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Google Taps Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat as CFO; Changes at Google X and Google+ Units

Google hired Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat, 57, as its own CFO. Porat has helped execute a sweeping cost-cutting strategy across several business lines at Morgan Stanley. She served as the Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, and Chairman of the Financial Sponsors Group. Porat began her career with Morgan Stanley in 1987 in the Mergers and Acquisition Department. 

Porat replaces Google’s SVP and CFO Patrick Pichette, 52, who retires. Pichette has been Google’s CFO since August 2008 and serves as its Principal Accounting Officer.

Microsoft Hires Forrester Analyst as Chief Strategist in Cloud & Enterprise Group

James Staten, a veteran industry analyst who covered the cloud computing market for Forrester Research, is joining Microsoft as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group, to help in a highly competitive part of the industry. Staten has been with Forrester since 2007 as VP and principal analyst. He started his career as a journalist before becoming an analyst with Gartner in 1996, has worked at tech companies in the past, including Azul Systems and Sun Microsystems, where he was a director of marketing.

Facebook’s Head of Security Joins Uber

Joe Sullivan, the head of security for Facebook, has joined Uber as its first Chief Security Officer. Sullivan has been Facebook’s CSO for five years, and before that was an Associate General Counsel in its legal division. He spent about seven years at PayPal and eBay and eight years as a federal prosecutor specializing in cyber-crime.

Alibaba Names New President of Online Marketing Unit Alimama

Alibaba has appointed YU Yongfu as president of the Company’s online marketing unit, Alimama, to spearhead the business into new areas of growth. YU joined Alibaba Group last year to lead the Company’s mobile business unit consisting of Autonavi and UCWeb. Prior to joining Alibaba Group, YU was CEO of China’s largest mobile browser company, UCWeb. UCWeb was acquired by Alibaba Group in June 2014. YU’s appointment highlights the strategic importance of online marketing and mobile Internet initiatives within Alibaba’s ecosystem.

Amazon’s Prime Now VP Leaves

Rex Tibbens, who was VP of Amazon's logistics unit and oversaw infrastructure development of its Prime Now program, has left. Tibbens will assume the COO role at Lyft. In addition to typical COO duties, Tibbens will also be tasked with finding ways to differentiate the company's offerings in the increasingly crowded ride-sharing market.

Intel Services VP Joins Neustar for IoT Role

Hank Skorny, Intels’ VP of Software & Services Group and GM of the Intel Services Division, joins Neustar as SVP, IoT. At Intel, he was responsible for the strategy and delivery of unified software services across device and operating systems including enterprise, cloud, IoT and developers. Earlier, Skorny served as Chief Strategy Officer and SVP of RealNetworks, President and CEO of mobile messaging startup Thumbspeed, and GM for AOL Mobile. Earlier in his career, he directed product management, marketing and development teams at Adobe, Microsoft and Apple.

Cisco’s IoT and M2M Platform Head Leaves to Join Movimento

Cisco’s Head of Internet-of-Things and Machine-to-Machine Platform Mahbubul Alam left. Alam has joined Movimento as CTO. Earlier he was Senior Product Line Manager and BD Manager at Cisco, before being promoted to the IoT and M2M role.

HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang Replaces Peter Chou as CEO; HTC Design Chief Exits

HTC’s Chairwoman Cher Wang is taking over as CEO from the company’s long-time chief and co-founder, Peter Chou. Chou will remain at the company as head of its “Future Development Lab,” while Wang, who has been increasingly involved in the company over the past two years, will take over full management responsibility. Wang co-founded HTC in 1997, and in 2013 Chou handed her more of his CEO responsibilities in what was said to be a temporary move. She will also retain her chairperson position.

HTC design chief Jonah Becker is leaving the Taiwanese phone maker. Becker assumed the phone design helm last year, following the exit of Scott Croyle. Becker’s role is being assumed by Daniel Hundt, who is based in the company’s San Francisco design office.

