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AT&T Appoints Redpoint Ventures Co-Founder to its Board of Directors 

AT&T has appointed Geoffrey Yang, 56, to its Board of Directors. Geoff co-founded Redpoint in 1999 and has backed trailblazing consumer Internet companies from the earliest stages that include Ask Jeeves, Excite, MySpace, and TiVo. He has been involved in Redpoint’s investments in Arista, Bluefin, Calix, Efficient Frontier, Foundry, Juniper Networks, and Victorious. He was previously a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and the advisory council for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the board of Electric Imp, Machinima, Scribd, TasteMade, Tidemark, and Vurb.

Texas Instruments Elects Retired PwC Veteran to the Board of Directors     

Texas Instruments elected Jean Hobby to the Board of Directors of the company. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ms. Hobby, 55, served as strategy officer from 2013 until retirement in 2015. Earlier positions there included U.S. sector lead for the firm's multi-billion dollar Technology, Media and Telecom practice from 2008 to 2013, and CFO from 2005 to 2008. She currently serves on the board of Greatbatch.

CSC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Announce Executive Appointments for New Company       

CSC announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to merge the company with the Enterprise Services segment of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The merger is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017, subject to shareholder and regulatory reviews and approvals. Following completion of the transaction, Mike Lawrie, who currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of CSC, will become chairman, president and CEO of the new company.

Meg Whitman, HPE’s president and CEO, will join the new company’s Board of Directors, which will be split equally between nominees of CSC and HPE.

eBay Appoints Lyft Co-Founder as Newest Board Member     

eBay appointed Logan Green as a new member of the company's Board of Directors. Prior to co-founding Lyft in 2012, Green founded Zimride, a rideshare program that was initially implemented at Cornell University.  Before that, he created the first car-share program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and served on the board of the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District. Green serves on the Board of Lyft.

Yahoo Japan Chairman Retires

Yahoo Japan’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Nikesh Arora has retired. Nikesh Arora, a former Google executive, was the President & COO of SoftBank from October 2014 until June 2016.

IDEO Partner Resigns from Fiserv’s Board

Christopher M. Flink, 44, resigned from the board of directors of Fiserv in connection with new employment. Flink is a partner at the innovation and design firm IDEO and consulting associate professor at Stanford University. With more than 15 years of experience in business innovation and design, Flink has served as a Director since 2012.

Electronic Arts Appoints CEO of Blackhawk Network to Its Board

Electronic Arts appointed Talbott Roche, 49, to EA’s Board of Directors. Roche is the CEO and President of Blackhawk Network. Prior to her role as CEO, Roche served as the President of Blackhawk, as well as leading Marketing, Product and Business Development for the company.

Expedia Elects Film and Theatrical Producer to Fill a Newly-Created Directorship

Expedia expanded the size of the Board from thirteen to fourteen members and elected Scott Rudin, 57, to fill the newly-created directorship. Rudin is an American film producer and a theatrical producer. Rudin began his career in the entertainment industry in the 1970s, and since then has served in a variety of roles, including as founder and principal of Scott Rudin Productions and as a senior executive at Twentieth Century Fox.

Alcatel-Lucent Splits Chair-CEO Structure         

Marc Rouanne has been appointed as Chairman of the Board and Olivier Durand as CEO of the company. The Board of Directors acknowledged the expiration of the term of Philippe Camus as Chairman and CEO of the company, and decided to distinguish the positions of Chairman of the Board and CEO.

Marc Rouanne remains Chief Innovation and Operating Officer of Nokia Corporation, as Alcatel-Lucent has joined Nokia following successful exchange of shares, creating an innovation leader in next-generation technology and services for an IP connected world.

Olivier Durand's current employment contract as Group CFO will be suspended. Durand has spent over 18 years within the Alcatel-Lucent Group.

Symantec to Acquire Blue Coat; Blue Coat CEO to Take Over as Symantec CEO  

Symantec and Blue Coat announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Symantec will acquire Blue Coat for approximately $4.651 billion in cash. In connection with this investment, David Humphrey, a MD of Bain Capital Private Equity, will be appointed to Symantec’s Board of Directors, effective at the close of the transaction.

Greg Clark, CEO of Blue Coat, will be appointed CEO of Symantec and join the Symantec Board upon closing of the transaction. Greg Clark has served as the CEO of Blue Coat and as a member of the company’s board of directors since September 2011. Prior to joining, Clark was president and CEO of Mincom, from 2008 to August 2011.

Twitter Sees Multiple Board Shuffles

Twitter announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Debra L.  Lee, 60, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, he parent company for Black Entertainment Television, to serve as a Board member. She served as the COO and President of Black Entertainment Television LLC since 1996.

Additionally, the Board has appointed Marjorie Scardino, 69, as lead independent director, effective following Twitter's 2016 Annual Meeting. She succeeds Peter Currie in the role, whose term will end following the Annual Meeting. Scardino is the former CEO of Pearson PLC.

athenahealth Appoints former Amazon CFO to its Board

athenahealth appointed Tom Szkutak, former CFO, to its Board of Directors. Szkutak served as SVP and CFO at from October 2002 to June 2015. Prior to Amazon, he spent 20 years with General Electric.

