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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 VP of Marketing. Campbell is one of the longest-serving board member in the company’s history.

Google Appoints Former Ford CEO to Board; Chief Business Officer Leaves

Google appointed former CEO of Ford Motor from 2006 to 2014, Alan Mulally, 68, to board, bringing expertise and connections as Google seeks to play a bigger role in automobiles with its Android software and self-driving car technology. Before Ford Motor, Mulally served as EVP of Boeing and President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to that, he served as President of Boeing's space and defense business. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England's Royal Academy of Engineering.

Google faced the surprise departure of its veteran Chief Business Officer and SVP Nikesh Arora, who will become Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. He will be replaced for now by Google's 12th employee and early sales executive Omid Kordestani. Prior to joining Google, Arora was CMO and a member of the management board at T-Mobile Europe. In 1999, he started working with Deutsche Telekom and founded T-Motion PLC, a mobile multimedia subsidiary of T-Mobile International. Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom, Nikesh held management positions at Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments in Boston.

Microsoft’s New Board Member is Pioneer and Innovator in the U.S. and Global Wireless Industry

Microsoft appoints John W. Stanton, 58, to the company's board. Stanton currently serves as chairman of Trilogy Equity Partners, a PE fund that invests in early-stage growth opportunities in the wireless ecosystem, and Trilogy International Partners, a wireless operator in Central and South America and New Zealand. Earlier, he served as chairman and CEO of VoiceStream Wireless, which was acquired by Deutsche Telekom and subsequently renamed T-Mobile USA; chairman and CEO of Western Wireless; and COO and vice chairman of McCaw Cellular. He presently serves as chairman of Year Up of Puget Sound, a trustee of Whitman College, a director of the Seattle Foundation and Columbia Sportswear.

IBM Adds Two to Board; Appoints First Chief Accessibility Officer

The IBM elected Alex Gorsky, 54, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, to the board. Prior to being named CEO, Gorsky held multiple executive positions with Johnson & Johnson, including company group chairman for Ethicon, worldwide chairman of the Surgical Care Group, and worldwide chairman of the Medical Devices and Diagnostics Group. Gorsky also serves on the boards of the Travis Manion Foundation and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

The IBM also elected Peter R. Voser, 54, retired CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, to the board. Voser joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1982 and subsequently held various executive positions until 2002. Between 2002 and 2004, Voser served as CFO and executive committee member of the Asea Brown Boveri Group of Companies, headquartered in Zurich. He returned to Royal Dutch Shell in 2004, holding the position of CFO and later as CEO until his retirement in 2013. Voser serves as a director of Roche Holding Ltd, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and will serve on the board of Singapore-based investment company Temasek Holdings. He is also a member of the Business Council USA and is chairman of St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies and Catalyst, a non-profit organization that aims to build inclusive environments for women in business.

IBM appointed Frances West as the company's first Chief Accessibility Officer, to guide IBM accessibility policies and practices. Additionally, she will lead IBM's collaboration with business, government and academia to advance accessibility standards and policy. West joined IBM Research as the leader of the Human Ability & Accessibility Center. She has served on the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Assistive Technology Industry Association and the U.S Business Leadership Network, among others. She currently sits on the board of the World Institute on Disability, is a trustee at the National Braille Press and an advisor to the National Business & Disability Council.

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.

HP’s CEO Adds on Chair Role and Makes Other Board Changes; Appoints New CIO for Enterprise Group

Hewlett-Packard CEO and President Meg Whitman, 57, was additionally appointed as Chairman, after the resignation of Ralph Whitworth, 59, for health reasons. Before joining HP, Whitman served as a part-time strategic advisor to Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers. Previously, she was President and CEO of eBay and held executive-level positions at Hasbro, a toy company, FTD, a floral products company, The Stride Rite Corporation, a footwear company, The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment company, and Bain & Company, a consulting company. Whitman also serves as a director of The Procter & Gamble Company and Zipcar.

Patricia Russo, 62, a former CEO at Alcatel-Lucent, would be the lead independent director on the HP board. Prior to the merger of Alcatel and Lucent in 2006, she served as Chairman and CEO of Lucent Technologies and before that, as the company’s President and CEO. Russo is currently a director of Alcoa, General Motors, KKR Management LLC and Merck & Co.

Klaus Kleinfeld, 56, CEO and chairman of Alcoa, has been appointed to the HP board. Prior to Alcoa, Kleinfeld spent two decades at Siemens, rising to become the CEO of the global electronics and industrial conglomerate.

