PowerMoves in Technology July 2012

Welcome to this month edition of PowerMoves, covering leadership changes in publicly traded technology companies in the Silicon Valley. In this email you’ll find details you need to stay informed about your partner, competitor and customer organizations.

Also, I want to share with you a thought provoking article from Business Insider, written by Flybridge Capital Partners venture capitalist Jeff Bussgang. It’s called Startups Need To Hire A Recruiter…Now where he writes, “My years of recruiting have taught me that CEOs are at distinct competitive disadvantage if they don’t get outside help for recruiting.” He gives five top reasons why and they are applicable to startups and to established companies as well.

Bussgang concludes, “My bottom line advice is to just bite the bullet and hire a recruiter now. The difference will cost you an incremental $50-100K, but everyone knows that hiring an “A” grade person has a massive positive impact… and that impact is compounded if it can be achieved 3-6 months sooner.” Its solid council, and work that TowerHunter helps with every day.

Thanks for reading and email me anytime to share your thoughts. –Simon Bloch, Partner, TowerHunter executive search, (650) 937-9150 or sbloch@towerhunter.com.

 

Executive Appointments
Executive Leaves
Board Appointments and Leaves
Executive Compensation Changes
Executives and Interims on Lookout
About Simon Bloch and TowerHunter
Archives

 

Executive Appointments

 

Altera Names Scott Bibaud as SVP and GM of Communications and Broadcast Division
Altera Corporation announced that Scott Bibaud has joined the company as SVP and GM, communications and broadcast division.  In this leadership role, Bibaud has oversight of systems solution development and marketing for the communications and broadcast industries. He reports to John Daane, Altera’s president and CEO. Bibaud served most recently with Broadcom as executive vice president and general manager for the company’s mobile platforms group.  He has also held leadership positions at Conexant and in management consulting.

 

AMD Appoints Suresh Gopalakrishnan as VP and GM of Server Business
AMD announced today that Dr. Suresh Gopalakrishnan, 49, has joined the company as corporate VP and GM of its server business, reporting to Dr. Lisa Su, SVP and GM of global Business Units. In this role, Dr. Gopalakrishnan will lead AMD’s server business and is responsible for driving the end-to-end business execution of server solutions worldwide. Dr. Gopalakrishnan was most recently vice president of engineering at Extreme Networks. During his tenure at Extreme Networks, Dr. Gopalakrishnan was also VP of marketing and product management, as well as general manager of multiple business units. Prior to Extreme Networks, Dr. Gopalakrishnan held a variety of leadership positions at Riverstone Networks/Cabletron Systems, ZSP Corporation, Sun Microsystems and HP. He is based in Sunnyvale, California.

 

Apple’s Dan Riccio Takes Over as VP of Hardware Engineering
Apple said that Dan Riccio will replace Bob Mansfield, who is retiring, as VP of Hardware Engineering. Riccio has been the head of iPad hardware engineering. He joined the company in 1998 as vice president of product design. Riccio currently serves as vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering and has been instrumental in all of Apple’s iPad products since the first generation iPad. Riccio joined Apple in 1998 as vice president of Product Design and has been a key contributor to most of Apple’s hardware over his career.

 

Applied Materials Appoints Gary Dickerson to President
Gary E. Dickerson, age 54, has been appointed as President of Applied Materials. Mr. Dickerson will report to Michael Splinter, Chairman and CEO. Mr. Splinter had served as Applied’s President until Mr. Dickerson’s appointment to the position. Mr. Dickerson previously served as CEO and a director of Varian Semiconductor Associates, from 2004 until Applied’s acquisition of Varian in November 2011. Since then, Mr. Dickerson has been an employee of Applied reporting to Mr. Splinter on merger integration matters. Mr. Dickerson’s initial annual salary as President will be $750,000, and he will be eligible to earn an annual target bonus of 150% of his base salary.

