Global Software: Executive Moves - April - June 2016



  • Kulmeet Bawa replaces Umang Bedi as managing director for South Asia
  • Cynthia Stoddard, former CIO of NetApp, appointed SVP and CIO
  • Anandan Padmanabhan, managing director of research outreach at Microsoft, appointed to the board

  • Arun Sirdeshmukh, co-founder of Fashionara, appointed Amazon India's head of fashion portfolio
  • Manish Tiwary replaces Samir Kumar as VP
  • Andrew Jassy, SVP, Amazon Web Services, appointed division CEO, Amazon Web Services
  • Sergio Bucher, VP Amazon Europe, steps down to join Debenhams as CEO
  • Jeff Wilke, SVP Consumer Business appointed Division CEO, Worldwide Consumer
  • Alain Moni steps down from the board


  • J. Hallam Dawson and Per- Kristian Halvorsen will not be up for re-election for the board of directors

AVG Technologies

  • Jeff Ross, previously CFO of Cyan Inc., replaces John Little as CFO and board member

BMC Software

  • Paul Cant appointed head of enterprise solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Sunil Thakur appointed Country Manager of India operations
  • Jorge Lopez appointed director of channels for Latin America


  • Darlan Monterisi appointed SVP, corporate communications
  • Neil A Manna, SVP and CAO, steps down
  • Saswato Das, VP of corporate communications, joins ABB as head of business media relations
  • Mike Madden, GM, development and operations, steps down
  • Claudia Vazquez appointed VP of sales for the Andean region, a position held by Laercio Albuquerque who left to become president of Cisco Brazil
  • Anthony Radesca, VP of accounting, appointed company's principal accounting officer, succeeding Neil A Manna

Cadence Design Systems

  • Geoff Ribar, company's CFO, announces retirement effective 31st March 2017


  • Jessica Soisson, previously group director, worldwide revenue operations, replaces David Zalewski as principal accounting officer and corporate controller.
  • Thomas F Bogan and Francis deSouza will not be considered for re-election at the company's 2016 annual meeting of stockholders
  • David R Friedman, chief of staff, steps down
  • Chris Koopmans, VP and GM, service provider platforms, steps down to join Marvell Semiconductor as EVP, sales & marketing


  • Paul Dilaura appointed MD, North America
  • Marcia Grillo appointed GM, Latin America
  • Oscar Siqueira appointed sales director for Brazil
  • Laurence Lescourret appointed to the board
  • Bertrand Sicot appointed division SVP, 3DS Value Solutions Channel Worldwide


  • Helen Sutton, previously UKI MD for Unit4, appointed VP of enterprise sales for Northern Europe
  • Mark Woollen, VP of product management, to join Radius as chief product officer
  • Dean Neese, SVP of corporate development and strategy, to join ClearSlide as SVP of strategy and operations
  • Tom Pageler, chief risk officer, to join Neustar as chief risk officer and chief information security officer
  • Several executives have resigned:
    o    John Gordon Payne, COO
    o    Mike Dinsdale, chief growth officer
    o    Peter Navin, chief of human resources
    o    Matt Malden, chief product officer
    o    Glenn Griffin, VP of business development and channel sales
    o    Tom Pageler, chief risk officer, to join Neustar as chief risk officer and chief information security officer


  • Julie Herendeen, VP of marketing, resigns and COO Dennis Woodside temporarily assumes her role
  • Ramsey Homsany steps down as general counsel. Bart Volkmer, head of litigation and regulatory affairs promoted to replace him


  • Doug Howard appointed as VP, global services for EMC's security division, RSA
  • Mary Louise Krakauer replaces Vic Bhagat as CIO
  • Holly Rollo appointed CMO and division VP
  • Edmund Kelly and Michael Brown step down as independent directors
  • Barbara Gordon, SVP, emerging technology division, resigns
  • Vanessa Candela, former assistant general counsel, resigns and is now general counsel of Virtustream


