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When a Data Breach Takes Your Job

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Almost six months after a hacker collective breached Target’s cyberdefenses and made off with millions of customers’ personal data, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has chosen to resign, effective immediately. Target’s lengthy official statement on the matter is full of those standard-issue statements that usually accompany an executive departure (“The board is deeply grateful to Gregg for his significant contributions and outstanding service,” and so on), except for the one portion that hints at Steinhafel assuming responsibility for the attack: “Most… continue…

Intel and Skype Execs Jump Ship; Zynga’s New COO

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. After 34 years of employment at Intel, Dadi Perlmutter resigned from his position as executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group. Once seen as a likely candidate for Intel’s CEO job, he’s credited with the company’s success in the PC and server processor markets. His last day has been set for Feb. 20of next year, at which point he’ll begin to pursue other… continue…

The Gardening, Accordion-Playing Tech Consultant

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John Buczkowski, who hails from St. Catharines, Ont., came to Boston’s Northeastern University on a rowing scholarship. After he received both bachelors and master’s degrees in Computer Science he stuck around, eventually landing in South Boston and working for, among others, Lotus. Over the past few years, he’s built a successful consulting company with plenty of repeat business. What makes him a true geek? Aside from his computer fluency, he’s also a passionate gardener and avid accordion player. He’s played… continue…

Changing Leadership at HTC, eBay’s Redesign

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. HTC Chairwomen Cher Wang has begun overseeing the smartphone maker’s marketing, sales and supplier relations, spending six days a week at the company compared with the two days she had been spending previously. While HTC claims that CEO Peter Chou invited her to become more engaged so he could focus on product development and innovation, the proximity of the news to the company’s quarterly results — which… continue…

People Moves: Hulu’s New CEO; Twitter Hires a Female Exec

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. Hulu named 21st Century Fox Head of Distribution Mike Hopkins Chief Executive Officer. He takes over for acting CEO Andy Forssell, who stepped in to lead the company when Original CEO Jason Kilar left in March. [Bloomberg Businessweek] Twitter added former NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller as Head of News, to serve as a liaison with news agencies. In addition to NBCUniversal, she’s held senior… continue…

Samsung CPO Leaves; Groupon Poaches More Amazon Execs

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week: Kevin Packingham left his position as Chief Product Officer for Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Division. It’s unclear whether or not his departure was voluntary or who will take over the role. [The New York Times] Groupon poached Amazon Prime VP Robbie Schwietzer for its Vice President of Operations position. He reports to Chief Operating Officer Kal Raman, another former Amazon exec. Also newly reporting to Raman is Lisa… continue…

People: King Gets CFO in Time for IPO

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. King, the game company behind Candy Crush Saga, named former Clearwire CFO Hope Cochran Chief Financial Officer. She’d better settle in fast, since her addition was announced the same day the company filed for an IPO — and the striking resemblance of the game developer’s product portfolio to Zynga’s hasn’t gone unnoticed. [GeekWire] Joseph Staten, the Lead Writer and Cinematics Director for the Halo games, left his… continue…

What Microsoft CEO Search Leader Failed to Reveal

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Microsoft board member John Thompson is tasked with leading the search for the Redmond giant’s new CEO. As he winds his way through the process, there are a few points he wants Microsoft watchers to know – he’s nobody’s fool. Thompson, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, made several points regarding the CEO search and the various constituents who are expected to weigh in. For starters, he says he won’t be “Bill’s pawn.” Yup. Bill as in Bill… continue…

People: EA’s CEO; Facebook, Microsoft Execs on the Move

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week: Electronic Arts named Andrew Wilson, its former Executive Vice President of EA Sports and Origin, as its new Chief Executive Officer, concluding a six-month search. Wilson plans to focus on adapting the company’s business model to the changing monetization strategies in the games industry, namely the rise in free-to-play games. Wilson succeeds John Riccitiello, who resigned suddenly due to “financial shortcomings”.  [Tech Crunch] Hewlett-Packard hired Microsoft’s former… continue…

People: Pandora’s New CEO, Moves at Comcast, TWC and More

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. Pandora picked former aQuantive President and CEO and Microsoft Senior Vice President Brian McAndrews to be Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Joe Kennedy, who announced plans to retire in March. [Dice News] Comcast hired Ed Brassel as Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence for Comcast Cable. [Comcast] Former Zynga and EA COO John Schappert founded Shiver Entertainment, a Miami-based game startup funded by Nexon that will make… continue…