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Accenture Appoints GM Veteran to Board

Accenture appointed Jaime Ardila, 58, as a new director of the Company. Ardila first joined General Motors in 1984 and has been EVP and president of General Motors South America since 2010. Previously, he was president of GM's operations in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, and prior to that, he was VP and CFO for the Latin America, Africa and Middle East region. Over the course of his more than 25 years with GM, he also lived and worked in Europe and the United States. In addition, he was also with N M Rothschild & Sons for two years, establishing the investment bank's Colombian business before rejoining GM in 1998.

Former Symantec CEO Leaves ADP Board

Enrique T. Salem, 48, will not stand for re-election as a director of Automatic Data Processing. Salem is the former CEO and President of Symantec serving since 2009. Previous to that, he was COO, Group President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, President of Consumer Products, SVP of Consumer Products and Solutions and Security Products and Solutions, Chief Technical Officer and VP of the security and assistance business, SVP of Network and Gateway Security Solutions, SVP, Consumer Products and solutions (Veritas), President and CEO of Brightmail for Symantec. He served as VP of Security Pacific Merchant Bank, SVP of Products and Technology of Oblix, and VP of Technology and operations of Ask Jeeves.

Yahoo! Appoints Interim Chair and Former eBay COO as Permanent Board Chairman

Yahoo! has named its interim chair Maynard Webb Jr, 58, as new chairman of its board of directors. Webb has been a member of the Yahoo board since early 2012, and was appointed interim chairman earlier this year, replacing outgoing chairman Fred Amoroso. Webb is a veteran of the tech industry, having served as the former CEO of LiveOps, a provider of cloud contact center services, a position he held from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that, he also served as president of technology, and then COO, of eBay from 1999 to 2006. Earlier in his career, Webb also served as the CIO of Gateway.

Former AT&T Long-Timer Joins Sprint Board

Sprint has elected Sara Martinez Tucker, 56, to the board. Tucker is the president and CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative. Its programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are transforming teaching, schools and education in the U.S. Tucker most recently served as the Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, she worked for nine years as the CEO and president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). Prior to joining HSF in 1997, Tucker spent 16 years at AT&T, becoming the first Latina to reach the company's executive level.

Infosys Board Member and Americas/Manufacturing Head Departs

Infosys Technologies’ Member of the Board Ashok Vemuri, , has decided to leave. Vemuri was also the head of Infosys's America operations and the global head of its manufacturing and engineering services vertical. Prior to his current role, Ashok was instrumental in establishing and leading the company's Financial Services and Insurance global industry group. He joined Infosys in 1999 and has served in a number of leadership roles across the company.

Symantec Nominates Two New Directors

Symantec nominated Major General Suzanne Vautrinot, soon to retire as head of the Air Force component of the U.S. Cyber Command, and Anita Sands, who will be leaving UBS Wealth Management Americas after serving in several top positions, to board.

Previously, Vautrinot was special assistant, vice chief of staff of the Air Force; director of plans and policy, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Md.; and deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command - Network Warfare, U.S. Strategic Command, Fort George G. Meade.

Sands is the Head of WMA Change Leadership and a Group Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management Americas (WMA), where she oversees a team of 2,000 technology and operations staff. The former COO is currently a member of the WMA Operating Committee. Sands has held a number of important roles, including Head of Transformational Management, Operations & Technology at Citigroup; Head of Innovation and Process Design at the Royal Bank of; Director of CIBC Treasury at CIBC; and Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Industry Center.

CSC Elects New Board Members Replacing Retiring Directors

CSC elected two new board members, Nancy Killefer, 59, and Brian MacDonald, 48. Two current board members, Irving W. Bailey II, 70, and Stephen L. Baum, 70, have reached mandatory board retirement age and did not stand for re-election.

Killefer, a senior partner at McKinsey, who will be retiring at the end of the month, joined McKinsey in 1979. She founded and led its public sector practice. From 1997 to 2000, Killefer served as assistant secretary for management and CFO for the U.S. Department of Treasury.

MacDonald has served as president and CEO of ETP Holdco Corporation since 2012. Prior to Energy Transfer Partners’ acquisition of Sunoco, MacDonald served as chairman, president and CEO of Sunoco. MacDonald has also held senior executive positions with Dell, General Motors and Isuzo Motors Limited.

Retired HP Printing Vet Joins Harris’ Board

Harris Corporation, the international telecommunications equipment company, elected Vyomesh I. Joshi, 59, to its Board of Directors. Joshi retired in 2012 after a 32-year career at Hewlett-Packard, where he most recently was EVP of the company's Imaging and Printing Group. He joined HP in 1980 as a research and development engineer and went on to hold management positions of increasing responsibility within the company until his retirement. Joshi is a director of Wipro and served as a Director ofYahoo! from 2005 to 2012.

Xerox’s Senior Exec Joins as New Director of IDEXX

IDEXX Laboratories, the global market leader in diagnostics and IT solutions for animal health, elected Sophie V. Vandebroek, PhD., 51, as a member of the Company's Board of Directors. Vandebroek has been an executive with Xerox since 2002. Most recently, she has been serving as Xerox's CTO and Corporate VP, as well as President of the Xerox Innovation Group since 2006. She is responsible for overseeing Xerox's research centers in Europe, Asia, Canada and the US as well as the Palo Alto Research Center. Prior to her current positions, from 2002 to 2005, he was Chief Engineer of Xerox and VP of the Xerox Engineering Center.

