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Microsoft Announces Senior Leadership Changes; Several High Ranking Execs to Leave

Microsoft made changes to its Senior Leadership Team to drive engineering alignment against the company's core ambitions: reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing.

EVP Terry Myerson will lead a newly formed team, Windows and Devices Group (WDG), focused on enabling more personal computing experiences powered by the Windows ecosystem. This new team combines the engineering efforts of the current Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group.

EVP Scott Guthrie will continue to lead the Cloud and Enterprise (C+E) team focused on building the intelligent cloud platform that powers any application on any device. As a part of this announcement, the company will move the Dynamics development teams to the C+E team, enabling the company to accelerate ERP and CRM work and bring it into the mainstream C+E engineering and innovation efforts.

EVP Qi Lu will continue to lead the Applications and Services Group (ASG) focused on reinventing productivity services for digital work that span all devices and appeal to the people who use technology at work and in their personal lives.

As a result of the organizational moves, Stephen Elop, Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder will leave Microsoft after a designated transition period. Unrelated to the engineering restructuring changes, Chief Insights Officer Mark Penn has decided to pursue another venture outside Microsoft and will be leaving the company in September.

Rudder, a 25-year Microsoft veteran, rose through the ranks, serving as Bill Gates’ technical assistant, doing a stint in Europe and eventually becoming head of technical strategy and, for a time, business development.

Electronic Arts’ Mobile EVP Leaves

Electronic Arts’ EVP, EA Mobile, Frank Gibeau, has chosen to transition on from the Company. Prior to his most recent role, he served as president of EA Games and EA Labels, where he oversaw development of the company's franchises, including Battlefield, FIFA, Madden NFL, Need for Speed and The Sims. Gibeau joined the company in 1991.

FIS Appoints Accounting Chief from Primerica

Fidelity National Information Services appointed Michael Nussbaum, 38, as Chief Accounting Officer. He previously was EVP of Finance with responsibility for the Controller, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Corporate Tax functions at Primerica since 2014, and held various roles of increasing responsibilities within Primerica since 2009. Prior to joining Primerica, he was Director of Accounting at Radiant Systems and held various positions at Coca-Cola, most recently as Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis, and was an auditor at Deloitte & Touche.

Workday Names Co-Presidents and Vice-Chair

Mark Peek, 56, and Philip Wilmington, 56, were appointed co-Presidents of Workday. Peek will continue to also serve as CFO. Before joining Workday, he was CFO and Co-President of Business Operations at VMware.

Wilmington joined Workday in February 2015 as EVP of Field Operations. Prior to joining Workday, he served as president and COO at Tidemark Systems, a financial planning and analysis software company, and as Executive Chairman. He also previously served as President and co-CEO at OutlookSoft, co-president at PeopleSoft and held senior leadership positions at TriNet and Tesseract.

Michael Stankey was appointed as a member and Vice Chairman of Workday's Board of Directors. Prior to this he served as President and COO. Stankey remains an executive officer of Workday.

New Chair and CEO Appointed at NetApp

Tom Georgens, 54, is stepping down as chairman and CEO, after the data-storage company announced it would lay off 500 workers and issued a disappointing financial forecast. Georgens joined NetApp in 2005 and became CEO in 2009.

Lead independent director Mike Nevens is the company’s new chairman. Nevens was appointed to the NetApp board in December 2009. Mike Nevens serves as a senior advisor to Permira, an international private equity fund with 21 billion euros of funds under management. Nevens retired as a director (senior partner) of McKinsey & Co. in 2002 after leading McKinsey's global technology practice.

The Board appointed George Kurian, 48, as CEO. Prior to his appointment, Kurian served as EVP of Product Operations. He joined the Company in 2011 as the SVP of the storage solutions group and was later appointed to SVP of the Data ONTAP group. Prior to joining the Company, he was VP and GM of the application networking and switching technology group at Cisco, VP of product management and strategy at Akamai Technologies, management consultant with McKinsey, and led software engineering and product management teams at Oracle .

