Appointment Roundup: People on the Move

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This week’s notable hires and appointments in the B2B world!

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Accedian, network performance assurance experts, announced the appointment of Dion Joannou as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). In his new role, Joannou will oversee Accedian’s global sales, business development, marketing, and operations. His appointment comes as Accedian continues to expand its market share worldwide and win international Tier 1 network service providers.

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Syntonic, a mobile platform and services provider, announced the appointment of former Sprint and AT&T senior executive, Steve Elfman, as the new Chairman of the Board amid accelerated customer growth, rapid product innovation and ongoing global expansion. Along with this cornerstone appointment, Syntonic has also rounded out its board of directors with the addition of a Sydney-based leader in emerging technologies, Nigel Hennessy, to drive Asia-Pacific capital market awareness and to support the company’s regional expansion.

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AtScale, a leading provider of a universal semantic platform for BI on Big Data, announced the appointment of Eddie White as its Vice President of Worldwide Business Development. In this role, White will be responsible for developing and expanding strategic relationships in the big data ecosystem, expanding operations, and implementing partner programs worldwide.

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Atento S.A., a leading provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing solutions (CRM/BPO) in Latin America, announced the appointment of Shay Chor as Corporate Treasurer and Investor Relations Director.

Shay Chor is responsible for the communication of Atento’s strategy, growth prospects, operational effectiveness and financial performance to the global investment community. Mr. Chor is also responsible for the optimization of Atento´s capital structure to fund the Company´s capital needs.

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Optima Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of cloud-based software for post-acute care providers, today announced the appointment of Jason James as Chief Information Officer.

In his role at Optima, James will be responsible for leading the development and expansion of all IT services, infrastructure and operations, including applications, data centers, network operations, security, compliance and DevOps.

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Forrester Research, Inc.,  announced the appointment of Kelley Hippler as Chief Sales Officer, effective immediately, replacing Mike Morhardt. Ms. Hippler has been with the company since 1999, most recently serving as Senior Vice President for Customer Success, leading the customer engagement model rollout across the organization. During her 18-year tenure at Forrester, she has held a variety of roles, including leading strategic programs to drive global bookings and creating a global sales operations function.

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Happiest Minds Technologies, a next generation digital transformation, infrastructure, security and product engineering services company, announced the appointment of Girish Paranjpe as Non-Executive Director on the board.

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ViaSat, Inc., a global broadband services and technology company, announced the appointment of Varsha Rao to its Board of Directors. Ms. Rao will serve as a Class III director effective immediately, with an initial term expiring at the Company’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.  With the appointment of Ms. Rao, the ViaSat Board now consists of nine members, seven of whom are independent directors.

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Smartsheet, a world leading SaaS platform for managing and automating collaborative work, announced the appointment of Magdalena Yesil to its Board of Directors. Yesil, who was the founding board member and first investor of Salesforce, brings to Smartsheet her deep expertise in growing profitable SaaS companies.

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