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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 Role

Lawrence J. “Larry” Ellison, 70, is stepping down from his position as CEO of Oracle, to become the company's Executive Chairman and CTO. Ellison has been the CEO of Oracle, since he founded the company in 1977.

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 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.

eBay and PayPal Split; Board Member Marc Andreessen Resigns

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.

Former Siebel Sale 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.

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

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 Roche, she served as Technology Director at Barclaycard for three years. Currently, Allerton serves as an independent director on the boards of Oxford Instruments, a provider of high technology tools and systems and Aveva Group, an engineering design and information management solutions firm for plant, power and marine industries.

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.

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.

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.

Euronet Worldwide Appoints Entrepreneur with Experience in Industry Leading Technology Solutions as Board Member

Electronic payment services company Euronet Worldwide appointed Mark R. Callegari to its Board. Callegari is the Founder and CEO of Callegenix, a leader in building illumination and microprocessor control systems. He also founded LightWild, a leader in LED lighting solutions; Tidestone Technologies, developer of Microsoft excel-based management reporting solutions; and Visual Components, developer of desktop software solutions for IT professionals.

Unisys Chair & CEO to Leave

Unisys announced that J. Edward Coleman, 62, Chairman and its CEO will be leaving the company. Coleman has served in these positions since October 2008 and will continue to do so until his departure. The board of directors has engaged an executive search firm to conduct the search for Coleman's replacement.

Univision’s COO Joins Board of Cincinnati Bell

Cincinnati Bell elected John W. Eck, 55, as a director of the company. Eck is currently the COO and EVP, Operations and Technology, at Univision Communications, a leading Hispanic media company in the U.S. Prior to joining Univision, Eck worked at NBC Universal for 18 years, most recently serving as President, Media Works. Prior to joining that, he held various other executive and financial positions at GE.

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.

Bazaarvoice Founder Departs Board 

Benjamin A. “Brett” Hurt, 42, the founder of Bazaarvoice, will no longer serve on the company’s board. Brett has been pioneering eCommerce innovations since 1998 and online communities since 1982. As the co-founder of Bazaarvoice, Brett served as CEO from its inception in 2005 until late 2012, during which time he led the company through its IPO, a follow-on offering and two acquisitions. He founded Coremetrics in 1999 after spending 10 years developing Internet-based software. Prior to Coremetrics, Brett was the founder and CEO of Hurt Technology Consulting and BodyMatrix, an online retailer of sports nutrition products. Before that, he was a consultant at Deloitte and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Pyramid Healthcare Solutions Names New Chairman and Board Members

Salient Business Solutions, the revenue cycle management and business outsourcing consulting arm of the India-based Avantha Group, has announced board changes for its fully owned subsidiary Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of revenue cycle management services for the healthcare industry.

Manoj Malhotra, CEO of Salient Business Solutions, has been appointed Chairman at Pyramid Healthcare Solutions. Malhotra will continue to serve as its president. B Hariharan, Group Finance Director for Avantha Group, and S. Sanjay San, Group Human Resources Head for Avantha Group, were elected to the Pyramid board.

Date Range: September 11th - October 27th

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