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CEO of Brit fashion bods Burberry lands Apple job for retail, online sales

Apple has drafted in the CEO of high-end Brit faux tartan fashion label Burberry to head up its global retail and online sales biz – a newly created position. It will be a different type of collection that US national Angela Ahrendts handles when she starts at Apple next spring - as senior veep and a member of Apple's executive …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013
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New head for disk drive array upstart: Coraid moves CEO to board

Ethernet storage biz Coraid has moved Kevin Brown from the CEO seat to its board and installed David Kresse as its new chief exec. Coraid builds EtherDrive arrays using commodity hardware, which are accessed via the lightweight ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol devised and patented by company founder Brantley Coile. Kevin Brown …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2013
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Happiness-challenged BlackBerry dumps CEO, gives up on sale

Thorsten Heins' brief reign at the top of BlackBerry (BB) all but ended today as the company formerly known as RIM dumped its chief exec and took down the "For Sale" sign outside its HQ. Heins was plonked into the hot seat in January 2011 replacing joint bosses Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as sales slumped, but he was unable …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013

Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

Apple's annual investor meetings are tightly scripted, dull-as-dishwater affairs crammed with performance metrics and vague allusions to future glories, so perhaps CEO Tim Cook thought it wise to channel his inner funnyman and add a wee bit of wackiness to Friday's proceedings. In his prepared remarks, he told attendees that his …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2014
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Microsoft CEO shortlist down to EIGHT ... appropriately enough, perhaps

Microsoft's search committee has reportedly drawn up a shortlist of eight candidates to replace Steve Ballmer. Reuters reports the list includes three internal candidates: prodigal returner Stephen Elop, former Skype leader Tony Bates and cloud and enterprise supremo Satya Nadella. The one outsider Reuters mentions as having …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013

Intrinsic now on third CEO in less than two years

British IT and unified comms reseller Intrinsic Technology has welcomed on board its third chief executive in less than 18 months, with channel veteran Darron Antill the latest to fill the hot seat. Intrinsic went through a management buy-out in summer 2011 led by then-CEO Mike Mason. He headed for the exit the following March, …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013
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Fasthosts CEO Burton hits alt-F4 for last time at web biz

Fasthosts Internet CEO Andy Burton has resigned and is set to leave at the end of June, The Channel can reveal. After nearly four years at the helm, the IT veteran - a former Clearswift COO, ex-CEO of Centennial Software and previous FrontRange Solutions veep - says it is time seek out pastures new. "I'll have completed four …
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2013

Basho's CEO, CTO and chief architect leave the NoSQL upstart

Riak database steward Basho has lost its chief executive, its chief architect, and now its chief technology officer in the past three months. But we're assured that the upstart's distributed system dream will be kept alive and well. The Register has learned that CTO Justin Sheehy will soon be off to pastures unknown; chief …
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014
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Acronis CEO: Anyone can undercut Amazon. Reg hack: Prove it

Data backup company Acronis Storage is going to enable cloud storage service providers to undercut Amazon S3 storage pricing, according to its CEO. When the storage desk at El Reg expressed doubt, and even disbelief, based in part on Amazon's price-cutting history, Serguei Beloussov, Acronis' chief exec, said we didn't know what …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2013
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Acronis co-founder slips into driving seat after CEO picks up P45

Backup and recovery specialists Acronis's latest CEO, Alex Pinchev, has left the firm and has been replaced by one of its founders. Pinchev became Acronis's CEO with much fanfare in November 2011, replacing Jason Donahue. Pinchev, an ex-Red Hat sales leader, was described as a visionary CEO, and became an Acronis board member in …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2013
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Former Fusion-io CEO just wasn't that into operations, says new broom

Fusion-io CEO and co-founder David Flynn resigned because he realised he didn't have the operational management skills needed to grow Fusion-io into a global business. That, in a nutshell, is what we understand after talking to replacement CEO Shane Robison. First Robison, who is also Fusion-io's chairman and president, wanted …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2013
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Ex-Murdoch man given new CEO seat at Virgin Media

A veteran News Corp exec is to become the next chief of Virgin Media once US cable giant completes its acquisition of the telco. Tom Mockridge briefly held the CEO job at News International following Rebekah Brooks' scandal-hit exit from the one-time News of the World publisher. He will replace Neil Berkett, who confirmed he …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 May 2013

