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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.

Google Names Red Hat CTO as VP, Cloud Platforms

Brian Stevens, 50, who stepped down as EVP and CTO of Red Hat recently, has joined Google to lead its cloud platforms. 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.

GE Healthcare Appoints New CEO and CTO

GE appointed John L. Flannery, 53, as president and CEO of GE Healthcare succeeding John Dineen, 51, who is leaving. Flannery most recently was SVP of business development for GE. In the past year, Flannery led business development activity related to the purchase of Alstom’s energy and transmission businesses, the spinoff of Retail Finance and the sale of GE Appliances. Prior to that, Flannery was the president and CEO of GE India and a senior leader at GE Capital.

Dineen has had a highly successful career at GE with senior positions in GE Industrial Systems, Plastics, Transportation and Healthcare. After seven years leading Healthcare and 28 years at GE, he has decided to look at new leadership opportunities outside GE.

Jörg F. Debatin, 52, has been named VP and CTO for GE Healthcare. Debatin joined GE from Amedes AG, where he served as CEO. Prior to that, Debatin served as medical director and CEO at the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf. He also worked as a radiologist at Stanford University, the University Hospital of Zurich, and the University Hospital of Essen, where he served as head of department for the Institute of Diagnostic Radiology.

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.

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.

Oracle’s Global VP of Healthcare Product Strategy Leaves to Join Cal INDEX as CEO

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) selected David Watson 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.

Cisco Execs Join as GM of Intel Security and Worldwide Sales Lead for McAfee

Intel appointed Christopher Young as its newest senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. Young comes to Intel from Cisco, where he was senior vice president of the global Security and Government Group. Prior to Cisco, he held executive roles in end user computing at VMware and cybersecurity at RSA. Young also co-founded and led Cyveillance and served as president and chief operating officer.

McAfee appointed 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.

IBM Healthcare Global Business Service Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Judy Murphy has been named chief nursing officer at IBM Healthcare Global Business Service. She was, most recently, chief nursing officer and director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Murphy joined the ONC in December 2011 as the deputy national coordinator for programs and policy.

Amazon Hires Former Dow Jones CIO to Lead AWS Unit as Head of Enterprise Strategy

Amazon hired the former CIO and global head of technology at Dow Jones & Co., Stephen Orban, to join its Amazon Web Services unit as Head of Enterprise Strategy. Orban also spent a decade at Bloomberg, where he co-founded Bloomberg Sports and developed private cloud infrastructure for the company's web properties. AWS is currently led by Andy Jassy.

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.

Hewlett-Packard to Split into Two Companies – HP, Inc. and HP Enterprise; Board and Management Changes Announced

Hewlett-Packard plans to break in two, separating its printing and personal systems businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations. The company will cut another 5,000 jobs in the process of carrying out the breakup. Meg Whitman, 57, is slated to be chairman of the PC and printer business, to be known as HP Inc., and CEO of the other company, to be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Whitman is a former part-time strategic advisor to Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers; former President and CEO of eBay; and held executive-level positions at Hasbro, FTD, The Stride Rite Corporation, Walt Disney, and Bain. Whitman also serves as a director of Procter & Gamble.

Current lead independent director Patricia Russo, 62, will be chairman of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Russo is former CEO of Alcatel-Lucent. Prior to the merger of Alcatel and Lucent in 2006, she served as Chairman and CEO of Lucent Technologies and before that, as the company’s President and CEO. Russo is currently a director of Alcoa, General Motors, KKR Management LLC and Merck & Co.

Dion Weisler, 47, EVP of HP’s Printing and Personal Systems organization, is to be CEO of HP Inc. Before his current role, Weisler served as SVP and MD, Printing and Personal Systems, Asia Pacific and Japan. Prior to joining HP, he was the VP and COO of Lenovo's Product and Mobile Internet Digital Home Groups; and was GM of Lenovo Korea, ASEAN and ANZ; GM at Telstra Corporation, Australia's leading telecommunications company; and MD of Acer UK.

