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Visa CEO and Kraft Foods’ CFO Join Microsoft’s Board; Couple of Long-Time Directors Leave

Visa’s CEO Charles W. Scharf, 49, and Kraft Foods’ EVP and CFO Teri List-Stoll, 51, are joining as board members of Microsoft. Scharf has served as CEO and a director of Visa since November 2012. Previously, he was a Managing Director of One Equity Partners, the private investment arm of JPMorgan Chase, CEO of Retail Financial Services at JPMorgan Chase, CEO of the retail division of Bank One Corporation, CFO of Bank One, CFO of the Global Corporate and Investment Bank division at Citigroup, and CFO of Salomon Smith Barney.

List-Stoll joined Kraft in September 2013 as SVP leading the business unit finance teams.  She was appointed CFO in the end of 2013. She came to Kraft after nearly 20 years at Procter & Gamble, where she most recently served as SVP and Treasurer.  She started with P&G in 1994 and prior to that, was a fellow with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and spent six years at Deloitte & Touche, providing financial counsel to large multinational companies.

David Marquardt, 65, and Dina Dublon, 61, will not seek re-election to the board. Marquardt, a venture capitalist, has been on the Microsoft board since it was formed in 1981. Dublon, the former CFO of JPMorgan Chase, has been on the Microsoft board since 2005.

Larry Ellison Steps Down as Oracle CEO‏ to accept Chairman and CTO Roles; Mark Hurd and Safra Catz Named Co-CEOs

Lawrence J. “Larry” Ellison, 70, is stepping down from his position as CEO of Oracle, to become the company's Executive Chairman and CTO. Oracle promoted both Co-Presidents Safra Ada Catz, 52, and Mark Vincent Hurd, 57, as Co-CEOs, to replace Ellison. Jeff O. Henley, 69, Oracle’s Chairman for the last 10 years, was named Vice Chairman.

Ellison has been the CEO of Oracle, since he founded the company in 1977.

Catz has been President of Oracle since 2004, a member of the Board since 2001, and CFO as of 2011. She first served as Oracle's CFO as EVP and SVP. Prior to joining Oracle, Catz was at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a global investment banking group (since 1986) where she was a Managing Director. In 2008, Catz was also appointed to a three-year term as member of the Board for HSBC Holdings plc.

Hurd has been President of Oracle and a member of the company's Board. Before joining Oracle in 2010, Hurd served as Chairman, CEO, and President of HP. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at NCR Corporation, most recently as CEO and President. Hurd is also a member of the Board of Regents at Baylor University.

Shawn Price, the former cloud business executive at SAP, has joined Oracle as SVP for product strategy and marketing, in the cloud unit.

Oracle’s Global VP of Healthcare Product Strategy David Watson leaves to join California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) as CEO. Watson brings to Cal INDEX significant healthcare technology industry experience. Most recently, he served as global VP, Healthcare Product Strategy for Oracle. Prior to that, he was CTO and then chief operations officer at MedeAnalytics, and CTO for Kaiser Permanente.

Former Siebel Sales EVP Retires from Salesforce’s Board; VMware Exec Joins as EVP, Market Readiness

Craig D. Ramsey, 67, retired from Salesforce’s Board after eleven years. He earlier served as the CEO at Solidus Networks; was SVP of Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Support at nCUBE Corporation; EVP of Worldwide Sales and SVP, Worldwide Operations for Siebel; VP of U.S. sales, VP of U.S. Commercial Sales and VP of OEM Strategic Accounts at Oracle. He also held various positions with IBM earlier in his career.

Daniel Smoot has joined Salesforce as EVP for Market Readiness. He joins from VMware where he was VP for global customer operations. Prior to VMware, he spent 12 years with Cisco where his last responsibility was VP of global sales, marketing and operations for Cisco Capital. Smoot joined Cisco as Global Director of Western Enterprise Sales. In addition he spent nine years with Siemens (formerly IBM/ROLM) in various sales and sales leadership positions. 

ADP’s CVP of Product Development & CIO Mike Capone Joins Medidata as COO

Cloud-based clinical development solutions provider Medidata named Michael L. Capone, 48, as COO. Capone joins Medidata from ADP, where he served as corporate VP of product development and CIO. Capone is a 25-year veteran of ADP. He served as SVP and GM of GlobalView, leading ADP’s efforts to develop a global HR BPO business for large multi-national corporations in partnership with SAP.

Symantec Splits Security and Information Management Businesses as Two Publicly-Traded Companies; Announces Management Changes

Symantec announced that it will split itself into two, independent publicly-traded companies, one with focus on the security business and the other on information management. Recently appointed CEO, Michael A. Brown will remain the president and CEO of Symantec while Thomas Seifert will continue to serve as CFO. John Gannon will be the EVP and GM of the new information management business, Don Rath will be its acting CFO and Matt Cain was named Chief Product Officer.

