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.
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.
Google Appoints Former Airbnb Executive for Self-Driving Car Project
Google announced that Shaun Stewart, a former Airbnb executive, has been appointed as the new director of its self-driving car project. Stewart will help the company in commercializing Google's self-driving technology, which has been in development for more than seven years, reported Reuters. The hiring follows the departure of Chris Urmson, who served as chief technical officer of the self-driving car project.
SAP Appoints Divisional Execs; Appoints Execs to Executive Board
SAP appointed Achim Schneider as global head of the Retail Industry Business Unit. Schneider brings to his current role over 17 years of experience in Retail Industry solutions with SAP. In his most recent position as global VP he led the Global Supply Chain team and Fashion team.
Priceline Group Appoints Salesforce’s CMO as Board Member
The Priceline Group named Lynn M. Vojvodich, EVP and Chief Marketing officer of salesforce.com, as The Priceline Group's newest Director. Prior to her role at salesforce.com, Vojvodich served as a partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she helped companies build their go-to-market strategies.
Microsoft Appoints Former Cisco CTO to Board; Sees Multiple Exec Changes
Padmasree Warrior, 55, the former CTO of Cisco is joining the Microsoft board. She's already a board member for Box, and for Gap, posts she had before she left Cisco.
Vodafone Welcomes Axel Springer’s Chair/CEO and Leading Media Industry Visionary in Board Shuffle
Vodafone appointed Dr. Mathias Döpfner, 51, Chairman and CEO of the German media group Axel Springer in Berlin, while long-time director Luc Vandevelde, 63, will stand down from the Board.
Microsoft Hires Forrester Analyst as Chief Strategist in Cloud & Enterprise Group
James Staten, a veteran industry analyst who covered the cloud computing market for Forrester Research, is joining Microsoft as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group, to help in a highly competitive part of the industry. Staten has been with Forrester since 2007 as VP and principal analyst. He started his career as a journalist before becoming an analyst with Gartner in 1996, has worked at tech companies in the past, including Azul Systems and Sun Microsystems, where he was a director of marketing.
Verizon Elects Aetna Chair/CEO to Board
Verizon Communications elected Mark T. Bertolini, 57, chairman and CEO of Aetna, to its Board of Directors. Bertolini joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna's Specialty Products. He served as EVP and head of Aetna's regional businesses prior to being named president. In 2007 he was named president and in that role was responsible for all of Aetna's businesses and operations. Prior to joining Aetna, Bertolini held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans and SelectCare, where he served as president.
Microsoft Taps Adobe Exec as VP of Design for Applications and Services Group
Microsoft named Michael Gough as Corporate VP of design for the Applications and Services Group (ASG). Gough will be responsible for leading design across many of Microsoft's most important products, including Office 365. Gough joins Microsoft from Adobe Systems, where he most recently served as VP of Experience Design leading its multidisciplinary experience creation organization. Before joining Adobe in 2005, Gough served as the VP of brand design at Nike, chief creative officer at Quokka Sports, and founder and creative director at Construct Internet Design.