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Apple Names Burberry CEO as SVP, Retail and Online Stores

Apple appointed Angela Ahrendts, 53, CEO of Burberry, to a newly created position, as SVP, Retail and Online Stores. Ahrendts will have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both Apple retail and online stores, which have redefined the shopping experience for hundreds of millions of customers around the world.


Ahrendts will join Apple from Burberry, where she serves as CEO. Prior to Burberry, she was EVP at Liz Claiborne, and earlier in her career she served as president of Donna Karan International.

Google Appoints CEO for Newly Launched Health and Well-Being Company Calico

Google launched Calico, a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases. Arthur D. Levinson, 61, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be CEO and a founding investor. Art Levinson will remain Chairman of Genentech and a director of Hoffmann-La Roche, as well as Chairman of Apple.

AT&T Adds Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp as Director

AT&T has named Beth E. Mooney, 58, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, to its board of directors. Mooney joined KeyCorp in 2006 as vice chairman and head of Key Community Bank and served as president, COO and executive director from 2010 to 2011, when she was named CEO. Prior to her most recent position as Senior EVP and CFO for AmSouth Bancorporation (now Regions Financial Corporation), Mooney ran its banking operations in Tennessee and Northern Louisiana. Mooney also completed other line assignments of increasing responsibility at Bank One Corporation, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc., Hall Financial Group and Republic Bank of Texas/First Republic. At Bank One, she served as Regional President in Akron and Dayton, and then as President of Bank One Ohio, managing major markets throughout the state.

Facebook Goes Through More Management Shuffles

David Lawenda, the former ad sales chief of Univision, has joined Facebook as its new VP, Global Sales, U.S. Lawenda will head up all U.S. Ad sales. Lawenda left Univision last year. Prior to that, he was SVP, Ad sales at MTV.

Greg Badros, Facebook’s VP of engineering and products, is leaving the company. Before Facebook, Badros was a Senior Director of Engineering at Google.

Facebook named Ashlie Beringer as its new deputy general counsel. Beringer, a longtime attorney and partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, will oversee the litigation, regulatory and product groups in Facebook’s law department. Before joining Facebook, Beringer worked for Gibson Dunn for eight and a half years, representing clients in both the tech and media space. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Beringer was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

QUALCOMM Appoints Former US Diplomat to China as Board Member

QUALCOMM appointed Clark T. Randt, Jr., 67, to its Board of Directors. Randt brings more than 30 years of experience as a diplomat, attorney and businessman who has a comprehensive understanding of Chinese industries and businesses, and he currently serves as the president of Randt & Company. In his current role, he provides strategy consulting services to clients that are developing business in China. From 2001 to 2009, Randt was U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China where he worked on improving the political, economic and cultural relationship between the U.S. and China. Prior to this, he was a partner at Shearman & Sterling where he served as head of China practices and was a member of the firm's M&A and corporate finance groups. Randt previously held a number of additional government-affiliated positions, including: First Secretary and Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing; the China representative of the National Council for United States-China Trade; and served in the U.S. Air Force Security Service.


SAP Long-Timer to Head Financial Services Industries Business

SAP appointed Ross Wainwright as Global Head of Financial Services Industries. Previously, Wainwright served as global head of financial services, managing the professional services business. In this role he oversaw a global team of consultants and sales contributors and engaged with executives from banking and insurance companies to drive their business transformations. Prior to this, he served as COO of SAP North America. Before joining SAP in 2002, Wainwright served in a number of senior software sales management positions in Canada and across the U.S. for Parametric Technology, where he represented the company's mechanical engineering and product life-cycle management solutions for the high-tech vertical.

Baidu Names Founder of Recently Acquired Company as Director

China-based Internet search provider Baidu named Liu Dejian as a director of the Company. Liu Dejian is the founder, chairman and executive director of NetDragon Websoft, a leading developer and operator of online games and mobile Internet platforms in China. Since founding NetDragon in 1999, he has led it to become a leading player in China's online gaming and mobile Internet industries. He is recognized as one of the most influential figures in China's online game sector. Liu also served as chairman and non-executive director of 91 Wireless Websoft Limited, one of China's largest mobile app marketplaces and mobile game operators and a former subsidiary of NetDragon. 91 Wireless was acquired by Baidu in August 2013.

