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Apple Creates New VP Role for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives

Apple named Lisa Jackson as its VP of environment, policy and social initiatives. Jackson, who previously served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joined Apple two years ago to head up its environmental initiatives. That role is now broadened. She will also be in charge of the company's education policy programs, its product accessibility work and government affairs.

Famed Security Researcher Leaves Google; Other Appointments and Departures Noted at the Search Giant 

Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a respected computer security researcher, is leaving Google ATAP to explore ways to help U.S. government make software more secure. A former researcher with DARPA, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, he joined Google along with fellow DARPA alum Regina Dugan to work on security research at the search giant’s Advanced Technologies and Projects Group.

Chris O’Neill, who most recently ran the business operations at the Google X research unit, will join as CEO of Evernote, the popular cloud-based productivity app provider. Phil Libin will step down as CEO but remain as executive chairman.

YouTube has poached MTV exec Susanne Daniels to run its fledgling original content business as VP of Originals, YouTube. Daniels served as MTV's head of programming for 3 years. The move furthers the video site's gameplan of making shows that are TV-quality, but in a format and style that's unique to digital video.

Alibaba Moves into Online Music; Appoints Co-CEOs for the Division

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding launched a music division and appointed Gao Xiaosong and Song Ke - two Chinese musicians - as its CEOs. Entertainment and culture are key parts of Alibaba's near-term strategy. The company will develop its music business by joining with the country's major music-streaming services such as and As significant composers and music producers, Gao and Song are expected to bring more innovative elements to Alibaba's music business.

Microsoft’s SVP of SMB Products Joins Dropbox

Microsoft’s SVP of SMB products Thomas Hansen has left. He joins Dropbox as Global VP of Sales & Channel. Hansen has worked at Microsoft since 2001. Earlier in his time at the company, he traveled the globe as a Regional Manager for several different areas - Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean Islands and the French Pacific. The hire comes at a time when Dropbox is struggling to distinguish itself from other cloud storage and enterprise software competitors, one of which is Microsoft.

IBM Appoints New Global Business Partners VP

IBM appointed Michele Stern as new VP of Global Business Partners for North America. She will be the lead of the North America One Channel Team and IBM's partner ecosystem. Stern leaves behind her role as VP of global business partner sales, where for 18 months she worked on transforming the business partner department and developing IBM's channel strategy.

Meanwhile, Stern's predecessor Tami Duncan, has left the position she has held since last year to "reorient her life and career.

Cisco’s Global Collaboration SVP Joins BlackBerry

Cisco’s SVP of Global Collaboration Carl Wiese joins BlackBerry as President, Global Sales. During his tenure at Cisco, Wiese successfully drove the company's sales and deployment for new and emerging technologies that represented some of the company's highest potential growth segments. Previously, Wiese held executive positions at Apple, Avaya, Lucent and Texas Instruments.

Intel President Renée James to Step Down; Changes in Leadership at Intel Capital

Intel President Renée James, 50, will be stepping down as President of Intel to pursue an external CEO role. She has agreed to stay at Intel until January 2016 in order to transition the Executive Office. James has a 25 plus year career at Intel. Before becoming President she was EVP and GM of the Software and Services Group, where she was responsible for Intel's global software and services strategy, revenue, profit, and product R&D. Previously, she was the director and COO of Intel Online Services, Intel's datacenter services business. Early in her career James also served as chief of staff for former Intel CEO Andy Grove.

Arvind Sodhani, President of Intel Capital, will retire in January 2016 after a distinguished 35-year career with the company. President of Mergers and Acquisitions Wendell Brooks will take an expanded role to also become President of Intel Capital. Merging these teams under one leader will allow clear focus across all investment opportunities for Intel.

Vodafone Arranges New Group Executive Committee

Vodafone announced changes to its European leadership structure by making the Chief Executives of Vodafone's four largest European markets – Hannes Ametsreiter in Germany, Aldo Bisio in Italy, Jeroen Hoencamp in the UK and Antonio Coimbra in Spain –become members of the Group Executive Committee.

The Chief Executive of Vodafone Netherlands, Rob Shuter, will also join the Group Executive Committee and will assume additional leadership responsibilities for Vodafone's smaller European markets. Corporate functions operating at regional level in Europe will be integrated within the respective Group functions.

Vodafone’s Chief Executive for the Europe region, Philipp Humm, will leave the Group later in the year to continue his CEO career outside Vodafone.

