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Google Appoints Board Member and CEO of New Acquisition bebop as SVP; Makes Multiple Promotions  

Google will acquire bebop Technologies and appoints the CEO, board member, and a stockholder of bebop, Diane B. Greene, 59, as SVP of Google. Greene has been Google’s non-independent director and will continue to serve on the Google board. Greene had been one of the founders of VMware, the company that more or less introduced the world to the concept of virtualization. She started the company with her husband Mendel Rosenblum and was its CEO for about 10 years, which included about four years after its acquisition by EMC, and saw it through the IPO.

Google also made a number of promotions at the company's ads and Android divisions. Hiroshi Lockheimer, currently VP on the Android team, was promoted to the position of SVP for Android, Chrome and Chromecast, while Phillip Schindler, an ads VP, will now serve as SVP of global sales and operations. Neal Mohan, VP of display and video advertising, was also named to the position of SVP.

Microsoft Appoints Former Cisco CTO to Board; Sees Multiple Exec Changes

Padmasree Warrior, 55, the former CTO of Cisco is joining the Microsoft board. She's already a board member for Box, and for Gap, posts she had before she left Cisco.

Microsoft has appointed Horacio Gutierrez as its new general counsel, after former general counsel Brad Smith became the software company's president and chief legal officer. Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 from Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Since then he has held in-house roles as a senior attorney, as well as an associate EMEA general counsel. He was also promoted to corporate VP and deputy GC for IP and licensing in 2006, before becoming deputy GC for products and services last year.

Julie Larson-Green, has been appointed to oversee the Office team. She will manage the development of the Office suite, including programs like Word, Excel and the new Sway product. Larson-Green replaces Kirk Koenigsbauer, who is moving to a role leading the marketing team in the applications group. Thom Gruhler, who Koenigsbauer replaces as chief of ASG marketing, will stay on the team in a different marketing role. Larson-Green most recently held the title of chief experience officer. She'll retain that role.

Microsoft also appointed Sabine Bendiek as head of its German operations. Bendiek takes up the role from the beginning of 2016, joining the company from her position as general manager at EMC.

Susan L. Decker Not to Stand for Re-Election for Intel’s Board; Ex-Qualcomm Exec Lands New Gig at Intel           

Susan L. Decker, 53, decides not to stand for re-election to Intel’s Board. Decker, a director of the company since 2006 and the company's independent Lead Director since 2012, will continue to serve as independent Lead Director and will maintain her committee memberships until the 2016 Annual Stockholders' Meeting. She was president of Yahoo! in 2007 and 2008, leading the operations of the company while Jerry Yang's was CEO.

Murthy Renduchintala, the former co-head of Qualcomm’s chip business, is headed to Intel in a newly created position as president of its client and Internet of Things business. In the new role, Renduchintala will report to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and will have four engineering teams reporting up to him — the platform engineering group, led by Amir Faintuch (a former Qualcomm executive himself), the client computing group, led by Kirk Skaugen, the IoT group led by Doug Davis and the software and services group led by Doug Fisher.

Cisco Appoints CTO for Security Solutions Division from Newly Acquired India-based Company Pawaa Software

Cisco has announced its first acquisition in India by taking over Pawaa Software. Pawaa's founder Prakash Baskaran has been appointed as CTO for Cisco's security solutions division. As CEO of Pawaa, he was solving the most critical challenges of file security with an innovative key management and file container technology. Prior to Pawaa, Prakash was founder of five other startups in the areas of VoIP services, HR/CRM solutions and B2B marketplaces. He has several years of work experience in industry-leading organizations such as AT&T, Lucent and IBM.

Qualcomm Technologies Promotes Company Vet to EVP; Appoints Strategy Head

Qualcomm promoted Cristiano Amon has been promoted to EVP, Qualcomm Technologies. Amon joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer and has subsequently held numerous business and technical leadership roles. For the past three years, Amon has been responsible for Qualcomm's semiconductor business as co-president of QCT and a member of Qualcomm's executive committee. He also previously served as the Chief Technical Officer of Vsper and held positions in NEC, Ericsson and Velocom.

