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Oracle Adds Former Defense Secretary as Director; Appoints President and Head of Office Retail

Oracle elected the Honorable Leon Panetta, 76, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to the company's Board. Secretary Panetta served in the Obama Administration as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013 and as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011. Previously, he was White House Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing California's 16th district.

Oracle promoted Thomas Kurian, 48, EVP, Product Development, to the role of President. He is responsible for leading software development and transitioning the company's technology to Oracle Cloud. For the past several years, Kurian has been responsible for the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products. Since 2008, Kurian has also led the development for Oracle's next-generation business applications, Oracle Fusion Applications. He joined Oracle in 1996 after a brief stint as an associate at McKinsey.

Oracle named Jill Puleri as SVP and GM, Oracle Retail. Puleri Having held various leadership positions in sales, marketing and consulting, Puleri brings over 20 years of experience and deep domain expertise in the retail industry, most recently serving as the Worldwide Retail Industry Leader for IBM Global Business Services.

Apple Director Won't Seek Re-Election; Company Hires HP Veteran and Burberry Exec

J.Crew CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler, 70, who has served on the Board since 1999, notified the Board of his intention to retire at the end of his current term. His role will end in March; no one has been named to fill the vacancy. In addition to his position on Apple’s board, Drexler has been the CEO of J.Crew since 2003. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Gap.

Apple has hired John Solomon, a 20-year HP veteran, to help it sell more products to businesses. When he left HP in December, Solomon’s title was GM of the global consumer printing unit. Earlier, Solomon was a SVP in HP's Personal Systems Group, and was also chosen to run that company’s printing and imaging operations in the Asia Pacific region. He joined HP in 1992.

Chester Chipperfield, the VP of Digital and Interactive Design at Burberry, will be joining Apple to work on special projects. The move comes following the hiring of former Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts, last year. Apple also recently hired former Burberry social media executive Musa Tariq. Chipperfield may play a key role at Apple's launch of its Apple Watch, which is expected to take place within a few months.

EMC to Add Two Directors in Temporary Truce with Elliott Management

EMC has reached a truce with a prominent activist hedge fund, by agreeing to add two directors José E. Almeida, 52, and Donald J. Carty, 68, to its board. The standstill agreement with Elliott Management will last until September 2015. EMC and Elliott collaborated on the search.

Almeida has served as Chairman of Covidien plc since 2012 and as President, CEO and a Director since July 2011. He currently serves on the Board of State Street Corporation.

Carty served as Chairman and CEO of AMR Corporation from 1998 to 2003. He currently serves as Chairman of Virgin America Airlines, and is a director of Canadian National Railway Company and Talisman Energy.

Red Hat CFO Plans Retirement

Charles E. Peters, Jr., 63, CFO of Red Hat, has decided to retire in the next 12 months, assuming a suitable successor has been determined by the Company. Peters has served the Company as its CFO for over 10 years. He served at GenRad as CFO for six years. Peters began his career with Price Waterhouse in 1973, serving in Boston and London in the audit division.

Citrix Goes Through Exec Changes in Sales Organization

Citrix appointed Carlos Sartorius as SVP, Worldwide Sales and Services. Sartorius was formerly MD and VP of the Citrix EMEA organization, headquartered in Switzerland, which he has run since joining Citrix in 2011. Prior to Citrix, Sartorius held a range of senior industry leadership positions, most recently with HP, where he was VP and GM of HP’s networking business unit in EMEA.

SVP Sales Strategy Al Monserrat, a fifteen year Citrix veteran, will be leaving. He has run sales and services since 2008, during which time he re-engineered the sales organization – greatly strengthening the Citrix go-to-market model and growing revenues by nearly 90 percent. Monserrat will provide transitional advisory services to Citrix through April 1, 2015.

PTC Appoints New CMO with Experience in Driving State-Of-The-Art Global Marketing Functions

PTC, formerly Parametric Technology Corporation, named Charlie Ungashick as EVP and CMO. Ungashick joins PTC from Globoforce, a provider of SaaS-based employee recognition solutions. He has held leadership roles in several high-growth companies, including SilverStream Software, Novell, FileNet and Deltek.

