20 Top Tech Movers and Shakers in March 2016
2016 has already seen a large number of high profile tech hires around the world but who were the tech movers and shakers last month?
Thankfully, 360 Leaders is here to answer that very question. So without a further ado, here are the top tech movers and shakers from March:
Apple Hires Former Amazon Exec George Stathakopoulos as VP of Corporate Information Security. Stathakopoulos will report to Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri and will be responsible for protecting corporate assets, such as the computers used to design products and develop software, as well as data about customers,” according to Fortune. Prior to the 6 years he spent at Amazon, Stathakopoulos was GM of Product Security at Microsoft.
BT has appointed the former CFO of BG Group, AstraZeneca and ScottishPower, Simon Lowth, as group finance director. Lowth, who also becomes an executive board director at BT, is due to join the company on July 4 and will take over from current finance director Tony Chanmugam following a handover period. Lowth was most recently CFO and executive director of oil and gas giant BG Group, stepping down last month following its £35 billion takeover by Royal Dutch Shell.
CurrencyFair announced the hiring of former Unibet Chief Marketing Officer, Nils Andén. As CMO of one of the largest online gambling businesses in Europe, Andén is credited for the commercial strategy that helped Unibet’s market cap grow from £300 million to £2 billion from 2010 to 2015, which makes Andén a strong entrant to this month’s tech movers and shakers list. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, CurrencyFair demonstrated its iPhone app at FinovateEurope 2013 in London.
Dropbox management has seen quite few tech movers and shakers joining the company. It has quietly hired two enterprise sales veterans, part of a broader push to gain big corporations as customers. Yamini Rangan and Eddie O’Brien both joined earlier this year, the company confirmed on Thursday. Ms. Rangan, who was an executive at Workday for four years, is overseeing global sales operations. Mr. O’Brien is responsible for “customer success” — that is, retaining existing customers and getting more revenue from them. He spent 15 years at Microsoft.
GoPro announced that Daniel Coster has been named Vice President of Design, effective the end of April. He will report to GoPro CEO and founder Nick Woodman. Mr. Coster will influence all aspects of design at GoPro in his new role, including hardware and software and services, lending his strategic vision and expertise to maximizing the GoPro user’s experience from end to end.
IBM has named former AOL president and Razorfish CEO Bob Lord as chief digital officer, handing him the responsibility for managing the businesses digital presence and operations, as well as running its digital platform, sales and marketing.
Jaunt, a startup that makes applications and hardware for virtual reality, has hired a fleet of sales executives to cajole more media companies and advertisers into building content for VR. One of those tech movers and shakers is Julie Uhrman, the former founder and CEO of the Android game console company Ouya, who joins as Head of Platform Business Development. Beth Greve, the Chief Revenue Officer for YouTube network AwesomenessTV, is coming on as a “senior consultant” focused on the revenue strategy.
Just Eat has hired a new Marketing Director. Ben Carter joins from NotontheHighStreet.com, where he held the same position. Carter has previously worked at some of the UK’s fastest growing digital companies such as Betfair and Setanta Sports. He will be responsible of evolving the company’s brand while engaging with customers and continuing to champion Just Eat’s restaurant partners. He will oversee marketing across consumer, trade, digital and social media.
Lebara Mobile has appointed Finbarr Joy as their Group CTO. Finbarr is a worthy entrant to his months tech movers and shakers as he will be responsible for leading the technical strategy, development and operations as the group pursues its goal to be the ‘Digital Hub’ for the global migrant community. His prior roles have included stints driving technology transformation at global operators such as William Hill and BT, and he also co-founded and ran a UK-wide e-commerce consulting company through the 2000’s.
Neumob announced it has hired Jim Roskind, as its CTO. Jim is the latest well-known industry figure to make our tech movers and shakers. In the 1990s, he co-founded Infoseek and later became chief architect at Netscape where, among other things, he developed Netscape’s Java security model. He later became a VP and CTO for technology development at AOL, and — after a few stints at a few startups — joined Google in 2008.
PayPal, a global technology platform and payments leader, announced the appointment of Sri Shivananda as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, effective April 1, 2016. Shivananda’s appointment is definitely one of this month’s top tech movers and shakers, and follows the decision by current CTO, James Barrese, to step down to take time off. As CTO, Sri will oversee the company’s platform and infrastructure with a focus on availability, scalability, performance and information security.
A pair of startup founders that helped Salesforce.com build out its analytics cloud have left the company. Vijay Chakravarthy and Ryan Lange co-founded EdgeSpring, a business intelligence service for slicing and dicing data into custom reports that Salesforce purchased in 2013. EdgeSpring formed a key part of Salesforce’s “Wave” analytics platform, which it announced to much fanfare at its annual user conference in 2014.
Shutterfly SFLY, the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services offered through a family of lifestyle brands, today announced it has appointed Christopher North as president and chief executive officer, effective May 31, 2016. When Mr. North joins Shutterfly, he will be simultaneously appointed to serve as a director on Shutterfly’s Board of Directors. Mr. North joins Shutterfly from Amazon UK, where he has worked since 2006, serving as the UK managing director since 2011.
SoundCloud, the music and audio-sharing service, has hired digital media veteran Alison Moore, who ranks as one of the top tech movers and shakers in March, as its chief revenue officer. Moore, whose resume includes stints at NBCUniversal and HBO, joins SoundCloud as it is getting ready to launch a consumer subscription service.
Verizon has hired digital media executive Chip Canter from NBC Universal as general manager of its go90 video app. Mr. Canter, who started at Verizon in recent weeks, will serve under Verizon’s head of consumer product Brian Angiolet. At NBC, Mr. Canter oversaw much of its digital content strategy including partnerships with Hulu and TV everywhere apps for pay TV customers.
William Hill has appointed a chief information officer, Kevin O’Connor. William Hill is aiming to further develop its omni-channel offering, drive international IT integration and do more work in-house. Kevin O’Connor, whose previous jobs include CIO at Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, was brought in to help accelerate the strategy’s delivery.
Rovi announced the appointment of Ted Schremp as chief marketing officer round off this months Tech movers and shakers. Mr. Schremp will work with Rovi’s Executive Leadership Team to build and drive the company’s global marketing vision. Mr. Schremp joins Rovi as an accomplished global executive with extensive experience across the telecom, media and technology industries. He began his telecom career working for AT&T, and he has held leadership positions in both startups and industry-leading companies, including several years with Charter Communications as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
Please feel free to let us know if we have missed any big tech movers and shakers from last month.