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Apple’s Car Project Leader Is Leaving; Makes New Leadership Appointments

Steve Zadesky, the veteran Apple executive overseeing the company’s electric car project is leaving. Zadesky, a former Ford Motor engineer who has overseen the car project for the last two years, and who tripled the size of Apple’s automotive team, is leaving the company for personal reasons. Zadesky spent nearly 17 years at Apple, where he built and led the teams for the first iPod, first iPhone, all subsequent iPhones and iPods and hundreds of Apple accessories.

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.

Google Search Chief to be replaced by Artificial Intelligence Head; Company Names Leader for Newly Created Virtual Reality Arm

Google parent Alphabet said Amit Singhal, the longtime chief of its Internet search business, will leave the company and be replaced by the head of the technology giant's artificial intelligence business. John Giannandrea, currently a VP of engineering, will replace Singhal, a 15-year Google veteran. The appointment of Giannandrea, who joined Google in 2010, underlines the growing importance Silicon Valley is attaching to artificial intelligence technology. Giannandrea led Google's machine learning efforts, applying the technology to products such as image recognition for Google Photos search and the smart reply for Google Inbox.

Google has created a virtual reality (VR) computing division and said Clay Bavor, the executive running its product management team, will 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.

Target CHRO Joins Alibaba Group as SVP, HR

Alibaba Group appointed Jodee Kozlak as Global SVP of Human Resources. Kozlak will be responsible for helping to build the company’s international leadership team as the company continues to expand globally. Kozlak’s appointment highlights the company’s strong commitment to globalizing its business. Kozlak previously served as EVP and CHRO for Target Corporation.

Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group EVP to Retire

William Holt, EVP and General Manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group of Intel Corporation, notified Intel of his intention to retire, after 42 years of service. Holt will transition his responsibilities to Sohail Ahmed, SVP and General Manager of TMG, and Ann Kelleher, Corporate VP and General Manager of TMG.

SAP Appoints Divisional Execs; Appoints Execs to Executive Board

SAP appointed Achim Schneider as global head of the Retail Industry Business Unit. Schneider brings to his current role over 17 years of experience in Retail Industry solutions with SAP. In his most recent position as global VP he led the Global Supply Chain team and Fashion team.

Rob Hetherington has been appointed as the new global head of the Financial Services Industries organization of SAP. Previously, Hetherington served as general manager of the financial services business for SAP in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). As a result of Hetherington's appointment, Laurence Leyden will take over as general manager for the financial services business in EMEA with immediate effect.

SAP announced that Stefan Ries and Steve Singh will become the newest members of the Executive Board of SAP. Stefan Ries will continue in his role as chief human resources officer and also take on the position of SAP labor relations director. Steve Singh will remain head of the business network group within SAP, consisting of SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass and Concur. He will continue as CEO of Concur, which was acquired by SAP in 2014. Stefan Ries was appointed to the Global Managing Board of SAP SE in May 2014. Steve Singh has served as CEO of Concur since 1996 and was named to the Global Managing Board of SAP SE in January 2015.

Priceline Group Appoints Salesforce’s CMO as Board Member

The Priceline Group named Lynn M. Vojvodich, EVP and Chief Marketing officer of, as The Priceline Group's newest Director. Prior to her role at, Vojvodich served as a partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she helped companies build their go-to-market strategies.

PayPal Promotes VP, Global Platform & Infrastructure to CTO

PayPal appointed Sri Shivananda, currently the company's VP, Global Platform & Infrastructure, as the new SVP and CTO. Shivananda's appointment follows the decision by current CTO, James Barrese, to step down to take time off. During his nearly 15-year tenure at the company, Shivananda led eBay's Global Platform and Infrastructure (GPI) team that powered both the eBay and PayPal businesses. After successfully guiding his team through separation, Shivananda joined PayPal as VP of GPI reporting to Barrese.

Adobe Announces Board Changes

Kelly Barlow, Michael Cannon and Robert Sedgewick informed Adobe Systems Incorporated of their decisions not to stand for re-election to Adobe's Board of Directors at the company's 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Messrs. Barlow, Cannon and Sedgewick will continue to serve as directors until the Annual Meeting. Adobe's board also reduced its size to ten members, effective upon the commencement of the Annual Meeting.

