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Verizon, Akamai & Others: 11 Technology Board Moves to Note Featured

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Verizon Elects MetricStream CEO to Board

Verizon Communications elected Shellye Archambeau, 49, CEO of enterprise-wide governance, risk, compliance (GRC) solutions company MetricStream, to Board. Archambeau joined MetricStream in 2002. Previously, she was CMO and EVP of sales for Loudcloud, CMO for NorthPoint Communications, president of Blockbuster's e-commerce division, and held domestic and international executive positions in a 15-year career at IBM.

Akamai Elects Former Alcatel-Lucent CEO as Director

Akamai elected Bernardus (Ben) Verwaayen, to its Board of Directors. Verwaayen was CEO of Alcatel-Lucent from 2008 to 2013. Verwaayen has held numerous executive positions at leading telecommunications and technology providers including having served as CEO of BT; international VP, EVP and COO of Lucent Technologies; and as president and general manager of PTT Telecom, a KPN subsidiary in the Netherlands.


Groupon Adds to Board

Groupon appoints Jeffrey Housenbold, president and CEO of Shutterfly, to the company's Board. Housenbold has served as President, CEO and a director of Shutterfly since 2005. Prior to that, he worked at eBay, serving in a variety of senior roles, most recently as VP of Business Development and Internet Marketing.

Rackspace Hosting Appoints Director with Wide-Ranging Industry Insight

Rackspace Hosting, the leader in hybrid cloud, appoints Ossa Fisher to its Board of Directors. Fisher is SVP for strategy and analytics at global dating leader,, where she has built a reputation for wide-ranging industry insight, marketing analytics, and product development. Fisher has a broad range of expertise in technology and media, including more than 10 years in the Technology, Media and Telecom practices of both Bain & Company and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Fisher also worked for the World Bank Group in the IT investment division.

Ubiquiti Networks Appoints Board Members

Wireless networking products company Ubiquiti Networks has named Steven R. Altman, 51, Vice Chairman of Qualcomm, Rafael Torres, 45, CFO of OCZ Technology Group and Ubiquiti CFO Craig Foster, 42, to the company's board of directors.

Steven R. Altman served as Qualcomm’s President, Technology Licensing Division President, EVP, VP and General Counsel, first joining the company in 1989 as Corporate Counsel. He was the chief architect of the company's strategy for licensing its broad intellectual property portfolio for wireless communications, which accelerated the growth of CDMA technology.

Rafael Torres has been the CFO of OCZ Technology Group, which designs and manufactures industry-leading solid state drives. Prior to that, he served as CFO and VP of Finance for Capella Photonics, Power Integrations and PLX Technology.

Craig Foster joined Ubiquiti Networks in early 2013.  Before that, Foster served as a Director in the Credit Suisse investment banking group focused on technology infrastructure and software companies, worked at UBS investment bank as an Executive Director, and most recently as the co-head of the software group, held various positions at RBC Capital Markets; Loudcloud; Open Market; Deloitte and PwC.

Fortinet's Combines Chairman and CEO Role

Ken Xie, 50, who was Fortinet's President and CEO, was appointed Chairman and CEO. Xie had served as President and CEO and a member of Fortinet's Board of Directors since co-founding Fortinet in October 2000. Prior to co-founding Fortinet, he was the Founder, President and CEO of NetScreen. Additionally, he was CEO of SIS and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

FICO Appoints RightNow Technologies Founder to Board

Fair Isaac (FICO) appointed Greg Gianforte to its Board of Directors. Gianforte founded RightNow Technologies, a cloud-based customer-service and support solutions company, in 1997. He grew the company to more than $225 million in annual revenue, serving as RightNow's CEO until it was acquired by Oracle in 2012.


Polycom Appoints Experienced Technology Execs to Board

Polycom, the global leader in open, standards-based unified communication and collaboration (UC&C), appointed Robert J. Frankenberg, 65, and Martha Helena Bejar, 48, to the Board of Directors. Frankenberg is the owner of NetVentures, a management consulting firm focused on the high tech industry, and previously held both the CEO and Chairman roles at Novell and Encanto Networks.

Bejar is currently CEO and Board Director of Flow Mobile, an innovative new broadband services company, and previously held leadership positions at Wipro Infocrossing and Microsoft.


Fusion-IO Goes Through Board Changes

ioMemory software defined storage solutions company Fusion-IO appointed Dr. Edward H. Frank, 56, to the Board of Directors. Dr. Frank recently retired as VP of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple. He holds over 50 United States patents and is a Life Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University. Frank was formerly VP of research and development at Broadcom, where he was responsible for Broadcom's overall engineering execution and played a key role in corporate business and IP strategy. He also held positions at Sun Microsystems and was a founder of Epigram, which was acquired by Broadcom, and co-founder of NeTpower.

Emulex’s Chairman to Retire

Storage networking products firm Emulex’s Executive Chairman, Jim McCluney, 60, will be retiring from the company early next year. Earlier he served as CEO and before that as COO of the company. Prior to Emulex's acquisition of Vixel Corporation (Vixel) in 2003, he had served as Vixel's Chairman, President and CEO. He was President and COO of Crag Technologies (formerly Ridge Technologies), a storage system manufacturer, and served in various positions at Apple Computer, including SVP of Worldwide Operations and VP of European Operations.

Carbonite Elects Board Director with Entrepreneurial Spirit as well as Extensive Experience

Cloud backup firm Carbonite elected Timothy T. Clifford, 57, to its board. Clifford most recently served as co-president of National Accounts and president of Benefits and Talent Management Services at Automatic Data Processing. Clifford joined ADP in 2010 through the acquisition of Workscape, a provider of HCM cloud applications he co-founded in 1997. Prior to Workscape, he held executive positions like President and COO of Small Group Business at HealthPlan Services, CEO & President and various sales and marketing roles at Consolidated Group, which was acquired by HealthPlan Services.  Prior to that, he was in sales with Prudential's Large Employer Group Benefits operations.


Date Range: October 15th - November 17th

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