  • Kevin Lo appointed director of infrastructure connectivity and investments
  • Ricky Van Veen appointed head of global creative strategy
  • Umang Bedi replaces Kirthiga Reddy as MD for India who will assume the role of executive for global accounts team
  • Tim Campos, chief information officer, resigns
  • Shant Oknayan appointed head of e-commerce, retail and online services for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan
  • Regina Dugan appointed head of new R&D group
  • Caryn Marooney replaces Mike Buckley as VP, communications
  • Patrick Walker appointed head of media partnerships for EMEA
  • Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen executive director of engineering, steps down


  • Ron Mackintosh, resigns from the board's audit, remuneration and nominations committees
  • John Worby, director, joins the board of Hilton Food Group PLC 


  • Kenneth Best appointed chief accounting officer
  • Christopher Flink steps down as independent director
  • Chris Taylor, division CFO, resigns and joins Asentinel LLC as CFO


  • Peeyush Ranjan appointed group CTO
  • Ashish Agarwal, previously Micromax's CTO, appointed SVP of engineering.
  • Hari Vasudev, SVP of engineering, promoted to head of technology for marketplace and Ekart
  • Punit Soni, chief product officer, resigns
  • Niket Desai, chief of staff, resigns
  • Manish Maheshwari, VP and head of seller ecosystem, leaves to become CEO of Web18


  • Lisa McGill, VP, HR for Brocade Communication Systems, appointed SVP for people
  • Holly Rollo, CMO, resigns and joins EMC as division SVP and CMO
  • Peter Brant, SVP of sales for Americas, resigns and joins F5 Networks as SVP, sales for North America


  • Philippe Vallee succeeds Olivier Piou as CEO who will retire in August 2016

Google (Alphabet Inc.)

  • Rick Osterloh appointed SVP for hardware division
  • Amit Singh appointed division VP for operations, business and virtual reality
  • Simon Prakash, senior director, product hardware development, resigns


  • Rani Borkar appointed VP for development of OpenPOWER Architecture
  • Robert Lord appointed chief digital officer
  • Lou Attanasio, GM for Global sales of IBM Hybrid Cloud, joins Informatica as chief revenue officer
  • Shankar Venkataraman, division CTO, joins Marketo as chief scientist
  • Scott Sampson, former worldwide VP of sales for the IBMsAnalytics Platform, appointed NewVoiceMedia's chief revenue officer
  • Sebastian Mocorrea, VP of government programs, resigns to join YPF SA as VP of institutional relations
  • Denise Williams, human resources vice president for North American sales and distribution, leaves to join Fidelity National Information Services as CHRO
  • Bill Bodin, chief technical officer, steps down to join Kony as chief technology officer
  • Colleeen Arnold, SVP of sales and distribution, resigns
  • Alain Fernandez and William Brody step down as independent directors


  • Raul Vazquez joins the board

Micro Focus

  • Amanda Brown joins the board


  • Phil Sorgen, previously corporate VP for worldwide partner group, named corporate VP of US enterprise and partner group
  • Sandeep Khanna, director engineering, steps down to join Sumo Logic
  • Anderson Teixeira, SVP of sales and marketing for Latin America region, steps down
  • Hernan Rincon Lema, Latin America CEO, resigns to join Avianca Holdings as CEO
  • Kevin Turner steps down as COO and his role will be divided among five senior executives


  • Mourad Ayachi appointed head of professional services
  • Bob Kubala, former VP of sales at FactSet, appointed regional sales manager for North America


  • Satish Manipuri promoted to EVP and general manager for healthcare division


  • Mike Game appointed GM for human capital management applications
  • Prentiss Donohue, Oracle's group VP advanced customer support  for North America, joins Open Text as SVP of professional services
  • David Simon, VP for North American sales, joins DoubleDutch Inc. as chief revenue officer
  • David Wilkins, senior director of sales, joins HealthCareSource HR Inc. as chief marketing officer


  • Katie McClarty steps down as director of center for college and career success

Red Hat

  • Alejandro Raffaele appointed head of telecommunications and media in Latin America
  • Massimo Fatato appointed VP of telecommunications business in EMEA
  • Eric Shander appointed principal accounting officer replacing Frank Calderoni


