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Google VP of Product Management and Head of Search for Google Play Store Depart

Google's VP of Product Management for Android, Hugo Barra, is leaving the company. Barra is joining Chinese company Xiaomi as Head of the company's International Business Development. During his five years stint at Google, Barra had been the constant public face of Android. Xiaomi, which entered smartphone segment just two years ago, recently displaced Apple in China. 

Ankit Jain left his position as head of Search and Discovery for the Google Play Web store. Prior to his time leading search for Google Play, Jain was a senior software engineer at Cuil, a search-engine start-up that was shuttered in 2010 after Google acquired the core members of the company’s team, including Jain.

Facebook Names Former Motorola and Google Exec as First CMO

Facebook named Gary Briggs as its first CMO. Briggs replaces VP of product marketing Eric Antonow, who has led Facebook’s marketing efforts since 2010. 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. Briggs has held previous roles with eBay, Pepsi and IBM.

Accenture Appoints GM Vet 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.

HP Shakes Up Enterprise Group and Marketing/Communications Leadership

Bill Veghte, 46, HP's COO, will become EVP and General Manager of the HP Enterprise Group, a role that will now include responsibility for the coordinated development of the company's portfolio of cloud solutions. Veghte is a proven technology executive with a wide range of experiences leading sales, services, marketing and engineering at scale. During his tenure at HP, he has run HP Software, held the responsibility of chief strategy officer and, over the last 15 months, served as HP's COO. Veghte will retain his current responsibility for the pan-HP cloud initiative. There are currently no immediate plans to select a new COO after Veghte transitions to his new role.

Veghte replaces Dave Donatelli, 48, who will take on a new role focused on identifying early-stage technologies as he did successfully with 3PAR and 3Com. Donatelli's new role will focus on identifying early-stage companies with new technologies, similar to HP Moonshot and HP StoreOnce, which he brought to market. Prior to becoming the EVP and General Manager of the HP Enterprise Group, Donatelli was EVP, ESSN (Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking). Before joining HP in 2009, Donatelli spent 22 years at EMC, most recently as President of the EMC Storage Division.

In a separate organizational move, HP will combine its Marketing and Communications organizations under the leadership of Chief Communications Officer Henry Gomez, 49. Gomez, who joined HP at the beginning of 2012, has extensive marketing and communications experience from his 27-year career. By combining both marketing and communications under Gomez's leadership, HP hopes to accelerate programs that will drive sales, build brand loyalty and help customers embrace the New Style of IT. In his expanded role, Gomez will keep responsibility for HP Government Relations.

The company's current CMO, Marty Homlish, 61, will become HP's Chief Customer Experience Officer, a new role that will focus on driving more consistent and high-value interactions with customers across all business units. He joined HP after more than 10 years at SAP, where he was the global CMO and corporate officer, as well as president and CEO of SAP Global Marketing. Prior to joining SAP, Homlish spent 15 years at Sony Corporation in several strategic roles, including President of Sony’s Media Solutions Company and the head of the Sony Electronic Corporate Marketing Services.

VMware Hires Recently Resigned Microsoft CIO in Same Position and Makes Other Senior Leadership Changes

Tony Scott, who recently left Microsoft, is joining VMware as SVP and CIO. Scott will manage VMware's corporate IT organization, a division of the firm that manages its critical systems and worldwide business operations. In Microsoft, Scott managed the internal IT operations for the past five years, leaving in June this year. Scott was hired by Microsoft in 2008, taking over for Stuart Scott. At Microsoft, Scott oversaw Microsoft’s migration from Siebel customer management software owned by Oracle and SAP’s ERP software to Microsoft’s own Dynamics software. He also tested the company’s Office 365 collaboration software and Windows Azure cloud software before the company commercialized them. Before Microsoft, Tony Scott led a major IT infrastructure upgrade at Walt Disney and served as CTO at General Motors and VP of Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

VMware also appointed Kevan Krysler, 42, to serve as its Principal Accounting Officer who joined as SVP, Chief Accounting Officer. He has most recently been a partner with KPMG, an accounting firm, since 2005 where he served both multi-national and emerging software and technology companies.

VMware named Sanjay Poonen as EVP and general manager of VMware’s End-User Computing business unit. In this role, Poonen is responsible for strategy, products, engineering and delivery across all of VMware’s end-user computing solutions. Most recently, Poonen was president and corporate officer of Platform Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP. During his more than seven years at SAP, Poonen held several executive-level roles in development and sales. Poonen started SAP’s analytics business in 2006, and led all of SAP’s platform solutions – analytics, database, big data and. Prior to SAP, Poonen held executive roles at Symantec, VERITAS and Informatica, and he began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft, followed by Apple.

