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.
VMware Announces Multiple Leadership Changes
VMware announced an expanded focus on communication service providers (CSPs) and telecommunications carriers (telcos), and the promotion of Shekar Ayyar to EVP and General Manager, Telco Group. Ayyar holds more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in enterprise software, communications and semiconductors.
Microsoft Appoints MD for its India Lab
Microsoft announced the appointment of Sriram Rajamani as the new managing director of its India lab. Based in Bangalore, Sriram will spearhead Microsoft India's continued focus on research, innovation and collaboration with the scientific community. He replaces Chandu Thekkath, who previously was managing director of the lab for 2 years. Prior to joining the India lab, he headed the Software Productivity Tools group within Microsoft's Redmond research lab.
Microsoft Goes Through More Board and Senior Leadership Changes
Microsoft appoints Mason Morfit, 38, president of ValueAct Capital, to the company's board. ValueAct Capital is a San Francisco-based investment firm with a $2 billion stake in Microsoft, which entered into a cooperation agreement to have Morfit join the board. Before joining ValueAct Capital in early 2001, Morfit worked in equity research for Credit Suisse First Boston. He is also a director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.
Former PlayStation Exec Takes Over Microsoft Studios Europe
Microsoft announced that Phil Harrison has been named VP of the Interactive Entertainment Business. Most recently, Harrison was a General Partner at London Venture Partners. He continues to serve as a Special Advisor to the company. Before joining London Venture Partners, Harrison served as President of Atari and was a member of the company’s Board. He joined Sony in 1992 and has held various titles at the company, including President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, EVP of Development at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, and VP of 3rd Party & R&D at Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Former Symantec CEO Joins Microsoft Board
Microsoft announced that John Thompson, 62, has joined the company’s Board. Currently, Thompson serves as the CEO of Virtual Instruments, a provider of virtual infrastructure and SAN optimization. Before joining Virtual Instruments, he was the Chairman & CEO of Symantec. Earlier in his career, Thompson held senior leadership positions at IBM, including GM of IBM Americas. He currently serves on the board of directors at UPS, Seagate Technology, and Teach for America.