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

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.

Facebook Adds another PayPal Executive to Messenger Team; Mobile Engineering VP to Depart

Facebook has hired Stan Chudnovsky, 44, VP of Growth, Corporate Strategy and Special Operations at PayPal to work on Facebook Messenger, as head of product management for messaging products. Chudnovsky joined PayPal in 2013 when it acquired Iron Pearl, a startup he co-founded that helps websites attract and retain users. He was part of the team that helped plan the PayPal spinoff, expected to be completed late next year.

Cory Ondrejka, Facebook’s VP of mobile engineering, is leaving the company. Ondrejka, who joined Facebook in 2010 after co-founding the game Second Life at Linden Lab, worked on a number of mobile initiatives,  including Facebook Home, the company’s mobile operating system for Android that never really took off. He also oversaw mobile engineering during Facebook’s transition to native iOS and Android apps a few years back.

Oracle Adds Former Defense Secretary as Director; Appoints President

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.

Intel Security CTO joins Blue Coat as COO

CTO Michael Fey has left Intel Security Group to become President & COO at Blue Coat Systems, a privately owned network security company. He was EVP, CTO, and general manager of corporate products at Intel Security. Fey also managed business operations and strategy for corporate product business units at McAfee, part of Intel Security.  Previously, Fey was SVP of advanced technologies and field engineering with McAfee. An industry veteran, Fey has held leadership positions with Opsware, Mercury Interactive, and Lockheed-Martin.

IBM Sees Changes in Cloud Leadership; Announces Internal Promotions 

Lance Crosby, 44, CEO of SoftLayer, the cloud services company that IBM acquired in mid-2013 and which now forms the backbone of its cloud services business unit, has left. Crosby, who ran SoftLayer for eight years as a privately held company, stayed on for about 19 months after IBM agreed to pay about $2 billion for it. 

His departure follows the promotion of Robert LeBlanc, an IBM veteran, to run a newly formed cloud business unit as SVP, IBM Cloud. Previously, LeBlanc served as SVP, IBM Software and Cloud Solutions Group. Other senior leadership roles include SVP, Middleware Software; GM, Worldwide Software Sales; GM, Application and Infrastructure Management; and GM, Tivoli, since joining IBM in 1981.  

IBM named James J. Kavanaugh, 47, VP and Controller, as SVP, Transformation and Operations. Kavanaugh is responsible for creating an operating model which will allow IBM to align to fundamental market shifts while driving speed and agility.  Before his most recent role as IBM Controller, he was VP of finance and operations for IBM’s Sales & Distribution division, VP of finance and operations for IBM’s Americas Group, and VP of finance and planning for IBM EMEA. 

Stanley J. Sutula III, 49, became VP and Controller. Sutula was most recently the VP and Treasurer at IBM. He has been an IBM executive for over 13 years. 

Simon Beaumont, 54, became VP and Treasurer. He has served as VP, Tax for IBM since 2001. Before that, he was a Partner as PwC.

Cisco Cloud CTO Leaves for BMC

Cisco VP and CTO of cloud and virtualization group Phil Harris has joined BMC as SVP & CTO. Harris will replace Kia Behnia, who will not return from a sabbatical. Before his kost recent role at Cisco, he served as VP & CTO. Prior to that, he was Chief Strategy Officer and VP, Platform Engineering and Strategy at VCE, a virtual computing environment company. Prior to VCE he was at Cisco as Senior Director/CTO, World Wide Partner Organization and Corporate Consulting Engineer. Earlier in his career he served as Network Manager at Logica and Network Support Engineer at BACS.

HP Names Executive Teams for After the Big Breakup

After Hewlett-Packard splits in two, Meg Whitman will be CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, the forthcoming corporate computing and networking company, and Dion Weisler will head up HP Inc., the printing and PC company. Several of HP’s most senior executives will be staying as part of Enterprise:

  • Cathie Lesjak, currently CFO, will be with the new company.
  • John Schultz will be the general counsel, retaining his role from the current company.
  • Henry Gomez will keep his role as chief marketing and communications officer.
  • John Hinshaw, currently EVP for technology and operations, will be chief customer officer. He’s a former Boeing exec who got rave reviews at HP for shaking up its day-to-day business practices by doing things like making HP a customer of
  • Martin Fink will be the CTO and will continue to run Hewlett-Packard Labs, the research and development operation.
  • Mike Nefkens will continue to run the long-troubled enterprise services unit, which is made up primarily of EDS, the IT services company HP acquired in 2008.
  • Bill Veghte, who was briefly COO of HP, then later tapped to replace Dave Donatelli as head of the enterprise group, will continue in that role. The enterprise group sells servers, networking gear and other IT hardware.
  • Robert Youngjohns will continue as head of the software unit. A former Microsoft exec, he was tapped to run Autonomy after Whitman fired Mike Lynch in 2012, and was later promoted to replace George Khadifa.
  • Marten Mickos will lead HP Helion, the company’s cloud services unit.

