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Apple Appoints New Chief Design Officer and Other Design Execs

Jony Ive, long-time SVP of Design at Apple, now has the title of Chief Design Officer at Apple. This will allow Ive to hand off day-to-day managerial duties and focus more on items like the design of Apple's retail stores and also aid in the ongoing construction of Apple's new corporate campus. 

Richard Howarth will assume the role of VP of Industrial Design, while Alan Dye will become VP of User Interface (UI) Design.

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.

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.

Yahoo! CISO Alex Stamos and Google’s Chief Compliance Officer Frank Lawrence Join Facebook

Yahoo’s CISO Alex Stamos will join Facebook as Chief Security Officer. Stamos had joined Yahoo! a year back and led what the company refers to as its team of "Paranoids". Stamos is the former CTO of Artemis, a division of NCC Group. He is also a co-founder and partner at iSEC Partners, a strategic digital security organization. He is an experienced security engineer and a leading researcher in the field of web application and mobile security.

Stamos will replace Joe Sullivan who left Facebook earlier this year to join Uber Technologies.

Director of Security Ramses Martinez will served as interim CISO at Yahoo!

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.

Samsung Hires Executives to Run U.S. Marketing across Product Lines

Samsung Electronics has hired two executives to run U.S. marketing from a new office in New York. Former Unilever marketing head Marc Mathieu will serve as Chief Marketing Officer and former Creative Artists Agency executive Jesse Coulter will serve as Chief Creative Officer. In the past, Samsung ran separate operations for its mobile, entertainment and appliance units, but the company has been in the process of unifying many of its U.S. businesses.

AT&T Appoints Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ CEO as Board Member

AT&T has appointed Richard W. Fisher, 66, to its board of directors. Fisher served as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 until March 2015. Prior to that, Fisher was Vice Chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates. Fisher served as a Deputy U.S. Trade Representative for from 1997 to 2001, where he oversaw the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also served as a special assistant to the secretary of the Treasury under President Carter, working on issues related to the dollar crisis of 1978-1979.

Oracle Taps Former HP Executive to Lead Hardware Division

Oracle hired David “Dave” Donatelli, 49, a former Hewlett-Packard executive and head of its enterprise business; reporting to CEO Mark Hurd. Donatelli will be EVP of Converged Infrastructure. In March, Donatelli left HP, where he served as EVP and GM of the Enterprise Group, to join Oracle. Before HP, he served as President of EMC Storage Division.

Cisco Announces New Leadership Team with Incoming CEO; Long Time Leaders Transition Out

Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior will be leaving in September following a few months as a strategic adviser. She is said to be exploring some jobs either as a CEO or as the managing partner of a venture capital firm.

Co-Presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore have resigned. Lloyd, president of development and sales, and Moore, president and COO, were tabbed for those posts two-and-a-half years ago by outgoing CEO John Chambers to better align product development and sales, and to streamline company operations.

Wim Elfrink, EVP for industry solutions and Chief Globalization Officer, will retire in July. He opened Cisco’s second global headquarters in Bangalore, India, and helped define the vision for the next wave of the Internet - the Internet of Everything.

Hilton Romanski, currently head of Cisco’s M&A operation as well as its $2 billion investment portfolios, will be taking over Warrior’s dual roles as CTO and Chief Strategy Officer. He has 20 years of experience investing in and acquiring private and public companies around the world and has been responsible for over $20 billion in acquisitions in 40 deals, including Meraki, Sourcefire and Airespace.

Edzard Overbeek, SVP of Services, will become a strategic adviser for one year. Joe Cozzolino, the current head of Cisco’s service provider mobility and video infrastructure businesses units, will take over in that role.

Ruba Borno, head of the media and telecommunications group at the Boston Consulting Group, will be joining Cisco as chief of staff. For the past seven years, Borno has specialized in advising technology executives on corporate growth and transformation strategies.

Chris Dedicoat, a 20-year Cisco veteran and currently SVP for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia, will take over as SVP for worldwide sales the role that Robbins held before being named CEO. Dedicoat joined Cisco in 1995.

Pankaj Patel was named EVP and chief development officer. He’ll remain in charge of Cisco’s 25,000-strong army of engineers as well as its $36 billion technology portfolio.

Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby will be SVP of operations. She’ll be in charge of Cisco’s supply chain, business services, security and internal IT. Guillermo Diaz, a SVP for IT, will replace Jacoby as CIO and will report up to her.

Karen Walker was named Chief Marketing Officer, replacing Blair Christie, who has been on a leave of absence. She previously ran Cisco’s go-to-market operations. She joined Cisco from Hewlett-Packard in 2009.

Mark Chandler, a 19-year veteran of Cisco’s legal team, was named SVP and general counsel. Recognized by industry publications such as The National Law Journal and American Lawyer as one of the most influential and innovative lawyers in the profession, Chandler brings 19 years of experience leading Cisco’s legal, employee relations, ethics, investigations and brand protection experts to his new role.

Francine Katsoudas, current head of Cisco’s human resources operation, was named as chief people officer. Katsoudas is the architect of Cisco’s people strategy since 2014.

Kelly Kramer, who replaced Frank Calderoni as CFO a few months ago, will remain in that role.

Qualcomm Sees Changes in China Leadership Team

Qualcomm appointed Frank Meng as chairman of Qualcomm China and the announced departure of Xiang Wang, SVP and president of Qualcomm Greater China.

