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Microsoft Appoints New Chief Legal Officer and Regional Communications and CSR Leader

Bradford L. Smith, 56, was appointed to the position of President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft. Smith previously served as General Counsel & EVP, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He joined Microsoft in 1993, and has served as General Counsel since 2002.

Microsoft has named Goran Pivarski as the new Head of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Pivarski has 13 years of work experience in public relations in PR agencies, corporations and the public sector. Before taking over the new post at Microsoft, he worked as a spokesperson for Croatia's Ministry of Health where he was primarily responsible for communication strategy and its implementation.

SAP Names New President of Industry Cloud; Appoints Geographic Leaders

SAP recently appointed Pat Bakey as President of the Industry Cloud organization. Bakey will be responsible for the industry cloud footprint at SAP, which covers 25 industries globally, the finance and extended supply chain lines of business and the go-to-market execution of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). 

Bakey has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry and is a 12-year SAP veteran who has held a number of strategic and industry leadership positions across the SAP field organization. He most recently served as global GM for Consumer Industries. Bakey first joined SAP in North America as the president of the Customer Relationship Management line-of-business organization before assuming the role of president of SAP Public Services and later head of all strategic industries in the region.

SAP named Terrence Yong as Managing Director for Malaysia, replacing Bernard Chiang. Prior to his appointment as managing director, he was the VP, head of sales for SAP Malaysia, where he undertook full responsibility for software-related business for SAP Malaysia as well as scaling business and sales performance for SAP Malaysia.

The Latin American division of German ERP giant SAP appointed Martín Saludas as human resources solutions VP for the Southern Region, comprising Argentina, Chile and Peru. Saludas will be responsible for the sales of licenses of SuccessFactors, SAP's HR cloud-based solutions subsidiary. Saludas had been commercial director at SAP Argentina since 2009.

Multiple Management Moves at Adobe

SVP David Wadhwani decided to leave Adobe to become CEO at AppDynamics. The company announced Bryan Lamkin will lead the Digital Media business, which includes Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud. Lamkin, who currently leads the Document Cloud business as well as Corporate Development and Technology, played a leading role in the success of both Photoshop and Creative Suite. Under Lamkin’s leadership, the company will further align Creative Cloud and Document Cloud product development and go-to-market efforts.

Abhay Parasnis, who joined Adobe in July as CTO and SVP of Cloud Technology, will also expand his current role. Parasnis’ charter is to drive the overall technology strategy, architecture, and innovation and integration roadmap for Adobe’s cloud services. He will now assume responsibility for Adobe’s Security and Research teams. Parasnis has 20 years of experience leading major cloud and platform initiatives at a number of enterprise companies.

EVP and CFO Mark Garrett will add Corporate Development, which includes corporate strategy, M&A and corporate alliances, to his existing responsibilities. As Adobe’s Worldwide Finance and Operations chief, Garrett supports all facets of Adobe’s growth agenda and oversees all the company’s financial operations.

VMware Names New CTO, CDO; Appoints EMEA Leader

VMware appointed Ray O'Farrell to the role of CTO and Chief Development Officer, responsible for orchestration across all of VMware's R&D BUs and lead CTO team. O'Farrell most recently served as GM, Software-Defined Data Center Division. He is a long time VMware veteran, having joined the company in 2003 to build out the storage technologies of VMware ESX® (later VMware vSphere®). Before joining VMware, he led product development teams at Microtec/Mentor-Graphics, Improv Systems, Industrial and Scientific Imaging and Ashling Microsystems.

Ben Fathi, CTO at VMware, has resigned after a three-and-a-half year run at the company. Fathi joined VMware in 2012 and was named VMware CTO in January 2014. Prior to being named CTO, Fathi was VP of R&D in charge of the teams that build the core ESX hypervisor, vSphere and other products.

Jean-Pierre Brulard has been appointed SVP and GM of EMEA. Previously VP for the Southern Region of EMEA, Brulard will be responsible for delivering VMware’s Software-Defined vision to customers across the region.

