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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, 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.

Oracle Appoints GM for HCM Applications in Australia

Oracle has announced the appointment of Mike Game as General Manager for Human Capital Management (HCM) Applications based in Melbourne. Game will be responsible for supporting customer outcomes and competitive advantage through Oracle's Modern Cloud solutions including best practice social recruiting, predictive analytics for talent planning and succession, and diversity insight and solutions. Formerly at Seek, Game held various roles including Director for Sales and Service, Director for Corporate/Government, and Small/Medium Business.

Qualcomm Names New CIO

Qualcomm has named technology-industry veteran Mary Gendron as its new SVP and CIO. She replaces former CIO Norm Fjeldheim, who left in December after 17 years at the company to lead IT at Illumina. Prior to Qualcomm, Gendron served as CIO at biotech drug and medical device firm Hospira since September 2014. She has also held senior IT management roles at Celestica, Motorola Solutions, and BCE, or Bell Canada, over a 25-year career in enterprise technology.

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.

SAP Appoints New CEO in Russia and CIS

SAP appointed a new CEO in Russia and CIS. Vyacheslav Orekhov, who has held this post since 2014, will be replaced with Pavel Gontarev. Gontarev has been with SAP for 12 years. Prior to his recent appointment, he served as Deputy CEO. Orekhov will continue working with the company in the Asia-Pacific region.

Texas Instruments Names New Divisional VPs        

Texas Instruments elected Devan Iyer as VP of worldwide semiconductor packaging. Iyer joined TI in 2008 in TI's Technology and Manufacturing Group as a manager of semiconductor packaging. He most recently served as director of worldwide semiconductor packaging and has more than 22 years of semiconductor industry and R&D experience.

Karthik Vasanth has been elected VP and GM of TI's medical, high reliability and sensing business, Vasanth joined TI in 1995 as a process and device model engineer in TI's analog technology development group. He most recently served as general manager of TI's medical, high reliability and sensing business.

Krunali Patel has been elected VP and GM of TI's centralized analog design services division. Patel joined TI in 1996 as digital design and verification engineer. She most recently served as general manager for TI's storage, printers and integrated power business unit in TI's high volume analog business.

Salesforce Appoints Former European Commissioner to its Board of Directors     

Salesforce named Neelie Kroes, 74, a former European Commissioner, to its Board. Kroes is former VP of the European Commission, European Commissioner for Competition, and European Commissioner for Digital Agenda. Kroes is currently Special Envoy for StartupDelta.

Ellen R. Alemany Intends to Resign from Board of ADP    

American banker and former Chairman and CEO of RBS Citizens Financial Group and RBS Americas Ellen R. Alemany, 60, notified the Board of Automatic Data Processing, that she will not stand for re-election as a director of the company at the end of her current term.

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.

Workday Appoints Former Amgen CIO in Similar Role

Cloud based HCM solutions giant Workday has appointed Diana McKenzie as the company's CIO. Reporting directly to Co-President Mark Peek, Diana will have global responsibility for Workday's information services organization. Prior to joining Workday, Diana was SVP and CIO at Amgen.

Wipro Limited Appoints Couple of Board Members      

Wipro appointed Patrick Dupuis to its Board of Directors. He is currently SVP for Simplicity, Quality and Productivity at Global technology platform and payments leader, PayPal. Dupuis joined PayPal in 2010 as CFO to help PayPal expand globally and build a sustainable growth company.

Dr. Patrick J. Ennis, a widely respected technologist and venture capitalist, also joined the Wipro board. Ennis spent over twenty five years as an educator, inventor, scientist, and venture capitalist. He is currently the Global Head of Technology at Intellectual Ventures, a privately-held invention capital company, where he invests in innovation and technology commercialization world-wide. Previously, Ennis was Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners where he funded and built startups in a wide range of markets and technologies. Earlier in his career he worked at AT&T, Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. He has served on numerous corporate, educational, and non-profit Boards.

Electronic Arts’ Americas Publishing SVP Moves into New Role as EVP, Global Publishing         

Electronic Arts announced that Laura Miele, EA's SVP, Americas Publishing, is moving into a new role as EVP, Global Publishing. Miele has worked in marketing at EA and was the general manager of its Star Wars group from June 2013 to June 2014.

Red Hat Announces New Principal Accounting Officer           

Red Hat appointed Eric R. Shander, 47, to serve as the company’s principal accounting officer. Shander joined the company in November 2015 as VP, Finance and Accounting. Prior to that, he spent over twenty years in a variety of business and finance roles at IBM. Most recently, he served as VP/Global Services Automation & Competitiveness. He replaced Frank Calderoni, EVP, Operations and CFO, who had been serving as the company’s principal accounting officer since September 2015.

Autodesk Appoints Three Directors to the Board      

Autodesk appointed to its board was Scott Ferguson, managing partner of Sachem Head, Rick Hill, board chairman of Tessera Technologies (TSRA), and Jeff Clarke, CEO of Eastman Kodak (KODK).

Scott Ferguson is the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of Sachem Head. Prior to founding Sachem Head, he spent nine years as a Partner at Pershing Square Capital Management, where he joined as the firm’s first investment professional.

Richard S. Hill currently serves as Chairman of Tessera Technologies and as Director of Arrow Electronics and Cabot Microelectronics. He served as Tessera’s Interim CEO in 2013. He previously served as the CEO and Director of Novellus Systems, until its acquisition by Lam Research in June 2012.

Jeff Clarke is the CEO and Director of Kodak. Prior to joining Kodak, Jeff was a Managing Partner of Augusta Columbia Capital (ACC), a private investment firm he co-founded in 2012.

ValueAct Capital’s Partner To Depart from Motorola Solutions’ Board        

Motorola Solutions announced that Bradley E. Singer will not stand for re-election to board. Bradley E. Singer, 49, has served as Partner at ValueAct Capital since May 2012. Prior to joining ValueAct Capital Master Fund, Singer was the Senior EVP and CFO of Discovery Communications.

VMware Goes Through Major Leadership Shuffle

Carl Eschenbach, president and COO, has resigned from his operational role to pursue a new career opportunity. Eschenbach's current responsibilities will be assumed by other members of VMware's leadership team.

VMware appointed Maurizio Carli to EVP, worldwide sales, responsible for Americas, APJ and EMEA as well as pre-and post-sales engineering, and all worldwide channels. Carli most recently led VMware's Americas region. Prior to that, Carli spent seven successful years leading the EMEA region. Carli also spent five years at Business Objects as SVP and general manager, EMEA, and 19 years at IBM.

Peter McKay will lead the Americas field organization moving forward. McKay most recently led the Americas Enterprise Segment and previously was COO for the Americas. He joined VMware as part of the Desktone acquisition in 2013.

Ray O'Farrell has been promoted to EVP and will be expanding his role as CTO and chief development officer to include responsibility for VMware's Global Services and Support, giving O'Farrell purview over VMware's entire customer product experience.

Sanjay Poonen, EVP and general manager, End-User Computing, will expand his role to also lead the company's worldwide marketing and communications functions. Poonen joined VMware in 2013 to lead the End-User Computing business, and previously held executive and general management positions at SAP, Symantec, Informatica, and engineering roles at Apple, and Microsoft.

Date Range: February 29th - March 31st

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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.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

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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