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Apple Announces Multiple Leadership Changes

Apple announced that Jeff Williams has been named COO and Johny Srouji is joining Apple's executive team as SVP for Hardware Technologies. Phil Schiller, SVP of Worldwide Marketing, will expand his role to include leadership of the revolutionary App Store across all Apple platforms. Apple also announced that Tor Myhren will join Apple in the first calendar quarter of 2016 as VP of Marketing Communications, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. 

Williams joined Apple in 1998 as head of worldwide procurement and in 2004 he was named VP of Operations. Jeff played a key role in Apple's entry into the mobile phone market with the launch of iPhone, and he continues to supervise development of Apple's first wearable product, Apple Watch.

Srouji joined Apple in 2008 to lead development of the A4, the first Apple-designed system on a chip.

Tor Myhren joins Apple from Grey Group, where he has served as chief creative officer and president of Grey New York. Under his leadership, Grey was named Adweek's Global Agency of the Year for both 2013 and 2015.

Myhren will succeed Hiroki Asai, who earlier announced plans to retire after 18 years in graphic design and marketing communications roles at Apple.

Google Creates Virtual Reality Arm, Names Key Executive to Run It

Google has created a virtual reality (VR) computing division and appointed Clay Bavor, the executive running its product management team, to run the new arm as VP of Virtual Reality at Google. As VP of product management, Bavor oversaw some of Google's key apps, including Gmail, Google Drive and Google Docs.

Facebook Appoints Lowe China Chair/CEO to Lead Creative Shop

Facebook appointed Kitty Lun as the Greater China head of Creative Shop, Facebook for business’ inhouse agency. Lun, was most recently the Chairman and CEO of Lowe China.

Samsung Names New President of Mobile Business

Samsung appointed a new mobile president at Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years after growth stalled at the smartphone maker. The Samsung Group conglomerate said that Koh Dongjin was promoted to president. He will replace Shin Jong-kyun as the head of the mobile business at its company Samsung Electronics starting next year. Koh, an engineer, was an EVP leading mobile research and development. Shin became the head of mobile in 2010.

The management change comes as Lee Jae-yong, the only son of ailing Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, takes a bigger role in Samsung after his father suffered a heart attack in May 2014. Shin will step away from day-to-day operations and focus on long-term strategies. He keeps his title of CEO of the IT and mobile division that encompasses phone, network and computer businesses.

Verizon Appoints Aetna Chair/CEO as Director

The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications elected Mark T. Bertolini, 59, as a Director. Bertolini is Chairman and CEO of Aetna.  Prior to assuming the role of Aetna’s CEO in 2010 and Chairman in 2011, Bertolini served as President from 2007, and as EVP and head of Aetna’s regional businesses prior to that.  He joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna’s Specialty Products after holding executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans and SelectCare.

Alibaba Group Appoints Leader for Intellectual Property Enforcement; Appoints MDs for Germany and France

Alibaba Group appointed Matthew Bassiur as VP, Head of Global Intellectual Property Enforcement, to advance Alibaba Group’s anti-counterfeiting and IP rights protection efforts. Bassiur joins Alibaba from Pfizer, where he served as the VP and Deputy Chief Security Officer.

Alibaba also appointed Terry von Bibra as managing director of Alibaba Group Germany and Sébastien Badault as managing director of Alibaba Group France.

Terry von Bibra brings a wealth of experience in the global omnichannel and e-commerce retail sector to this new role. Prior to joining Alibaba, he was Chief Retail Officer Omnichannel for German department store chain Karstadt. He previously played a pivotal role in establishing Amazon in Europe and held multiple roles within Yahoo!, including Managing Director of Yahoo! Germany, VP of Central Europe and VP Marketplaces for Yahoo! EMEA.

Sébastien Badault has been running French operations for international online and e-commerce brands for the past 15 years. As one of the first employees for both Amazon France and Google France, Sébastien drove sales and marketing teams to build local market share and enhance the online ecosystems for each organization. Most recently, he was responsible for the development of Google’s strategic customers in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa as Global Account Director.

