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Google Goes Through Leadership Changes at Google X and Google+ Units

Google X Display Division head Mary Lou Jepsen is joining Oculus, the virtual reality startup that Facebook acquired last year. Jepsen specialized in digital displays at Google, including an advanced project centered on combining multiple independent screens into one fluid image, something that’s certainly in the same vein as virtual reality. She is also co-founder and former CTO of the non-profit One Laptop Per Child, which aims to reduce the cost of laptops for children in Third World countries.

David Besbris, VP, Engineering at Google, who took reins for Google’s social media products, including Google+, after Vic Gundotra left last year, is no longer running Google+. Besbris is still at the company, but Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google+ product VP, has taken over Google+ and Photos.

Microsoft Taps Adobe Exec as VP of Design for Applications and Services Group

Microsoft named Michael Gough as Corporate VP of design for the Applications and Services Group (ASG). Gough will be responsible for leading design across many of Microsoft's most important products, including Office 365. Gough joins Microsoft from Adobe Systems, where he most recently served as VP of Experience Design leading its multidisciplinary experience creation organization. Before joining Adobe in 2005, Gough served as the VP of brand design at Nike, chief creative officer at Quokka Sports, and founder and creative director at Construct Internet Design.

Verizon Elects Aetna Chair/CEO to Board; Reorganizes Operating Structure

Verizon Communications elected Mark T. Bertolini, 57, chairman and CEO of Aetna, to its Board of Directors. Bertolini joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna's Specialty Products. He served as EVP and head of Aetna's regional businesses prior to being named president. In 2007 he was named president and in that role was responsible for all of Aetna's businesses and operations. Prior to joining Aetna, Bertolini held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans and SelectCare, where he served as president.

Verizon also reorganized its operating structure. John G. Stratton, 53, formerly Verizon's EVP and President - Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Operations, with operational responsibility for Verizon's wireless and wireline businesses.

Daniel S. Mead, 61, formerly Verizon's EVP and President and CEO - Verizon Wireless, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Strategic Initiatives, with responsibility for directing the transfer of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Mead expects to retire following the completion of the strategic initiatives on which he is working.

Cisco VP Leaves to Join European Company Interxion as Marketing & Strategy Chief

Interxion Holding, an European provider of cloud and carrier-neutral data centre colocation services, named Giuliano Di Vitantonio as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer. Di Vitantonio joins Interxion from Cisco, where he was VP of Marketing for Data Center & Cloud. Prior to that, Di Vitantonio was at Hewlett-Packard, where he held a broad range of positions, the latest one being Head of Global Marketing for Business Intelligence.

Priceline Group Appoints Former BofA CFO as New Board Member

Online travel and related services company The Priceline Group named Charles (Chuck) Noski as its newest Director. In 2012, Noski retired from the role of Vice Chairman of Bank of America, to which he was named after serving as the company's EVP and CFO.  Prior to that, he served as CFO, Corporate VP and Director of Northrop Grumman; was Vice Chairman of the Board and CFO of AT&T; and led Hughes Electronics (now DIRECTV) in various senior executive roles, including President and COO. He began his career at Deloitte where he was named Partner.

HP Storage Head and Former 3Par CEO Retires

David Scott, HP’s SVP and GM of the data storage business, and the former CEO of 3Par, the storage company HP acquired in 2010, is retiring. Scott led the 3PAR product line to become a billion dollar business for HP.

Scott resigned from HP in January 2001 to become 3PAR CEO, and spent almost ten years there growing the start-up to become the hottest SAN storage acquisition of post-millennium period. HP bought 3PAR for $2.4 billion in September 2010 after a hard-fought bidding war with Dell.

A replacement has not yet been named. Bill Philbin, VP of Storage Engineering for the Virtual Development Unit, will lead the storage unit on an interim basis.

Infosys Appoints First CIO in Management Rejig

Infosys will realign its organizational structure to enhance the company’s agility in the market and sharpen its competitive differentiation across service lines. SVP VG Dheeshjith, 50, will become the company's first CIO, heading its internal infrastructure. Dheeshjith serves as the Head of Growth Market Unit. He served as Global Head of Life Sciences and Head of APAC Region & Europe Middle East & Africa, Retail CPG, Logistics & Life Sciences and SVP of Growth Market Unit at Infosys, earlier. He joined Infosys in 1987 and has since worked in various roles within the organization.

