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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.

Google Communications and Policy Head Joins Uber; Commerce Exec Leaves for Jawbone

Rachel Whetstone, 48, Google’s SVP of Communications and Policy has left. She has joined Uber in a similar role. The position has been held by David Plouffe, the high-profile former adviser to President Barack Obama, who was hired less than a year ago, at Uber. He has been elevated to the role of chief adviser to the company and its chief executive Travis Kalanick, and will also sit on the board of Uber.

Before starting her career with Google in Europe in 2005, Whetstone was Michael Howard’s chief of staff after he became Conservative leader in 2003.

Jessica Powell, one of Whetstone’s key staffers at Google, will become the interim global communications head, reporting to chief legal officer David Drummond. The policy staff that Whetstone had under her will now report directly report to Drummond, whom she had reported to.

Jawbone has appointed Sameer Samat, Google’s VP of Product Management, leading the Shopping team at Google, as its new president. Jawbone has had a president before, former Microsoft exec Mindy Mount, who left the company in early 2014 after less than a year in the job. The latest hiring comes after Jawbone completed a $300 million funding that values the company at about $3 billion.

Samat has been at Google since 2008, working on a largely commerce-focused products from their beginnings, such as Google Shopping and Google Express, as well as flight search and hotel ads. Before that he worked at Kofax and also co-founded Mohomine, a text-mining software startup.

Alibaba Group Appoints New Board Member and CEO to Fuel International Growth

Börje Ekholm joins as an independent director of Alibaba Group’s Board. Ekholm currently serves as President and CEO of Investor AB of Sweden and is a member of Investor AB’s board. He newly assumed responsibilities as head of Patricia Industries, a newly created division of Investor AB to manage the company’s privately-held and controlled companies. He is the non-executive Chairman of NASDAQ OMX and serves on the boards of global technology companies such as Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.

Daniel Zhang, currently COO of Alibaba Group, will become CEO. Zhang has been with the company for eight years and has held top management positions across the organization. He is also one of the founding members of the Alibaba Partnership. Daniel first joined the company as CFO of Taobao Marketplace in 2007. He served as president of, COO of Taobao Marketplace and general manager of Taobao Mall.

Current CEO, Jonathan Lu, will work with Zhang to ensure a successful transition in the coming months. Lu will remain on the board of directors of Alibaba Group as Vice Chairman.

Cisco Names Worldwide Ops SVP Chuck Robbins as New CEO to Succeed John Chambers

Cisco has appointed Charles H. (Chuck) Robbins, 48, as the next CEO and appointed him to the board of directors. John T. Chambers, 65, currently CEO and Chairman, will remain on the board and assume the role of Executive Chairman.

Robbins most recently served as Cisco’s SVP of Worldwide Operations, leading the company’s global sales and partner team that drives $47B in business. He was a key architect of the commercial business segment strategy, sponsored the security and collaboration businesses at the executive level and was a sponsor for the Sourcefire and Meraki acquisitions. Earlier he has served as SVP of Americas, SVP of Worldwide Sales, SVP of Enterprise U.S. and Canada Commercial, SVP of Commercial Business and Group VP of U.S. and Canada channels. He joined Cisco in 1997 and moved quickly through the company’s ranks.

Chambers has served as CEO of Cisco since January 1995, having joined the company in 1991 as the head of sales. He has grown the company from $1.2B in annual revenue to its current run rate of $48B.

eBay Adds Three New Members to Executive Team; PayPal Appoints General Counsel and SVP of Strategy and Growth

eBay appointed three new executives who will fill key positions on CEO-designate Devin Wenig’s leadership team as the company prepares for the separation of eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies in the second half of 2015. Joining eBay are former Home Depot executive Harry “Hal” Lawton, who will head eBay North America; former Agilent Technologies executive Marie Oh Huber, who will become eBay’s General Counsel; and former NYSE executive Scott Cutler, who will lead StubHub.

Lawton, who will be head of eBay North America, joins from Home Depot, where he has served as SVP of Merchandising since 2013. Lawton has held a number of leadership positions at Home Depot including SVP & President of the online business, VP of Merchandising Finance and Director of Corporate Strategy. Prior to that, Lawton was an Associate Principal at McKinsey.

General Counsel Marie Oh Huber joins eBay from Agilent Technologies, where she served as SVP, General Counsel and Secretary since 2009, and as VP, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary from 2000 to 2009. Prior to Agilent, Huber was an M&A and corporate lawyer at Hewlett-Packard, starting her career at large law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Huber will be replacing Michael Jacobsen, SVP, General Counsel and Secretary of eBay who plans to leave the company following the separation of the business.

Cutler, who will be President of eBay’s StubHub business, a global fan-to-fan ticket marketplace, most recently was EVP, Head of Global Listings, for the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to NYSE, Cutler held a number of leadership positions at investment firms, where his specialty was technology. Cutler is a seasoned global business executive with expertise in technology-enabled platform businesses.

Two new leaders will be joining PayPal as it prepares to separate from eBay and become an independent, publicly-traded company later this year. Both will report to PayPal president and CEO designee Dan Schulman and serve on the company’s leadership team.

Louise Pentland will become PayPal’s new General Counsel. Pentland is the former EVP and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia and comes to PayPal with deep legal and commercial knowledge along with a strategic understanding of the mobile technology landscape. Pentland will be responsible for PayPal’s compliance with financial and regulatory requirements around the world.

