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T-Mobile Taps Former Avon, Barnes & Noble Exec as New CIO

T-Mobile US has hired Gary King to serve as its chief information officer, effective at the end of the year. King, who has worked at Avon and Barnes & Noble, has spent the past nine years at retailer Chico’s FAS, where he was also CIO.

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Former Microsoft Exec Mark Relph Joins Canada’s GrowLab as Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Mark Relph, who spent a decade at Microsoft, has joined Canadian accelerator GrowLab as its first entrepreneur-in-residence. Relph worked on the Windows team and, most recently, was helping Microsoft in its efforts to connect with startups.

Three More BlackBerry Execs Head for the Exits

A top manufacturing executive and two other vice presidents are the latest departures at the Canadian smartphone maker.
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Top HTC Operations Exec Latest to Leave Taiwanese Phone Maker

The reported exit of Chief Operating Officer Matthew Costello follows the departure of Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera.
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Microsoft CIO Tony Scott Clicks on “Restart”

Scott, who has led Redmond’s internal IT efforts for the past five years, is leaving to “focus on personal projects.”
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AOL’s Google Reunion Grows Yet Again: Former YouTube Ad Guy Shashi Seth Joins Up

Of course, Time Warner’s AOL has hired yet another Google veteran. That’s what the company does under the Tim Armstrong regime. Today’s example: Shashi Seth, the one-time “monetization” boss at YouTube, who was most recently running sales at Cooliris. His new job: Senior vice president of global advertising products, reporting to Armstrong’s lieutenant (and Google vet, natch) Jeff Levick.
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Vevo, Universal Music’s Hulu for Video, Gets a Salesman

Vevo, the music industry’s attempt to create a Hulu-like hub for its videos, is going to attract a lot of eyeballs when it launches later this year. Here’s the guy who’s supposed to attract advertisers: David Kohl, a former Nokia executive who starts work today as the site’s sales boss.
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AOL: More Org Chart Shuffles Coming; So Are Ad Dollars. But Mum on Microsoft.

CEO Tim Armstrong says he’s still overhauling the Internet company in advance of its spinoff from Time Warner, but he has hopeful noises to make about ad sales. He has nothing, however, to say about chats with Microsoft.
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Top Microsoft Infrastructure Exec Chrapaty Heads to Cisco

One of Microsoft’s top execs, Debra Chrapaty, who heads its infrastructure business, is leaving the software giant to take a top job at Cisco, sources said. Chrapaty–whose title is corporate VP of Global Foundation Services–is also one of increasingly few top women tech execs at Microsoft, where she has worked for seven years. Chrapaty will now shift to products at Cisco, running the collaboration software group, according to sources.
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Yahoo Corporate Partnership SVP Schinella Departing

Another high-ranking Yahoo exec is leaving–this time, Jim Schinella, the company’s SVP for corporate partnerships. Schinella announced the move internally last week, telling staff he would stay on until the end of the year. Located in New York, he has been focused on strategic deals with big Yahoo partners.
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