SAP Names New President to Head Latin America Organization; Marketing Exec Joins Hortonworks

SAP has appointed Claudio Muruzabal as the new president for SAP Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC). Muruzabal was previously CEO of NEORIS. With more than 25 years in the IT industry, Muruzabal successfully lead the evolution of NEORIS from being the IT branch of CEMEX, to becoming a global fast growth business and IT consulting company. During his 10 year tenure, NEORIS achieved global partner status with SAP. Previously, Muruzabal served as VP of NCR’s Teradata for Latin America and the Caribbean, and also held numerous executive positions throughout his 17 year career at NCR.

Muruzabal takes over from Rodolpho Cardenuto, who became interim president of SAP Latin America, in addition to his role as president of SAP’s Global Partner Operations.

Ingrid Burton, SAP’s SVP of technology and innovation marketing leaves. She has joined open-source Hadoop vendor Hortonworks as CMO. Prior to SAP, she was CMO at both Silver Spring Networks and Plantronics, as well as more than 15 years holding senior marketing roles at Sun Microsystems and software development roles at GTE, Megatek and United Technologies.

Ahead of Split HP Executives Depart Company

Hewlett-Packard’s executive shake-up before the split has led to departure of Bill Veghte, a former Microsoft exec who briefly served as both COO and Chief Strategy Officer. Veghte’s most recent title was EVP and head of the Enterprise Group. He had most recently been assigned by CEO Meg Whitman to a role related to prepping the company for its split. Veghte has now joined SurveyMonkey as CEO.

Antonio Neri, who has been running HP’s enterprise group while Veghte was working on the split, will take over as head of the enterprise group as EVP and GM. Neri is a 20-year HP veteran who most recently ran its server business.

Art Gilliland, an HP SVP and head of its security software business, is also leaving the company to run a new software startup. He spent three years at HP, and six before that at the security software company Symantec.

HP’s VP and GM of HP Software, Network Security Rob Greer joined network security and monitoring tools company ForeScout Technologies as CMO. Greer was at HP for more than two years responsible for leading the company's HP TippingPoint enterprise network security business. Before joining HP he led the launch of Symantec's enterprise mobile security business as VP and GM of Enterprise Mobility.

Don Robertson, SVP of HR for Enterprise Services, has also left HP. He has joined TrueCar, the data-driven online platform for car buyers and dealers, as its EVP, people, and CHRO. Robertson worked at HP since 2001. He has over three decades of experience in HR, business and general management roles, and has worked in finance positions for companies including GE Capital, the Stanford Research Institute and Clorox.

Salesforce’s VP of Marketing Insights Leaves

Jeffrey K. Rohrs, VP of marketing insights at Salesforce, has joined Yext, a digital presence management platform, as CMO. Rohrs joined Salesforce as part of its $2.5 billion acquisition of ExactTarget in 2013. With ExactTarget, Rohrs helped the company move from a specialized email marketing solution into a publicly-traded marketing cloud platform. He also created ExactTarget’s Subscribers, Fans and Followers research series.

Adobe Names former Oracle, Microsoft exec as CTO and SVP of Platform Technology & Services

Adobe named Abhay Parasnis as CTO and SVP of platform technology and services. Parasnis brings nearly 20 years of experience in the software industry. Most recently, he was president and COO of venture-funded enterprise mobility leader Kony. He previously held a variety of enterprise technology, platform and cloud roles at companies including Microsoft, i2, Oracle and IBM.

Scott Braut will be new head of content at Adobe, to drive overall content strategy and operations for its Creative Cloud business. Most recently, Braut served as VP of content for Shutterstock.

Yahoo! Promotes a Year Old NA Sales Leader as Chief Revenue Officer

Yahoo! appoints Lisa Utzschneider as Chief Revenue Officer. In this new role, Utzschneider will lead Yahoo’s sales organization globally to serve the needs of advertisers worldwide. All sales teams globally will report to her. She joined Yahoo as SVP, Sales, Americas last year and has been pivotal in structuring the sales teams across North and South America for growth. She has successfully integrated sales across Yahoo, BrightRoll, Flurry and Tumblr to help bring new opportunities and tremendous value to advertisers. Previously, she was VP of Global Advertising Sales at Amazon leading the company’s display advertising efforts.

eBay’s Deputy General Counsel and VP, North America Marketplaces Leave

eBay’s SVP and Deputy General Counsel Brad Serwin has left. He has joined Glassdoor as General Counsel, responsible for overseeing all legal matters as the company continues its growth within the employment industry and its global expansion into new markets. Prior to eBay, Serwin served as general counsel of Playdom till its 2012 acquisition by Walt Disney. Following the deal, Serwin was named COO overseeing Playdom's integration and subsidiary operations. He also previously served as general counsel of Dean & Deluca and Las Vegas Sands.

