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Google Executives Join Facebook, Dropbox, Uber and Cloudera

Facebook has hired Frank Lawrence, Google’s Chief Compliance Officer, in an unknown role. At Google his responsibilities included compliance program design and implementations for all new products using Google Payments and features to optimize the user experience and mitigate fraud and compliance risks.

Google vet Neal Mohan, long-time Product Head at DoubleClick and VP of Display Advertising is leaving the company to take on a role of Head of Product at Dropbox. He joined Google back in 2008 when an ad company called DoubleClick was acquired by Google. He was the SVP Strategy and Product Management at DoubleClick.

Brian McClendon, a Google Engineering VP and 10-year company veteran, will be overseeing Uber’s new Advanced Technologies Center out of Pittsburgh, the one staffed by engineers recruited from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center. McClendon led the engineering group for Google's geo products, which include Google Maps, Earth, Local Search, SketchUp, Street View, Ocean, Mars and Moon. He was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004 to produce Google Earth.

Cloud analytics software company Cloudera has named Daniel Sturman as its VP of engineering. Sturman previously spent eight years at Google, where as VP of engineering he was in charge of keeping its computing infrastructure for services like Google Compute Engine and Google App Engine running smoothly.

The Priceline Group Appoints New Global Operations EVP

The Fortune 500 provider of online travel named Maelle Gavet as the EVP of Global Operations. Gavet will be responsible for driving global operational strategy and connections across The Priceline Group and its six major brands. Prior to thais, Gavet served as the CEO of OZON, Russia's leading e-commerce business. Before that, she was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, working in France, the UK, South Africa and India.

Yahoo! Sees CIO Replacement; Ad Sales Execs Poised to Depart

Yahoo! CIO Mike Kail has left the company after less than a year. Kail, who also was SVP of infrastructure, left to pursue other opportunities and that Laurie Mann, SVP of search products, will replace Kail. Before joining Yahoo! last year, Kail was the IT chief at Netflix. The Internet streaming service filed a lawsuit against Kail in November 2014, alleging he took kickbacks from vendors and accusing him of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and other improper actions. Kail denied the claims in a case management statement. Prior to heading IT at Netflix, Kail was its head of employee technology. Before that, he was VP of IT operations at Attensity and director of SaaS Ops/IT at Chumby Industries.

Before his SVP, Search Products role Mann was SVP of Engineering Operations at Yahoo! since 2002. Before joining Yahoo!, he was SVP, Engineering at NetHome, SVP, Applications Engineering at Thirdspace (an Oracle and Alcatel company), and served at Oracle for about 11 years – most recently as Senior Director, Strategic Video Systems Engineering.

Head of Americas Ned Brody is set to finally head out the door. He was responsible for the company’s advertising businesses in North, South and Central America. Prior to joining Yahoo, Brody served as CEO of AOL Networks, EVP of AOL’s Paid Services and co-founded ARPU and served as its CEO.

VP of Solutions Development Peter Foster, a longtime ad executive, is leaving. In his role, he led Yahoo's media solutions and sales strategy as well as the company's audience advertising business. Prior to that, he led Yahoo's mid-market sales team. Previously, he was chief revenue officer at, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2011.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Steps Down; Chairman Jack Dorsey to Lead Company in the Interim

Dick Costolo, 51, has stepped down as Twitters’ CEO, under investor criticism. Costolo will continue serving on the company’s board. He served as Twitter’s COO before taking over as CEO, from Evan Williams, in October 2010. He is a former Group Product Manager at Google, Co-founder and former CEO of FeedBurner, and former SVP of MNO Solutions and COO at 724 Solutions.

The company's board of directors named Twitter chairman and co-founder Jack Dorsey, 38, interim CEO while they search for a new leader. Dorsey will continue to serve as the CEO of Square, an online and mobile payments startup which he co-founded in 2009. Dorsey launched Twitter as a micro-blogging platform in 2006, as social media networks were gaining massive popularity.

Twitter’s Board has formed a Search Committee to lead the search for a permanent CEO. The Committee will retain a leading executive search firm to assist in conducting a global search, which will consider both internal and external candidates for the CEO position.

