Global Software: Executive Moves - 1 January 2017 - 31 March 2017


Adobe Systems 

  • Richard Rowley, corporate controller and chief accounting officer, retires 
  • Shantanu Narayen, CEO/president, elected as chairman of the board   
  • Jim Daley, board member, promoted to lead director

  • Michael Paull, VP digital video, joins BAMTech as CEO
  • William 'Bing' Gordon, director, resigns from board
  • Euan McLeod, global head of live video, joins Comcast as VP video, engineering and research
  • Jamil Ghani, SVP enterprise strategy and innovation at Target, joins as VP prime international
  • John Smedley, CEO of Pixelmage Games, joins as head of studios, San Diego
  • Alex Luke, partner at The Valley Fund, joins as global head of programming and content strategy
  • Louis Castle, technical director at Castle Production Services, joins as head of studios, Seattle
  • Amit Agarwal, VP and country manager at Amazon India, promoted to global SVP
 Asseco Poland SA 
  • Robert Smulkowski, VP/deputy CEO, resigns


  • Carl Bass resigns as president/CEO and joins board as special advisor    
  • Scott Ferguson retires from board  
  • Amar Hanspal, SVP/chief product officer, now serving as acting CO-CEO 

CA Inc.

  • Adam Elster, president global field operations, joins Pencil Inc. as board director

Citrix Systems 

  • Christopher S. Hylen, SVP and GM mobility apps, joins Marketshare as advisor
  • Les Williamson, APAC vice president at Cisco, joins as VP Australia New Zealand

Dell EMC

  • Anil Sethi, director and GM channels at Dell India, joins Dell EMC as new channel head for India


  • Daniel (Dan) D Springer, operating partner at Advent Partner, joins as CEO


  • Nicholas Jitkoff, principal designer at Google, joins as VP design  

DST Systems

  • William Slattery, head of investment servicing for State Street Europe, joins as CEO International, DST financial services and chairman of International Financial Data Services


  • Stephen Scheeler, managing director A&NZ, resigns
  • Mina Lefevre, executive VP and head of scripted development, joins as head of development for original programming
  • Tamara Hrivnak, director music partnerships YouTube and Google Play at Google Inc., joins as head of music business development and partnerships
  • Susan Taylor, chief accounting officer and VP corporate controller at LinkedIn, joins as accounting chief
  • Hugo Barra, advisor at Xiaomi, joins as VP virtual reality-Oculus team 

Fidessa Group

  • Richard Longdon, independent director, promoted to senior independent director, replacing Ron Mackintosh
  • Chris Monnery, North America head of electronic execution at Citi, joins as US head of product marketing for electronic execution
  • Ishbel Macpherson, independent director at Galliford, joins as Group NED effective May 1, 2017


  • Hari Vasudev and Ashish Agarwal resign as engineering heads
  • Nitin Seth, chief administrative officer, promoted to COO


  • Philip Quade, executive manager at United States Department of Defense, joins as CISO
  • Marc Asturias, leader in marketing and region management security at Cisco Systems, joins as senior director marketing


  • Jill Smith, interim CEO at Allied Minds, joins as independent board member effective May 2017

Google (Alphabet)

  • Julie Ann Crommett, educator in chief, joins The Walt Disney Studios as VP multicultural Audience Engagement
  • Punitha Arumugam resigns as managing director APAC- agency & deals
  • Christine Flores, VP legal, joins Pinterest as general counsel
  • Lino Cattaruzzi, country director Mexico, promoted to managing director MENA
  • Gregory (Greg) J McCray, consultant at DeMatteo Monness LLC, joins as Access Unit CEO
  • Sebastien Missoffe, VP operations at YouTube, joins as CEO Google France
  • Alastair B Westgarth, president/CEO of Quintel Technology Ltd, joins as Project Loon Unit CEO, replacing Tom Moore
  • Tekedra Mawakana, VP global government relations and public policy at ebay, joins Waymo as VP of public policy and government affairs
  • Benoit Loutrel, director general of Arcep, joins Google France as public affairs director
  • Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Pictures, joins Google Ventures as advisor
  • Barak Regev, director cloud platform EMEA, promoted to CEO


  • Nicola Cinoero, president of IBM Italy, retires
  • Nick Cappoletti left his executive position as operations director at IBM
  • Steve Mills, EVP of software and services, joins Bridge Growth Partners as senior advisor
  • Karan Bajwa, managing director at Microsoft, joins IBM India as managing director
  • Vanitha Narayanan promoted to Chairman IBM India
  • Chang Hwa-jin, business leader at Samsung SDA, joins as chief of IBM Korea 
  • Jeffrey Rhoda promoted to GM, Greater China Group
  • Peter Zijlema promoted to GM IBM Benelux/Country GM Netherlands
  • Juan Antonio Zufiria, president of IBM Spain, promoted to director general, IBM Europe
  • Sophie Vandebroek, CTO and corporate VP at Xerox, joins IBM Research as chief operating officer
  • Enrico Cereda promoted to managing director of IBM Italy
  • Peter Rehus promoted to country leader for IBM Hungary
  • Mark Baker, country manager at Westcon-Comstor New Zealand, joins IBM New Zealand as general manager digital and channel 

