Former Salesforce CMO Joins Ford Motor’s Board of Directors
Ford Motor Company announced the election of Lynn Vojvodich to the company’s board of directors. Vojvodich is a global technology executive who has built, grown and transformed businesses for more than 20 years. She works with venture capital firms as an advisor to pre-IPO and start-up companies. From 2013 to February 2017, Vojvodich was EVP and CMO of Salesforce.
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.
Cisco Systems Appoints Allergan Chair/CEO to its Board of Directors
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.
AT&T’s Long-Time Board Member to Retire
AT&T board member Dr. Gilbert Amelio, 70, has decided to retire to devote more attention to a wide range of professional and personal activities. Amelio has been an AT&T Director since 2001 and had previously served as an Advisory Director of AT&T from 1997 to 2001. Also, he was a Director of Pacific Telesis Group from 1995 until 1997 when the company was acquired by AT&T (then known as SBC Communications).
Senior Apple Exec Steps Down to Work on Special Projects
Apple’s SVP of Technologies Bob Mansfield, 52, will step down, to work on special projects. Mansfield originally retired in June 2012, but returned to the company two months later to his most recent role. Mansfield presided over some of Apple’s toughest hardware-engineering jobs in the past decade, including a transition of its Mac personal computers to Intel chips and development of the iPad tablet. Mansfield was SVP of Mac Hardware Engineering, overseeing teams that delivered products such as the iMac and MacBook. Earlier in his career, he was senior director at SGI and VP of Engineering at Raycer Graphics, acquired by Apple in 1999.
Netflix CEO Quits Microsoft Board
Reed Hastings, 52, who has served as a member of the Microsoft Board for last five years and is current lead independent director, decided not to seek re-election. Reed Hastings has served as Netflix’s CEO since 1998 and Chairman since inception. He served as CEO of Pure Atria Software, a maker of software development tools, before that, until it was acquired by Rational Software.
American Express Appoints Former Amazon and Apple Exec for Software Product Management
American Express named Erich Ringewald as VP of Software Product Management for the U.S. Consumer Services business. Most recently, Ringewald served as CTO for Boku, a leading global mobile payments network that enables customers to purchase virtual goods using their mobile phone numbers. Prior to joining Boku, Ringewald was a General Manager and VP of Amazon.com. Earlier in his career, he co-founded Accept.com (acquired by Amazon.com), which pioneered person-to-person payments on the internet. He also co-founded Be, a computer company founded by former Apple Computer executives, and served as the CTO and VP of Engineering. Prior to that, he held various senior engineering management positions at Apple, including managing the Operating System Advanced Technology teams, the Macintosh Operating System team and the European Software Research and Development team.
Facebook CTO leaving
Facebook’s CTO, Bret Taylor, 32, will be leaving the social network company for a start-up with Kevin Gibbs, founder and tech lead of the Google App Engine and creator of Google Suggest.