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Google’s SVP, Social Leaves 

Vic Gundotra, Google’s SVP, Social, leading Google+ has left. He has been leading Google+, Google's social network, since it launched in 2011.  He joined Google eight years ago, initially leading developer relations. Prior to joining Google, Gundotra was at Microsoft. Gundotra joined Microsoft in 1991 and eventually became GM of Platform Evangelism.

Facebook Goes Through CFO Change

Facebook’s CFO, David Ebersman, is leaving after five years of service. He’ll be replaced by David Wehner, currently VP of corporate finance and business planning and the former CFO of Zynga. Ebersman has been Facebook's CFO for almost five years. Wehner joined Facebook in late 2012 from Zynga, where he served as CFO. Earlier, he spent almost nine years at Allen & Company where he was a managing director.

Amazon Names Global Customer Service Leader to Run Fresh Grocery Business; AWS Exec Joins Square as Engineering Lead

Amazon has appointed its Global Customer Service VP since 2005, Tom Weiland, as VP and GM of Amazon Fresh. He replaces former Amazon Fresh VP Rick Batye, who retired. Earlier, Weiland has served as Director/GM, Manager-Europe Operations, and various other roles at Amazon.

Amazon veteran Alyssa Henry has joined Square as its new engineering lead. Henry most recently ran the data storage business for Amazon Web Services, its giant cloud computing business. Before that, she has also worked at Microsoft for 12 years.

Yahoo! Nominates Three New Board Members; Sees Other Leadership Changes

Yahoo! nominated three new members, David Filo, Charles R. Schwab, and H. Lee Scott, Jr. to the company's board. David Filo is a founder of Yahoo and Chief Yahoo, has served as an officer of Yahoo since 1995, and served as a director of Yahoo from its founding through February 1996. Filo co-developed Yahoo in 1994, and co-founded Yahoo in 1995.

Charles R. Schwab has been Chairman and a director of The Charles Schwab Corporation since its incorporation in 1986. He served as the CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation and for few years as its Co-CEO. Schwab was a founder of Charles Schwab & Co in 1971, has been its Chairman since 1978, and served as its CEO from 2004 until 2008. Schwab is Chairman of Charles Schwab Bank and Chairman and trustee of The Charles Schwab Family of Funds, Schwab Investments, Schwab Capital Trust, Schwab Annuity Portfolios, Laudus Trust and Laudus Institutional Trust, all registered investment companies.

H. Lee Scott, Jr. served as President and CEO of Walmart from 2000 to 2009 and as an executive officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Walmart’s board until January 2011. Prior to that, he held various other positions with Walmart, including Vice Chairman and COO, as well as EVP and President and CEO of Walmart U.S.

Joe Zee will be joining Yahoo! as Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Fashion digital magazine. Prior to Yahoo, Zee spent seven years as the Creative Director at ELLE. Before that, he held several fashion editorial positions at W, Details, Vanity Fair and House & Garden. He was also Editor in Chief of Vitals, a Fairchild publication.

Yahoo’s top Mail and Messenger product exec Dave McDowell has joined AOL to head its communications products unit. McDowell will be in charge of AOL’s entire suite of communication products, including AOL Mail, Alto, AIM, Client, Calendar and Address Book.

Twitter Taps Google Maps Exec for Product VP Role

Twitter named Daniel Graf as its new VP of consumer product. Graf most recently comes from Google, where he led efforts on the company’s Google Maps project since 2012. Most notably, Graf was responsible for bringing Google Maps to the iPhone after Apple introduced its competing maps product. Graf will work in step with newly named VP of Product Engineering Jeremy Gordon.

Groupon’s Divisional VP and GM Leaves

David Kerr, who was Groupon’s VP and GM of the company's home and auto category, leaves. He has joined TinderBox, a four-year-old sales automation solutions company, as COO. Kerr joined Angie’s List in 2011, where he ran its new e-commerce division for a year. Kerr started a mobile sales software company called NoInk Communications after graduating, which was eventually sold to Global Healthcare Exchange, a healthcare supply chain company. He went to work for GHX for 5 years, where he spent the majority of his time as president of GHX Europe, based in Germany. TinderBox’s CEO Dustin Sapp cofounded NoInk along with Kerr in 2000.

Lionsgate Appoints Well-Known Digital Media Entrepreneur as New President of Interactive Ventures and Games

Lionsgate has named renowned games and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin as President of Interactive Ventures and Games. He most recently served as CEO and Co-Founder of Nerdist Industries, a multiplatform creator of digital content. Previously, he was President and Co-Founder of Bellrock Media, executive advisor to Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo, MAG Interactive, digital comic and graphic novel platform comiXology and Rovio Entertainment, worked in the Corporate and Strategic Planning groups at the Walt Disney. Levin began his career in the Corporate Advisory Group at Creative Artists Agency.

WebMD CTO Joins AOL 

EVP and CTO of WebMD, William Pence, will join AOL as its Global CTO. Before joining WebMD, Pence had served as CTO and SVP at Napster, CTO for Universal Music Group’s online initiatives and for the Pressplay joint venture with Sony, and spent more than a decade at IBM, in research and software division. William Pence replaces CTO Curtis Brown at AOL.

Zynga Names Former Best Buy Exec as CFO

Zynga appointed former Best Buy executive David Lee, 42, as its CFO and chief accounting officer. Lee will replace Mark Vranesh who has been CFO since 2008. Lee was previously the SVP of corporate finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy at retail giant Best Buy. He has also worked at Del Monte Foods.

Former AmEx and Dell Digital Marketing Exec Joins Time Inc

Time Inc. named Scott McAllister as SVP, Digital Marketing. He most recently has been serving as SVP of Marketing and Digital Experience for Tourneau, the luxury watch retailer in the U.S. Previously, he spent nine years at American Express where he began by running the Merchandise rewards category for the Membership Rewards program, and his final role was VP of Social Media Prospect Marketing for the International Consumer & Small Business Services division. Earlier, he was a Senior Marketing Manager at Dell and began his career in Finance and Six Sigma Operations with GE.

Orbitz Worldwide Chairman Clarke Resigns; Ensuing Subsequent Board Appointments

Orbitz Worldwide appointed Scott Forbes as non-executive chairman. He replaces Jeff Clarke, who has resigned from the board after seven years as chairman, following his recent appointment as CEO of Eastman Kodak Company. Orbitz Worldwide also elected Gavin Baiera to the board to fill the seat vacated by Jeff.

Scott Forbes has served on the Orbitz Worldwide board since June 2013. He has been chairman of Rightmove, the UK's leading real estate website, since 2005. Before that, Scott held several senior positions at Cendant and its predecessor HFS, which was a leading provider of travel and residential real estate services.

Gavin Baiera is a Managing Director of Angelo, Gordon & Co, a privately-held registered investment advisor. He also sits on the board of Travelport. Prior to joining Angelo Gordon, Gavin was co-head of the Strategic Finance Group at Morgan Stanley and prior to that he was at GE Capital.

Date Range: April 5th - May 3rd

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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.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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