Invensys (Schneider Electric)

  • Hanan Darwish, HR SVP energy business, promoted to Cluster president - Gulf & Pakistan
  • Luc Remont, president Schneider Electric France, promoted to EVP international operations
  • Christel Heydemann, director corporate strategy and alliances, promoted to EVP France operations

Micro Focus

  • Chris Hsu, EVP General Manager at HPE Software and chief operating officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, joins as chief executive of the enlarged group


  • Jason Flynn, enterprise mobility and security lead, joins Tourism Australia as CIO
  • Michael Tremblay, VP public sector, joins Invest Ottawa as president/CEO
  • Clare Barclay promoted to chief operating officer
  • Kevin Scott appointed as chief technology officer
  • Tony Shakib, VP IoT vertical business unit at Cisco Systems, joins as lead IoT business
  • Samer Abu-Ltaif promoted to president Middle East and Africa
  • Ronald Binkofski appointed director-general Kazakhstan and CIS
  • Wang Yongdong appointed as global senior vice president
  • Mark Loughran promoted to CEO Poland
  • Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, joins board
  • Catherine Kuenzel, EVP and general manager homeland security group at CSRA, joins as VP enterprise services
  • Liz Hamren, head of global marketing and sales at Oculus VR, joins as CVP 


  • Board of Directors extends Paul Ricci's contract as chairman and CEO, Ricci to retire in 2018
  • Bill Robbins, EVP worldwide sales, joins Fireeye Inc. as EVP sales


  • Ian White, managing director for A/NZ, joins board of PrimeQ    

Red Hat 

  • Eric Shander, VP finance and accounting, named acting CFO
  • Chew Kai Peng, service sales director ASEAN, promoted to country manager Malaysia

Riverbed Technology 

  • Andy Elder, president EMEA at Intel Security, joins as SVP sales EMEA
  • Roma Smith, managing director at EOH, joins as regional director Africa


  • Monica Langley, writer at The Wall Street Journal, joins as EVP global strategic affairs
  • Simon Mulcahy, EVP retail cloud, promoted to chief marketing officer 


  • Colin Brookes promoted to COO Australia and New Zealand
  • Angela Mazza, regional COO, promoted to regional president EMEA North
  • Madhur Aggarwal promoted to general manager, digital commerce and store 

SAS Institute

  • Marcio Dobal promoted to VP of Asia and Oceania
  • Riad Gydien promoted to senior regional VP in Europe


  • Jim Saunders, EVP digital communications at Xura, joins as chief product officer


  • Stephen Butcher, managing director EMEA at Charles River, joins as managing director of UK, Ireland and Middle-East markets   
  • Lau Harting Jeppesen promoted to VP head of global sales 
  • Karel Tant promoted to VP sales and marketing  
  • Michael Rosenvold, group CFO at Rambøll, joins as CFO  


  • James Chandler leaves the brand partnerships team and joins IAB UK as chief marketing officer
  • Jennifer Park Stout, deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of State, joins as head, global policy
  • Jonathan Wegener, CEO/co-founder of Timehop, joins to work on product design

Software AG

  • Stefan Sigg, SVP of product development at SAP, joins as chief research/development officer
  • Mike Saxton promoted to SVP APAC

Sophos Group Plc

  • Edwin (Ed) Joseph Gillis, director at Sprinklr, to retire as non-executive director effective September 2017
  • Anup Ghosh, Invincea CEO, joins as chief strategist next gen endpoint
  • Norm Laudermilch, COO of Incincea, joins as CISO
  • Shamshad Ahmed, regional director enterprise security products at HP, joins as director sales end-user security group Inda and SAARC
  • Richard Medlock, CFO at Worldpay Group, joins as non-executive director effective April 3, 2017

The Sage Group Plc 

  • Soni Jiandani, SVP marketing at Cisco, joins as non-executive director
  • Catherine Keers, chairman at Ustwo Studio, joins as non-executive director effective July 1, 2017

Uber Technologies

  • Amit Singhal, SVP engineering, retires
  • Jeff Jones, president of ridesharing, resigns
  • Pradeep Parameswaran, CEO DEN Networks, joins Uber India as the head of central operations
  • Madhu Kannan, senior executive at Tata Sons, joins as chief business officer, India
  • Zoubin Ghahramani appointed as its chief scientist
  • Francois Chadwick, global head of tax and accounting, joins as an additional director for India operations   


  • James (Jim) K Millard, VP sales, promoted to COO
  • Jim Clayman, director global education marketing, promoted to VP North America Marketing 
  • Dave Goosens, regional VP/GM at Hewlett Packard NV, joins NV as EVP services
  • Jeremy Roche, CEO of FinancialForce, joins as chief product officer
  • Thomas (Tod) Nielsen, CEO at Heroku, joins as divisional (FinancialForce) CEO/president
  • Haran Sold, EVP corporate strategy and GM EMEA at smartShift Technologies, joins Unit4 NV as EVP domestic business


  • Bruce Davie promoted to VP and CTO VMware Asia Pacific and Japan business


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Global Software: Executive Moves - 1 January 2017 - 31 March 2017