Brown served as interim CEO since March 2014, ever since the board fired previous CEO, Steve Bennett. Bennett himself only held the job for 18 months, following in the footsteps of Enrique Salem, who was also fired. Earlier, Brown served as chairman and CEO of a variety of tech companies, most notably Quantum. He joined Symantec's board following its merger with Veritas in 2005.

Thomas Seifert joined Symantec as EVP and CFO in March 2014. Previously he served as EVP and CFO at Brightstar, CFO and chief accounting officer and interim CEO at Advanced Micro Devices, COO for Qimonda AG, group VP and GM of the Memory Products Group at Infineon Technologies AG, and SVP, COO and CEO of Wirelines Communications Business Group.

John Gannon joined Symantec as EVP and GM of the Information Management Business. He comes to Symantec after working at Quantum, his last role being President and COO. Prior to Quantum, Gannon worked at Hewlett-Packard where his last position was GM of the Commercial PC business. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, having served in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Flight Examiner Pilot and Aircraft Commander.

Don Rath was named acting CFO of the Information Management Business. Rath joined Symantec in 2012. Most recently, he was VP, Global Tax and Corporate Risk Assurance. He served as Symantec's interim CFO and Chief Accounting Officer from January through March 2014. He has previously held a number of senior tax executive roles in software (VERITAS, Synopsys) and life science companies (Chiron) and spent nine years in the tax practice of Ernst & Young.

Matt Cain was named Chief Product Officer of the Information Management Business, responsible for leading all aspects of the product and support group responsible for Symantec’s Backup and Recovery, Archiving and eDiscovery, Storage Management, and Information Availability portfolio. Cain joined Symantec in 2012, and most recently was SVP of Symantec’s Appliance Solutions organization. Prior to Symantec, he spent over a decade at Cisco Systems.

Autodesk Appoints Citrix’s SVP, Finance as New CFO

R. Scott Herren, 53, will join Autodesk as SVP and CFO. Herren is currently serving as SVP of finance at Citrix. Prior to his current role, Herren held a variety of leadership roles at Citrix including VP and MD for EMEA and VP and GM of the company’s virtualization systems group. Before joining Citrix in 2000, he spent 16 years in senior strategy and financial positions at FedEx and IBM.

CSC Appoints Financial Expert with Operational Experience as New VP, Controller

CSC named Diane Wilfong as VP, controller and principal accounting officer. Wilfong joins CSC from Caesars Entertainment, where she has served as SVP, controller and chief accounting officer. Prior to joining Caesars, Wilfong spent 10 years at Eastman Kodak Company in a series of executive, operational and financial roles. She has also held positions at Corning and at PwC.

Wilfong will replace Michael Sweeney who has been CSC’s interim controller since September. Sweeney has been CSC’s assistant corporate controller and controller of the company’s North American Public Sector (NPS) segment.

Further, CSC announced that Thomas Colan, who served as VP, controller and principal accounting officer at CSC, is stepping down for personal reasons. Colan had been in the role since August 2012. Colan came to CSC from Discovery Communications, where he served as EVP and Chief Accounting Officer. He also served as SVP, Controller and Treasurer for AOL Online/Time Warner and held financial leadership positions at GTE, Planning Research Corporation, and Coopers & Lybrand.

Palo Alto Networks Adds Former Silicon Graphics CFO to its Board

Palo Alto Networks has added Stanley J. Meresman, 67, to its board of directors. His career history includes senior executive roles at several global technology companies like Silicon Graphics, where he was a SVP and CFO, and Cypress Semiconductor, where he was VP of finance and administration and CFO. He currently sits on the board of both LinkedIn and Zynga. His previously held board seats with Riverbed Technologies, Meru Networks and Polycom.

Former eBay CTO Joins Splunk Board

Splunk appointed former eBay executive Mark Carges, 52, to board. Carges previously served as eBay’s CTO till September 2014. Prior to joining eBay, he was EVP, Products and GM, for the Business Interaction Division at BEA Systems, acquired by Oracle in 2008. During more than a decade at BEA, Carges held a variety of senior technology leadership roles, including CTO. Carges began his career at Bell Labs as one of the original architects of Tuxedo, software for constructing highly scalable transaction processing applications. Carges currently serves on the boards of directors of Rally Software and Magnet Systems.

Iron Mountain Appoints Eileen Sweeney as SVP and GM, Data Management

Iron Mountain appointed Eileen Sweeney as SVP and GM, Data Management. Sweeney comes to Iron Mountain from CSC, where she spent 20 years and served most recently as VP and GM of the multi-billion dollar global manufacturing segment where she improved the group’s pipeline development and increased operating growth. Before CSC, Sweeney worked at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and GE.