Jeff Somers, eBay’s VP of North America Marketplaces left for e-ticketing co. Ticketmaster Entertainment. At eBay, Somers was VP and responsible for managing the company's core business units, Motors, Fashion, Electronics, Home & Garden, Collectibles and Deals, and for launching new business on the eBay platform. Somers has spent close to 20 years in senior leadership roles across the consumer technology and e-commerce spaces at Amazon, Zillow, and Microsoft, and served as CEO of PluggedIn Media.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away

Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo since 2002 and CEO of Nintendo of America since 2013, has died at the age of 55. Iwata came to Nintendo during one of its roughest patches, the transition to modern 3-D consoles, and oversaw its greatest comeback, the twin successes of the casual-gamer-minded Nintendo DS platform and Wii platforms, in the mid-2000s.

Twitter Communications Chief Steps Down

Twitter's head of communications, Gabriel Stricker, has stepped down from the position.  He is credited with having "turned around" Twitter's public reputation. Stricker was also praised for his handling of Twitter's IPO, which he managed without the assistance of any external consultants, as is the norm. Previously, Stricker was Director of Global Communications & Public Affairs at Google.

Activision Blizzard Goes Through Board Changes; Appoints Directors from Consumer and Media Domain

Activision Blizzard elected Hendrik J. Hartong III, 47, and Casey Wasserman, 41, as new board members. Richard Sarnoff, 57, resigned from the Company's Board. Hartong is the chairman and CEO of Brynwood Partners, a private equity firm specializing in the consumer products sector. Hartong joined Brynwood Partners in 2004 as a managing partner, after the firm's divestiture of one of its portfolio companies, Lincoln Snacks Company, a food products company. He was the president and CEO of Lincoln Snacks until 2004. Prior to joining Lincoln Snacks, he held various sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility with Baskin Robbins USA and Nestlé USA.

Casey Wasserman is the Chairman and CEO of Wasserman Media Group, a leading sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties and talent on a global basis. Wasserman also serves as President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1952 by his grandparents Lew and Edie Wasserman.

Sarnoff is Managing Director and Head of the Media & Communications industry group for KKR’s Private Equity platform in the Americas. Prior to this position, he served as a Senior Adviser to KKR, working closely with both investment teams and portfolio companies. Until 2011, he was Co-Chairman of Bertelsmann, and President of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI.)

Toshiba CEO Quits After Accounting Scandal; Chairman Takes Up Role in the Interim

Toshiba faces charges for improper accounting in an escalating probe that has forced its CEO Hisao Tanaka to quit. Tanaka has been temporarily replaced by Chairman Masashi Muromachi after an independent inquiry found the CEO had been aware the company had inflated its profits. Muromachi is considered a safe pair of hands to lead Toshiba through its current turmoil before handing the reins to a successor.

Vice Chairman Norio Sasaki and adviser Atsutoshi Nishida, will also step down after the third-party report showed they played a part in the overstatement of profits going back to the 2008 financial year. A total of eight officials resigned and the company is now considering appointing outside directors to over half of its board seats.

CA Technologies Names Cisco Network Operating Software Exec as Product Chief

CA Technologies named Ayman Sayed as Chief Product Officer. Sayed served as SVP of the Network Operating Systems Technology Group at Cisco, where he led the development of the network operating software on which nearly every Cisco networking product runs. Sayed joined Cisco in 1999 and held leadership roles across several businesses. He also served as the VP of Engineering for the Unified Access Business Unit. Before joining Cisco, he was Director of Engineering at Plaintree Systems.

Juniper Networks Hires CIO from NVIDIA and SVP, HR from Plantronics

Juniper Networks appointed Bob Worrall as SVP and chief information officer. Worrall joins Juniper Networks with more than 25 years of business and IT leadership experience, most recently at NVIDIA Corporation, where he served as SVP and CIO.

