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Senior Apple Exec Steps Down to Work on Special Projects

Apple’s SVP of Technologies Bob Mansfield, 52, will step down, to work on special projects. Mansfield originally retired in June 2012, but returned to the company two months later to his most recent role. Mansfield presided over some of Apple’s toughest hardware-engineering jobs in the past decade, including a transition of its Mac personal computers to Intel chips and development of the iPad tablet. Mansfield was SVP of Mac Hardware Engineering, overseeing teams that delivered products such as the iMac and MacBook. Earlier in his career, he was senior director at SGI and VP of Engineering at Raycer Graphics, acquired by Apple in 1999.

Google China Chief Steps down; Company Names Replacement

Google China Country Manager Dr John Liu will step down after six years in the role. Liu will leave in August having presided over a period of great change for Google in China, which included the Internet giant’s controversial exit from the country in 2010 following allegations that the Chinese government hacked into email accounts belonging to activists.

Scott Beaumont, Director, EMEA Partnerships, will fill the void in China from mid-August. Beaumont will be acting as head of operations. He is the former CEO and Co-Founder of Refresh Mobile.

Microsoft Realigns to Enable Innovation at Greater Speed

Microsoft has made a major overhaul at the company to bring all divisions under one united strategy. The changes include senior management moving into new roles. To embrace the new strategy, Microsoft will now be organized by function: Engineering (including OS, Apps, Cloud, and Devices), Marketing, Business Development and Evangelism, Advanced Strategy and Research, Finance, HR, Legal and COO. The new teams and their leaders are...

Operating Systems Group - Terry Myerson is the new EVP of the Operating Systems group with responsibility for the strategy and development of operating systems. Myerson and his team will be responsible for building the software platform and experiences that are showcased in Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox devices worldwide. Prior to leading the Operating Systems group, Myerson led the Windows Phone Division. Previously, Myerson led the Exchange team for eight years, during which time it became the world's most popular business communications system. At age 21, Myerson founded Intersé, one of the first Web software companies. Myerson joined Microsoft when the company acquired Intersé in 1997.

Devices and Studios Group - Julie Larson-Green is the EVP, Devices and Studios group with responsibility for all hardware development including Xbox, Surface and accessories. She also oversees Microsoft Studios, which includes development of games, entertainment and premium content experiences for all devices across the company. In 20 years at Microsoft, Larson-Green has been involved in defining products and customer experiences that touch more than a billion people, from developer tools in her early years to multiple versions of Internet Explorer, Office and Windows. Larson-Green most recently led the product planning, design and delivery of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, including the transition to a more collaborative cross-company rapid development and updating process.

Applications and Services Group - As EVP of Microsoft's Applications and Services Group, Dr. Qi Lu will lead Microsoft’s business across productivity, communications, search and other information services. Until recently, Dr. Lu was the president of the Online Services Division, where he led the company's search, portal and online advertising efforts. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Lu spent 10 years as a Yahoo! senior executive. His roles included serving as the EVP of engineering for the company's Search and Advertising Technology Group where he oversaw the development of Yahoo!'s Web search and monetization platforms, and VP of engineering responsible for the technology development of Yahoo!'s search, e-commerce and local listings of businesses and products. Before joining Yahoo!, Dr. Lu worked as a research staff member at IBM's Almaden Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University, and was a faculty member at Fudan University in China.

Cloud and Enterprise Group - Satya Nadella is the new EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. Nadella and his team deliver the “Cloud OS”, Microsoft’s next generation backend platform. Previously, Nadella was president of Microsoft’s $19 billion Server and Tools Business and led the transformation of the business and technology from client-server software to cloud infrastructure and services. Prior roles include SVP of R&D for the Online Services Division and VP of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Microsoft Business Solutions Group - Kirill Tatarinov is now EVP of the Microsoft Business Solutions Group, responsible for the Microsoft Dynamics business across development, sales, marketing and operations. Prior joining MBS in 2007, Tatarinov led the Management and Solutions Division at Microsoft, where he was in charge of the Microsoft Windows management technologies and products, including Microsoft System Center, as well as Windows Server solutions. Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Tatarinov was SVP and CTO for BMC Software. Before that, Tatarinov was co-founder, chief architect, and head of R&D for Patrol Software, the developer of innovative software solutions for systems and network management acquired by BMC in 1994. Before co-founding Patrol Software, Tatarinov worked in several systems, networking and consulting companies in Russia, Israel and Australia.

