September - October Management Moves


Market Insights

As we move into the final weeks of the year, we wanted to take a look back at some of the topics that resonated with all of you, and point you to some of the relevant research and thought leadership authored by our colleagues around the world.

Digital Pulse 2018: The impact of culture on tech enablement
In our last edition, we discussed software CEO perspectives on company culture, and the growing importance of culture as a vehicle for driving business performance, customer-centricity and digital transformation. In our fourth annual Digital Pulse, we surveyed 1,300+ senior executives to learn how digital is transforming talent and leadership needs in organizations around the world. In September, we published an article on the impact of culture on tech enablement. In short, as all (or most) companies seek to achieve the benefits (and valuation multiples) enjoyed by the world’s most innovative companies, they will find that investment and initiatives must be accompanied by a cultural refresh that speaks to employees, customers, partners, shareholders and other key stakeholders and influencers.

Five Questions Boards Need to Ask Before Appointing a [Fill in Your Favorite Technology Buzzword] Director
60% of the world’s 300 largest companies have a ‘tech-savvy’ Board member, typically recruited to help established companies – including technology companies – understand the emerging digital landscape and the opportunities and threats inherent in a rapidly changing world. This article suggests that Boards take a brief pause to consider the particulars of what they expect from this new addition and whether they are ready to welcome this new type of Board member into the line-up.

The CEO Succession Planning Conundrum: Bridging the Technology Gap
As companies plan for CEO succession, the understandable tendency to focus on stability, continuity and risk management can obscure the imperative of putting technology and transformation at the center of the mandate. This article posits a rethinking of priorities in CEO succession and provides cross-industry examples of how our clients have planned and prepared for major leadership transitions.

Michael Feldman, San Francisco, Global Software & Cloud Practice Leader

Sean Roberts, London, Global Software & Cloud Practice Leader


Recent Executive Moves




  • Monique Bonner, Chief Marketing Officer at Akamai Technologies, appointed to Board of Directors




  • YY Lee, former CEO of FirstRain, appointed as Chief Strategy Officer
  • Dave Morton, Chief Accounting Officer at Telsa, appointed as CFO


Amazon Web Services


  • Mark Porter, General Manager of Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, resigns and joins Grab as Chief Technology Officer of Transport







  • Deborah Clifford, VP of Financial Planning and Analysis, appointed to Harmonic’s Board of Directors
  • Stacy Smith, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, joins Toshiba Memory Corporation as Executive Chairman




  • Deborah Wolf, Chief Marketing Officer, appointed as Chief Marketing Officer


BMC Software


  • Nayaki Nayyar, President of Digital Services Management, appointed to Veritone’s Board of Directors




  • Kimberly Hammonds, former COO at Deutsche Bank AG, appointed to Board of Directors
  • Carrie Palin, Chief Marketing Officer, resigns and joins SendGrid as Chief Marketing Officer




  • David Ulevitch, SVP of Security Business, resigns and joins Andreessen Horowitz as General Partner
  • Oliver Tuszik, General Manager, Germany, promoted to SVP of Global Partner Organization
  • Hilton Romanski, Chief Strategy Officer, resigns and join Siris Capital Group; Anuj Kapur, SVP of Networking and Security, promoted to Chief Strategy Officer
  • Annella Heytens, VP of Human Resources, APJC, resigns and joins Coca-Cola as Chief People Officer, Bottling Investments Group
  • Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, appointed to Ford Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Rajiv Taneja, VP of Engineering, Network and Security Group, resigns and joins Exabeam as EVP of Engineering




  • Colin Brookes, President, ANZ at SAP, appointed as SVP of Sales and Services, APJ; Lynette Clunies-Ross, VP of Strategy and Operations, Asia Pacific at Oracle, appointed as COO, APJ




  • Scott Aronson, Chief Revenue Officer at Medallia, appointed as SVP of Worldwide Sales and Services




  • Wenceslao Lada, former VP of Worldwide Global Customer Success Sales at Cisco, joins as VP of Worldwide Alliances




  • Tom Aitchison, former EVP of Global Sales, appointed as CEO of Swrve







  • Jerry Brooner, VP of Enterprise Sales, resigns and joins Scout as Chief Revenue Officer


Ellie Mae


  • Marina Levinson, Board Director, joins Personal Capital’s Board of Directors
  • John Abel, Chief Information Officer, resigns and joins Veritas as Chief Information Officer




  • Charles Meyers, President of Strategy, Services and Innovation, promoted to CEO and Board of Directors; Peter Van Camp, Interim CEO, to resume role as Executive Chairman
  • Laura Ortman, Chief Customer Officer, resigns and joins Cologix as Chief Revenue Officer




