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Microsoft Taps Scott Guthrie to Replace Nadella as New Cloud & Enterprise Interim Chief

As Satya Nadella takes up the CEO role, Microsoft named Scott Guthrie as the interim Cloud & Enterprise EVP. Guthrie moved from being the Corporate VP of the .Net platform in the Developer Division, to head the Azure Application Platform team in the Business Platform Division in May 2011. Guthrie has held several roles since joining the company in 1997 as a program manager. In addition being a former leader of the company's .Net platform, Guthrie is also a frequent blogger for the company.

SAP Appoints New Head of Cloud in Asia Pacific Japan 

SAP appointed John Ruthven as SVP of Cloud and Line of Business for Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) as the company focuses on expanding the enterprise cloud business. Ruthven is tasked with driving SAP's "cloud first" strategy across line of business solutions and oversee the entire cloud portfolio in the region. Based in Sydney, Ruthven brings to SAP 18 years of experience in the IT industry with particular expertise in regional and international management and sales operations. Prior to joining SAP, Ruthven served as SVP of International Sales at Zuora, and General Manager of Emerging Markets at CA Technologies.

VMware Names Senior R&D Exec as Technology Chief; Former Gartner Research VP as Americas CTO

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. 

VMware hires Chris Wolf as CTO for Americas region. Wolf was formerly a Research VP at Gartner, specialising in virtualisation technologies and during his time there kept a close eye on VMware and Citrix among others. Before that he spent a few years working with the Burton Group, a datacenter-focused consultancy.

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.

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.

Rackspace Names Co-Founder and Exec Chair as CEO and CCO as President

Open cloud company Rackspace Hosting’s CEO and Director Lanham Napier retired from the company. Graham Weston, Rackspace's co-founder and Executive Chairman, has been appointed CEO. Weston provided capital for the formation of Rackspace in December 1998 and served as CEO from mid 1999 to 2006. Prior to joining Rackspace, Weston was a successful real estate entrepreneur. He remains CEO of Weston Properties, which owns and manages industrial and office properties.

The company has also 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.

ChannelAdvisor Hires General Counsel from Cree 

Cloud-based e-commerce solutions firm ChannelAdvisor named Diana Semel Allen as VP and general counsel. Allen previously served as associate general counsel, assistant secretary and compliance director for Cree, a leading innovator of lighting-class LED products, lighting products and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency applications. Prior to joining Cree in 2005, she was a corporate attorney with Helms Mulliss & Wicker, a law firm (formerly part of Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore).

 ServiceSource Appoints New Senior Sales Leadership Team

ServiceSource, the Renew OnDemand cloud application 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.

Date Range: November 30th 2013 - February 16th 2014

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