Chairman grabs CEO's chair at British Airways' IT and comms supplier

KCom Group recorded a first-half year profit slide on the back of infrastructure and fibre optic investments with a downturn in business broadband and large enterprise integration work not helping. Despite the slight stumble for the six months to 30 September, the LSE-listed telco – which provides comms to private and public …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013

Fusion-io's founding CEO quits board

David Flynn, Fusion-io's founding and ousted CEO has flown the boardroom coop, as revealed in an SEC filing (PDF). Flynn follows cofounder and ex-CMO Rick White out the door. Flynn had been replaced as CEO by ex-HP executive Shane Robison in an effective boardroom coup. Robison has made some exec-level changes and canned some of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

Insight CEO: Everything that's cloudy is GOLD

A "sickness" at the core of the IT channel - an over reliance on back-end-loaded vendor rebates - threatens to render many tech suppliers irrelevant. But there is a cure, it is fluffy, white and called the cloud. Or so says Wolfgang Ebermann, the EMEA president at Insight, who after 23 years at Microsoft in various senior roles …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2014

Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt

Bill Gates today delivered an emotional speech to the Microsoft shareholders, choking up as he described his history with the company and the search for a successor for his friend Steve Ballmer. "We've got a commitment to see that the next CEO is the right person, for the right time, for the company we both love," said Gates, …
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013
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BlackBerry CEO: Reports of firm's death 'greatly exaggerated'

In a move oddly reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch, interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen has urged enterprise customers not to heave the ailing smartphone vendor onto the plague cart to be hauled away just yet. In an open letter distributed on Monday, Chen insisted that BlackBerry's recent misfortune was only a flesh wound, saying …
Neil McAllister, 02 Dec 2013

Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

Nokia’s smartphone strategy was unaffordable, the company’s chairman said at an extraordinary general meeting today, defending the €5.44bn sale of the phones division to Microsoft. Nokia had called the EGM to seek shareholder approval for the deal. The EGM drew a far larger crowd to the Helsinki Ice Hall than was usual, some 5, …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013
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Returning Acronis CEO plans Parallels universe

Returned Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov has extended his planned tenure at the company, in part to ensure it melds technologies from virtualisation player Parallels to create a backup-as-a-service product. Beloussov founded both Acronis and Parallels, left both to pursue other interests including a pair of venture capital funds, …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2013
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This month's BlackBerry CEO vows: I won't axe the smartphone-making biz

Newly appointed BlackBerry CEO John Chen has wasted no time letting the world know that he has big plans for the troubled Canadian firm – and shutting down its ailing smartphone division isn't one of them. The former Sybase chief exec was introduced as BlackBerry's interim chief exec on Monday, following the unceremonious …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013
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Groupon pops corks: Happy CEO, sales and shares up, profit... oh

Groupon has named co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as the next chief exec at the same time as announcing better-than-expected revenues in this year's second quarter, sending shares shooting up 25 per cent. This is despite making a $7.6m loss during those three months, whereas it made a profit of $28.4m the same period last year. The …
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen: Y'know what, we'll go back to enterprise stuff

Interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen says critics should quit dwelling on the snakebit smartphone vendor's past missteps and look instead to what the company plans to do tomorrow. In an editorial published by CNBC on Monday, Chen said that he has crafted a new strategy for the Canadian firm that leaves it "well-positioned for the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Dec 2013

New Intel CEO Krzanich takes reins of core product groups

Newly minted Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has hit the ground running, having already begun a sweeping reorganization that reshuffles Chipzilla's leadership and sees the launch of a new mobile devices division. Reuters was first to report the shakeup on Tuesday, based on details of a leaked companywide email that an Intel spokesman …
Neil McAllister, 21 May 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

Serco CEO walks the plank as firm fights off Ministry of Justice probe

The CEO at scandal-hit outsourcing monster Serco has quit as the company lifts the covers off its 'corporate renewal programme' designed to persuade the UK government that it's fit to manage public sector contracts. Back in August, Serco confirmed British cops are probing allegations over fraud related to its Prisoner Escort and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2013

