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Tech Board Shuffles: Cisco, Adobe, TE Connectivity, ZTE & Many More

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Cisco Systems Appoints Allergan Chair/CEO to its Board of DirectorsBrenton L. Saunders

Cisco Systems appointed Brenton L. Saunders, 47, Chairman, CEO and President of Allergan, to its Board of Directors. He was a co-founder of Health Care Compliance Association in 1995. He has significant healthcare industry expertise and led various business transformations and integrations.

Broadcom Directors Justine F. Page Decides Not to Stand for Re-Election to the Board

Justine F. Page informed the board of directors of Broadcom Limited that she would not be standing for re-election. Page will step down from the board to pursue academic and other interests. Page served as the CFO, VP of Finance, Treasurer, and Secretary of Integrated Circuit Systems from 1999 to 2005 when ICS merged with Integrated Device Technologies, following which Page retired.

Adobe Combines Chair-CEO Roles and Appoints Lead Director

Adobe announced that its Board of Directors has elected Shantanu Narayen as Chairman of the Board. Narayen will continue in his role as President and CEO of Adobe and succeeds Co-Chairs and Co-Founders of the company, John Warnock and Chuck Geschke, who will remain on the Board.

The company also announced that board member Jim Daley, a 35-year Price Waterhouse veteran and prior CFO of a publicly traded technology company, has been named Lead Director to ensure continued sound corporate governance. Daley has been a board member since 2001 and was formerly the head of the audit committee.

Applied Materials Names Long Time Director and Former HP Exec as Board Chairman  

Applied Materials announced Thomas J. Iannotti as chairman of the Board. Iannotti succeeds Willem P. Roelandts, who has retired from the board. Iannotti joined Applied’s board in 2005. Prior to being named chairman, he served as chair of the board’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee and was a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He spent nine years as an executive at Hewlett-Packard Company, including SVP and General Manager, Enterprise Services from 2009 to 2011.

TE Connectivity Announces Retirement of Juergen W. Gromer as Director         

Juergen W. Gromer has reached the Board’s retirement age of 72 and therefore, in accordance with the Board’s retirement policy, was not nominated for re-election as a director of TE Connectivity. Gromer served as the President of TE Connectivity from 1999 to 2007.

Analog Devices Elects Co-Founder at Linear Technology to Serve as Director     

Analog Devices entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Linear Technology Corporation and Tahoe Acquisition Corp. The Company elected Robert H. Swanson, Jr., Co-Founder at Linear Technology, to serve as a director for a term continuing to the Company's next annual meeting of shareholders next year.

Former Accenture CEO Not to Stand for Reelection to First Data Board   

Joe W. Forehand will not run for reelection as a director when his term expires at First Data Board. Forehand is former Chairman of the board and former CEO of Accenture.

Motorola Solutions Elects Former Emotient CEO to its BoardKen Denman

Motorola Solutions announced that Ken Denman has been elected to its board of directors. Denman was previously President and CEO of Emotient. He also held CEO positions at two Silicon Valley software companies Openwave Systems and iPass, and was COO – Wireless, for MediaOne International. Denman currently serves on the board of ShoreTel and Mitek.

ZTE’s Former CEO Resigns as Non-Executive Director    

China based telecom equipment and systems company ZTE Corporation received a resignation from Shi Lirong as Non-executive Director. Shi has been the former CEO of the company.

Advanced Micro Devices Announces Board Changes     

Martin Edelman resigned as a member of the Board of Directors after four years of service on the AMD Board. The Board appointed John W. Marren as an independent director to the Board. Marren's 30-year career spans both the financial and technology industries, with a deep focus on semiconductors. He retired from Texas Pacific Group (TPG) Capital in 2015 after spending 16 years at the firm as senior partner and head of technology investments.

Global Payments Appoints Member of the Board

Global Payments appointed William B. Plummer as a member of the Board. Plummer has served as the EVP and CFO of United Rentals. He also serves as a director of John Wiley & Sons.

Open Text Appoints Former CEO of Schindler Group to Board       

Open Text appointed Jürgen Tinggren to its Board. Tinggren is the former CEO of Schindler Group and has over 30 years of international business experience. He is currently a non-executive member of the Board of Johnson Controls International, Sika AG and the Conference Board. 

Carlyle MD Resigns from CommScope Board        

Campbell R. Dyer, a director of CommScope, the infrastructure solutions provider for communications networks, notified the company of his decision to resign from the Board. Dyer is currently Managing Director in the Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications  group at Carlyle. 

