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Tech Vendor Board Shuffles: Salesforce, eBay & Others

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Kleiner Perkins’ Chief Product Officer Resigns from Amazon BoardWilliam B. Gordon

William B. Gordon, 66, resigned as a director of Amazon after fourteen years on the board. Gordon stepped down so he could provide consulting services to the company for two years. Gordon is currently the Chief Product Officer at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Bing also leads KPCB’s sFund, the investment initiative to fund and build applications and services that deliver on the promise of the social web.

Intel Announces Board Appointments  

Intel announced that Omar Ishrak and Greg Smith have been elected to Intel’s board of directors. Ishrak is the chairman and CEO of Medtronic. He has served in that role since 2011.

Smith is the CFO and EVP of corporate development and strategy at Boeing. He has served as Boeing’s finance leader since 2012 and its strategy leader since 2015.

Salesforce’s Board Member with Financial and Administrative Expertise Intends to Step Down

Lawrence Tomlinson, 75, intends to retire from the board of Salesforce. Tomlinson served as SVP and treasurer for Hewlett-Packard until 2003. Tomlinson has a broad global financial and administrative background that includes expertise in controllership, tax, treasury, order fulfillment, information technology, distribution, logistics and financial strategic alliances.

eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar Not to Stand for Re-Election to PayPal Board         

Pierre Omidyar informed PayPal that he will not stand for re-election to PayPal’s Board of Directors when his current term expires. He is the founder of the eBay where he served as chairman from 1998 to 2015.

Cognizant Goes Through Board Changes              

Cognizant announced that Betsy S. Atkins and John M. Dineen have been elected to its Board as new independent directors. Atkins has been the CEO of venture capital firm Baja and was previously Chairman and CEO of Clear Standards. 

Dineen previously served as CEO of GE Healthcare and held a number of senior executive roles in his 28 year career at General Electric. Since January 2015, he has served as Operating Advisor at private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

Cognizant also announced that Lakshmi Narayanan and Thomas M. Wendel will not be seeking re-election.  Narayanan has served as a Board member since 2003 and Wendel has served as a member of the Board since 2001.

Infosys Appoints Independent Director Ravi Venkatesan as the Co-Chairman of the Board         

Infosys appointed Ravi Venkatesan, Independent Director as the Co-Chairman of the Board. Venkatesan is the Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda. He is also the founder Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a partner at Unitus Seed Fund and a fund advisor at Kalaari Capital. Ravi serves on the boards of Rockefeller Foundation and several advisory boards. Prior to this, he was Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011. Ravi has served on the boards of Harvard Business School, AB Volvo, Bunge, and Thermax.

Paychex Director Pamela A. Joseph Resigns

Pamela A. Joseph, 57, notified Paychex of her resignation from the Company's Board of Directors. Joseph has been a member of the Board since 2005. Joseph has been the President and COO of Total System Services since May 2016.

Expedia Elects Chelsea Clinton as Director Chelsea Clinton

Expedia expanded the size of the Board from thirteen to fourteen members and elected Chelsea Clinton to fill the newly-created directorship. Clinton currently serves as Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation where her work emphasizes improving global and domestic health, creating service opportunities and empowering the next generation of leaders. She has previously worked as an associate at McKinsey and as an Assistant Vice Provost at New York University, where she focused on interfaith initiatives and the university’s Global Expansion Program.

ServiceNow Appoints New CEO as Director

ServiceNow expanded the size of the Board from ten to eleven members and appointed new President and CEO John J. Donahoe to Board.  Donahoe was appointed as a director in connection with his appointment as the Company's President and CEO.

Twitter Director Peter Fenton Steps Down         

Benchmark partner Peter Fenton, who had been on Twitter’s board since 2009, will not seek re-election to the board. Fenton has been a General Partner at Benchmark Capital since May 2006. Prior to joining Benchmark, Peter was a Managing Partner at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm, from 1999 to 2006.

Amy Chang to Step Down from Splunk Board    

Amy Chang, founder/CEO of Accompany, will not stand for re-election to the Board of Directors of Splunk. She was appointed to the Splunk board in March 2015.

The Sage Group Appoints Cath Keers as Non-Executive Director   

The Sage Group plc appointed Cath Keers to its board as a non-executive director. She was a non-executive director of Home Retail Group from September 2011 to September 2016. Keers is a non-executive director of the Royal Mail group, TalkTalk Telecom Group and Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society and is the Chairman of Ustwo. Cath Keers served as a Customer Director of 02 PLC, UK since March 2004 and served as its Marketing Director. She was also GM at BT.

SS&C Technologies Director to Leave

William A. Etherington, 75, provided notice of his intent to retire as a director of SS&C Technologies. Etherington is resigning for personal reasons and not due to any disagreement with the company. Etherington has been a Director of SS&C since 2006. He is former CEO and President of IBM World Trade Corporation.

Take-Two Interactive Software Appoints Expert on Urban Education to the Board

Video game publishing company Take-Two Interactive Software appointed LaVerne Srinivasan to the company’s Board of Directors. Srinivasan is VP of the National Program and Program Director for Education at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, employing creative strategies and innovative thinking to strengthen urban education.

Ray M. Robinson Submits Resignation from Avnet's Board         

Avnet, a leading global technology distributor, announced that Ray M. Robinson submitted his resignation from the company’s board of directors. Ray has been a director of Avnet since 2000. He is retired President, AT&T Southern Region Business Services Division.

Just Eat Appoints Hays CEO as Independent Director

Just Eat plc announced the appointment of Alistair Cox as an independent non-executive director. Alistair is CEO of recruitment specialist Hays plc and has significant executive and non-executive experience with UK-listed companies. He has previously served as a non-executive director of 3i Group and as CEO of Xansa plc, the technology and outsourcing group.