Advanced Strategy and Research Group - Eric Rudder is EVP of Microsoft’s Advanced Strategy and Research group, responsible for the company’s overall technical strategy, technology policy and forward-looking development efforts. He oversees Microsoft Research, one of the world's premier computer science research organizations, as well as the company’s Trustworthy Computing group, Technology Policy group, Startup Business group, and the Strategic Software and Silicon Architectures team. Previously, Rudder served as SVP of Server and Tools and was responsible for leading the company's outreach to the developer community. Rudder and his team delivered the overall programming model for the .NET platform and created the best tools for the developer and designer communities. Rudder also served as VP of Technical Strategy working directly with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on the company’s technical planning. His past roles at Microsoft have spanned networking, operating systems and developer tools in both leadership and technical capacities.

Marketing Group - Former Windows CFO Tami Reller will lead all marketing with the field relationship as EVP, Marketing group. Since joining Microsoft in 2007, Reller has held several positions within the company. Most recently, she was both CMO and CFO for the Windows division. Reller began her career in technology at Great Plains Software in 1984 while still in college. She had a number of leadership positions within the company, including CFO, a position she held at the time of Microsoft’s acquisition of Great Plains Software in 2001.

Mark Penn will take a broad view of marketing strategy, and will lead with Tami Reller, the newly centralized advertising and media functions. Penn is EVP of the Advertising and Strategy group. Previously, Penn was worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, serving as senior adviser to global corporate and political leaders including Bill Gates, Bill Ford, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Bill Clinton.

Business Development and Evangelism Group - Tony Bates, former head of Microsoft's Skype division, takes a bigger role as the EVP, business development and evangelism group. Bates will focus on partnerships like Yahoo and Nokia, while taking the many evangelist groups at Microsoft under his control. Before leading the Business Development and Evangelism group, Tony was the president of Microsoft’s Skype Division and the CEO of Skype prior to its acquisition in October of 2011. Before running Skype, Bates was SVP and general manager of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Group as well as leader of its service provider and high-end router business units. Before Cisco, Bates spearheaded the backbone-engineering strategy for Internet MCI. He also served as a member of the board of YouTube and LoveFilm. Bates has more than 25 years of experience in the Internet and telecommunications industries, and he has published 12 IETF RFCs in the areas of Internet routing and operations. He also holds 10 patents in the area of Layer 2 and Layer 3 network innovations.

Senior execs who continue in their roles:

COO - Kevin Turner will continue leading the worldwide sales, field marketing, services, support, and stores as well as IT, licensing and commercial operations.

Finance Group - Amy Hood will centralize all product group finance organizations. SMSG finance, which is geographically diffuse, will report to Kevin Turner with a dotted line to Hood.

Legal and Corporate Affairs Group - Brad Smith will continue as General Counsel with responsibility for the company's legal and corporate affairs and will map his team to the new organization.

HR Group - Lisa Brummel will lead Human Resources and map her team to the new organization.

- As part of these changes, Kurt DelBene will be retiring from Microsoft. Kurt has been a huge part of the success in evolving Office to be a great cloud service, and was a key member of the leadership team. He is a 20+ years Microsoft veteran.

Craig Mundie will be stepping off the SLT to devote his time to a special project through the end of this calendar year. Beginning in 2014, he will continue as a consultant through his previously agreed upon departure date at the end of calendar 2014. He is Microsoft’s former Chief Research and Strategy Officer.

