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Microsoft Promotes Strategy and Research Leaders; Consumer Apps & Services CMO and Bing Engineer Leave

Eric Rudder will take on a newly created role as EVP, Advanced Strategy, and Harry Shum will take on Rudder’s current responsibilities as EVP, Technology & Research. Rudder has led Advanced Strategy & Research group for the past year.

Harry Shum currently leads Bing engineering and prior, he led MSR China team. He is uniquely positioned to drive exceptional forward-looking research that pushes the frontiers of computer science, while also driving impactful technology transfer through deep connections with our product teams. With Shum moving to this new role, the Bing engineering team will report to EVp, Applications and Services Group, Qi Lu, on an interim basis.

Microsoft’s Corporate VP and CMO of Consumer Applications and Services Elisa Steele joins Jive Software as EVP of strategy and CMO. Prior, Steele was CMO at Skype, EVP and CMO at Yahoo! and SVP of corporate marketing at NetApp.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas has left for Google. Aguera y Arcas played a key role in the development of the Bing search engine, working mainly on Bing Maps and Bing Mobile. He also focused on wearable computing, augmented reality, and natural user interfaces. The engineer will work on machine learning at Google. Aguera y Arcas joined Microsoft after his company, Seadragon Software, was acquired by the software giant in 2006.

Salesforce President Leaves; Joins New Relic as Revenue Chief


New Relic, a software monitoring company, hired Salesforce President Hilarie Koplow-McAdams as its new Chief Revenue Officer. For Koplow-McAdams, it’s her fourth stop at a major software company. She then spent two years at Intuit, before moving to Salesforce in 2008, first as EVP for worldwide sales and eventually rising to president for global sales. She left Oracle in 2006 as an EVP running direct sales business. She’s an 18-year veteran of Oracle, joining the software giant in 1988.

Symantec Products and Services President Leaves

Francis A. deSouza, President, Products and Services of Symantec, is leaving the Company to become President of Illumina. He previously served as group president of Symantec’s Enterprise Products and Services, and SVP of Symantec’s Enterprise Security Group. deSouza joined Symantec in 2006 when the company acquired IMlogic, the instant messaging security provider he founded and led. His earlier roles include product unit manager at Microsoft, founder and CEO of Flash Communications, and computer science researcher at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Labs.

Wordkay Appoints Yahoo! Co-Founder as Board Member


Workday appointed Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang, 45, to its Board of Directors. Yang most recently founded AME Cloud Ventures, a VC firm. While at Yahoo!, he led a number of initiatives, including two of the biggest investments in the Internet: Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group. Yang served as a director of Yahoo Japan, Alibaba Group Holding and Cisco. He currently serves as a board observer for Lenovo.

Red Hat Appoints Former McAfee and NCR Exec as Canada Head

Red Hat appoints Luc Villenueve as country leader of Red Hat Canada. Prior to Red Hat, Villenueve served as president of McAfee Canada, NCR Europe, and NCR Canada. Additionally he spent five years as VP of sales at Sun Microsystems Canada. Earlier in his career, Villenueve held progressive executive sales and marketing positions at Pharmatrust, BCE, GE Capital ITS, and CNC Global Limited.

ServiceNow Elects Silver Lake Partners’ MD to Board

Provider of cloud-based services to automate enterprise IT operations, ServiceNow, elects Charles Giancarlo to the Board. Giancarlo has served as a managing director of Silver Lake Partners since 2008. He also served in numerous senior executive roles at Cisco, most recently as the EVP and Chief Development Officer. He serves on the boards of Accenture, Avaya, and Imperva.

Open Text’s SVP, Corporate Development Resigns


Open Text’s SVP, Corporate Development, James Mackey, resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities. Prior, Mackey lead corporate development efforts at SAP, where he developed and lead the company’s global M&A group. Under his leadership, SAP completed more than 40 acquisitions, including Sybase, Business Objects and SuccessFactors.

MICROS Systems Hires CIO to Lead Global Hosting & SaaS

POS sales software company MICROS Systems appointed Jay Upchurch as CIO & SVP of Global Hosting & SaaS. Most recently, he served with AT&T, where he led worldwide teams in hosting, cloud and applications services. Prior to joining AT&T in 2006 (in connection with AT&T's acquisition of USInternetworking), he held executive positions at USInternetworking and Interpath Communications.

DST Systems Goes Through CFO Change

Information processing and management software development firm DST Systems appointed Gregg Wm. Givens to serve as VP, CFO and Treasurer. He succeeds Kenneth V. Hager, who will retire from DST Systems as planned after 29 years of service to the Company. Givens has more than 30 years of financial and accounting experience and has been with DST since 1996. He has served as VP and Chief Accounting Officer for the past 14 years.

Guidewire Software Appoints Former Group CTO of UBS to Board

Andrew W. F. Brown has been elected as a Director of Guidewire Software, the software provider to property and casualty insurance carriers. He is currently CEO of Street Scale IT Group, a company providing IT services associated with datacenters and cloud hosting to the financial sector and other regulated industries. Past positions include roles as Group CTO of UBS, head of strategy, architecture and optimization at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and CTO of Infrastructure at Credit Suisse. He was also a founder of Desktone, which sold to VMware in November 2013.