Oracle Appoints Former Intel President Renée J. James as Newest Board Member

Renée J. James, 51, joined the board of directors of Oracle. James was previously the President of Intel. James has a 25 plus year career at Intel. Prior to becoming President, she served as EVP and General Manager of Software & Services Group. James joined Intel in 1987 as the Product Manager and progressed through variety of roles with increasing responsibilities.

Intel’s CTO for Telecommunications Strategy Joins Fortinet as Chief Security Strategist

Secure cyber security solutions firm Fortinet appointed Tyson Macaulay as chief security strategist and VP of consulting services. Macaulay joins Fortinet from Intel Security, where he served as the CTO for Telecommunications Strategy.

IBM Software EVP Retires

Steven A. Mills, 64, EVP, Software & Systems, retired from IBM, after a 42-year career with the company. Mills played a leading role in the growth of IBM Software Group since its inception in 1995 and under his leadership the company acquired over 30 software firms since 2001. He was appointed to his latest position in January last year. Mills joined IBM in 1973 after graduating New York’s Union College and has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his IBM career.

SAP owned SuccessFactors Appoints Strategy VP from Gartner

SAP announced that Yvette Cameron will join the company's SuccessFactors business as global VP for strategy.  In this new role, Cameron will help drive the visioning and long-term planning for the SAP SuccessFactors business. Cameron was most recently at Gartner, where she served as research director, HCM Technologies.

Vodafone Group Appoints former CEO of Standard Life as Non-Executive Director

Vodafone Group announced the appointment of David Nish as a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Nish was the CEO of Standard Life Plc from January 2010 to September 2015.  He joined the company as Group Finance Director in November 2006.  Nish was the Group Finance Director of Scottish Power plc from 1999 to 2005 and is a former Partner at Price Waterhouse.

Qualcomm Adds Former Cardinal Health CFO as Director

Qualcomm appointed Jeffrey W. Henderson, 50, to its Board of Directors. Henderson brings 30 years of financial and operational management experience to his position as an independent director, including 10 years as CFO of Cardinal Health, a Fortune 30 healthcare company. Henderson has been an Advisory Director to Berkshire Partners, a private equity firm, since September 2015. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, he held multiple positions at Eli Lilly and General Motors.

EMC Changes CIO; Federation Company VCE Gets New President

ML Krakauer takes over as EMC’s CIO, after serving as head of business development for global enterprise services and, before that, head of global human resources. Krakauer replaces Vic Bhagat, who left as EMC’s CIO to pursue other opportunities.

EMC is preparing to merge with Dell. Dell also made a CIO change recently, as Paul J. Walsh was to leave the company. Walsh was promoted to CIO in 2014 and had also led Dell’s commerce services. Scott Pittman, who had been leading Dell’s IT infrastructure services, was named interim CIO while the company looks for a permanent replacement.

EMC appointed Chad Sakac as President, VCE. Sakac will be responsible for continued innovation of VCE converged infrastructure and solutions to meet customers' evolving data center requirements. He succeeds Praveen Akkiraju. Akkiraju will continue to work for David Goulden in an advisory role. Sakac has run EMC Global Systems Engineering for three years and will continue to lead this team, maximizing synergies between Global Systems Engineering and VCE.

Adobe Appoints Marketing Exec as APAC Marketing Lead

Adobe appointed Marta DeBellis as the new VP, Marketing for the company's Asia Pacific operations, stepping into the position recently vacated by Hisamichi Kinomoto, who has resumed a full-time focus on the company's important market in Japan.

Over the last two years, DeBellis has led global campaign planning for Adobe's Digital Marketing business as well as driven co-marketing strategies worldwide with Adobe's Digital Marketing partners including large global agencies and system integrators. This appointment marks her return to the APAC region.

PayPal Adds Tech Entrepreneur to Board

PayPal has appointed Wences Casares, 41, to its Board of Directors. Casares is a successful international fintech entrepreneur and recognized next-generation payment and crypto-currency thought leader. He is the founder and CEO of Xapo, a company that provides the tools people need to purchase bitcoins and then manage them through an easy-to-use online wallet. Casares has founded successful technology and financial ventures in the U.S., South America and Europe. He founded Argentina’s first ISP as well as Latin America’s premier online brokerage, Patagon. He later founded Banco Lemon, a Brazilian retail bank, as well as mobile payments companies Bling Nation and Lemon Wallet, which was acquired in 2013.