SAP’s CTO for Security Replaced

SAP’s CTO for security, Gordon Muehl, a 16-year veteran of SAP, is leaving to take an executive role at Indian software giant Infosys. Muehl, who has worked for SAP since 1998, will become a VP at Infosys, focusing on BD and customers’ technology projects, and will remain based in Germany. For seven years at SAP, Muehl reported to Vishal Sikka, who took over as Infosys’s CEO last August. Hiring Muehl is a further move by Infosys to inject software know-how into a company best known for contract programming and technical support.

Muehl will be succeeded by Gerold Huebner, another SAP software security manager.

Vodafone Welcomes Axel Springer’s Chair/CEO and Leading Media Industry Visionary in Board Shuffle

Vodafone appointed Dr. Mathias Döpfner, 51, Chairman and CEO of the German media group Axel Springer in Berlin, while long-time director Luc Vandevelde, 63, will stand down from the Board.

Dr Döpfner has been with Axel Springer SE since 1998, initially as editor-in-chief of Die Welt and since 2000 as a member of the Management Board. Among various positions he has held in media companies, he was the editor-in-chief of the newspapers Wochenpost and Hamburger Morgenpost and the Brussels-based correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Luc Vandevelde joined the Board in 2003. With more than 30 years’ board-level experience in the consumer and retail industries, Vandevelde is one of Europe’s most respected business leaders, having served as a former Chairman of the Carrefour Group and Marks & Spencer.

eBay Gets New Directors to Board Before PayPal Split

eBay added two new independent directors to board in anticipation of completing its previously announced separation of eBay and PayPal. Tony Bates, 47, President of GoPro, and Gail McGovern, 62, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, have joined the board.

Current directors – Ford Motor Chairman William C. Ford, 57, and former publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times Richard T. Schlosberg, 69, who have served for 10 years and 11 years, respectively, do not plan to stand for re-election to the board.

Immediately prior to his role at GoPro, Bates — who has been in tech for 25 years — was an executive at Microsoft, where he had most recently been the EVP of business development and strategy. Bates came to Microsoft by way of its acquisition of Skype, where he took the role of CEO in 2010, one year before the company was acquired. Prior to Bates’ reign, Skype was owned by none other than eBay. Bates is firmly in the camp that supports the idea of separating eBay’s e-commerce marketplace from PayPal’s payments technology.

McGovern also brings some tech pedigree to the board, including a past role as EVP of AT&T’s Consumer Markets Division.

EMC Emerging Products Division’s CTO Leaves

Joan Wrabetz, VP & CTO for the EMC Emerging Products Division, left. She has joined QualiSystems, the provider of DevOps orchestration and automation solutions for IT infrastructure, as CTO. Previously, Wrabetz was the founder and CEO of data analytics company Aumni Data, former CEO of Tricord Systems (acquired by Adaptec, founder and CEO of Aggregate Computing (acquired by Platinum Technologies, and VP & GM for storage area network (SAN) operations at StorageTek.

Salesforce EVP Leaves to join former Colleagues at

David Rudnitsky, Salesforce’s EVP for Enterprise Sales, and member of President’s Committee, leaves. Rudnitsky has headed to, the cloud-based sales acceleration technology company, as SVP, Enterprise Sales. InsideSales has hired two other former salesforce execs earlier.

ADP Names New Tech Chief

Automatic Data Processing has promoted Stuart Sackman to the role of Corporate VP of Global Product and Technology. He replaces former CIO Mike Capone, who left the company last September. Most recently, Sackman was Corporate VP & GM of ADP Multinational Solutions, which includes ADP GlobalView and ADP Streamline solutions for large enterprise and multinational clients. Sackman started with the company in 1992 as a division VP managing time and labor management systems, and over the next 20 years, held several product management roles.

