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John Chen

Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

Will BlackBerry be able to recover from its recent woes and once again become a profitable company? To hear BlackBerry CEO John Chen tell it, the chances of his turnaround strategy succeeding are about as good as a coin toss. In a newly published interview with the Financial Times that was conducted during the Mobile World …
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2014
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News International big boss flings himself overboard

News International boss Tom Mockridge resigned on Sunday less than two years after taking the chief exec role following the departure of Rebekah Brooks. Her exit in July 2011 marked the height of the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed the Rupert Murdoch-owned British newspaper biz. He will move on from News Int'l at the end of …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2012
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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

Fixing and upgrading iOS devices can be a rewarding business opportunity, so long as you don't mind having to fight Apple every step of the way. So says the founder of iFixit, who spoke at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco on Thursday. The repair outfit's CEO Kyle Wiens said there is little or no official public information for …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Mar 2014
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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

MI5's newly appointed boss has suggested that his predecessor might have spoken too much about cyber-attacks rather than conventional terrorism in a speech attempting to justify controversial surveillance programs by GCHQ and the NSA. Andrew Parker, director general of the security service, made the remarks in a speech to the …
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2013

Irish privacy boss hauled to court for NOT probing Facebook for spook links

An Austrian student is taking Ireland's data protection watchdog to court after the privacy regulator declined to investigate allegations that Facebook allowed US spooks to slurp its data. The Irish privacy office, headed up by data protection commissioner Billy Hawkes, told The Register that judicial review proceedings were now …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2013
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BT's new boss reports flat sales and pre-tax profit tumble

BT's freshly installed chief executive Gavin Patterson told the City today that revenue had edged up to £4.49bn, while profit before tax fell 10 per cent to £499m during the company's second quarter. In a cautious-sounding statement, Patterson said that the three months ended 30 September had produced "good results" for BT. He …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2013

Guess what happened when T-Mobile US's boss trolled AT&T's CES party

T-Mobile US chief executive John Legere posed for photos during a surprise appearance at rival AT&T's CES party – and was then reportedly thrown out by security. Cheeky Legere was snapped swanning around the soiree in his usual bright pink shirt that has his company's logo emblazoned on it. AT&T staff then spotted tech journo …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jan 2014
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Tech City UK boss legs it, dumps project in lap of BlackBerry exec

Joanna Shields has jacked in her £115,000 job as CEO of Tech City UK to join the London Stock Exchange Group. She will be replaced by Gerard Grech, who currently heads up global marketing at BlackBerry World. Shields was awarded an OBE last year for trying to turn Old Street Roundabout into a gleaming hub of tech …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jan 2014
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Trouble closing the wallet, Joe? EMC boss Tucci's cloudy shares rain $10m

EMC CEO and chairman Joe Tucci has earned himself a cool $10.5m after selling hundreds of thousands of shares in the storage biz. Tucci made $10,583,406.96 from selling 400,000 EMC shares on 30 July and 1 August, according to the SEC Form 4 website, which links to this SEC filing. Tucci's transaction consisted of selling 192, …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2013
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Playtime's over: Next NSA boss may be torn away from US cyber-war effort

The job of running both the NSA and the US Cyber Command – which tasked with defending Uncle Sam's military computer networks – may be split after their boss General Keith Alexander retires. Alexander became a four-star general after he took the combined roles of leading both the NSA and US Cyber Command following the creation …
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2013
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Google's Page, LG boss's SECRET confab sparks Nexus 5 rumour

The smartphone rumour mill is in overdrive again after reports that mobe maker LG is prepping a new Nexus phone with Google. Meanwhile, separate leaked photos have led to rumours that an LG Optimus 2 handset is in the works. The South Korean electronics firm's CEO Koo Bon-joon met Google boss Larry Page on his visit to Seoul …
Phil Muncaster, 07 May 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Yahoo! boss! Mayer! sez! soz! for! lengthy! mail! outage!

Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer appeared to be furious with her company late on Friday when she took to the Purple Palace's official Tumblr blog to apologise to users of its email service, who were locked out of their accounts for several days. "This has been a very frustrating week" she said, before adding "we are very sorry." …
Team Register, 16 Dec 2013

CSC boss post-NHS IT flop, Ford CEO 'pitched' as the next Steve Ballmer

Three top Microsoft shareholders have apparently recommended the CEOs of car-maker Ford and IT giant CSC as possible replacements for chief exec Steve Ballmer - because both bosses are in the middle of trying to turn around their companies' fortunes. It's claimed the three investors want the Microsoft board to consider Ford …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2013

Brocade's former $2bn sales boss joins Riverbed

Brocade's recently departed worldwide sales boss Ian Whiting has popped up at Riverbed as its senior vice president for sales in the Americas region. Riverbed sells Steelhead wide area network transit optimisation products as well as WhiteWater cloud storage gateway products. Whiting's job is to grow revenue and profitability, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2012
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FCC boss: I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep net neutrality down

In the wake of a ruling stripping America's Federal Communications Commission of much of its net neutrality enforcement power, its chairman Tom Wheeler suggested that the watchdog will find other ways to maintain open access. Speaking at a Washington DC gathering of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, Wheeler said …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2014
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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

A freshly discovered asteroid, with the classy name 2013 TV135, has a slight chance of smashing into Earth on August 26, 2032 and ruining everyone's day in a very big way. "A 400-metre asteroid is threatening to blow up the Earth,” Russian vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin, who runs Russia's space industry, posted on his Twitter feed …
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2013
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Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

Google supremo Eric Schmidt has demanded tough rules on civilians flying surveillance drones, branding the tech a threat to privacy. The executive chairman of the internet advertising giant that snaps photos of millions of front doors worldwide is upset that cheap camera-toting aircraft can be used by anyone from terrorists to …
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2013

eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

eBay chief John Donahoe has warned employees to ignore Carl Icahn's "noise" about the board and the proposed spin-off of PayPal. Icahn has been engaged in a fierce campaign to convince the online bazaar to spin off the payments firm and has levelled allegations that the board isn't fit to make the decision, claiming conflicts of …
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Quantum sales boss rocks up at PernixData

Quantum's recently resigned sales supremo Ted Stinson has joined virtualisation startup PernixData to head up its sales operation. Stinson, who left disk/tape data protection and file management supplier Quantum earlier this month, is excited about PernixData's "A-plus investors, exceptional founding team and very strong beta …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2013
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Amazon boss salvages Apollo engines from watery grave

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his deep-sea salvage crew have successfully raised enough wreckage from the seabed off Florida to rebuild two of the massive F-1 rocket engines that once powered NASA's Apollo missions. F-1 rocket from an Apollo engine A fixer-upper in mechanical terms "We found so much," Bezos said in a blog post …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2013
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Former Intrinsic boss Mason pitches up at avsnet

Former Intrinsic Technology boss Mike Mason has surfaced at reseller minnow avsnet as non-exec chairman. Mason exited Lancashire-based Intrinsic in March, less than eight months after a management buy-out, as The Channel revealed at the time. The Surrey-based video conferencing and unified comms provider has also binned its old …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2012
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New top boss for flash upstart OCZ appears on radar

A new CEO for flash storage startup OCZ has possibly emerged from the mists: Ralph Schmitt has resigned as chief exec of PCI electronics biz PLX - and he sits on OCZ's board. OCZ ousted CEO Ryan Petersen last month, on the back of revenue shortfalls and a kerfuffle over a will-they-won't-they acquisition by Seagate. Alex Mei …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2012
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Microsoft's UK OEM boss swaps Blighty for Singapore

Microsoft's senior UK OEM director Gary Fowle is transferring to the same role in the firm's Singapore operation. Fowle rocked up at the software titan in September 2009, with a remit that included working with big PC players and what was left of the local builder community. He replaced Alison Dodds, who was once tipped for the …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2013
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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

NHS data chief Tim Kelsey admitted today that the health service had failed to adequately inform patients about how they can opt out of having their GP medical records shared throughout England. A leaflet carelessly posted out in among junk mail to 26.5 million households across the country was not "clear enough on the website …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2014
Logicalis

Logicalis UK boss Tom Kelly to stand down in New Year

Logicalis veteran UK MD Tom Kelly has confirmed he is stepping down in the New Year. "Ten years is a long time," he revealed to The Channel. "It is time for a change and to face new challenges." The exec is helping with succession planing but is due to hand over control to the next UK boss at the end of February when Logicalis' …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2012
Ken Klein

