TMCnet Feature
April 05, 2014

Comings & Goings: Tech Execs on the Move

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

This week was a busy one for tech executives. Here’s a roundup of some of the most noteworthy executive movement in the tech industry this week.

First, with the new Affordable Healthcare Act fully underway at this point, the health technology division of Symbility Solutions Inc., Symbility Health, named a new CEO this week with the appointment of Richard Adair.

Adair, who was chief operating officer of Symbility Solutions before the appointment, will focus his efforts on  expand Symbility Health around the world by offering the health insurance industry cloud-based and smartphone/tablet-enabled innovations, according to the company. Read more about the direction he’ll take in our report.

Over at software development company, Tendenci, this week also marked the return of co-founder Scott Pederson. Recently tapped as the company’s new vice president, Pederson left the company nearly 20 years ago for other development work. He’ll report to founder and CEO, Ed Schipul, and help with the development of the new Tendenci Open Source (News - Alert) Content Management System. Read more in our report.

While Pederson returned to his old company this week, Chad Frederick found that staying with the same company for the past 20 years also has led to advancement. Frederick, who has been with Virginia-based ePlus for 20 years, an integrator of technology solutions, this week was appointed as the new president of the company’s subsidiary, ePluc Group, Inc. The new subsidiary will focus on financial solutions for its clients. Read more in our report on the appointment.

The retirement of president and CEO of TELEHOUSE America and KDDI America, Masaaki Nakanishi, this week ushered in Satoru Manabe as the new president and CEO of the two companies. TELEHOUSE America is a provider of carrier-neutral data center services, while KDDI America provides high-quality network solutions to clients with telecommunication needs through EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. Manabe will oversee the activities and strategies for both companies, as well as that of their U.S. subsidiaries, Locus and Total Call.

Manabe most recently was global account management team for Toyota Motor Corporation and its companies, and you can read more about what the change in leadership means for the two companies Manabe heads by reading our report.

Telecom expense management, wireless mobility management and call accounting software and services provider, Comview Corporation, this week announced the appointment of industry expert Kevin Simms as its new director of marketing. Simms has more than 20 years of strategic and tactical marketing experience, including more than twelve years in the cloud-based, B2B telecommunications software industry. He will use his experience to further accelerate Comview’s growth in the fixed and wireless telecom management space, and you can learn more about what the appointment means for the company by reading our report on the move.

One of the more noteworthy pieces of news this week was the major management reshuffle at Alteva, a provider of hosted Unified Communications as a Service. The company says goodbye to and CEO David Cuthbert (News - Alert) and COO, Jay Conn. In order to maintain continuity of leadership, the Board of Directors has created an Office of CEO comprising of Brian Callahan (currently EVP, CFO and Treasurer), Bill Birnie (currently EVP and Chief Marketing Officer) and Mark Marquez (News - Alert) (currently EVP and Chief Technology Officer). They have been inducted into a newly created Office of CEO.

“The search for Cuthbert and Conn has already started,” we noted as part of our coverage this week. “During the interim period, the Office of the CEO will report directly to the Board of Directors. The company expects to find its next CEO and COO by the second quarter of 2014.” Learn more in our report.

Cloud services and interaction management company, Aspect Software, also announced that it has appointed Jim Haskin as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He will be leading the company’s growth strategy and cloud transformation going forward, and previously worked at boutique consulting firm Levementum as an executive vice president of enterprise of PRM Practice. Read more in our report.

This week Canadian wireless and Internet services provider, TELUS, also announced that its board and management will change starting at the next annual general meeting this May as part of a move to grow the company. Brian Canfield, who was the chairman of the board for the company since 1999, will retire after 58 years but stay on as chairman emeritus. Darren Entwistle also will step down as CEO and appoint Joe Natale, TELUS' executive VP, in his stead. Learn more about what these changes mean in our report.

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (News - Alert) has started to shake up the Redmond giant. This week he announced that Scott Guthrie would go from acting leader of Cloud and Enterprise to executive vice president with the intent of keeping him moving the Cloud and Enterprise division along. Phil Spencer was named to lead Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and Xbox Video as well as Microsoft Studios, with him reporting to Terry Myerson throughout.

Stephen Elop also was put in place as the executive vice president for the Microsoft Devices Group, which not only puts him in on the Nokia Devices and Services employees, but also partially on Xbox. Nadella noted in the announcement that Elop “...will partner closely with Phil and Terry on Xbox...” as well as work with the Nokia devices and other such hardware, according to our report on the moves.

Finally, this week also saw Canadian firm, Vocantas (News - Alert), create a new director of product development. The new role with the interactive voice response system developer will be head up by Robert Fryer. Fryer has more than 20 years of experience in the field of software development. Read more for what this means for the contact center industry in our report.

That’s all for week’s news recap on who has come and who has gone in tech. Watch TMCnet for the latest executive moves next week and in the months ahead.

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