People Moves: Apple Nabs British Retail Star

People MovesApple has hired a star from British retail to fill the gaping vacancy in its own retail operations left by the departure of Ron Johnson to JCPenney. John Browett, CEO of Dixon’s since 2007, jumped to that role from leading Tesco’s successful online shopping site. His appointment has sparked speculation that the consumer electronics icon plans a push in Europe.

Alcatel -Lucent has named Michel Emelianoff its new president for enterprise, effective Feb. 1. He replaces Tom Burns as head of the company’s enterprise business. Emelianoff, who has been with the company since 1998, most recently was vice president and general manager for Alcatel-Lucent’s Data & Security Solutions business.

Big Fish Games has named Wibe Wagemans as vice president and general manager of mobile. He comes from Angry Birds maker Rovio, where he was senior vice president of global brand advertising.

Polycom also has a new vice president of worldwide systems engineering in Ashan Willy. He comes from Juniper, where he was vice president of systems engineering, worldwide commercial business, and previously directed worldwide strategy and planning for Cisco’s collaboration business.

Healthcare incentives technology vendor IncentOne has named these members of its leadership team: Hedy Foreman, chief operating officer; David Guda, chief technology officer and Courtney Fawcett, chief financial officer. Foreman was senior vice president and CIO for Health Dialog. Guda and Fawcett come from Health Dialog as well.

Ellie Mae, a provider of residential mortgage automation technology, has named David Robbins as CIO. He formerly was chief technology officer at NetApp.

Denise Cody has been named senior director of information technology at AIB School of Business, Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Sameer Badlani has been named chief medical information officer at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He will continue as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. He previously was associate chief medical information officer.

Catherine Sanders Reach is now director of law practice management and technology for the Chicago Bar Association. She previously was director of the Legal Technology Resource Center at the American Bar Association.

Mitra Dutta has been named interim vice-chancellor for research at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She was head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Progressive Insurance has made these changes:
David Williams is now senior network planning analyst.
Sreenidhi Samala is now IT applications programmer lead.


Progress Software
has promoted Shelley Chase to senior architect. Brian Chappel is now principal quality assurance engineer.

Jeff Johnson has been promoted to R&D manager at medical device vendor Boston Scientific. He previously was process development engineering manager. Douglas Pavik is the new technical business analyst for mobile devices. He was manager of Web development at Creative Memories.

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