Susan Lovegren has been appointed SVP of HR. Lovegren most recently served as SVP of human resources at Plantronics. She brings more than 25 years of leadership experience, including seven years at Juniper Networks where she served as a corporate VP leading the Company's global business-aligned HR team. Lovegren also leads the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund.

Fortinet Promotes Finance VP as Chief Accounting Officer

Fortinet appointed Keith Jensen, 56, as Chief Accounting Officer of the Company (including as its Principal Accounting Officer). Jensen has been the Company's VP of Finance and Corporate Controller since May 2014. Prior, he served as Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Administrative Officer DataDirect Networks, Sybase's VP and Chief Accounting Officer, CFO of Dorado Network Systems and held several positions with Coopers & Lybrand, including audit manager.

Andrew Del Matto, the Company's Chief Financial Officer, will cease to serve as its Principal Accounting Officer.

NetSuite Appoints COO as President; Industry Experts Join to Accelerate Cloud to Large Enterprises

SaaS business software company NetSuite appointed Jim McGeever as President. The role of President was previously held by NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson. McGeever was also appointed to the NetSuite Board of Directors. McGeever joined NetSuite in 2000 and was the company's 15th employee. In 2010, he became the company's COO responsible for global sales, services, and support operations. From 2000 until 2010, he served as NetSuite's CFO and drove NetSuite's 2007 IPO.

NetSuite also appointed Frank Iannotti as the SVP of Enterprise Accounts and Doug Kennedy as the VP of Global System Integrators. Iannotti has more than 20 years of management experience in the technology sector in a variety of leadership roles and joins NetSuite from, where he was the Area VP for Enterprise Accounts. Iannotti has also served in senior sales leadership positions at SAP Americas and PeopleSoft, where he oversaw highly successful enterprise sales teams.

Kennedy comes to NetSuite from Microsoft, where he managed channel operations for Microsoft's Dynamics applications business. He has worked in the computing industry for 29 years and held several executive and senior positions at both Microsoft and Oracle, leading a wide variety of programs and initiatives that span partnering, channels, sales, marketing, customer lifecycle management and customer/partner support services. At NetSuite, Kennedy will be responsible for extending and managing NetSuite's relationships with global system integrators (GSIs).

Iron Mountain Hires Chief People Officer from Clean Harbors

Storage and information management company Iron Mountain named Deirdre Evens as Chief People Officer. Evens comes to Iron Mountain from environmental, energy, and industrial services company Clean Harbors, where she served as the EVP of HR since 2011. Evens joined Clean Harbors in 2007 as the company’s EVP of Sales and Marketing. Prior to Clean Harbors, she was SVP of Member Insight for BJ’s Wholesale, responsible for strategy, analytics, market research and segment marketing.

Chief Accounting Officer Promoted as Nuance CFO

Nuance has appointed Daniel D. Tempesta as its CFO and an EVP. Tom Beaudoin, who has served as Nuance’s CFO since July 2008, will depart to pursue an opportunity at some other company.

Tempesta brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, including extensive financial and operational experience with publicly held companies and accounting firms. He joined Nuance in March 2008 and most recently has served as Nuance’s Chief Accounting Officer, Corporate Controller and SVP of Finance. Previously, he held several senior finance roles, including Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller at Teradyne. Prior to that, he spent the first eleven years of his career in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dell Services Names Chief Medical Officer

Dell Services, the IT services and consulting arm of Dell, has named Nick van Terheyden, M.D., as its Chief Medical Officer of Dell Healthcare & Life Sciences. Terheyden is the former Chief Medical Information Officer at Nuance Communications, and also has served at Philips Healthcare, Mount Sinai Medical Center, KPMG, Healthcare International and Shell.

Infor Appoints CFO from SumTotal Systems

Infor has appointed Jeffrey Laborde as CFO of the Company. Laborde comes to the Company with over 18 years of extensive finance, accounting, and investment experience from his various roles covering the technology industry. Before joining the Company, he served as the CFO of SumTotal Systems. Prior to that, he served as a Managing Director, and prior to that as a VP, of Goldman Sachs in the Technology, Media & Telecom Group, prior to which he served as a VP of Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group and as a Senior Auditor of Arthur Anderson’s Enterprise Audit Group.

Laborde succeeds Nicole Anasenes who will cease serving as CFO but will continue to serve as a consultant for the Company to ensure a seamless transition.

Date Range: June 30th - July 27th

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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