management to active living facilities in Mainland China.

SupportSoft Director Steps Down

Michael Linton, 55, board member of SupportSoft, a leading provider of Real-Time Service Management (RTSM) software, will not stand for re-election to the Board. Linton has been the EVP, Enterprise CMO of Farmers Insurance since 2011. Prior to that, he was EVP, Marketing at FMN Technologies, an early stage technology start-up in Silicon Valley, since 2010. He was a consultant, advisor and columnist for, and held executive positions at eBay - including CMO and SVP for eBay Motors, eBay Canada,, eBay Stores and ProStores. Linton was EVP and CMO for Best Buy. He has served as a director of SupportSoft since 2010.

Xumanii Appoints CTO to Board

Xumanii, a US company that has developed proprietary technology for broadcasting live events in HD wirelessly from multiple cameras, has appointed CTO Jean-Francois Jauvin as director of the company. Prior to joining Xumanii, he was an integral part in developing tools and products for companies in the field of online marketing, security and web applications, pushing the boundaries of new technologies and computer programming.

WordStream Adds TripAdvisor Exec to Board

WordStream, whose software aims to help small- and medium-sized businesses earn more from paid search ads, has added a top TripAdvisor executive, Adam Medros, to its board of directors. Adam Medros is VP of global product at TripAdvisor, and has been with TripAdvisor since 2004 and has overseen the improvements to TripAdvisor’s core functionality, international expansion, and development of a wide variety of travel planning features, including TripAdvisor Mobile and the launch of successful TripAdvisor Facebook applications. Adam also led TripAdvisor’s launch of its “TripAdvisor Trip Friends” social feature and Facebook Instant Personalization on TripAdvisor. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Medros held Senior Analyst and Product Manager positions at, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the board of, MITX, and is an advisor to

Avid Technology CEO Joins Aspect Software’s Board

Aspect Software, a leading provider of fully-integrated customer interaction management, workforce optimization, and back-office solutions, named Louis Hernandez, Jr. to its Board of Directors. Hernandez is currently the President and CEO of Avid Technology, the leading provider of audio and video technology for creative and media professionals. Prior to Avid, Hernandez was Chairman and CEO for Open Solutions, a global provider of state-of-the-art enterprise technologies for financial institutions. Open Solutions was named one of the 25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies by Forbes Magazine during his tenure.

Walt Disney VP Joins Board of Online Entertainment Software and Services Firm

GigaMedia, online entertainment software and services firm, added Billy Huang, VP of The Walt Disney Company, to board 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 including CNN, Cartoon Network, and Discovery Channel. Prior to that, he was VP of Fantasmic International, a public relations and advertising firm in Taipei.

Symplified Adds Technology Vet to Board

Identification management software developer Symplified has named Gene Austin to its board of directors. Austin is President of Bazaarvoice and brings more than 30 years of experience, where he also served as president and CEO of Convio, where he was the driving force behind the company's success that led to an IPO and eventual sale to Blackbaud in May 2012.

Blucora Appoints PE Expert to Board

Blucora, a provider of leading online search and digital tax preparation solutions, elected David H.S. Chung to the Board of Directors. Chung brings more than 17 years of experience in private equity and public market investing. From 2006 to 2012, he was a partner at Blum Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on private equity and public strategic block investments. Prior to Blum Capital, he was a founder of Perspective Value Partners, a partner at Standard Pacific Capital, and a director/principal at KKR. Previously, he was a management consultant at McKinsey and an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist. He is currently a director of Payless Holdings and an alternate director of Xtralis Holdings. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Hamlin School, and SLS School.

Blue Nile Appoints Retail Industry Specialist as Director

Blue Nile, online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, added Mindy Meads, 61, to its Board of Directors. Previously, Meads was Co-CEO of Aeropostale, where she successfully reinvigorated the merchandise assortment and launched "P.S.", Aeropostale's Kid's Division. Prior to Aeropostale, she served as CEO and President of Victoria's Secret Direct. Before that, she held executive merchandising positions at Lands' End for 14 years, including CEO and President during her last two years. Earlier in her career, she held a wide range of executive and operating roles at Sears, Gymboree, The Limited and Macy's. She currently serves on two public boards, Wet Seal and Mela Sciences. In addition to her corporate work, she sits on the Board of Governors of HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) and the Board of Trustees of the Masters School.

TriZetto Goes Through Executive Shuffle as Chair/CEO Steps Down

Trace Devanny, chairman and CEO of TriZetto, the health-insurance software company, is leaving. Devanny’s departure comes just a month after TriZetto opened its new world headquarters in Douglas County. Devanny is leaving to “pursue other opportunities”. An executive search is underway for a permanent CEO. He served as CEO at TriZetto from 2010 and served as its President. Prior, he served as the President of Cerner and President and COO of ADAC Health Care Information Systems. Earlier, over a 17-year career at IBM, the healthcare experience he earned, which combined with his extraordinary record in sales, led to his appointment to lead its healthcare business in the Mid-Atlantic region. He served as Chairman and Director at TriZetto from 2011.

It also said that board member Vicky Gregg, 57, previously CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, will become non-executive chair. Gregg retired from her position as CEO in December 2012. Gregg offers strong credentials within the healthcare community, bringing 37 years of clinical, marketing, business development and executive leadership experience to the board. For nearly three decades, Gregg has served in general management positions with BlueCross BlueShield, Humana and various hospitals. Gregg currently serves on the corporate boards for First Horizon National Corporation and Team Health Holdings. Additionally, Gregg serves on several non-profit boards, including, the America's Health Insurance Plans Foundation, the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, and the Electric Power Board in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Date Range: April 24th - June 2nd

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