Meng has 30 years of telecommunications experience, eight of those with Qualcomm, which included serving as SVP and president of Qualcomm Greater China. Most recently, Meng was President of 21Vianet Group in Beijing, where he was responsible for strategic planning, branding and marketing, government affairs and strategic initiatives. Prior to 21Vianet Group, he was with Motorola Mobility in Beijing where he served as SVP and president of Greater China.

Xiang Wang has left the company to join as SVP of Strategic Cooperation at Xiaomi.

HP Execs Depart to Join Dell Enterprise, Broadcom and ForeScout

Tom Joyce, SVP Global Corporate Development at Hewlett-Packard, is joining Dell's Software Group. Joyce helped drive key acquisitions, including its $3 billion acquisition of wireless networking superstar Aruba Networks and played a role in other HP acquisitions including big data encryption security standout Voltage Security and software-defined networking (SDN) innovator ConteXtream. Joyce also launched HP Ventures. Before joining HP, Joyce was CEO of Akorri, a maker of cross-domain performance management software that was acquired by NetApp.

Longtime Hewlett-Packard channel executive Stephen DiFranco has left HP for a new position at chip maker Broadcom. DiFranco, who served as VP of Americas enterprise channels, is now Broadcom's SVP of worldwide channels for the Internet of Things.

Rob Greer, VP and GM of HP Software, Network Security, has left. He has joined ForeScout Technologies as CMO. Before joining HP in 2013, Greer led the launch of Symantec's enterprise mobile security business VP and GM of enterprise mobility. He also held positions at the company in its endpoint and mobility group, core security group and data loss prevention group.

McKesson Names New CIO, CTO

McKesson appointed Kathy McElligott to EVP, CIO and CTO. McElligott comes to McKesson from Emerson where she served as CIO since 2010. McElligott was hired at Emerson in 2000 as VP of IT for Emerson Power Transmission. Prior to joining Emerson, she spent 22 years with General Electric, holding multiple information systems leadership roles, ultimately becoming CIO of supply chain for GE Aircraft Engines.

McElligott succeeds Randy Spratt, who announced his planned retirement earlier this year. Spratt is retiring after a distinguished 29-year career with McKesson.

Time Warner Cable Appoints Interim Co-CFOs

Arthur T. Minson, Jr., 43, resigns from his position as EVP and CFO of Time Warner Cable. William F. Osbourn, Jr., 50, SVP, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of the Company, and Matthew Siegel, 52, SVP and Treasurer of the Company, will serve as the Company's acting co-CFOs, in addition to their current titles and responsibilities.

Prior to his cuurent role, Osbourn was VP of Technical Accounting of the Company, and Executive Director for External Financial Reporting and Accounting Policy at Time Warner. Before joining Time Warner, he spent 14 years at PwC in roles of increasing responsibility and was admitted to partnership in 2000.

Earlier, Siegel served as VP and Assistant Treasurer of Time Warner, and prior to that, SVP of Finance and Treasurer of Insight Communications, a multi-system cable operator based in New York with operations in the Midwest (acquired by Time Warner Cable in 2012).

Salesforce’s EVP and Former CFO Retires from Company

Graham Smith, 54, to retired as CFO earlier this year but continued as an EVP, finally retires from Salesforce. He had served as CFO since March 2008. Smith was replaced by current CFO Mark Hawkins in August 2014.

Yahoo! Sees CIO Replacement and 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; M&A Boss Departs

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.

Rishi Garg, who led Twitter’s mergers and acquisitions team, is departing the company after just one year. Garg joined Twitter from a similar role at Square.

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.

Sprint Appoints Bell Media President as Marketing Chief

Kevin Crull will join Sprint as Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, Crull served nearly five years as COO and then President of Bell Media, Canada’s largest media and broadcasting company. At Bell, Crull led the acquisition of CTV Globemedia in late 2010, creating the foundation for Bell Media. Following that he led the acquisition and integration of Astral Media in 2012 and 2013. Prior to Bell Media, Crull served as president of the Bell Residential Services organization, led consumer and small-business sales and marketing at AT&T, and was SVP and GM of AT&T’s wireless initiatives.

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.

Former Cisco CFO Joins Red Hat

Frank Calderoni, the former CFO of networking giant Cisco Systems, has joined software vendor Red Hat as its CFO and EVP for operations. Calderoni had been CFO at Cisco for 10 years. Calderoni will take over for Red Hat’s current CFO, Charlie Peters, who will retire in July. Calderoni joined Cisco from QLogic, where he was the SVP and CFO. Prior to that, he was SVP, Finance and Administration and CFO for SanDisk. Previously he spent 21 years at IBM and was promoted to VP prior to taking on two CFO roles.

CA Appoints Communications Chief from GE Healthcare

CA has appointed Jeff DeMarrais as SVP and Chief Communications Officer. DeMarrais most recently served as GE Healthcare's Chief Communications Officer responsible for managing and strengthening the company's reputation through integrated communications campaigns. DeMarrais joined GE in 1997 as a publicity manager on NBC's corporate communications team and moved to GE Corporate in 1999. Prior to GE, he worked in public relations at John Wiley & Sons.

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; FireEye 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.

Oracle CMO Judith Sim Joins Fortinet Board

Cyber security solutions company Fortinet has appointed Judith Sim, CMO at Oracle, to serve as a director of the Company. Sim, who joined Oracle in 1991, brings more than 25 years of marketing experience, drawing from her roles at Oracle where she currently oversees the company’s global marketing programs.

Date Range: May 18th - June 29th

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