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; Names Other Senior Leaders

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.

Yahoo! has appointed Ned Brody as SVP and Head of the Americas. Brody will be responsible for Yahoo's advertising business in North and South America. Brody has more than 25 years of experience leading and advising businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was the CEO of AOL Networks, which included AOL's global video, mobile and programmatic advertising businesses. He also served as global Chief Revenue Officer of AOL, responsible for the company's advertising businesses. Brody is a proven entrepreneur and has founded and led businesses across e-commerce and search.

Andre Christensen will be Yahoo’s new SVP of strategy and business operations. Previous to his new Yahoo position, Christensen spent more than 12 years at McKinsey, heading the Business Technology Practice in Canada and global-sourcing service line. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked for Capgemini as a project manager focusing on system integration and outsourcing and off-shoring for the telecom and financial sectors.

Yahoo also appointed Dawn Airey as SVP of EMEA operations. Christophe Parcot, who has served as Yahoo!'s interim lead of EMEA, will take on a new role with Yahoo! focused on expanding its business in the region. Airey has worked in television for 30 years and has held senior positions in the majority of the commercial broadcasters in the UK. Most recently, she was President of a unit of RTL Group. She joined in 2010 from the Broadcaster Five where, as Chairman and CEO, she oversaw all operations. Previously she was Managing Director of Global Content at ITV where she oversaw its UK and International production and content businesses. Prior to that, she was Managing Director, Channels & Services, at BSkyB. She has also held senior posts at Channel 4.

Former Google exec Bernardo Hernández González, has joined Yahoo to lead its Flickr photo-sharing unit. González most recently ran Zagat property at Google. González, a Spanish entrepreneur, has strong online product skills. He has been an active investor and founder of many Internet companies in Spain, including StepOne,, and

Salesforce Exec to Lead Technology Development at Kaseya

Kaseya, a leading provider of IT service management software, named Prakash Khot as CTO. Prior to joining Kaseya, Khot was the SVP of engineering at Salesforce, leading the big data and analytics, as well as the real-time collaboration efforts. Earlier, he was the founding CTO of Dimdim and AIM, acquired by Salesforce and CA, respectively.

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.

He will be replaced by Sanjay Jalona, currently the regional head for manufacturing in North America.

Nokia CEO to Join Microsoft

Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, 49, will move to Microsoft, as the company acquires Nokia's Devices & Services business. He will lead an expanded devices team inside Microsoft, responsible for both hardware and Microsoft's business in things like games and music. Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa will take over CEO duties while the Finnish firm is looking for a new CEO. Elop came to Nokia from Microsoft, where he ran the business division, which includes Microsoft's lucrative Office software. Before Microsoft, he ran the information systems of Juniper Networks, and ran field operations for Adobe, which makes tools for digital content. He came into Adobe from another acquisition, when Adobe purchased a company he ran called Macromedia.

Nokia's Developer Relations Chief Joins Amazon Web Services

Marco Argenti, SVP at Nokia who was heading the Developer and Marketplace experience is now leaving the company for an unspecified job with Amazon's Web services unit. Marco Argenti is a consumer technology industry veteran with over 25 years of experience. He spearheaded Nokia’s developer experience including Lumia device leading to many exclusive apps and bringing in more app developers to the Windows Phone platform.

CenturyLink Company Appoints Leaders for Europe

Savvis, a CenturyLink company and global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, has strengthened its international leadership team in Europe with the executive appointments of Ian Bryant, Eric McDougal and Nick Barley.

With 25 years of management experience, Ian Bryant joins Savvis as VP of advanced services in EMEA. He previously worked for Cognizant Technology Solutions, where he was responsible for the company's IT infrastructure services practice in Europe. Before that, Bryant spent more than 10 years at Capgemini, most recently as VP, responsible for central United Kingdom government outsourcing.

Eric McDougal joins Savvis as VP of sales, EMEA, having amassed an exceptional record of exceeding quota performance during his five years leading Savvis' sales team in the United States. Prior to joining Savvis, he served in various leadership positions with Daugherty Business Solutions, Wipro Technologies and CSC.

Nick Barley joins Savvis as VP of international marketing, covering EMEA and Asia Pacific. Barley has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, having held various senior leadership roles in international marketing for Microsoft, Oracle, Computer Associates and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, Barley served as VP, EMEA marketing, for Juniper Netwoks.

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.