VMware Hires its New CIO from Juniper Networks

VMware’s CIO Tony Scott was recently appointed to the role of United States CIO. As his replacement VMware hired Bask Iyer from Juniper Networks, where he is currently the CIO.

Iyer will be spearheading VMware's global information and technology organization, encompassing critical technology systems supporting the company's worldwide business operations. At Juniper, Iyer managed the company's technology and business operations, including critical services around business transformation, global business services, IT, and real estate and workplace services. Prior to Juniper, Iyer served as CIO at Honeywell as well as e-commerce chief at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham.

Scott has more than three decades of experience in the technology industry and joined VMware in 2013 to oversee the virtualization company's global IT group. Prior to VMware, Scott served as CIO at both Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company.

Twitter’s Head of Music Is Leaving

Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitter’s head of music, is departing the company. Moczydlowsky joined Twitter in early 2014 and focuses on building music industry partnerships and luring artists to the company’s platform. He came from Topspin Media, where he was SVP of product and marketing. Prior to Topspin, he worked at Yahoo! Music, founded the media agency Closed System, and worked closely with the Sundance Institute and the NEA to help musicians, filmmakers and educators.

Dell Enterprise CTO Leaves

Sam Greenblatt, the CTO of the Enterprise division at computing giant Dell, has left the company and joined the advisory board of Nexenta Systems, a storage startup. Greenblatt also recently joined Moor Insights and Strategy, the Austin-based boutique research firm headed up by Patrick Moorhead, the former head of marketing at the chipmaker AMD, as its technologist in residence. He joined Dell from Hewlett-Packard in 2012 where he had been CTO of its LaserJet printing business, and was later CTO of its WebOS operation.

Palo Alto Networks Appoints VP of Government Affairs and Policy from White House

Palo Alto Networks appointed Ryan Gillis as VP of Government Affairs and Policy. Gillis joins from the White House, where he was Director of Legislative Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy for the National Security Council. He began working in the White House in 2012, following six years with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), culminating with his position there as Senior Advisor and Legislative Director, managing issues such as cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.

Juniper Networks Adds Two Directors in Agreement With Elliott; Company Looks for CIO as it Loses Bask Iyer to VMware

Network gear maker Juniper Networks named two independent directors Jim Dolce, 51, and Rahul Merchant, 58, to its board and said activist investor Elliott Management would support the nominations. Juniper and Paul Singer-controlled Elliott were in talks about adding a number of new directors to the company’s board. Elliott and its associates held an 8.7 percent stake in Juniper as of November.

Dolce is now CEO of Mobile security firm Lookout. Before his current role, he was VP Carrier Market Development at Akamai. Dolce has founded four companies, has experience managing both private and public organizations, and has led teams ranging from three to 3,000. He built Unisphere, which was sold to Juniper Networks, and played a key role in scaling Juniper to a multi-billion-dollar revenue run rate from 2002-2006, as EVP of Worldwide Field Operations. He has a current role on the board of optical transmission outfit Infinera.

Rahul N. Merchant is New York City’s former Chief Information and Innovation Officer and the seventh Commissioner of the Department of IT and Telecommunications. Prior to joining the City, he was an Operating Partner at Exigen Capital and served as an EVP, CIO, and Member of the Executive Committee of Fannie Mae. He also served as SVP, Chief Investment Officer, and CTO of Merrill Lynch from 2000 to 2004. Merchant is on the board of Fair Isaac and Emulex.

Juniper Networks’ Group SVP and CIO Bask Iyer has left the company to join VMware as CIO. The company is looking for his replacement. At Juniper, Iyer managed the company's technology and business operations, including critical services around business transformation, global business services, IT, and real estate and workplace services. Prior to Juniper, Iyer served as CIO at Honeywell as well as e-commerce chief at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham.

T-Mobile Promotes CMO Mike Sievert to COO; Makes Other Senior Leadership Changes

T-Mobile is promoting its CMO Mike Sievert to COO. Tom Keys, who had been COO of T-Mobile’s MetroPCS unit, was named president of T-Mobile’s indirect channels, while Jim Alling, who has been COO of the T-Mobile business unit, is retiring.