Palo Alto Networks Strengthens Cybersecurity Initiatives with New Appointments

Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis will serve as Federal Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Palo Alto Networks and brings extensive cyber experience into the new role. His responsibilities include expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world to successfully prevent cybersecurity attacks. He left the Pentagon in May 2015 as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. Prior to this assignment, Davis served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, information operations, and cyber and earned multiple military decorations.

Sir Iain Lobban joined the Palo Alto Networks Public Sector Advisory Council, which serves as a sounding board for Palo Alto Networks roadmap and vision for the needs of the international public sector, as well as strategy and policy relevant to global cybersecurity. An internationally respected leader, he was Director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the United Kingdom from 2008 - 2014, having served as Director General of Operations from 2004-2008.

The company also appointed Greg Day as VP and regional chief security officer (CSO) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Day, who will be based in London, will oversee Palo Alto Networks regional security operations and be responsible for regional cyber security strategy development and threat intelligence, security best practices and thought leadership efforts for Palo Alto Networks in EMEA.

Check Point Software Separates Chair-CEO Roles

Check Point Software Technologies separated the position of Chairman and CEO and appointed Marius Nacht, 49, as Non-Executive Chairman. Nacht is one of Check Point’s founders, and has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2001 and as a director of Check Point since its incorporation in 1993. From 1999 through 2005, Nacht held SVP positions at Check Point. Before that he was VP of International Operations.

Co-Founder Gil Shwed, 48, stepped down from the Chairman role but will continue as CEO. Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern firewall and authored several patents, such as the company’s Stateful Inspection technology.

Symantec Appoints Salesforce EMEA Marketing Head as CMO

Symantec appointed Dan Rogers to Chief Marketing Officer. Since 2013, Rogers has been Chief Marketing Officer of the EMEA-region at Salesforce, where he contributed to significant increases in revenue and unaided brand awareness. Prior to that, he was head of global product marketing for Amazon Web Services, and previously served in senior marketing and product management roles at Microsoft.

CA Appoints VP for Asia South From BMC Software

CA Technologies appointed Nick Lim as VP to lead its operations for the Asia South region. A veteran with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Lim most recently served as managing director of South-East Asia for BMC Software. He has held key leadership positions including country manager of Singapore and the lead of the solutions specialization team for Asia Pacific over the course of his 16-year tenure at BMC Software. Prior to that, he was with TMT Technology.

Citrix Names Worldwide and India/SAARC Regional Partner Strategy and Sales Execs

Citrix announced that Kimberly Martin is joining the company as VP of Partner Strategy and Sales. Most recently, she was VP of worldwide business development and partner at Datameer where she built a partner ecosystem and established partner programs in the new Hadoop technology space. She has also served as VP of worldwide channels at Informatica, and led Microsoft’s EMEA channel business for several years. Previously, she worked at Andersen Consulting and then Accenture consulting on sales and channel transformation for technology companies including EMC, Cisco, Dell, HP, among others.

Citrix also appointed Eklavya Bhave as head, partner strategy & sales for the India and SAARC region. Bhave has previously been associated with software companies including Oracle, Microsoft and IBM. During his career, he has lead sales and execution for both vertical and geo-lead go-to-market strategies.

NetApp Appoints Former Symantec and IBM Exec as New CTO

NetApp appointed Mark Bregman as CTO. Bregman has held C-level and management roles for global firms including Symantec and IBM. Most recently he was CTO of machine-learning start-up SkywriterRX, where he currently serves as a board member and an advisor. Before that, he held senior positions at Neustar, Symantec, Veritas, AirMedia, and IBM. He began his career at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

Gary de Menezes will head up the South African business. De Menezes, who is replacing Mark Ridley in the position, will also lead the SADC region and will be responsible for all NetApp business across the Southern African region. Prior to joining NetApp, De Menezes was the regional director at Oracle and responsible for the systems business since the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle in 2010. He was also an executive director at Lenovo where was accountable for the channel and consumer business development in SA.

