Many key vendors suffered major brain drain in the first half of 2017, with the departure of CEOs from CenturyLink, Citrix, Docker and Ruckus, as well as the loss of other top leadership figures at Aruba, Dell EMC, Lenovo, Microsoft.
Other companies fared better in the executive musical chairs, with F5 and Rackspace hiring CEOs from outside their organization, and Cisco, McAfee and Tanium looking outside their companies for other top leaders.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and RSA also benefitted from promotions or reassignments within their leadership ranks during the first six months of the year.
Read on to relive the key IT executive happenings so far in 2017.
(For more on the "coolest" of 2017, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")