Also at this time, Rick Rashid will step away from his role of Chief Research Officer, Microsoft Research and move into a new role driving core OS innovation in the operating systems group. After joining Microsoft in 1991, Rashid served as director and VP of the Microsoft Research division and was promoted to his current role in 2000.

Microsoft Brazil Appoints New Boss

Microsoft appoints Mariano de Beer as new President of its Brazil operations. De Beer is currently Chief Executive of Education at media conglomerate RBS, where he focuses on new business development. However, the executive's most noteworthy job to date was at Telefônica (now Vivo), where he served for more than 14 years and held various positions including COO.

The current Microsoft Brazil President Michel Levy will remain at the company to support de Beer in the transition process.

IBM Appoints New General Manager for East Africa

Nicholas Nesbitt, founder and former CEO of Kenya’s largest call centre Kencall, has been named IBM’s Country General Manager for East Africa. Nesbitt takes over from Anthony Mwai who is taking up a new role in IBM’s South African operation. Among other positions, Nesbitt is a board member of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Central Bank Of Kenya (CBK), Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), AMREF flying doctors, Multimedia University, Gateway Insurance and Kenya School of Monetary Studies.

Oracle Appoints New Head of Asian Operations

Software giant Oracle named Adrian Jones as General Manager and SVP, Oracle Asia Pacific. Prior to this appointment, Jones was SVP for Hardware Sales for Oracle Asia Pacific and Oracle Japan, overseeing the planning, strategy, and execution of the company's hardware sales and revenue growth across the region. Before joining Oracle, he was SVP of Enterprise Servers, Storage, and Networking for Hewlett-Packard, and VP and General Manager of HP's Americas Solution Partners. Before joining HP, he was SVP of Worldwide Sales and Services at McDATA and VP of Worldwide Sales for Quantum Corporation.

Facebook’s Long-time Head of North American Sales Leaves

Tom Arrix, Facebook’s long-time head of North American sales, is leaving the company. Arrix joined Facebook in 2006. Facebook Ad Chief Carolyn Everson will take over Arrix’s role until a replacement is found. Arrix previously served as SVP of Advertising Sales at Univision Online, SVP of Sales & Client Services at CBS Arrix began his sales career with Turner Broadcasting Systems in 1991, where he was rapidly promoted to VP of Turner Sports. He has been a Director of Interactive Advertising Bureau since 2011.

SAP Co-CEO to Step down from Role; Company Sees Other Leadership Changes

SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe, 48, will move from executive board to supervisory board next year, leaving American co-CEO Bill McDermott, 50, as sole chief. In 2010, Snabe and McDermott took over as SAP's leaders from long-time CEO Leo Apotheker. Snabe has been an executive board member for five years.

Snabe has overseen the growth of SAP's business that included acquisitions of SuccessFactors, Sybase and Ariba and the release of the HANA in-memory database platform. He has been with the company for more than 20 years, holding various management positions in sales and development, including Managing Director of the SAP Nordic region and General Manager for industry solutions development globally. Snabe has worked for SAP since 1990, excluding a stint at IBM Denmark from 1994 to 1996. He has served on the Board of Mannaz A/S until 2009 and on the Supervisory Board of Crossgate AG until 2010. He is Member of the Board of Linkage A/S and Thrane & Thrane A/S.

Sanjay Poonen, SAP’s head of mobile, will leave the company. He served as President of Global Solutions Go-To-Market, General Manager of SAP analytics Business Unit at SAP, SVP - Worldwide Marketing of Informatica, SVP of Symantec/Veritas, VP and General Manager of the Applications Business Unit at Informatica, and held senior management roles in product strategy, marketing and business development at Alphablox, served in strategy, marketing and engineering positions at Apple Computer, Taligent, and RegisPoonen McKenna Group. He started his career as a software engineer at Microsoft, working on early forms of Microsoft Exchange.