CSC Gets Visteon’s Newly Appointed CEO as Director

CSC elected Sachin Lawande, 48, to the company’s Board of Directors. Lawande was recently named CEO of Visteon Corp. Previously he was president of the Infotainment Division of Harman International Industries. Prior to that Lawande served as chief innovation officer, CTO, and co-president of Harman's Automotive Division. Prior to that, he held senior roles at QNX Software Systems and 3Com Corporation. Before joining QNX, he was responsible for the development of networking and consumer electronics systems at corporate giants such as AT&T Bell Labs, U.S. Robotics, and 3Com.

Splunk Hires GE Capital Divisional CIO and Technology Innovator as CTO

Splunk has appointed Snehal Antani as CTO to work across Splunk’s rapidly expanding cloud, mobile, on-premises and hybrid offerings. Antani previously served as CIO for multiple divisions of GE Capital. Prior to GE Capital, Antani served in numerous IT strategy and technology roles at IBM, including Emerging Technologies Lead Architect and Private Cloud Strategist. He is a named inventor on 10 U.S. patents.

DataStax CEO Joins Board of Tableau Software

Tableau Software appointed Billy Bosworth to its Board of Directors. Bosworth is President, CEO and member of the board of DataStax, a provider of open-source and big data database technology. Prior to joining DataStax, Bosworth held positions at Quest Software, a provider of systems management software, where his most recent role was VP and GM of the database business unit.

Vodafone CTO Joins FireEye Board; Managing Director Leaves for Security Startup Tanium

FireEye appointed Stephen Pusey, 53, to serve as a member of the Board. Pusey has served as the Group CTO of Vodafone Group, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, since 2006, and as a member of its board of directors since 2009. From 1982 to August 2006, Pusey held various positions at Nortel Networks, most recently as EVP and President, Nortel EMEA.

Security and systems management startup Tanium has hired David Damato as its first Chief Security Officer. Damato is a former managing director at FireEye and led that company’s investigation into the hacking attack earlier this year on insurer Anthem Health. He has participated in at least 100 more investigations as part of FireEye’s incident response division Mandiant.

Open Text Makes Series of Key Appointments Under Restructuring Program

James McGourlay has been named SVP, Global Technical Services. He will lead the Open Text Global Technical Services business. This new organization will focus on Technical Support, Renewals, Customer Onboarding and Professional Services, managing all post sale services, customer life-time value and accelerating customers' time to value. McGourlay joined OpenText in 1997 and has held many key positions in IT, technical support, product support and special projects.

Simon Harrison is new SVP, Enterprise Sales. He will lead the OpenText Enterprise business and a consolidation of all enterprise on-premise businesses. Harrison previously served as the SVP of Fast Growth Markets for OpenText, growing the business in high potential regions including LATAM, Eastern Europe, Japan, Africa, China, Middle East and India. Coming to OpenText through its IXOS acquisition, he has held a number of senior sales leadership roles throughout his 15 years with the company.

George Schulze has been appointed SVP, Information Exchange (iX) Sales. Schulze will lead the OpenText Information Exchange business and core Cloud services. One of the most experienced executives in the Cloud business, Schulze came to OpenText through its January 2014 acquisition of GXS. He joined GXS in 2005 as VP of Sales for the Americas region.

Andy Wild is now SVP, Analytics Sales. Wild will lead the new OpenText Analytics business. Joining OpenText in 2014, Wild was instrumental in guiding the Company through the recent Actuate acquisition. Prior to OpenText, he served as the President of OpTier, implementing a new company vision that targeted the fast growth analytics and APM cloud markets.

As a result of the restructuring, Jon Hunter, 44, EVP, Worldwide Field Operations, is no longer with OpenText. Before his most recent role, Hunter was SVP and GM of North America at CA Technologies.

