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Microsoft’s Former CEO Ballmer Leaves Board; Company Appoints New Director and EVP of BD

Former CEO of Microsoft, Steven A. Ballmer, 58, resigned from the Microsoft Board. He led the company as CEO from 2000 to February 2014. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included SVP of sales and support, SVP of systems software and VP of marketing.

John W. Stanton, 58, a pioneer and innovator in the U.S. and global wireless industry, has been appointed 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. He is former chairman of Clearwire, chairman and CEO of Western Wireless, chairman and CEO of VoiceStream Wireless, and COO and vice chairman of McCaw Cellular.

Microsoft hired Margaret L. (Peggy) Johnson, 52, as the company's new EVP of BD. Johnson was previously at Qualcomm, where she was EVP of Qualcomm Technologies, and President of Global Market Development.

VMware Appoints CFO Jonathan Chadwick as Co-COO; to Work Jointly With Carl Eschenbach

VMware appointed CFO Jonathan Chadwick, 48, to the expanded role of COO. Carl Eschenbach, VMware’s President and COO is also taking on an expanded role within VMware, with the addition of the Corporate Strategy and Business Development function moving into his organization. Chadwick and Eschenbach will share the office of COO.

Chadwick joined VMware as CFO and EVP since late 2012. Previously, he had been CFO of Skype and a Corporate VP of Microsoft since its acquisition of Skype in 2011. Chadwick joined Skype from McAfee, where he was the EVP and CFO, till McAfee was acquired by Intel. At Cisco, he served as SVP, CFO - Global Customer Markets; SVP, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer; VP, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer; and VP, Corporate Finance & Planning. Chadwick currently serves on the board of F5 Networks.

In addition to the expanded roles of Eschenbach and Chadwick, VMware promoted three executives:

Betsy Sutter has been promoted to Corporate SVP and Chief People Officer. Betsy Sutter joined VMware in 2001 and has led all aspects of VMware's people strategies, bringing more than 25 years of HR leadership. Prior to VMware, Sutter held senior management roles at Silicon Gaming, Aehr Test Systems, Digital Equipment Corporation, GE and Intersil.

Bill Fathers has been promoted to EVP and GM of the Hybrid Cloud Services BU. Fathers joined VMware as SVP and GM of the Hybrid Cloud Services BU in March 2013. Before VMware, he served as president of Savvis, SVP and global head of sales and marketing, overseeing Savvis' global strategic business direction as well as the company's sales execution, product development and go-to-market initiatives.

Martin Casado, fellow and CTO, Networking, will take on the leadership of the Networking and Security BU as SVP and GM. Casado, one of the inventors of software-defined networking, was co-founder of Nicira, a company acquired by VMware in 2012. He has been a key driver in helping build VMware NSX, the company’s network virtualization platform, to become the $100 million and growing VMware business it is today.

Casado replaces Steve Mullaney, who, after successfully leading the integration of Nicira into VMware, has decided to leave the company.

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.

Autodesk Appoints CEO as Interim CFO

Autodesk appointed its CEO Carl Bass, 57, as Interim CFO, after Mark Hawkins left the role to join Salesforce as CFO. Bass is the former Chief Operating Officer of the company. Autodesk has begun its selection process for a new CFO.

Brian Stevens to Step Down as CTO of Red Hat

Brian Stevens, 50, will step down as EVP and CTO of Red Hat. In the interim, the office of the CTO will be managed by Paul Cormier, President of products and technologies at Red Hat. Stevens had been with Red Hat since 2001. Stevens served as the CTO and VP of Engineering of JBoss, a division of Red Hat. Before joining the company, he had been the CTO at Mission Critical Linux, and a senior Architect at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where he worked on Digital's UNIX operating system. Stevens was a developer of the first commercial release of X Window System, as part of Project Athena, a joint venture of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Digital Equipment Corporation.

Sage Group Appoints Civil Servant and U.K. Government COO as CEO

Sage Group plc appointed Stephen Kelly to succeed Guy Berruyer, 63, as Group CEO. Berruyer will step down as a director and CEO. He will remain in a supporting role until the end of March 2015. Kelly was appointed Whitehall COO in 2012 after more than 25 years in corporate roles. Kelly previously worked in the private sector before joining government, most recently as CEO of technology company Micro Focus.