CFO Werner Brandt, who has announced he’ll step down next year, will be replaced by Luka Mucic, the CFO for Global Customer Operations and head of Global Field Finance at SAP. As head of Global Finance, Mucic is now responsible for Global Finance Infrastructure; Enterprise Analytics and Innovative Solutions; Global Governance, Risk and Compliance; Global Tax; Global Treasury; Global Field Finance; and Cloud Finance. Earlier he served as CFO of SAP’s DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and SAP Deutschland. Prior to that, he served in various executive roles within the Global Finance and Administration board area, overseeing M&A activities, heading SAP’s Global Risk Management organization, and leading the legal function of SAP Markets Europe. He began his career at SAP in 1996 as a member of SAP’s Corporate Legal department, where he focused on corporate and commercial law.

SAP also appointed 21-year industry veteran Andrew Pitcher to the new role of SVP and GM for Financial Services in APAC and Japan. Pitcher will lead and build on SAP’s rapid regional growth in the banking, insurance and capital markets and will be based in Singapore. Before joining SAP, he spent 17 years with Accenture and previously worked with National Australia Bank as a retail and commercial banker.

SAP Appoints SuccessFactors’ A/NZ Area VP

SAP has named Tony Armfield as Area VP for SuccessFactors Cloud business in Australia and New Zealand to reinforce the goal to bring benefits of Cloud computing. Armfield is replacing Robert Yue, who has taken on a role with Jive Software. Armfield brings more than 25 years’ experience in New Zealand, England and Australia in the computer software and digital media industries. He joins SAP from, where he served as enterprise sales VP. He has also held senior executive positions at CA Pacific and SAP UK.

EMC Appoints Federal Division CTO

EMC appointed William D. Green, 59, to its Board. Green is the former Chairman of Accenture. From 2006 until his retirement in February 2013, Green served as Chairman of Accenture. From 2004 through 2010, he served as Accenture's CEO. Green joined Accenture in 1977 and became a partner in 1986. Green has been a Director of McGraw-Hill Financial since 2011.

Paul Austin was appointed Federal Division CTO at the company. Austin is an integral part of the Federal Division and acts as a Senior Manager, Chief Technologist, and technical mentor. He formerly served as Global Presales Lead, Flash Business Unit; Global SE Manager; Sr. Practice Manager at EMC, which he joined in 2006.

HP Appoints Three New Board Members

HP appoints Robert R. “Dob” Bennett, 55, former president and CEO of Liberty Media Corporation; Raymond E. Ozzie, 57, former chief software architect of Microsoft and founder of Talko; and James A. Skinner, 67, former vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s and current chairman of Walgreen, as new board members.

Bennett is the former president and CEO of Liberty Media Corporation. He was one of the founding executives of Liberty, serving as the principal financial officer from its inception. He currently is principal of Hilltop Investments, a family investment company. Bennett also served as president of Discovery Holding Company, when it was merged with Discovery Communications. Bennett worked with Tele-Communications, in a variety of financial positions and with The Bank of New York. He currently serves on the boards of Liberty Media Corporation, Discovery Communications, Sprint Corporation and Demand Media.

Raymond E. Ozzie left his role as Microsoft's chief software architect in 2010 and founded Talko, a firm focused on a new generation of mobile communications applications and services. Ozzie was Microsoft's chief technical officer, a role he took up when Microsoft acquired Groove Networks, a collaboration software firm Ozzie formed in 1997. Before Groove, Ozzie was a founder and president of Iris Associates, before which, he contributed to the development of Lotus Symphony. He currently serves on the board of Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

James A. Skinner has served as a member of the Walgreen board since 2005, and was appointed non-executive chairman in 2012. He is the retired vice chairman and CEO of McDonald's. Before his promotion to McDonald's CEO in 2004, Skinner served as vice chairman overseeing restaurant operations in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. After serving in the U.S. Navy for nearly 10 years, Skinner began his career with McDonald's in 1971 as a restaurant manager trainee. He currently serves on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities and Illinois Tool Works. Skinner also is a member of several civic and business organizations, including The Economic Club of Chicago. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Museum of Science and Industry.