Fortinet Appoints Chair; Makes Changes to Leadership Team

Enterprise security vendor Fortinet named President and CEO Ken Xie, 50, as Chairman and CEO. Ken Xie had served as President and CEO and a member of Fortinet's Board of Directors since co-founding Fortinet in 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.

Fortinet appointed Michael Xie, 44, its VP of Engineering and CTO, to the position of President and CTO. Michael Xie co-founded Fortinet in 2000. Prior to Fortinet, Michael Xie held positions as VP of Engineering for ServGate Technologies (acquired by Amarium Technologies), Software Director and Architect for NetScreen Technologies (acquired by Juniper Networks) and Senior Software Engineer for Milkyway Networks Corporation.

Fortinet named Nancy Bush as Interim CFO. She is replacing Ahmed Rubaie, who will be departing as the Company's CFO and COO for personal reasons. Bush has served as VP and Worldwide Corporate Controller of Fortinet since 2011. Bush also served as Interim CFO of Fortinet earlier. Prior to Fortinet, Bush held senior finance roles at ArcSight, Packeteer and Maxtor Corporation.

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.

Tech Data Appoints US Marketing Lead as Americas Head

Tech Data Corporation has appointed Joseph H. Quaglia to President, Americas. Quaglia has most recently served as Tech Data's SVP, U.S. Marketing. In 2012, Quaglia was appointed to the additional role of president, TDMobility, the company's mobility offering. Quaglia joined Tech Data in 2006 as VP, East and Government Sales. He is a 25-year IT industry veteran, including 10 years with CA Technologies. He has also held senior management positions with StorageNetworks and network software provider Atabok.

Blackbaud Names Fiserv EVP as New CEO

Blackbaud appoints Michael P. Gianoni, 52, as President and CEO. Most recently, he served as EVP and Group President, Financial Institutions Group at Fiserv. He previously served as President of the Investment Services division at Fiserv. Gianoni joined Fiserv as part of its acquisition of CheckFree, where he served as EVP and General Manager of CheckFree Investment Services. He spent 11 years at DST Systems where he led various divisions focused on developing new platforms while ensuring stronger operational controls. Earlier in his career, Gianoni worked at Applications Systems Group, Sequent Computer Systems, Wang Laboratories, U.S. Design Corporation and Canberra Industries.

Anthony Boor, who has served as interim president and CEO, will continue to serve as CFO and SVP, finance and administration.

Fleetmatics Appoints Shred-it  CEO to Board

Fleet management solutions company Fleetmatics appointed Shred-it President and CEO, Vincent De Palma, to its Board. His experience managing a global company for which fleet and service worker optimization is an operational imperative makes him a natural fit for the Fleetmatics Board. Prior to Shred-it, De Palma was President at Pitney Bowes Management Services and EVP, Pitney Bowes; President of Benefit Services and Corporate VP at ADP. He has also held senior management positions at Petroleum Heat & Power Company and McKinsey & Company.

Interactive Intelligence Adds Senior Staff to Enhance Cloud Communications Infrastructure, Service and Support

Interactive Intelligence Group, a global provider of software and services designed to improve the customer experience, has appointed Ray Cappola, Jose Martinez, and Steven Vaughan to newly created VP positions.

Ray Cappola will serve as VP of CaaS support. Cappola brings with him 12 years of technology support experience, which includes his previous role at Oracle where he led the global storage support delivery team.

Jose Martinez will serve as VP of CaaS infrastructure, which includes 12 global data centers, as well as the company's CaaS-related network and storage operations and engineering. Martinez, who has 16 years of industry experience, was previously employed by IBM where he successfully managed global infrastructure projects for the company's Fortune 500 customers.

Steven Vaughan is a contact center industry veteran and will serve as VP of CaaS delivery, which includes management of the CaaS architecture, implementation, and service delivery teams. Prior, Vaughan served in senior product management, professional services, and IT systems roles at companies such as Cisco, Genesys and LiveVox. Vaughan has more than 20 years of industry experience.

ServiceSource Appoints New Senior Sales Leadership Team

ServiceSource, the recurring revenue management firm, consolidated the customer success and outside sales organizations into one organization, led by Jay Ackerman. Tom Bonos is promoted to run the outside sales team, and John Boucher is resigning from his role as EVP of Sales.

Jay Ackerman joined ServiceSource in 2005 as its EVP of Customer Success. Since 2011, Ackerman has served as ServiceSource's Chief Renewals Officer and EVP of Customer Success.

With a deep knowledge about customer delivery requirements, Tom Bonos joined ServiceSource in 2011 and currently serves as the company's SVP of Global Sales Execution and Solution Design. He has also held sales leadership positions at SAP and Oracle.

Mario Faria was appointed Chief Data Officer. Prior to joining ServiceSource, Faria served as Chief Data Officer for credit information services company Boa Vista, a subsidiary of Equifax. Earlier, Faria held senior management positions with IBM, Accenture, and Microsoft where his responsibilities included the South America region and the creation and management of new business units.

Bazaarvoice Appoints President as New CEO

Ratings and reviews software company Bazaarvoice’s CEO and director Stephen Collins will step down. He will be succeeded as CEO by Gene Austin, currently the company's President. Prior to Bazaarvoice, Austin spent nine years as CEO of Convio, and previously held senior executive positions at companies including BMC Software, Dell, and Compaq. 


Date Range: November 11th - December 16th

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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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