Twitter’s Founder Back in Charge
After the naming of Jack Dorsey as interim CEO in June, Twitter made it official on the last day of September. While no longer the chairman, Dorsey was appointed CEO and retained his chairman and CEO role at Square, Inc., which he founded in 2009. Dorsey had been chairman of Twitter since 2008 and held the CEO spot from May 2007 until October 2008.
DuPont’s CEO Is Retiring
Chairman and CEO Ellen Kullman announced her retirement after seven years in the top spot and 27 years with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Some analysts have speculated that the contentious proxy fight with a major shareholder may have led to her decision. Next week Edward Breen, previously chairman and CEO of Tyco International, takes on the roles of interim chairman and interim CEO. Breen has held senior leadership positions with Motorola and General Instrument.
Starbucks Has a New CTO
This week Starbucks named its first-ever CTO. Not taking office until November, Gerri Martin-Flickinger will lead the international information technology function. A 30-year veteran, Martin-Flickinger has held major IT positions at Adobe, VeriSign, Network Associates, and Chevron. She received honors from Silicon Valley Business Journal and HMG Strategy, and was named to 2015’s 25 Smartest Women on Twitter list.
Angotti New CEO at Xenoport
The 25-year pharmaceuticals veteran Vincent Angotti was named the new CEO at Xenoport. Angotti, previously EVP and COO, has been with Xenoport since 2008. He has held senior management positions with notable specialty pharmaceutical firms such as Reliant Pharmaceuticals, acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2008 and Novartis.