Lockheed Martin Appoints Leader for Information Systems and Global Solutions Biz and New CISO

Chandra McMahon has been appointed VP of Commercial Markets for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions business. McMahon will be responsible for leading Lockheed Martin's unique Cyber Security capabilities and associated portfolio of IT solutions including Cloud, Big Data and Mobility to our commercial clients. McMahon has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, most recently as the corporation's Chief Information Security Officer. Her previous experience includes a variety of information technology leadership roles including the development and delivery of commercial solutions and services.

Jim Connelly will succeed McMahon as the Chief Information Security officer for the corporation. Previously Connelly served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer with responsibility for global Security Intelligence Centers and overall corporate network defense.

Yahoo! Board Members Resign; Company Loses Media Head

Daniel Loeb, 51, Harry Wilson, 41, and Michael Wolf, 51, are leaving Yahoo's board. Daniel Loeb, CEO at Third Point investment fund, who uncovered the degree scandal, was elected to the board in 2012, along with the other two members who leave. Harry Wilson, who is CEO of MAEVA Group, is a former Treasury Department official and President Obama's Auto Industry Task Force and hedge fund executive. Michael J. Wolf is founder and managing partner of ACTIVATE, a technology and strategy firm and former President and COO of MTV Networks, is elected.

Mickie Rosen, head of global media at Yahoo, who was responsible for properties including Yahoo News, Sports and Finance, is leaving the company. Rosen, who joined Yahoo in 2011, has been the top media executive since the departure of former interim CEO Ross Levinsohn in 2012. Rosen oversaw Yahoo's content and commerce businesses, including powerful media properties Yahoo Sports, Movies, News, Shine and OMG!. Prior to joining the internet giant, she worked with Levinsohn at Fuse Capital as an investment partner, and at Fox Interactive Media as SVP entertainment. Previously, she spent time at Fandango and McKinsey.

Dell Makes Changes in Finance Leadership

Yvonne McGill, 46, VP, Corporate Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Dell, has been appointed to the position of VP, CFO for Asia Pacific and Japan. Prior, McGill served as VP and Chief of Staff for the Business Operating Team; VP, Finance for Global Public and Large Enterprise; VP, Finance for Global Public; VP of Finance for Large Enterprise; and VP of Finance for North America Public, at Dell. Prior to joining Dell, McGill spent three years at ManTech as Assistant Controller and five years at Price Waterhouse providing audit and accounting services to a variety of technology companies.

Thomas W. Sweet, 53, is the new VP, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Dell. Sweet was most recently as VP, Corporate Finance and Controller of Dell. Prior to that, he served as VP, Corporate Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Dell since 2007, in which position he was responsible for Dell's accounting compliance functions. Previously, he served as VP, Finance, supporting Dell's Education, Government and Healthcare business units and VP, Internal Audit, leading the worldwide audit team and overseeing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities. Prior to joining Dell, he spent 13 years at Price Waterhouse, providing audit and accounting services to a variety of technology companies.

Intuit’s Finance Head Retires

Jeff P. Hank, 52, VP, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Intuit will retire from the company soon. Previously he served as VP, Corporate Controller from 2005 to 2012. He joined Intuit in 2003 as Director, Accounting Principles Group. From 2002 until 2003, Hank was an Audit Partner at KPMG. From 1994 until 2002, Hank was an Audit Partner at Arthur Andersen.

Symantec Adds New Leaders to Senior Executive Team

Symantec has recently appointed new members to its senior executive team who bring in deep expertise in areas spanning security, cloud, end-user sensibility and customer experience. New CMO Manny Kostas joins from Polycom, where he led the Worldwide Product and Program Management organization, after more than two decades in senior leadership roles with HP. In his role as SVP of marketing and strategy for HP, Manny led their printing and web services business with market leadership in every category.