Motorola Solutions Appoints iCFO as CFO Leaves

Motorola Solutions named Gino A. Bonanotte, 48, as acting CFO. Bonanotte will replace Ed Fitzpatrick, 46, who will be leaving the company. The company has initiated a search for a permanent CFO and is targeting to complete that process by the close of 2013. Bonanotte, previously corporate VP overseeing financial operations for the company's sales and product operations organization, joined Motorola in 1988 and has held a number of key global financial leadership positions in his 25 years with the company including corporate financial planning, supply chain, strategy and market business development, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Fitzpatrick was named EVP, CFO in 2011 and SVP, CFO in 2009. He was SVP, Corporate Controller and Acting CFO before that. He served as Corporate VP, Finance, Home and Networks Mobility business; VP, Finance, Home and Networks Mobility; VP, Finance and Controller, Networks and Enterprise;VP, Finance and Controller, Government and Enterprise Mobility Solutions.

SanDisk Appoints Enterprise Storage Solutions Leader

SanDisk acquired SMART Storage Systems, a developer of enterprise solid state drives based on the SATA and SAS storage protocols, to combine with SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions, which will be led by John Scaramuzzo. John has been the President of SMART Storage Systems and is a veteran of the storage industry with more than 25 years of experience at Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. John assumes the role of SVP, enterprise storage solutions.

TripAdvisor Names Divisional Head

TripAdvisor appoints Marc Charron as president of TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division of TripAdvisor that provides the tourism industry access to millions of TripAdvisor’s monthly site visitors. Charron led the regional growth of the company in the Asia Pacific, especially China. Charron joined TripAdvisor in 2006 as managing director for Europe. As the company's first international employee, he led the rollout and growth of local language sites and operations across Europe and set up the regional headquarters in London. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Charron served as VP of product marketing at SquareTrade and served as managing director of, Getz International Travel, and Danube Travel, all based in London.

Juniper Networks' CEO to Retire

Networking equipment giant Juniper Networks’ CEO Kevin R. Johnson, 52, is planning to retire. Johnson will stay at the helm until Juniper’s board finds a replacement. Johnson has been the CEO of Juniper for the last five years, and said he is stepping down because it’s a good time for the company to transition. Prior to Juniper Networks, Johnson was at Microsoft, where he served as President, Platforms and Services Division. He had been Co-President of the Platforms and Services Division, Group VP, Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Services, SVP, Microsoft Americas, and SVP, U.S. Sales, Marketing, and Services. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Johnson worked in the systems integration and consulting business of IBM, and started his career as a software developer. Johnson also serves on the board of Starbucks Corporation.

Equinix Appoints Americas’ Leader to Newly Created COO Role

Equinix, the provider of carrier-neutral data centers and internet exchanges, has appointed Charles Meyers, 47, formerly President of the Americas for Equinix, to the newly created role of COO. The addition of the COO function is part of a reorganization designed to align the company globally, the global sales, marketing, operations and client services functions now reporting to the COO. Currently Equinix has a search underway to fill the President of the Americas role. Meyers will provide continued leadership in this capacity until his replacement is hired. Prior to joining Equinix, Meyers was employed at VeriSign, most recently as Group President of Messaging and Mobile Media, and as a Product Group Executive for the Security and Communications portfolio. Prior to that, he held various positions at Level 3 Communications, including Group VP of Global Marketing, President of IP and Data Services and SVP, Softswitch Services.

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.

Alcatel-Lucent Appoints Ex-Goldman Sachs Partner as Chief Financial and Legal Officer

Alcatel-Lucent named Jean Raby as new Chief Financial and Legal Officer. Raby will replace current CFO Paul Tufano, who’s departure was announced earlier. Raby was previously a partner and managing director at the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, and before that worked as an associate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell between 1989 and 1996.

Rackspace Appoints First Ever Chief Customer Officer

Open cloud company Rackspace Hosting has appointed Taylor Rhodes as its first-ever Chief Customer Officer, leading the firm's Enterprise, SMB and International divisions. As CCO, Rhodes will lead Rackspace's Sales and Fanatical Support organizations globally. Formerly SVP and Managing Director of Rackspace International, Rhodes's mission as CCO is to bring the power of Rackspace's Hybrid Cloud portfolio, backed by Fanatical SupportR, to Rackspace's global markets. Rhodes will move from London to the Rackspace US office in San Antonio, Texas, to take up his new role.

Rackspace's VP of Enterprise Sales, Jeff Cotten, will move from Texas to Zurich to assume the Managing Director, International role. Since joining Rackspace in 2008, Cotten has served as a leader in the company's sales and support organization, and played a central role in building its Enterprise sales and sales enablement functions in the US. Formerly with EDS (now HP), Cotten has a depth of expertise serving large customers in the IT services market.

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.

Date Range: August 4th - September 5th

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