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SAP Appoints Microsoft Cloud and Big Data Leader as CTO

SAP Appoints Quentin Clark, a 20-year veteran of Microsoft, as CTO. Most recently, Clark served as Microsoft’s Corporate VP in the business application space and before that was Corporate VP of data platform group, where he helped design and deliver the company’s big data platforms for both on premise (SQL Server) and Azure (PowerBI, HDInsight). Previously he was GM of the Database Systems Group, GM for WinFS project, Product Unit Manager for MOM/Application Center starting as a Software Engineer at the company in 1994.

The appointment comes months after a substantial reorganisation at SAP, which saw the departure of the company’s cloud head Shawn Price and executive board member Vishal Sikka.

EMC’s Security Division RSA Promotes SVP, Products as President

RSA, the security division of EMC promoted Amit Yoran to President. As RSA's SVP of Products, Yoran has been a driving force behind RSA's Intelligence Driven Security strategy. Prior to RSA, Yoran founded and served as the CEO of NetWitness, which was acquired by RSA in 2011, and CEO of Riptech, which was acquired by Symantec in 2002, where he served as VP of Worldwide Managed Security Services. Yoran previously served as the founding director of the US Computer Emergency Response Team and as a founding member of the US Department of Defense's CERT program.

VMware Exec Joins Salesforce as EVP, Market Readiness

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.

Intuit’s Long Time Board Member Retires

Christopher W. Brody, 69, decided to retire from the Board of Directors of Intuit. He will not stand for re-election. Brody serves as an Advisor of The GlenRock Group. He is Chairman of Vantage Partners, a private investment partnership. From 1972 to 1998, Brody was a Partner of Warburg, Pincus, and, for over 15 years, served as a member of its Operating Committee which managed the private equity and venture capital activities of the firm.

Symantec Eliminates COO Role; Appoints Two Senior Leaders for its Security Business

Symantec’s EVP & COO Stephen E. Gillett, 38, is no longer serving in such capacity as a result of the elimination of the COO role from the Company's organizational structure.

The company has added two new executives to its executive leadership team for its security business: Balaji Yelamanchili, EVP and general manager, Enterprise Security Products; and Jeff Scheel, SVP, Corporate Development, Alliances and Strategy.

Yelamanchili joins from Oracle where he was SVP overseeing the company’s analytics and performance management products. Prior that, he was a SVP and co-general manager at EMC, within the company’s Content Management and Archiving division.

Scheel has joined Symantec to lead the company’s security partnerships and continue the development of Symantec’s security business strategy. Most recently Scheel was at FireEye, where he was VP, Business Development, Global Services and Cloud Solutions. He brings deep security domain expertise to Symantec based on prior executive roles at Mandiant, HP Enterprise Security and ArcSight.

Fiserv Appoints First Data Exec and Long-Time Financial Services Pioneer as Group President

Kevin Schultz has been named group president at Fiserv, to oversee a newly formed group that includes the company’s consumer-focused electronic payment platforms and digital channel solutions. Schultz served most recently as president of global financial services at First Data. Prior to that, Schultz served as global head of processing services at Visa. Schultz began his career in 1982 at TYME, a pioneering regional ATM network, and later spent 13 years in senior leadership roles at Visa. He served as EVP, sales and marketing, at Global Payments, prior to rejoining Visa in 2006.

Red Hat Appoints GE Veteran as Board Member 

Red Hat appointed Charlene Begley, 47, a former executive at CEO, to its board of Directors. Begley served in various capacities at General Electric from 1988 through December 2013. Most recently, she served in a dual role as SVP and Chief Information Officer, as well as the President and CEO of GE’s Home and Business Solutions business. Begley is currently a director of The NASDAQ OMX Group and WPP plc.

Informatica Names New CFO as Former CFO Takes Up Chief Customer Officer and Operations Strategy Role

Informatica named Michael Berry as EVP and CFO, succeeding Earl Fry. Berry brings a track record of finance and operational leadership as CFO at growth companies and category leaders including SolarWinds, IO, and i2 Technologies. Berry is currently a Board Member for Rapid7, a privately-held security software company.

