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Microsoft Goes Through More Board and Senior Leadership Changes

Stephen J. Luczo, 57, Chairman and CEO of Seagate resigned from Microsoft Board. Luczo joined Microsoft’s board in May 2012. Prior to his current role, Luczo served at Seagate as President and COO, and SVP of Corporate Development. Prior to joining Seagate in 1993, he was Senior Managing Director of the Global Technology Group of Bear, Stearns & Co., an investment banking firm.

Phil Spencer has been promoted and will helm the Xbox and Xbox Live divisions, which includes Xbox's software, and that Spencer, who previously served as VP of Microsoft Game Studios, will report directly to Terry Myerson, the head of Windows.

Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten is leaving Microsoft to assume a similar role at Sonos, the company announced today in a blog post. Whitten helped shepherd all three of the Xbox consoles, including last November’s Xbox One, to launch. The rest of the Xbox leadership team “will remain intact,” according to the blog post, and will report to software platform EVP Terry Myerson. The news comes as a surprise in part because Whitten had been scheduled to appear at this week’s Game Developers Conference on behalf of the Xbox One, including in an on-stage “fireside chat” on Friday. The official GDC schedule has been updated to reflect that corporate VP Phil Spencer will now be doing the interview instead.

Antoine Leblond, a longtime Windows and Office executive at Microsoft, is leaving the company, according to Re/Code. Leblond worked at Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft for nearly 25 years. But he was moved aside in a reorganization last year. He is leaving the company on Monday. Leblond worked closely with ex-Windows chief Steven Sinofsky. Leblond focused on the cloud services and store for Windows 8.

Verizon Appoints Former CSC Cloud Exec as Global Cloud Head

Verizon appointed former CSC cloud head Siki Giunta to lead Verizon’s global cloud business as SVP Cloud and M2M Connected Solutions, as the company completely re-architected its cloud platform, and eyes consolidating multiple PaaS on its platform. Giunta most recently served at CSC. She also served as CEO of Fortisphere, providing policy-based virtualization management software, and Novell acquired Managed Objects, an application management dashboard provider.

Facebook Hardware Chief Leaves to Build a Storage Start-up

Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s VP of hardware design and supply chain, plans to leave the company. Frankovsky, a Facebook veteran of the past four-and-a-half years, rose from directing Facebook’s server hardware design efforts to become a VP. He was instrumental in founding Facebook’s Open Compute Project, an initiative that invites hardware community collaboration and the open sharing of data center design specifications. In Frankovsky’s absence, Director of Infrastructure Jason Taylor will assume responsibility for leading the supply chain and hardware design teams at Facebook.

EMC Makes New Appointments for its Information Infrastructure Business

Jeremy Burton has been named President of Products and Marketing, EMC Information Infrastructure. Burton joined EMC as CMO in March 2010, from Serena Software, where he was President and CEO. Previously, he was Group President of Symantec's Security and Data Management Business Unit, EVP of the Data Management Group at Veritas, CMO at Veritas, SVP of Product and Services Marketing at Oracle.

Denis Cashman has been appointed CFO, EMC Information Infrastructure. Cashman, a 25-year EMC Finance executive, is responsible for all aspects of EMC Information Infrastructure financial planning; reporting; accounting; and controllership; including Tax and Treasury; and Investor Relations.

Jonathan Martin has been named CMO, EMC Information Infrastructure, an expanded role from his prior position as SVP of Corporate Marketing. Martin succeeds and continues to report to Jeremy Burton in this capacity. Since 2011, Martin has served as SVP of Corporate Marketing, responsible for Brand, Creative, Advertising, Web/Social/Mobile Channels, Online Communities, Events and EMC TV.

EMC CFO David Goulden Leaves VMware’s Board; EMC Director and Former Akamai CEO Paul Sagan Replaces Him 

VMware board member David Goulden, 54, resigns from Board. He is CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO of EMC. 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 has led more than 70 acquisitions since 2003.

The Board elected Paul Sagan, 55, as a member of the Board. Sagan has been a partner and XIR at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm, since January 2014. Sagan is also a member of the board of EMC, VMware's parent company. Sagan is the former CEO of Akamai Technologies, and has also served as President, VP and COO. In December 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him as a member of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Sagan is also a director of Akamai and iRobot Corporation. Appoints Gen. Colin Powell as Director for More Public Sector Focus; SVP Joins Identity Management Services Start-Up Okta appointed General Colin Powell, 77, to its Board of Directors. General Powell is a retired four star general and served for 35 years in the United States Army. He has served as U.S. National Security Advisor, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he was the 65th Secretary of State of the United States. He is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards as well as two Presidential Medals of Freedom. General Powell is a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Krista Anderson SVP at leaves. She has joined Okta, the startup that aims to help companies manage their many login credentials for all the cloud services they use.  Most recently, Anderson served as SVP, Customers for Life, Commercial Business Unit at Before that she served the company as SVP, Customers for Life, West Verticals; SVP, Global Support; and VP Global Support & Customer Success.

AmEx CMO Leaves Yahoo! Board 

Yahoo’s board member, John Hayes, 59, EVP and CMO, American Express, has decided not to seek re-election to Yahoo's board. Hayes joined the Yahoo board in 2012. Prior to joining American Express in 1995, he was the President of Lowe & Partners, a leading brand and advertising firm. Hayes serves as a director of Keurig Green Mountain and is a member of the Board of Regents of Seton Hall University.