Colleen Lacter has been appointed Chief Communications Officer. She will be responsible for enhancing corporate reputation, product awareness and thought leadership equity by influencing stakeholder perceptions. Lacter left Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft’s agency of record, where she served as a member of the executive leadership team and launched many key products, including Windows 95, Internet Explorer, MSN and Bing.

Julie Talbot-Hubbard, Chief Security Officer will help establish and drive strategy for maintaining information security, business resiliency and physical security programs to ensure that the resources, infrastructure and assets are properly protected – with the company’s products. She was most recently the chief information security officer for The Ohio State University. She was a Symantec customer at Cardinal Health and Bank One/JP Morgan Chase and has deep firsthand knowledge about implementing and using the company’s products.

Matt Lynch, SVP of eBusiness is responsible for shifting and broadening Symantec’s online experience with customers, prospects and partners as the company makes the transition from eCommerce into eBusiness. He was most recently COO at, an subsidiary. Matt has held other management positions at, as well as at Microsoft and General Mills.

Stephen McHenry, SVP of Cloud Platform Engineering will be responsible for building Symantec’s global cloud infrastructure and offerings, including the scalable cloud infrastructure strategy. He has held titles of CIO and CTO as well as engineering chancellor at Google. His responsibilities at Google included leading the security engineering teams responsible for ensuring the 24/7 operations of 42 different infrastructure services. Prior to Google, he also held roles at Silverturn Internet, Netflix and Emasys.

CA Hires New CMO from Juniper Networks

CA named Lauren P. Flaherty as EVP and CMO. Before joining CA, Flaherty was EVP and CMO at Juniper Networks, which she joined in 2009. Previously, Flaherty was CMO at Nortel Networks. She also spent more than 25 years at IBM in a number of senior positions.

FIS Appoints Former NYSE Euronext CIO to Lead Strategy and Thought Leadership Initiatives

Banking software and tools company Fidelity National Information Services added Dr. Peter Leukert to its senior leadership team. As part of his new role, Dr. Leukert will lead the company's strategy and thought leadership initiatives related to the unique transformational needs of global financial institutions. Dr. Leukert will also leverage his extensive industry expertise to lead the Capco Institute, which focuses on provocative debate between academics, regulators and practitioners and also publishes the Capco Journal of Financial Transformation. Prior to joining FIS, Dr. Leukert was the Global CIO of NYSE Euronext. Before that, he was CIO of Commerzbank, Germany's second largest bank, and also served as a partner at McKinsey’s Center of Competence for Business Technology.

Xerox CIO Leaves for Bechtel; Company Appoints New MD for UK and Ireland

Xerox’s VP and CIO since January 2012, Carol Zierhoffer, is leaving the company to join Bechtel as their Global CIO. Zierhoffer joined Xerox from ITT Corporation where she served as VP and Global CIO. Prior to this appointment, she had a 20-year career at Northrop Grumman, where she held the role of VP and CIO for three Northrop Grumman sectors.

Xerox appointed Darren Cassidy as Managing Director for its UK and Ireland operations. Cassidy will oversee the expansion of the printer specialist’s large enterprise organisation. He previously worked as VP, Offer and Business Development for Xerox Managed Print Services, a position he assumed in January 2012 following ten years in leadership roles at Xerox. In his previous role, Cassidy was instrumental in the successful launch and global roll out of Xerox’s managed print service offering among its channel partners, accrediting 600 partners globally in just three years.

He replaces Alan Charnley, who held country manager roles in Netherlands, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, India, Russia and Africa at Xerox for ten years.