Jonathan Auerbach has been named PayPal’s SVP of Strategy and Growth. Auerbach comes to PayPal from Singtel where he served as CEO of Group Digital Life, leading the company’s global portfolio of digital businesses as well as its $250 million venture fund. Auerbach will be responsible for developing the company’s global strategy and identifying opportunities through partnerships, investments and acquisitions.

Accenture Appoints New North America Group CEO; Makes Subsequent Changes

Accenture appointed Julie Spellman Sweet as group Chief Executive – North America, succeeding Stephen J. Rohleder, who will retire from Accenture. The company named Chad Jerdee as General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer and Joel Unruch as Corporate Secretary.

Sweet, 47, is Accenture’s General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Sweet was a partner for 10 years in the Corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Jerdee, 47, is Deputy General Counsel – Sales & Delivery. During his 18 years with Accenture, he has held a variety of leadership positions in the company’s Legal organization, working on large, complex transactions and developing contract and compliance standards.

Unruch, 37, who is currently Associate General Counsel – M&A, Governance and Corporate Matters, will take on the additional role of Corporate Secretary, serving as an advisor to the board on corporate governance and leading securities compliance. Before joining Accenture in 2011, he was corporate counsel at and an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Unruch will report to Jerdee.

Visa Marketing Chief Joins HP Inc.

HP Inc., the personal-computer and printer company, appointed Antonio Lucio, 55, as Global Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. He comes to HP from Visa where he was Global Chief Marketing & Communication Officer. Lucio has been with Visa since 2007. Prior to joining Visa, Lucio spent 12 years at PepsiCo, where he most recently served as Chief Innovation and Health and Wellness Officer. Earlier he has served as Marketing Director at Kraft Foods and Brand and Product management roles at Procter & Gamble and RJR Foods.

Flickr Head Departs Yahoo

Flickr head Bernardo Hernandez has left Yahoo, just as the company is rolling out Flickr 4.0, the latest redesign of the photo-sharing and storage service across the Web, mobile and desktop. He left the company for personal reasons and does not have another job lined up. A Spanish technology entrepreneur and business angel, Hernandez joined Yahoo in 2013. He previously was Director of Product Management at Google and MD at Zagat. He has started, alone or with other partners, several Internet companies in Spain, such as, or

Twitter Stretches Marketing Responsibilities to CFO; Augments Finance Team

Twitter's CFO Anthony Noto is now taking over the company’s marketing department. Twitter has hired five new senior-level finance executives to streamline the teams reporting to Noto.

Todd Morgenfeld will join as VP of finance, leaving Hewlett-Packard where he was SVP of treasury, financial analytics and corporate development. He will be taking on a similar role at Twitter where he will be in charge of corporate development, real estate, treasury and infrastructure. He is a seasoned finance executive serving Goldman Sachs, and Silver Lake, where he worked on the private-equity firm’s buyout offer for Dell.

Steve McGuinness, Goldman alum, joins Twitter as VP of global and finance operations. McGuinness is a 19-year Goldman veteran. He served as co-COO of Goldman’s investment management arm and co-led the bank’s special-situations group, which used Goldman’s own capital to place bets on credit and distressed investments. He has spent the last three years at Strategic Value Partners, which specializes in distressed-debt investments. At Twitter, McGuinness will be in charge of areas such as payroll, equity, employee support and security.

Two other finance managers, Amy Johnson of Google and Greg Ligotti of Peet’s Coffee Tea, will serve as directors on McGuinness’s finance operations team. Twitter is also getting a new chief accounting officer. Deloitte Partner since 1989, Robert Kaiden replaces Luca Baratta, who stepped down from that role earlier this year.

Wipro Appoints Chief Strategy Officer to Board

Wipro appointed its Chief Strategy Officer Rishad Premji, 38, to its Board of Directors. Rishad Premji joined Wipro in 2007 and has played a critical role in defining the company’s strategy and driving its M&A function. In 2014, he spearheaded the setting up of the $100 million fund of Wipro Ventures. Rishad will continue to run Strategy and M&A in addition to his new responsibilities overseeing the Technology Office, Investor and Government Relations, and Wipro Ventures. Prior to joining Wipro, Rishad worked with Bain for two years and GE Capital in the US for four years.

TripAdvisor’s CFO Resigns

CFO Julie M.B. Bradley, 46, is resigning from TripAdvisor to spend more time with her family and pursue other personal interests. Bradley will continue to serve as TripAdvisor's CFO for an interim period and will help with the recruitment and transition process to a new CFO. Upon her departure, she will continue to serve as a board member of the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation.

Bradley has served as the CFO, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer since October 2011. Earlier, she served as CFO of Art Technology Group, VP of Finance of Akamai Technologies, and a Manager at Deloitte specializing in multi-national corporate taxation.

F5 Networks Appoints HR EVP from Microsoft

F5 Networks hired Kristen Roby Dimlow to lead its global HR organization as EVP. Prior to joining F5, she worked at Microsoft for 18 years, most recently as the HR GM for the Microsoft Devices Group. Before that, she held many HR leadership roles for the Online Services Division, Platforms and Services Division, Windows and Core Operating Systems Divisions and led the University Staffing function. Earlier, she worked at the Walt Disney Studios, most recently as VP of Finance for the Disney TeleVentures group. She began her career as a financial analyst with GE.

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.

Date Range: April 11th - May 17th

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