Wipro Appoints Group President and COO from TCS

Wipro has appointed Abid Ali Neemuchwala as the Group President and COO. In his role, Neemuchwala will head the Service Lines of Global Infrastructure Services, Business Application Services, Business Process Services, and Advanced Technology Solutions. He will also head Business Operations; the geographies comprising Continental Europe, Africa, and LATAM; Strategic Engagements, Advisor Relationships as well as the Marketing function. Abid was, until recently, with TCS where he headed Business Process Services globally.

Lenovo Announces Series of Promotions

Lenovo promoted former VP of Strategy Qingtong Zhou to the role of SVP and CIO. Zhou replaces Xiaoyan Wang, who becomes SVP of a newly created, yet-to-be-named, centralized services organization.

In addition, Ken Wong, formerly VP and GM, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets region, has been named VP, strategy and planning, succeeding Zhou.

With Wong’s move, Lenovo’s Asia Pacific Emerging Markets (APEM) region and Asia Pacific Mature Markets (APMM) region will be combined into one organization, headed by Rod Lappin, currently VP and GM, Asia Pacific Mature markets.

Gianfranco Lanci has been named Corporate President of Lenovo, while retaining his current position as Lenovo COO.

Gerry Smith is now EVP and COO of PC & EBG (Personal Computer and Enterprise Business Group), reporting to Lanci. Currently, Smith leads Lenovo’s Enterprise Business Group and Americas region.

Lenovo promoted Jay Parker to SVP, Enterprise Business Group. Parker currently leads Lenovo North America operations and brings deep customer focus, operational expertise and industry knowledge to this critical role.

Tom Shell promoted to SVP, PC Business Group. Shell currently heads Lenovo’s commercial and consumer laptop, desktop, workstation, and monitor business and has been a long-time leader in PCs who has regularly beaten market performance and ensured that PCs remained a healthy, growing business at the heart of Lenovo’s success.

Lenovo promoted Johnson Jia to SVP of PC & EBG Global Operations. Jia currently plays a key role in global supply chain operations, helping drive strong execution, supplier relations and innovation and flexibility within supply chain.

Aymar de Lencquesaing, currently President of EMEA, has been named President of Lenovo North America. Lencquesaing has a broad perspective of the PC industry from his years as the CEO of Packard-Bell and he has a keen understanding of the North American market, having spent more than 20 years in the US before joining Lenovo.

Eric Cador appointed as the SVP and President of EMEA. Cador formally led the PC business for HP in EMEA as SVP of the Personal System Group. Cador was also part of the leadership team that completed the Compaq integration and transformed the HP PC business. Under his leadership, HP reached the number one position in EMEA.

Former AMD CEO to Join Dell as COO

Rory Read, the former CEO of chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices and former executive with Lenovo and IBM, is joining Dell as COO and president for global commercial sales.

CA Appoints Former Orbitz Founding Chairman and CEO to Board; CAO Leaves

CA Technologies elected Jeffrey G. Katz, 59, founding chairman, former president and CEO of Orbitz Worldwide, to its Board. Most recently, Katz served as CEO of Wize Commerce. Prior to that, Katz served for five years at LeapFrog Enterprises, provider of digital educational entertainment solutions for children, in a number of executive level positions, including executive chairman, president and CEO. Previously, Katz held several executive level positions including CEO of Swissair, formerly Switzerland’s national airline. 

Phillip J. Harrington, Jr., EVP, Risk, and Chief Administrative Officer at CA left, to join Brock Capital Group. He was a member of the company’s Investment Committee and chaired the company’s Information Technology Security Council.

Splunk Appoints Former Google and eBay Exec to Board

Splunk has appointed Amy Chang to its Board of Directors. Chang is CEO and founder of Accompani, a next-generation networking platform for professionals. Prior to Accompani, Chang led the product team for Google’s Advertiser Measurement & Reporting efforts from 2005 to 2012. Prior to Google, she served as a key member of eBay’s Product Strategy team, where she helped set direction for strategic global initiatives. Chang began her career at McKinsey. She currently serves on Informatica’s board of directors and the digital advisory council of Target, among other advisory boards.

Date Range: March 11th - April 10th 

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