Before joining T-Mobile in 2012, Sievert was CEO of Discovery Bay Games, a Seattle-based mobile gaming company. Previously, he was Chief Commercial Officer of Clearwire, Corporate VP, Global Windows Group at Microsoft and EVP, CMO at AT&T.

SVP, Marketing Andrew Sherrard will take Sievert’s place as CMO. He formerly served as Acting CMO & SVP, Post-Paid Marketing at the company. He has been with the company since 2003, holding several positions. Before joining T-Mobile, he was a Marketing Manager at Clorox.

Other promotions include Ami Silverman, the new EVP of T-Mobile Retail, Jon Freier who has been promoted to EVP of Customer Care, Brian Brueckman the new SVP of Direct to Customer and Janice Kapner who is promoted to SVP of Corporate Communications.

OpenText’s President and CEO Barrenechea Diagnosed with Leukemia; Company Forms CEO Operating Committee

Mark J. Barrenechea, OpenText’s President and CEO, has been diagnosed with Leukemia, the treatment of which will require him to reduce his involvement in the day-to-day operations of the Company for approximately the next 100 days. During this time, a CEO Operating Committee has been established to assist in the management of the Company's day-to-day operations. In addition to Barrenechea, the CEO Operating Committee will consist of John M. Doolittle, CFO, and Gordon A. Davies, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.

Barrenechea remains CEO and a Director during this time, and will continue to be involved in the Company's strategic matters. The roles and responsibilities of the Company's Executive Leadership Team during this period remain unchanged.

Ingersoll Rand’s Chair/CEO to Retire from Iron Mountain’s Board

Michael Lamach, 50, will retire from Iron Mountain’s Board of Directors and will not be standing for re-election. Lamach is Chairman and CEO of Ingersoll Rand, and served as President and COO earlier. Earlier he served at Johnson Controls' Automotive Group, and Controls Group.

Splunk’s VP Worldwide Field Sales Leaving

Splunk’s Worldwide Field Sales VP Vishal Rao is leaving the company. Rao joined Splunk in 2010. Before that he was Worldwide Director, Global Accounts at BMC Software, Sales Manager. (through MRO Software acquisition) at IBM, and Senior Sales & Sales Management Positions (through Remedy Software acquisition) at BMC Software.

VeriSign Board Adds Lawyer and Former US Deputy Attorney General

Jamie S. Gorelick was elected to VeriSign's Board of Directors. Gorelick has been a partner with the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr since 2003. She served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 1994 to 1997 and as General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 1993 to 1994. She has been a director of since 2012. She previously served as a director of United Technologies Corporation and of Schlumberger Limited.

Teradata Appoints Co-Presidents‏ to Address Opportunities in its Two Biggest Markets

Teradata, the big data analytics and marketing applications company, appointed Robert E. (Bob) Fair, 52, and Hermann Wimmer, 50, as co-presidents, reporting to CEO Mike Koehler, to better align the company for growth in its major markets. Bob Fair will lead the Teradata Marketing Applications Division and Hermann Wimmer will lead the Teradata Data and Analytics Division. Each division will be an integrated global business.

Fair is Teradata’s former EVP and Chief Marketing and Information Officer. He will continue to lead Teradata’s Corporate Marketing and IT Services functions, and will add responsibility for Corporate Operations. Previously, he served as EVP, Global Field Operations; Chief Marketing Officer; and VP of the Communications Industry for the Americas. He started Teradata's Channel Group in 1998. Fair served in sales and sales management for Financial Services Division of NCR from 1984 to 1993 and in 1997, his role was increased to include running NCR's server channel business.

Wimmer is former President of Teradata’s International region. Under Wimmer’s leadership, the International region, comprising the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific markets, grew revenue 8% in 2014. Prior to this, Wimmer was in charge of Teradata’s EMEA business and Central Europe operations. From July 1999 until the spin-off of Teradata from NCR in October 2007, he was also head of management for NCR GmbH Germany.  Wimmer joined NCR in 1996. Prior to that, he spent ten years with the French technology company, Bull, where he held various management positions in sales, marketing and services.

Date Range: January 31st - March 10th

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