Ralph Loura is now CIO, Enterprise Group at HP.  Before joining the company, he was SVP, CIO at The Clorox Company. Earlier he was SVP IT and Operations at Medicis, CIO at Symbol Technologies, Director IT at Cisco, VP Systems at D. E. Shaw & Company, and Manager Research Computing and Networking Services at Lucent Technologies.

Express Scripts Appoints Sales and Accounts Leader from Aetna

Express Scripts hires David Queller as SVP, Sales and Account Management, responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and oversight of the company's portfolio of business divisions. Queller joins Express Scripts from Aetna, where he was SVP, National Accounts. Prior to working at Aetna for 14 years, he held sales leadership positions at ChannelPoint, an internet infrastructure company, Prudential Healthcare of Central Florida, and Cigna Healthcare.

India-based Leader Takes Global Responsibility at Accenture as Group Chief Executive for Technology Delivery

Accenture named Bhaskar Ghosh, 55, as Group Chief Executive – Technology Delivery and appointed him to the company’s Global Management Committee. He will continue to lead the company’s Application Services business. He will now have additional responsibility for managing the company’s portfolio of software solutions. Previously, Ghosh led Accenture’s Delivery Centers for Technology in India and was the global application outsourcing lead. Before joining Accenture, he was VP and global head of IT infrastructure management services at Infosys, and held several senior positions with Philips in India.

Yahoo Names Netflix Exec as CIO and SVP, Infrastructure

Mike Kail has joined Yahoo! as CIO and SVP, Infrastructure, to lead Yahoo’s IT and data center operations. Kail brings more than 23 years of IT Operations experience, with a focus on highly scalable architectures, to Yahoo. Most recently, he served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix. Prior to that, he was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data center operations team, including managing various big data systems including their Hadoop cluster, HBase, and MongoDB components. Appoints Mark Hawkins from Autodesk to Replace Retiring CFO Graham Smith has hired Mark Hawkins, 55, as CFO, replacing Graham Smith, 54, who retires. Hawkins was most recently the EVP & CFO of Autodesk. Prior to that, he was CFO and SVP of Finance & IT at Logitech International. Hawkins worked with Dell, serving as VP of Finance for the Worldwide Procurement and Logistics organization, as well as VP of Finance for the U.S. Home Segment.  Before Dell, he worked with Hewlett-Packard for almost 19 years, serving on the Board of HP's Japan and Shanghai Analytical Joint Ventures and living in Europe. He serves on the board of media sharing solutions company Plex, and served on BMC Software’s board from 2010 through 2013, until the company was taken private.

Graham Smith expressed his intention to retire from his position as EVP and CFO earlier this year. Before joining in late 2007, Smith served as CFO of Advent Software, the software and services provider to the investment management industry. Prior to Advent, Smith was CFO of Vitria Technology, CFO for Nuance Communications, and spent 11 years at Oracle in a variety of senior finance roles, lastly as VP of finance for worldwide operations.

Adobe Appoints its First-Ever Public Sector CTO

Adobe has appointed John Landwehr as its first-ever public sector CTO. Landwehr has more than 20 years of enterprise technology experience working with commercial and public sector organizations. At Adobe his innovations include Adobe’s first iPhone and BlackBerry mobile applications, and many other things. His public sector experience includes solutions incorporating electronic documents, digital media, Web content management, analytics, information assurance and collaboration technologies. He has provided testimony to Congress, and held positions at NeXT and Apple.

Twitter Appoints Goldman Sachs Banker Anthony Noto as CFO; Mike Gupta Named SVP for Strategic Investments

Twitter appoints Anthony Noto, 46, the Goldman Sachs exec who helped the company go public last year, as CFO. Noto will replace Mike Gupta, 43, who will become SVP for Strategic Investments, a newly created division taking care of outside investments. Most recently, Noto was a Co-Head of Global Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Investment Banking team at Goldman Sachs. Before that, he served in a short stint as CFO of the National Football League. Earlier in his career, he served as an Equity Analyst of Goldman Sachs’ Research Division, was an Associate at Lehman Brothers and a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods.

Gupta has served as Twitter’s CFO since December 2012. Before that, he was the company’s VP of Corporate Finance and Treasurer. Earlier, Gupta served as SVP and Treasurer at Zynga; and SVP of Corporate Development and Finance and Chief Treasury Officer at Yahoo!. Earlier in his career, he was VP in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch and a Senior Auditor and C.P.A. at KPMG.

Intuit’s Global Division Head Retires

Daniel Maurer, 57, SVP and General Manager, Small Business Management Solutions, will be retiring from Intuit after nearly 9 years of service in various executive roles. Maurer will be serving in a transitional non-executive role through his date of retirement. He looked after Small Business Management Solutions, the global division focused on a portfolio of adjacent small business services.