Tintri boss returns to techie role, brings in startup-flogger as CEO

Tintri has hired itself a new CEO, with founder Kieran Harty stepping aside from that role to become chief technical officer. Nimble Storage, Tintri, and Tegile are three hybrid array startups that aim to serve as many hot data accesses from fast flash as possible while reserving disk storage for less-active data. They are each …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013
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Tech Data Mobile UK boss Michel resigns after 18 months

Tech Data Mobile veep Jim Michel has resigned for "personal reasons" but says he is staying on board for a couple of months during the handover period. The former head of LG's mobile biz in the UK and Ireland is to be replaced by Stephen Nolan, the EMEA head of vendors at the distie. "We are going through a handover period that …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2013
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Comstor names Dohmen as EMEA boss

Cisco distribution unit Comstor has lured one of the networking firm's veterans, Andreas Dohmen, to manage its operations across EMEA. Parent Westcon is trying to organise its business to be more EMEA-aligned, and earlier this year hired former Avaya channel boss Jeremy Butt to manage the region. The Comstor business unit is …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012
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FCC boss hints at change to neutrality policy

Internet neutrality – the principle that all traffic is equal – may be the official policy of the Federal Communications Commission, but it's also something that new FCC chair Tom Wheeler seems to consider still on the table for discussion. That is, if the definition of “net neutrality” means there is never any scope for a …
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iQuit: Apple union boss chucks grappling hook up garden wall

The founder of a union for Apple retail workers has quit his job after two years spent battling for better pay and job prospects. Cory Moll, who works in San Francisco, founded the union in 2011 and has been an outspoken critic of the fruity firm's treatment of its staff. At the time of writing, no one had stepped up to fill …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2013
Violin

Violin: We know VDI scares you, biz boss... But what if it was cheap?

Flash array biz Violin Memory claims it has found the lowest cost virtual desktops in the industry in Atlantis Computing. It's partnering with Atlantis Computing to deliver its ILIO virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) software running on Violin's flash arrays and says this provides the lowest total cost of ownership for virtual …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2013

EMC channel boss cements partnerships with cold hard cash

EMC's channel boss for EMEA has puckered up to give channel partners a big rebate and marketing smacker. The storage behemoth staged a channel love-in during 2012 - in the wake of its dwindling Dell OEM relationship - by making resellers and integrators its primary route to market in all but the largest enterprise customer …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2013
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So WHY does Huawei's enigmatic boss shun the West's spotlight?

The elusive chairman and founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei shies away from publicity – not because his past is marred by controversy, but rather because he doesn't want to become the next Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer: a celebrity, of sorts, taking the focus away from the multinational's work. That, at least, is the view of …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Sep 2013
Ken Grohe

Virident tempts EMC flash boss over, creeps up on Fusion-io

Server flash card upstart Virident has recruited Ken Grohe, EMC's flash business general manager, to run its worldwide customer operations, while it strengthens its position against flash supremos Fusion-io The recruitment is open for anyone to see on Grohe's LinkedIn page. Concurrent with Grohe's hire, Virident, which used to …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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Former! Android! Open! Source! Boss! Takes! Job! At! Yahoo!

The former head of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) at Google has jumped ship to the competition. Jean-Baptiste Quéru announced that he has accepted a job at Yahoo! via his Twitter feed on Tuesday, and the Purple Palace quickly responded with a welcome tweet. Quéru rattled the Android community in August when he made it …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013

Bags are packed: A Symantec boss is coming to town near you

The shake-up at Symantec will see EMEA boss John Brigden move back to the US to be replaced by veep for Northern Europe Matt Ellard, The Channel can reveal. Brigden was senior veep at Veritas and retained the same position when it was acquired by Symantec back in 2005. A year later he was made senior veep for EMEA. Sources told …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jan 2013
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Sony hack boss Schaaff quits

The changes continue at ailing Japanese electronics giant Sony, as Tim Schaaff, president of the firm’s online entertainment business during the massive data breach of 2011, announced his decision to quit at the end of the year. Schaaff, a protégé of former CEO Howard Stringer, was hired from Apple in 2005 to become president of …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Nov 2012
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Huawei boss: Next CEO won't be member of my family