EMC Appoints Symantec EVP as President of Newly-Formed Emerging Technology Products Division

EMC appoints Chirantan "CJ" Desai as President of the company's newly-formed Emerging Technology Products Division. The new division will develop and launch new products and grow new businesses based on emerging technologies, with a special focus on disruptive technologies. Desai most recently served as EVP of Information Management at Symantec.

In this role, he was responsible for the company's backup and recovery, storage, cluster file system, high availability and archiving products. Prior to that, he served as SVP of the company's Endpoint and Mobility Group and also led engineering for the Endpoint and Message Security Groups.

Yahoo! Appoints Google’s Android Open Source Tech Lead

Jean-Baptiste Queru, formerly of Google’s Android team, joins Yahoo. His new role at Yahoo is architect and senior principal engineer on the company’s mobile team. Queru was formerly the Android Open Source Project tech lead, responsible for managing AOSP’s source code, among other duties.

VMware Adds Retired Accenture Exec to Board

VMware named long-time Accenture executive Pamela Craig, 55, to succeed Renee James, 47, on its board. James has served on the VMware board since 2007 and has resigned to focus on her responsibilities as President of Intel. Craig brings a wealth of technology industry experience to the VMware board of directors, having worked at Accenture in various operational, finance and senior management roles for 34 years, most recently serving as chief financial officer from 2006 until her retirement in July 2013. During her long tenure at Accenture, Craig gained extensive knowledge, leadership experience and expertise with insight into how to manage a large, global and rapidly growing organization.

Salesforce Makes Board Changes; Appoints CMO and Enterprise Sales Leader named John V. Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and Robin Washington, CFO of Gilead Sciences, to its Board of Directors. also announced that Stratton Sclavos, former president and CEO of VeriSign, and Shirley Young, former corporate VP of General Motors, have departed from the company’s Board of Directors.

Roos most recently served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan, from 2009 to August 2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Roos practiced corporate and securities law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Silicon Valley law firm, from 1985 to 2009, where he most recently served as CEO.

Washington is currently the SVP and CFO of Gilead Sciences, which she joined in 2008. Washington was previously CFO of Hyperion Solutions, which was acquired by Oracle in 2007. Prior to Hyperion, she served in a number of executive positions with PeopleSoft, most recently in the role of SVP and Corporate Controller. Washington is a member of the Board of Honeywell, San Jose Children's Discovery Museum and the Board of Visitors of Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

The company has tapped Lynn Vojvodich, a former marketing exec at powerhouse venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, as its new CMO. Earlier, Vojvodich was CMO at Terracotta, a big data software company. Before that she worked at Microsoft and BEA Systems. appointed Anthony Fernicola as President, Global Enterprise Sales. Prior to joining, Fernicola served as SVP at Oracle, where he grew the North America Technology Organization (NATO) into one of the company's largest revenue-generating business groups. In addition he served in various other leadership roles, including SVP of Strategic Accounts, General Manager and SVP of the Financial Services Licensing and Consulting Services Business and Group VP for Oracle's Financial Services Business Unit in North America. He began his career at Unisys, where he spent 16 years in various leadership roles in sales and product management serving the financial services industry.

Wipro Goes Through Board and Series of Senior Leadership Shuffles

India-based IT services company Wipro appoints Ireena Vittal, an acclaimed strategic consultant on emerging markets, agriculture and urban development to its Board of Directors. Vittal, a former partner with McKinsey, brings with her over two decades of experience as a recognized thought leader to consumer facing companies looking to build large scale, profitable businesses in emerging markets. She was a founding member of the economic development practice and the global emerging markets practice at McKinsey and has worked with governments and public institutions to design and implement solutions for inclusive urban development and sustainable rural growth in India.

