30 Notable IT Executive Moves: June 2014

Start It Off

June kicked off the summer with a number of executive shuffles from big channel companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, CSC, Ciber, Avaya and more. Let's take a look at these moves.

Todd Bradley

After leading Hewlett-Packard's PC business for eight years, Todd Bradley has moved to business intelligence software maker TIBCO Software at the company's new president. Bradley's most recent role at HP was executive vice president of strategic growth initiatives, a position he held for a year after moving from his role as executive vice president of Printing & Personal Systems. Solution providers said that the move was a great one for TIBCO and they expect to see a lot of growth for the $1.1 billion company under Bradley's leadership.

Joe Lohmeier

Avaya announced that Joe Lohmeier would be taking the helm of its channel program as the new vice president of US Channel Sales. The appointment is in conjunction with tweaks to Avaya's Connect Channel Partner Program. The former VMware executive replaced Karl Soderlund, who left the company in March for Aruba Networks. Lohmeier served as VMware vice president of America Sales for two years, and before that spent 12 years at Cisco as director of sales among other positions.

Michael Boustridge

Ciber made Michael Boustridge its newest president and CEO as it continues extensive restructuring efforts. Boustridge replaced former President and CEO Dave Peterschmidt, who held the positions since 2010. Boustridge joined the solution provider, which is No. 38 on CRN's 2014 SP 500 list, in 2012 as a member of the board of directors after previously holding top executive positions at Contact Solutions, BT Global Services and EDS. The company said that Peterschmidt will work with Boustridge "to ensure a seamless transition."

Peterschmidt is not the company's first top executive shuffle of the year, following up on the January departure of executive vice president and COO Richard Genovese.

Garrett Jones

After helping orchestrate many changes to the Symantec worldwide channel program over the past few months, worldwide channel chief Garrett Jones has left the software company. Jones will lead the development of a channel program for Spanning, a cloud-based services backup startup in Austin, Texas. Jones, who had been with Symantec since 2006, told CRN that his primary reason for leaving was to spend more time with his Austin-based family and work for a smaller company.

Zachary Mandeville, Symantec manager of marketing strategy and operations, will serve as interim leader of Global Channel Operations, the company said.

Lisa Su

Advanced Micro Devices shook up its executive team as part of the company's restructuring efforts, naming Lisa Su as the company's new COO. The restructuring is an effort by the company to focus more aggressively on what it determined to be "high-growth" areas in the chip market, such as embedded devices. AMD was hit hard by the declining PC market and has been working to change its image and step away from almost complete reliance on PC sales.

Su previously served as AMD general manager for global business units and will now be in charge of the company's new Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom Business Group. She starts her new role July 1.

David Marcus

Facebook made a serious foray into the mobile payment space with the hiring of former PayPal President David Marcus to head up the social media company's Facebook Messenger. Partners said the hiring move was a significant one for Facebook, showing the company recognized the importance of the mobile payment industry, a trend they expect to hit the channel soon. Marcus was president of PayPal's board of directors for two years it bought Zong, the mobile payments company Marcus founded and headed up as CEO. Marcus said he made the move to Facebook after founder Mark Zuckerberg presented a "compelling vision about mobile messaging" and a desire to work on a product from the ground up.

Preston McAfee

Former Google Director of Strategic Technologies Preston McAfee made the jump to Microsoft to become the software giant's chief economist. McAfee's new duties include leading a team of economists to develop "new business models and metrics" and "marketplaces for advertising and apps," according to a blog post by Harry Shum, Microsoft executive vice president of technology and research. It's all part of a plan by Microsoft to focus on user data generated in day-to-day computing for continual learning and improvement. McAfee will also help develop government relations, policy and Microsoft economic strategy. Before joining Google in 2012, McAfee served as Yahoo chief economist for five years, obtained several patents, spent five years as a professor at California Institute of Technology and published two economics textbooks.

Mark Arman

Polycom announced Mark Arman as its new vice president of worldwide channel sales at the beginning of the month. Arman is a former ShoreTel channel executive and replaces former Polycom global channel chief Mike Conlon. In his new role, Arman oversees Polycom's global channel strategy and partner program. Partners responded positively to the news and Arman's channel record.

Polycom has been no stranger to executive shifts in recent months, with the May promotion of Laura Durr to CFO and the December appointment of former Motorola executive Peter A. Leav as CEO, replacing Andy Miller.

Tina Piermarini

Solution provider Ciber named a new executive vice president and chief administration officer in Tina Piermarini, a promotion that also came with the elimination of the senior vice president and chief human resources officer position, held by Anthony Fogel. Before coming to Ciber, Piermarini held leadership positions at thinkingisrequired and EDS. The appointment became effective June 13, the company said.