Brian Modoff joined the Company as EVP of Strategy, M&A and ventures. In his newly created role, Modoff will partner closely with the Executive Committee to help define Qualcomm's strategic direction and long-term vision and to ensure strong cohesion and alignment with all strategic planning efforts throughout the organization. Modoff most recently served as a Managing Director in Equity Research at Deutsche Bank Securities. With more than 20 years of experience in the communications sector, he has provided guidance and advice to many companies for IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital funding. Prior to working on Wall Street, he held various leadership positions at Rockwell and served in the US Navy.

Murthy Renduchintala, who has served as QCT co-president for the past three years, will be leaving Qualcomm.

Accenture Appoints Retired Vodafone CEO to Board; Chief Leadership Officer Retires

Accenture appointed Arun Sarin, 61, to the company’s Board of Directors. Sarin was CEO of Vodafone Group Plc from 2003 until his retirement in 2008, and also served as a director of Vodafone from 1999 to 2008. After his retirement in 2008, he served as a senior advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company for five years. Sarin began his career at Pacific Telesis Group in 1984.

Accenture announced that Adrian Lajtha, chief leadership officer, will retire from the company in February 2016. Ellyn Shook, who is currently CHRO, will assume additional responsibilities for leadership development and succession planning. Omar Abbosh, chief strategy officer, will assume additional responsibilities for Accenture's corporate citizenship initiatives upon Lajtha's retirement.

The Priceline Group Appoints Interim CEO as CEO of OpenTable  

The Priceline Group named Christa Quarles as CEO of OpenTable, the Priceline owned online real-time restaurant-reservation service. Quarles has served as the CFO of OpenTable since May 2015 and as interim CEO since September of 2015 when former CEO Matt Roberts moved into the role of Chairman. Prior to joining OpenTable in 2015, Quarles served as the Chief Business Officer for Nextdoor where she oversaw finance, business intelligence, HR, business development and legal.

Dell and EMC Appoint Michael S. Dell as Chairman and CEO of Combined Company; Director Resigns           

Dell and EMC recently announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, founder, chairman and CEO of Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, will acquire EMC, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company. The combination of Dell and EMC will create the integrated technology company. Following completion of the transaction, Michael S. Dell will lead the combined company as chairman and CEO.

Jos E. Almeida, 53, resigned from the Board of Directors of EMC Corporation. Almeida indicated that his resignation was due to his election as Chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc.

EMC Information Infrastructure Gets New CMO from EMC Subsidiary VCE

EMC appointed Nina Hargus as CMO of EMC Information Infrastructure. Hargus has held the position of CMO at EMC subsidiary VCE (Virtual Computing Environment) for the last three years and, as the head of the VCE marketing team, will continue to play an integral role in the VCE business driving thought leadership, growth and market leadership.

Infosys’ Director Who is Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Resigns

Carol M. Browner, 59, has resigned as Member of the Board and Independent Director of Infosys, due to personal reasons. Browner served as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. She serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and is Counselor to the Albright Stonebridge Group. She previously served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001 and was the longest-serving administrator in the history of the EPA. She headed the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation from 1991 to 1993.

eBay Hires Walmart Executive as VP of Soft Goods

eBay hired a executive Jill Ramsey to lead merchandising efforts for Fashion, Home & Garden, Collectibles & Art, and Lifestyle & Media. Jill Ramsey is eBay's new VP of Soft Goods, North America. She spent 15 years at Walmart, having joined the retailer in 2000.

Yahoo! Appoints Former Twitter Exec as CISO; Another Top Yahoo Media Exec Departs

Yahoo! named Bob Lord as Chief Information Security Officer. Lord brings more than twenty years of significant experience in the information security space, including most recently as the CISO-in-Residence at Rapid 7. Prior to that, Lord led Twitter’s information security program and held positions in product and information security at companies like Red Hat, AOL, and Netscape.

