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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.

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.

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.

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.

Semtech Names Ye Jane Li to its Board of Directors    

Semtech has appointed Ye Jane Li (Jane Li) as its newest director. Li has been a strategic advisor to Diversis Capital, since 2013. Li was the COO for Huawei Enterprise USA from 2012 to 2015.  Before joining Huawei Enterprise USA, she served as GM for Huawei Symantec USA. Li previously served as a board member for Women in Cable TV and Telecommunications.

CSRA Names Former Jacobs Engineering CEO to its Board   

CSRA, that provides IT services to U.S. government clients in national security, civil government, and health care and public health, elected Craig Martin to the company's Board of Directors. Martin served as a Senior Advisor to Jacobs Engineering until December 2015. In 2002, he was named President and a Board Member of Jacobs Engineering and between 2006 and 2014 he assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO.

National Instruments Appoints One of the Key Innovators in the Wireless Industry as Director    

National Instruments, provider of modular hardware platforms and system design software, appointed Gerhard P. Fettweis to the Board. Since 1994, Fettweis has held the Vodafone Chair at TU Dresden, with 20 companies from Asia, Europe and the United States sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates two German Science Foundation centers in Dresden and the 5G Lab Germany. Fettweis is also a research scientist with International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), a leading independent nonprofit center for research in computer science, affiliated with University of California, Berkeley.

Fair Isaac Corporation Announces Board Changes      

FICO announced that board director Braden R. Kelly, 44, will succeed A. George (Skip) Battle, 71, as chairman of the board. Kelly has served as a director since February 12, 2013. Kelly is an Investment Partner at Health Evolution Partners since July 9, 2013.

Battle, who will continue to serve on the board, was elected chairman in 2002.

FICO also elected Mark W. Begor, 57, as a director of the company. Begor served as the CEO and President at GE Energy Management until October 1, 2015. Before that, he was President and CEO of GE Real Estate (also known as GE Capital Real Estate).

The company also announced that Duane E. White, 59, has retired from the board, after serving since February 2009.

Pandora Names Technology, Media and Telecom Expert as New Independent Director

Pandora added Anthony J. "Tony" Vinciquerra, a technology, media and telecom expert with over 30 years of industry experience, as a Director. Vinciquerra has three decades of experience in the media industry, which includes advising and growing Fortune 100 media and technology companies. Since 2011, he has been a Senior Advisor to Texas Pacific Group (TPG) in the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. He has extensive public-company board experience, serving as a director of Qualcomm since July 2015.

HomeAway Co-Founder Joins GoDaddy’s Board of Directors 

GoDaddy appointed Brian Sharples to its board of directors. Sharples, the co-founder and CEO of HomeAway, brings vast technology brand and entrepreneurial leadership. Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. Prior to HomeAway, Sharples was CEO of IntelliQuest Information Group. He currently serves on the board of RetailMeNot, Fexy Media, and Twyla.  He is an investment advisor to venture capital firm, Institutional Venture Partners, and private equity firm, Tritium Partners.

Acxiom Corporation Appoints Debora B. Tomlin to its Board

Acxiom Corporation, the enterprise data, analytics and SaaS company, named marketing executive Debora B. Tomlin to its Board. Tomlin currently serves as chief marketing and distribution officer for CSAA Insurance Group. Prior to CSAA Insurance Groupshe held several senior leadership positions at Capital One Bank, including VP of marketing.

Former MarkMonitor CEO Intents Not to Stand for Re-Election as a Member of Board of LogMeIn

After ten years of dedicated service to LogMeIn as a member of the company's board, Irfan Salim notified the Board of his intention not to stand for re-election as director. Salim is former CEO of MarkMonitor.

Marketo Announces the Resignation of Battery Ventures’ General Partner as Director

Neeraj Agrawal, a director of Marketo, informed the company that he will not stand for re-election to the Company's Board of Directors. ‎Agrawal is a General Partner at Battery Ventures.

Epiq Systems Names Cerner Co-Founder and Former Thomson Reuters Legal Business President to Board         

Epiq Systems appointed Cerner co-founder Paul Gorup and former Thomson Reuters legal business president, Michael Suchsland, 55, to Epiq's Board of Directors. Gorup and Suchsland will replace James A. Byrnes, 68, and Charles C. Connely, IV, 67, who will retire from their roles as directors.

The company also selected Douglas M. Gaston to succeed W. Bryan Satterlee as lead independent director.

Gorup is a co-founder and former chief of innovation of Cerner. In 1987, he left Cerner and co-founded Broadcast Data Systems (BDS). He returned to Cerner in 1999 and launched the company into new markets with data services and later analytics solutions for life sciences, biosurveillance technology and medical devices.

Suchsland is currently a principal at Joplin Consulting, a firm he founded in 2014, which serves private equity firms and companies in information, software and services. He was president of Thomson Reuters’ legal business segment from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, he was SVP, then president, of Thomson Reuters’ corporate/government/academic business. 

Date Range: February 29th - March 31st

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