Nokia Announces Changes to the Board and Group Leadership Team Following Alcatel Deal

Nokia confirms the composition of the Board of Directors and the new Group Leadership Team following the successful public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities. The new members of the Board of Directors are Louis R. Hughes, Jean C. Monty and Olivier Piou. Elizabeth Doherty, 58, who was a member of the Board of Directors until the successful closing of the exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities, has stepped down from the Board of Directors.

As previously announced, Risto Siilasmaa continues as the Chairman of the Board. In the Board of Directors' assembly meeting, the Board of Directors elected Olivier Piou as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Louis R. Hughes, 66, was President & COO of Lockheed Martin in 2000, EVP of General Motors Corporation 1992–2000, President of General Motors International Operations 1992–1998, and President of General Motors Europe 1992–1994.

Jean C. Monty, 68, was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bell Canada Enterprises until 2002. He was President and CEO of Nortel Networks Corporation beginning in 1993.

Olivier Piou, 57, is CEO and Director of Gemalto since 2006. He was CEO of Axalto from 2004 to 2006.

New Appointments to the senior-most leadership team are:

Federico Guillén named President of Fixed Networks. He was previously President of Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent. He joined Nokia in 2016.

Basil Alwan, President of IP/Optical Networks, was previously President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent. He joined Nokia in 2016.

President of IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent, Bhaskar Gorti, named President of Applications & Analytics of Nokia.

Nokia announced that Nicolas Bouverot will become the head of Asia South as part of the planned combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent. Bouverot will manage and oversee the combined company's customer operations across Asia South which includes Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. He is currently the Head of Japan at Alcatel-Lucent.

Infosys Appoints Director with Experience in Investment Management and Financial Markets

Infosys appointed Dr. Punita Kumar Sinha, 53, as an independent director. Dr. Sinha is the Founder and Managing Partner of Pacific Pacific Paradigm Advisors. She served as a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group; Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Blackstone Asia Advisors; Senior Managing Director Asia Closed-End Funds and Senior Managing Director of India Closed-End Funds at The Blackstone Group.

ADP Appoints PayPal SVP as New Board Member

Automatic Data Processing appointed William J. Ready as a new director of the company. Ready is SVP, Global Head of Product and Engineering at PayPal and also served as the CEO of Braintree.

eBay Appoints Former Yahoo! Public Policy Leader for Government Relations

Tekedra Mawakana, an experienced public policy leader has joined eBay as its new VP of Government Relations. She will lead legislative, policy, antitrust and government affairs for eBay forging relationships with government officials and other stakeholders around the world. Tekedra was previously global head of Public Policy at Yahoo!. She has also previously held a number of legal and policy roles at AOL.

Ericsson Promotes ANZ Leader to Head Strategy for Region South East Asia and Oceania

Ericsson recently named Håkan Eriksson as head of Strategy for Region South East Asia (SEA) and Oceania. He brings enormous knowledge and experience to this role, from his most recent position as Head of Australia and New Zealand, and his years as the Ericsson Group CTO and president of Ericsson Silicon Valley.

PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin Steps Down From Yahoo! Board; Company Loses Ad Product Chief

Max Levchin, 40, notified Yahoo! that he was resigning from Yahoo's Board of Directors. Levchin is resigning due to his other professional commitments and demands on his time.

Another major Yahoo exec, SVP, Product & Engineering, Advertising Products Prashant Fuloria, is exiting his job. Enrique Munoz Torres will now oversee all advertiser-facing products for Yahoo, including both the Gemini and BrightRoll platforms.

Yahoo Japan Corporation announced changes to personnel job titles. The personnel transfers are Gen Miyazawa, Corporate Officer EVP, President of Media Company has been transferred as Executive Corporate Officer EVP, President of Media & Marketing Solutions Group.