CSC Acquires Fruition Partners; CEO of Acquired Company to Lead CSC’s ServiceNow Organization

CSC announced it has closed the acquisition of Fruition Partners, the provider of technology-enabled solutions for the service-management sector and the largest ServiceNow-exclusive service-management consulting firm. Marc Talluto, co-founder and CEO, Fruition Partners, will lead CSC's global ServiceNow organization, reporting to Ravi Puri, VP and GM, Digital Applications organization. ServiceNow is a CSC strategic alliance partner.

Fortinet Appoints Former Governor, U.S. Commerce Secretary to Board; Creates CMO Role

The Board of Directors of Fortinet appointed Gary Locke to serve as a director of the Company. Locke is a former Governor of the State of Washington, serving two consecutive terms, from 1997 to 2005. In addition, from 2009 to 2011, Locke ran the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Commerce Secretary, and he served as the US Ambassador to China. With more than 20 years of public service leadership, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on a broad range of corporate and global issues, related to cybersecurity challenges of different government organizations.

Hong Liang Lu, 61, notified Fortinet that he was resigning as a member of the board of directors. Lu has served as a member of the board since March 2008. Lu is a co-founder of UTStarcom, has been its director since 1991 and has served as Chairman of the board of UTStarcom.

Fortinet announced that it has expanded its executive team with the appointment of marketing industry veteran Holly Rollo to the newly-created role of Chief Marketing Officer. Rollo joined the company from FireEye, where she served as VP of corporate marketing and played an instrumental role in the cybersecurity company's explosive growth, by helping to scale marketing and build an effective brand and demand generation engine.

Sabre Corporation Announces Multiple Management Moves

Sabre Corporation has named Greg Webb, currently EVP of Sabre and president of Sabre Travel Network, to the new role of Sabre vice chairman.

Sean Menke will join the company as EVP of Sabre and president of Sabre Travel Network. Most recently, he served as EVP and chief operations officer of Hawaiian Airlines. Previously, Menke was EVP, Resources at HIS, a global information technology company.

Sabre has named Dana Jones SVP, new market development. In this new role, Jones will be responsible for leading an enterprise strategy aimed at accelerating investment and the development and delivery of software solutions in China and Africa.

Sabre also named Hani Joakim as SVP of Hospitality Solutions Product Development.  In this role, he will lead all aspects of software development and technology for Sabre Hospitality Solutions. Joakim has been with Sabre for 19 years, serving Sabre Airline Solutions in a senior technology leadership role for the last eight years. He was most recently VP of eCommerce digital platform and technology services for Sabre Airline Solutions. In support of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Joakim will serve as the technology lead for large-scale hotel migrations to the SynXis Enterprise Platform and ensure the rapid delivery of innovative new products and solutions that will help Sabre hotel customers grow their businesses.

SS&C Technologies Appoints Divisional Leaders

SS&C Technologies recently acquired Advent Software business unit. Pete Hess, who has served as Advent's President and CEO, will lead SS&C's Advent business unit as SVP and GM. He will oversee the establishment of two distinct market facing teams within Advent to address key client segments.

The Advisory Market Group will be responsible for serving clients and growing the business within the wealth management and investment advisor market. The group will be led by Dave Welling, formerly the GM of Advent's Black Diamond business group, and now SVP and Managing Director of SS&C's Advisory Market Group.

The Asset Management and Alternatives Market Group, led by Pete Hess, will focus on delivering solutions for the dynamic needs of the traditional and alternative asset management markets. Additional executives who have been promoted within the Asset Management and Alternatives Market Group include Robert Roley as the head of solutions and client experience, Marc Flamini as head of sales, and Karen Geiger to lead solutions development. Bob Conchiglia has also been promoted to lead sales for the Advisory Market Group.

Open Text’s Accounting Chief Resigns

Sujeet Kini, Chief Accounting Officer of Open Text Corporation resigned from the Company and his position as principal accounting officer, in order to accept the position of CFO of a private Canadian social media company. John Doolittle, the Company's CFO, will serve as its principal accounting officer on an interim basis.

Sage Group Hires New HR Leader

Sage Group plc has appointed Sandra Campopiano as chief people officer. Campopiano joins with over 20 years of HR leadership experience in global customer-focussed organisations, including technology and financial services brands. Formerly CPO at Thomas Cook and Premier Farnell, Campopiano developed people strategies to support business transformation and has led global programmes in all areas of organisation effectiveness, people development and colleague engagement. Previously, Sandra has worked at Arrow Electronics, Barclays, and Psion (part of Motorola Solutions).

