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Symantec Nominates Two New Directors

Security outfit Symantec said today that it would put two new board nominees before shareholders at its annual meeting on Oct. 22: Major General Suzanne Vautrinot, soon to retire as head of the Air Force component of the U.S. Cyber Command, and Anita Sands, who will be leaving UBS Wealth Management Americas after serving in several top positions.

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Spreadsheet Pioneer Dan Bricklin Joins Alpha Software as CTO

Dan Bricklin, co-creator of VisiCalc and known as the “father of the electronic spreadsheet,” has hired on as chief technology officer for Alpha Software, the Burlington, Mass.-based maker of business software development tools. The company also added industry veteran John Cullinane as an investor and adviser, and announced the launch of Alpha Anywhere, a product for developing business software for multiple platforms.

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Google Loses Its Wallet VP

Osama Bedier, who joined Google in 2011 and headed the Google Wallet payment business, is leaving the company. Google confirmed a VentureBeat report, saying Bedier had decided to pursue unspecified opportunities.

Yahoo Chairman Fred Amoroso to Step Down in Late June

Former LiveOps CEO Maynard Webb will serve as interim chairman.
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Blake Krikorian Joins Microsoft’s Xbox Team

Microsoft today named entrepreneur Blake Krikorian as corporate vice president for its Interactive Entertainment Business. Last week, word emerged that Microsoft had acquired Krikorian’s home-entertainment tech startup, R2 Studios.

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Yahoo Brings On Sandy Gould to Lead Recruiting

Yahoo announced today it had hired recruitment veteran Sandy Gould, most recently of the Disney/ABC Television Group, as senior vice president of global talent acquisition and development.

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Maymann Named Huffington Post CEO

Jimmy Maymann, who had been serving as AOL’s head of international operations, has been named CEO of the Huffington Post Media Group. He will report to Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, and now also chair of the Huffington Post Media Group. Maymann was the co-founder of Goviral, a content distribution network acquired by AOL in 2011.

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Patch Names Steven Kalin President and COO

Patch, AOL’s local news platform, now has a president and COO, and it’s Steven Kalin, who previously held the COO position at radio syndication giant Westwood One and health and fitness publisher Rodale. He’ll report to Jon Brod, Patch’s CEO and co-founder.

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Yahoo Taps Jacqueline Reses as EVP for Human Resources

Yahoo today named Jacqueline Reses, most recently head of the U.S. media group at Apax Partners, as its executive vice president of people and development, overseeing human resources and corporate development.

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HP Promotes a New General Counsel

HP today named John Schultz as executive VP and general counsel, replacing David Healy, who took the post on an interim basis in December. Schultz, who joined HP in 2008, will serve on the executive council and report to CEO Meg Whitman.

Ray Ozzie Leaving Microsoft