Salesforce Names Keith Block as COO

Salesforce named Vice Chairman and President Keith Block, 54, its COO. Keith Block will continue to serve as vice chairman and president and serve as a member of Salesforce's board. Prior to joining Salesforce, Block served as Oracle's EVP of North America Sales and Consulting, leading a multi-billion dollar sales and services business-unit that achieved record revenue and margin during his tenure.  

ADP Appoints PayPal SVP to Board

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 serves as the CEO of Braintree.

Nokia Technologies Appoints Strategy and BD Leader

Nokia Technologies appointed Brad Rodrigues as VP, Strategy and BD. Rodrigues will oversee global business development across all Nokia Technologies business units and regions, and will also be responsible for the company's long-term strategy and leading strategic initiatives and projects. Prior to joining Nokia Technologies, Rodrigues was SVP of Sales and Marketing for DxO.               

Infosys Appoints New Head of Consulting and Digital Businesses    

Infosys has named former EDS executive Michael Pesch as the new head of its consulting business Infosys Consulting Pesch has been designated CEO of Infosys Consulting Holding AG, which was formerly known as Infosys Lodestone. Pesch, who till recently served as CEO of arvato Systems Group, will report to company veteran Sanjay Purohit, who remains the global head of Infosys's consulting business. Pesch will also be responsible for the company's consulting practice in Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific Region.

Infosys has appointed Scott Sorokin as global head of its digital business. Sorokin was Chief Strategy Officer at Razorfish, a digital agency that is part of French advertising giant Publicis Groupe.

Charles Schwab Resigns From Yahoo! Board

Charles Schwab notified Yahoo! that he was resigning from Yahoo’s Board, due to his other professional commitments and demands on his time. In connection with Schwab’s resignation from the Board, the Board appointed Maynard G. Webb, Jr., a current director of the Company, to the Audit Committee of the Board.

Ericsson Accelerates IoT Platform; Appoints New Heads of Customer Units in Middle East and East Africa

Ericsson announced an initiative to accelerate the development of Internet of Things (IoT) by establishing a platform for licensing of standardized technology to device manufacturers, spanning from autonomous cars to irrigation sensors. The new platform will be headed by Kasim Alfalahi, who will leave his current role as Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Head of IPR & Licensing at Ericsson.

Ericsson has appointed three new heads of customer units in Middle East and East Africa to strengthen its market position and accelerate growth.

Helene Henriksson has been named the new head of Customer Unit Egypt, succeeding Isil Yalcin, who previously held the role of head of Customer Unit North East Africa. Since she first joined Ericsson's Swedish headquarters in 1993, Henriksson has held several different positions within the company spanning Europe, the US and Asia.

Mathias Johansson is the new head of Customer Unit East Africa covering Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia. He has over 18 years of international experience in business consulting, product management, business development and sales.

Additionally, Petter Järtby has been named Ericsson’s head of Global Customer Unit Etisalat. Järtby brings his broad managerial experience, having held various leadership positions since he joined Ericsson in 1996, to his new role. Over the last 20 years he has held various positions in the company including VP and head of risk management, VP and head of strategic business investments, and VP and head of business operations in data networks, amongst others.

Intuit Exchanges Unit Leaders

Intuit announced that Dan Wernikoff, EVP and general manager of Intuit’s Small Business Group, will become general manager of the Consumer Tax Group. At the same time, Sasan Goodarzi, EVP and general manager of the Consumer Tax Group, will take over as head of the Small Business Group.

Fiserv Appoints CFO and President of Biller Solutions Business

Fiserv announced that Robert Hau will join the company as CFO. Hau’s professional background includes nearly 30 years of progressive business and financial leadership roles. He most recently served as EVP and CFO of TE Connectivity Ltd. Hau succeeds Tom Hirsch, who is retiring after a distinguished 21-year career with Fiserv. Hirsch was named CFO in 2006 and will continue through the year as a special consultant to the company.