Ungashick succeeds Rob Gremley, who assumed a new leadership position in August 2014 as EVP of PTC’s businesses focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Top Executive at, AOL’s Biggest Acquisition, Are Leaving

Less than two years ago, AOL made the biggest acquisition of ad tech startup The most recent departure is co-founder Amir Ashkenazi, who was CEO of up until its sale to AOL in September 2013, and then became president of AOL’s “Platforms” technology group.’s software helps people buy and sell video advertising via an exchange. AOL hasn’t announced a replacement for Ashkenazi.

Science Applications Int'l Adds Fannie Mae CEO as Director

Scientific, engineering, and technology applications company SAIC announced that Timothy J. Mayopoulos has been appointed as a board member. Mayopoulos is the president and CEO of Fannie Mae, and a member of its board. He joined Fannie Mae in April 2009 as EVP, general counsel, and corporate secretary, and in 2010 he was appointed chief administrative officer before becoming president and CEO in June 2012. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Mayopoulos held senior leadership positions at several financial institutions, including BofA, Credit Suisse First Boston, and Deutsche Bank.

Blackbaud’s Enterprise Customer BU Head Leaves; Company looks for Replacement

Joseph D. Moye resigned from his position as President, Enterprise Customer Business Unit, of Blackbaud. Moye has decided to leave the Company for personal reasons. Charlie Cumbaa, SVP, Corporate and Product Strategy, will be appointed interim head of the Enterprise Customer Business Unit while the Company initiates a search for Moye's replacement.

MicroStrategy Promotes Analytics Leader to CTO

Timothy E. Lang was promoted to Senior EVP & CTO at MicroStrategy, the provider of enterprise-ready platforms for business analytics, mobile intelligence, and identity security, succeeding Peng Xiao. Most recently, he was the company’s SVP Analytics. Before joining the company, he served as Chief Product Officer at Talemetry, VP Product at SAP, VP Products - Strategy, Planning & GTM at Business Objects.

RealPage's Chief Legal Officer Leaves

Web-based property management software company RealPage's EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary Margot Carter, 46, resigns. Earlier, she has served as General Counsel at Princeton Review, SoundView Technology Group, Cantor Fitzgerald, SourceCorp, and in diverse roles in many others.

Ellie Mae Appoints COO as CEO; Co-Founder and former CEO Stays as Exec Chair

Ellie Mae, innovative on-demand software solutions provider for the residential mortgage industry, has appointed Jonathan Corr, 47, as CEO and a member of the. Corr, a 12-year veteran of Ellie Mae, currently serves as president and COO of the company. Corr joined Ellie Mae in 2002. He was named COO in 2011 and president in 2013. Earlier, he led the company’s product management efforts and was chief strategy officer.

Sigmund Anderman, 72, will transition from CEO of the Company to Executive Chairman. He is one of co-founders, has served as CEO and as a member of the Board since the inception of the Company in August 1997. Anderman co-founded American Home Shield Corporation, a home warranty company; founded CompuFund, a computerized mortgage banking company; and founded Inspectech Corporation, a computerized home inspection company.

LogMeIn Promotes COO as President & COO

SaaS and cloud-based remote connectivity software company LogMeIn promoted William R. Wagner, 47, to the position of President and COO. Wagner has served as the Company's COO since May 2013. Prior to joining the Company, he served as the COO at Vocus, a leading cloud marketing software provider and as Vocus's CMO. Prior to that, he served as the CMO at Fiberlink Communications.

Imperva Chairman Steps Down from Additional Strategy Chief Role

Shlomo Kramer, 48, resigned in his capacity as Chief Strategy Officer of data security solutions firm Imperva. Kramer will remain as Imperva's Chairman. He is Imperva’s co-founder. He has served as chairman since inception in 2002 and as President and CEO since May 2002. Prior to founding Imperva, Kramer co-founded Check Point Software Technologies. Kramer is also an active investor and current board member of a number of privately held companies in the security and enterprise software industries.

