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Google Appoints SVP of all Google products; Couple of Senior Execs Leave

Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome and Apps has been promoted as SVP of all Google products. This excludes YouTube. Earlier, Pichai served as VP of Product Management joining Google in 2004. Before that, he held various engineering and product management positions at Applied Materials, and was a Management Consultant with McKinsey for a variety of software and semiconductor clients. He served as a Director of Jive Software as a Member of Board of Advisors at Ruba.

Andy Rubin, who headed Google’s robotics business, has left the company to start his own tech incubator focused on start-ups interested in building hardware. Rubin was a founder of Android, the mobile operating system behind Google’s smartphones and tablets, which Google acquired in 2005.

James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google, will take over the robotics group. Kuffner  is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

Longtime Google VP, Global Online Sales, Claire Johnson, has left. She joins Stripe as its new Chief of business operations. Johnson, who has been at the search giant since 2004, has most recently been leading the product, business and operations for its self-driving car efforts at the Google X division. But she has held a wide variety of jobs at Google, from the launch of Gmail, Google Apps and also running a consumer operations unit. In addition, Johnson has had deep sales experience, in both mobile and video ads, while there. Interestingly, she began her career in Massachusetts state politics.

Oracle Appoints Former SAP Exec for Cloud Unit

Shawn Price, the former cloud business executive at SAP, has joined Oracle as SVP for product strategy and marketing, in the cloud unit. Before SAP, he served as President at SuccessFactors, Zuora, and as CEO, President and Chairman at Savvion.

AT&T’s New Board Member is Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

AT&T has appointed William Kennard, 57, to its board of directors. Kennard was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. Kennard’s career spans more than three decades in law, telecommunications and private equity. In addition to his service as chairman of the FCC, he served as general counsel. He was managing director of the global telecommunications and media group of The Carlyle Group, a leading global private equity firm.

IBM Japan Leader to Head Global Technology Services Unit

IBM named Martin Jetter as SVP and head of its global technology services unit. Jetter currently heads IBM's operations in Japan. He also served as Strategy Chief at IBM; CEO of IBM Deutschland GmbH; and as Head of IBM Global Business Services in Northeastern Europe. Jetter joined IBM in 1986. Before taking charge of IBM Business Consulting Services in 2004, he had since 2001 been in charge of the worldwide business with IBM’s customer Siemens and heading IBM’s worldwide Product Lifecycle Management business.

Amazon Taps Former Dow Jones CIO to Join AWS Unit; Global Ad Sales Exec Leaves

Amazon has appointed the former CIO and global head of technology at Dow Jones, Stephen Orban as Head of Enterprise Strategy at Amazon Web Services. Orban also spent a decade at Bloomberg, where he co-founded Bloomberg Sports and developed private cloud infrastructure for the company's web properties.

‎Global VP, Advertising Sales, Lisa Utzschneider, leaves to join Yahoo!. Utzschneider joined Amazon in 2008, assuming ad sales and operations responsibilities for a range of Amazon owned and operated websites, including Amazon, IMDb and DPReview. Prior to Amazon, Lisa spent 10 years at Microsoft where her most recent position at Microsoft was GM of Sales and Account Services Group.

Cisco to Go Through CFO Change Early Next Year

Cisco’s EVP and CFO Frank Calderoni, 57, is stepping down from his role early next year, after six years on the job. Calderoni joined Cisco from QLogic in 2004, initially serving as SVP for customer solutions finance. In QLogic he served as VP and CFO, and before that he was CFO and SVP of Finance and Administration of SanDisk. Earlier, he served as a VP of Finance and Operations of Global Small Business of IBM, spending 21 years at the company.

Kelly A. Kramer, 46, the company’s SVP, Corporate Finance, will replace him. Kramer joined Cisco in early 2012 from over 20 years with General Electric. Most recently Kramer was VP and CFO of GE's Healthcare Systems business.  Prior to that, Kramer had other CFO roles including CFO of GE Healthcare Biosciences, a division in Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics.  Kramer also held various leadership positions within GE's Corporate Headquarters, Transportation Systems and Aerospace divisions.

