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Tech Board Leadership Turnovers: Microsoft, Western Digital & Others Featured

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Microsoft’s Former CEO Ballmer Leaves Board

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.

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.

Quest Diagnostics adds Noted National Health IT Expert to Board 

Quest Diagnostics, the leading provider of diagnostic information services, elected Vicky Gregg to serve as a director. Gregg served as the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. Prior to being elected CEO, she served in a number of other leadership roles, including President and COO. Before that, she held a series of senior roles at Humana Health Plans. She was appointed to the U.S. National Institutes of Health Commission on Systemic Interoperability in 2004. A nurse by training, Gregg currently serves on the Boards of Team Health, First Horizon, TriZetto  and the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga.

j2 Global’s Long-Time Director Resigns

Michael P. Schulhof, 71, resigned from the cloud services and digital media firm j2 Global’s Board. Schulhof has been a director of j2 Global since 1997. Schulhof is a managing partner of GTI Capital Group, a New York and India based firm that specializes in PE investments, as well as advisory services in the aerospace, healthcare, energy and media sectors. From 1993 to 1996, he was President and CEO of Sony Corporation of America.

Spansion Appoints Board Advisor and Seasoned Semiconductor Industry Exec as New Board Member

Spansion, the flash memory products company, elected O.C. Kwon as Director. Kwon has served as an advisor to the Board since January 2014. Kwon is currently senior advisor to SK Hynix and was CEO of the company. Before that, he held several positions with Hynix and Hyundai Electronics America. Most notable was his leadership in Hynix's entry into the NAND Flash market in collaboration with ST Micro, and setting up a manufacturing facility in China, which now produces about half of the total DRAM output of SK Hynix.

LogMeIn Names Voice Recognition Services Veteran Steven Chambers and Big Data Expert Marilyn Matz to Board

LogMeIn has named Steven Chambers, 52, and Marilyn Matz, 60, to the company's board of directors. Most recently, Chambers served as President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, at Nuance Communications. Earlier, Chambers served as President of Nuance’s Mobility and Consumer Services Division, President of Enterprises Division, President of SpeechWorks Solutions BU, joining Nuance in 2003 as GM of Networks BU through SpeechWorks acquisition, where he was CMO. In addition to LogMeIn, Chambers currently serves on the board of CallMiner, speech analytics software provider to call-centers, and Jibo, the provider of the world's first consumer social robot.


A big data expert and visionary, Marilyn Matz is CEO and Co-Founder of Paradigm4, the company behind the SciDB computational database management system used to solve large-scale, complex analytical challenges on big and diverse data. She is also a co-chair of the Mass Technology Leadership Council's Big Data cluster. Prior to Paradigm4, she was a co-founder of Cognex and SVP of the company's PC Vision Products Group.

Hilary Schneider, 53, who was a LogMeIn director since 2011 and is the former EVP, Americas of Yahoo!, has resigned from the company's board.

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

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.

Micrel Appoints Semiconductor Industry Veteran as Director

Micrel, the manufacturer of integrated circuits, named Robert Herb, 52, a 30 year veteran of the semiconductor industry, as a new independent member to its Board. Herb replaces Michael Callahan, who recently passed away after a lengthy illness. Since 2005 he has been a partner at Scale Venture Partners, a venture firm. Prior, he worked at Advanced Micro Devices from 1983 to 2004, serving as CMO and then as EVP in AMD's Office of the CEO. He has been serving on the Board of Lattice Semiconductor Company since 2013.

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. 

ePlus Adds Former CIA CTO as Director

ePlus, a leading integrator of technology solutions, appointed Gus Hunt, the former CTO of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as a new member to its Board. Hunt will replace Milt Cooper, 74, an ePlus director since 2003, who is retiring.

Hunt retired from the CIA as their CTO in 2013 after a 28 year career. As CTO, Hunt set the IT strategic direction and future technology investment plan for the CIA. Hunt is currently president and CEO of Hunt Technology, a private consulting practice focused on strategic IT planning, cyber and data-centric security, big data analytics, and cloud computing. He serves as an Operating Partner for LLR Partners, a PE investment firm, and as an advisor to Artis Ventures, a Silicon Valley VC investment group.

HealthSpot Names Former Dayton Hudson and Revco Exec as New Chairman Bringing Retail Channel Expertise

HealthSpot appointed experienced business leader Boake Sells as chairman. Formerly a member of the board and COO of Dayton Hudson and Chairman and CEO of Revco Drug Stores, Sells will help guide HealthSpot in its roll out to community pharmacies nationwide. In 1987, Sells joined Revco Drug Stores as chairman and CEO. In 1983, he joined Dayton Hudson and was elected to the board and became COO of this $10 billion retail company. Sells began his retail career in 1969 joining Cole National Corporation, a diversified specialty retailer, and rose to president, COO and board member.

Date Range: August 9th - September 10th

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