Sprint Names New CEO

Marcelo Claure, 43, the CEO of Brightstar, will replace Dan Hesse, 60, as CEO of Sprint. Brightstar is part of Softbank of Japan, which bought 70% of Sprint last year. Claure built Brightstar into the world's largest distributor of cellphones by convincing cellphone carriers that they're better off outsourcing that side of the business.

Hesse joined Sprint as CEO in 2007. Hesse has been credited with improving the carrier's customer service and shepherding it back to the cusp of profitability.

NetApp Names Former HP and Oracle Exec as New Field Ops EVP

NetApp named Randall Runk, 63, as EVP of Field Operations. Most recently, Runk served as a SVP at Infor Global Solutions, responsible for the sales and operations teams for the company's Global Enterprise Account group. Runk brings over 20 years' experience leading global high-tech enterprise sales teams at companies like HP and Oracle as well as an extensive background in consulting, having spent over two decades with PwC.

Runk succeeds Rob Salmon in the role of EVP of Field Operations following Salmon's promotion in April 2014 to president and head of Go-to-Market (GTM) Operations.

Autodesk’s CEO Takes Over as Interim CFO

Autodesk appointed Carl Bass, 57, the Company's current CEO and President, as Interim CFO (including principal financial officer) of the Company, as Mark Hawkins, 55, left for Bass joined the Company in 1993 and currently serves as CEO and President and a member of the Board. He served as President and CEO of, a spin-off from the Company. Bass is also a director of E2open.

CGI Group Appoints New CFO

CGI Group, the IT consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, and solutions company, appoints SVP and Corporate Controller Francois Boulanger as EVP and CFO. This follows the planned retirement of R. David Anderson, who will stay on in an advisory capacity through early 2015. Boulanger joined CGI 16 years ago, and since held a number of senior finance roles, before being named corporate controller in 2006.

Electronic Arts Appoints Bing Founder and eBay Executive as CTO

EA has appointed Bing founder and eBay executive Ken Moss as its new CTO, to lead the organisation and strategy for EA’s Digital Platform and IT divisions. He replaces former CTO Rajat Taneka, who left the publisher last year to join Visa. Moss most recently worked at eBay, where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data group. Prior to eBay, Moss worked at Microsoft for 20 years, founding Search, which later became Bing.

Citrix Systems Eliminates CMO Role as Exec Leaves

Steve A. Daheb, SVP and CMO of Citrix Systems, has decided to leave. As a result of the reorganization, Citrix has eliminated the role of CMO. Daheb has agreed to remain as an employee of Citrix to provide transitional advisory services to the company through early 2015.

Cognizant’s Strategic Partnerships SVP Joins CSC to Lead Strategy and Growth for Data, Cloud and Cybersecurity Businesses

CSC named Ashish Mahadwar as EVP and general manager, Strategic Business. He will lead strategy and growth for CSC’s next-generation strategic business units: big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity. Mahadwar most recently served as SVP and global head of Strategic Partnerships at Cognizant joining the company in 2003. Earlier in his career Mahadwar co-founded, and held management positions for Microland and for an HCL and HP joint venture. He also served in analyst roles at A. F. Ferguson & Co. and CMC.

ServiceNow Adds Seasoned Female Execs as Directors

ServiceNow appointed Susan Bostrom, 53, and Anita Sands, 38, to its board of directors. Bostrom spent 14 years at Cisco, serving most recently as EVP and CMO. Bostrom served in a number of positions at Cisco, including SVP, Global Government Affairs and the Internet Business Solutions Group and VP of Applications and Services Marketing. She currently serves on the boards of Varian Medical Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Marketo, and Rocket Fuel.

Anita Sands joins the ServiceNow board with significant financial services background, most recently serving as group managing director, head of change leadership and a member of the Wealth Management Americas Executive Committee of UBS Financial Services. She also served as COO at UBS. Prior to joining UBS, she was MD and head of transformation management at Citigroup Global Technology and Operations organization. She also held several leadership positions with RBC Financial Group and CIBC. Sands currently serves on the board of Symantec.

Open Text Names New CFO

Open Text appointed John Doolittle as CFO. Doolittle is a senior executive with more than 20 years of financial experience, including most recently as CFO of Mattamy Homes Limited, Canada's largest new home builder, and with Nortel Networks, where he held senior global finance roles. Doolittle will replace Paul McFeeters, 58, who previously announced his intention to retire by no later than September this year. 

Date Range: June 27th - August 8th

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