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Apple, AT&T & BlackBerry: 6 Notable Telecom Products Board and Executive Adjustments Featured

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Apple Appoints BlackRock’s Founding Partner to Replace Long-time Board Member Bill Campbell 

Apple appoints Susan L. Wagner, 53, founding partner and director of BlackRock, to board. Bill Campbell, 73, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world’s most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School. 

Bill Campbell’s relationship with Apple dates back to 1983, when he joined the company as vice president of Marketing. Campbell is one of the longest-serving board member in the company’s history.

AT&T Adds Silver Lake Co-Founder as Director

AT&T has appointed Glenn Hutchins, 58, to its board of directors. Hutchins is Co-Founder and former Co-CEO of Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing. Hutchins’ career spans three decades in finance and technology. He co-founded Silver Lake in 1999. Previously, Hutchins served as a special advisor on economic and healthcare policy to President Bill Clinton.

Citrix Appoints Symantec Exec to Lead Mobile Platforms Group 

Citrix appointed Brian Dye as Group VP and GM of its Mobile Platforms group with responsibility for the company’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile device management (MDM) solutions. Dye joins Citrix after spending more than a decade at Symantec where he held numerous leadership roles in product management, engineering, support and operations - most recently serving as senior vice president for the Information Security Group. Before joining Symantec, he held key roles in engineering, program management, and BD at Procter and Gamble, E Ink, and Xerox PARC.

Former Sybase Exec Joins BlackBerry as COO 

BlackBerry appoints a new COO, Marty Beard. Most recently, Beard was Chairman and CEO of LiveOps, a provider of cloud applications for customer service. Prior to joining LiveOps, he was President of Sybase 365 (a subsidiary of Sybase), a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit, and held a series of executive positions including SVP of Marketing. Prior to Sybase, Marty worked at Oracle as Vice President of Oracle Online, its e-Commerce service unit.

Polycom Hires President, Asia Pacific from Juniper Networks

Geoff Thomas has joined the company as President, Polycom Asia Pacific. Thomas joins Polycom from Juniper Networks, where he was VP, Enterprise Sales Asia Pacific. Prior to his role at Juniper Networks, he had a successful 15-year career at Microsoft, where he held several executive leadership positions.

8x8 Appoints SaaS and Enterprise Software Industry Exec as VP, Finance

VoIP Solutions Company 8x8 appointed Raghavan (Ragh) Sarathy to the newly created role of Vice President of Finance. Sarathy most recently served as VP/senior equity analyst of enterprise software at Dougherty & Co. and brings over 20 years of experience in SaaS and enterprise software markets to 8x8. Before, he was senior equity analyst/VP at Ferris Baker Watts where he built the firm’s SaaS coverage from the ground up and covered 10 software companies. Prior to this, he held a variety of sales, marketing, product management and engineering roles with Oracle and several Silicon Valley software start-ups. 

Date Range: June 12th - July 24th

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