Wipro appoints SVP Shaji Farooq as the global head of its Banking, Finance Services and Insurance (BFSI) strategic business unit. Farooq, who is currently leading the company's Advanced Technologies Service Line and Go-To-Market transformation initiatives, will take over from SVP Soumitro Ghosh, who will now head Wipro Infotech, the India and Middle East business. Farooq’s long experience with the BFSI sector in the past stands him in good stead to shape Wipro's strategy for this vertical and help seize emerging opportunities.

A Wipro veteran of 25 years, Soumitro Ghosh has played varied roles including his current position as the global head of BFSI. A founding member of the BFSI Strategic Business Unit, he has played a significant role in building this vertical and making it the largest BU of the company today. Ghosh will now power the India & Middle East businesses to maintain Wipro's leadership position in these markets.

G K Prasanna, will take charge as the SVP & Global Head for Global Infrastructure Services (GIS) in addition to his current role as SVP & Global Head for Product Engineering Solutions (PES). Prasanna, who has been with Wipro for more than 25 years, is an acknowledged authority on the IT Infrastructure Services business. He was the head of Wipro's Technology Infrastructure Services business between 2000 through 2009 and is credited with launching several innovative service delivery models.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Heenan Jalil, who has held several leadership roles including Head of Sales for Manufacturing in Europe, Chief Sales & Operations Head for Europe, and most recently, VP and Global Head for Telecom Equipment Vendor and Media Verticals will assume the position of VP & Global Head of Advanced Technologies.

After a sterling career of over 24 years with Wipro, Anand Sankaran, currently SVP for Global Infrastructure Services and Wipro Infotech, has decided to pursue a career outside of Wipro. Sankaran has played a significant role in growing these businesses.

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.


Sprint Sees High-Profile Leadership Changes

Paget Alves, 57, Sprint's chief sales officer, has left the company. Alves, a 14-year Sprint veteran, had been in the chief sales officer role for the past two years. His responsibilities will be split into three roles. Alves held various positions at Sprint Nextel, including President, Sales and Distribution; President, South Region; SVP, Enterprise Markets; and President, Strategic Markets. Between 2000 and 2003, Alves served as President and CEO of PointOne Telecommunications, and President and COO of Centennial Communications.

CMO Bill Malloy, 60, will retire next year Malloy joined Sprint in 2011 and was a key part of a major reorganization in the telecom's marketing department and overhaul of its agency relationships. He has been involved in the wireless industry almost since its inception in the mid-1980s, holding key marketing and operational leadership positions with McCaw Cellular and AT&T Wireless. Before Sprint, he was a venture partner with Ignition Partners, a VC firm based in Seattle.

Bob Johnson, 54, formerly Sprint's chief service and IT officer, will now add the role of president and lead Sprint's retail sales and store operations. He is responsible for postpaid consumer retail sales, customer experience, customer care, telesales, solutions delivery, and care and billing services. He is also responsible for IT development, infrastructure operations and services. Johnson joined the company (Nextel) in 1998. His 30-year telecom background in sales, service, marketing and customer operations includes senior executive positions at Bell Atlantic Mobile and Telezone Corporation.

Symantec CFO Joins McKesson

McKesson named James A. Beer, 50, as EVP and CFO. Beer will be responsible for overseeing all financial functions for McKesson and replaces Jeff C. Campbell, who left the company in June 2013 to become CFO of American Express. Beer comes to McKesson from Symantec where he served as EVP and CFO managing the worldwide finance organization with responsibility for accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, investor relations, corporate development, purchasing, and audit. Prior to Symantec, Beer was CFO of AMR Corporation and American Airlines. He also managed American Beacon Advisors, a subsidiary of AMR. Prior to joining AMR, Beer spent seven years as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture, in Europe and the United States.

Until a permanent replacement for Beer has been named, Andrew H. Del Matto, 54, will serve as the Symantec’s acting CFO. Del Matto has served as SVP and Chief Accounting Officer since 2012, and was Corporate Treasurer and VP of Finance Business Operations earlier. Prior to joining Symantec in 2005, Del Matto had been employed by Inktomi Corporation and SGI Corporation in a variety of finance and accounting leadership roles. He started his career with KPMG as a certified public accountant.

