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Couple of Google VPs Leave

Alan Warren, Google’s VP of Engineering has left the company. He has joined health insurance startup Oscar as CTO. A Googler since 2004, Warren most recently led engineering for Google Docs and Drive. Before that, he steered Google’s New York office through its tremendous growth period — it ballooned from 50 engineers to over 3,000. Reliving that growth was part of the reason Warren jumped to Oscar. Warren also worked on Google Health, the search engine’s ill-fated attempt to centralize personal health records.

Google’s VP of Sales, Mr. Jon Kaplan, left the tech major to join Pinterest as its head of global sales, a position that fell vacant last year after Joanne Bradford, the former head of the company’s media and sales operations, left the company in June, after being assigned a lesser role within the organization. Kaplan had been at Google for over a decade, having joined the tech giant back in 2003.

Amazon Witnesses Executive Departures

George Stathakopoulos, VP of Information Security left for Apple to be its VP of Corporate Information Security. Before Amazon, he was Microsoft’s general manager of product security.

John Tan left Amazon as VP of global operations engineering. In that role, John was responsible for the engineering design and capital procurement of a multi-billion dollar group for Amazon’s worldwide fulfillment centers, fresh/pantry facilities and transportation logistics. Prior to Amazon, John served in senior operations roles at both Thermo Fisher and PerkinElmer, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has joined Counsyl, a health technology company, as SVP, Operations.

Amazon’s VP of Operations Arthur Valdez has left the company. He has joined target as EVP, Chief Supply Chain and Logistics Officer. Valdez is a seasoned supply chain leader with extensive experience in both direct-to-consumer and direct-to-store operations. In addition, during his 20-plus year retail career, he also has held positions with Walmart and Kmart.

Amazon’s UK MD Christopher North joined Shutterfly as President, CEO and director.

Yahoo! Appoints Former Morgan Stanley Exec and Current CFO of Broadcom as Directors

Yahoo! appointed Catherine J. Friedman and Eric K. Brandt to serve as directors of Yahoo. Catherine J. Friedman held numerous positions over a 23-year investment banking career with Morgan Stanley, including Managing Director and Head of West Coast Healthcare and Co-Head of the Biotechnology Practice, where she was strategic and transaction advisor to many of the most important companies in the sector. Friedman is a director of XenoPort, EnteroMedics, GSV Capital, Innoviva (formerly Theravance), and Radius Health.

Eric K. Brandt served as the CFO of Broadcom Corporation until its acquisition by Avago in February 2016, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, and as the Chief Financial Officer of Allergan. Brandt also served as Vice President and Partner at The Boston Consulting Group. Brandt is a director of Lam Research Corporation and Dentsply Sirona.

58.Com Announces Resignation of Co-Chairman and Director  announced that Mark Haoyong Yang, the founder, former Chairman and CEO of, has resigned from his position as Co-Chairman and Director of's Board of Directors.

Zynga Appoints Board Member and Former EA EVP as CEO         

Zynga appointed Frank Gibeau, 47, a member of the Board, as CEO. Gibeau spent more than two decades at Electronic Arts, where he held a number of influential business and product leadership roles. Most recently he served as the EVP of EA Mobile. The Board appointed Mark Pincus, 50, Zynga's Chairman of the Board, as Executive Chairman. As Executive Chairman, Pincus will be an officer of Zynga and report to the Board. Concurrent with his appointment as Executive Chairman and the appointment of Gibeau as CEO, Pincus will resign as CEOof Zynga.

Shutterfly Names Christopher North as President and CEO

Shutterfly, the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services, appointed Christopher North as President, CEO and director. Interim CEO, Phil Marineau, will continue to lead Shutterfly until North joins as CEO. North joins Shutterfly from Amazon UK, where he has worked since 2006, serving as the UK managing director since 2011. Under his leadership, Amazon's UK revenue has grown rapidly to more than $9 billion in 2015.

Shutterstock Appoints VP of Communications          

Shutterstock hired Siobhan Aalders as Vice President of Communications.  . Aalders will lead the development and execution of Shutterstock's global communications strategy, ensuring that all campaigns are aligned with the company's mission and overall vision. Aalders joins Shutterstock with more than 15 years of strategic communications experience. Most recently, she was the President of Capstan Communications.

SPS Commerce Gets New Chief Sales Officer           

SPS Commerce announced that Dan Juckniess has joined the company’s executive team as Chief Sales Officer. In this new position, he will manage the sales strategy for all SPS Commerce products across the full spectrum of customers in the SPS Retail Network. Juckniess brings deep, varied experience in enterprise cloud sales at high-growth organizations. He has led transformative sales, customer service and marketing organizations that achieved substantial revenue growth for market leaders including Edmentum and Thomson Reuters.

Tinder Reshuffles Management

Tinder, the popular dating app which is a part of Match Group, added Yahoo engineering executive Maria Zhang as its VP of engineering. Ferrell McDonald, most recently an independent marketing consultant and also a former Starz Entertainment marketing executive, joined as CMO.

YouTube and Google marketing executive Derek Callow was hired as VP of international and James Kim of TigerText hired as VP of finance.

CTO Ryan Ogle will take up responsibility of the product organization, and current product head Jonathan Badeen will become Head of Strategy. Current CMO Phil Schwarz “will take on a new role where he will continue to lead a range of marketing initiatives”.

Snapchat Hires Longtime Pandora Executive as Product VP

Snapchat has hired longtime Pandora executive Tom Conrad as its new VP of Product. Conrad spent a decade at Pandora and was running product and also serving as the company’s CTO by the time he left back in 2014.

Spotify Taps Top Microsoft Lawyer as General Counsel

Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s general counsel and longtime head of intellectual property law, has been hired by digital music service company Spotify to serve as its general counsel. Its former general counsel, Jared Grusd, left last year to become CEO of AOL’s Huffington Post.

Virtual Reality Startup Jaunt Builds Sales Team

Jaunt, a startup that makes applications and hardware for virtual reality, has hired a Julie Uhrman, the former founder and CEO of the Android game console company Ouya, as Head of Platform Business Development.

Beth Greve, the Chief Revenue Officer for YouTube network AwesomenessTV, is coming on as a “senior consultant” focused on the revenue strategy. 

Date Range: February 18th - March 23rd

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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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She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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