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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.

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.

Amazon’s CFO Plans Retirement; Successor Named

Amazon’s SVP and CFO, Thomas J. Szkutak, 53, will retire from the company next year. Szkutak has been Amazon’s CFO since joining the company in 2002.
Brian T. Olsavsky, VP of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak as CFO.

Olsavsky joined Amazon in 2002 as VP of Finance. Prior to joining Amazon, he was employed by Fisher Scientific International in a variety of financial and business management roles.

Amazon has hired Nick Talwar, head of Visa’s North America credit card unit. Talwar joined Amazon as GM of Amazon Lending. Talwar spent several years at Citi, with his last role as Country Manager for Citibank in Sweden.

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.

Nokia’s Mapping Business Chief Leaves; Company Looking for Replacement

Michael Halbherr, the chief of Nokia’s mapping business HERE, is leaving the company, in order to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests outside of the company. Cliff Fox, currently SVP, Core Map Group, at HERE, will assume the position of acting head of HERE. A search for a permanent leader of HERE will start immediately inside and outside the organization.

LinkedIn’s Products and User Experience Leader Resigns 


Dipchand "Deep" Nishar, 45, SVP, Products and User Experience of LinkedIn, resigns. Nishar served as a VP of Products at LinkedIn; Product Advisor of Aardvark; Senior Director of Products, and Director of Wireless Products of APAC at Google; and an Advisor of Adku. He was a Member of the founding team of the Universal Application Network (UAN) BU at Siebel Systems. He founded Patkai Networks and served as its VP of Products. He served as an Associate of BCG and held various product management roles at Cummins Engine Company.

Retired CFO of Ahold USA Joins as Director of Western Digital

Western Digital appoints Paula A. Price, 52, to its board of directors. Price is currently senior lecturer at Harvard Business School in the Accounting and Management Unit. She was EVP and CFO of Ahold USA until January 2014. Price also serves on the boards of Accenture, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, and on the board of overseers for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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.

Level 3 Shuffles Exec Team after tw telecom Acquisition

John Blount, 55, will become regional president, North America and APAC. Blount is former president and COO of tw telecom. Previously, he was EVP of Field Operations and SVP, Sales.

Andrew Crouch, the regional president, North America and APAC for Level 3, became the regional president, EMEA and GAM division. He joined Level 3 in 2001 as senior vice president of the cable and ISP channel group and has since held a variety of positions within marketing, product and commercial leadership. Prior to joining Level 3, Mr. Crouch served as the deputy general manager within the corporate clients division at British Telecom.

Harold Teets will become CIO. Teets is former SVP of Information and Network Technologies for tw telecom. Prior to joining tw telecom, he was CIO and CTO at Xspedius Communications.

Iron Mountain Appoints CSC Exec to Lead Data Management 

Iron Mountain appointed Eileen Sweeney as SVP and GM, Data Management. Sweeney comes to Iron Mountain from CSC, where she served most recently as VP and GM of global manufacturing segment. She spent 20 years with CSC, and held a number of senior positions including global president of the manufacturing sector and MD of the consulting group. Prior to CSC, Sweeney worked at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and GE.

Stratasys Appoints CEO of Acquired Company to Lead Innovation Lab

Bre Pettis, a founder of the consumer 3D print shop MakerBot, is leaving his post as CEO to join his new parent company Stratasys, the manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D production systems. Stratasys took over MakerBot in early 2013 for over $400 million. He will be creating a co-branded Stratasys/Makerbot “innovation lab” and use 3D printers to work with artists, designers, and makers. The planned workshop will allow him to control a small skunkworks where future Stratasys products will be built.

Dell CIO Joins Biotech Firm as EVP, Technology and Business Solutions

Biogen Idec appoints Adriana (Andi) Karaboutis as EVP, Technology and Business Solutions, leading IT operations and advance the company’s use of technology and data to enhance overall engagement with patients and healthcare providers. Karaboutis joins Biogen from Dell where she was VP and CIO, with responsibility for the company’s overall IT enterprise and customer experience. Her background also includes leadership roles in global IT and business operations at Ford Motor Company and General Motors.

Date Range: August 9th - September 10th

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