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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 

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.

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 J&J Chair/CEO and Retired CEO of Royal Dutch Shell to Board

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.

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

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.

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.

Zynga Names Google Engineering Exec to Board

Zynga appoints Dr. Regina E. Dugan, 51, VP of Engineering and leader of the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group at Google, to the company's Board. Prior to her current role at Google, Dr. Dugan was SVP and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Motorola Mobility. In February 2014, ATAP transitioned to Google's Android, Chrome & Apps product area. Previously, she served as the 19th Director and first female leader of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the principal agency within the U.S. Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities for the future combat force. Dr. Dugan also serves on the Board of Varian Medical Systems.

WebMD Appoints Director with Extensive Leadership Experience in Medical Research and Education

WebMD appointed Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., President and Interim CEO of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, to the Company's Board. Dr. Vuori leads the Institute's academic, scientific and general operations. Dr. Vuori also holds the Pauline and Stanley Foster Presidential Chair at the Institute and serves as Professor at the Institute's National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, an interdisciplinary basic and translational research effort mobilizing over 400 scientists that is one of only seven centers designated as basic cancer research centers by the NCI. From 2005 until 2013, Dr. Vuori also led the Cancer Center.

InterDigital Appoints Wireless Industry Veteran as Board member

InterDigital, the company that develops wireless technologies for mobile devices, networks and services, appoints S. Doug Hutcheson, 57, to its Board. Prior to his current role as CEO of Laser, a corporation created in connection with the acquisition of Leap Wireless by AT&T in March 2014, Hutcheson served as CEO of Leap Wireless and its operating subsidiary, Cricket Communications, for nine years. Prior to that, Hutcheson held other executive positions at Leap Wireless, including serving as President and CFO, and VP of Marketing in the wireless infrastructure division at Qualcomm. Currently, he holds 14 patents and serves on the Board of Pitney Bowes.

Internet Advertising Visionary and Marketing Veteran Joins Domain Media’s Board

Allan Sabo was appointed to the Board of Domain Media, a growing internet media network of consumer and social media oriented websites. Sabo has over 20 years of direct hands-on experience in pioneering strategies and technology platforms that have changed the landscape of e-marketing, Internet advertising, and e-commerce. He is credited as the co-founder of interactive advertising network, Ad-Network, which was acquired by Petry Interactive, and became the underlying technology platform and business model that became 24/7 Media - one of the largest Internet advertising networks in the world. At 24/7 Media, Sabo was the Director of Affiliate Relations. 24/7 Media completed a successful IPO in 1998, and was subsequently acquired by WPP Group in 2007 for $649 Million.

Demandware Combines Chair-CEO Roles; Makes Other Changes to Board

Demandware, the provider of enterprise cloud commerce solutions, elected Tom Ebling, 58, as Chairman and Len Schlesinger, 61, as Lead Independent Director. Ebling has served as President and CEO and a member of the board since 2009. Previously, Ebling served as CEO of Lattice Engines; CEO of ProfitLogic, until it was acquired by Oracle in 2005; CEO of Torrent Systems; and held various leadership positions at Marcam Solutions, a software applications company.

Ebling will succeed Stephan Schambach, 43, Demandware’s founder, who will remain on the Board as Chairman Emeritus. Schambach has served as Chairman since the Company’s inception in 2004.

EVP and COO Jeffrey Barnett, 51, will join the Demandware’s Board. Barnett previously served as the Corporation’s EVP, Field Operations. Prior to that, he served as VP of Sales for EMEA of Siebel; Managing Director, International Operations and as VP, International Sales and Marketing of eDocs; held leadership positions at Kenan Systems; and at TRW. He has served on the board of Apperian, a mobile application platform provider, and since early 2013, he has served on the board of Paydiant, a cloud-based payment solutions provider. 

Date Range: June 27th - August 8th

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