Yahoo’s Rob Barrett, who has most recently been its head of media strategy and operations, has left the company. Formerly the head of Yahoo’s powerful news and finance unit, Barrett has been in charge of content strategy and development over all of Yahoo media properties.

LinkedIn Announces Executive Changes

LinkedIn has appointed John Herlihy as VP of the company and Managing Director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region. In this role, Herlihy will lead the Global professional network's business efforts in EMEA, overseeing the company's strategic direction while continuing to drive business and member growth. Herlihy previously worked at Google, where he was VP of SMB Sales and Head of Google Ireland. Herlihy replaces Ariel Eckstein, who has been LinkedIn's Managing Director in EMEA for the past four years.

Nokia Appoints Geographic Leaders

Nokia has appointed Sandeep Girotra as its India head, overseeing customer operation for the Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent combine across the country. Girotra joined Nokia Networks in 1996 and has held a number of different roles in India, heading the region since 2011.

Nokia appointed Amr Karim El-Leithy as head of Middle East and Africa as part of the planned combination of company and Alcatel-Lucent, after and subject to the closing of the public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities announced on April 2015. El-Leithy is currently President for Middle East, Turkey and Africa for Alcatel-Lucent. He joined the company in 2009.

Nokia declared appointment of Mike Wang as head of Greater China after merging with Alcatel Lucent in charge of customer operation, implementing development strategy, assuring quality service to customers and focusing on innovation. The appointment depends on completion of the merger and talks with labor unions. Wang will lead transitive management teams of JVs in China.

Activision Blizzard Hires Leader for New Division and New SVP

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard hired former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network Steve Bornstein to head a new division focused on competitive video gaming, or e-sports. Bornstein will serve as the new division’s chairman, while the company also hired Mike Sepso, who was most recently a co-founder and president of Major League Gaming, as SVP.

Intuit’s Chairman Bill Campbell Retires

Intuit announced that Bill Campbell, 75, long-time executive, Intuit board member and chairman, will step down from his role and retire from the board at the end of his current term. Campbell has been an Intuit director since 1994 and assumed his role as chairman of the board in August 1998. He previously served as Intuit’s president and CEO from April 1994 to July 1998 and as acting CEO from September 1999 until January 2000.

Brad Smith will become Chairman and Suzanne Nora Johnson will become Lead Independent Director. An Intuit board member since 2007 and chair of the Acquisition Committee since 2012, Nora Johnson will contribute her extensive experience from her tenure as Vice Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group in managing large, complex, global institutions as well as insights into how to manage change in the financial services industry, public policy and the macro-economic environment. Nora Johnson currently serves in various leadership roles on the boards of American International Group, Pfizer, and VISA.

Intuit will nominate Eve Burton, SVP and General Counsel, Hearst, to stand for election to its board of directors.

VMware Establishes New Cloud Provider Software BU

VMware will establish a Cloud Provider Software business unit led by Ajay Patel, VMware SVP, focused on delivering cloud software and solutions to cloud providers including VMware's vCloud Air Network. This new unit will incorporate assets and people from the VMware vCloud Air Application Services business, vCloud Director and vCloud Air Network teams, as well as Virtustream's Software Business including Advisor Planning and Migration tool, xStream cloud management platform and Viewtrust governance, risk and compliance solution.

HCL Technologies Appoints Recognized Business Leader from Continental Europe as Director

HCL Technologies appointed Thomas Sieber as an Independent Director on its Board. Sieber currently serves as Chairman of Salt Mobile SA, a leading Telecom company and is Chairman Designate of Axpo Holding AG, an energy leader active in 20 countries. Besides these, Sieber serves on the board of several sector leading companies such as Garaio AG, RTX and Sierra Wireless.

Fiserv Appoints HubSpot’s COO to Board          

Fiserv appointed JD Sherman to its board of directors. Sherman is currently the president and COO at HubSpot. JD brings technology experience and financial expertise that will serve its shareholders very well.

Thomas J. Hirsch, CFO, advised the company that he intends to retire as CFO in 2016. Following his retirement, will remain available to assist the company's CEO with special projects and with the transition to his successor.

