Things happen quickly in the industry, including changes in employment. Here's a quick and dirty list of the biggest moves that hit our radar over the last couple of weeks:
Despite excitement over its enterprise collaboration solutions, Cisco (news, site) has reportedly experienced one too many disappointing quarters. Accordingly, Cisco CEO John Chambers has created a chief operating officer position to help the company execute better. Gary Moore, previous head of Cisco Services, will be taking the job.
“Cisco is really under pressure to demonstrate that they have more control over operations,” said Joanna Makris, an analyst at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. “They’ve had market-share erosion and execution challenges. This is part of Cisco’s repair strategy."
SpringCM (news, site) named Antonis Papatsaras chief technology officer of the company. Papatsaras has more than 15 years of industry experience, most recently having served as Director of Software Engineering at Autonomy.
"With the explosive growth in customer use of SpringCM, we continue to invest in scaling our cloud service," said Christopher Junker, SpringCM CEO. "Dr. Papatsaras brings us a wealth of experience in areas such as massive cloud infrastructure, highly available and scalable architectures, enterprise search, and very high volume ingestion.”
Telligent (news, site) welcomed new director of marketing, Kevin Williams. Williams has accumulated a total of 11 years of experience in branding, design and web development, including time as the director of marketing for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
At Telligent, Williams will be responsible for creative, interactive marketing, social PR, and will oversee communities and events.
CoreMedia (news, site) has appointed Doug Heise to product marketing director as part of their international expansion strategy.
Heise's previous experience includes VP of marketing and strategy at Panvidea, Inc., where he helped build out strategies while simultaneously leading rebranding efforts. Heise has also served as senior product marketing manager at Clickability, as product marketing manager of digital content services at HP, and as head of strategy for BBC Technology's North American operations.
We are very excited that Doug has joined CoreMedia," said Gerrit Kolb, CEO, CoreMedia. "His marketing and digital media background will be a huge asset as we continue global presence, and we look forward to the leadership he brings to our marketing team."
It looks like conquering Latin America is now on the Facebook (news, site) agenda. The company has hired Google Latin America managing director Alexandre Hohagen as its vice president of sales for the region. Hohagen's previous employers include HBO, UOL, the ABN Amro Bank, Boehringer Ingelheim, ML&H Communications, and the Dow Chemical Company.
Brazil has been a significant battleground for Facebook, and is the only remaining location where Google's social networking service Orkut is the biggest in the shark pool. Facebook overtook Orkut in India last summer, so this move makes a lot of sense for Zuck and co.
“Millions of people in Latin America are using Facebook daily to connect and share with their friends and families, which is an integral part of the Latin American culture,” said Hohagen. “Facebook’s sales team for Latin America will be able to help companies here navigate this unprecedented reach and engagement to create campaigns that will impact their businesses in meaningful ways.