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Google Appoints YouTube CEO

Google has named Susan Wojcicki, a SVP for advertising and commerce, as CEO of YouTube. The appointment of Wojcicki, the most senior woman at Google, is in line with the company's goal to generate more ad revenues from its video service. Salar Kamangar, who was leading YouTube since co-founder Chad Hurley left the company in 2010, is expected to take another role within Google. 

Wojcicki joined Google in 1999 as the 16th employee and served as the search engine's first marketing executive. At Google, Wojcicki has overseen product management of AdSense, Google Book Search and Google Video as well as the syndication of the company's products.

She has been sharing her job with Sridhar Ramaswamy, also a SVP for advertising and commerce. Ramaswamy will run the ad business for Google going forward.

Microsoft Names New Chairman and CEO; Goes through Other Leadership Changes

Microsoft’s Lead Independent Director John W. Thompson, 64, assumes the role of Chairman. 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 new CEO Satya Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.

Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in early 2012. Thompson is the CEO of privately held infrastructure performance management solutions firm Virtual Instruments. Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley. Before that, he was the CEO of Symantec, stepping down 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.

Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella, 46, as CEO and member of the Board. Nadella previously held the position of EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was VP of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer, 57, who announced in August 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named.

Microsoft appointed 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.

Keith Lorizio, VP, U.S. Sales for Microsoft's advertising division, is no longer with the company. Lorizio joined Microsoft in 2006 from Yahoo where he was heading advertising sales team. For the past 8 years at Microsoft, Lorizio helped building a strong U.S. sales team.

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.

IBM Appoints New Chief of Global Business Partners and New India MD

IBM veteran Marc Dupaquier has been named as the company's new GM of Global Business Partners, replacing Mark Hennessy. Dupaquier most recently served as VP of marketing and strategy at IBM's Systems and Technology Group. He also served as GM of IBM's global midmarket business and head of marketing for IBM Software Group.

Hennessy, who was appointed GM of Global Business Partners in January of 2012, will take over an as-yet-unannounced role at IBM. Prior to heading up IBM's partner business, Hennessy served as GM of IBM's Northeast Europe business, in addition to several channel management roles. 

IBM appoints Vanitha Narayanan as the new MD of its Indian operations. Narayanan takes over from Shanker Annaswamy, IBM’s longest serving head of the Indian operations, who took over in 2004 and led it to more than $2 billion in local revenue.

Narayanan, who worked as managing partner for the company’s global business services unit until her promotion, will be responsible for all of IBM’s sales, marketing, services and global delivery operations in the India/South Asia region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

SAP Appoints Global HR Head and EMEA COO; Couple of 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.

The company also appointed Darren Roos as COO for EMEA. Roos joins SAP from Software AG where he was a member of the Group Executive Board and COO for Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Prior to this, he held numerous other roles within Software AG, including SVP of Field Operations for Nordics, Southern Africa, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg, and Country Manager for Africa and the Middle East. 

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.

eBay Enterprise Head Leaves

Chris Saridakis, President of eBay Enterprise, a division of eBay, has resigned for personal reasons. An external search will be conducted for a successor. Until then, Tobias Hartmann, VP, Omnichannel Operations and International, will serve as interim head of eBay Enterprise. Saridakis had served as president of eBay Enterprise since mid-2011, following the company's acquisition of GSI Commerce (renamed eBay Enterprise in 2013), where he was part of that company's management team.

Accenture Appoints CHRO

Accenture appointed Ellyn Shook, 50, as CHRO, succeeding Jill B. Smart, who will step down from the role after serving for the past nine years. Smart will retire from Accenture in August 2014. Shook is currently Senior Managing Director - Human Resources and head of Accenture's Human Resources Centers of Expertise. In addition, she leads the HR teams responsible for the company's operating groups and growth platforms. Shook will join the Global Management Committee.

Until her retirement from Accenture, Smart will continue to be actively involved in several key client relationships she has developed over the years, and also continue to represent Accenture in a number of human resources-related forums.

EMC Appoints David Goulden as 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.

Salesforce’s President, Global Enterprise Leaves

Blair Crump resigned from his position as President, Global Enterprise of Salesforce to join as COO of PROS Holdings, a big data software company. Prior to joining Salesforce in early 2012, Crump was Group President of worldwide sales & consulting services and SVP of premier & international sales for Verizon Business. Prior to that, he held sales and marketing positions at Verizon acquired MCI, where he began his career as one of the first sales representatives in New York City.

Time Warner Cable Appoints HR Head

Time Warner Cable appointed Alan Lui as SVP of Human Resources. Previous to this appointment, Lui was SVP of Human Resources Centers of Expertise, where he oversaw talent acquisition, human resources operations and benefits, learning and development, as well as diversity and inclusion. He joined Time Warner Cable in 2011 as Group VP of Video Strategy, before which co-founded Nove Technologies, a start-up focused on applying high-temperature superconductor technology to electric power distribution.

Yahoo! COO Henrique De Castro Resigns; Ops Division Restructured Henrique de Castro

After 15 months on the job, Yahoo!’s COO Henrique de Castro, 48, is leaving. De Castro was the first major hire by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and was responsible for strategic and operational management of Yahoo!'s sales, operations, media and business development worldwide. De Castro joined Yahoo in October 2012. Prior to that, he was Google's VP of Worldwide Partner Business Solutions. Before joining Google, De Castro managed Dell's Western European sales and business development activities, and before that was a consultant at McKinsey.