PROS Names New CFO

Pricing software developer PROS has appointed Stefan B. Schulz as new EVP & CFO. Schulz was most recently CFO of Divial River, and also served at Lawson Software, BMC Software, and Arthur Andersen & Co. PROS says Schulz replaces retiring CFO Charles H. Murphy.

LivePerson Promotes Long Timer to Head Global Sales and Customer Success; NA Sales Leader Leaves

Live chat software company LivePerson promoted Dustin Dean to the position of EVP of Global Sales and Customer Success. Dean has served at LivePerson for 10 years in key sales and business leadership roles, most recently serving as SVP of the Global Strategic Group. Dean joined the Company in 2005 as a Direct Sales Executive and has held progressively senior leadership roles during his tenure, including Director of Business Development, Director of Global Channels, and GM of APAC.

Alan Banks, LivePerson's former EVP of Global Sales and Customer Success, will be departing the Company.

VP, Head of North America Sales at LivePerson, Puneet Arora, left. He has joined 8x8 as SVP of Global Sales. Prior to LivePerson, he managed Cloud CRM Sales for North America West at Oracle, and was VP Corporate Sales at Earlier, Arora spent over 10 years in leading enterprise software companies like BlueRoads, Selectica and Trilogy where he led a successful career as an Enterprise Sales executive leading teams and opening new markets.

Realnetworks Taps Intuit VP as CFO

Realnetworks, the Internet streaming media delivery software and services company, named Marjorie Thomas as CFO and Treasurer. Thomas' career spans nearly 30 years and includes senior finance roles at Intuit, Sony, and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, she served as VP of Corporate Finance and Treasurer for Intuit. Prior to that, he served as SVP, Finance and Corporate Controller of Sony Electronics where she was a member of the Sony Electronics Executive Committee. Before that, she spent 20 years at Hewlett-Packard in several senior leadership positions. She began her career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen.

Thomas succeeds Tim Wan, who joined RealNetworks in 2000 and has served as CFO and Treasurer since April 2012. Recently, Wan relocated to California for family reasons, and he will continue to report to CEO Glaser as a strategic advisor to help ensure a smooth transition.

Adaptive Insights Taps Citrix Chairman Bogan as CEO

Business intelligence software company Adaptive Insights has named Citrix Systems chairman Thomas Bogan as its CEO. Adaptive Insights has raised $100 million in four rounds from investors including, Bessemer Venture Partners, Information Venture Partners and Norwest Venture Parnters and has more than 2,500 corporate customers. Bogan is a veteran enterprise software executive whose career includes stints as COO at Rational Software and a venture partner at Greylock. He has been chairman of Citrix since 2005.

Security Software Company ESET Appoints Sales VP

ESET, the developer of Internet security software, has named Gerald C. Choung as its new VP of Sales. Choung is the former Senior Director of Channel Strategy and Sales for Qualcomm (now Omnitracs). He also has served at Oracle and Microsoft.

Customer Engagement Software Company eGain Adds Former Avaya Exec as Director

Brett Shockley, 53, has joined its board of eGain. Shockley is a serial entrepreneur and senior business executive, known for growing startups and driving transformational change in established businesses. Shockley most recently served as SVP and Chief Technology Officer at Avaya. Prior to Avaya, he founded Spanlink Communications and Calabrio, both innovative providers of contact center technology and services. He has also served as VP and GM of the Customer Contact Business unit at Cisco Systems.

Seriously Taps 20th Century Fox, Rovio Vets to Head BD and Product Organization

Mobile entertainment start-up Seriously has tapped a 20th Century Fox veteran Matt McMahon to head up its business development efforts, and a former Rovio exec Mikko Hakkinen for product development efforts. Seriously said it has hired McMahon as its new VP of Business Development, and Hakkinen as Head of Product. McMahan was most recently VP of Mobile at 20th Century Fox, in charge of such mobile games for Family Guy, Ice Age, Avatar and The Simpsons.

Hakkinen was most recently at Rovio as Head of Studio, where he produced Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars. Hakkinen will be based in Seriously's Helsinki office. Seriously is venture backed by Upfront Ventures, Sunstone Capital, and Daher Capital.

Date Range: December 18th 2014 - January 26th 2015

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