FireEye Hires CFO from Informatica

FireEye appointed Michael Berry as SVP and CFO while Frank Verdecanna will conclude as interim CFO and continue as the company’s VP, Finance. Berry, has served since November 2014 as EVP and CFO of Informatica Corporation. Prior to joining Informatica, Berry served as CFO at IO Data Centers.

SAS Names Latin American Leaders

SAS appointed two executives to manage key positions in Latin America. The company has hired Conrado Leister to run Brazil operations and Mrvio Portela as head of sales at SAS Brasil and responsible for the cloud analytics business in Latin America.

SunGard Data Systems Names Divisional President as Company Wide President

SunGard Data Systems named Andrew Bateman to president. Bateman has spent more than 15 years at company, helping the company expand globally into new market sectors with innovative services and solutions. He has held leadership roles in global account management and international distribution as well as the EMEA treasury business. For the past three years Bateman has served as the president of company's energy business.

Riverbed Appoints APJ Regional Lead

Riverbed Technology has appointed Bjorn Engelhardt as SVP of Riverbed Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ). Engelhardt, who will be based in Riverbed’s APJ headquarters in Singapore, will be responsible for leading the Riverbed team across its six APJ markets, driving Riverbed’s sales and distribution strategy and building on the strong foundations in place in APJ. He joins Riverbed from Actifio, where he served as VP & GM Asia Pacific & Japan.

Aspen Technology Promotes Controller to CFO

Aspen Technology, the provider of software and services for the process industries, promoted Karl Johnsen, currently VP and Corporate Controller, to SVP and CFO. Johnsen joined the company in 2013 as Corporate Controller. Prior to that, he served in senior finance positions at a number of public and private technology companies, including Avid Technology, FusionStorm, Glasshouse Technologies, Art Technology Group and NaviSite. Earlier in his career, he served as a transaction support consultant at PwC and a senior auditor for Arthur Andersen.

Mentor Graphics Promotes Finance Leader

Electronic design automation (EDA) software company Mentor Graphics Corporation named Richard Trebing to VP Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. Trebing joined Mentor Graphics in 1989 and has held various positions in finance and accounting, most recently corporate controller and chief accounting officer. Prior to Mentor Graphics, Trebing served as financial planning and analysis manager at OECO, and production planning manager and financial analyst at Spectra Physics.

Micro Focus International’s Long Time Board Member Steps Down

Non-executive Director Tom Skelton, 54, stepped down from Micro Focus International, the UK based firm engaged in managing mature infrastructure software assets, following nine years on the board. Skelton is CEO of Foundation Radiology Group and a founding member of Confluence Medical Systems, a healthcare and technology consulting partnership.

Oracle Exec Joins Imperva to Lead Cloud Services

Cyber and data security leader Imperva appointed Meg Bear as SVP of Cloud Services. She is a customer experience and cloud industry thought leader, and holds eleven patents for innovations in data management, social business, recruitment and talent management. Most recently, she was Group VP for Social Cloud at Oracle responsible for delivering an integrated global social suite. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member at Unitive and Brand Amper, and previously served as Advisory Board Member at Storyvite.

Ellie Mae Appoints Chief Security Officer from VISA

Ellie Mae, the provider of software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry named Dr. Selim Aissi, VP of Global Information Security at Visa, as Chief Security Officer. Before Visa, he was Chief Strategist, Mobile & Enterprise Security at Intel.

New Relic Promotes Revenue Chief to President; COO Leaves

Software analytics company New Relic’s Chief Revenue Officer Hilarie Koplow-McAdams was promoted to the role of President. In this expanded role, she is responsible for managing the company’s full go-to-market strategy.

The company announced that after more than four years in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer, Chris Cook is resigning so that he may pursue opportunities in a CEO role at another organization.