News Corp. Exec Joins Twitter as VP of Media for Europe and Africa

Mark Little, the founder of News Corp. owned social news agency Storyful, has been hired as a senior executive across Twitter's international operation. Little will take the role of VP of media for Europe and Africa.

Palo Alto Networks Appoints FireEye Exec for Federal Sales

Palo Alto Networks appointed Nick Urick as VP of Federal Sales. He will be responsible for defining Palo Alto Networks go-to-market strategy for this dynamic vertical and leading the company's fast-growing U.S. federal sales team. Most recently, he was VP of Federal Sales with FireEye and, prior to that, led F5 Networks' Federal Sales business through a period of unprecedented growth.

Palo Alto Networks announced the appointment of Lucas Moody as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Most recently, served as director of information security operations and engineering at Intuit.

Sequoia Capital’s Managing Partner Resigns from ServiceNow Board

Douglas M. Leone, 57, a member of the Board of Directors of ServiceNow, notified the Company of his decision to resign from the Board. Leone is managing partner of esteemed venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

Former Managing Director of Bain Capital Resigns from Fleetcor Technologies’ Board    

Andrew B. Balson retired from the board of directors of FleetCor Technologies for personal reasons. The board has not yet determined whether to fill the vacancy created by Balsons retirement or reduce the size of the board. Balson is a former managing director of Boston-based private equity firm Bain Capital.

Sprint Gets New Chief Procurement Officer from Verizon

Sprint has hired a Verizon regional president Mariano Legaz to be its new Chief Procurement Officer. Legaz has been Verizon's Florida regional president since July 2013.

Tarek Robbiati joins as CFO. Robbiati succeeds Joe Euteneuer. Robbiati comes to Sprint from FlexiGroup.

Kevin Crull joins as CMO. Kevin Curll succeeds Jeff Hallock.

Gunther Ottendorfer joins as COO, technology and Roger Sole joins as SVP, marketing, innovation, Hispanic market.

Jorge Gracia, 50, will join Sprint as SVP and general counsel. Gracia replaces Charles Wunsch, who held the position since 2008 and will leave Sprint. Gracia has 25 years experience in international corporate law, most recently with Samsung Electronics America where he served SVP and general counsel since 2013.

Symantec Appoints Salesforce EMEA Marketing Head as CMO; Appoints New VP of Investor Relations

Symantec appointed Dan Rogers to Chief Marketing Officer. Since 2013, Rogers has been Chief Marketing Officer of the EMEA-region at Salesforce. Prior to that, he was head of global product marketing for Amazon Web Services.

Jonathan Doros joined as VP of investor relations. Doros most recently served as VP and head of investor relations at Solera Holdings. Earlier, he led investor relations at CA Technologies and previously held finance and equity-related roles at Raymond James, UBS, Jefferies & Company and Standard & Poor’s.

Motorola Solutions' Sales and Marketing EVP to Leave        

Mark F. Moon, EVP, Sales and Marketing will leave Motorola Solutions at the end of 2016 after a 30-year career. His responsibilities with respect to sales and marketing will be assumed by other members of the company’s management executive committee. Prior to his departure, Moon will work closely with the company’s management to ensure a smooth transition and to assist with special projects.

Sevin Rosen Funds’ General Partner Retires from Citrix Board; Witnesses Exec Moves

Stephen M. Dow, 59, a member of the Board of Directors of Citrix Systems since July 1989, informed the Company that he will be retiring from the Board of Directors of the Company. Dow is a General Partner at Sevin Rosen Funds, Sevin Rosen Fund VIII, L.P and Sevin Rosen IX, L.P.

Citrix named Sherif Seddik as MD and VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Seddik has more than 27 years of international sales, marketing and management experience in the IT sector. In 2002, he enrolled in Microsoft and most recently worked for the past 5 years as general manager of the Western Europe Enterprise and Partner Group. Prior that, Seddik served 14 years at NCR Corporation in different sales and helm positions.