Micron Technology Names Business Head

Memory technologies company, Micron Technology, named Tom Snodgrass, VP, System Solutions. Snodgrass will be responsible for managing Micron's System Solutions business focused on delivering enterprise-class solutions to the market using Micron NAND Flash and DRAM memory. Snodgrass brings to Micron more than 30 years of technology experience in various senior management roles across several leading companies. Snodgrass served as PMC-Sierra's VP of Corporate Strategy and Corporate Technology, and he worked as the company's VP of product development, Enterprise Storage Division. Snodgrass' professional background includes serving as VP of engineering at AANetcom, ATI and Tseng Labs prior to joining PMC-Sierra. He also worked in various technical roles at AT&T, Honeywell Defense Systems, McDonnell Douglas and AT&T Bell Labs.

SanDisk Appoints Retired Chairman and CEO of Conexant Systems to Board

SanDisk has appointed D. Scott Mercer, 62, to its board of directors. Mercer brings to SanDisk more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, in both senior executive and board positions. Mercer also currently serves as a Director of Polycom and QLogic.

Previously, Mercer was the CEO, Director and Chairman of the Board of Conexant Systems, interim CEO and Director at Adaptec, and served as the CFO of Western Digital Corporation. Mercer also held senior operating and finance roles at Dell, LSI Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Autodesk Appoints Retired Apple Finance Exec to Board

Autodesk appointed Betsy Rafael to its Board of Directors. Rafael retired from Apple in 2012, where she had served as VP and Corporate Controller since 2007 and Principal Accounting Executive since 2008. Previously, Rafael held the positions of VP, Corporate Controller, Principal Accounting Officer and VP, Corporate Finance at Cisco between 2002 and 2007. Prior to this, she held management and other senior financial positions with Aspect Communications, Silicon Graphics (SGI), Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer. She began her career with Arthur Young & Company. She serves on the board of directors of Echelon, and previously served on the board of PalmSource.

L-3 Communications Promotes VP, London Operations to Corp SVP

L-3 Communications announced the promotion of Ron Cook to corporate SVP. He will continue to lead L-3's London Operations organization. Cook has led L-3 London Operations since it was established in 2005. As head of the London office, Air Commodore Cook had brought in a wealth of operational and Ministry of Defense experience to the position, as well as a strong reputation in both the UK and U.S. defense industry.

Electronic Arts Promotes Sports Head as CEO

Electronic Arts has named its Sports head Andrew Wilson, 39, as CEO and a director of the Company. Wilson has served as EVP, EA SPORTS and Origin, EA’s consumer platform for downloading digital games. Before that, he served as SVP, EA SPORTS; SVP, Global Online and VP, EA SPORTS. Wilson has held various positions within the Company since joining the Company in Australia in year 2000, also working in Asia and Europe. 


Before joining EA, he worked for a consortium of online companies that specialized primarily in the creation of content and services in sports and entertainment media.

Wilson fills a vacancy created when former EA CEO John Riccitiello stepped down from that role earlier this year.

Groupon Adds Senior Execs to Team  

Groupon appointed four new executives to its team: Robbie Schwietzer as SVP of Operations, Lisa Kennedy as VP, General Manager, of Groupon Reserve, David Kerr, VP, General Manager, of Home Services, and Hoke Horne, VP of Global Commercial Finance. Brian McCallister has joined Groupon as CTO of Platform, Stephen Deasy joined as the VP of Infrastructure and Data Platform, and Pete Webb joined as VP Global Production Operations.

SVP of Operations, Schwietzer will be involved in implementing, overseeing and growing Groupon's various enterprise operations. Previously, he spent 10 years at Amazon and most recently held the position of VP of Amazon Prime. During his tenure at Amazon, he also served as Director of International Retail, Director of Videogames and Software, Germany, and Senior Finance Manager. Prior to Amazon, Schwietzer worked at McKinsey as an Associate Consultant.

Lisa Kennedy will head the Groupon Reserve team, a high-end channel for premium deals and experiences, and lead Groupon's merchandising efforts. A proven entrepreneur with vast ecommerce experience, she is the founder of Hopscotch, a daily deal site in India that features member access to discounts on top baby and children's brands. Prior to launching Hopscotch, Kennedy served as the EVP of E-Commerce for Quidsi, which operates, and She's also held senior roles at Scholastic, Time and the Guinness Book of World Records.

