Mobile Industry on the Move May 10

— May 10, 2014

It’s the revolving door, as many executives are out and a few came in last week in mobile.

Samsung
According to Reuters, Samsung Electronics confirmed that Lee Min-hyouk, previously the company’s vice president for mobile design, will take over for Chang Dong-hoon following his resignation. Moving forward, Chang will continue as the head of Samsung’s Design Strategy Team, which focuses on the long term, the company said.

Lee, the news provider reported, became Samsung’s youngest senior executive following the role he played in the initial design of the Galaxy S series in 2010. Chang, was said to be facing pressure as Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has failed to get high reviews.

Yankee Group Senior Analyst, Boris Metodiev, commented, “I think it was slightly unrealistic to expect a big change and massive improvements in both Galaxy S5’s design and functionality, 12 months after its previous version. Too much change can also be risky, especially considering the success of the Galaxy range of smartphones. All other big vendors have also opted for only incremental changes. Still, expectations from Samsung are now very high, and with this announcement the company wants to show that it’s committed to building the best possible devices on the market. The timing of the change is also good, since Lee Min-hyouk will have almost a full cycle between the updates of Samsung’s flagship smartphone at his disposal to implement his ideas, and his background in design suggests that he is probably the right person to do so.”

SAP
Tons of changes at SAP including:
Shawn Price, head of the cloud business, is leaving the company—according to the Wall Street Journal.

He will not be replaced and his responsibilities will be shared among the heads of recently acquired cloud companies, SAP spokesman James Dever told the Journal.
 
Dr. Vishal Sikka, Executive Board Member for Products and Innovation, announced his departure from the Executive Board for personal reasons, effective immediately.
 
At the same time, SAP announced many other appointments. Robert Enslin and Bernd Leukert were named to the company’s Executive Board, effective immediately. Enslin will continue to lead global customer operations and Leukert will assume responsibility for the global development organization.
 
The Supervisory Board also approved two new appointments to the Global Managing Board, Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries, to strengthen the next generation leadership team of SAP.
 
“No company in the industry can do what SAP can do in the cloud, with the SAP HANA platform today. I would like to personally thank Vishal for his contribution to take SAP to this stage. We will remain friends as he pursues the next step in his journey,” said Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP AG. “Robert Enslin and Bernd Leukert have dedicated their careers to SAP’s customers and employees. They will play integral roles in scaling the broad adoption of the SAP HANA Cloud platform and accelerating the company’s success into a new era. I’m also pleased that strong leaders like Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries are stepping into senior leadership positions to drive SAP forward at this moment of significant opportunity.”
 
Enslin and Leukert represent two of SAP’s longest serving leaders, bringing a combined 42 years of SAP experience to the Executive Board.
 
Enslin joined SAP in 1992 and began his career as an SAP consultant supporting customers in South Africa. He has steadily risen to his current role leading the company’s over 20,000 professionals in sales and services, and has presided over the integration of SAP’s go-to-market teams to advance a simplified experience for SAP customers.
 
Leukert joined SAP in 1994 and has long been one of the company’s foremost technologists and solution visionaries. He was appointed to the Global Managing Board in 2013 after successfully orchestrating the development and delivery of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. He will now lead the global development organization in redefining business applications on the SAP HANA Cloud platform.
 
In joining the Global Managing Board, Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries bring strong executive backgrounds that will support the company’s cloud operations and people agenda, respectively.
 
An 18-year veteran of SAP, Arnold will assume the role of chief information officer for the SAP Group and lead cloud operations and the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, in addition to her current responsibilities as the head of SAP´s internal Business Innovations and Application Services organization. She has broad experience leading SAP’s internal innovation agenda, most recently transitioning SAP to a next-generation financial management system on the SAP HANA platform.
 
Ries recently rejoined SAP to lead global human resources from Egon Zehnder, where he served during the last three years as principal consultant, advising global companies in leadership and executive search. Between 2002 and 2010, Ries had several global and regional leadership positions with SAP’s HR organization.
 
Rodolpho Cardenuto is now the head of a new Global Partner Operations (GPO) organization, formed in the office of the co-CEO, which will focus on driving Board-sponsored initiatives through strategic SAP partners and accelerating the company’s growth through new and existing sales channels.
 
In addition to the responsibilities of the company’s existing Ecosystem and Channels team, the new GPO organization will also manage SAP Business One, the original equipment manufacturing (OEM) business and the company’s overall strategic partnerships around the world. Mark Ferrer, current head of SAP Ecosystem and Channels, will continue his role as chief operating officer of Customer Operations, reporting to Robert Enslin, president of Global Customer Operations and member of the Executive Board of SAP AG.
 
As head of GPO, Cardenuto will be responsible for accelerating that same growth worldwide by building alternative routes to market through the SAP partner ecosystem. Cardenuto joined SAP in 2008 as president of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean, and has spent the past year as president of SAP Americas. He has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, spending 15 years at Hewlett- Packard in leadership roles including sales management in Brazil and leading the small and midsize enterprise (SME) business for the Latin America region.
 
