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CenturyLink Adds to Executive Team
CenturyLink added two new executives that will both report to the COO Jeff Storey.
Gaurav Chand was hired as its executive vice president of marketing. Chand came from a 17-year career at Dell EMC, where he most recently was the company’s global senior vice president of marketing for the infrastructure solutions group. In his role at CenturyLink he will oversee the marketing group and the company’s digital strategy.
Shaun Andrews will serve as CenturyLink’s executive vice president of product management. Andrews came from Level 3 in its merger with CenturyLink, which was completed in October 2017. At Level 3, Andrews was senior vice president of IP and real-time communications.
Cisco’s Leadership Updates
In December Cisco had a number of retirements, a new role, and other shifts made within its executive leadership team.
Senior Vice President of Operations Rebecca Jacoby, who has been with the company for 22 years, will retire later this month. In her career at Cisco she has held a number of operations, manufacturing, and IT leadership positions, the one preceding her current role being as its chief information officer. Jacoby will remain at Cisco as an advisor until the end of May.
Additionally, Chris Dedicoat, the executive vice president of worldwide sales and field operations, will also leave his position at the end of the fiscal year in July. Dedicoat, who has been at Cisco for 20 years, will transition to a senior advisory role to Chuck Robbins, Cisco’s CEO and chairman.
Cisco Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan Irving Tan will take on the newly created role of senior vice president of operations and digital. In this expanded role, Tan will be responsible for leading Cisco’s digital transformation across the company in partnership with sales, engineering, and other functions.
VMware Ex-CEO Leaves Board of Directors
At the end of 2017, the former CEO of VMware Paul Maritz resigned from the company’s board of directors. Maritz served as the CEO from 2008 to 2012, where he helped the company shift focus from virtualization to cloud computing.
He left company in 2012 to help found Pivotal, serving as its CEO. Maritz stepped down as CEO is 2015, but remains as chairman of Pivotal’s board. He also serves as an industry advisor to Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm, in its technology, media, and telecommunications group.
According to VMware there was “no real story” behind his resignation, other than a desire from Maritz to reduce his ongoing business commitments.
Movers and Shakers
Eric Schmidt is leaving his role as executive chairman on the Alphabet board of directors. He will remain as a technical advisor and member of the board.
Qualcomm promoted Christiano Amon to president of the company. Amon will also remain as president of the QCT business.
Michel Combes was named President and chief financial officer of Sprint. Combes will also hold a spot on the board of directors.
Veritas named Greg Hughes as CEO.
T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President Neville Ray was elected to serve as the 2018 Chairman of 5G Americas.
Ex-Amazon employee Vikram Singh was hired by Lowe’s to drive its digital evolution as its senior vice president and chief digital officer.
IoT company Globetouch added two advisors to its advisory board. Former GM Director Greg Ross and VMware Vice President of Products and Solutions Gabriele Di Piazza bring their expertise to help the company advance its connected car efforts.
Hedvig, a storage and hybrid cloud company, named Angela Restani as executive vice president of marketing. Restani comes from roles at DataEndure and Nutanix.
Hal Woods joined Datera, a storage and data software company, as its chief technology officer.
Greg Pelton returned to Avaya as its vice president of technology strategy. Pelton was previously the chief technology officer of the government solutions arm of Avaya. In the interim he served as CTO at Polycom.
Jonathan Moneymaker was named president of Altamira.
Mark Roenigk, the infrastructure hardware lead at Facebook, replaced Jason Taylor, the vice president of infrastructure foundation at Facebook, as the chair of the Open Compute Project Foundation’s board of directors.
Bethany Mayer joined Siris Capital as an executive partner.
The Cyber Threat Alliance, an organization of security companies, appointed CEO and President of Rapid7 Corey Thomas to its board of directors.
TELoip named Roger Davis as CEO. Davis appointed Ed Shepherdson as chief success officer.
VMware cut a small number of employees in order to realign resources with the company’s business objectives.