Groupon Appoints Interim CFO as CFO Jumps to Jawbone; Also Appoints COO

Groupon’s CFO Jason Child, 45, will step down. He will be joining Jawbone in similar role. Bryan Kayman, Groupon’s VP of tax and treasury, will serve in the interim. Before joining Groupon in 2010, Child was CFO, International; CFO, APAC; CFO of Germany/Austria/Switzerland at Amazon.

Groupon also named Rich Williams, President of its North American division, as COO. The promotion adds the company’s international markets to Williams’ portfolio. He was previously Groupon's SVP of Marketing joining the company in June 2011. Immediately prior to joining Groupon, he ran Worldwide Marketing and Advertising at Amazon.

Activist Nominees Elected to Shutterfly Board

Marathon Partners Equity Management, together with its affiliates, one of the largest shareholders of Shutterfly, had its nominees Mario Cibelli and Thomas D. Hughes, elected to the Shutterfly Board.

Cibelli founded Marathon Partners nearly 20 years ago and has a reputation as a long-term investor. Apart from Shutterfly, his largest holdings are in World Wrestling Entertainment, Xoom, Liberty Interactive, and Blackhawk Network Holdings. Cibelli's fund has a small equity portfolio that has its eyes on the services and consumer goods sectors.

Hughes is a Partner of Cedar Grove Investments. Previously, he served as the President at PhotoDisc, where he was also the Co-founder. Hughes was a Founder and President of Northshore Publishing Systems.

Millennial Media Names Board Member and former Nexage CEO as COO

Millennial Media, the leading independent mobile ad marketplace, appointed former Nexage CEO and President Ernie Cormier as COO. Following the Company’s acquisition of Nexage in 2014, Cormier served on Millennial Media’s Board. He will be stepping down from the board. Prior to Nexage, Cormier served as CEO & President of Zeemote, a mobile gaming and consumer electronics company that was sold to Aplix in 2009. He has also held executive positions at Virgin Media in the U.K., Nextel Communications, and Lagardere Group.

Uber Hires Google Engineering VP to Oversee Location Technology, Pittsburgh Center

Brian McClendon, a Google Engineering VP and 10-year company veteran, will be overseeing Uber’s new Advanced Technologies Center out of Pittsburgh, the one staffed by engineers recruited from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center. McClendon led the engineering group for Google's geo products, which include Google Maps, Earth, Local Search, SketchUp, Street View, Ocean, Mars and Moon. He was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004 to produce Google Earth. Keyhole itself was spun off from another company called Intrinsic Graphics, of which McClendon was also a founder. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2015.

Online Sports Retailer Fanatics Hires New CFO

Lauren Cooks Levitan, the co-founder of private equity firm Moxie Capital and a longtime equity analyst focused on retail, has joined online sports apparel seller Fanatics as its new CFO. Prior to launching Moxie Capital, Levitan was a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Cowen & Co.; Managing Director at Robertson Stephens; and worked in various capacities in the retail industry at Crate & Barrel and the Gymboree Corporation. Earlier in her career, she worked in equity capital markets and investment banking at Goldman Sachs.

Former Yahoo! and Airtel Exec Lands at India’s Snapdeal

Anand Chandrasekaran, who recently left his post as Chief Product Officer at carrier Bharti Airtel, is joining Indian e-commerce site Snapdeal in a similar post. Snapdeal is one of the three biggest shopping sites in India and is backed by eBay and SoftBank, among other international firms, and was most recently valued at around $5 billion. Chandrasekaran worked for Yahoo! in Silicon Valley before moving to India last year. Before Yahoo!, he was Director of PM at Openwave, CTO and head of product at MorfMobile, and co-founded and helped build Aeroprise (acquired by BMC).

Square’s New Board Member is Successful Entrepreneur and Advocate for Economic Inclusion

Square, the financial services, merchant services aggregator and mobile payments company, appointed business leader, philanthropist, and basketball hall of famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson to its Board of Directors. Johnson is currently the Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, as well as the Chairman and Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, which develops programs and supports community-based organizations that address the educational, health, and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.

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