SAP Appoints Microsoft Cloud and Big Data Leader as CTO; Also Appoints First Chief Digital Officer and CMO

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.

SAP also named its CMO Jonathan Becher, 49, as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit. Becher, a technology and marketing expert, joined SAP during the 2007 acquisition of Pilot Software, where he was president-CEO. Prior to leading Pilot Software, Becher was president-CEO of Accrue Software, a provider of web analytics, and president-CEO of NeoVista Software, a predictive analytics and data mining company.

Simultaneously, SAP has also appointed Maggie Chan Jones as the new CMO. Jones will join SAP from Level 3 Communications, where she served as SVP, North America Marketing.  Before Joining Level 3, Jones worked for seven years at Microsoft, where most recently she served as director of Cloud Services and Office 365 in the U.S. Marketing and Operations Group. Prior to that role, Maggie held several leadership and marketing positions in product marketing, product management, and channel strategy and development at Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and ADIC.

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.

Yahoo! Hires Americas Sales Leader from Amazon; While Small Business VP leaves

Yahoo! hires Amazon’s Global VP, Advertising Sales, Lisa Utzschneider, as SVP of Sales for the Americas. Utzschneider joined Amazon in 2008, assuming ad sales and operations responsibilities for a range of Amazon owned and operated websites, including Amazon, IMDb and DPReview. Prior to Amazon, Lisa spent 10 years at Microsoft where her most recent position at Microsoft was GM of Sales and Account Services Group.

Current Americas head Ned Brody will now assume the newly created role of SVP, Advertising Technology and Strategy.

Yahoo!’s VP & GM, Small Business, Amit Kumar, leaves. Kumar is a well-regarded entrepreneur who has sold two startups Lexity and Dapper to Yahoo. Before working on the start-ups, he had worked at Yahoo for many years as Director, Product Management, Yahoo! Search and Engineering Manager, Web Search, focusing on search and semantic advertising, including inventing SearchMonkey.

Micron Technology CFO to Retire

Ronald C. Foster, the Company's CFO and VP of Finance, announced his intention to retire from the Company. Foster has served as CFO of Micron since his appointment in 2008, after serving as a member of the Board from June 2004 to April 2005. Before joining Micron, Foster was the CFO at FormFactor. He previously served as CFO for JDS Uniphase and Novell and he held senior financial management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Applied Materials. He currently sits on the Board of Luxim.

Salesforce Appoints VMware Exec as EVP, Market Readiness; COO to Take Leave of Absence

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.

Salesforce authorized George Hu, the Company's COO, to take a personal leave of absence for up to six months.

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.

Twitter Sees Two More Exits; Former Twitter COO Joins Y Combinator

Jeremy Gordon, VP of Consumer Product Engineering and Adam Kinney, Head of Analytics, are both leaving Twitter. Gordon has earlier served as Senior Director, Product Engineering; Director, Mobile; and Engineering Manager, Cards Platform.

Adam Kinney has left Twitter to join publisher Schibsted as its Head of Data Science.

Former Twitter COO Ali Rowghani has joined well-known startup incubator Y Combinator as a part-time partner. Rowghani will help companies that are a few years out of the incubator scale and grow. Rowghani, who joined Twitter as CFO in 2010 before becoming COO, left the company earlier this year. He joined Twitter from Pixar Animation Studios, where he served for about eight years, most recently as the CFO.

Wipro Appoints Lawson Software Exec to Head France

Wipro appointed Hervé Sortais as General Manager and Country Head for France, part of the Continental Europe market. Prior to joining Wipro, Hervé was VP at Lawson Software, an ERP vendor and US public company. Prior to that, Hervé worked for 11 years with Atos, where he was first leading Open Systems and Middleware Solutions practice, before scaling up the ERP Business Unit on the Manufacturing market; and also led the transformation and outsourcing of Volkswagen IT, developing Gedas in France and becoming president of the company in 2005.

Sprint Goes Through Series of Board and Management Changes

Sprint announced that Nikesh Arora, 46, has joined the company’s board. Arora has been CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, and vice chairman of SoftBank Corp. since October 2014. He served as the chief business officer and SVP of Google before that. Since 2004 he held several executive positions at Google and served as Senior Advisor of Value Creation at Silver Lake Partners since 2007. He also served as the chief marketing officer and a member of the management board of T-Mobile Europe.

