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Former HP Cloud Leader Joins Cisco CTO Role

Cisco named Zorawar Biri Singh as CTO and SVP, Platforms and Solutions. His appointment comes as CTO and Chief Strategy Officer Padmasaree Warrior takes her leave. Singh will be responsible for driving thought leadership around Cisco’s long term technology roadmap, platforms and architectures. 

Singh joins Cisco from Khosla Ventures where he was a Venture Partner. Prior to that, he was SVP and GM of HP’s cloud business. He ran the giant’s cloud business to build HP’s OpenStack cloud technology and business from scratch. Before that, Singh was IBM’s VP for cloud computing for three years, having run overall strategy of IBM’s infrastructure, platform and SaaS.

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, to drive the architecture, technology and innovation strategy for Adobe’s cloud services. The focus will be on integrating Adobe’s three cloud services, facilitating Adobe’s cloud-based go-to-market strategies, and offering consistent customer experiences through the cloud. Most recently, Parasnis 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.

Seagate Technology Promotes Silicon Solutions CTO as President of Cloud Systems and Electronics Solutions

Philip G. Brace, 44, was appointed President of the Cloud Systems and Electronics Solutions group of Seagate Technology. Brace joined the Company in 2014 as EVP and CTO of Silicon Solutions, and was promoted to Interim President of CSES earlier this year. He was previously employed by LSI Corporation as EVP of the Storage Solutions Group, SVP and General Manager, and SVP of Corporate Planning and Marketing.

Akamai Appoints Former AOL Chair/CEO as Board Member

Akamai Technologies elected Jonathan (Jon) F. Miller to its Board of Directors. Miller is currently a Partner at Advancit Capital, focusing on early stage companies at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology, and is former Chairman and CEO, Digital Media Group for News Corporation. Prior to News Corp, he was the founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm focused on digital media and communications, Chairman and CEO of AOL, CEO and President of USA Information and Services – now IACI and Expedia – and also served as Managing Director of Nickelodeon International, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks. He also served as VP, Programming and Co-General Manager of NBA Entertainment.

Citrix CEO Mark Templeton to Retire; Activist Investor Elliott Takes Larger Role with Board Seat

Citrix Systems’ President & CEO Mark Templeton, 62, plans to retire after twenty years of service at the company. Templeton will continue to serve as president and CEO and a director of the company until such time as a successor has been appointed. The company will go through a series of leadership and probable structural changes under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management. 

The Citrix Board has initiated a CEO search process and has retained search firm Heidrick & Struggles to assist with the process of identifying and evaluating candidates.

Templeton has served as President of Citrix since 1998 and CEO since 2001. He joined Citrix in 1995 as VP of Marketing, prior to the company’s IPO.

Robert Calderoni, 55, a Citrix director was named executive chairman. Calderoni would also chair a board committee heading the search for a successor to Templeton. He has been a Director of Citrix since June 2014. He served as chairman and CEO of Ariba for 13 years. Prior to his role as CEO at Ariba, Calderoni held senior executive positions at Apple and IBM. He has served as a CFO at several large public companies.

Thomas Bogan, 63, Citrix’s current chairman, will assume the role of lead independent director of the Citrix board. Thomas F. Bogan has served as a director of the Company since January 2003 and he served as Chairman from May 2005. Bogan has served as CEO of Adaptive Insights, a provider of cloud-based performance management solutions since January 2015.

Jesse Cohn, 34, head of activist investments at Elliott, an investment firm whose affiliated funds own approximately 7.5 percent of the company’s common stock, has been appointed to Citrix’s board. The company would add another board member to be mutually agreed upon. Cohn manages the technology investments at Elliott. He has played an integral role in several acquisitions, including the 2010 purchase of the business software firm Novell Corporation, which was valued at $2 billion. Cohn has led more than 30 shareholder campaigns against the likes of Compuware, BMC Software, and lately EMC, becoming one of the most powerful and effective activists in the finance industry.

Cohn will also be part of a new committee at Citrix that will review operations to improve the company's margins, profitability and capital structure. Calderoni will chair the group. Cohn replaces TPG Capital’s Partner Asiff Hirji, 49, on the board, who steps down.

CyrusOne Shuffles Execs; Names New General Counsel and CAO

Data center operator CyrusOne shuffled its executive ranks recently. Current VP and General Counsel, Thomas W. Bosse, is leaving, and will be replaced by Robert M. Jackson. Jackson was most recently EVP and Chief Administrative Officer of Storage Post, and also had served at Counsins Properties Incorporated and Troutman Sanders.

CyrusOne has also named Amitabh Rai as SVP and Chief Accounting Officer. Rai was previously SVP and Chief Accounting Officer of Laureate Education, and also served at Remy International and Sensient Technologies.

Dropbox Hires Head of Product from Twitter

Dropbox has hired Todd Jackson as VP, Product. Jackson, who ran Twitter’s content and discovery team as director of product management, will be leading Dropbox’s charge into business products as well as shepherding its consumer growth. Todd was co-founder and CEO of Cover, acquired by Twitter in April 2014. He left Facebook to start the app Cover, which surfaced different apps to mobile home screens depending on people’s location and time of day.

Google Glass Exec is New CEO at Evernote

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

Crexendo’s CTO/CIO Steps Down

Satish Bhagavatula, CTO and CIO resigned from cloud-based web and communication service company Crexendo. Bhagavatula has been Chief Architect of the Crexendo Telecom division since 2010. Prior to that, he was co-founder and CTO of Tripware (Remotian Systems). Before that, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Inter-Tel/Mitel culminating with the position of Chief Architect and Distinguished Engineer where he was involved with technology, architecture, product & project management and software development.

Date Range: July 7th - August 7th

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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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