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Microsoft Makes iCIO Jim Dubois as Permanent CIO; Company Goes through Other Leadership Changes

Microsoft appoints its interim CIO for the past six months Jim DuBois as Corporate VP and CIO. DuBois has been at Microsoft for more than 20 years, most recently being the VP of Microsoft IT Products and Services. He has also served as GM of IT at the company.

Microsoft has hired Ari Mark, AMC’s VP of development, as head of unscripted programming for Xbox Entertainment Studios. Mark has been director of development at Embassy Row and manager of original programming and development at the Sundance Channel.

Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Media and Entertainment Group, Blair Westlake, resigns after a decade at the company. Westlake joined Microsoft in 2004. Prior to Microsoft, he served as chairman of Universal Television & Networks Group, spent 19 years at Universal Studios, and was a consultant for Comcast and NBCU.

Jon DeVaan, the respected Microsoft executive who oversaw some of the company’s most important engineering initiatives, is leaving after three decades. DeVaan, who was tapped by Bill Gates a decade ago to reinvigorate Microsoft’s companywide engineering initiatives, is known in part for helping to get Windows back on its feet as the leader of the company’s Core Operating System Division starting with the Windows 7 development cycle.

SAP Appoints Global HR Head; Other Leaders Leave

SAP names Stefan Ries as Global Head of Human Resources. Ries rejoins SAP from Egon Zehnder, where he served during the last three years as principal consultant. Between 2002 and 2010 Ries had several global and regional leadership positions with SAP's HR organization. Before working for SAP, Ries held HR leadership positions with Compaq and Microsoft. 

Eric Johnson, SVP and GM for SAP's Global Database and Technology, has joined BlackBerry as President, Global Sales. Prior to his most recent role, Eric was SVP and GM of Platform and Analytics Sales for North America at SAP, SVP and GM for North America, SVP and GM Europe, Middle East and Africa, and SVP and GM for Financial Services, at Sybase.

President of SAP's Mobile Services business John Sims joined Blackberry as President, Global Enterprise Services. Before joining SAP, he held leadership positions at 724 Solutions, TANTAU Software, Intrado and Tandem Computers.

EMC Appoints David Goulden CEO of its Storage Division

EMC named David Goulden, 54, as CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure, part of the EMC Federation. Goulden is an 11-year EMC veteran, who has operated as EMC's CFO for seven years and held full responsibility for EMC's Information Infrastructure BUs, Sales and Customer Operations, Services, Marketing and G&A functions since mid-2012. Goulden was instrumental in making M&A a core competency for EMC by leading more than 70 acquisitions since 2003.

VMware Names Senior R&D Exec as Technology Chief 

VMware appoints SVP, R&D Ben Fathi to the role of CTO. Prior to joining VMware in 2012, Fathi served as a SVP at Cisco leading the operating systems and networking protocol teams and was at Microsoft for over 12 years, most recently as Corporate VP of development for the Windows core operating system division.

Fathi succeeds Steve Herrod who served as VMware's CTO from 2008 to 2013.

Symantec’s 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 leaves 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. Muma served as the CEO, President and COO of Fiserv. 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 career in data processing with "Cooperative Education Assignments" at Southern Bell and IT Department of International Mineral and Chemical. He later held a similar position with a public school system in Central Florida before joining Price Waterhouse as an IT consultant.

McAfee Appoints Consumer Business Lead

McAfee appointed John Giamatteo as SVP and GM of the McAfee consumer business. Prior to joining McAfee and AVG, Giamatteo held leadership positions at companies including Solera, RealNetworks, and Nortel. He brings with him an extensive global background, having lived and worked throughout Asia, Europe and North America managing large-scale teams across all functions within both direct-to-consumer and business-to-business models.

CA Announces Sales Leadership Changes; Appoints Chief Communications Officer

CA’s EVP and group executive of Worldwide Sales and Services, George Fischer, will be leaving the company. Throughout his time at CA, he held a number of senior positions, always focused on advancing the business and serving customers. With his departure, CA announced that Adam Elster will lead worldwide sales and services. Adam Elster, who currently heads CA's Mainframe and Customer Success business, has been named EVP and group executive, Worldwide Sales and Services.

In addition, CA also 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.

Red Hat Appoints Leaders for its Newly-Formed Infrastructure and Applications Platform Group 

Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, named Tim Yeaton, former CEO of Black Duck Software and a onetime Red Hat executive, in the newly-created position of SVP, Infrastructure Group. Prior to joining Black Duck, Yeaton was CMO at EqualLogic until its acquisition by Dell in 2008, and as Dell’s VP of the Nashua (N.H.) Design Center, SVP of Worldwide Marketing and GM of Enterprise Solutions at Red Hat, president and CEO and director of Avaki, SVP and GM of the Server Products Division at Macromedia (now part of Adobe), via its acquisition of Allaire and spent some time at Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation.

