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Google Appoints CEO of the Self-Driving Car Project; HR VP Leaves to Join SoftBank

Industry veteran John Krafcik will join Google as CEO of the Self-Driving Car Project as efforts intensify to get autonomous vehicles on the road. Krafcik is a well-respected executive and engineer, known for using data to drive decisions as well as experience in a broad range of fields including sales and marketing, product development, technology and manufacturing. Krafcik takes over the project as the team works to better understand public perception of self-driving cars and how they will use them in their everyday lives and commuting. Google is moving from equipping conventional cars for testing to designing and building its own fleet of driverless cars for evaluation. The internet company is making the prototypes in Livonia.

Krafcik brings experience gleaned over his years working in product development for Ford and as CEO of Hyundai North America before becoming president of TrueCar, an online automotive site that provides pricing data and connects buyers to dealers. He started his automotive career in 1984 as an engineer for the New United Motor Manufacturing, a former General Motors-Toyota joint venture plant.

Liane Hornsey, a Google VP who led human resources for the sales organization, has departed for SoftBank International. She will lead human resources at the Japanese conglomerate, reporting to SoftBank president and her former boss Nikesh Arora, who left his role as Google’s chief business officer last summer.

GE Appoints Chief Digital Officer; Consolidates All Digital Capabilities into Single Unit GE Digital

GE announced the creation of GE Digital, a transformative move that brings together all of the digital capabilities from across the company into one organization. GE Digital will integrate GE’s Software Center, the expertise of GE’s global IT and commercial software teams, and the industrial security strength of Wurldtech. This new model will be led by Bill Ruh, Chief Digital Officer. Ruh has been leading GE’s Software COE and building the foundation of strong software experience for GE since 2011.

LVMH Group Gets New Chief Digital Officer

LVMH appointed Ian Rogers as Chief Digital Officer of the LVMH Group. Most recently he was Senior Director at iTunes team at Apple, joining after their acquisition of Beats Music, where he was the CEO since 2013. Before that, he was CEO of Topspin Media. In 2001 he founded Mediacode which was later taken over by Yahoo!, where he became VP and GM, Music. Rogers started his career in 1993 as webmaster successively for the Beastie Boys and at Nullsoft.

Baidu Goes Through Board Member Replacements

Chinese web services company Baidu named Brent Callinicos and Yuanqing Yang were appointed as directors. Nobuyuki Idei and Dejian Liu will step down from the board.

Callinicos most recently served as CFO of Uber Technologies from 2013 to 2015, where he remains an advisor. Prior to Uber, he served as VP, Treasurer and Chief Accountant at Google, and served in a variety of increasingly senior roles at Microsoft; his last role was as Corporate VP, Divisional CFO for the Platforms and Services Division. Callinicos is a CPA. He currently serves on the Board of PVH and several private companies.

Yuanqing Yang is Chairman and CEO of Lenovo Group. Yang joined Lenovo Group in 1989, leading the company from its roots as a China-based PC maker to a diversified global technology leader with $46 billion in revenue last year.

PayPal Announces Management Changes          

PayPal Holdings announced the departure of Hill Ferguson from his position as SVP, Consumer of PayPal. William Ready has been named SVP, Global Head of Product and Engineering, and will lead the functions previously led by Ferguson in addition to his current responsibilities.

eBay Appoints Former Gap CEO to Board

eBay appointed Paul Pressler, 59, to its board of directors. Pressler is a partner at the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. He currently serves as Chairman of David’s Bridal and SiteOne Landscape Supply and serves on the board of The DryBar. Previously, Pressler served as the President and CEO of Gap. He spent 15 years in senior leadership roles at Walt Disney, including Chairman of the global theme park and resorts division, President of Disneyland and President of The Disney Stores.

Yahoo! Witnesses Series of Exec Departures; Appoints Three Execs to Small Business Unit

Media head and CMO Kathy Savitt, has decided to leave, as the company plans a major shakeup in its media unit. Savitt will join film and television studio STX Entertainment as president of its digital business. At Yahoo, Savitt spearheaded the company's brand marketing and audience engagement strategies, as well as editorial and video content across Yahoo News, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports.

Aman S. Kothari, SVP, Global Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Yahoo! left the company. CFO Kenneth Goldman will serve as the company's principal accounting officer.