Tim Minahan is joining Citrix as CMO. Minahan will be responsible for leading and evolving the Citrix marketing strategy to continue to drive the company’s vision of securely and reliably delivering applications and data. He comes to Citrix from SAP where he was CMO of SAP Cloud.

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. She has also served as VP of worldwide channels at Informatica, and led Microsoft’s EMEA channel business for several years.

Juniper Networks Appoints CISO as Security CTO

Juniper Networks appointed Kevin Walker as security CTO. Walker joins Juniper Networks with more than 25 years of experience in information security and technology, most recently serving as VP and assistant CISO at In his role, Walker will guide Juniper Development and Innovation in accelerating the company’s security product roadmap.

Seagate Technology Appoints Global Economist to Board; Sees CFO Replacement

Seagate Technology announced that Dr. Dambisa Moyo was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Moyo is a global economist and current board member at Barclays Bank, Barrick Gold Corporation and SABMiller. Her previous experience includes serving as an economist for Goldman Sachs’ debt capital markets, hedge fund coverage and global macroeconomics teams for almost a decade.

David H. Morton, Jr., a long-time Seagate finance executive, has been promoted to EVP and CFO. Morton most recently served as Seagate’s SVP, treasurer and principal accounting officer responsible for overseeing Seagate’s corporate finance, treasury and accounting activities. He joined Seagate in 1995 and over the last twenty years has held multiple leadership roles in both the US and Asia, each increasing in scope within the Company’s global finance organization.

Patrick O’Malley, Seagate’s current CFO, will remain with the company as EVP with responsibility for a broad range of strategic and operational issues. O’Malley has worked at Seagate since 1988 and assumed the role of EVP and CFO in 2008

L-3 Communications Appoints Former Lockheed Martin COO in Similar Role

L-3 Communications announced that Christopher E. Kubasik will become the president and COO of L-3. Kubasik joins L-3 from the Seabury Advisory Group where he served as president and CEO for the past two years. Seabury is a professional services firm focused on the aviation, aerospace and defense markets. Prior to that, he was president and COO of Lockheed Martin.

NetApp President Retires’ Appoints New Leader for Benelux Region           

Robert Salmon has decided to retire from his position as President of the Company. Salmon is the president and head of Go-to-Market Operations for NetApp. Rob is a 20-year veteran of NetApp. He joined NetApp in 1994 as one of the first members of the sales organization. Since 2004 he has led global field operations. Prior to that, he held various sales positions at Sun Microsystems and Data General Corporation.

NetApp named Sven Schoenaerts its Managing Director for the Benelux region. Schoenaerts was previously Senior Director EMEA Channel Sales.

Doug Merritt Replaces Godfrey Sullivan as Splunk’s CEO   

Splunk’s President and CEO Godfrey Sullivan is retiring. The Board has appointed Doug Merritt, who previously served as the company's SVP, Field Operations, as President, CEO and Director. Merritt has served as a CEO and has also held senior leadership roles at large enterprise companies including Cisco, SAP, and PeopleSoft. Merritt has served as SVP of Field Operations at Splunk since 2014. Prior to joining Splunk, Merritt served as SVP of Products and Solutions Marketing at Cisco Systems.

F5 Networks Promotes EVP of Business Operations to COO

F5 Networks appointed Edward J. Eames as its EVP and COO. Prior to becoming the Company's COO, Eames served as the Company's EVP of Business Operations and as its VP of Professional Services. Eames served as VP of e-Business Services for IBM, and European Services Director and the Worldwide VP of Customer Service for Sequent Computer Systems, a manufacturer of high-end open systems.

Frontier Communications Appoints VP of Communications and Corporate Affairs from Praxair

Frontier Communications appointed Peter T. DePasquale as VP of communications and corporate affairs. DePasquale joins Frontier from Praxair, a global supplier of industrial gases and high performance surface coatings, where he served as director of Government and External Relations and was responsible for the company’s domestic public policy communications and positioning.

Date Range: October 19th - November 26th

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