In addition, Red Hat also appointed its longtime Middleware GM, Craig Muzilla, as SVP of the company’s newly-formed Applications Platform Group. As head of Red Hat’s Middleware business, Muzilla has been instrumental in helping to drive Red Hat's multi-product strategy and diverse portfolio.

ServiceNow’s CTO Leaves     

Arne Josefsberg, 55, the CTO of cloud IT service desk software vendor ServiceNow since 2011, resigned from the Company. Josefsberg was responsible for leading continued improvements to the ServiceNow Platform and driving expansion of its cloud strategy. Prior to joining ServiceNow, he held various positions with Microsoft for over 25 years, as GM of Windows Azure Infrastructure from 2009 to 2011, and as GM of Infrastructure Services for Global Foundation Services (GFS division) from 2006 to 2009. He has proven experience in architecting and building large-scale cloud deployments.

Synopsys’ General Counsel Joins NVIDIA

Brian E. Cabrera, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of electronic design automation (EDA) software firm Synopsys, resigns. He has joined as SVP, General Counsel at visual computing technology firm NVIDIA. Previously, he also served as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, SVP, Secretary and General Counsel of Synopsys, helping in the IPO in 2003. He served at Callidus Software as VP of Operations, Secretary, General Counsel and SVP. He served as Chief Operations Counsel of PeopleSoft, Senior Legal Counsel of Netscape, Legal Counsel of Silicon Graphics, Associate and litigator with Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon.

Open Text SVP Leaves for BlackBerry

SVP of Corporate Development of Open Text James S. Mackey leaves. He was appointed EVP for Corporate Development at Blackberry. Before joining Open Text, Mackey served as head of Corporate Development at SAP.

Nuance Appoints Former Symantec Exec as Sales Head

Provider of voice and language solutions, Nuance Communications, appointed Bill Robbins as EVP, Worldwide Sales. He joins Nuance from [24]7 where he served as COO and from Symantec where he served for ten years as EVP, Worldwide Sales & Services, in addition to other leadership roles. Prior to Symantec, he held a variety of executive sales and operations roles with Comdisco, MCI Systemhouse and EDS Corporation.

Pitney Bowes Names GM, Global Financial Services

Pitney Bowes named Ron Totaro as GM, Global Financial Services. Totaro has an extensive background of building global organizations, driving top and bottom-line growth and leading innovation in payments, financial services, technology and ecommerce businesses. Totaro has held leadership positions at GE Capital, American Express and America Online, and has led strategic transformation and growth at FICO, ACI Worldwide and private equity-backed companies.

Micros Names Former CSC Exec as CHRO

MICROS Systems, a leading provider of IT solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, appointed Carlos Echalar, SVP and CHRO.  Previously, Echalar served as VP of Human Resources for CSC’s Global Commercial Group, and prior to CSC, he served as the EVP and CHRO for ManTech International. He has also held executive positions at SAIC and Titan. 

TIBCO Software Analytics EVP to Leave

TIBCO Software’s EVP, analytics and customer loyalty, Peter Lee, will leave the company for personal reasons. Lee came to TIBCO through its acquisition of DataSynapse in 2009, and since that time, he has held several different management roles, including leading the Spotfire group.

Fortinet Appoints Symantec's Acting CFO as CFO

Fortinet named Andrew "Drew" Del Matto as the company's CFO. Del Matto most recently served as Symantec's acting CFO as well as SVP and Chief Accounting Officer. During his nine years at the company, Del Matto also served as Symantec's Corporate Treasurer and VP of Finance Business Operations. He previously held senior finance leadership roles with Inktomi Corporation and SGI Corporation. Del Matto began his career as a CPA in public accounting with KPMG.

Marketo Promotes NA Sales Lead for Global Sales Role

Marketo, provider of the leading cloud-based marketing software platform for building and sustaining engaging customer relationships, promotes Bill Binch to EVP of Worldwide Field Operations. Binch, who has served as SVP of North America Sales since 2008, assumes responsibility for Marketo's global sales across EMEA, Asia/Pacific, and the Americas.

Fusion-io Names Cisco Vet as New CFO

ioMemory software firm Fusion-io hired Ted Hull, the former VP of Finance of Cisco, as its new EVP and CFO. Hull had been VP of Finance at Cisco since 2007. Hull has also previously served at such companies as Isola, Maxtor, Exodus Communications, and IBM.

Date Range: December 17th 2013 - January 24th 2014

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