Hiroshi Kataoka, VP, News Business Division, Media Company News Unit Manager has been transferred as Corporate Officer EVP, President of Media Company, Media & Marketing Solutions Group.

Koichiro Tanabe, VP, Partner Sales Division, Marketing Solutions Company has been transferred as Corporate Officer EVP, President of Marketing Solutions Company, Media & Marketing Solutions Group.

Chiaki Fujimon, CTO has been transferred as Corporate Officer EVP, CTO.

Osamu Aranami, Corporate Officer EVP, President of Marketing Solutions Company Director of GYAO Corporation has been transferred as President and Representative Director of GYAO Corporation and Naohito Miyamoto, President and Representative Director of GYAO Corporation has been transferred as VP, News Business Division, Media Company, Media & Marketing Solutions Group News Unit Manager.

VMware Sees Changes on the Board and Leadership Team

Retired CFO of Accenture Pamela J. Craig, 58, and former CFO of Cisco Dennis D. Powell, 68, resigned from the Board of Directors of VMware. VMware elected Donald J. Carty, 69, as a member of the Board.

Carty is also a member of the EMC board of directors, on which he has served since January 2015. Carty is currently a private investor. He served as Vice Chairman and CFO of Dell, and as Chairman and CEO of AMR Corporation and American Airlines.

SVP of Finance at VMware Janesh Moorjani joins Infoblox as CFO.

VMware announced key changes to its R&D leadership team in India, with the appointment of Niranjan Thirumale as VP and managing site director, R&D, India. Thirumale takes the reins from Niranjan Maka, who has moved to the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, California, to head VMware's global R&D sites. Thirumale's previous stint was at EMC, where he was serving as CTO of the EMC India Center of Excellence. He has also held senior leadership roles at NetApp and IBM.

Fiserv Appoints Former NCR Exec as President of its Biller Solutions Business

Fiserv named Michael O’Laughlin as President of its Biller Solutions business. O’Laughlin has experience in operations, sales and product management that spans several industries in domestic and global markets. He spent the past 12 years in senior leadership roles at NCR, most recently serving as SVP, Global Services Delivery, and previously leading Financial Services.

Electronic Arts COO Moves to New Role of Chief Competition Officer

Electronic Arts announced that Peter Moore, the company's COO, is moving into a new role as EVP and Chief Competition Officer, leading new EA Competitive Gaming Division (CGD). Moore will remain EA's COO through the end of the company's fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

Wipro Makes Changes to Leadership Team in Organizational Restructuring

Wipro announced that following the elevation of its COO Abidali Neemuchwala as CEO, Wipro has appointed a new COO. Bhanumurthy B M, president and chief executive of the application services and strategic alliances, is the new COO.  Wipro had announced that Neemuchwala would be CEO and current CEO T K Kurien would be vice chairman.

Hiral Chandrana has been appointed as VP and head of business application services. Chandrana previously served as VP and vertical head of the company's consumer products business.

Kiran Desai had been appointed VP and head of global infrastructure services. He was previously delivery head for that service line.

Bhanumurthy BM named as its new COO and also handed out new roles to other veterans such as GK Prasanna as part of a newly-unveiled organizational structure. The company has also created a brand-new business unit called Marketing, Innovations and Technology and appointed Prasanna as the President of the unit called marketing, innovations and technology (MIT). 

Equinix Closes TelecityGroup Acquisition; John Hughes to Join Board

Telecity's Chairman, John Hughes, 63, will be joining the Board of Directors of Equinix, and Equinix's EMEA President, Eric Schwartz, will serve as the head of the combined regional business in EMEA.

Check Point Software’s New CMO Comes from NetApp

Check Point Software Technologies has appointed Julie Parrish as CMO. In this role, Parrish will lead the company's global marketing team, overseeing strategic initiatives to drive awareness and demand for Check Point's expanding portfolio of security solutions. Prior to joining Check Point Parrish was the CMO at NetApp, where she had also served as SVP of worldwide channel sales.