Michael O'Laughlin has been named president of its Biller Solutions business. 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. O'Laughlin has also held a variety of roles encompassing technical, management and sales responsibilities with Anderson Consulting, AT&T Data Systems Group, Data General, Convergys and Digiquant.

VMware Appoints New Board Members, CFO and Other Geographic Leaders

VMware elected Anthony J. Bates, 48, and Donald J. Carty, 69, to its board of directors. Carty joined the board in December 2015 and Bates joined on February 8, 2016. Bates currently serves as president and member of the board of directors at GoPro. Prior to GoPro, Bates was the EVP, Business Development and Evangelism of Microsoft and prior to that was the CEO of Skype until its acquisition by Microsoft in 2011.

Carty has been a director of EMC since January 2015. His past roles include vice chairman and CFO of Dell from January 2007 to June 2008, and chairman and CEO of AMR Corporation and American Airlines from May 1998 to April 2003.  Carty is also chairman of Virgin America Airlines and is a director of Canadian National Railway Company.      

VMware announced that Jonathan Chadwick, 49, the EVP, CFO and COO of the company, is resigning and will be replaced by EMC's CFO, Zane Rowe, 44. Chadwick has served in his role since August 2014, joining VMware as CFO in 2012. Prior to joining VMware, Chadwick most recently served as the CFO of Skype since March 2011.

Rowe has been the CFO and EVP of EMC since October, 2014. Prior to that, Rowe served as VP of Sales at Apple since April 2012 and also served as its head of North America Sales.

VMware has appointed Jean-Phillipe (JP) Barleaza as VP, Channel and Alliances and General Business in EMEA. He has been a key member of the EMEA channel team since joining VMware in 2007 and acting VP since October 2015.

Henri van der Vaeren named as VP for South Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). His previous appointments includes five years at SAP, where was managing director for France and BeLux, and a member of the EMEA Executive Committee.

Kerrie-Anne Turner is VMware’s new Australia head of channels and general business. Turner, who starts at VMware February 15, 2016, fills the vacancy left behind by John Donovans departure in October. Turner comes to the VMware channel manager seat from mobile software vendor StayinFront, where she was Asia-Pacific VP.

VMware appointed Dr. Rajiv Ramaswami as General Manager and EVP of its Networking and Security Business. Ramaswami will replace Martin Casado. Casado will pursue a new career opportunity and will also be retained as an external VMware strategic advisor supporting the company in numerous ways.

Ramaswami most recently served as EVP and general manager of the Infrastructure & Networking Group of Broadcom Corporation. Prior to Broadcom, Ramaswami was VP and general manager of the Cloud Services and Switching Technology Group at Cisco.

Maggie Wilderotter Joins Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Board of Directors

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that Maggie Wilderotter, Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications, has been appointed as a member of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Board. Prior to being appointed Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications in 2015, Maggie was Chairman and CEO beginning in 2006, after joining the company in 2004. In addition to Frontier Communications, she currently serves on the boards of DreamWorks Animation, Juno Therapeutics, and Costco.      

Cerner Names SVP of Population Health

Cerner announced that John Glaser will assume the role of SVP of Population Health and Global Strategy. He joined Cerner in 2015 as a part of the Siemens Heath Services acquisition, where he was CEO. Prior to Siemens, he was VP and CIO at Partners HealthCare; he also previously served as VP of information systems at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Expedia Expands Board; Appoints Liberty Nominee and Two Others as Newest Board Members

Online travel company Expedia expanded the size of the Board from ten to thirteen members and elected Susan C. Athey, Christopher W. Shean and Alexander von Furstenberg to fill the newly-created directorships. None of the new directors has been appointed to serve as a member of any committee of the Board of Directors. As a result of the increased size of the Board, Liberty Interactive Corporation has the right to nominate three directors. Liberty has designated Shean as a Liberty nominee (along with currently serving Liberty nominees Pamela L. Coe and John C. Malone).

Dr. Athey has served as a professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business since 2013, where she is also the co-director of the Digital Business Initiative.

Shean has served as a SVP of Liberty Media Corporation (including its predecessor) since May 2007, the CFO since November 2011 and the Controller from May 2007 to October 2011.