  • Lee Cameron, SVP, FinKit, promoted as Managing Director, EMEA




  • Andrew Moore, Dean of Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, appointed as AI Chief
  • Melanie Silva, Managing Director of Go-to-Market Strategy and Operations, APAC, promoted to Managing Director, ANZ
  • Bonita Stewart, VP of Global Partnerships, joins Pluralsight’s Board of Directors
  • Udi Manber, former VP of Engineering, joins Anthem as Head of AI
  • Aristotle Balogh, VP of Engineering, Application Storage, Indexing and Serving, resigns and joins Airbnb as Chief Technology Officer




  • Dennis Noto, Executive Architect and Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Watson Cognitive Enterprise Solutions, resigns and joins GetSwift as Chief Technology Officer
  • Deepali Naair, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer at IIFL Wealth Management, appointed as Chief Marketing Officer, India and South Asia




  • Tayloe Stansbury, Chief Technology Officer, joins BlueJean Network’s Board of Directors




  • Sean Ford, former Chief Marketing Officer, joins Algorand as COO




  • Sophie Chesters, VP of Marketing, EMEA, promoted to Chief Marketing Officer




  • Eric Boyd, VP of AI Platform, appointed to HireVue Board of Directors
  • Gavriella Schuster, VP of Global Commercial Partner, joins Chinasoft International Board of Directors
  • Michael Montoya, Chief Security Advisor, resigns and joins Digital Realty as Chief Information Security Officer




  • Debra McCowan, Chief Human Resources Officer at Equinix, appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer




  • Lloyd Carney, former CEO of Brocade Communications, appointed as Chairman of the Board; Daniel Brennan, CFO of Boston Scientific, Thomas Ebling, former CEO of Demandware and Michal Katz, Co-Head of the Global Technology Investment Banking Group at RBC Capital Markets, joins the Board of Directors




  • David Freeman, VP of Corporate Sales and Global Systems Integrators, resigns and joins ThoughtSpot as SVP of Business Operations




  • Adam Aarons, Chief Revenue Officer, resigns and joins Classy as Chief Revenue Officer





Palo Alto Networks


  • Mark Anderson, President, appointed to Alteryx Board of Directors
  • Liane Hornsey, former Chief People Officer at Uber, joins as Chief People Officer
  • Amit Singh, VP of AR and VR at Google, joins as President




  • Madelyn Lankton, Chief Information Officer of The Travelers Companies, appointed to Board of Directors


Red Hat


  • Kevin Murai, former CEO and Chairman of Synnex, appointed to Board of Directors




  • Christian Pedersen, former Chief Product Officer, resigns and joins IFS as Chief Product Officer
  • Neil Charney, SVP of Marketing, Cloud Business Networks Group, resigns and joins Docker as Chief Marketing Officer
  • Juergen Mueller, Chief Innovation Officer, appointed to Board of Directors


Software AG


  • John Schweitzer, former President of Americas at Workday, appointed as Chief Customer Officer and Member of the Management Board
  • Stuart Rees, VP of Australia and New Zealand at JDA Software, joins as VP of Australia and New Zealand


Snow Software


  • Ken Schock, former VP of North America Strategic and Public Sector at Cloudera, joins Snow Software as Chief Revenue Officer




  • Jake Loomis, Director of Internet Services Operations, appointed as Chief Digital Officer
  • Guy Bloch, COO, EMEA, resigns and joins Bringg as CEO




  • Peter Feld, Managing Member at Starboard Value, Richard Hill, Chairman at Marvell Technology Group and Dale Fuller, Board Member for Comscore, appointed to Board of Directors
  • Balaji Yelamanchili, EVP of Enterprise Security Business Unit, resigns and joins Shasta Ventures as Venture Partner, Enterprise Software




  • Yujin Evered, Director, South East Asia & India of Software AG, appointed as President, Asia Pacific
  • Mike Slater, Managing Director, UKI, appointed as COO




  • Peter McKay, Co-CEO, resigns
  • Andrei Baronov, Co-Founder, becomes CEO; Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder becomes EVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing; William Largent, Chairman of the Finance Committee, becomes EVP of Operations




  • David Bate, former VP of Hybrid Cloud, Asia Pacific at IMB, appointed as VP of Cloud, APJ
  • Kal De, VP of R&D, Cloud Services and Product Development, resigns and joins Docker as Chief Technology Officer




  • Micheline Nijmeh, Chief Marketing Officer at Xactly, appointed as Chief Marketing Officer
  • Kavitha Mariappan, Chief Marketing Officer at Split Software, appointed as SVP of Customer Experience and Transformation


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September - October Management Moves