TripAdvisor Appoints Senior Communications Exec from American Express

Online travel research company TripAdvisor appointed Desiree Fish to the position of VP, Global Communications. Fish will be responsible for leading TripAdvisor's communications efforts in markets worldwide. Fish spent the past 13 years of her career at American Express where she most recently held the position of VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications. Since joining American Express in 2000, Fish led a number of highly visible public relations programs, including the launch of more than a dozen American Express cards and benefits.

Red Hat Appoints VMware Exec as VP of Global Strategic Alliances

Red Hat named Scott Musson as new VP of Global Strategic Alliances, responsible for Red Hat's global alliance, system integrator and independent software vendor (ISV) relationships. Musson joins Red Hat from VMware, where he most recently served as their senior director of Global Strategic Alliances responsible for developing and executing a strategic and technical alliance collaboration model, which leveraged key partner strengths and initiatives. Before joining VMWare, Musson established a proven track record as a leader with posts at other IT companies including NCR, HP and Dell.

Rackspace Hosting Hires CMO from VMware; President Steps Down

Web hosting and cloud hosting provider Rackspace Hosting has named IT industry veteran Rick Jackson CMO. In this role, Jackson will lead Rackspace’s global marketing strategy and execution as the company works to strengthen its leadership position around hybrid cloud. Jackson has over 25 years of IT industry experience, most recently serving as CMO at VMware, where he was responsible for leading the company’s global marketing strategy since early 2009. Prior to joining VMware, Jackson served in the role of CMO at Borland Software and BEA Systems. Jackson was also an early advocate of hybrid cloud computing, and shares Rackspace’s enthusiasm for open source-based cloud technologies and customer choice.

Lew Moorman, President of Rackspace, has stepped down from his position, in order to deal with multiple family health issues. Moorman has been with the company for 13 years. He has played an important role in developing OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform that Rackspace and NASA jointly founded three years ago. Moorman joined the company in 2000 and has served in a variety of strategy and marketing roles throughout the company's growth. Before joining Rackspace, Moorman held several positions at the management consulting firm McKinsey, advising high technology clients on critical strategic issues.

Senior Executives Leave BlackBerry

BlackBerry EVP David Smith is leaving the company. Smith was in charge of the PlayBook tablet. He served as EVP, Enterprise Mobile Computing. Earlier he served as SVP, VP and Director of Product management. He joined the company from Nortel in 2005, where he served as Director, Marketing & Programs, Wireless. His resignation follows a string of other BlackBerry departures.

Richard Piasentin, former VP of U.S. sales, is no longer with the company. He served as VP and Managing Director, US Sales, Marketing and Operations at BlackBerry, Global VP Commercial Operations Handheld at RIM, Global VP Commercial Operations and Sales transformation at Nortel, Global VP Commercial Operations at Nortel, VP, 3rd Party Products and Services at Nortel, VP North Eastern Europe at Nortel, Director, Vodafone Global account at Nortel.

Two executives in charge of key functions at BlackBerry have also left the company. T.A. McCann, a VP in charge of all social networks at BlackBerry, left the company. McCann joined the company when it acquired his contact-management company Gist in 2011. Soon afterward, he was put in charge of developing and maintaining the Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn applications on BlackBerrys. He was also responsible for the company's popular instant messaging tool, BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM.

Marc Gingras, whose social-calendar company was acquired by BlackBerry in 2011, also left the company. Gingras was tasked with retooling the calendar and contacts applications for BlackBerry 10, the phone maker's new operating system. People familiar with the matter said Gingras was the driving force behind one of the new phones' more well-received features: the "hub." The feature lets phone users check all their messages in one place without closing other applications.

International Game Technology Appoints Board Member with Financial Acumen

Electronic gaming equipment and systems products company International Game Technology named Eric Brown, 47, to the Company's Board of Directors. Brown is COO, CFO and EVP of Polycom. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Electronics for Imaging. Prior to his current position, Brown demonstrated his financial acumen serving as CFO for several publicly-traded technology companies, including Electronic Arts, McAfee, and MicroStrategy.

Date Range: July 9th - August 3rd

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