Keep up to date with technology leadership moves by category.

Monday, 19 May 2014 03:01

Familiar Technology Giants Facing Exec and Board Strategic Changes Featured

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Apple VP, Worldwide Corporate Communications Katie Cotton to Retire

After 18-year tenure at Apple, Katie Cotton, the company's VP of worldwide corporate communications, will be leaving. She’s long been among the company’s most powerful executives and played a key role in shaping the mystique and exclusivity surrounding the Apple brand. Cotton has played a role in some of the most buzzed-about product launches in technology (iPod, iPhone, iPad).

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.

IBM Appoints European CHRO

IBM appointed Gary Kildare as CHRO for Europe. Kildare will be based in Madrid at the European headquarters, having returned from the New York HQ where he was CHRO for the global technology services division. Before that, he was Global VP of HR for Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Having spent many years outside the UK - he returned in 2005 as CHRO for Global Business Services for Europe (IBM's fastest growing consulting services organization). Originally from Scotland, he joined IBM in the UK.

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 MD.

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.

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.

HTC’s Chief Designer Leaves

HTC’s chief designer Scott Croyle is leaving the company’s full-time employment to work on a range of efforts both for the company and for others. Croyle was the head of design firm One & Co until its acquisition by HTC and served as SVP of design for HTC since April 2011.

Intel Hires Staples Exec as New Marketing Chief

Intel named Staples’ SVP, Marketing Steven Fund to serve as CMO. Before Staples he was Global Marketing Director, Gillette Male Premium Systems at P&G, VP, Brand Management at Lycos, and Director, Marketing Diet Colas at PepsiCo.

SAP Goes Through Several High-Ranking Leadership Changes

SAP appointed Robert Enslin and Bernd Leukert to the company's Executive Board. Enslin will continue to lead global customer operations and Leukert will assume responsibility for the global development organization. Enslin joined SAP in 1992 and began his career as an SAP consultant supporting customers in South Africa. He has steadily risen to his current role leading sales and services and has presided over the integration of SAP's go-to-market teams to advance a simplified experience for SAP customers.

Leukert joined SAP in 1994 and has long been one of the company's foremost technologists and solution visionaries. He was appointed to the Global Managing Board in 2013 after successfully orchestrating the development and delivery of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. He will now lead the global development organization in redefining business applications on the HANA Cloud platform.

Dr. Vishal Sikka, Executive Board Member for Products and Innovation, announced his departure from the Executive Board for personal reasons.

The Supervisory Board also approved two new appointments to the Global Managing Board, Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries, to strengthen the next generation leadership team of SAP and will support the company's cloud operations and people agenda. A 18-year veteran of SAP, Arnold will assume the role of CIO for the SAP Group and lead cloud operations and the HANA Enterprise Cloud, in addition to her current responsibilities as the head of SAP's internal Business Innovations and Application Services organization. She has broad experience leading SAP's internal innovation agenda, most recently transitioning SAP to a next-generation financial management system on the SAP HANA platform.

Ries recently rejoined SAP to lead global human resources from Egon Zehnder, where he served during the last three years as principal consultant, advising global companies in leadership and executive search. Between 2002 and 2010, Ries had several global and regional leadership positions with SAP's HR organization.

SAP named Rodolpho Cardenuto as the Head of a new Global Partner Operations (GPO) organization, formed in the office of the co-CEO, which will focus on driving Board-sponsored initiatives through strategic SAP partners and accelerating the company's growth through new and existing sales channels. Cardenuto joined SAP in 2008 as president of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean, and has spent the past year as president of SAP Americas. He has spent 15 years at Hewlett-Packard in leadership roles including sales management in Brazil and leading the small and midsize enterprise (SME) business for the Latin America region.

With Cardenuto's move to his new role, Jennifer Morgan has been named President of SAP North America and Diego Dzodan has been named president of SAP Latin America & Caribbean. Both will report to Enslin. Morgan was previously president of Regulated Industries at SAP. Prior to joining the company, Morgan worked for Siebel Systems and Accenture, where she primarily oversaw large system modernizations across multiple industries.

Dzodan has more than 15 years experience in the IT and joined SAP in 2004 and has held key leadership positions in Latin America, including MD of SAP Southern Latin America, SAP Brazil and SAP Mexico and Central America. Before joining SAP, Dzodan founded Certant, a regional consulting firm focused on technology and business integration. Earlier, he was with companies like Aluar Aluminio Argentina, Technit Solutions and Andersen Consulting (Accenture).

Alibaba Group Names New Head of International Corporate Affairs

Alibaba Group named Jim Wilkinson as SVP, Head of International Corporate Affairs, charged with building and leading the international corporate affairs team. Prior to his appointment at Alibaba, Wilkinson was EVP of Communications for PepsiCo. Prior to that, he was managing partner for international business and financial strategy at Brunswick Group; Chief of Staff for U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, serving as a senior strategist and counselor; and senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Hewlett-Packard Appoints Interim Controller on Permanent Role

Jeff T. Ricci, 52, was appointed as SVP, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Hewlett-Packard. Ricci has served as Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of HP on an interim basis since November 2013. Previously, he served as VP of Finance for HP's Technology and Operations organization, VP of Finance for Global Accounts and HP Financial Services, and VP of Finance for HP Software. Prior to HP, he served as SVP of Finance for BEA Systems.