Palo Alto Networks Names New CIO and CISO

Palo Alto Networks appointed Naveen Zutshi as CIO. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Zutshi served as SVP of technology with Gap; VP of technology and operations for Encover, a SaaS CRM company; and held IT leadership roles with Cisco and Walmart.

Palo Alto Networks appointed Lucas Moody as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He will report directly to the CFO and lead efforts to protect Palo Alto Networks information and technology assets while partnering with product management to contribute to continued product innovations. Most recently, served as director of information security operations and engineering at Intuit.

Twitter Appoints Diversity & Inclusion VP from Apple

Jeffrey Siminoff, Apple’s director of worldwide inclusion and diversity, is joining as VP Diversity & Inclusion at Twitter. Siminoff had been working on Apples diversity efforts since September 2013 after jobs at Morgan Stanley and the law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti. He takes over for Janet Van Huysse, who led Twitters diversity efforts, but is leaving the tech firm after six years.

Motorola Solutions Senior Sales Exec Leaves

Robert C. Schassler, 51, EVP, International Sales & Services and Global Managed & Support Services, resigned from his position as an officer of Motorola Solutions, to take a position with another company. His responsibilities with respect to sales and services will be assumed by other members of the company's management executive committee.

CGI Appoints Department of Defense Exec as Security Chief

CGI announced the hiring of Stanley L. Sims as Chief Security Officer. Sims most recently served as the Director of the Defense Security Service, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency responsible for securing the defense technological base and overseeing the protection of classified information residing with the DoDs ecosystem of industry partners. In his new role, Sims will lead CGIs security enterprise policies, practices, and programs across the full spectrum of physical and cybersecurity activity.

Citrix Systems Elects Accomplished Business Leaders with Deep Experience Managing Global Enterprises as Directors

Citrix Systems elected Peter Sacripanti and Graham Smith, 55, to its board of directors. Sacripanti is co-chair and partner at the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Smith has served as a director of Splunk since 2011 and was previously the EVP and CFO for Salesforce. Prior to Salesforce, he served as CFO at Advent Software.

Seagate Technology Promotes Couple of Senior Execs; Promotes China Exec for Additional APAC Role

Albert A. Rocky Pimentel has been promoted to the position of EVP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Pimentel's former responsibilities as President, Global Markets and Customers, will immediately transition to William D. Mosley, President, Operations, and Technology.

Mosley has served as President, Operations and Technology since and as EVP, Operations earlier. The company announced that its Global Markets & Customers organization will be aligned under Dave Mosley, President, Operations and Technology.

Seagate also named Sandy Sun as its new VP and general manager for Asia-Pacific and China sales. Sandy Sun was previously Seagate's VP and general manager for China stationed in Beijing. Sun joined Seagate in January 2013 as VP and general manager, China, taking charge of the company's sales activities and corporate development in the PRC.

VeriSign Appoints Businessman, Investor and Philanthropist to Board

VeriSign elected Thomas F. Frist III, 47, to company's Board of Directors. Frist is a principal with Frist Capital and has held this position since 1994. He currently serves as a director of HCA Holdings and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

F5 Networks Appoints Chair and Former CEO John McAdam as President & CEO; Company Looks for Permanent Successor

F5 Networks announced that John McAdam, 64, Chairman of the F5 Board of Directors, has been appointed President and CEO. McAdam joined F5 in July 2000, and served as the Company’s President and CEO until his retirement in July 2015. In connection with this appointment, McAdam will remain a member of the F5 Board but will step down as Chairman in order to focus on his executive duties and actively lead the Company forward.

Alan Higginson, 67, who currently serves as F5’s Lead Independent Director, has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.

McAdam succeeds Manuel Rivelo, 51, who has resigned from his position of President and CEO, and as a member of the F5 Board of Directors, for matters regarding personal conduct unrelated to the operations or financials of the Company. While McAdam leads F5 as President and CEO, the Board will undertake a formal search process to identify a permanent successor.

NetApp Acquires SolidFire; CEO Joins NetApp Team

NetApp has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. SolidFire CEO, Dave Wright, will lead the SolidFire product line within NetApp's product operations.

Date Range: November 27th 2015 - January 19th 2016

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