At HP Inc., all of the following will report to Weisler, with Whitman becoming chairman of the board. There’s still no CFO, general counsel or chief marketing officer, and a search to fill those jobs is still under way.

  • Jon Flaxman will be the chief operating officer. He was once controller of the company, the second most senior finance executive at HP after Lesjak.
  • Shane Wall will be the CTO.
  • Stephen Nigro will lead the printing group.
  • Ron Coughlin will retain his current role running the personal systems group, HP’s name for the PC unit.

eBay’s New Directors Add Investor, Financial and Media Perspective

eBay appointed Perry Traquina, 79, Frank Yeary, 44, Jonathan Christodoro, 38, and Bonnie Hammer, 64, to its board of directors. Traquina brings a valuable market-oriented investor perspective to eBay’s board, having served as CEO and Chairman of Wellington Management, one of the world’s largest investment management companies, retiring in 2014. He held a series of positions of increasing responsibility, including Assistant VP, Director of Global Research, Partner and President. From 2004-2014, he served as Chairman, CEO and Managing Partner.

Yeary brings extensive experience in corporate governance and M&A strategy. In 2012, he co-founded CamberView Partners, a financial advisory firm, where he is Executive Chairman. He has served as Global Head of M&A for Citigroup Global Markets and Chairman of Salomon Smith Barney’s Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Investment Banking Group. Yeary also serves on Intel’s board. He is Co-founder and former Chairman of Level Money and was Vice Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

The company also announced that it has entered into a standstill agreement with investor Carl Icahn. In addition to certain corporate governance provisions to be adopted by PayPal as an independent company at the time of its spin-off from eBay, the agreement appoints Icahn Capital executive Jonathan Christodoro to eBay’s current board. The agreement with Icahn allows him to determine which board Christodoro will serve on at the time of separation. Christodoro has been MD of Icahn Capital since 2012. He served in various investment and research roles at P2 Capital Partners, Prentice Capital Management and S.A.C Capital Advisors. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. He served in the United States Marine Corps.

Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, brings in a background in consumer and social-media content to the eBay board. Hammer becomes the second woman on the board. She’s joining ahead of the planned spinoff of the company’s PayPal payments unit this year, and decisions about which directors will be placed on which boards after the split will be determined later. Hammer joined USA Network as a Universal Television programming executive in 1989 and has held several top positions at the company, including president of USA Network and Syfy channels. Before that, she developed and produced programs at several other cable and local TV channels.

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.

Yahoo! Appoints Flurry Exec as SVP of Advertising Products

Yahoo! has promoted Flurry executive Prashant Fuloria to head up all advertising products. Fuloria's title is SVP of Advertising Products, a job with oversight of Yahoo's display, native, video and mobile ad products. Fuloria brings more than a decade of experience building advertising platforms at Google, Facebook and, most recently, Flurry, to Yahoo. Fuloria's previous job was chief product officer at Flurry, the company acquired by Yahoo! in 2014.

Canon U.S.A. Announces Senior Executive Appointments, Promotions For 2015

Canon U.S.A. has announced six appointments and promotions for the New Year. Joseph Warren has been promoted from SVP to EVP and GM of Corporate Human Resources. Warren’s previous roles at Canon U.S.A. includes that of VP and GM of Customer Support Operations, Chairman and CEO at Canon Information Technology Services, and President and COO for Canon U.S.A.'s Consumer Imaging Group

Mason Olds has been promoted to SVP of Business Imaging Solutions Group, and has also been appointed to the Americas Board of Groups Management. His earlier roles include VP & GM of sales, Business Imaging Solutions Group at Canon U.S.A. In 2003, Olds was assigned to Canon Canada, where he served as SVP and GM of the Imaging Systems Group.

Hiroyuki Imamura has been promoted to VP and GM of Business Imaging Solutions Group.