 

Applied Materials Hires Joe Pon as VP Communications
Applied Materials has named Joe Pon as vice president of communications and public affairs. Pon worked for Applied starting in 1991, serving in a number of communications, government relations and corporate marketing roles. He was named vice president of corporate affairs in 2007. He was the vice president of programs for The James Irvine Foundation from October 2009 to May 2012.

 

Audience Appoints Eitan Medina as VP of Engineering
Audience appointed Eitan Medina as its new Vice President of Engineering. In this role, Mr. Medina assumes overall responsibility for engineering and product development at Audience. Mr. Medina joins Audience from Cavium Networks where he was VP of engineering. Prior to this, he spent 10 years at Marvell Technology Group, most recently as VP of cellular engineering, where he led the design and development of the company’s 2G/3G/4G UMTS modem and communications processors. Prior to Marvell, he held executive and senior level positions at Galileo Technology, acquired by Marvell Semiconductor, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

 

Cisco Appoints Padmasree Warrior as Chief Technology and Strategy Officer
Padmasree Warrior is moving up to take on the roles of Chief Technology and Strategy Officer. The strategy and business development teams that had reported to departing Ned Hooper will now report to Warrior. Warrior worked up the ranks through the engineering side. She was previously co-leader of engineering with Pankaj Patel. Patel has now been given sole responsibility for engineering.

 

eHealth, Inc. Appoints Tom Tsao as SVP of Product Management
eHealth announced that Tom Tsao has joined the company as SVP of product management.  Prior to joining eHealth, Mr. Tsao was VP of product management at Walmart.com, where he led an organization of over 50 to develop product strategies and deliver on the product roadmap for Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce business. From August 2005 to May 2011, Mr. Tsao held various product management positions at Yahoo! Prior to his tenure at Yahoo!, Mr. Tsao held product management positions at eBay and Netscape.

 

Exar Adds Steve Bakos as SVP of Sales and Marketing
Exar announced today that Steve Bakos joins the company as SVP of Sales and Marketing reporting to president and CEO Louis DiNardo.  Mr. Bakos will replace Chris Dingley who previously served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Prior to Exar, Mr. Bakos served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Conexant Corporation.  Mr. Bakos has held executive sales and marketing positions at SiTime, a privately held manufacturer of MEMS devices; Active Semiconductor, a privately held power management company, as well as Intersil, Xicor and Linear Technology.

 

Ikanos Appoints Omid Tahernia as President and CEO
Ikanos appointed Omid Tahernia as President and CEO. Mr. Tahernia, age 51, most recently served as President and CEO at Tilera from October 2007 to October 2011. Prior to joining Tilera, he served as Corporate Vice President & General Manager – Processing Solutions Group from June 2006 to September 2007 and Vice President & General Manager – DSP Division from July 2004 to June 2006 at Xilinx. Prior to Xilinx, Tahernia spent 21 years at Motorola in both the equipment and semiconductor segments. Mr. Tahernia will receive an annual base salary of $400,000 and is eligible for an annual target bonus potential equal to 100% of his base.

 

InvenSense Appoints Mo Maghsoudnia as VP of Operations
Mr. Mo Maghsoudnia began employment with InvenSense in June 2012 and is replacing Mr. Krishnan upon his retirement in July 2012. Mr. Maghsoudnia has more than 25 years of operations, management, and process engineering experience. Most recently, Mr. Maghsoudnia was at NetLogic. At NetLogic, he held the position of VP of World Wide Manufacturing. Prior to that, Mr. Maghsoudnia worked at other large semiconductor manufacturing companies.

 

LeapFrog Appoints Greg Ahearn as Chief Marketing Officer
LeapFrog Enterprises announced that Greg Ahearn has joined the company as chief marketing officer. In this role, Ahearn is responsible for the LeapFrog brand and consumer experience globally, which includes consumer insights, product marketing, licensing, content development, marketing communications and public relations. He reports directly to LeapFrog CEO John Barbour. Prior to joining LeapFrog, Ahearn was the chief marketing officer for Toys”R”Us. Before Toys”R”Us, Ahearn was VP of marketing for Hasbro Inc.’s OddzOn toy division where he oversaw the development and marketing for brands such as Koosh collectibles, sport and bubbles, Vortex high performance toy sports and Rubik’s puzzles. He also held several brand management positions at Mattel Inc.