CSRA to Get New Chairman          

Mike Lawrie will resign as chairman and as a member of the board of CSRA, the company formed by the merger of CSC’s North American Public Sector business with SRA International. Lawrie joined CSC’s Board of Directors on February 7, 2012 and became President and CEO of the company on March 19, 2012. He was appointed Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors on December 15, 2015.

Nancy Killefer, who currently serves as CSRA's Lead Independent Director, has been elected to succeed Lawrie, pending her re-election to the board of directors at the annual meeting. Killefer is Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company. She previously served as Assistant Secretary for Management and CFO to the U.S. Department of Treasury. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Defense Business Board and is a member of the MyVA Advisory Committee. Killefer is a Director of the Advisory Board Company, Avon Products and Cardinal Health.

Fitbit Adds Two Women from Retail Industry to Board 

Fitbit, the physical activity monitoring gadget company, announced that Laura Alber, president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, and Glenda Flanagan, EVP and CFO of Whole Foods Market, have joined the Fitbit board of directors.

Alber has served as the president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma since 2010, leading growth strategies and strengthening brand reputation for the company’s portfolio of multi-channel brands.

Since joining Whole Foods Market as CFO in 1988, Flanagan has played a major role in the development of the company from six stores in the late 1980s and going public in 1992, to 450 stores and more than $15 billion in sales today.

Dialog Semiconductor Appoints CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise as Director

Dialog Semiconductor named Nick Jeffery to the company's Board of Directors. Jeffery has been CEO, Vodafone Global Enterprise since 2006. He joined Vodafone Group plc in 2004. He earlier served as Head of Worldwide Sales and Europe MD at Ciena, founded and led Microfone Limited in 2001, and begun his career at Cable & Wireless plc (Mercury Communications) in 1991, where he rose to lead the company's UK and international markets business units.

Shutterfly Chair to Step Down; Appoints Interim Chair        

Shutterfly announced that Philip Marineau will resign as chairman and from Shutterfly’s Board of Directors following the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Brian Swette, governance committee chair, will serve as interim chairman.

FormFactor Appoints Board Member in Conjunction with New Acquisition

FormFactor completed the acquisition of Cascade Microtech. In conjunction with this acquisition, FormFactor is appointing Ray Link to its board of directors. Link, formerly a member of the Cascade Microtech's board, brings his significant financial and operational management experience with publicly held companies in the technology sector. He also currently serves on the board of Electro Scientific Industries, and nLight.

Epiq Announces Board Changes as Epiq and Villere Enter Settlement Agreement  

Epiq announced that it has reached an agreement with St. Denis J. Villere & Company, regarding the composition of the Company's Board of Directors and other matters including a resolution of a potential proxy contest and dismissal of the litigation pending between the companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Epiq will appoint Jeffrey Galgano, Barry LeBlanc and Gregory Share to its slate of directors for the 2016 annual meeting of shareholders, and three Epiq directors will retire from the Board effective December 31, 2016. 

Vocera Communications Witnesses Board Member Replacement    

Vocera Communications, that provides mobile communication solutions for hospital staff and mobile workers across diverse enterprise organizations, announced that Mike Burkland, president and CEO of Five9, will join Vocera’s board of directors. Burkland joined Five9 as president and CEO in January 2008.

Burkland will take the place of departing board member Hany M. Nada, who joined the Vocera board in May 2003. It was previously announced that Nada, who has served on the board for more than 13 years, is retiring from his board role on June 1, 2016.

C4X Discovery Holdings Appoints Executive Chair as CEO

C4X Discovery Holdings (C4XD) appointed Clive Dix as CEO. Clive joined C4XD as Non-Executive Chairman in October 2014 and became Executive Chairman in November 2015. Sam Williams, Non-Executive Director, will become Interim Chairman whilst a search for a new Chairman is undertaken.

Connecture Announces Board Changes     

Connecture, the company that provides web-based sales, service, and process automation solutions to the health insurance industry, finalized the previously announced $52 million investment led by Francisco Partners. In connection with the investment, Ezra Perlman, Co-President of Francisco Partners, has also joined Connecture’s Board of Directors.

Emerald Medical Applications Appoints Board Member       

Digital health startup Emerald Medical Applications Corp. appointed Professor Benad Goldwasser, an MD and a resident of the State of Israel, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Perry Robins has joined the company's Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Robins is Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and was Chief of the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Unit at New York University Medical Center for over forty years.

Feedback Announces Chairman Changes      

Feedback plc announced the appointment of Dr. Alastair Riddell, 67, as Non-Executive Chairman. Dr. Riddell succeeds Tom Charlton, who becomes Deputy Chairman and who will step down from the board at the conclusion of the AGM which is likely to be held in November 2016. Dr. Riddell has over 30 years' experience in the pharmaceutical, life science and biotech industries. He is currently on the Board of three biotechnology companies; AzurRx Biotherapeutics, Cristal Therapeutics and Skyline Vet Pharma. He is also Chairman of the SWAHSN (South West Academic Health Science Network).

Date Range: May 18th - June 27th

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