Christopher "Chris" Bautista

ThinSpace Technology said in June that Jay Christopher "Chris" Bautista will replace Owen Dukes as CEO. The global company provides application delivery, virtualization and cloud technologies to its clients. Bautista brings a background in management consulting and mobile technology to the table, with previous positions at Infosys, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Diamond Technology Partners (now PwC).

"It is very exciting for me to be a part of and lead this team of highly talented people to help our customers succeed in the mobile and cloud environment. We are currently seeing a ’mobile revolution’ where there is strong demand for access to applications and services at anytime from anywhere," Bautista said in a statement announcing his appointment. "This is a very dynamic space and we will continue to evolve and innovate as the transition to cloud and mobile computing accelerates."

Doug Lane

Doug Lane brings more than 30 years of public sector experience to the table as head of Capgemini subsidiary Capgemini Government Solutions LLC. Lane reports to Capgemini CEO Tim Bridges. Lane's experience comes from executive roles at big-name public sector companies such as A.T. Kearney, Booz Allen Hamilton and PwC. He replaces former president and CEO Douglas Charles, who stepped down in December.

Craig Sowell

Craig Sowell was named senior vice president of global marketing at Datapipe, a location-based managed services provider that was tapped as CRN's "Managed Service Company of the Year" in 2013. He was brought on to support the company's cloud growth and lead marketing initiatives around it. Sowell joined the company with more than 15 years of industry experience that includes cloud and brand marketing at IBM.

Brad Maiorino

Target has named Brad Maiorino its chief information security officer, a move that comes about a month after naming a new CEO for the retailer following the company's massive credit card breach. Maiorino, former General Motors chief information security and information technology risk officer, is tasked with protecting the company and its customers from security threats. Target said the appointment shows the retailer's commitment to improving security at the company for its customers.

Andy Slavitt

After all the struggles that the Healthcare.gov site has gone through since its troubled launch last October, new Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named the first of two new executives to lead the charge on the site. Burwell brought on Andy Slavitt in June to serve as principal deputy administrator, leading policy and day-to-day operations. Slavitt hails from a healthcare background, most recently from Optum, and also helped lead the winter push to repair the site.

Burwell is also looking to hire a marketplace CEO and CTO.


Mobility management company NetMotion Wireless shuffled its top executive lineup in June, with the addition of President Jim Ryder and Chief Financial Officer Cary Baker. The pair of hires come as the company looks to maximize company growth, after it was acquired by Clearlake Capital Group affiliates two years ago.

"As we concentrate on expanding our business, Mr. Ryder and Mr. Baker both deliver outstanding operational experience working with high-growth companies and have proven abilities in rapidly scaling sales and marketing operations. Strengthening our executive leadership ensures a bright future for NetMotion, and we're excited to add them both to the team," CEO Erik Prusch said in a statement at the time of the hirings.

Justin Scopaz

Juniper turned to former Ingram Micro executive Justin Scopaz to be its new senior director of worldwide distribution. Scopaz is responsible for leading a team that drives distribution globally for the networking vendor. Scopaz spent more than 17 years at Ingram Micro, most recently as a vice president and general manager.

Markus Schmitt-Fumian

IP desktop phone company snom technology AG tapped former Siemans AG executive Markus Schmitt-Fumian to be CEO. Schmitt-Fumian, now about a month into his new position, is tasked with leading the Berlin-based company's global expansion. He brings with him executive experience from Gigaset AG and Siemens AG.

’The company has long been at the forefront of IP telephony and has expanded internationally to many of the world’s most important markets. My goal is to build on our momentum, delivering products and solutions for businesses of every size to position snom as the clear leader in IP telephony," he said in a statement announcing his appointment.

Michael Zamkow

Big-time finance sector solution provider SS&C, which is No. 41 on CRN's SP500 list, named a former Goldman Sachs partner to its board of directors. Michael Zamkow retired from Goldman Sachs in 2001 and is credited for his contributions to the company's future sales and European fixed income sales efforts.

"SS&C is a leader in financial technology and fund administration, two areas of keen importance to the financial services industry," Zamkow said in a statement announcing his appointment. "My background in international financial services is another asset for SS&C as we continue to build out our worldwide franchise."

Mark Desautelle

Bedford, Mass.-based Oracle managed services leader Data Intensity added Mark Desautelle as senior vice president of sales, the company said in June. Coming from SunGard Availability Services, Desautelle will be responsible for driving sales growth and helping the company grab hold of a larger market share in the east region.