 

Meru Networks Appoints Manish Rai as VP of Product Marketing, Sarosh Vesuna and Kamal Anand as General Managers
Meru Networks appointed Manish Rai, previously head of industry solution marketing at Aruba Networks, to the position of Vice President of Vertical and Product Marketing. Rai brings over 14 years of experience in global enterprise wireless networking and software marketing. The company also announced promotions from within the company’s executive leadership. Sarosh Vesuna has been appointed as General Manager of Education. Vesuna has been with Meru for four years, most recently serving as the VP of Business Development. Prior to Meru Networks, he served as Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at Motorola, where he was responsible for acquisitions, partnerships and the overall direction of the company’s WLAN business. Kamal Anand has also been appointed to the new role of General Manager of Hospitality and Entertainment. Prior to this new role, Anand was SVP of Product Management where he was responsible for the leading the company’s product strategy. Prior to this appointment, Anand served as Meru’s head of product management and marketing and head of sales and business development.

 

Micrel Expands Responsibilities of Rami Kanama as VP
Micrel announced that Rami Kanama, VP of Clock and Timing Products, will take over responsibility for the High Bandwidth Division reporting to Mr. Mansour Izadinia, SVP.  Kanama has more than 18 years of experience in high technology management. He has served as Micrel’s Director of High Bandwidth Marketing since 2008, and as VP of Clock and Timing Products since April 2012, with responsibility for the division’s business development, strategic and product marketing. Mr. Kanama is also the President of Micrel’s PhaseLink subsidiary.

 

Netflix Appoints Bill Holmes to New Role of Chief Business Development Officer
Netflix announced that Bill Holmes is being promoted to a new role as Chief Business Development Officer. Holmes, who joined Netflix in 2008, has been serving as VP of Business Development, in charge of global partnerships across the consumer electronics, gaming, operator, service provider and retail markets.  Prior to Netflix, Holmes was VP Business Development & Strategy at DivX.  Holmes was previously Senior Director, Product development for Digital Entertainment Solutions, Hollywood.

 

Oclaro Announces New Responsibilities of Jim Haynes as President and Terry Unter as COO
Oclaro announced the appointment of Jim Haynes to the position of President, Global Business and Terry Unter to the position of COO, while Yves LeMaitre will remain in his current role as Chief Commercial Officer. These appointments are being made as the company proceeds toward closing its previously announced merger with Opnext in order to further ensure a smooth integration of the two companies. Prior to his appointment Mr. Haynes, 50, served as President and General Manager, Photonic Components since January 2011. From March 2005 to January 2011, he served as the company’s COO. Prior to his appointment as COO, Dr. Unter, 60, served as the company’s President and General Manager, Optical Networks since February 2011.

 

Rambus Appoints Ronald Black as President and CEO
Rambus appointed Ronald D. Black as the President and CEO. The hiring of Dr. Black reflects the completion of the search and the retirement of Harold Hughes from the role of President and CEO. Dr. Ronald Black, age 48, was previously the Managing Director of R.D. Black & Company, a consulting firm, since August 2011. From September 2010 to August 2011, Dr. Black was the Chief Executive Officer of MobiWire, formerly Sagem Wireless, a privately-held mobile handset company headquartered near Paris, France. From June 2009 to October 2010, Dr. Black served as Chairman and CEO of UPEK. Dr. Black currently serves as a board member of AuthenTec, Inc., which he joined following the AuthenTec-UPEK merger in September 2010, Inside Contactless, a France-based company engaged in the semiconductors and information technology industry, and EnOcean GmbH, a German-based company. From September 2004 to June 2009, he was CEO of Wavecom S.A., a publicly traded French wireless solutions company. Dr. Black’s annual salary will be $515,000 and annual incentive with a target bonus equal to 100% of his base salary.