Athenahealth’s Chief Product Officer Leaves; Company Appoints Interim Leader

Athenahealth appointed Kyle Armbrester, currently athenahealth's VP of BD and creator of the company's More Disruption Please (MDP) innovation and partnership program, to the position of acting chief product officer (CPO).

Jeremy Delinsky will step down as CPO after serving in the position for five months and with the company for more than ten years. Delinsky will join Boston-based online retailer Wayfair as the company's CTO.

Kofax’s CEO Joins Lexmark as President, Enterprise Software

Lexmark International named Reynolds C. Bish, 62, as VP and President, Enterprise Software. Since 2007, he has served as CEO of Kofax. Prior to joining Kofax, Bish founded Captiva Software Corporation and served as its President and CEO from 1989 until Captiva was sold in 2005.

Zynga Names Corporate Controller as Chief Accounting Officer

Zynga appointed Michelle Quejado, 48, the Company's VP, Corporate Controller as the Company's Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining the Company earlier this year, Quejado held various financial roles at Lam Research Corporation, most recently serving as its Assistant Corporate Controller. Quejado also served as an auditor for the United States Department of Defense.

Progress Software Promotes BU Tech Exec as CTO

Progress named Matt Robinson to CTO, to act as the technology visionary and strategist for the Company. He will also act as Progress chief evangelist. Robinson joined Progress in 2013 as a VP within the Application Development and Deployment BU through the acquisition of Rollbase, which he founded and led as CEO. Prior to that, he was Director of Product Development at Taleo (acquired by Oracle) and founder and CEO of (acquired by Taleo).

ManTech Appoints Leader of Its Advanced Technical Solutions (ATS) Business Unit

ManTech has named Rick Wagner SVP and GM of its Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions (MCIS) Group’s Advanced Technical Solutions BU. Prior to coming to ManTech, Wagner was the chief strategy officer at TASC (now Engility Corporation), where he was responsible for leading engineering and enterprise IT initiatives to drive innovation across U.S. federal agencies. Wagner supported multiple Department of Defense and IC customers and their critical missions to improve and enhance our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Cvent CFO to Leave

SaaS based event management platform Cvent announced that its CFO Peter L. Childs, 51, will leave the company this year. Prior to joining Cvent in 2012 as CFO, he was the chief account officer of Towers Watson, serving at the company for thirteen years. Prior to joining Towers Watson, he was the VP of finance and treasurer at HCR Manor Care.

Constant Contact Welcomes New Female Directors

The Board of Directors of Constant Contact elected Julie M. B. Bradley, 46, and Lisa Weinstein to serve as directors of the Company.

Bradley has served as the CFO of TripAdvisor since October 2011. She previously served as the CFO of Art Technology Group, an e-commerce software company, the VP of Finance for Akamai Technologies, and an accountant at Deloitte.

Weinstein is president of global digital, data, and analytics at Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) where she has been instrumental in pioneering new ways to leverage online, mobile, social, and search, as well as the data those media generate. She serves as the digital guide for some of the biggest marketers in the world, including Coca-Cola, P&G, and Kraft. Prior to SMG, she ran Mindshare Chicago where, at 32 years old, she was the youngest person to ever run an office for the agency and oversaw more than $1 billion in billings for brands including BP and Motorola.

Kinaxis Creates Chief Knowledge Officer Role

Kinaxis, provider of RapidResponse, delivering cloud-based SCM and S&OP applications, named industry veteran Sarah Sedgman to the newly-created position of Chief Knowledge Officer. Sedgman comes to Kinaxis with significant experience in the IT knowledge and learning community, having previously held many global executive positions, including as the Director of Cognos Learning Services, IBM's Analytics Education Executive, and most recently as the SVP of PTC University.

Cloudera Taps Google VP as Engineering Head

Cloud analytics software company Cloudera 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.

Date Range: May 16th - June 18th

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