Scott Burke, Yahoo’s SVP of advertising and data platforms, left in August, after losing much of his portfolio to other execs.

Dawn Airey, who headed Europe and other international units for the company, just left after two years at Yahoo, apparently exasperated by the lack of progress in its turnaround.

Yahoo! Small Business added Chris Wayne as new head of IT and Infrastructure, Matt Cokely as new head of Customer Care, and Brandon Cruse as new head of HR.

As a Yahoo veteran of more than 12 years, Chris Wayne led the Service Reliability Engineering team, where he was responsible for keeping Yahoo’s sites up and running. In his new role as the head of IT and Infrastructure, he has the important job of ensuring the technology behind the product is scalable, dependable, fast and secure. Prior to Yahoo, he also served in the military where he was a combat engineer demolitions expert, a paratrooper in the 82nd division, and rose through the ranks to Sergeant.

Head of Customer Care Matt Cokely has been at Yahoo for 10 years, and was most recently the Director of Product Support Management. He also worked in customer support for Small Business and as an escalation engineer. And prior to Yahoo, he was a web developer by trade.

Brandon Cruse was most recently at Intuit and has experience managing HR for a global corporation. He also worked with a healthcare IT company where he learned the importance of a nimble, startup environment.

LinkedIn Appoints Benelux Country Manager

LinkedIn has appointed Marcel Molenaar its new Benelux country manager. With his new position, Molenaar will develop and strengthen the company's brand and reputation. He was Head of Marketing Solutions Benelux at LinkedIn previously.

Twitter Restructures Product Team

Twitter has promoted Jeff Seibert as the new head of consumer product. Twitter SVP Kevin Weil will still oversee all product at the company, which includes ad products, developer products and other consumer stuff like Vine and Periscope. But Seibert will now run the core Twitter product under Weil. Senior Director of Engineering Rich Paret will take over Twitter’s developer products.

Pandora Adds Former Yahoo! Exec Mickie Rosen to Board

Pandora elected Mickie Rosen to the company’s board of directors. In her most recent operating role, Rosen served as the SVP of Yahoo’s Global Media and Commerce division which included Yahoo’s leading media properties – Yahoo! Homepage, News, Finance, Sports, Games, Entertainment, Lifestyles, Shopping, Autos, Travel, Homes and Video – across 20 categories and platforms worldwide.

Prior to her tenure at Yahoo!, Rosen was a partner with a digital media venture capital firm, Fuse Capital, where she co-founded and incubated Tecca. Rosen was also the head of entertainment for Fox Interactive Media. Prior to this, Rosen led product development, marketing and public relations for Fandango and was an executive for The Walt Disney Company’s Corporate Alliances group.

Yelp Elects New Non-Executive Board Chair

Yelp elected current board member, Diane Irvine, to the position of non-executive board chairperson. Irvine takes over from Max Levchin, who recently stepped down from Yelp's and other boards to dedicate more time to the company he founded and leads.

Irvine previously served as an executive of Blue Nile, the leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, from 1999-2011, having joined Blue Nile as CFO and later serving as CEO, president and a director on the board. She has also served as CFO of Plum Creek Timber Company, a timberland management and wood products company, and was a tax partner at international accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand.

Renren Reappoints Former Finance Exec as CFO

Renren, the operator of leading real-name social networking internet platform in China, has appointed Thomas Jintao Ren as CFO, replacing James Jian Liu, who served on an interim basis. Ren previously worked as senior finance director of Renren before he resigned to become the CFO of Chukong Technologies.

Uber Hires the Security Researchers behind the Jeep Hack

Uber has hired two top vehicle security researchers as it ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, will join Uber. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep.

Miller and Valasek will join the company’s Advanced Technologies Center, a research laboratory Uber opened in Pittsburgh in February and staffed with dozens of autonomous vehicle experts hired away from Carnegie Mellon University.

Airbnb Appoints Top Political Consultant to Head Global Policy and Government Affairs

Chris Lehane, a lawyer and political consultant who previously worked for Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign and as VP Al Gore's press secretary, has joined Airbnb as head of global policy and government affairs. Lehane also spent many years in private practice, representing clients ranging from AT&T and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Date Range: August 26th - October 1st

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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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