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AT&T Services Division Names Insider as CIO

AT&T named Pam Parisian as CIO of the company’s new AT&T Services division as it reorganizes toward a software-defined public network. Previously, Parisian was SVP of mobility and home IT solutions. As a key member of the AT&T Information Technology executive management team, Parisian has been responsible for aligning the wireless organization’s technology strategy with the AT&T wireless business strategy for both consumers and business customers. Parisian has also held roles at Cingular Wireless (now AT&T) and she also served as CIO for BellSouth Cellular.

Salesforce's CEO Leaves Cisco Board

Marc Benioff, 50, chairman and CEO of, decided not to stand for re-election to the Cisco board.Benioff joined Cisco's board in August 2012. Benioff is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching, he spent 13 years at Oracle. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division during his college years.

Motorola Solutions’ New CIO Joins from Biogen Idec

Greg Meyers has moved to Motorola Solutions as Corporate VP and CIO.  Meyers joins Motorola Solutions from Biogen Idec, where he was VP of Business IT having led IT for Commercial Operations, Product Supply & Manufacturing, HR, Legal and Finance.  Previously, he was VP and Global CIO at Novartis, Director of Sales & Customer Technology at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, and Director, Consumer Markets at Qwest Communications.

BlackBerry Appoints Former Mobile 365 Chair & CEO and Cyber Security Expert as Board Member

BlackBerry has appointed Michael Daniels, 68, former Chairman and CEO of Mobile 365, to the Company’s Board. Daniels held various senior management positions at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) from 1986-2004.  While at SAIC Daniels identified and acquired Network Solutions and served as Chairman from 1995 until 2000 when the company was acquired by VeriSign. Daniels was Chairman and CEO of Mobile 365 until the sale of the company to Sybase in 2006.  He then served as a director of Sybase from 2007 to 2010.  He has also served as Chairman of GlobalLogic and as a director of VeriSign, Apogen Technologies and Telcordia Technologies.

Alcatel-Lucent Appoints Israel CEO

Alcatel-Lucent Israel appointed Arik Tal, 42, as the country's new CEO, succeeding Haim Teichholtz, who is leaving to become the engineering director at Elbit Systems. Tal currently serves as VP Partner Sales at Ericsson Israel. Tal started in sales at Bezeq Israel unit Bezeqcall, which was eventually merged into Bezeq International. He has held various positions at Ericsson Israel over the past ten years.

BroadSoft Goes Through Series of Executive Shuffle

BroadSoft, global provider of Unified Communications (UC) services to mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers, named Andrew Wyatt as VP, Strategy. Most recently, Wyatt served as COO at Clearswift, an enterprise security company. Prior to that, he served as Head of Solution Management for Subscriber Data at Nokia Siemens Networks and in executive strategy, product management and marketing capacities, at Lotus Development (later acquired by IBM), Openwave Systems and Paragon Software (later acquired by

Charles L. Ill, III, who has served on the BroadSoft Board since 2011, has joined BroadSoft as VP, Worldwide Sales. Until 2013, Mr. Ill served as the SVP of Sales, Services and Marketing at Fair Isaac, a provider of predictive analytics solutions. Before that, he was SVP Global Sales at Avaya; EVP, Worldwide Sales at BEA Systems; and held various sales and marketing positions with IBM.

Ill succeeds former VP, Worldwide Sales Patrick Joggerst, who recently left the company to pursue other opportunities. Joggerst joined the company as VP of Global Sales in 2012. Before that, he served as EVP & GM, Carrier Services & Solutions SBU at Aricent Group, and held various sales leadership roles at Auster Capital Partners, NextPoint Networks (formerly NexTone), Telcordia Technologies, PrimeCo, Global Crossing and AT&T.

Date Range: September 1st - October 20th

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