 

SunPower Appoints Lisa Bodensteiner as EVP and General Counsel
SunPower announced that Lisa Bodensteiner has been named SunPower’s EVP and general counsel. She will lead the company’s global legal organization. Bodensteiner comes to SunPower from First Solar where she served as general counsel since 2009. At First Solar, Bodensteiner was key in creating the company’s project pipeline and leading significant acquisitions. She also served as EVP, general counsel and secretary at OptiSolar where she led the effort to sell its project development business to First Solar.  Bodensteiner has extensive power industry experience, including more than a decade at Calpine serving in various legal related roles such as EVP, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer.

 

Synnex Corporation Announces the Promotion of Christopher Caldwell to President of Concentrix
Synnex announced the promotion of Christopher Caldwell to President, Concentrix Corporation. Mr. Caldwell joined EMJ Data Systems Ltd. in 2003 and ultimately joined SYNNEX in 2004 when the company acquired EMJ Data Systems. His roles expanded over time to include Corporate Development, and most recently Mr. Caldwell’s title was SVP and General Manager of Global Business Services, Concentrix.

 

Yahoo Hires Michael Barrett as Chief Revenue Officer
Yahoo is adding senior talent, recruiting a Google executive who previously worked with Yahoo’s interim chief executive. The company said it has hired Michael Barrett to serve as Yahoo’s EVP and chief revenue officer, overseeing global advertising sales and operations. Yahoo’s interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, used to work closely with Barrett while they were both top Internet executives at Rupert Murdoch’s News at a time when that company owned MySpace. Barrett, 50, will report directly to Levinsohn. Barrett joins Yahoo after serving as CEO of Admeld, a Web service firm. Search leader Google acquired Admeld in December for a reported $400 million. Barrett had led the integration effort of Admeld into Google.

 

ZipRealty Hires Eric Mersch as CFO and Franklin Davis as President
ZipRealty hired Eric Mersch as its SVP, CFO and Chief Accounting Officer and Franklin V. (Van) Davis as its President, Brokerage Operations.

 

 

Executive Leaves

 

Apple’s Bob Mansfield Retiring
Apple announced that Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, will retire and the role will be transitioned to Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, over several months. As senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, Mansfield has led Mac® hardware engineering since 2005, iPhone® and iPod® hardware engineering since 2010, and iPad® hardware engineering since its inception. Mansfield joined Apple in 1999 when Apple acquired Raycer Graphics, where he was VP of Engineering.

 

Brocades’s Ian Whiting Leaving as SVP of Worldwide Sales 
Brocade announced that Ian Whiting, Brocade’s SVP of Worldwide Sales, will be leaving Brocade to pursue other personal and professional interests. Until a permanent replacement is appointed, Michael Klayko, Brocade’s Chief Executive Officer, will assume responsibility for worldwide sales.

 

Cisco’s Ned Hooper Stepping Down as Chief Strategy Officer
Cisco Systems today announced that Ned Hooper is stepping down as chief strategy officer. He had been credited with driving Cisco’s large-scale M&A activity, including multi-billion dollar deals like Tandberg, Starent Networks and WebEx. Hooper also oversaw the company’s $2 billion investment portfolio, and now is expected to launch an independent investment platform of his own.

 

Facebook Technology Chief Bret Taylor to Depart
Facebook’s technology chief, Bret Taylor, is leaving later this summer with future plans to assemble a start-up. Mr. Taylor is in charge of platform and mobile efforts at Facebook.

 

Invensense’s Ram Krishnan to Retire as VP of Operations
Mr. Ram Krishnan, Vice President of Operations of InvenSense, intends to retire at the end of July 2012. Mr Krishnan has served in this capacity for five years and is one of InvenSense’s named executive officers.