Juniper Networks CEO throws in towel as firm swims in cash

It is always best to bow out at the top, but Juniper Networks' CEO has decided to stand down well before the company is close to peaking. At least, that's what investors will be hoping. Kevin Johnson revealed last night that the network gear firm has created a Search Committee of independent directors to locate and appoint his …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2013

Phoenix IT Group blames former CEO and economy for woes

Phoenix IT Group chairman Peter Bertram fingered his former CEO and the fragile economic recovery as reasons why trade remains damp and profits have yet to rebound in a more meaningful way. At the half way stage of fiscal '14 for the six months to 30 September, the beleaguered LSE-listed firm reported a near six per cent decline …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2013
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Intel plucks new CEO Brian Krzanich from its own ranks

Intel has dipped into its own ranks to choose a new CEO who has already clocked up 30 years at the company. The world’s largest chip manufacturer announced that former chief operating officer Brian Krzanich will be the new chief executive officer, six months after former CEO Paul Otellini announced his retirement following eight …
Jasper Hamill, 02 May 2013

Easynet founder CEO Rowe shown door - sources

Easynet founder David Rowe has been given the heave-ho from his position as CEO by venture capitalist backers Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), according to sources. Rowe launched the ISP in 1994 and was at the main deck during a time of change - its flotation on AIM in 1996, the reverse takeover of Marconi's UK telco business, …
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2013

Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

If Satya Nadella is the answer, what was the question? Let's begin by saying money was not the problem that needed solving: on that, the world's largest software company is printing cash. In January Microsoft announced yet another record quarter, this time thanks in huge part to Xbox sales over Christmas and its server software …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2014

Flailing QLogic's boss gives up CEO, president gigs

Simon Biddiscombe, server adapter maker QLogic's CEO and the driver of its Mount Rainier flash-enhanced HBA program, has resigned "to pursue other opportunities," with a search for a new CEO underway. Biddiscombe's departure comes after two years of falling revenue and a decline in profitability. He has also left his position as …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2013
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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

HP's CEO Meg Whitman says the company is not just turning around its various messes, but is doing so well it has gleaned sufficient insights into the divine and can build a computer to God's specifications. That computer is the Z1 workstation, of which blog geekbeat.TV recently said “If God needed a computer, this is the one he …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2013
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Brits are world's most wired drivers, says fleet tracker CEO

The United Kingdom's roads are so bad that the nation has become the world's strongest adopter of fleet management technology, says to TJ Chung, CEO of logisitics software-as-a-service (SaaS) outfit Navman Wireless. Navman Wireless carved itself out of parent company Navman, which specialises in hardware. The spin out is more …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013
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BlackBerry CEO: Tablets will be dead in 5 years

BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins reckons slabs will be dead in half a decade, by which point his firm will be the front runner in mobile computing. Two predictions in a Bloomberg report, both of which might come back to the haunt Heins, who replaced former joint CEO's Jim Balsilie and Mike Lazaridis at the start of 2012. The man …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013

Apple under CEO Angela Ahrendts? Hmm ... (beard stroke)

Cloud king Marc Benioff has hailed "future Apple CEO" Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s new head of retail and online sales, as "the most important hire Tim Cook has ever made". Some have interpreted the tweet by Benioff, chief executive of software-as-a-service success Salesforce.com, as more than just a bit of encouragement for his …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2013
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Cloud chairwoman crashes down through glass ceiling, grabs the CEO helm

Storage-in-the-cloud startup Nirvanix has joined HP and Yahoo! in appointing a female CEO. Debra Chrapaty adds the CEO role to her existing executive chairwoman position, having joined Nirvanix' board in November last year following on from a $25 million C-round of funding led by Khosla Ventures in May 2012. She came to that …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2013

Fallen flash pioneer's CEO bets $600k it can rise again

Struggling SSD supplier STEC has received a vote of confidence from its own CEO - Mark Moshayedi has just bought $593,000 worth of shares. According to Forbes and Nasdaq community news president and CEO Mark Moshayedi bought 137,664 shares at an average price of $4.71. He obviously expects and hopes they will rise as STEC …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2012