Ellen Pitchford has been promoted to VP and GM of Imaging Technologies and Communications Group.

Eliott Peck, SVP and GM of Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, will assume chairman and CEO of Canon Information Technology Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A.

Kenji Kobayashi has been promoted to SVP and GM, Latin America Group, and has also been appointed to the Americas Board of Groups Management.

Former World Bank and IMF Consultant Retires as Infosys’ Director

Dr. Omkar Goswami retired from the Infosys Board in accordance with the retirement policy of the company. He joined the Infosys Board in November 2000.  Dr. Goswami is the Founder and Chairman of Corporate & Economic Research Group (CERG) Advisory Private Limited. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development. A professional economist, Dr. Goswami taught and researched economics for 18 years at various universities in India and abroad. In March 1997, Dr. Goswami became the editor of Business India.

Wipro CFO to Retire; Successor Named

Suresh Senapaty, 57, the current CFO and Executive Director, will retire on attaining the age of superannuation after completing a distinguished career spanning over three decades with the company.

Jatin Dalal, SVP, Finance will take over the role of CFO. A Chartered Accountant, Jatin Dalal joined Wipro in 2002. He has been instrumental in taking up diverse and challenging assignments in Wipro's finance function including setting up of Wividus - the company's shared services division besides strengthening the company's Financial Planning & Analysis and Investor Relations functions.

Intuit VP Joins Realnetworks as CFO

Marjorie Thomas, VP of Corporate Finance and Treasurer for Intuit, has left. She joined Realnetworks, the Internet streaming media delivery software company, as CFO and Treasurer. Prior to Intuit, she 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.

Citrix Goes Through Exec Changes in Sales and Marketing 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.

Robson Grieve is joining its executive team as SVP of marketing. Most recently, he was EVP of global marketing and customer experience with Concur, a cloud-based software company recently acquired by SAP. Prior to Concur, Grieve led the growth of Creature, an internationally recognized creative and strategy agency based in Seattle and London. Earlier, he worked in a number of executive marketing roles with Corbis, Vitessa and Radical Entertainment. He started his career as an account executive with Silicon Valley PR leader, A&R Partners.

Iron Mountain Appoints HP Exec to Generate Growth and Market Share in the Federal Government Sector

Bill O’Neill will be joining Iron Mountain as VP and GM for Government Services business. O’Neill has thirty years of technology business experience in the public sector, including his most recent position as Senior Director for Hewlett-Packard (HP) Networking. Prior to his role at HP, O’Neill held senior sales leadership, operations and solution development positions at Qwest, Nortel and Raytheon. He serves in board-level positions at TechAmerica and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Washington, DC chapter.

Teradata Adds Cigna’s CMO and Blackbaud’s CEO to Board

Teradata elected Lisa R. Bacus, 49, and Michael P. Gianoni, 53, to its Board of Directors. Bacus is EVP and Global CMO at Cigna. Bacus joined the company in 2013. Before that, she served as EVP and Chief Marketer at American Family, and served in many key roles at Ford, including Director of Global Marketing Strategy, Director of Global Market Research, Head of Marketing for Ford in Mexico, and Brand Manager and Regional Sales Manager for Lincoln.

Michael P. Gianoni is President and CEO of Blackbaud since 2013. Prior to that, he served as EVP and group president, Financial Institutions Group, and president of the Investment Services division at Fiserv. Gianoni joined Fiserv as part of its acquisition of CheckFree, where he served as EVP and GM of CheckFree Investment Services. He spent 11 years at DST Systems and worked at Applications Systems Group, Sequent Computer Systems, Wang Laboratories, U.S. Design Corporation and Canberra Industries. 

Groupon’s Sales and Communications Leaders Step Down

Rajen Ruparell, an entrepreneur who joined Groupon in an acquisition and went on to hold several prominent roles at the deals company including running national sales, has stepped down from his role at the company, to pursue an entrepreneurial venture. Ruparell was most recently the company’s SVP of Global Partnerships, with a focus on running the national sales team. The national sales team will now report to Simon Goodall, who was previously the VP of travel. Ruparell will remain an adviser to the company.

Separately, Groupon communications head Paul Taaffe will be leaving the company in the first half of the year to become CEO of London-based PR firm Huntsworth. Taaffe joined Groupon shortly after its IPO.

Date Range: December 28th 2014 - January 30th 2015

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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.

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