 

Micrel Announces Retirement of Thomas Wang as VP of Division
Micrel announced that Mr. Thomas S. Wong, Vice President of the High Bandwidth Division, will be retiring effective August 3, 2012. Mr. Wong joined Micrel in 1998 with the acquisition of Synergy Semiconductor where he was a co-founder and held several executive positions.

 

Oracle Announces Departure of Keith Block as EVP or North America Sales
Oracle announced that Keith Block, Executive Vice President, North America Sales and Consulting, has decided to leave Oracle and pursue other opportunities. Mr. Block’s responsibilities were assumed by other members of Oracle’s management. Mr. Block will remain with Oracle for a period of time to assist with this transition.

 

Rovi’s Corey Ferengul Resigns as VP of Product Management and Strategy
Corey Ferengul notified Rovi that he will be resigning as the Executive Vice President, Product Management & Strategy to pursue other business opportunities.

 

Salesforce.com Square Sarah Friar leaves for Square as CFO
Square hired Sarah Friar as CFO. Friar worked for Salesforce.com, where she was SVP of finance and strategy. Friar worked 10 years at Goldman Sachs and also worked for McKinsey in London and in South Africa. She has a master’s in engineering from Oxford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

 

Shutterfly Announces Resignation of Neil Day as CTO
Neil M. Day, Jr. submitted his resignation from his position as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Day is resigning to spend time with his family.

 

Splunk’s Christina Noren Leaves as SVP of Solutions
Christina Noren leaves Splunk as SVP of Solutions and joins Zuora as VP of Products. Noren was a key member of the leadership team from its early days to its recent IPO, one of the most successful enterprise offerings of the last few years.

 

Synnex CFO Alsborg to Retire
Synnex announced that CFO Thomas Alsborg is retiring. Alsborg will leave at the end of November to spend more time with family and pursue other interests. He joined Synnex in 2007.

 

TeleNav’s Douglas Miller Resigns as CFO
Douglas Miller resigned as CFO and treasurer of TeleNav and has agreed to provide consulting services to the company.

 

Yahoo’s Michael Callahan Resigns as General Counsel
Yahoo announced that Michael J. Callahan, had resigned as General Counsel, the latest executive change under the Internet company’s interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn. Mr. Callahan wrote that he was leaving to “move on to new opportunities.” He will be succeeded on an interim basis by Ron Bell, a deputy general counsel.

 

Yahoo Announces Departure of Rich Riley as EVP
Yahoo announced that Rich Riley, executive vice president for the Americas, is leaving amid management turnover at the company.  Riley will stay for the next few months during a transition period. Riley, who joined the company in 1999, formerly was SVP and managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Riley had been promoted in April under Thompson’s leadership.

 

 

Board Appointments and Leaves

 

Dialogic Elects Giovani Piasentin and Patrick Jones to the Board
Giovani Richard Piasentin and Patrick S. Jones were elected to serve as a member of the Board. Mr. Piasentin currently serves as VP and Managing Director, U.S. Sales Marketing and Operations for Research In Motion. Prior to his current position, he served as Research In Motion’s Global VP, Commercial Operations. Mr. Piasentin also held various positions with Nortel for a 17 year period. Mr. Jones was most recently SVP and CFO of Gemplus International S.A. Prior to Gemplus, he was VP and corporate controller at Intel Corporation and CFO of LSI Logic. Mr. Jones serves as chairman of the boards of directors of Epocrates and Lattice Semiconductor and as a member of the boards of directors of Fluidigm and InsideSecure SA.

 

Dialogic’s Ming Him Chan and Alex Guira Resign from the Board
Ming Him (Kenny) Chan and Alex Guira resigned from the Board of Directors of Dialogic.

 

Facebook Names Sheryl Sandberg to the Board
Facebook announced that Sheryl Sandberg (42), chief operating officer at Facebook, has joined the company’s board of directors. Sandberg, since joining in 2008, oversees Facebook’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was VP of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. She previously served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton and began her career as an economist with the World Bank.