EchoStar Makes Board Changes

EchoStar, a global satellite services provider and developer of hybrid video delivery technologies, appointed William D. Wade to EchoStar's Board of Directors.  Wade served as the President and CEO of Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) based in Hong Kong and as Deputy CEO of AsiaSat, and is currently serving as a senior advisor to the CEO of AsiaSat through March 2017.

Zillow Group Appoints VP of Product at Slack as Board Member

Zillow Group announced that the appointment of April Underwood to the company's Board. Underwood is VP of product at Slack. She joined Slack as head of platform in June 2015. Underwood also is a founding member of #Angels. From 2010 until 2015, Underwood led product, marketing and business development teams as director of product at Twitter.

International Game Technology Names Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School to the Board               

International Game Technology announced the appointment of Heather J. McGregor as an independent director. McGregor is the Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, the graduate school of business of Heriot-Watt University in the U.K. McGregor is also the principal shareholder and non-executive chairman of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett. In addition, McGregor is a director of Non-Standard Finance.

New Enterprise Associates General Partner Regions from Tableau Software’s Board

Forest Baskett, a member of the Tableau Software Board since 2004, resigned from the company's Board. Baskett has been a long-term investor in Tableau Software and is General Partner at New Enterprise Associates. Forest joined NEA in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004.

Intersil Corporation Announces Board Changes               

In connection with the merger, as designated by Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that each of Mercedes Johnson, Sohail Khan, Greg Lang, Don Macleod, Ernest E. Maddock and Forrest E. Norrod resigned from his or her respective position as a member of the Board of Directors of Intersil Corporation.

The size of the Board of Directors of Intersil was reduced to two members and the following individual, as designated by Renesas, was elected as a new member of the Board of Directors of Intersil: Hisanori Kawahara, with Necip Sayiner remaining in place as a director of Intersil.

Grubhub Announces Departure of Benjamin Spero from Board      Benjamin Spero 

Grubhub announced the resignation of Benjamin Spero from its Board. Spero is departing in order to increase his focus on other business interests. Spero first joined the Board as a Seamless director in June 2011, and served more than three years as a Grubhub director following the merger in August 2013.

RealPage Announces Resignation of Kathryn V. Marinello as Director   

Kathryn V. Marinello, a member of the board of directors of RealPage, indicated her intention to resign her position as director of the Company. Marinello is the CEO, a Director of the Company and Chairman of the Board for Stream Global Services, a global outsourcing solution providerr, providing BPO services for Fortune 1000 clients.

Paysafe Group Appoints Female Non-Executive Directors

Online payments company Paysafe Group named Jennifer Allerton and Karen Guerra as independent Non-Executive Directors of the company. Jennifer Allerton brings a wealth of international experience in payments technology, data innovation, operations and IT strategy. She is the former CIO of the pharmaceutical division of Hoffmann-La Roche, where she was a member of the pharmaceutical executive committee which doubled sales and quadrupled profits in a five-year period. Jennifer is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Sandvik, Iron Mountain and Aveva Group.

Karen Guerra has significant senior-level experience in the consumer goods sector, having been Managing Director and Chairman of Colgate-Palmolive's UK company between 1996-1999, followed by heading the larger French subsidiary between 1999-2006 operating across Oral, Personal & Household Care. She is a non-executive director of Davide Campari-Milano.

Groupon Adds CEO of IAC  Joey Levin to Board of Directors        

Groupon announced that Joey Levin, CEO of IAC will join its Board of Directors. Levin, has enjoyed a 14-year career at IAC and currently oversees the media and Internet company composed of widely known brands such as HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, About.com, Dictionary.com.

Blackhawk Network Appoints Accel-KKR Managing Partner as Director

Blackhawk Network Holdings appointed Thomas Barnds as a board member. Tom Barnds, 48, has been an entrepreneur and executive for more than twenty years. He is currently a Managing Partner of and founding partner at Accel-KKR, where he has been employed since 2000. In addition, Barnds currently serves and has served on the boards of various private technology companies.

Aveva Group Appoints Non-Executive Director

AVEVA Group, engineering software provider for the Plant and Marine industries, announced that Rohinton (Ron) Mobed is appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director. Ron Mobed is currently the CEO of the Elsevier business of RELX and was a Non-Executive Director of Argus Media, an information provider for the commodity industry from 2009 until 2011. Ron has also held senior positions with Schlumberger and IHS Energy.

Sapphire Ventures’ Managing Director Jai Das to Resign from the Board of Five9            

Jai Das, a Director of Five9, informed the company that he would resign from the Board. Jai is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures and looks for start-ups developing ground-breaking products and services in the United States and in India. He has led and manages the firm’s investments in Alteryx, Box (BOX), Five9 (FIVN), Justdial (JUSTDIAL), Mirantis, Mulesoft, Narrative Science, Nutanix, PayTM, Socrata and Square.