McAfee Appoints Cisco veteran as Head of Worldwide Sales 

McAfee appoints Scott Lovett to the position of head of worldwide sales. Most recently, Lovett served as Cisco’s VP of worldwide security sales and was also a member of a core team that led the acquisition and integration of Sourcefire into Cisco’s sales processes. Prior to joining Cisco, Lovett held numerous technical and sales roles at Lightstream Corporation, Memorex Telex and Ungermann-Bass.

Nuance Communications’ Board Member Leaves

Patrick T. Hackett, 53, leaves Nuance Communications’ board. Hackett is a member and managing director of Warburg Pincus and a partner of Warburg Pincus & Co., a private equity firm, since June 1990 where he serves as co-head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group.

Solera Holdings Appoints Couple of High Ranking Former CFOs to Board

Solera Holdings, the provider of software and services for the automobile claims industry, elected Patrick D. Campbell, 62, and Michael Lehman, 64, to the Board. Campbell is the retired SVP and CFO of 3M Company. Prior to his tenure with 3M, he was VP of International and Europe for General Motors. Campbell is also a director of Stanley Black & Decker and SPX Corporation.

Lehman has been an independent consultant to various companies since February 2014. He was the interim CFO at Ciber, a global IT company before that. He was CFO of Arista Networks, a cloud networking firm, CFO of Palo Alto Networks, EVP and CFO of Sun Microsystems. Lehman is also a director of MGIC Investment Corp.

Fleetmatics’s New Investor Relations VP Comes with Broad Financial and Operational Experience

Fleetmatics, a leading global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as SaaS, named Brian Norris to the newly created position of VP of Investor Relations. Norris joins Fleetmatics from EnerNOC, where he was Senior Director of Investor Relations. Prior to that, he was Director of Investor Relations at Acme Packet, acquired by Oracle; spent five years at MatrixOne as VP of Investor Relations.

Marketo Names EVP of Worldwide Field Operations

Marketo, the cloud-based marketing software platform provider, named Steve Winter as EVP of Worldwide Field Operations. He was most recently SAP’s global head of its Customer Line of Business Organization. Prior to SAP, Winter was a founding partner of Sagebrook Technology Partners, and spent 12 years at PeopleSoft, where he held various executive sales management roles, including VP and GM of the company's Midwest region.

Winter replaces Bill Binch, 43, who has led sales for six years. Binchwill remain at Marketo and take a key new role leading Marketo's expanding global sales activities for the small and medium business markets.

Imperva’s Worldwide Field Operations SVP Resigns

Imperva accepted the resignation of Jason Forget, the Company's SVP of Worldwide Field Operations. Forget joined Imperva in 2006 from IMlogic, acquired by Symantec, where he was Director of Sales Operations. Prior to IMlogic, Jason was Director of Worldwide Sales Operations at Netegrity, acquired by Computer Associates, and held finance positions at P&G and John Hancock Financial Services.

Benefitfocus Adds former Rackspace CEO to Board

A. Lanham Napier, 43, the CEO of Rackspace Hosting till early 2014, has joined the board of Benefitfocus, a provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions. At various times during his 14 years at Rackspace, Napier served in other capacities at Rackspace, including as its President, CFO, and member of its board. Prior to that, he was an analyst of Merrill Lynch.

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.

ServiceSource Witnesses Multiple Leadership Appointments and Resignations

ServiceSource appointed Simon Biddiscombe, 45, as interim CFO. Biddiscombe replaces Ashley Johnson, who became Acting CEO in August, when Mike Smerklo stepped down as CEO after an 11-year tenure. Prior to joining ServiceSource, Biddiscombe served as a Director and as President and CEO of QLogic; and before that was SVP and CFO at the company. Before QLogic, he served as CFO anf senior finance roles at Mindspeed Technologies, Conexant, and Wyle Electronics.

Jim Dunham, who previously served as SVP of Product Management, will succeed Richard Campione as the President of the Cloud & Business Intelligence unit. Prior, Dunham served as the company's SVP of Product Management. Before joining ServiceSource, he was the CEO for Flat Rock Systems; worked at SAP AG for six years and served as Group VP for the Governance Risk and Compliance product suite and VP of Solution Marketing for the Public Sector; worked at Siebel for seven years leading five separate industry business lines as VP and GM.

Having successfully established a strong team and foundation for the Cloud & Business Intelligence unit, Campione will remain a member of the executive team as an advisor to the CEO on its technology strategy through the end of 2014, at which point he will return to his original role as a Board Director.

Tom Bonos has resigned from his role as EVP of Outside Sales to pursue other opportunities. The regional sales leaders will now report in to Ashley Johnson, Acting CEO. 

Date Range: September 1st - October 20th

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Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

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She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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