 

IDT Elects Peter Feld and Jeffrey McCreary as Directors
Integrated Device Technology named two of Starboard Value LP’s to its board. The company said Peter A. Feld, portfolio manager of Starboard, and Jeffrey S. McCreary, a director of MIPS Technologies are joining the board.

 

GigOptix Appoints Tom Mitchell to the Board
GigOptix announced that Mr. David T. (Tom) Mitchell has been appointed to GigOptix’s Board of Directors. Mr. Mitchell has over 33 years of experience in the electronics and semiconductor industries, while founding and co-founding two of the biggest manufacturing names in the industry. Currently, Mr. Mitchell is the Chairman, CEO and founder of Fabrinet, a manufacturing outsourcing company for complex optical, industrial and automotive products. Mr. Mitchell was also a co-founder and president of Seagate Technology, a leading disk drive company. Mr. Mitchell will not receive any Board fees or other cash compensation for his services, but will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses to attend Board meetings.

 

LeapFrog Enterprises Names Theodore Mitchell as a Director
LeapFrog Enterprises appoints Theodore R. Mitchell as a board member. Mitchell is president and CEO of nonprofit venture philanthropy firm New Schools Venture Fund. He also served as president of the California State Board of Education from 2008 through 2010. Mitchell has held several positions at various educational institutions, including serving as president of Occidental College.

 

SunPower’s Steve Albrecht and Jean-Marc Otero del Val Resign from the Board
Steve Albrecht, an independent director of SunPower, and Jean-Marc Otero del Val, a director designated by Total, each notified the Board of his willingness and intent to resign from the Board.

 

Tibco’s Robin Gilthorpe Departs as U.S. Sales Head
Tibco Software announced departure of U.S. head of sales, Robin Gilthorpe (44) as SVP in charge of Americas. The software maker is reorganizing its business in the U.S. market.

 

 

Executive Compensation Changes

 

Electronic Arts Adopts Bonus Plan Addendum
Electronic Arts approved a Bonus Formula Addendum for the fiscal year. Bonus pool funding is based 20% of the company’s performance and 80% of the funding is based on business unit performance, such as profit and revenue targets. Management will then allocate, at its discretion, a percentage of the approved bonus pool funding to each business unit.

 

Exar Approves Incentive Program
Exar approved Executive Management Incentive Program. Incentive awards under the Program will be paid in fully vested shares of Exar common stock, with the number of shares to be determined based on net sales and EBIT. The target awards under the Program for Exar’s executive officers are as follows: for Louis DiNardo, 100% of his base salary, and for each of Kevin S. Bauer, Diane Hill, Todd Smathers, Carlos A. Laber, Steve Bakos and Thomas R. Melendrez, 40% of the executive’s base salary.

 

Finisar Adopts Executive Officer Bonus plan
Finisar adopted an executive officer bonus plan. Under the plan, the target bonuses for Jerry S. Rawls, Chairman of the Board, and Eitan Gertel, CEO, are 100% of executive officers’ annual base salary. The target bonus for each of the other executive officers of the company is 60% of executive annual base salary. The bonus amount will be based 50% on the company’s achievement of operating income targets and 50% on a discretionary determination of executive officer’s performance.

 

Meru Networks Approves Management Bonus Plan
Meru Networks approved an amended 2012 management Bonus Plan, in which each of the executive officers, with the exception of the Senior Vice President of World Wide Field Operations, Lawrence Vaughan, is eligible to participate. For the company’s CEO and CFO, the total annual bonus is based of 50% on achieving the revenue target and 50% on achieving the EBITA. The target bonuses based on the salaries for each executive officer are as follows: Bami Bastani, President and CEO 100 % or $450,000, Brett White, CFO 50% or $151,500, Kamal Anand, SVP Product Management 45% or $121,500, Carl Gustin, CMO 45% or $119,250, Larry Vaughan, SVP Sales, Services and Support 118% or $325,000.

