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Seagate’s CTO to Leave; Operations Head to take up Responsibility

Robert W. Whitmore, 50, EVP and Chief Technology Officer of electronic data storage products company Seagate Technology. Whitmore will work with William D. Mosley, 44, EVP, Operations to ensure a smooth transition. The functions previously under Whitmore’s oversight will become the responsibility of Mosley as the EVP responsible for the Company’s Operations and Research & Development. Whitmore will remain at the Company in a senior technical advisory capacity.

Whitmore has been the CTO and EVP of Seagate since 2011. He also served as an EVP of product and process development. He was the CEO of New SAC, SVP of product and process development, SVP of product development engineering for enterprise, personal and consumer storage, VP of enterprise storage design engineering, and served as VP for Twin Cities manufacturing operations of Seagate, where he was responsible for all enterprise storage products.

Mosley has served as EVP operations since 2011. Prior to that, he was as EVP sales and marketing; EVP sales and marketing and product line management; SVP global disk storage operations; VP, R&D, engineering; senior director, R&D, engineering; director, R&D, engineering; and manager, operations and manufacturing. Prior to joining Seagate, Mosley was a research physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a senior engineer at Micropolis and Conner Peripherals.

Seagate Cloud Subsidiary EVault Appoints Leaders for Worldwide Operations and Brazilian Market

EVault, the online backup & cloud storage services subsidiary of Seagate, named Brett Flinchum as VP of Worldwide Operations. A seasoned business leader with more than 15 years of operations experience, he will lead EVault's worldwide operations department, which is responsible for business services, IT operations, technical support, and customer and expert services. Prior to joining EVault, Flinchum was COO at MegaPath Corporation, formerly Covad Communications.

The company also appointed Joao Alberto Simoes to manage EVault operations in Brazil. Simoes, a business leader with more than 20 years of experience in Brazil and Latin America with national and multinational companies, will be responsible for developing and growing EVault's presence and business in Brazil, one of the key markets in Latin America. Prior to joining EVault, Simoes was Brazil Toughbook Area Manager at Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, where he was responsible for startup sales operations in Brazil, from planning to product launch, pricing strategy, and for building the distribution structure and channel sales program. Simoes worked for VIVIO-Telefonica for almost 10 years prior to his time with Panasonic. During his tenure at VIVO-Telefonica he managed some of their largest corporate customers, helping to grow their business across Latin America.

Brocade VP, Americas Sales Resigns; Company Appoints CTO and Customer-Focused/Operational Leader

Supplier of networking equipment Brocade Communications’ VP of Americas sales, Tom Ellery is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Previously, he served as VP Enterpise Sales, VP of Global Sales Operations and Sr. Director America's Enterprise Sales at Brocade. Before joining Brocade, he was District Sales Manager at EMC and earlier served as EVP Sales and Marketing at SensAble Technologies and Sales exec at Tektronix.

Brocade appointed Gale England to the newly formed position of VP of customer advocacy and operational effectiveness. In this role, he is responsible for driving operational efficiencies in the company's global programs, internal processes, and IT, all with the goal of creating a world-class customer experience. Prior to joining Brocade, Mr. England was the SVP Global Operations and Quality at Grass Valley, where he managed the rollout of services and technologies that improved the company's manufacturing, ordering, logistics, supply chain and quality processes. At Sonus Networks he served as VP of Product Operations and was responsible for improving supply chain management, as well as production cycle times.

Ken Cheng will take on the role of CTO and VP of Corporate Development going forward, replacing Dave Stevens. Cheng was VP of routing, application delivery and software networking group at Brocade, responsible for the overall vision, strategy, and execution of the routing, application delivery and software businesses. He joined Brocade in 2008, through the company's acquisition of Foundry Networks. During his 12-year tenure at Foundry, he held a variety of executive management positions. Prior to that, he served as COO and VP of engineering for DG Systems (now DG FastChannel), a content distribution network company that operates large network for media distribution. Cheng also held senior engineering management positions at Network Equipment Technologies (NET) and Bell Northern Research (later Nortel Labs).