Open Text Names Former Nortel Networks Exec as New CFO

Open Text appointed John Doolittle, 50, as CFO. Previously, Doolittle served as the CFO and SVP of Corporate Services of Nortel Networks. He is former CFO and EVP of CCL Industries, VP of Financial Planning and Analysis of Nortel Networks, VP of Tax of Nortel Networks. Prior to returning to Nortel Networks in 1999, Doolittle served as VP of Finance of The Bank of Montreal, a Canadian chartered bank and Director of Treasury for Europe and Asia of Nortel Networks. He is a member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Former Cisco Exec Joins Riverbed Technology as Chief Sales Officer

Riverbed Technology hired Paul Mountford as SVP and Chief Sales Officer. He was most recently CEO of Sentillian, a web intelligence start-up focused on monitoring publicly shared content. Mountford spent 16 years at Cisco, with roles that included running Cisco’s $34 billion Enterprise business, the first Cisco executive to lead the company’s Emerging Markets business, and rebuilding and running Cisco’s channel partner program. Prior to joining Cisco, Mountford owned a channel development consultancy where he helped US-based companies develop successful channel strategies for successfully entering international markets.

Demandware Combines Chair-CEO Roles; Makes Other Board and Executive Changes 

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.

Sheila Flaherty has been promoted to Chief Legal Officer. Flaherty served as SVP and General Counsel for Demandware since 2011. Before joining Demandware, she served as EVP and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of Stream Global Services, and General Counsel and VP of Abiomed.

Blackbaud Hires Former Manhattan Associates’ CIO for Global Product Development Role 

Blackbaud hired seasoned IT executive, Kevin McDearis, as SVP of Global Product Development. McDearis was recently nominated by his peers, and is a finalist for Georgia CIO of the year in the enterprise category. Most recently, he served as CIO for Manhattan Associates. Prior to that, McDearis served as CTO for the Enterprise Technology Group at Fiserv and was SVP of Infrastructure Services at CheckFree.

McDearis steps into a leadership role that was overseen for the last 10 months by interim leader Mary Beth Westmoreland, who continues as VP of Engineering, Mass Markets.

Ellie Mae Adds CIO Advisory Group CEO as Director

Ellie Mae appointed Marina Levinson to its Board of Directors. Levinson is currently the founder and CEO of CIO Advisory Group, which provides technology advice to CEOs, PE firms, VCs and start-ups. Levinson is also a partner in an early-stage VC firm, Benhamou Global Ventures. Her expertise includes cloud computing, SaaS, mobile and data analytics. Prior to founding CIO Advisory Group, she held global CIO roles with NetApp, and Palm. Levinson began working with Ellie Mae in 2012 as the chair of the Ellie Mae Technology Advisory Board.

Benefitfocus Adds Alfresco Software’s CEO to Board; Names CCO and COO

Benefitfocus, a provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions, named Douglas Dennerline, 52, to its Board. Dennerline is currently CEO of Alfresco Software, an open source content management company. Prior to that, he served as President and a director of SuccessFactors, and EVP of Sales, Americas and EMEA for Salesforce.

Andy Howell has been named Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Benefitfocus. Howell has been with Benefitfocus since 2007, serving in various roles during his tenure including SVP and General Counsel; SVP and GM of the insurance carrier BU; and, most recently, COO.

Ray August has joined the company as COO. Most recently, he held the position of GM for CSC's Financial Services Group. Prior to CSC, August was CTO at Great Plains Software, a solution provider of middle market accounting software that was acquired by Microsoft.

Imperva Names New CEO

Data center security solutions company Imperva appointed Anthony Bettencourt, 53, as president and CEO, as well as a member of Imperva's board. Prior to Imperva, Bettencourt served as the CEO of Coverity, a privately held software testing and static analysis tools developer, leading the company through its successful acquisition by Synopsys, and Verity, a leader in enterprise search, leading the company through its acquisition by Autonomy in 2005. After the successful acquisition of Verity by Autonomy, Bettencourt served as CEO of Autonomy Zantaz and Autonomy Interwoven. Bettencourt currently serves on the boards of Proofpoint, Blinkx and Formation Data Systems.

Shlomo Kramer, Imperva founder and CEO, will continue to serve as chairman of Imperva's board and also will serve as Chief Strategy Officer.

Recently Appointed MongoDB’s CEO Leaves Bazaarvoice’s Board

Recently appointed MongoDB’s CEO Dev Ittycheria, 47, resigned from the Board of Directors of SaaS based social commerce company Bazaarvoice. A former software CEO turned investor, Ittycheria will become president and CEO of MongoDB in September. Ittycheria joins from OpenView Partners, a middle-stage VC firm focused on software. Before that, he was a venture partner at Greylock Partners, President of BMC Software and cofounder and CEO of BladeLogic, a company he sold to BMC in 2008 for $900 million.

Epiq Systems Welcomes New Director

Epiq Systems appointed Douglas M. Gaston as an independent director. Gaston recently retired as Regional Managing Partner for BKD, a national accounting and advisory firm, where he had been a partner for close to 25 years. 

Date Range: July 25th - August 31st

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