Themes in the Giant Tech Reorgs:

  • Acquisitions: Vantiv acquires WorldPay. Sprint/T-Mobile US Merger; failed acquisition of Qualcomm.
  • Deals with Investors (activist or not): Akamai, Ericsson, uber.
  • Disappointing Results: Micro Focus, BT Group.
  • Other: F5 Networks (growth), Nuance (long term CEO transition), Vodafone (surprise), InfoSys (whistle blower).

60 % of the Giant Tech companies promoted CEOs internally, while 40% hired CEOs externally. Cerner is the only company that hired a CEO externally and also made him Chairman. 100% of the newly named CEOs were men. (vs. 90-95% overall in a larger set of tech companies).

Apple Steals Machine Learning and AI Star from Google 

Apple Music Promotes Two

Apple has hired Google's former head of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea to lead the company's 'machine learning and A.I. Strategy.

The giant also has appointed International exec Oliver Schusser as VP of Apple Music and international content to oversee its music streaming business, relocating from the UK to California for the new position. With Oliver’s promotion, Apple marketing executive Tracey Hannelly will lead International for Apple music, which services 155 markets. She joined the company in 2007 beginning in Australia and New Zealand.

 Amazon Studios Hires NBC Chief as a New Head

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke has been named head of Amazon Studios. Salke will oversee all television and film production for Amazon's entertainment arm.

Board Changes

Facebook board: Jan Koum, 41, CEO of WhatsApp stepped down from the board over significant disagreements over privacy issues.

Joining Akamai’s board is Amazon’s CISO - Tom Killalea, 49.

LogMeIn has named Sara Andrews, SVP and Global CISO of PepsiCo to the company’s board of directors.


  • Samsung Electronics Announced the Launch of The Samsung Design Innovation Center (SDIC). SDIC, a design lab dedicated to the integration of disruptive user-experiences to product design.
  • Microsoft names Rajesh Jha to lead Experiences & Devices as EVP. The word Windows is dropped from the title, but the role includes Windows, Office, third-party applications and devices on an integrated 365 Experience.
  • Cisco names Salesforce executive Maria Martinez, 60, joins Cisco as EVP and chief customer experience officer. She’s also held a number of leadership positions at Microsoft, Motorola, AT&T as well as CEO of the start-up, Embrace Networks. 
  • Apple has hired Google's former head of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea to lead the company's 'machine learning and A.I. Strategy.
  • Google appointed veteran programmer Jeff Dean, 50, as the new head of the company's artificial intelligence unit,
  • Facebook is making forays into the future with emphasis on technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented/Virtual Reality.

Giant technology companies have had plenty of action with their boards the first half of 2018. This is the second of a two part series of updates.

In this Edition -Tech Boards in 1H2018

  • Board Trends
  • Board Members Appointed/ Resigning by Functional Role & Gender
  • Board Leadership Changes: Companies Combining Chairman/CEO Roles; Companies Naming New Chairmen (non-CEO); Companies Naming New Lead Directors
  • CEO Successions: internally and externally sourced
  • Board Members Appointed/Resigning by Function: external CEOs/Presidents/GM; CFOs/Audit and Investment Professionals; CIOs/ CTOs. CISOs, Privacy.
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Trends in Exec & Board Changes in Tech Companies

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Giant technology companies have had plenty of action with their leadership teams in the first half of 2018. This is the first of a two part series:

In this Edition

    Trends for Boards & Exec

  • Tech Hot Topics: AI, AR/VR, IoT and many others
  • Consumer Experience and Disruptive User Design
  • Security, Data Protection and Privacy

    Mammoth Company Changes

    The Big Re-Organizations

Also please look at Part 2 - Tech Company Board Appointment Trends, which will be posted on our blog and on our LinkedIN articles.

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Athenahealth's CEO Jon Bush Steps Down Under Growing Pressure

Cloud-based software platform for medical providers, Athenahealth is in turmoil. CEO and co-founder Jonathan J. Bush, Jr., 49, stepped down as President, CEO and Board Member. He had been replaced as Chairman last year by Jeff Immelt

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 5/31/2018) and latest appointments for the month of May 2018.   

The average length of time the searches are open is 5 months, up from 4.7 months last month. There is little variance across geographies.