E*TRADE Appoints Seasoned Banking and Securities Industries Exec to Board

E*TRADE Financial Corporation appointed Richard J. Carbone, 64, to the Company's Board of Directors. Carbone is EVP at Prudential Financial. He served as EVP and CFO of Prudential for 16 years before retiring from that position this year. Carbone has held senior finance office positions in both the banking and securities industries, including Managing Director and Controller of Salomon Brothers and SVP and Controller of Bankers Trust Company. He began his career at Price Waterhouse. He was an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972, serving as a platoon commander in Vietnam.

Retired Verizon EVP Joins Frontier Communications’ Board

Frontier Communications, the communications company that provides voice, data, Internet, and television services and products, elected Virginia P. Ruesterholz, former President of Verizon Services Operations, to its Board of Directors. Ruesterholz retired as EVP of Verizon Communications where she was responsible for overseeing key strategic initiatives. She previously served as President of Verizon Services Operations, President of Verizon Telecom, President of Verizon Partner Solutions, President of Verizon Wholesale Markets and held roles in regional operations and operations assurance.

Leading Internet Radio Service Company Elects Former Macromedia and HP Exec as Board Member

Pandora elected Elizabeth A. "Betsey" Nelson to the board of directors. Nelson has served on multiple boards of technology companies. She currently serves on the boards of Nokia and Brightcove. Other public company board experience includes serving as a director of, SuccessFactors, Autodesk, and CNET Networks. Nelson served as the EVP and CFO at Macromedia, where she also served as a director. Prior to joining Macromedia, Nelson held various roles in finance and corporate development at Hewlett-Packard.

Riverbed Technology Appoints Long-Timer to Board

Riverbed Technology, the technology company that specializes in improving the performance of networks and networked applications, appointed Eric Wolford, 46, to its board of directors. Wolford currently serves as Riverbed's President, Product Group. Wolford will be retiring from his daily responsibilities as a member of executive management in the fourth quarter of this year. He served as EVP, SVP and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Riverbed. Before that, he was the SVP of Marketing and Business Development for netVmg, VP of Product Marketing and Management at Inktomi Corporation and FastForward Networks (acquired by Inktomi), and served in various sales, marketing and product management roles at AT&T.

LifeLock Adds Facebook CMO to Board of Directors

LifeLock, proactive identity theft protection services firm, named Gary Briggs to the LifeLock Board of Directors. Briggs was recently appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, Briggs served as an advisor to the CEO of Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google. After Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Briggs served as SVP, overseeing all aspects of product and regional marketing, consumer research, communications, eCommerce and the Motorola Mobility brand and advertising. Previously he was Google’s VP of Consumer Marketing, overseeing Google’s marketing efforts for search, commerce, Google+,, and the Google brand. Briggs has held previous roles with eBay, Pepsi and IBM.

AVG Appoints New Board Member

AVG appoints Frank Esser, 54, as a new Independent Supervisory Director. Until recently, Esser served as Chairman and CEO at SFR, the leading French telecommunications operator. Previously he was CEO of international telecoms company Mannesmann Eurokom. Esser also served as a member of the management board of Vivendi, and was a member of the management board of the following subsidiaries of Mannesmann Eurokom: Omnitel, Infostrada, IOL, Telering, SFR, Cegetel, Passo, Ipulsys and

Former Business Objects COO Joins Fusion-io’s Board

Fusion-io, the ioMemory software defined storage solutions firm, appointed John F. Olsen, 61, as a director of the company. Olsen served as president and COO of Business Objects, a provider of business intelligence solutions, from 2001 to 2004, before becoming a private investor. He also served as a director of Borland Software Corporation from 2005 to 2009, and as chairman of that board from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining Business Objects, Olsen served as president and CEO of Marimba, a provider of Internet infrastructure management solutions, and before that as president of the Design Realization Group of Cadence Design Systems. Before joining Cadence in 1993, Olsen held the position of partner, Strategic Services, at KPMG Peat Marwick.

Sonus Networks Appoints Recognized Networking Industry Professional to Board

Sonus Networks, provider of networked solutions for communications service providers, appointed Pamela Reeve to its board of directors, to help accelerate the company's ambition to lead the global session border controller (SBC) growth category. From 1989 to 2004, Reeve was the president and CEO and a director of Lightbridge, a global provider of mobile business solutions, offering products and services for the wireless communications industry. Prior to joining Lightbridge in 1989, Reeve spent eleven years as a consultant and operations executive at Boston Consulting Group. In 2011 she was appointed by Governor Patrick to the board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Reeve was the founding CEO of, the Boston wireless initiative.

Nebula Appoints Seasoned Enterprise Technology Expert to Board

Nebula, the private cloud computing company, named industry veteran and former Veritas Software chairman and CEO Mark Leslie to the company’s board. During his tenure as CEO, Veritas experienced tremendous success—achieving the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company. Leslie is an investor and board member in various high tech start-ups and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, designed and developed the first software hypervisor while employed at IBM in 1969. In addition to Nebula, Leslie serves on the Boards of Directors of companies including Big Switch Networks and SugarCRM.

Date Range: August 4th - September 5th

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