Alexander von Furstenberg currently serves as Chief Investment Officer of Ranger Global Advisors, a family office focused on value-based investing, which he founded in June 2011.      

Palo Alto Networks Appoints Red Hat CFO to Board    

Palo Alto Networks appointed Frank Calderoni to the company's board of directors. Calderoni brings more than 30 years of strategic business insight and technology experience. Since June 2015, he has served as EVP, operations and CFO of Red Hat.

Symantec Appoints Managing Partner of Silver Lake to Board

Symantec announced in conjunction with Silver Lake’s investment, Kenneth Y. “Ken” Hao, 46, managing partner of Silver Lake, will be appointed to Board of Directors. With his appointment, the Symantec Board will be comprised of ten directors, nine of whom are independent. Hao joined the Silver Lake in 2000. He led the establishment of Silver Lake's offices in China and Japan from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Hao has spent his career as an Advisor in technology companies. Previously, he served as the Managing Director at Hambrecht & Quist Group(Chase H&Q).

Twitter Goes Through Several Senior Management Changes

Twitter appointed its first CMO, Leslie Berland, who will spearhead a much-needed marketing push for the social network as it tries to buoy its user growth. At American Express, Berland has been the EVP in charge of global advertising, marketing and digital advertising

Twitter has appointed its commerce chief Nathan Hubbard as interim media head. Hubbard joined Twitter in 2013 to lead the company’s commerce initiatives after almost seven years at LiveNation, where he was most recently the top exec at Ticketmaster. 

Hubbard's appointment comes after media head Katie Jacobs Stanton, product VP Kevin Weil, Engineering Head Alex Roetter, and Head of HR Skip Schipper, will be leaving. Jason Toff, GM of Vine and director of product management is also leaving to work at Google on virtual reality efforts.

COO Adam Bain will now oversee media, HR and "revenue-related" products on a temporary basis. CTO Adam Messinger will take on a number of product-related duties, including the company's mobile development platform, Fabric.

Citrix Gets New CEO; Appoints Board Chairman for Future Spin-off of the GoTo Products

Kirill Tatarinov, 51, has been appointed President, CEO and director. Interim President and CEO Robert Calderoni, 55, continues his role as Executive Chairman on the Citrix Board of Directors, focused on driving execution of the strategic plan for operational excellence, capital structure and portfolio simplification.

With 30 years of industry experience, Tatarinov has a long and successful track record overseeing product strategy and commercial operations in software and services. His background includes leadership positions at Microsoft for 13 years, including most recently serving as EVP of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division. Prior to Microsoft, Tatarinov was CTO at BMC.

Citrix elected Kevin Parker, co-founder and senior operating principal at Bridge Growth Partners, as the Chairman of the Board for the soon-to-be formed company comprised of the Citrix ‘GoTo’ product line, effective upon separation in late 2016. Parker also serves on the boards of Cvent, Salient CRGT, Intermedia, Aptos Retail and Polycom. Prior to his current roles, Parker spent more than 20 years as a top executive in software and services companies. He was President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Deltek.

Akamai Announces Re-Alignment of Organization Structure

President, Products and Development Rick McConnell will serve as General Manager of the Web Division and as President, overseeing corporate development and other core functions.

SVP & General Manager, Media Products Division Bill Wheaton will serve as General Manager of the Media Division and as EVP.

Sanjay Singh, formerly General Manager for APJ, will now report to Leighton as SVP of Global Operations, overseeing EMEA and APJ operations and Akamai's centers of excellence in Bangalore, Krakow and Costa Rica. Adam Karon will now report to Leighton as SVP, Global Services and Support.

Robert Hughes, who joined Akamai in 1999, and has led the Company's world-class sales, services and marketing organization, will become a Strategic Advisor to Leighton and the senior management team for the next year as part of a planned transition.

In addition to the Media and Web Divisions, Global Operations, and Services and Support, the other cross-divisional functions reporting to the CEO include Platform, Finance, Legal, Human Resources and Corporate Marketing and Communications.

Date Range: January 20th - February 28th

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