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Qualcomm Loses CFO to Intel
Qualcomm CFO George Davis left the company after a six-year tenure. Davis also served as a member of the company’s executive committee.
David Wise, who serves as senior vice president and treasurer, will serve as interim CFO while the company searches for a permanent replacement. Wise has been at Qualcomm since 1997, and has been a member of its senior finance leadership team for more than 12 years.
Davis’ employment status was quickly updated as he reappeared days later at Intel where he will now serve as CFO. He will report to Intel CEO Bob Swan, who was named the permanent chief of the chipmaker in January. Swan served as Intel’s CFO from October 2016 up until his promotion.
Ericsson Loses Another Top Exec
Ericsson SVP Rafiah Ibrahim, who also served as the head of its Middle East and Africa market, will step down from her position in August. At that time, Ibrahim will serve in an advisory role to CEO Börje Ekholm.
Ibrahim joined the company in 1996, but started in her current role in April 2017.
She is not the first exec to leave Ericsson in the past year. Helena Norrman, Ericsson’s SVP, chief marketing and communications officer, and head of marketing, left the company in January. Norrman joined the company in 1998, and served on the executive team for 9 years.
Former Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson left in 2018, and reappeared at T-Mobile US this year. At the point of his departure, Ewaldsson also transitioned into an advisory role to Ekholm. Last May, Susan James left her role as head of NFV infrastructure at Ericsson to become senior director of telecommunications at Red Hat.
Google Cloud Brings In Another Oracle Exec
Google Cloud hired former Oracle Cloud Executive Vice President Amit Zavery, who will serve as the VP of engineering of the Apigee team.
Zavery worked at Oracle for about 24 years, most recently serving as EVP of the Oracle Cloud platform, middleware, analytics, and Java.
He joins Thomas Kurian, who left Oracle to become Google Cloud’s CEO last November.
Google acquired Apigee for $625 million in 2016, and integrated the technology to become Google Cloud’s API management and predictive analytics software. Chet Kapoor, who was the CEO of Apigee, will remain in his role as a VP at Google.
Movers and Shakers
Nutanix Chief Revenue Officer Louis Attanasio left the company a week after it lowered guidance for its third fiscal quarter.
Equinix made three C-Suite changes following a shift in strategy. At the beginning of the second quarter, Karl Stronmeyer will transition from president of Americas to chief customer and revenue officer; Sara Baack will move from chief marketing officer to chief product officer; and Eric Schwartz, the current president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa, will serve as chief strategy and development officer.
Mark Mathieu, Samsung’s chief marketing officer, left the company. The company has not yet named a replacement nor has it released the reason for his departure.
McAfee invested $4 million to achieve gender pay parity across its locations.
George Nealon, a former IBM exec, joined HiveIO as its VP of global sales and chief revenue officer. This comes a month after Keven McNamara, Hive CTO and co-founder, was removed from the company’s leadership page. HiveIO increased its overall staff by 30 percent in 2018.
Tenable promoted Glen Pendley from deputy CTO to the company’s first SVP of engineering. It also hired Terry Dolce as its first SVP of global business development and channels.
Former CableLabs Principal Systems Architect Tetsuya Nakamura joined Amazon Web Services (AWS).
ExtraHop hired two new VPs. It brought in ex-Tenable and Qualys exec Corey Bodzin as its VP of product management; and former Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) exec Aron Digumarthi as a VP of customer success.
Splunk appointed former Salesforce CFO Graham Smith as the chairman of its board of directors. Sri Viswanath, the CTO of Atlassian, also joined the board of directors. Godfrey Sullivan and Thomas Neustaetter will retire from the board effective in June.
Comcast Business created a new segment for U.S. government and public sector organizations and hired Kenneth Folderauer as the VP of the segment’s sales.
Spectrum Enterprise hired Brian Snortheim as its director of enterprise channel sales. Snortheim joins from Avaya, and had previously spent 15-years at Time Warner Cable Business Class.
Cato Networks named Luca Simonelli as its VP of sales for Europe, Middle East, and Africa; and Eyal Heiman as its VP of engineering.
Luis Jorge Romero was re-elected as director general of ETSI. Romero has held the role for eight years.
Two Facebook executives left the company: Chris Cox, a VP that oversaw Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp; and Chris Daniels, the VP of WhatsApp.
Cloud manufacturing company 42Q hired Rajeev Gollarahalli as its chief business officer.
Application building and hosting platform Crowd Machine hired James Hanley as its COO.
Apstra named Jeff Jones as VP of worldwide sales.
Identity services company Sterling named Josh Peirez as CEO. Peirez has been at the company since July 2018, and has been serving as co-CEO with the company’s founder William Greenblatt. Greenblatt will remain at the company his current role as chairman of the board.
UltraSOC hired Andy Penrose as its VP of software development.
Network security firm Vectra named Didi Dayton as its VP of worldwide channels and alliances.
SecureAuth appointed John Nassar as chief revenue officer and Robert Humphrey as chief marketing officer.
Bob Beauchamp returned to BMC Software to serve as interim president and CEO. Beauchamp previously served as chairman and CEO. The company also appointed Jim Schaper as chairman of the board and named Beauchamp and Blair Christie as board members.
Endpoint security firm Absolute appointed Nicko van Someren as its CTO.
Workforce management software provider Deputy named Jennifer Shambroom as its chief marketing officer.
Federal government technology firm Applied Insight named Mehdi Cherqaoi as CFO.
Human resources technology platform Gusto hired Fredrick Lee — a former Bank of America, Betfair, NetSuite, and Twilio executive — as its chief security officer.