Zynga zinger: Xbox chief bagged as new CEO

Zynga, the online gaming company that recently laid off 500 employees, has just hired one: a new CEO, Don Mattrick, who moves to the game developer from his job as president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, where he shepherded the Xbox 360. "Don is unique in the game business," said Zynga's founder, chairman, …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jul 2013

Next HP CEO is already working at HP, says Meg Whitman

HP CEO Meg Whitman says her eventual successor will be recruited from within the company and not externally as has been the case with the previous batch of bigwigs. Ever since it hauled in Carly Fiorina from Lucent, who was replaced by Mark Hurd, then Leo Apotheker and Whitman, onlookers criticised HP's board for bypassing …
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2013
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Diablo Technologies’ boss: 'As a CEO I have made a lot of mistakes'

With IBM adopting Diablo Technologies' Memory Channel Storage (MCS) for its gen 6 X-servers, we thought it timely to have a look at the background to this through a Willem ter Harmsel interview with Ricardo Badalone, Diablo Technologies' CEO. Read on to find out about Badalone's thinking on SAN bottlenecks and a move to …
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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

The CEO of a Chinese firm rumoured to be building an entry-level version of the iPhone has warned world+dog against calling it cheap. Tong Zixian, chairman of Pegatron, told a shareholder meeting today that the new iPhone's "price is still high". According to a dodgy translation of Zixian's comments, the new phone offers "parity …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
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NBN Co CEO Quigley retires, won't deny he was pushed

Mike Quigley, the founding chief executive officer of NBN Co, the company set up to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced he will “retire from corporate life “. In a canned statements, Quigley said the following: “My job was to lay the foundations for the NBN for the next 30 years. That job is …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2013
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Sources spill CEO Heins' beans: BlackBerry 'open' to going private

The board of BlackBerry is considering a private buyout of the company, saying that delisting would get shareholders off its back and give it freedom to move. The rumour comes from Reuters, which reports "several sources" claiming that discussions have been had with various private equity companies, and enterprise computing …
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2013

Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

Outgoing Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will receive compensation and bonuses totaling approximately $25.4m as he departs the company for his new position at Microsoft. The payout was revealed in proxy materials for the Finnish firm's "Extraordinary General Meeting" to be held on November 19, during which shareholders are expected to …
Neil McAllister, 19 Sep 2013

Enterprise tech market returning, says Arrow CEO Long

Enterprise tech buyers may have started to shake off the residual effects of the recession, judging by the fortunes of sector bellwether Arrow Electronics, whose numbers came in at the high end of expectations. Turnover for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, ended 29 June, went up three per cent to $5.3bn. However it was the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
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Brit-boy Bates is Silicon Valley's pick for Microsoft's CEO

Could a Briton end up running quintessential American multinational Microsoft, the world’s largest software company? Or, put another way: could an exec who only briefly ran a small loss-making telco end up in charge of a $73bn business? Why the hell not, if you’ve got the Silicon Valley mindset. London boy Tony Bates, born in …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2013

Xyratex CEO: Don't judge us by our droopy revenues

Xyratex's second quarter revenues were a third less than a year ago, as were its first quarter revenues. With sales to NetApp continuing to decline and income from the new ClusterStor array still not covering its costs, Xyratex is set to shrink further this year. Revenues for the second calendar quarter were $216.2m, compared to …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013
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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer named 'most improved tech CEO'

Jobs and career community website Glassdoor has named Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer its "most improved tech CEO" for 2012, though judging by the numbers it's a dubious honor, to say the least. According to the site's latest annual Tech Company Comparison Report, which it published on Tuesday, Microsoft's chief exec scored a CEO …
Neil McAllister, 13 Dec 2012
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Can a new CEO pull Violin Memory out of its current slump?

Is flash array supplier Violin Memory a lost cause needing to look for a white knight acquisition or can it be repaired, see off the competition and return to profitability? Violin Memory is in a dreadful situation, making heavy and growing losses - $34m and counting - that dwarf its slower-growing revenues, and with impatient …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2014

Cloudera taps new CEO for inevitable IPO push or acquisition

Big-data hotshot Cloudera has a new CEO: Tom Reilly, an industry veteran who has guided other tech firms to profitable acquisitions. But don't automatically assume that the privately held Cloudera is shopping itself around – an IPO is also a real possibility. Judging from some changes among Cloudera's top brass, it looks like …