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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.

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. 

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.

PTC Names Independent Director as New Chairman

Robert Schechter, 66, has assumed the role of chairman of the company’s Board. Schechter, a PTC director since 2009, is former CEO of NMS Communications, a provider of hardware and software solutions for the communications industry. He has considerable experience in the technology industry, currently serving on the boards of Tremor Video and EXA Corporation.

Schechter assumes the board chair from Donald Grierson, a long-time director who served as Independent Lead Director from 2010 to 2012, and became board chair in 2012. Grierson will continue to serve as a director of the board.

IDT Appoints Director with Experience in Mobile, Wireless and Network Infrastructure Segment

Integrated Device Technology, the semiconductor solutions company catering to telecom and IT industry, announced that Robert A. Rango, 56, has been appointed to IDT’s Board. Rango joined Broadcom in 2002 and served in executive roles for over 12 years, most recently as EVP and GM of Broadcom’s Mobile and Wireless Group, a role he had held since February 2011. During his time at Broadcom, Rango held several senior management positions including as SVP and GM, Wireless Connectivity Group and as EVP and GM, Wireless Connectivity Group. Before that, Rango held several senior management positions at Lucent Microelectronics and Agere Systems.

InterDigital’s Board Members Retire

Edward B. Kamins and Dr. Gilbert (Gil) F. Amelio retired from the board of InterDigital, the company that develops advanced technologies for wireless communications. Kamins joined InterDigital's Board in December 2003. He is the principal member of UpFront Advisors, a business consulting services firm he founded in 2009 following his retirement from Avnet, where he served as Corporate SVP.

Dr. Amelio joined InterDigital's Board in 2011, after a year as a valued member of the company's Technical Advisory Council. Dr. Amelio was a pioneering researcher before embarking on a business career that included tenures as CEO and Chairman of Apple; President, CEO and Chairman of National Semiconductor; and President of Rockwell Communication Systems, a unit of Rockwell International.

Leidos’ CEO Adds On Chairman Role

Leidos designated CEO Roger A. Krone, 58, to serve as Chair of the Board, succeeding former CEO John P. Jumper, 69, in that role. Jumper will continue to serve as a member of the Board. Lawrence C. Nussdorf continues to serve as the Company's Lead Independent Director.

Krone became CEO in July 2014, succeeding John P. Jumper. Prior to joining Leidos, Krone served as president of Network and Space Systems for Boeing. Krone has held senior program management and finance positions at McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics.

Insperity Reaches Agreement with Largest Shareholder Starboard over Board Makeup

Jeffrey Smith's New York­based activist hedge fund firm Starboard Value has reached a compromise agreement with Insperity. Under the deal, Insperity, a provider of HR services, agreed to appoint two nominees from Starboard — Chairman of the International Insurance Society Norman Sorensen, 69, and Starboard’s Managing Member, Portfolio Manager and the Head of Research Peter Feld, 35, to its board and will add a third director nominated by Starboard at a later date.

Two existing directors - long-time board member Paul Lattanzio, 50, and Texas businessman and a former Republican member Jack Fields, 63, decided not to seek re-election. In addition, Starboard has agreed to customary standstill restrictions.

Former Khosla Ventures Partner and Polycom CFO Joins Board of RingCentral

Cloud-based phone systems company RingCentral named Mike Kourey, 55, to its board of directors. Kourey has held executive, board and advisory roles at high-growth technology companies for more than 25 years. He served as a Partner at Khosla Ventures until early 2015. Prior to Khosla, Kourey was the CFO at Polycom from 1995 to 2012 and a board member there from 1999 to 2011. He is a board member at Aruba Networks and various private growth companies. Previously, he served on the board of Riverbed Technology.

Ebix Goes Through Shareholder Barington’s Representative Changes on its Board

Ebix, supplier of software and e-commerce solutions to the insurance industry, appointed George W. Hebard III, MD of Barington Capital Group, to the Company's Board. Hebard is replacing James A. Mitarotonda, Chairman and CEO of Barington, who will be leaving the Ebix Board to devote his own time to other Companies that need his focused attention.

Hebard served as Principal Executive Officer and COO of Enzon Pharmaceuticals, MD at Icahn Capital, MD at Blue Harbour Group, MD at Ranger Partners, and as an Associate at Icahn Associates Corp.

Date Range: March 11th - April 10th 

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