Change happens fast in mobile—here's a few from last week you might have missed.
Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple's board of directors. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service.
Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world’s most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.
“Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.”
“We conducted an exhaustive search for someone who would further strengthen our board’s breadth of talent and background, and we are delighted to have identified such an outstanding individual,” said Art Levinson, Apple’s chairman. “I’m confident that Sue is going to make an important and positive impact on our company.”
Wagner graduated with honors from Wellesley College with a BA in English and Economics, and earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. She has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and honored by the National Council for Research on Women. At BlackRock, she championed and continues to support the Women’s Initiative Network, designed to foster the full potential of women within the company.
Bill Campbell’s relationship with Apple dates back to 1983, when he joined the company as vice president of Marketing. Next to Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula, Campbell is the longest-serving board member in the company’s history.
Google has appointed Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors. A veteran corporate executive of the automotive and aviation industries, he will serve on Google's Audit Committee.
From 2006 to 2014, Mulally served as President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, in addition to being a member of the board of directors and serving on its finance committee. Prior, from 2001 to 2006, he served as EVP of the Boeing Company and President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Inc. He also was a member of the Boeing Executive Council and has also served as President of the company's space and defense business.
Mulally served as co-chair of the Washington Competitiveness Council and sat on the advisory boards of NASA, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, the Massachusetts Institute Technology and the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering.
Microsoft Corp. will be restructuring to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy.
These steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25.
The actions associated with the plan are expected to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015.
Samsung has appointed Christina Pantin as VP of public relations. She will be responsible for managing and driving all public relations programs and initiatives in support of Samsung in the U.S.
"We welcome Christina to our Samsung family and look forward to the talent and expertise in the public relations and journalism sectors she will bring to our growing company," said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America. "Her leadership and experience will enhance our public relations initiatives and external communications as we drive continued growth and market leadership."
Pantin brings more than 27 years of experience with knowledge of media and investor relations and international business operations management, as well as extensive experience in the journalism sector. She joins Samsung from the business communications firm Brunswick Group and previously spent 25 years at Reuters.
Xplore Technologies has hired four new team members to help develop more progressive service, sales and marketing operations.
Bruce Linnartz, as the new senior manager of service operations, will be responsible for the development and management of the company's new customer service department and providing efficient and effective customer service, processes and procedures for its rugged product lines. Prior to the new role, he was the director and senior manager of service operations and custom solutions for competing rugged device manufactures.
Cynthia Murnick joins the company as enterprise sales director. She will help establish industry strategies and implement go-to-market initiatives for some of the company’s largest enterprise customers. Bringing more than 15 years of mobile software and hardware experience to the company, her knowledge will be invaluable to the company's sales team as it works to expand enterprise opportunities. Previously, she was with Psion Corporation and Motorola where she led sales opportunities and created new mobile software solutions.
Travis Dusek, the director of product marketing, comes from Dell where he managed a portfolio of businesses including docking, audio and smart phone solutions. He has experience in delivering complete solutions to industry verticals while hitting revenue and margin targets. He will be responsible for creating vertical solutions by partnering Xplore's rugged tablets with leading software and services.
In the B2B marketing director role, Cathy Hut will lead the development of the company's global marketing, brand and communications strategies for its rugged tablet lines. With more than 20 years of experience developing and executing integrated marketing programs for start-up OEMs, hardware and software enterprises, she will be responsible for driving product and channel initiatives and helping expand its global presence. Prior, she has served several years as a global marketing director for Freightwatch International, Digital Edge International and the Scrum Alliance.
VMware and Box
VMware and Box announced a partnership to enhance secure enterprise collaboration across mobile devices for next-gen enterprise mobile management (EMM).
"Today's workforce demands seamless, secure access to apps, files and data while moving from desktop to tablet to smartphone," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware. "Enabling users to take full advantage of powerful enterprise collaboration services requires a mobile security model that protects sensitive data and information. With VMware and Box, customers will be able to take advantage of VMware's end-user computing solutions in a fundamentally unique way, without compromising security."
Mocana and DMI
Provider of mobile enterprise solutions and services, Digital Management, Inc. (DMI), and Mocana have entered into a strategic partnership. DMI will integrate the Mocana Atlas Extended Enterprise Platform into its mobile enterprise solutions.
"We're excited to partner with DMI to rollout our new Mocana Atlas platform. DMI's strong presence in the Federal and commercial markets will help us achieve rapid acceptance. The platform enables organizations to break the mobile enterprise app bottleneck with a single, unified platform that empowers them to scale secure authentication, identity and trust relationships with apps on virtually any mobile device," said James Isaacs, CEO at Mocana.
Kaspersky Lab North America appointed John Murdock as VP of Channel Sales. He will be responsible for overseeing and managing the strategy, tactics and programs of the channel sales organization across North America. In addition, he will maintain and increase the company's current partner community and lead a team of channel sales professionals. Murdock brings more than 18 years of channel sales leadership experience in the software industry.
Murdock most recently served as Senior Director, Worldwide Channel Sales Programs at Juniper Networks—where he was responsible for key strategic initiatives such as designing and implementing partner programs and strategies to drive growth, differentiation and increased market share with channel partners. Prior to Juniper, he served as Director of Sales at Extraprise.
"John is well-versed in all segments of the sales engine: with his channel experience and proven success in the SMB and enterprise space, he brings invaluable know-how to Kaspersky during this exciting time of growth and expansion. We're confident that his enthusiasm, expertise and drive will bring tremendous value—not only to the organization, but to our partner community as well," stated Chris Doggett, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab North America.