The leadership of the operating organization is being restructured, with the geographic heads and SVP, Operations reporting to the CEO directly.

CMO Kathy Savitt will also lead media and editorial functions, and the functions that align with product initiatives in the Homepages & Verticals group will report there. 

Infosys Technologies Announces Board Changes; Appoints Two Presidents

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.

Infosys appointed two company presidents, B.G. Srinivas with responsibility of financial services, insurance, manufacturing, engineering services, Energy and Communications, Infosys Public Services, Infosys Lodestone, Strategic Global Sourcing, marketing and alliances, and U. B. Pravin Rao looking over retail, CPG and logistics, life sciences, resources and utilities, services, growth markets, cloud and mobility, quality & productivity and Infosys Leadership Institute.

Srinivas headed the company’s operations in Europe and headed Infosys’ financial services vertical globally, apart from being the Chairman of Infosys Lodestone. Rao joined the board after the exit of Mr. V. Balakrishnan from the company last month.

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.

Nokia Solutions and Networks Exec Chairman to Step Down

Executive Chairman of the group's telecoms infrastructure business, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Jesper Ovesen, is stepping down. Ovesen joined NSN in 2011, when it was a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens. Since 2013, NSN has been fully-owned by Nokia. He is due to step down from his Executive Chairman role upon the closing of the transaction whereby Nokia is selling substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft, which is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2014. Ovesen will continue to serve in an advisory role for a period after the closing of the Microsoft transaction. 

LinkedIn Names China President

LinkedIn named Derek Shen, former CEO of Nuomi, as president of its newly created China group. Shen, who is a VP at LinkedIn and also worked as Founder & CEO at Nuomi, VP at Renren, Head of Business Development, China at Google, Engineering Manager at Google, Technical Lead at Yahoo, Senior Software Engineer at, and Senior Software Engineer at Vizional Technologies.

CA Announces Leadership Changes

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.

CA appoints Alyssa Fitzpatrick as SVP, Global Partners and Alliances. Previously, she led McAfee's Worldwide Alliances organization and has held positions of increasing seniority at world-leading organizations such as Oracle and Informatica.

Symantec Appoints Cisco SVP Sheila Jordan as New CIO 

Symantec appoints Sheila Jordan as its new CIO. Jordan is currently SVP of Communications and Collaboration IT at Cisco, where she has worked for nine years. In addition, Jordan had global responsibility for, the company's gateway for information to customers, partners, analysts, the news media, and new recruits. Jordan joined Cisco in 2005 from Walt Disney World, where she was SVP of Destination Disney. She serves as a director for NextSpace, a provider of innovative physical and virtual infrastructure for entrepreneurs, and sits on the CIO Advisory Board for SnapLogic.

Jordan replaces Marty Hodgett, who left Symantec in December after a year and a half on the job. Before Symantec, Hodgett was the president and CEO of RivalWatch, which produced a Web-based competitive intelligence tool used by many of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers.

Prior to joining RivalWatch, he was the CIO and VP of Business Strategy for Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), and also had a distinguished twenty-two year career at Accenture where he was a senior partner and worked across several industry sectors.

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.

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

Red Hat 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.

Akamai Appoints Retires 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.

Citrix’s CEO Returns to Role but Intends to Retire; iCEO Named COO

Citrix’s CEO, Mark B. Templeton, will be returning from his previously announced leave of absence to resume his role as CEO. He intends to retire within the next year, subject to the naming of his successor. The board has formed a committee of independent directors to lead a search process to identify the next CEO.

David J. Henshall, who has been serving as acting CEO, has been promoted to COO and will retain a portion of the executive responsibilities that he assumed during Templeton’s absence. Henshall will continue in his roles as EVP and CFO, with responsibility for the company’s finance and accounting organizations.

Citrix named Rakesh Narasimhan as group VP and GM. Most recently, he served as President and CEO at InstallFree, a developer of application portability, virtualization and access solutions that delivered Microsoft Office as a subscription-based cloud service to any device. Narasimhan spent 15 years at Microsoft serving as GM for several business lines in the Server and Tools division and has worked at Oracle in senior roles in the areas of databases, transaction-processing systems and distributed systems.

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.

Harris Appoints Leader for Satellite and Terrestrial Communications Solutions Biz

Harris Corporation has named Tracey Haslam as President of its Harris CapRock Communications business. Most recently she was VP and GM of Harris CapRock's energy business. She joined Harris from Honeywell, where she was VP, strategic markets for Honeywell Process Solutions.

Groupon Adds Int'l Ops SVP, Smart Deals Engineering VP

Groupon named two new executives: Tamer Tamar to SVP of International Operations and Sri Subramaniam to VP of Engineering for Smart Deals.

Tamar joins Groupon from Orbitz where he was SVP International responsible for EMEA and APAC Regions for ebookers and HotelClub. Prior to that, Tamar held senior positions at Expedia in Europe. Tamar will be based in London.

Subramaniam joins from WalmartLabs where he was responsible for search, marketplace and item infrastructure. Prior to that Subramaniam was VP of Engineering at Kosmix, a semantic tech startup acquired by Walmart. He also previously led search at eBay. Subramaniam will be based in Palo Alto.

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.

Rackspace Names CCO as President

Open cloud company Rackspace Hosting has appointed Taylor Rhodes, the company's current Chief Customer Officer, to the position of President. Rhodes has been at Rackspace since 2007. Rhodes had previously been SVP and Chief Customer Officer, SVP and Managing Director, International, and also led Rackspace's sales and support organization.

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

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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.

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