Headcount: Firings, Hirings, and Retirings — March 2021 – SDxCentral


Here are some of the latest executive hirings, promotions, and staff changes that happened in March. If you’d like SDxCentral to report on your company’s movers and shakers, or if you’ve got a tip about layoffs and restructuring, please send the information to Sydney Sawaya ([email protected]) for inclusion in the monthly headcount column.

Amazon named the next leader of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s largest public cloud provider. Adam Selipsky will return to the company, following a nearly five-year break from Amazon as the CEO of Tableau, in a couple months, the tech giant announced.

Andy Jassy, who will vacate the position of CEO at AWS when he takes the reins of Amazon sometime this summer, said Selipsky “brings strong judgment, customer obsession, team building, demand generation, and CEO experience” to the role, in a blog post about the hire.

“Adam is not a new face to AWS. Back in 2005, Adam was one of the first VPs we hired in AWS, and ran AWS’ sales, marketing, and support for 11 years,” Jassy wrote. “Having been in such a senior role at AWS for 11 years, he knows our culture and business well.”

Selipsky is slated to join AWS on May 17, and “we will spend the subsequent several weeks transitioning together before making the change sometime in Q3,” Jassy wrote.

The human financial cost of Nokia’s turbulent 2020 was made crushingly clear in the company’s annual report. More than 6,000 employees, or 6.4% of Nokia’s workforce at the beginning of 2020, were cut or laid off by the company during the year.

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Worse yet for Nokia staffers, more job cuts are likely as a three-year turnaround plan initiated by CEO Pekka Lundmark at the beginning of 2021 has increased pressure on each of its business segments to grow and prove technology leadership in their respective markets. Lundmark, just four months after taking the helm, warned that underperforming or lagging businesses could be on the chopping block.

The company’s leader is also shrinking its executive team from 17 people to 11, and moving at least 14,000 employees from corporate functions to Nokia’s four new business groups.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is bolstering its presence in Ireland, announcing plans to hire 150 new people in the country over the next two years. Those new hires will also be part of the vendor’s move to boost its efforts on cybersecurity and software development on the Emerald Isle.

The new positions are being focused on cybersecurity, software development, global research and development, and cloud consulting. They will be based in HPE’s sites in Galway and Kildare, through the vendor noted that its current Edge-to-Office work-from-home initiative means that “the majority of work can be carried out from flexible locations, thus opening up these roles to applicants from anywhere in the country.”

The hiring focus is also part of HPE’s move to “locate global centers of excellence focused on cybersecurity and software development in Ireland.”

Other Movers and Shakers

President Joe Biden selected Clare Martorana to serve as the federal chief information officer (CIO) and administrator of the Office of Electronic Government at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Martorana most recently served as CIO of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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Confluent added two new leaders to its executive team with the appointments of Cory Scott as the company’s first chief information security officer (CISO) and Melanie Vinson as its first chief legal officer.

IBM announced new senior roles for its independent Managed Infrastructure Services business NewCo. Elly Keinan was named as group president of the new company and Maria Bartolome Winans was named NewCo’s CMO.

Adapdix appointed Jean Lau as its new CTO.

Synchronoss’ board of directors confirmed Jeff Miller as its president and CEO. Miller had been serving as interim president and CEO of Synchronoss since September 2020.

Contentful announced the addition of Carla Cooper as its new CFO.

Former Software AG executive John Schweitzer joined enterprise cloud data management provider Informatica as its new chief revenue officer.

Prime Technology Group welcomed Nick Sharma as its new CEO.

Jan du Plessis announced his plans to retire as chairman of BT Group in 2021 once a successor has been appointed.

Streaming analytics provider KX announced Eric Raab as CTO.

Tifenn Dano Kwan, who previously served as CMO for Dropbox, was named CMO of Collibra.

Gong added former Tableau EVP Kelly Breslin Wright to its board of directors.

Christopher Rice was selected to serve as CEO of STL’s Access Solutions Business.

AI and analytics firm Sisense appointed Adam Towns as its new CFO.

Low-code workflow automation provider Tray.io welcomed Shwetha Shankar as VP of customer success and Karishma Mehta as director of UX and growth.

Cisco named Marianna Tessel, who previously served as VP of engineering with VMware, to its board of directors.

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Rubrik promoted Ajay Sabhlok to CIO and chief data officer.

Zero trust creator John Kindervag joined ON2IT as its new SVP for cybersecurity strategy and group fellow.

Intelligent customer engagement software vendor Freshworks hired Stacey Epstein to serve as CMO.

SIOS Technology promoted Margaret Hoagland from director of product marketing to VP of  global marketing.

Behavox announced former Oracle Cloud CTO Joseph Benjamin will serve as its new CTO.

Nokia welcomed Melissa Schoeb as chief corporate affairs office and a member of the Group Leadership team.

VMware named Paula Hodgins as SVP of worldwide accounts and telco sales.

Confluera’s board of directors selected John Morgan to succeed co-founder Abhijit Ghosh as the new CEO. Ghosh will take on a new role as CTO.

Palo Alto Networks appointed Dipak Golechha to serve as CFO.

Former Veeva Systems’ CFO Tim Cabral joined SingleStore’s board of directors.

Duo Security‘s Matthew Smith joined Tessian as its new CSO.

Virtana announced Christina Richards will serve as the company’s new CMO.

Observe.AI hired Jon Heaps to serve as the company’s new VP of channel.

Financial planning and analysis executive Travis Wentling was named CFO at Codefresh.

Devo Technology welcomed Sebastian Gunningham to the company board of directors. The company also added four new names to its executive team:

  • J.C. Vega – CISO
  • Lars Wiesner – SVP, product engineering and operations
  • Kayla Williams – VP, IT governance, risk and compliance
  • Matt Westover – VP of North America sales



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