"The opportunity ahead is tremendous," said Desautelle at the time. "We offer a solution like no other, and I am thrilled to be a part of it."

Kevin Shone

Bedford, Mass.-based Oracle managed service provider Data Intensity brought Kevin Shone on board as the company's new CFO following the appointment of Senior Vice President of Sales Mark Desautelle. Shone brings executive financial experience from NextG Networks, Unica Corporation and Cognos.

Michael Adams

Former Verizon-Terramark executive Michael Adams is the latest addition to Waratek's executive team. Adams will be the Java application protection and management company's senior vice president of North America sales and business development. Adams comes with security and cloud experience from both Verizon-Terramark and Hewlett-Packard.

Ed Ellet

Former Polycom executive Ed Ellet has moved to become CEO of Vaddio, a robotic camera and UC company. Vaddio founder and CEO Rob Sheeley will vacate his position, which he has held since the company was founded in 2002. Sheeley is leaving to start a Hopkins, Minn.-based retail record and hi-fi store called Mill City Sound. Ellet's background includes executive-level positions at Nvidia's Professional Solutions Group and Polycom's Unified Communications Video Business Unit. His new role went into effect June 30.

Paul Emery

To help support the cloud storage vendor's rapid expansion, Coraid has brought on former Marin Software and Oracle executive Paul Emery as senior vice president of engineering. In addition to Emery, Coraid also added Nakul Saraiya as the company's new CTO and Gokul Sathiacama as vice president of product management.

"Our dedication to meeting the unique needs of our public and private cloud customers is the engine that continues to drive our success," said Dave Kresse, CEO of Coraid, at the time. "Adding these talented individuals to our executive team supports our growing business and our ability to continue to innovate and execute on delivering industry-leading storage solutions for large public and private clouds."

J.R. Cook

J.R. Cook left his role as Channel Chief for Earthlink Business and New Edge Networks to join Intelisys Communications as the Petaluma, Calif.-based company's senior vice president of business development. In his new role, Cook is responsible for developing strategic business development and attracting partners.

’This is a critical role at a critical time for Intelisys, and J.R. is absolutely the right person for the assignment,’ Intelisys President Jay Bradley said in a statement. ’J.R. brings the knowledge and experience to really understand the strategic challenges of growth and transformation in the indirect channel, and he will inspire new ideas to help our partners grow."

Bob Laclede

Bob Laclede will help develop and lead channel efforts as vice president of channels for Mclean, Va.-based immixGroup. His new duties include overseeing the company's Partner Alliances team and more than 600 government resellers. Laclede comes with executive experience most recently from Ingram Micro, Avnet Technology Solutions and ChannelLine. In particular, his experience is focused around the government, education and healthcare verticals.

Gregg Bjork

As part of a two executive addition announcement, Verivo Software announced the addition of Gregg Bjork as COO of the enterprise mobile app software company. The Waltham, Mass.-based company said it brought on Bjork to help the company keep up with expanding demand. Bjork's background has been helping companies scale as an independent advisor. Bjork has also served as CEO of Boston-based security firm Bradford Networks.

Coco Jaenicke

In addition to adding new COO Gregg Bjork, Waltham-based Verivo Software also added Coco Jaenicke as Chief Marketing Officer. Jaenicke brings experience in enterprise software marketing, most recently from her position as CMO at Lexington-based database company Tokutek. She's also held stints at FuseSource, SilverStream and Object Design.

Miriam Murphy

Avnet Technology Solutions promoted Miriam Murphy to senior vice president of the distributor's North region, which includes the UK and Ireland. Murphy has been with the company for 20 years, serving in various roles, most notably helping expand the company's IBM business across 14 EMEA countries in three years.

’This is a truly exciting time for the IT channel in terms of the market dynamics and evolution of technology. We are seeing some really interesting opportunities for distribution and our partners in areas such as security, big data, analytics, converged infrastructure and related services," Murphy said of her appointment.

Gary Stockman

Coming from starting his own firm in 2013 and acting as global CEO and senior partner at public relations firm Porter Novelli, Gary Stockman has been named chief marketing and communications officer at solution provider powerhouse CSC, No. 4 on CRN's 2014 SP 500 list. Stockman is responsible for developing CSC's brand, communicating the company's vision and growing the company's marketing communications group.

Bob Skelley

Seven-year Dell veteran Bob Skelley was promoted at the end of June to executive director of North American channel sales. Skelley has a long history in Dell's channel program, including acting as an early architect of the program and most recently serving as executive director of global channel programs.

"I'm excited about getting back in front of the partners on a more regular basis and being out in the field and working with our teams more closely," Skelley said in an exclusive interview with CRN.