  • Ivan M Epstein, former CEO for Australia, Middle East and Africa, becomes international president

  • Neelie Kroes appointed to the board of directors
  • Trey Ford joins as head of trust
  • Suzanne DiBianca-Lieser appointed chief philanthropy officer
  • Tom Benton steps down as global VP of sales and business development to join Work Market Inc. as chief revenue officer
  • Jesse Goldman steps down as senior director of customer success to join Influitive as VP of customer success


  • Barry Padgett appointed new President of the SAP Business One, SAP Anywhere and SAP Business ByDesign
  • Diane Rinaldo appointed Director of US government relations
  • Christian Klein appointed COO and Thomas Saueressig as CIO
  • Scott Russell appointed president and managing director for SAP Southeast Asia. Most recently he was chief operating officer for SAP APJ
  • Rufat Gadzhialibelov appointed head of Azerbaijan unit succeeding Sarkhan Goshimov
  • Nathalie Parent, senior human resources VP for EMEA, resigns to join Selligent as chief talent officer

SAS Institute

  • Andrew Dixon appointed vice president marketing of SAS Canada and Latin America

SDL International

  • Christopher Humphrey joins as non-executive director
  • Azad Ootam appointed chief transformation officer and Thomas Labarthe as SVP of business development
  • Adolfo Hernandez appointed chief executive officer. David Clayton, currently executive chairman, will revert to the role of non-executive chairman


  • Thorvaldur Flemming Jensen, former head of IT, promoted to head of its application service provider division and member of executive management


  • Tom Conrad appointed vice president of product
  • Stan Meresmanjoins the board
  • Betsy Kenny Lack joins as head of global brand partnerships

Software AG

  • Laura McCuler joins as vice president, alliances and channels


  • Nick Bray, executive director and CFO, joins the De La Reu board
  • Jonathan Schoonmaker replaces Edie Ghielmetti-Givens as SVP of human resources

Sopra Steria Group

  • Etienne du Vignaux replaces Laurent Lemaire as group CFO
  • Oystein Vikingsen Fauskesteps down as operating director to join Ekornes as Director of ICT and digitalization division
  • Jessica Scale appointed new director of Sopra Steria

Sungard Data

  • Susan Lynch appointed EVP and CFO of SunGard Availability Services LP, a trademark of SunGard Data Systems


  • Gregory Clark succeeds Michael Brown as CEO
  • Brian Fletcher appointed director of government affairs for Australian, New Zealand, Japan and Korean operations
  • Cheri McGuire steps down as vice president of government affairs to join Standard Chartered as CISO
  • David Humphrey, managing director of Bain Capital, joins as director


  • Rachel Holt promoted from East Coast chief to head of North American operations
  • Arianna Huffington appointed to the board of directors
  • Melody Barnes, Neelie Kroes, Raymond LaHood, Adil Zainulbhai, Roberto Zapata, Allan Fels, Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud and Gesner Jose de Oliveira Filho appointed public policy advisory board members
  • Jim Callaghan joins as general counsel for EMEA


  • Didier Crespel appointed lead independent director


  • Stephen Sieber promoted to CEO, succeeding Jose Duarte


  • Sharat Sinha, VP of general business for Asia Pacific and Japan, appointed interim GM for Australia and New Zealand
  • Bryan Cox steps down as SVP of global operations to join Zendesk as chief revenue officer
  • Hatem H Naguib, VP of security, joins Barracuda Networks as GM for its security business
  • Sanjay Mirchandani, corporate SVP, steps down to become COO of Puppet Labs Inc.


  • Robynne Sisco promoted from CAO to CFO
  • Christine Cefalo promoted to chief marketing officer
  • Michael Haase, treasurer and VP of finance and investor relations, resigns

Executive moves were compiled from public data sources and websites. Please let us know if we have missed any moves. Some of the companies we cover may not have had any executive or board moves in a particular quarter.

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Global Software: Executive Moves - April - June 2016