Fry will help in the CFO transition and, increasingly, devote his attention to his new role as Chief Customer Officer and EVP, Operations Strategy.

Dealertrack Technologies Appoints Co-Presidents

Leading provider of on-demand software for the auto industry Dealertrack Technologies named Rick Gibbs and Raj Sundaram as co-presidents. Rick Gibbs will now lead all of Dealertrack’s product development initiatives including engineering, product strategy and management. He will also oversee the new product and platform solutions teams focused on integrating Dealertrack solutions. Gibbs was named as Dealertrack’s EVP and Group President for Digital Marketing Solutions, earlier this year, when his co-founded company was acquired by Dealertrack Technologies.

Raj Sundaram joined Dealertrack in 2005 and has served in multiple senior leadership roles during his tenure including EVP and Group President, Dealer Solutions; SVP, Solutions and Services Group; and SVP, Dealer Solutions. Prior to Dealertrack, he was President of Automotive Lease Guide Inc. (ALG), which was acquired by Dealertrack. His extensive automotive experience also includes senior positions at Nissan and Ford.

Progress Software Appoints New CMO from Iron Mountain

Progress named Melissa Puls as CMO, to oversee all aspects of the company’s marketing operations and communications strategy. Puls is a seasoned marketing executive who most recently served as the VP of Iron Mountain’s Global Demand Center. Prior to Iron Mountain, Puls filled a variety of marketing roles at Infor, Infinium Software (later SSA Global) and Kronos.

BMC Marketing Exec Joins Imperva as New CMO

Kim DeCarlis has joined data center security solutions company Imperva as CMO. Most recently, DeCarlis was VP of Worldwide Marketing at BMC Software. Prior to joining BMC, she spent five years as the VP of Corporate Marketing at Citrix, and held roles with Information Resources, a provider of big data solutions to the CPG and retail industries, where she was SVP of Product Marketing. Earlier in her career, she held marketing and sales roles at Saba, Documentum, Xerox and IBM.

Mark Kraynak, formerly SVP of Worldwide Marketing, has moved into the newly created role of Chief Product Officer, responsible for product strategy, business development, corporate development and evangelism. 

Kaspersky Lab North America Appoints SVP of Corporate Sales

Kaspersky Lab North America named Mike Parise to the position of SVP, Corporate Sales. He most recently served as VP, North American Field Sales at Core Security. Earlier, he held various senior sales leadership roles at companies of various sizes, including Courion, Parametric Technology, EMC and Data General.

Cisco Marketing Exec Joins Call Center Software Solutions Company as CMO

Call center technologies and software solutions company Interactive Intelligence Group has hired Jeff Platón as its CMO. Platón replaces former CMO Joseph A. Staples. Prior to joining Interactive Intelligence, Platón served for 12 years in VP marketing roles for leading global networking company Cisco Systems. Previously, Platón had been CEO and president of network security management firm AlertSoft, and VP of marketing for McAfee.

FARO Technologies’ APAC Leader Takes on Additional EMEA Role

Software driven 3D measurement technology company FARO Technologies appointed Joe Arezone as SVP, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Arezone has previously served and will continue to serve as SVP, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region.

Bazaarvoice Founder Departs Board

Brett Hurt, the founder of Bazaarvoice, is no longer involved at the company, and is no longer on the Bazaarvoice board. Hurt left Bazaarvoice's executive team back in November of 2012, and spent some time at Austin Ventures and attempted in 2013 to start a new venture firm called Hurt+Harbach.

Former BlackBerry Exec Joins BroadSoft as CMO

Unified Communications service provider BroadSoft names Taher Behbehani, a seasoned technology executive and tech entrepreneur who helped lead a number of companies in their achievement of significant growth, as CMO. Past roles include executive positions at BlackBerry, American Express and Time Warner Cable. In addition to global corporate leadership positions, Behbehani was founder of several start-ups and has been a key investor and advisor to numerous market disruptive businesses. 

Date Range: October 21st - November 14th

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

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.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

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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