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Leadership Changes in Software Industry: Salesforce, NetApp, Sage Group & Many Others of Note

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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.

Motorola Solutions Appoints Skype Exec as Head of Software        

Motorola Solutions announced the leader of the company’s new software organization. Andrew Sinclair, previously of the Skype division of Microsoft, joins Motorola Solutions as the company’s first-ever head of software. Sinclair will lead the company’s software organization. As head of software, Sinclair will lead an integrated team focused on development, sales and delivery of software that provides critical intelligence to public safety and commercial users.

NetApp Appoints SVP for its Cloud Business Unit       Anthony Lye  

NetApp appointed Anthony Lye as SVP, Cloud Business Unit. Lye drives the strategy and execution necessary to create a profitable cloud business for NetApp and establish the company as the undisputed leader in managing data in a cloud-integrated world. Lye brings more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience to NetApp, spanning roles in development, product management, marketing, sales, and as a high-tech CEO. Prior to his role as EVP and chief cloud officer at Guidewire Software, he served as president & CEO for HotSchedules.

ANSYS Appoints BD and Corporate Marketing VP from SAP          

ANSYS is bolstering its executive team and strengthening its long-term strategic development capabilities by appointing industry veteran Matthew Zack as its VP of business development and corporate marketing. Zack joins the company from SAP, where his most recent role was senior corporate development executive. Previously, Zack served as the EVP and CFO of Ariba.

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; Appoints Global Leader for Real Assets Division

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.

SS&C Technologies Holdings appointed Bhagesh Malde as Managing Director & Global Head for SS&C GlobeOp's Real Assets division, to include Real Estate and Infrastructure services, and software products. Most recently, Malde was Senior Managing Director and global head of Private Equity and Real Estate at State Street. Prior to this, he was Managing Director and global head of Hedge Fund Services at J.P.  Morgan.

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.

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.

EPAM Systems Hires CFO from Cognizant  

EPAM Systems, the provider of software product development and digital platform engineering services, announced that Jason Peterson will join EPAM, and will succeed Anthony Conte as CFO. Peterson joins EPAM with 25-years of finance experience and, for the last nine years, was employed by Cognizant Technology Solutions.

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.

Software AG Gets Research & Development Leader from SAP        

Dr. Stefan Sigg will join Software AG as new Chief Research & Development Officer. Prior to joining Software AG, Dr. Sigg held a leading R&D management position at SAP.

Recently Appointed Hertz CEO Resigns as Director of RealPage

Kathryn V. Marinello, 60, a board member of property management software firm RealPage, indicated her intention to resign her position as director of the Company. Marinello has been the CEO, President and Director at Hertz Global Holdings since January 2017.

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.

SimCorp Appoints Board Member and CFO 

Investment management software solutions firm SimCorp elected Adam Warby, 56, as new member of the Board of Directors. Warby has been the Chief Executive Officer of Avanade since September 2008.

SimCorp also appointed Michael Rosenvold, as new CFO. Rosenvold joins SimCorp from Rambøll, where he has served as the group CFO since 2008. SimCorp’s current, interim CFO, Søren Strøm, will remain in his position at least until Michael Rosenvold has joined.

Sequoia Capital’s Partner to Retire from the Board of FireEye        William M. Coughran Jr. 

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.

Sophos Group Taps Worldpay Group’s CFO as Newest Board Member

Sophos Group announced that Rick Medlock is to be appointed as a non-executive director of the company. Ed Gillis will retire as a non-executive director of the company. Medlock is currently the CFO at Worldpay Group.

Progress Software Sees CFO Replacement    

Progress Software announced that Paul Jalbert, chief accounting officer, has been named as CFO. Jalbert has been chief accounting officer since joining the company in August 2012. As CFO, Jalbert replaces Kurt Abkemeier, who will leave the company.

FARO Technologies Announces Finance Executive Changes           

Janet D’Anjou, VP and Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology company FARO Technologies', was appointed as VP, Finance and Corporate Development.

Concurrent with this appointment, Stephen Bubar was appointed as the company’s VP and Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer. Bubar, previously served as Senior Director, Financial Reporting of Masimo Corporation from 2013 to April 2017, as Director, Financial Reporting from 2006 to 2013 and as Assistant Controller from 2003 to 2006.

BasWare Witnesses Leadership Changes        

Mikko Pilkama has been appointed as SVP, Network and Financing Services and as a member of the Executive Team at Basware, the Finnish software company selling enterprise software for financial processes. Prior to Basware, Mikko Pilkama was VP, Banking Services at CGI, and has held senior executive positions at Nets, Luottokunta and Nokia.

Ad van der Poel has stepped down from his position on the Basware executive team as the head of Financing Services and will pursue opportunities outside the company. The position of senior vice president, Financing Services will cease to exist.

VASCO Data Security International Appoints New CIO

VASCO Data Security International appointed Jeff Cole to the position of CIO. Cole has held senior management positions at leading companies in the technology field and most recently served as Senior Director Information Management for CareerBuilder. Prior to CareerBuilder, Cole held various management positions for Discover Financial Services rising through a series of roles with increasing responsibility.

Date Range: March 7th - April 6th

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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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