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Microsoft Names New Chairman as Bill Gates Steps Down

Microsoft announced that Bill Gates, 58, previously Chairman of the Board, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.


John W. Thompson, 64, Lead Independent Director for the Board, will assume the role of Chairman. Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in February 2012. Thompson is the CEO of privately held Virtual Instruments, whose products are designed to ensure the performance and availability of applications deployed in virtualized and private cloud computing environments. Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley. Before that, during his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, he helped transform the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management. Thompson stepped down as CEO in 2009, and from Symantec's board in 2011. Previously, he held leadership positions at IBM, including sales, marketing, software development and GM of IBM Americas, and was also a member of IBM's Worldwide Management Council.

Kendle International Co-Founder Joins Emerson's Board

Candace Kendle, retired chairman and CEO of Kendle International, has been elected to diversified-technology company Emerson's board. Dr. Kendle co-founded Kendle International, a global clinical research organization that provides a wide range of services to the global biopharmaceutical industry. She served as its chairman and CEO from 1981 to 2011, growing Kendle International into a $450-million public company and a leader in its industry, prior to its acquisition by INC Research in 2011. Before founding Kendle, she held faculty positions with a number of leading universities, including the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kendle is a director of United Parcel Service (UPS).

Infosys Technologies Announces Board Changes

Infosys appointed U. B. Pravin Rao and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw as Directors. Pravin Rao is the newly announced President of the Company and is also responsible for Global Delivery and Service Innovation. Pravin is also the Director of the Infosys Leadership Institute (ILI) globally. Since joining Infosys in 1986, he has held a number of senior leadership roles such as Head of Infrastructure Management Services, Delivery Head for Europe, and Head of Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Logistics and Life Sciences. 

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon, a biotechnology company. She is highly respected in the corporate world and has been named among TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Recently, Economic Times placed her at India Inc's top 10 most powerful women CEO for the year 2012. Her pioneering efforts in biotechnology have drawn global recognition both for Indian Industry and Biocon.

In accordance with the retirement policy for the company's Board of Directors with attainment of 65 years of age, David L. Boyles, Independent Director, will retire from the Infosys Board. Boyles joined the Board in 2005.

Sprint Appoints Brightstar Founder to Board

Sprint has appointed Marcelo Claure, founder, chairman, president and CEO of Brightstar, the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading provider of diversified services to the wireless industry, to board. Prior to launching Brightstar, Claure was active in the expansion of the U.S. telecom market through a number of entrepreneurial endeavours including serving as president of Cellular Solutions, a successful wireless retailer in the northeast U.S.

Akamai Appoints Retired Goldman Sachs CIO to Board

Akamai elected Steven M. Scopellite who recently retired from Goldman Sachs, to board. He was named Goldman Sachs’ co-CIO in 2007 and became CIO in 2011. Before that, he had responsibility for Equities Technology before becoming co-COO of the Technology Division in 2004. Scopellite joined Goldman Sachs in 1986 as a software engineer in the firm's financing functions. He led technology in support of the firm's expansion into new markets across Europe and Asia, and returned to New York in 1996 to take responsibility for the build-out of its early electronic trading platform. Scopellite is a member of the National Board of Directors for Computers for Youth and a special advisor to the National Society of Black Engineers.

Former CEO Elevated to Executive Vice Chairman of Syntel Board with Naming of New CEO 

Syntel, a global IT services firm, appointed Prashant Ranade, 61, Syntel's CEO and President, as Executive Vice Chairman of Board. The Company appointed Nitin Rakesh to the positions of CEO and President, succeeding Ranade effective. Previously, Ranade served as the President and CEO of Siemens Group Logistics and Assembly Systems, NA (currently Dematic Corp.), a company that is principally involved in material handling logistics and automation.

Ciena Adds Director with Expertise in Strategic Business Planning and Competitive Strategy

Communications networking equipment and software company Ciena Corporation appointed T. Michael Nevens, 64, to Board. Nevens currently serves as senior adviser at Permira Advisers, an international PE fund. From 1980 until 2002, Nevens held various leadership positions at McKinsey, most recently as a director (senior partner) and as managing partner of the firm’s Global Technology Practice. He also served on the board of the McKinsey Global Institute, which conducts research on economic and policy issues. Nevens is an expert in the areas of strategic business planning and has strategic insight on corporate governance changes affecting public companies.

Compuware Gets Two Directors Nominated

Compuware nominated technology veterans John G. Freeland and Stephen F. Schuckenbrock to board. Freeland was previously the President and CEO of SymphonyIRI Group, a marketing services provider to the CPG and over-the-counter healthcare industries, and President of Worldwide Operations at salesforce.com, a leader in the SaaS arena. Prior to this, Freeland served in various leadership roles, including Global Managing Partner, and as a member of the Executive Committee during his 26-year career at Accenture.

Schuckenbrock is the President and CEO of Accretive Health. Before that, Schuckenbrock served in multiple roles at Dell, most recently as the President of Dell Services and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Prior to working at Dell, he served as Co-COO and EVP of Global Sales and Services at Electronic Data Systems. Before joining EDS in 2003, he served as COO of The Feld Group, Global CIO of PepsiCo, and spent almost a decade at IBM in a variety of Sales and Executive Staff positions. He currently serves on the Board of Accretive Health and has held previous directorship positions at Staples and AT Kearney.

Monotype Imaging’s Chairman Intends to Resign

Provider of text imaging solutions Monotype Imaging’s Chairman Robert M. Givens, 68, intends to resign. Givens has served as a member of board since the company was acquired by TA Associates from Agfa Corporation in 2004 and has served as Chairman since 2006. From 2004 until 2006, he served as President and CEO. Before that, he served in various capacities with Agfa Corporation and, beginning in 2000, as President of Agfa Monotype. From 1975 until it was acquired by Agfa Corporation in 1988, he was employed by Compugraphic Corporation where he co-founded its Font Technologies division.

Traffic Visibility Solutions Company Appoints Networking and IT Expert as Director

Gigamon names Paul Milbury to its board of directors. He served as VP of operations and CFO of Starent Networks, a provider of mobile network solutions, until its acquisition by Cisco in 2009. Prior to Starent, he served as VP and CFO of Avid Technology.

CSG Names Director with Hands-On Strategic, Financial and BD Experience 

CSG International, the company that offers CRM, account management and billing software to communication industries, appoints David Barnes as a board member. Barnes currently serves as the CFO for MWH Global, a global provider of environmental engineering, construction and strategic consulting services. He brings close to 30 years' experience in finance and strategic development in a wide spectrum of well-known and respected companies, including Western Union Company, Radio Shack, Coors Brewing and YUM Brands.

Kofax Names Capital Markets Specialist as New Board Member

Kofax, the document capture and automation software company, has named James A. Urry as a member of its board. Urry is a Partner at Augusta Columbia Capital Group, and also has served at venture firms Court Square Capital Partners and Citigroup Venture Capital. He also serves on the board of Intersil, and previously was on the board of Lyris and AMIS Holdings. Kofax develops software heavily used in the mortgage and financial industries.

Date Range: December 28th 2013 - February 6th 2014

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