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.
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.
Salesforce Names Keith Block as COO
Salesforce named Vice Chairman and President Keith Block, 54, its COO. Keith Block will continue to serve as vice chairman and president and serve as a member of Salesforce's board. Prior to joining Salesforce, Block served as Oracle's EVP of North America Sales and Consulting, leading a multi-billion dollar sales and services business-unit that achieved record revenue and margin during his tenure.
Merck Appoints Retired Accenture CFO to Board
Merck appointed Pamela J. Craig, 58, retired CFO of Accenture, to the company’s board of directors. Craig served as the CFO of Accenture from 2006 until her retirement in 2013. During her 34 years at Accenture, she held a variety of consulting, line management, operational and finance leadership roles.
RealPage Adds Board Member with Consumer Marketing and Consumer Finance Expertise
RealPage, the provider of SaaS to the rental housing industry, has added Kathryn V. Marinello, 59, to its board of directors. Marinello also serves on the boards of General Motors, AB Volvo Group, and Neilson Holdings. Marinello was previously Chairman and CEO of Stream Global Services, and also had served as Chairman and CEO of Ceridian, in addition to positions at Fleet Commercial Finance and First Data Corporation.
Activision Blizzard Goes Through Board Changes; Appoints Directors from Consumer and Media Domain
Activision Blizzard elected Hendrik J. Hartong III, 47, and Casey Wasserman, 41, as new board members. Richard Sarnoff, 57, resigned from the Company's Board. Hartong is the chairman and CEO of Brynwood Partners, a private equity firm specializing in the consumer products sector. Hartong joined Brynwood Partners in 2004 as a managing partner, after the firm's divestiture of one of its portfolio companies, Lincoln Snacks Company, a food products company. He was the president and CEO of Lincoln Snacks until 2004. Prior to joining Lincoln Snacks, he held various sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility with Baskin Robbins USA and Nestlé USA.
SAP Names New President to Head Latin America Organization; Marketing Exec Joins Hortonworks
SAP has appointed Claudio Muruzabal as the new president for SAP Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC). Muruzabal was previously CEO of NEORIS. With more than 25 years in the IT industry, Muruzabal successfully lead the evolution of NEORIS from being the IT branch of CEMEX, to becoming a global fast growth business and IT consulting company. During his 10 year tenure, NEORIS achieved global partner status with SAP. Previously, Muruzabal served as VP of NCR’s Teradata for Latin America and the Caribbean, and also held numerous executive positions throughout his 17 year career at NCR.
Microsoft Appoints its Former President of Office Division as New EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning
Microsoft named Kurt DelBene, 54, as EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
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.