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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. 

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.

RSA Hires Cloud Security Exec as CTO

RSA, the security division of EMC, appointed Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan as CTO. Prior to joining RSA, Dr. Ramzan served as CTO of Elastica, a cloud security startup launched in 2012. Before Elastica, Dr. Ramzan respectively served as Chief Scientist of both Sourcefire, acquired by Cisco in October 2013, and malware analytics company Immunet, acquired by Sourcefire in 2010. Dr. Ramzan previously served as the Technical Director of Symantec's Security Technology and Response division where he was the architect for the company's reputation-based malware detection technology.

TriNet Appoints Two Key Technology Execs to Grow its Software Products and Technology Infrastructure

Craig Flower joins TriNet, a leading cloud-based provider of HR solutions, as CTO, while Sateesh Chilukuri is taking on the role of VP of software development. Prior to TriNet, Flower worked in management positions for nearly two decades at Hewlett-Packard, most recently as SVP and CIO. 

Chilukuri is an award-winning leader who held executive roles in product development and engineering for leading technology companies, most recently at Lithium and prior to that at Intuit, where he worked for more than 10 years.

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. 

Date Range: March 18th - April 20th

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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.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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