Also effective immediately, Jennifer Morgan has been named president of SAP North America and Diego Dzodan has been named president of SAP Latin America & Caribbean. Both will report to Enslin.
 
Morgan was previously president of Regulated Industries at SAP. With more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience, she has an exceptional track record in helping to develop, sell and implement enterprise-wide solutions for government and private-sector customers. Prior to joining the company, Morgan worked for Siebel Systems and Accenture, where she primarily oversaw large system modernizations across multiple industries.
 
Dzodan has more than 15 years experience in the IT industry. He joined SAP in 2004 and has held key leadership positions within the company in Latin America, including managing director of SAP Southern Latin America, SAP Brazil and SAP Mexico and Central America. Under his leadership, these markets achieved significant growth. Before joining SAP, Dzodan founded Certant Inc., a regional consulting firm focused on technology and business integration. Earlier in his career, he was with companies including Aluar Aluminio Argentina, Technit Solutions and Andersen Consulting (Accenture).
 
Intel
Intel Corporation announced Steven Fund as corporate vice president and Chief Marketing Officer reporting directly to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Intel said Fund will be responsible for a broad portfolio that includes Intel's global marketing strategy, brand management, product positioning, market research, advertising, partner marketing, retail channel marketing, digital marketing, social media, and global communications. He will join Intel effective June 2.

Fund comes to Intel from Staples, where he was senior vice president of global marketing and member of the company's senior leadership team. Staples is the world's largest office products company.

At Staples, Fund created the company's global marketing center of excellence, building an integrated team across business units and geographies. He strengthened Staples' communications, digital marketing and social media capabilities and restructured the company's approach to external agencies. He also led the repositioning of the Staples brand through a new company vision, brand promise and tagline.

"Steve has served in high-profile leadership roles while helping to build leading brands at some of the world's most prestigious companies," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. "As our industry and our business is changing, we need to change the way we develop, build, and market our products, and Steve is going to be a key asset for us as we move forward. We are very excited about adding Steve to our executive staff to shepherd Intel's marketing activities worldwide as we evolve the industry and the company into the next wave of computing."

Prior to Staples, Fund worked at Procter and Gamble where he led the global expansion of the Gillette Fusion product, which reached $1 billion in net sales faster than any brand in P&G's history. Earlier in his career he held brand management leadership roles at the Pepsi-Cola Company.

Target
Target’s board of directors issued the following statement last week:

“Today we are announcing that, after extensive discussions, the board and Gregg Steinhafel have decided that now is the right time for new leadership at Target. Effective immediately, Gregg will step down from his positions as Chairman of the Target board of directors, president and CEO. John Mulligan, Target’s chief financial officer, has been appointed as interim president and chief executive officer. Roxanne S. Austin, a current member of Target’s board of directors, has been appointed as interim non-executive chair of the board. Both will serve in their roles until permanent replacements are named. We have asked Gregg Steinhafel to serve in an advisory capacity during this transition and he has graciously agreed."

The board is deeply grateful to Gregg for his significant contributions and outstanding service throughout his notable 35-year career with the company. We believe his passion for the team and relentless focus on the guests have established Target as a leader in the retail industry. Gregg has created a culture that fosters innovation and supports the development of new ideas. Under his leadership, the company has not only enhanced its ability to execute, but has broadened its strategic horizons. He also led the company through unprecedented challenges, navigating the financial recession, reacting to challenges with Target’s expansion into Canada, and successfully defending the company through a high-profile proxy battle.

Most recently, Gregg led the response to Target’s 2013 data breach. He held himself personally accountable and pledged that Target would emerge a better company. We are grateful to him for his tireless leadership and will always consider him a member of the Target family.

The board will continue to be actively engaged with the leadership team to drive Target’s future success and will manage the transition. In addition to the appointments of the exceptional leaders noted above, we have also retained Korn Ferry to advise the board on a comprehensive CEO search.

The board is confident in the future of this company and views this transition as an opportunity to drive Target’s business forward and accelerate the company’s transformation efforts.” 

AnyPresence
AnyPresence, a cloud-based, enterprise mobile development platform provider, was named a "Cool Vendor in PaaS, 2014” by Gartner Inc. The report identifies four innovative vendors and highlights some of the many ways in which PaaS companies have impacted the industry in the past year. AnyPresence was evaluated along with other candidates based on the analysis provided by Gartner Research.

Specific to current trends in mobile application development, AnyPresence is a part of the “transition from the monolithic server-based middleware approach historically associated with enterprise focused mobile application development platforms (MADPs) to an incremental, pay-as-you-go cloud-hosted model introduced by mBaaS.” Gartner Analyst Richard Marshall also notes that “Pure-play mBaaS providers have typically focused on individual developers or startups in the consumer application market, and have lacked the capabilities required to support enterprise use.”

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