LogMeIn Announces CEO Succession Plan

LogMeIn’s board approved a succession and transition plan for the company's CEO position. Effective at the end of 2015, Michael K. Simon, the company's co-founder and CEO for the past 12 years, will step down as CEO. He will be succeeded as CEO by William "Bill" R. Wagner, currently the company's president and COO. Simon will remain as the company's chairman of the board and will also serve in an advisory role to Wagner.

Wagner was hired in 2013, joining LogMeIn as the company's first COO. Wagner was promoted to president in January of 2015 and thereafter was appointed to the company's Board of Directors.

Simon co-founded LogMeIn as CEO in 2003, growing the company from a three-person startup to a leading cloud company with nearly one thousand employees, nine global offices and more than $200 million in annual revenue. He led the company through its public offering in 2009, and helped the company attract millions of users worldwide.

Cvent Appoints Former MICROS Systems CFO in Similar Role

Cvent, the provider of online software for event management, appointed Cynthia Russo as EVP and CFO. Most recently, she was EVP and CFO of MICROS Systems, for the last five years until MICROS’ acquisition by Oracle in September, 2014. She was instrumental in scaling the business—pushing top-line growth and improving processes to increase the company’s efficiency and profitability.

Leidos Promotes Company Veteran as New Information Chief

Leidos appointed Martin Miner as SVP and CIO. Miner has held numerous senior management positions during his 18-year tenure with Leidos. Most recently he was the chief strategy officer for the Integrated Systems Group in the company's National Security Sector. Miner has also served as SVP for the company's Commercial Critical Infrastructure Operation; CEO/COO/President for former-Leidos subsidiary CloudShield Technologies; and SVP for the company's IT Deployment Operation providing CIOs and customers with IT infrastructure support. Prior to Leidos, Miner was a manager for GE Aerospace/Martin Marietta and a Consulting Regional Manager for Texas Instruments Software.

Progress Streamlines Operations by Enhancing Business Integration; Appoints Chief Product Officer

Michael Benedict, previously President of the Data Connectivity and Integration Business Unit, was appointed Chief Product Officer (CPO). In his new role, Benedict is responsible for product marketing and product management across the Progress Application Development and Deployment, Data Connectivity and Integration, and OpenEdge Business Units. Progress will retain its business unit focus within the CPO organization, continuing to have dedicated product teams for each BU, each under the leadership of a GM reporting directly to Benedict.

Evolent Health Appoints New Board Member; Goes Through Changes in Accounting Chief Position

Healthcare software maker Evolent Health elected Kenneth A. Samet to its board of directors. He is currently MedStar Health’s President and CEO. Prior to serving as the CEO of MedStar, Samet was responsible for all aspects of system-wide operations as MedStar's first COO since the inception of the system in 1998. Previously, he held a number of leadership positions at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Medlantic Healthcare Group. Samet is also a board member at several Washington institutions; including Georgetown University and the United Way of the National Capital Area.

Cynthia Cann, VP and Chief Accounting Officer of Evolent Health resigned from the Company and her position as principal accounting officer. Lydia Stone, Managing Director and Corporate Controller of the Company, will serve as interim principal accounting officer.

Prior to joining the Company, Stone was a Senior Manager at BAE Systems, and was a manager at Ernst & Young in its Assurance practice.

Monotype Imaging Hires CFO from Metabolix

Monotype Imaging hired Joseph Hill as the company’s new CFO and EVP. Hill succeeds Scott Landers, who will remain as Monotype’s COO. Hill has an extensive background working as an executive at publicly traded companies, most recently at Metabolix, where he had worked since 2008 as SVP, CFO and treasurer. Prior, he served as SVP and CFO of AMICAS. Hill has also served as CFO at Dirig Software, Maconomy, Datamedic and Marcam.

LifeLock Appoints Goldman Sachs Exec as VP of Investor Relations

Identity theft protection company LifeLock announced that Jamison Manwaring joined the company as VP of Investor Relations. Jamison most recently served as an equity analyst for Goldman Sachs, where he helped to launch coverage of companies in the security software space, including LifeLock. Prior to his service at Goldman Sachs, Manwaring was a summer analyst at Barclays Capital and founded and operated an online real estate service. 

Date Range: August 26th - October 1st

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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.

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