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Latest Appointments at Microsoft, Qualcomm & 15 Other Tech Giants Featured

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Microsoft Makes iCIO Jim DuBois Permanent CIO;

Consumer Apps & Services CMO, Bing Engineer and Skype CFO Leave

Microsoft appoints Jim DuBois as Corporate VP and CIO. DuBois, who had served as interim CIO for the past six months, will lead a team of employees overseeing Microsoft IT applications, infrastructure, solution delivery and process excellence. DuBois has been at Microsoft for more than 20 years, during which he has held several key leadership positions. Most recently, he was VP of Microsoft IT Products and Services. He has also served as general manager of IT at the company.

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.

Bill Koefoed leaves Skype to take a job as CFO of Puppet Labs. Most recently, he was working as CFO in the Skype and then in the marketing and business development unit. His earlier positions include General Manager, Investor Relations; General Manager/CFO, IT Finance and Strategy at Microsoft; Senior Director, Strategy & Planning at Hewlett-Packard, Managing Director, PwC Consulting at PwC.

Qualcomm Taps Company President & COO as its Next CEO


Steve Mollenkopf, 44, President and COO of wireless chipmaker Qualcomm, has been named as the company’s next CEO, and appointed to its Board of Directors. He will continue to serve as the Company’s President. Mollenkopf will replace current CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, 50, who will remain Executive Chairman. Mollenkopf served as EVP and Group President, EVP and President of QCT, EVP, QCT Product Management, SVP, Engineering and Product Management and as VP, Engineering. 

Dr. Jacobs has served as Chairman of the Board since 2009 and as CEO since 2005. He served as Group President of Company's QWI segment from 2001 to 2005. In addition, he served as EVP from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Jacobs was a director of A123 Systems from 2002 to 2012.

T-Mobile Taps Former Avon, Barnes & Noble Exec as New CIO

T-Mobile US has hired Gary King to serve as its CIO. King, who has worked at Avon and Barnes & Noble, has spent the past nine years at retailer Chico’s FAS, where he was also CIO.

Accenture Makes Business Head Changes

Accenture appointed Gianfranco Casati to the newly created position of Group Chief Executive - Growth Markets. In this new role, Casati will oversee Accenture's business in Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America. He most recently served as Group Chief Executive of the company's Products Operating Group.

Michael Sutcliff has been named Group Chief Executive of Accenture Digital, a new growth platform that integrates the company's industry-leading digital capabilities across Accenture Interactive, analytics and mobility. He most recently led Accenture's Financial Services operating group in North America.

Mark Knickrehm has been appointed Group Chief Executive of Accenture Strategy, a new growth platform dedicated to helping C-level executives shape and execute their business and technology transformation agendas. Knickrehm most recently served as Senior Managing Director of Growth & Strategy for Accenture's Health & Public Service operating group while also successfully leading Accenture's Health industry group.

Sander van 't Noordende will succeed Casati as Group Chief Executive of the Products Operating Group. Van 't Noordende most recently served as Group Chief Executive of the Management Consulting growth platform. Earlier in his career he was Group Chief Executive of the company's Resources Operating Group.

Acer’s Board Elects New Chairman

Acer elected the company founder, Stan Shih, as Chairman and interim Corporate President. Shih chaired Acer until his retirement late in 2004. Shih founded Acer (originally named as Multitech, but later changed to Acer in 1987) in 1976. Shih is also the founder and is a Partner of iD Innovation. In 1972, he helped establish Qualitron Industrial, and led the team that designed the world's first pen watch. He began his career at Unitron Industrial Corp. in 1971 and successfully designed, developed and commercialized Taiwan's first desktop calculator.


Time Warner Cable Names COO and VP of M&A

Time Warner Cable names Dinni Jain as COO. Jain is the former President and COO of Insight Communications, which Time Warner Cable acquired in 2012. He joined Insight in 2002 as EVP and CFO, before being named EVP and COO in 2003. He was promoted to President and COO in 2006, serving in that capacity until the company was sold in 2012. Prior to joining Insight, Jain was Group Managing Director for Strategy for NTL Europe, and held positions at Cellular Communications, Barclays De Zoete Wedd, and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.

Christian Lee was appointed SVP, Mergers and Acquisitions, following the retirement of 28-year company veteran Satish Adige. In this role, Christian will oversee all M&A, investment, and acquisition integration activity for Time Warner Cable. His last role was VP, Investments at the company. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable in 2007, Lee worked in the Finance and Acquisitions department at Time Warner Inc. and, before that, in the Investment Bank at Citigroup.

Twitter Adds First Female Director to Board

Twitter has appointed its first female director, former publishing executive Marjorie Scardino, 66. Scardino was CEO of London-based Pearson, a publishing and education company, from 1997 to 2012. From 1985 to 1997 she served in several roles, including CEO, at The Economist Group, a media company.

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.

Motorola Solutions Board Member Resigns

William J. Bratton, 66, resigned from data communications and telecommunications equipment provider Motorola Solutions’ Board. Bratton's resignation is in connection with his appointment as New York City's next police commissioner. He has previously served as the Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, New York City Police Department Commissioner, and Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Symantec CAO, CFO Resign; Interim Appointee Named

Symantec appointed Don Rath, VP of global tax, as interim CFO and CAO. He assumes this role following the departure of Andrew 'Drew' Del Matto, Symantec's current acting CFO and CAO, who will leave the company to become CFO of Fortinet. Rath joined Symantec in 2012 and previously held senior tax and finance roles with Synopsys, Chiron and Veritas. A CPA in California, he practiced for nine years with Ernst & Young.

Former Fiserv CEO Joins FIS as Board Member

Fidelity National Information Services appointed Les Muma to the company's board of directors. Muma served as the CEO of Fiserv. He also served as President and COO there. He has over 35 years of data processing experience. Since 1973, he served as President and CEO of Sunshine State System, a subsidiary of First Federal. From 1971 to 1984, he served as the President of Data Management Resources. Muma began his extensive career in data processing with "Cooperative Education Assignments" at Southern Bell and International Mineral and Chemical. He joined IMC in their IT Department. He later held a similar position with a public school system in Central Florida before joining Price Waterhouse as an IT consultant. 

CA Technologies Appoints Chief Communications Officer

CA Technologies named Ronald Alepian as SVP and Chief Communications Officer. He is currently VP and group head of corporate marketing and communications at TMX Group, which operates a number of technology-driven exchanges-such as Toronto Stock Exchange-and provides network connectivity, trading and risk-management software to customers worldwide. Previously, he held communications leadership roles at Nortel and Bell Canada and was a consultant to global technology and software firms for nearly a decade at Burson-Marsteller affiliate National Public Relations.

Workday 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.

Alcatel-Lucent Promotes SVP to CMO

Alcatel-Lucent appointed Tim Krause as CMO. Most recently, Krause served as SVP, in charge of the AT&T customer team. He has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, having held various positions in engineering, product line management, product strategy, and marketing in Alcatel. He has been a Director of Telecommunications Industry Association and served as a Director of 2Wire.

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.

Harris Appoints President for Brazil Ops

Telecom equipment provider Harris Corporation has named veteran Latin America business leader Reinaldo C.B. Rezende president of operations in Brazil. Rezende brings to Harris nearly 30 years of in-country business development experience. He joins Harris from General Electric, where he was an executive in the Global Accounts Group. Prior to that role, he held a number of leadership positions at Halliburton including Brazil country operations manager, Brazil country business development manager, Latin America business development manager, and global account manager for Petrobras, an integrated energy company.

Date Range: November 18th - December 27th

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

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.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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