David Kerr will drive outreach to home and auto-related merchants and create a marketplace experience for Groupon customers to find, schedule and purchase deals from local service providers. He previously was the General Manager of eCommerce for Angie's List. Kerr also held the position of President and CEO for NoInk Communications for six years. Most recently, he served as Chairman of the Board for Jada Beauty, an ecommerce and content platform dedicated to helping hair stylists and salons sell a curated selection of products to their clients.

Hoke Horne will lead Groupon's Global Commercial Finance team and help steer finance operations for Groupon's global businesses. He joins the company from Juniper Networks, where he previously served as VP of Software Finance and also VP of Pricing. Before that, Horne worked at Microsoft for seven years including roles as CFO of Windows Client, General Manager of Pricing and Product Licensing, and Chief of Staff to Microsoft's CFO, in addition to other positions.

New CTO of Platform Brian McCallister comes to Groupon from Ning, where he was Principal Architect and Distinguished Engineer. At Ning, he also worked in other key architecture roles while managing technical direction and communication across the organization. McCallister was active with the Apache Software Foundation, serving on the Board and as PMC Chair for the DB and ActiveMQ projects.

VP of Infrastructure and Data Platform, Stephen Deasy, joins from VMware, where he was Senior Director of R&D for VMware's Mobile Platform and Clients team. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of Engineering, QE and DevOps. Prior to VMware, Deasy held several senior roles at EMC, including IT Director and Senior Software Developer.

VP Global Production Operations Pete Webb was at Flipboard, where he was Head of Operations. Prior to Flipboard, Webb was VP Technical Operations at Ning and Director of Operations and IT, where he was responsible for all operations teams including IT, Network Engineering, Architecture, Database Administration, Systems Administration, and Systems Engineering.

Microchip Technology Appoints Director with Manufacturing and Industrial Experience

Microchip Technology, the manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analog semiconductors, appointed Esther Johnson to serve as a director. Johnson is the former VP and General Manager of Carrier Electronics, a part of United Technology Corporation. During her 29-year career at Carrier, Johnson held a variety of management positions, including VP and General Manager, Director of Operations, and Global Supply Chain Manager.

Nuance Communications Adds to Board

Speech recognition software maker Nuance Communications appoints Brett Icahn and David Schechter to the Company's Board of Directors. Icahn has been employed by Carl Icahn and his affiliated investment funds since 2002 and is currently responsible for co-executing an investment strategy across all industries as a Portfolio Manager of the Sargon Portfolio for Icahn Capital. Icahn currently serves as director of The Hain Celestial Group, Take-Two Interactive Software Cadus Corporation, Voltari Corporation and American Railcar Industries.

Schechter has been employed by Carl Icahn and his affiliated investment funds since 2004 and is currently responsible for co-executing an investment strategy across all industries as a Portfolio Manager of the Sargon Portfolio for Icahn Capital. Schechter currently serves as a director of Mentor Graphics Corporation and The Hain Celestial Group.

Avaya Appoints Former Intuit EVP and Former EDS CEO to Board

Avaya named Kiran Patel and Ronald Rittenmeyer to its board. Patel most recently served as EVP and general manager of the Small Business Group of Intuit from 2008 to September 2013. Patel is currently on the board of KLA-Tencor.

Rittenmeyer has served as chairman, president and CEO of Expert Global Solutions, a global provider of customer care support since 2011. Prior to his current position with Expert Global Solutions, he served as chairman, president and CEO of Electronic Data Systems. Rittenmeyer is currently on the board of American International Group and Tenet Healthcare.

Samsung Mobile’s Top US Exec Leaves

Kevin Packingham, one of the top U.S.-based Samsung mobile executives, has left the company. He was chief product officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. Before joining Samsung, Packingham was CEO of Amerilink Telecom, a small company that had tried to bring in Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, as a vendor for Sprint Nextel. He also previously worked for Sprint as a product executive.

Date Range: September 6th - October 14th

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Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

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