CFO Cathie Lesjak will remain with the enterprise company.

eBay and PayPal Split; Board Member Resigns While New CEOs Appointed Along With Other Senior Leaders 

eBay and PayPal are splitting as two separate publicly-traded companies. Marc Andreessen, 43, is resigning from the company’s board. Andreessen has served on eBay’s board for six years, joining in 2008. Following the board’s recent decision to separate eBay and PayPal, Andreessen said that now is the right time to step down. Andreessen’s firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has stakes in companies from taxi app Lyft to virtual reality hardware maker Oculus VR. He sits on the boards of Facebook, HP and Oculus, among others.

Both companies will get new CEOs as part of the deal, with eBay Marketplaces President Devin Wenig, 47, taking over at eBay, and AmEx President Dan Schulman, 56, leading PayPal.

Wenig has been President of Marketplaces Business Unit of eBay since 2011. Before this role, he most recently was CEO of Thomson Reuters markets. He also led the integration of Reuters and Thomson following the merger of the two companies.

Schulman joins PayPal from American Express, where he was president of the company’s Enterprise Growth Group. Prior to joining American Express Schulman has held senior executive and CEO roles at AT&T, Priceline and Virgin Mobile.

eBay Marketplaces appointed Steve Fisher as SVP and CTO. Fisher joins eBay from where he served as EVP, Technology. Prior to that, Fisher held engineering positions at Apple and AT&T Labs. He also founded and served as CEO for NotifyMe Networks, an interactive voice-alerting platform application service provider. eBay's SVP & CTO Mark Carges, resigned, in order to focus on a family matter.

EMC Appoints Former Apple Executive Zane C. Rowe as CFO

EMC named Zane C. Rowe, 43, as its EVP and CFO, succeeding David I. Goulden, 54, who will remain at the company as CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure. Goulden has been serving in a dual role since July 2012.

Rowe most recently served as Head of Apple’s North America Sales joining the company in 2012. Before Apple, Rowe was CFO and EVP at United Continental Holdings; CFO and EVP of United Air Lines; SVP of Network Strategy and VP of Network Strategy, Staff VP for Financial Planning and Analysis, and VP of Financial Planning and Analysis at Continental Airlines.

Former Siebel Sales EVP Retires from Salesforce’s Board 

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.

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.

Twitter's News Chief to Step Down

Vivian Schiller, head of News at Twitter, will be stepping down. Schiller worked with various news organizations on education initiatives and integration the social media service into news coverage. The former NBC executive, who was responsible for acting as a liaison between Twitter and news organizations, will be handing over the reins to Adam Sharp, who leads the government and elections team.

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.

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.

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 Former Roche Exec as New Board Member while Co-Founder Retires; Appoints Senior Leaders

Jennifer Allerton, 62, was appointed to the board of directors of Iron Mountain. Most recently, Allerton served as CIO at Roche from 2002 to 2012 with responsibility for IT strategy and operations for the Pharma division and all Group IT operations. Prior to that, she served as Technology Director at Barclaycard. Currently, Allerton serves on the boards of Oxford Instruments and Aveva Group.

Vincent J. Ryan, 78, one of Iron Mountain’s founders, who served on the company’s board since prior to the IPO in 1995, retires. He is the founder of Schooner Capital and has served as its Chairman and CEO since 1971.

Ted MacLean, formerly of Microsoft, has joined the company to the newly created role of CMO. Most recently he served as GM for Microsoft’s new business efforts in emerging markets, driving significant revenue and customer engagement results. MacLean was recruited to Microsoft from his role as the CEO of an insurance underwriting software company that was a partner firm to Microsoft. MacLean previously held roles at management consultancies AT Kearney and KPMG, and spent his early career in Japan.

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.

New Dell CIO Appointment Consolidates Commerce Services into One Role

Dell promoted Paul J. Walsh to the role of CIO and merged the various commerce services he was managing into one organization. Walsh made the move in September after Adriana “Andi” Karaboutis left. As VP of Dell Commerce Services, Walsh oversaw the website, including the implementation of sales systems and software to support customers. Walsh joined the company in 2013 from Sears, where he worked as VP and GM of the retailer’s online BU. Prior to that, he worked in Amazon’s e-commerce business and also held product management positions at Quest Software and Microsoft.

Date Range: September 11th - October 27th

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