Meanwhile, Sprint announced that several longtime executives will be leaving the company, including CMO Jeff Hallock, enterprise chief Matt Carter and communications director Bill White.

Jeff Hallock, who has been part of Sprint’s marketing department since 1999, made a personal decision to leave the company. Hallock will remain in charge of daily marketing operations until a successor is named.

Sprint appointed Douglas Michelman, former head of corporate communications for Visa, as SVP of corporate communications to replace communications director Bill White who will leave the carrier at the end of the year after 32 years with the company. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at public relations firm FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner.

Carter had been with Sprint since late 2006 and had served in a variety of roles, including president of the Boost Mobile prepaid unit, head of Sprint's 4G WiMAX business, president of emerging and global wholesale solutions and most recently as the head of Sprint's B2B business.

Sprint is creating a new role called Chief Experience Officer, which will be filled by longtime Sprint executive Bob Johnson. Johnson will continue oversight of the carrier's customer care and IT groups.

Frank Boyer, a former Cingular Wireless executive, was named as Chief Procurement Officer, to evaluate where the company spends every dollar and look for ways to improve the cost structure.

Sprint appointed Junichi Miyakawa from Sprint's owner, SoftBank, into a newly created position of Technical Chief Operating Officer. Miyakawa will relocate to Sprint's headquarters in Kansas from Japan and oversee the company's current network chiefs John Saw and Stephen Bye.

Sprint will now have four key business units: postpaid and general business; prepaid services; enterprise solutions and Hispanic/multi-cultural. Sprint executive Jaime Jones has been promoted to lead the postpaid units, which will focus on consumer and general business sales, including company stores, dealers, national retailers, telesales and online sales.

Dow Draper is staying on as president of prepaid but will also now manage wholesale. Karen Freitag, a VP, will continue to lead the wholesale organization. Sprint just created the Hispanic/multi-cultural, which is meant to capitalize on demographic trends showing faster population growth among minorities.

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 Investor and Finance Expert as Director; First Data Exec Joins as Group President

Alison Davis was appointed to the board of Fiserv. Since 2011, Davis has been a managing partner of Fifth Era, a firm that invests in and incubates early stage technology-enabled companies. Prior to Fifth Era, she was the managing partner of Belvedere Capital Partners, CFO of Barclays Global Investors, an institutional asset manager that is now part of BlackRock, a senior partner at A.T. Kearney, and a consultant at McKinsey. Davis is currently a director of RBS, Diamond Foods and Unisys.

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.

Lenovo Appoints Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang to Board

Lenovo named seasoned entrepreneur-investor, technology visionary, founder and former CEO of Yahoo!, Jerry Yang, as an independent non-executive director of the Company. With the appointment, Yang ceases to act as Board Observer of the Company. Yang co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 and served as its CEO from 2007 to January 2009. He also served as a member of the board of Yahoo! until January 2012. Yang is currently a director of Workday and Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

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.

Splunk Appoints Former CA and BMC Exec to Lead Global Strategy and Initiatives for the IT Market

Splunk appointed Rick Fitz as VP of IT Markets. Previously, Fitz served as VP, product strategy and management at Markmonitor, a Thomson Reuters company. Prior to that, Fitz served as SVP, product management at CA Technologies; VP, product management at Network General and director, product management at BMC Software. He also held leadership positions at Peregrine Systems and Remedy Corporation.

Rackspace Names President as CEO and Director

Rackspace’s new CEO is Taylor Rhodes, the company’s president, who joined in 2007. He replaces Graham Weston, the company’s largest shareholder who stepped in following the unexpected departure of Lanham Napier earlier this year.

Rhodes retains his previous role as president. Previously, he was SVP and chief customer officer; SVP and managing director, international; and helped launch Rackspace Enterprise Services. Before that, Rhodes worked at EDS in a series of progressively more challenging leadership roles, managing end-to-end relationships with large global customers, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer.

Date Range: October 27th - November 21st

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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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