Oracle Financial Services Software Appoints Oracle Assistant General Counsel as DirectorKimberly Woolley

Oracle Financial Services Software named Kimberly Woolley as a Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director of the company. Woolley is Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Oracle.

Tech Data CEO to Add On Chair Role        

Tech Data announced that Chairman Steven A. (Steve) Raymund has informed the board of directors that he will not stand for reelection as a board member and will retire as chairman. Tech Data CEO and board member Robert M. (Bob) Dutkowsky will be appointed chairman of the board following Raymund’s retirement, and Charles E. (Eddie) Adair will continue in his role as lead independent director. Dutkowsky joined Tech Data in October 2006 as CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors.

Silicon Labs Appoints Former Freescale CEO to its Board             

Silicon Labs reported the appointment of Gregg Lowe to the company's board of directors. Lowe brings more than a decade of executive leadership experience at Freescale Semiconductor and Texas Instruments to his Silicon Labs board position. Lowe served as President and CEO of Freescale from June 2012 until December 2015.

InterDigital Announces Board Changes

InterDigital, the company that designs and develops technologies for wireless communications, appointed Joan Gillman to the company's Board of Directors. Gillman was EVP of Time Warner Cable and President and COO of Time Warner Cable Media from 2006 until shortly after Time Warner’s acquisition by Charter Communications in May 2016.

The company also announced that longtime director Robert S. Roath will retire from the Board of Directors at the end of his current term.

Redpoint Ventures’ Partner Steps down from Board of Twilio  

Scott Raney informed that he will not stand for re-election as a member of the Board of Directors of Twilio, the cloud communications platform as a service company. Raney is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures focusing on information and consumer technology.

Verint Systems Appoints FirstRain’s Chair and Former CEO to Board        

Verint Systems appointed Penelope Herscher to the Board. Herscher has over 15 years of experience as a high-tech CEO and over 10 years serving on public company boards. She currently sits on the boards of Lumentum Operations and Rambus Corporation. She is executive chairman at FirstRain and was formerly President & CEO until 2015.

Sequoia Capital’s Partner to Retire from the Board of FireEye       

William M. Coughran Jr., 63, notified FireEye of his decision to not stand for re-election to the company's Board of Directors when his current term expires at the company's next annual meeting of stockholders to be held in June 2017. Coughran has served as a member of the Board since July 2012. Coughran has been a Partner of Sequoia Capital since October 2011. Coughran focuses on early, seed and growth stage investments in technology sector. He served as SVP of Engineering at Google from 2003 to 2011.

Q2 Holdings Appoints Spredfast CFO as Board MemberLynn Atchison

Q2 Holdings added Lynn Atchison, CFO of Spredfast, to its board of directors. Atchison joined Spredfast in February 2017. Prior to Spredfast, Atchison served as the CFO of HomeAway shortly after it was acquired by Expedia. Atchison serves on the Austin Technology Council board of directors.

TrueCar Appoints Retired American Honda Motor EVP as Board Member

Automotive pricing and information website Truecar nominated John Mendel to its board of directors. Mendel recently retired from American Honda Motor Company, where he was the EVP, Automobile Division. Prior to joining American Honda, Mendel spent 28 years with Ford Motor Company and served as EVP and COO for Mazda North American Operations.

Abhishek Agrawal, board member since 2013, informed TrueCar that he will not stand for re-election to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mindtree’s Non-Executive Vice Chairman to Retire

Dr. Albert Hieronimus will be retiring as Independent Director of Mindtree, the IT Solutions and Product Engineering Services Company. He served as a Non-Executive Vice Chairman of MindTree since April 2012 until April 2017 and served as its Non-Executive Chairman from April  2011 to April 2012.

Mimecast Appoints Kronos CEO to Board            

Cloud-based email management firm Mimecast announced Aron Ain has joined its board of directors. Ain has been CEO of Kronos since 2005. Ain has been instrumental in revolutionizing the way organizations manage their workforces with products and services designed to serve global customer needs, increase productivity, manage compliance risk, and drive employee engagement.

MINDBODY’s Director Resigns  

Jeremy Levine notified online business management software company MINDBODY of his intention to resign as a director of the Company, in order to pursue other professional endeavours.

Barracuda Networks Announces Couple of Board Appointments             

Barracuda Networks elected Chet Kapoor and Stephen P. Mullaney to serve as members of the Board. Chet Kapoor, 49, served as CEO of Apigee Corporation. Stephen P. Mullaney, 53, served as senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit at VMware.

Imagination Technologies Announces Retirement of Gilles Delfassy from Board

Imagination Technologies Group, the leading multimedia, processor and communications technology company, has been notified by Gilles Delfassy, one of the non-executive directors, that he has decided to retire from the Board.

Bottomline Technologies Appoints Deputy CFO for American Express as Director           

Bottomline Technologies announced the appointment of Paul H. Hough to its Board of Directors. Hough is EVP and Deputy CFO for American Express.

Blucora Directors to Step Down               

Andrew M. Snyder, who has served as a director of Blucora since 2011, informed the Board of Directors of the Company that he does not plan to stand for re-election at the Company's 2017 annual meeting of stockholders.

Steven W. Hooper, who has served as a director of the Company since 2011, informed the Board that he plans to retire from the Board.

Co-Founder Cinta Putra Intends to Retire from the Board of Everbridge  

Cinta Putra, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Everbridge informed the Board of her intention to retire from the Board. Putra Co-Founded Everbridge in 2002 and served as its CFO and SVP of Business Operations since September 2011 until November 2014. She served as the CEO at Everbridge since November 2002 until September 2011.

Date Range: March 15th - April 24th

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Dora Vell

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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