The Chinese telecoms giant won't be listing itself on any public exchange, and the founder's kids won't be taking up the reins either - as their dad reckons they're not up to the job. Ren Zhengfei, who founded Huawei with a fistful of cash back in 1988, is now 68 years of age. Rumours have been circulating that he'd pass control …
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2013
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Confirmed: New Microsoft strategy boss advised President Clinton, ex-UK PM Blair

Microsoft has confirmed the latest rumors of an executive shuffle at Microsoft, in the form of an internal email from brand new CEO Satya Nadella that was made public on Monday. Whispers that certain execs were on their way out while others would be taking more prominent roles first leaked to the media over the weekend. On …
Neil McAllister, 03 Mar 2014

CRINGE! Home Office wants to know whether your boss BEATS YOU

Tech suppliers wading through the government's latest bizarre 150-page online questionnaire are asking if the folks in the public sector are smoking something – other than taxpayers' money, anyway. The Supplier Information Database (SID) for Government is designed to give buyers across public sector access to information on …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2013
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Jobs' first boss Nolan Bushnell: 'Steve was difficult but valuable'

Steve Jobs' first boss, Atari cofounder Nolan Bushnell, has written a book in which he offers advice on how to find, hire, and retain visionary talent – even though such creative types can be as difficult to deal with as Apple's cofounder. "The truth is that very few companies would hire Steve, even today," Bushnell writes. "Why …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Mar 2013

Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

It takes a big company to admit it's wrong - and Taiwanese PC maker Asus has finally conceded that it can't keep making Windows RT tablets that folk simply don't want to buy. "It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," said Asus CEO Jerry Shen told the WSJ ahead of its …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2013
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US National Intelligence Council boss gets personal email hacked

In a rather embarrassing slip, the personal email account of Christopher Kojm, chairman of the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), has become the latest victim of been the cracker known as Guccifer. According to screenshots seen by The Smoking Gun, Guccifer grabbed email exchanges with 9/11 Commission members, banking …
Iain Thomson, 29 May 2013

Spear phish your boss to win more security cash

Despite weekly news of successful and nasty online attacks damaging organisations of every stripe, executive types remain blasé about security and don't pay it enough attention, says Jason Clark, chief security officer at Websense, who recommends fighting back by phishing CEOs and board members. Clark's suggested attacks are …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2013

Don't trash-talk the boss on Twitter: Oz judge

Australia's Federal Magistrates Court has sparked an argument about Internet speech freedoms by declining to issue an injunction preventing a federal public servant's dismissal over her use of Twitter. It should be noted that while there is a real risk the public servant, Michaela Banerji, could be dismissed, her fate is still …
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Spooks nicking your tech? What you need is THE CLOUD - NSA boss

Nations swiping intellectual property from rival states and corporations are a much greater threat to economies than private cyber-criminals, America's spymaster reckons. General Keith Alexander, National Security Agency (NSA) director and commander of US Cyber Command, made his comments during the NATO-organised CyCon …
John Leyden, 05 Jun 2013
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Northamber now lacks Mack, who will take up AV boss's slack?

Northamber's audio-visual general manager Allan Mack has left after less than three years at the shrinking tech distributor, The Channel can reveal. According to company insiders, Louise Honeywill - a product manager at the Surrey-based wholesaler - is filling in for Mack until a full-time successor is found. Mack, a channel …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013
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FTC boss promises probe into patent troll regulation

The Federal Trade Commission will investigate the activities of patent assertion entities (more commonly known as patent trolls), chairwoman Edith Ramirez promised in a speech on Thursday. "Flaws in the patent system," Ramirez said, mean that patent trolls now account for over 60 per cent of patent legal cases, and the situation …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2013
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BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe

New data from looking at black holes has confirmed a theory that dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe. The findings come from a research team that goes by the name of BOSS (Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey). Scientists have used a technique of measuring the light emitted from quasars - dying galaxies …
Anna Leach, 13 Nov 2012
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A startup could've made a better Obamacare site, says CloudFlare boss

The White House claims its sickly medical insurance portal healthcare.gov is finally finding its feet – but after weeks of stability problems, one web specialist has told The Reg: a startup would have done better. The site is under fire after struggling to stay running as hundreds of thousands of Americans piled in to check out …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013