Mellanox Names Lead Director as Chairman

Mellanox Technologies, the fabless semiconductor company that produces and supplies interconnect products that facilitate data transmission between servers, storage systems and communications infrastructure equipment, named Irwin Federman, 76, as non-executive chairman. He has served as a member of Mellanox's Board since its inception in 1999, and is currently the company's lead director. Federman has been a general partner of U.S. Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, since 1990. Before that, he was a managing director of Dillon Read & Co. and a general partner in its venture capital affiliate, Concord Partners. Federman served as president and CEO of Monolithic Memories, which was acquired by AMD in 1987.

QLogic in CEO Shuffle

Storage networking products developer QLogic is in the midst of a CEO shuffle. President and CEO Simon Biddiscombe, 45, has resigned from his position. The board has appointed CFO Jean Hu, 49, as CEO on an interim basis. She currently serves a SVP and CFO. She oversees all company financial matters and will retain her CFO responsibilities during the interim period. She has more than 18 years of financial and corporate development experience, including her most recent position as SVP, CFO and treasurer of Conexant Systems. Prior to joining QLogic, she served at Conexant and its predecessor company, Rockwell International, since 1997 and held various senior-level executive positions in financial planning, strategy, and corporate development.

Spansion Appoints Divisional Head

Flash memory semiconductors company Spansion appointed Robin J. Jigour as SVP and general manager of the company's Flash Memory Business Group. Jigour has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with companies such as Intel, ICT, Nexcom, ISSI and NexFlash. In the mid-1990s, Jigour pioneered the industry's first Serial Flash memories, a market segment with annual sales of over $1.3 billion and growing. In the mid-2000s, he defined and introduced the market's first Multi-I/O (Dual and Quad) Serial Flash memories, setting the standard that is widely used in the industry today. Most recently, Jigour was VP of Flash Memory marketing at Winbond, where he played a key role in starting the company's Serial Flash memory business in 2005 and growing it to approximately $370 million in 2012.

Cisco Exec Joins Harmonic as SVP WW Sales

Video infrastructure solutions company, Harmonic, appointed George Stromeyer as the company's SVP of WW sales.  Leading Harmonic's global sales network, Stromeyer will develop and implement a strategy for driving additional revenue opportunities within the broadcast, cable, satellite, telco, media, and post-production markets. Prior to joining Harmonic, Stromeyer most recently headed worldwide sales efforts for Cisco's $2 billion information security business. During his career at Cisco, he also led the company's European cable, digital media, and IPTV service provider sales division through a growth period. Before that he served as the MD of Scientific Atlanta's Latin America business. Prior to joining Scientific Atlanta, he spent ten years with Raychem Corporation, in various sales management and product marketing management roles in Europe and the US, focused on solutions for the communications industry.

Emulex Names Head of WW Sales for Endace Division

Provider of a range of network convergence solutions Emulex appointed Todd Palmer as Head of Worldwide Sales for the company's Endace division. Palmer brings more than a decade of experience from NetApp and Computer Associates in building and executing multi-channel go-to-market strategies to grow market share, achieve profit goals and accelerate growth. Most recently, Palmer served as the VP of channel sales at NetApp, focused on channel enablement and initiatives to drive profitable growth for NetApp and their partners. Prior to NetApp, Palmer worked at CA as the VP of the worldwide channel marketing and partner program and in various sales managerial roles.

Exar Adds Analog Mixed-Signal Product Veteran to Team

Exar Corporation, the integrated circuits and advanced sub-system solutions provider for networking & storage, named Parviz Ghaffaripour as SVP of Connectivity and Power Management Products. Ghaffaripour most recently served as CEO of Akros Silicon a privately funded power management company. Prior to Akros, he was COO at Advanced Analogic Technologies which was acquired by Skyworks. Ghaffaripour has held technical and executive management roles at Maxim Integrated Products and National Semiconductor.

Date Range: May 14th - June 22nd

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