Baidu Names Chief Scientist

Baidu appoints pioneering Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher Andrew Ng as Chief Scientist. Ng will lead Baidu Research, with labs in Beijing and Silicon Valley. Baidu made the announcement at the opening of its U.S. R&D Center in Sunnyvale, California. Ng He is a faculty member in Computer Science at Stanford University, where he teaches machine learning and has published extensively on topics related to robotics and AI. Andrew Ng founded and led Google's Deep Learning team, co-founded Coursera, which offers online courses from top universities, and will retain his position as chairman of Coursera's board.

Accenture Appoints New Board Members and Group Chief Executives 

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.

Accenture also appointed Stephen J. Rohleder, 56, to the newly created position of Group Chief Executive - North America. Rohleder is a 33-year veteran of the company and has served as Accenture's COO from 2004 to 2009. Since 2009, he has held the position of Group Chief Executive of the company's Health & Public Service operating group. Rohleder is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.

The company has named Daniel T. London, 49, as Group Chief Executive of the company's Health & Public Service operating group. London is currently senior MD for Health & Public Service in North America. Before that, he was MD of Accenture's Finance & Performance Management global service line, working with clients on major transformational change programs. London will join Accenture's Global Management Committee.

Ericsson Group Function Strategy Head Resigns

Douglas Gilstrap will resign from his role as SVP and Head of Group Function Strategy of Ericsson. Gilstrap joined Ericsson in this role in 2009 and has been responsible for developing Ericsson's business strategy and driving the company's M&A activities during this time. He has also played a key role in dissolving the ST-Ericsson joint venture and integrating the thin modems business into Ericsson; since 2013 he also serves as Chairman of Business Unit Modems.

Yahoo! Nominates Three New Board Members; Sees Senior 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.

James Loftus, the VP and Co-Head of Corporate Development at Yahoo!, has left the company to become a partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Loftus had worked at Yahoo! for nearly two years, and for more than two years at Google before that, where he was Senior Corporate Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions.

Salesforce Appoints Senior Team Members for Japan

Salesforce is expanding its Japan leadership team with the appointment of former HP Japan head Shinichi Koide as Chairman and CEO of its Japan operations.

Hitoshi Kawahara, SVP and head of enterprise sales at Japan, will step up to a new role as President and COO. In this role, Kawahara will lead the company's enterprise sales and distribution teams and oversee business operations.

Eiji Uda, who has led growth for Japan for the last 10 years as President and CEO, will continue to serve the company as Executive Advisor and play a key role with strategic alliances and global accounts in Japan.

Intuit Hires PayPal Exec as CTO of its Online Tax Preparation Service TurboTax

Intuit hired Rajesh "Nat" Natarajan to be the chief technology officer and VP of product management and development for Intuit TurboTax, the online tax preparation service. Most recently, he has been serving as VP, global credit expansion at PayPal. Natarajan held multiple senior roles in his eight-year tenure at PayPal, including VP global product development and VP of platform engineering and operations. Prior to PayPal, Natarajan held e-commerce product and technology leadership positions at Sabre-Holding and

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.

Workday Breaks Co-CEO Structure; Names One as Sole CEO Another as Chair

Workday is streamlining its executive team. Co-CEO and Chairman Aneel Bhusri was appointed the sole CEO and Director while Co-CEO David A. Duffield was appointed the Chairman. George J. Still, Jr. was appointed the Vice Chairman and will remain Lead Independent Director. Bhusri focuses on strategy, products, operating results and company-wide execution of our business plans. Mr. Duffield focuses on our Education and Government business, the development and launch of our Student Initiative, and on maintaining and enhancing Workday’s culture and values.

SuccessFactors COO Joins Akamai Corporate and Business Development Role

SVP and COO at SuccessFactors, Seksom Suriyapa, joined Akamai Technologies as SVP of Corporate and Business Development. Suriyapa's experience leading corporate development also includes roles at McAfee where, as the SVP of Corporate Development, he successfully led its re-positioning as a leading security-only pure play. In addition, he has established business development teams at leading security vendors such as Veracode. Earlier in his career, he served as a technology investment banker, most recently with Morgan Stanley, as well as in venture capital, as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Mayfield Fund.

CSC Appoints U.S. Federal Exec for Cybersecurity Role and CTS Exec as European Sub-Regional Head

CSC named Rob Carey as VP and GM of CSC Cybersecurity. Carey joins CSC following a 31-year career in the U.S. Federal Government, the last 15 years in IT and cybersecurity. He most recently served as the Department of Defense (DOD) principal deputy CIO. Before that, he was CIO of the fifth Department of the Navy (DON). Carey began his federal service with the U.S. Army at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1982. Carey has retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve.

CSC named Cognizant’s SVP Dr. Sanjiv Gossain as VP and MD for UK, Ireland & Netherlands. At Cognizant, he held roles like Global Markets Lead for telecom & media industry, European head of Sales, Marketing & Strategic Engagements, Head of Nordics, & MD of UK & Ireland. He was a co-founder of management consulting & systems integration firm NerveWire, & held senior roles at Cambridge Technology Partners (now Novell), Nokia, & IMLogic (now Symantec).

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.

Rackspace Hosting Names New CIO 

Rackspace Hosting, the open cloud company, appoints Ryan Neading as CIO. Neading will be responsible for the Rackspace billing systems, internal IT systems and tools, technology operations, operational metrics and interfacing with external suppliers and resource providers. Prior to joining Rackspace, Neading's responsibilities were expanded to serve as the co-leader of eBay's development site in Austin.

Date Range: April 10th - May 18th

Read 4867 times Last modified on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:28
Dora Vell

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.

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.

Leave a comment

Subscribe to Vell Leadership Insights

Track leadership moves and stay up to date with current trends