LinkedIn General Counsel to Leave Company

Erika Rottenberg, 51, LinkedIn’s general counsel and employee of nearly six years, plans to leave the professional networking service later this year. LinkedIn plans to begin the search for its new General Counsel. Rottenberg has been VP, General Counsel and Secretary of LinkedIn since mid 2008. Prior to that, she served as a Consultant and before that as SVP, General Counsel and Secretary of SumTotal Systems. She also served as VP of Strategic Development and General Counsel at Creative Labs and was associated with a law firm of Cooley Godward, where she practiced corporate and employment law for technology companies.

Symantec Terminates CEO; Appoints Board Member as Interim Leader

Symantec appointed board member Michael Brown as interim president and CEO, following the termination of Steve Bennett as the company's president and CEO and his resignation from Symantec's board. A special committee of the board will immediately begin the search for a permanent CEO with the assistance of a leading executive search firm. Steve Bennett was named Symantec’s CEO in July 2012. Prior to that, Bennett joined Symantec’s board in February 2010, and was chairman from 2011 to 2013.

Bennett was previously Intuit’s president and CEO. He joined Intuit after a 23-year career at General Electric, where he held a variety of key management roles in numerous areas of the business, including GE Capital e-Business, GE Capital Vendor Financial Services, GE Electrical Distribution and Control, GE Appliances, GE Medical Systems and GE Supply.

Interim CEO Brown joined Symantec's board following the company's merger with VERITAS Software in 2005. He has been the board chairman and CEO coach for several successful technology companies prior to their acquisitions, including EqualLogic, Line 6 and The Echo Nest. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Quantum Corporation.

NetApp CEO Adds on Chairman Role; New Lead Independent Director Announced

Former CEO and current chairman, Dan Warmenhoven, has decided not to seek re-election to the board of NetApp, the provider of storage systems and data management solutions for IT infrastructures. He was CEO of NetApp from 1994 to 2009. Prior to that, he served in various capacities, including President, CEO, and chairman of Network Equipment Technologies, and held executive and managerial positions at Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Tom Georgens, 53, CEO of NetApp, has been elected chairman of the board. Previously Georgens served as president and chief operating officer, executive vice president and general manager of enterprise storage systems and executive vice president of product operations. Before that, he held various roles at LSI, an electronics design company, most recently as executive vice president of LSI Logic, and held engineering and marketing positions at EMC

Nicholas G. Moore, 71, announced his decision to retire from the Board. He has been a member of the Board since 2002 and was appointed as Lead Independent Director in 2009. He is former Global Chairman and also CEO of PwC. Prior to that, he served as Chairman and CEO of Coopers & Lybrand.

The Board elected its member T. Michael Nevens, 63, as Lead Independent Director. Nevens was appointed to the NetApp board in December 2009. He serves as a senior advisor to Permira, an international private equity fund. He also serves on the board of Altera and Ciena.

L-3 Communications Formulates Corporate Realignment

L-3’s structure now consists of these four business segments: Aerospace Systems, Electronic Systems, Communication Systems and National Security Solutions. John C. McNellis, 61, has been named president of Aerospace Systems. Prior to this, he was President of Integrated Systems Group. He also served as President of Link Simulation and Training Division. Prior to L-3, he was President of Lockheed Martin's Tactical Systems unit and held executive positions at Loral and IBM.

John S. Mega, 60, has been named president of Communication Systems. He most recently served as the President of L-3’s Microwave Group. Earlier, he served as the Acting President of LogiMetrics, and VP of finance for the Hycor division at Loral.

Steve Kantor continues in his role as president of Electronic Systems and Les A. Rose continues in his role as president of National Security Solutions.

Canon U.S.A. CEO Adds on Chairman Role; Company Appoints New COO

Canon U.S.A. named President and CEO since 2005, Yoruku Adachi as new Chairman and CEO. He joined Canon Japan in 1970 and worked at Canon U.S.A. from 1978 to 1992. He returned back, and in 1993 was named GM of the Photo Products Marketing Management Division. He also served as President of Canon Canada, President and CEO of Canon China and Canon Hong Kong, and Chairman of Canon Singapore. In 2013, he was also appointed Chairman and CEO of Canon Solutions America.

Yuichi Ishizuka has been named President and COO of Canon U.S.A. He has served as Senior Executive Officer of Canon Japan, EVP and General Manager and SVP and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging Group, started Canon U.S.A.'s Digital Camera Division as its Assistant Director, and also served as Marketing Manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Camera Division, Product and Marketing Manager of the Camera, Video and Still Video department at Canon Canada. Ishizuka began his career at Canon Japan in 1981, where he worked in the Camera Division.

TriZetto CEO and Former Cerner President to Lead Nuance's Healthcare Business

Speech, imaging and keypad solutions company Nuance Communications named Trace Devanny as president of Nuance's Healthcare business. Devanny joins Nuance from TriZetto, where he served as chairman and CEO. Previously, he held several executive roles at Cerner, most recently as president, over an eleven year period. He was president and COO of ADAC Healthcare Information Systems and held a series of executive positions with IBM and its healthcare business.

Date Range: March 12th - April 9th

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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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