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Microsoft Appoints its Former President of Office Division as New EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning

Microsoft named Kurt DelBene, 54, as EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.

Intel Services’ Software & Services Group VP Leaves

VP of Software & Services Group and General Manager of the Intel Services Division Hank Skorny has left. He recently joined Neustar as SVP, IoT. Skorny has extensive experience in the mobile software and services industry, having served as Chief Strategy Officer and SVP of RealNetworks, and President and CEO of mobile messaging startup, Thumbspeed, until its successful acquisition. Previously, Skorny served as General Manager for AOL Mobile. Earlier in his career, Skorny directed product management, marketing and development teams at Adobe Systems, Microsoft and Apple Computer.

Verisign’s New COO is a Former West Corporation and First Data Executive

Verisign hired Todd Strubbe to be its COO. From 2009 to joining Verisign in 2015, Strubbe was the president of the Unified Communications Business Segment for West Corporation, a provider of technology-driven communication services. Earlier, he was president of First Data Debit Services and the STAR Network, president of First Data Electronic Payments Group, was also president and COO of Compubank, N.A and served at McKinsey as an associate and engagement manager. Strubbe served for five years as an infantry officer with the U.S. Army.

Nuance Appoints Former Informix Chair/CEO to Board

Nuance Communications appointed Robert Finocchio, 63, as a new director of the Company. Finocchio is a trustee of Santa Clara University where he is also Dean's Executive Professor of Management. Previously, he served as President, CEO, and Chairman of Informix. Prior to that, he spent nine years at 3Com, where he last served as President of 3Com Systems. He has also served in numerous executive and management roles at IBM, Rolm Corporation and Bank of America.

Pitney Bowes Appoints Former Xerox Services SVP to Lead SMB and Enterprise Solutions

Pitney Bowes named Bill Steenburgh as SVP, Global Services, SMB and Enterprise Solutions. Steenburgh joins Pitney Bowes from RTM Consulting, where he served as managing partner since 2013 and worked closely with the Pitney Bowes services team in 2014. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Xerox as SVP of Xerox Services.

Blackbaud Appoints Seasoned Engineering and Operations Leader as VP, Tech Ops

Blackbaud recently appointed Brian Boelsterli as VP of Technology Operations, specific to infrastructure engineering, within the research, delivery and operations organization. Boelsterli previously lead a global development/operational (DevOps) and Cloud transformation team across three major regions at Pearson Learning Solutions where his team was responsible for implementing Cloud, IAAS, PAAS and Operational Engineering automation. Prior to Pearson, he led the Staples Advantage DevOps and Lean Agile transformation team.

Cornerstone OnDemand Appoints Concur Technologies Exec as Newest Board Member

Cloud-based talent management software company Cornerstone OnDemand elected Robert Cavanaugh, the former president of worldwide enterprise, SMB and government for Concur Technologies to board. Cavanaugh served in various roles, including as president of worldwide enterprise, SMB and government at Concur, a cloud-based provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, from 1999 until its acquisition by SAP America in December 2014. Prior to joining Concur, Cavanaugh held consulting and implementation management positions at Seeker Software and Ceridian Corporation.

RealPage Promotes SVP and Deputy General Counsel as Chief Legal Officer

RealPage appointed David Monk as chief legal officer. Monk joined RealPage as SVP and deputy general counsel in 2010 and was a vital part of the organization’s transition to a public company. Prior to joining the company, he was a partner at Baker Botts, a premier international law firm, where he spent 18 years representing both public and private clients with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC compliance, corporate governance, technology and outsourcing transactions, and general corporate matters.

Former Intuit SVP Joins as COO of Fleetmatics

Fleetmatics named Jill Ward to the position of President and COO . Most recently, Ward was SVP and General Manager at Intuit. She led the Accountant and Advisor Group, serving accounting professionals who are pivotal to Intuit’s success with SMBs on a global scale. Throughout her twelve year career at Intuit, she led multiple business units to deliver growth through business management solutions for SMBs and enterprise clients. Prior to joining Intuit in 2001, Ward was president of CRM outsourcer Telespectrum Customer Care, held senior small business and consumer marketing positions at Fidelity Investments, and led strategy consulting teams at global consultancy Bain & Company.

Progress Software’s Chief Product and Technology Officer Joins Verint

John P. Goodson, 50, SVP, Chief Product and Technology Officer of Progress Software, has joined Verint as SVP & GM, Products, Enterprise Intelligence Solutions. Previously he served as SVP and General Manager - Enterprise Data and Business Solutions and General Manager and VP at Progress Software. Earlier, he was VP and General Manager at DataDirect Technologies, VP, R&D at Merant, Director, R&D at Intersolv, and served in few other initial roles.

Comverse Hires New CFO from American Tower

Comverse, the provider of true carrier-grade cloud-based or in-network monetization and revenue management software, appointed Jacky Wu, 32, as its SVP and CFO. Wu joins from American Tower, where he served as VP of Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions since early 2014. Before that, he served American Tower's VP of Financial Planning and Analysis. He began his career at Verizon in 2002 where he held roles of increasing scope and responsibility.

MobileIron CFO Resigns; iCFO Appointed

CFO Todd Ford is resigning from MobileIron, the leader in MDM and enterprise mobility services. Ford will be staying for some time and the departure is not based on any disagreement with the company's accounting principles or practices or financial statement disclosures.

MobileIron will conduct a search for a permanent replacement and expects to name an interim CFO shortly. Simon Biddiscombe is now interim CFO. Biddiscombe joins MobileIron from ServiceSource where he served as Interim CFO. He spent five years at QLogic as CFO and SVP, then as CEO.

Kaseya Appoints Former IBM Exec to Head Sales and Former Salesforce Exec as CIO

The remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform provider Kaseya has named former IBM executive Brian Serino as its EVP of sales and leader Mike Puglia as its CIO, to bolster its cloud software business.

Serino most recently served as SVP of sales and business development at marketing data management services provider NetProspex. He also has held positions at marketing technology provider Neolane, which was acquired by Adobe in 2013, and IBM marketing solutions company Unica.

Puglia has more than two decades of enterprise technology experience. He most recently served as Kaseya's VP of technology programs and has held leadership positions at online appointment scheduling software provider TimeTrade Systems,, cloud-based application security services specialist Veracode and wireless solutions company Bluesocket.

Date Range: March 31st - May 15th

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