 

NeoPhotonics Approves Target Bonuses
NeoPhotonics approved target bonuses for 2012 for its “named executive officers”. Bonus amounts are: to Timothy Jenks, President and CEO 75% or $253,440, James Fay, VP and CFO 45% or $131,328, Raymond Cheung, VP and CFO 40% or $119,842, Wupen Yuen, VP of Product Development and Engineering of 40% or $96,000 and Benjamin Sitler, VP of Global Sales of 40% or $92,570.

 

Silicon Image Approves Target Bonus for Executives
Silicon Image approved the target bonus levels for executive participants as follows: CEO 100%, CFO 50%, VP Product Marketing and VP/GM 50%, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer 50% and other Vice Presidents 45%.

 

Tesla Motors Enters into Compensatory Arrangement with George Blankenship, VP of Sales
Tesla Motors entered into a compensatory arrangement with George Blankenship, the company’s Vice President of World Wide Sales & Ownership Experience, pursuant to which Mr. Blankenship will receive a commission of $15.00 for each Model S delivered to customers in the 2012 calendar year.

 

Xilinx Approves Amendments to Employment Letters of Moshe Gavrielov, CEO and Jon Olson, CFO
Xilinx approved amendments to the employment letter agreements for Moshe Gavrielov, President and CEO and Jon Olson, SVP of Finance and CFO. The amendments to Mr. Gavrielov’s and Mr. Olson’s employment letter agreements clarify certain provisions related to the acceleration of vesting terms.

 

 

Executives and Interims on Lookout

 

We constantly receive inquiries from our network of executives that are passively interested in new opportunities. Although, we do not represent individual candidates, from time to time, we facilitate connections between great leaders and opportunities. If interested, contact us at sbloch@towerhunter.com or (650) 937-9150. We currently have the following executives on lookout.

 

•  VP/GM  – top tier technologist and entrepreneur in communications, analytics and SaaS

•  VP/GM  – expert in storage and consumer semiconductor products

•  Director/VP Engineering  – architect, strategist and executioner in networking technologies

•  CFO  – at public and private companies, Stanford and Wharton graduate

•  CEO  – with IPO experience in publicly traded communications company and wide range of startups

•  Director of Corporate Development  – currently a VP with a top investment banking firm

•  VP Marketing – experienced in IP, semiconductors and devices, Cornell/UC Berkeley Ph.D.

•  Director of Engineering – extensive experience in enterprise security, SaaS and cloud

•  VP Software Development – experienced in leading large and diversified enterprise engineering teams

•  Director of Business Development – wireless communications, Marketing and Operations

•  VP of Business Development – in semiconductors with immense network in China, Taiwan and Singapore

•  Board Member  – SVP sales in public company interested to serve on a board of a private or public company

•  VP of Technology – deep expertise and background in wireless, mobile, enterprise, analytics and cloud

•  VP of Product Development – in Internet services company, cloud, SaaS

•  General Counsel – with over 20 years of experience in publicly traded technology companies

 

 

About Simon Bloch and TowerHunter

 

About Simon Bloch

Simon leads the Technology practice with focus on C-Level, Vice Presidents and Directors across all functions of an organization and works with public, private, startup and international companies. Simon’s experience ranges from Vice President and General Manager at a billion dollar public company to founder and CEO of a venture-funded Silicon Valley start-up. He has a wide network of contacts across multiple industries and continents. Simon is passionate about connecting great leaders with opportunities and operates on the principals of delivering value, easy to do business with, authenticity, and simply being the best.
Simon holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Tel Aviv University in Israel and is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Business CTO leadership and innovation forum. He is fluent in English, Hebrew, Russian and Lithuanian languages and he resides in the Silicon Valley, California. He can be reached at sbloch@towerhunter.com or (650) 937-9150.

 

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