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Microsoft Promotes Regional Leader to New Global Digital Transformation Role; Appoints New MEA Region President

Microsoft has appointed Ali Faramawy to the newly announced global role as the head of the Emerging Markets Digital Transformation Organization which has been established within Microsoft. He has headed the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region for thirteen years, most recently as President. 

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Amazon.com Appoints Founding Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech as DirectorDaniel P. Huttenlocher

Amazon.com elected Daniel P. Huttenlocher as a director of the company. Huttenlocher has been founding Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell Tech at Cornell University since 2012, and has worked for Cornell University since 1988 in various positions. Huttenlocher has served as a director of Corning since February 2015.

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Microsoft's Applications and Services Group EVP Dr. Qi Lu Steps Down; New MD for India Lab Appointed

Dr. Qi LuDr. Qi Lu, the EVP in charge of Microsoft's Applications and Services Group, is leaving the company due to health reasons. Dr. Lu was previously the president of the Online Services Division, where he led the company’s search, portal and online advertising efforts. He spent 10 years at Yahoo before joining Microsoft in 2008. Many of Lu’s duties will be taken over by Rajesh Jha, a corporate VP who has been leading Microsoft’s Outlook and Office 365 efforts.

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Microsoft Announces Multiple Key Executive Changes        

Microsoft announced a broad reorganization of the company's senior executive ranks as long-time COO Kevin Turner prepares to leave for another job. Instead of naming a new COO, the company appointed two executives to divvy up the sales responsibilities and report to him. Jean-Philippe Courtois will be in charge of global sales, marketing and operations spanning Microsoft's 13 business areas. Judson Althoff will lead the worldwide commercial business, including government and small and medium-sized businesses. 

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Apple Makes Appointments to Key Leadership RolesChris Porritt

Apple hired Tesla Motors' former VP of vehicle engineering Chris Porritt to work on its Project Titan car project. Steve Zadesky, who led Apple's Project Titan, left the company earlier this year. Before working at Tesla, Porritt served as chief engineer for British luxury carmaker Aston Martin.

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Google’s Head of Enterprise Apps to Run Virtual Reality BusinessAmit Singh

Amit Singh, the president of Google for Work, the company's unit that sells its suite of apps to other companies, is now leading business and operations for Google's nascent virtual reality division. Singh, a former Oracle sales exec, has lead Google for Work since 2010. 

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Amazon Names Cloud Computing Head as Unit CEOAndy Jassy

Web retailer Amazon announced Andy Jassy, 47, the SVP of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing business since 2006, as CEO of the unit. Jassy served as VP of Web Services at Amazon from January 2005 to April 2006, VP of Associates and Web Services of Amazon from September 2003 to January 2005 and served as its VP and Technical Assistant from November 2002 to September 2003. Prior to that, he founded a marketing consulting company in 1997 and served as its Manager. 

Couple of Google VPs Leave

Alan Warren, Google’s VP of Engineering has left the company. He has joined health insurance startup Oscar as CTO. A Googler since 2004, Warren most recently led engineering for Google Docs and Drive. Before that, he steered Google’s New York office through its tremendous growth period — it ballooned from 50 engineers to over 3,000. Reliving that growth was part of the reason Warren jumped to Oscar. Warren also worked on Google Health, the search engine’s ill-fated attempt to centralize personal health records.

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Couple of Google VPs LeaveAlan Warren

Alan Warren, Google’s VP of Engineering has left the company. He has joined health insurance startup Oscar as CTO. A Googler since 2004, Warren most recently led engineering for Google Docs and Drive. Before that, he steered Google’s New York office through its tremendous growth period — it ballooned from 50 engineers to over 3,000. Reliving that growth was part of the reason Warren jumped to Oscar. Warren also worked on Google Health, the search engine’s ill-fated attempt to centralize personal health records.

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Capital One Appoints Former Amazon CISO to Board  

American bank holding company Capital One Financial Corporation announced that Tom Killalea, an experienced technological innovator, and the former Chief Information Security Officer at Amazon.com, to a newly created seat on the Board. Killalea has been an advisor to private technology-driven companies since November 2014. He also serves on the boards of Orreco and of MongoDB, and is on the Advisory Board of Profitero.

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