NEXTDC Appoints Sharon Warburton as Non-Executive Director              

Australia based sata centres, colocation, hybrid cloud solutions company NEXTDC appointed Sharon Warburton to the company board. Warburton brings extensive experience and insight into corporate strategy, business operations and finance, with a strong track record in the resources, infrastructure and construction industries. She is currently a non-executive director of Fortescue Metals Group and Gold Road Resources. She is also Chairman of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and a Director of Western Power.

Mitel Appoints Director with Proven Track Record in Managing Innovation Transitions

Mitel announced the appointment of Martha Bejar to the company's Board of Directors. Bejar brings to Mitel broad corporate board experience in the information, communication, technology (ICT) sector, and has also held senior leadership positions with some of the world's leading global technology companies including: CEO and Director of Flow Mobile; Chairperson/CEO of Wipro Infocrossing Cloud Computing Services; Corporate VP for Communications at Microsoft; and a series of executive positions at Nortel Networks including President of the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region.

Sue Swenson to Step Down from the Board of Spirent Communications              

Spirent Communications announced that Sue Swenson will be stepping down from the board in order to more fully focus on her Chair and CEO role at Inseego and her non-executive role at Wells Fargo & Company.

Extreme Networks Appoints John Shoemaker as Chairman

Extreme Networks, that delivers software-driven networking solutions, named John Shoemaker to Chairman. Shoemaker is an industry veteran with significant experience at high technology companies, including Altera, SonicWall, Sun Microsystems and Xerox. In addition, Shoemaker has held various senior and executive-level management positions as SVP of worldwide marketing at Xerox and VP and GM of its Document Systems Business as well as EVP of worldwide operations at Sun Microsystems and EVP and GM of its Computer Systems Division.

Shoemaker succeeds John Kispert who has decided to step down from the Board to focus on other professional and personal interests.

Unisys Names Baxter CIO Paul Martin to Board

Unisys Corporation announced that Paul Martin has been elected to the company board of directors. Martin has served as corporate VP and CIO of Baxter International, since joining the company in 2011. Martin, 58, previously spent 11 years at Rexam, where he initially served as Division CIO leading all aspects of divisional IT across 26 factories in the Americas.

Blucora Announces New Chairman and Other Board Changes   

Blucora appointed William L. Atwell and H. McIntyre “Mac” Gardner to its Board of Directors, at which time Atwell will also become Chairman of the Board. These appointments are designed to evolve the Blucora Board to support its previously announced transition to a technology enabled financial solutions company. These additions follow the decisions by John E. Cunningham IV, Blucora’s Chairman, and David H.S. Chung to retire from the Board.

Atwell most recently served as President of CIGNA’s International business before retiring in 2012 to run his own financial services consulting firm, Atwell Partners.

Gardner brings decades of leadership and operating experience in the wealth and consumer products industries, having most recently served as the Head of Americas Region and Global Bank Group, Global Private Client at Merrill Lynch.

Eastman Kodak Sees Board Departures

John A. Janitz will retire from the Eastman Kodak Board. In addition, Derek Smith notified the Board that he will not stand for re-election to the Kodak Board of Directors. Messrs. Janitz and Smith will remain on the Board until the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders.

Simcoe Capital Management Founder and Managing Member Joins Exar’s Board           

Analog mixed-signal integrated circuits maker Exar Corporation announced that it had invited Jeffrey Jacobowitz to join the Board of Directors. Jacobowitz, 47, is the founder and managing member of Simcoe Capital Management.

Tabula Rasa Healthcare Elects Former Kaiser Permanente Exec  to its Board      

Tabula Rasa Healthcare, a provider of patient-specific, data-driven technology and solutions that enable healthcare organizations to optimize medication regimens to improve patient outcomes, elected Dennis K. Helling, PharmD, ScD (Hon), FCCP, FASHP, FAPhA, to its Board. Dr. Helling is the Executive Director Emeritus, Pharmacy Operations & Therapeutics, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Helling served Kaiser from 1992 – 2013. Currently, he is the VP of The Denver Hospice Board and Chairman of the Working Group on Pharmacy Reimbursement in the Federation of International Pharmacy.

MobileIron’s Newest Board Member is CIO of Varian Medical Systems

Jessica Denecour, CIO of Varian Medical Systems, joined the board of MobileIron, an IT security vendor. Denecour has held senior technology management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies.

Date Range: February 9th - March 14th

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

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, garage.ca, 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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