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Qualcomm Taps Unilever COO as New Board Member 

Qualcomm appointed Harish Manwani, the current COO at Unilver Plc, as a new board member. In 2005, he joined the Unilever Executive team as President, Asia Africa. Before that, he was president and CEO of the HPC North America business group; President, Home and Personal Care, Latin America business group; moved to the UK as SVP, Global Hair Care and Oral Care. He joined Hindustan Lever (HLL) in 1976. He is also non-executive chairman of Hindustan Lever and sits on the boards of Indian School of Business, Whirlpool and Pearson.

Accenture Appoints Finance Professionals as New Board Members 

Accenture appointed Paula A. Price, 52, to the company's Board. She was EVP and CFO of Ahold USA, a U.S. grocery retailer, until January 2014. Before joining Ahold in 2009, she was the controller and chief accounting officer at CVS Caremark. Earlier in her career, she was CFO for the Institutional Trust Services division of JPMorgan Chase.

Frank K. Tang, 45, has been appointed to the company's Board. Tang is CEO and managing partner of FountainVest Partners, a PE fund dedicated to investments in China. Before co-founding FountainVest Partners in 2007, he was senior MD and head of China investments at Temasek Holdings, a Singapore investment company. Earlier in his career, he was a MD at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for nearly 11 years.

Yahoo! Nominates Three New Board Members

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.

Harris Corporation’s CEO Adds on Chair Role; Former Independent Chair Named Lead Director

Harris Corporation appoints President and CEO William M. Brown, 50, in the additional capacity of chairman. Prior to joining Harris in November 2011, Brown was SVP, Corporate Strategy and Development, of United Technologies. Earlier, he served as President of UTC’s Fire & Security Division, and held U.S. and international roles at various divisions, including Carrier Corporation’s Asia Pacific Operations and the Carrier Transicold division. Before joining UTC in 1997, he worked for McKinsey as a senior engagement manager. He began his career as a project engineer at Air Products and Chemicals.

Brown succeeds Thomas A. Dattilo, 62, who has served as non-executive chairman since January 2012. Dattilo has been named as lead independent director. He is also an advisor and consultant to various private investment firms. He served as a Senior Advisor for Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, an unit of Cerberus Capital Management. Dattilo was most recently Chairman, President and CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. Prior to joining Cooper, he held senior positions with Dana Corporation. His last position with Dana was President of its sealing products group.

Former Time Warner Cable CFO Nominated to tw telecom’s Board 

Provider of managed network services tw telecom nominates Irene M. Esteves, 55, former CFO of Time Warner Cable, to board. Besides Time Warner Cable, Estevesis previously served as CFO of XL Group plc and Regions Financial Corporation and on the boards of Timberland Co. and Johnson Diversey.

Former President of Bell Labs Joins ARRIS Group Board

ARRIS, a global telecom technology leader, appoints Dr. Jeong Kim to the Company's Board. Dr. Kim was formerly President of Bell Labs and Chief Strategy Officer of Alcatel-Lucent. He also served as COO and later President of the Optical Networking Group of Lucent. Dr. Kim also served as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr. Kim was the founder and CEO of Yurie Systems, a global leader in data networking access technology which he took public and ultimately sold to Lucent Technologies in 1998.

Facebook CIO Joins Board of JDS Uniphase

JDS Uniphase, the optical communications networking products company, appointed Tim Campos to its Board. Currently the CIO of Facebook, Campos has more than 22 years of industry experience. Prior to Facebook, Campos served as the CIO and VP of IT at KLA-Tencor and earlier was responsible for overseeing Engineering and the hosting architecture at Portera Systems.

Monotype Imaging’s Chairman Changes

Monotype Imaging’s board member Robert L. Lentz has been appointed chairman. Since July 2012, Lentz has been an adjunct professor and the entrepreneur in residence for Northeastern University's Center for Entrepreneurship Education. Lentz has served as an independent consultant from 2009 to 2012; as the interim CEO of Digital Reef, and as the interim CEO of the Managed Analytics Business of Deloitte. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Permission TV, an online video platform provider. Earlier in his career, Lentz held senior executive roles with a number of technology companies.

Monotype cofounder and former president and CEO, Robert M. Givens, who has served as chairman since November 2006, is retiring. After his retirement, Givens will hold the title of chairman emeritus. In 1986, Givens, together with the current president and CEO, Douglas J. Shaw, founded the business that would eventually become Monotype, growing it from a small organization to a publicly traded company in 2007.

Omnicell Goes Through Board Changes

Donald C. Wegmiller, 74, resigned from the Board of automated healthcare solutions company Omnicell. Wegmiller has served as a director of Omnicell since 2004 and as its lead independent director since 2005. Wegmiller has served as a Senior Consultant and Chairman Emeritus for Integrated Healthcare Strategies, and serves as Vice Chairman of Scottsdale Institute and Chairman and CEO of C-Suite Resources. Wegmiller was the Chairman of Clark Consulting, President and CEO of Clark Consulting's predecessor firm, Healthcare Compensation Strategies, and President and CEO of Health One Corporation (now Allina Health). 

The Board appointed Bruce D. Smith to fill the vacancy created by Wegmiller's resignation. Smith is SVP of Information Systems and CIO for Advocate Health Care. Prior to his current role, he was VP and CIO for Lutheran General HealthSystem.

The Board appointed James T. Judson, 58, an Omnicell director since 2006, as Lead Independent Director. Judson served as interim CFO of Extreme Networks, and was also Omnicell's Interim CFO and earlier VP of Finance. From 1998 until 2002, he served as VP of Finance and Planning for the Worldwide Operations group of Sun Microsystems.

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 10th - May 18th

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