Microsoft has named the Dynamics Inner Circle members for 2015 at its Worldwide Partner Conference. However, the company apparently has not posted a list of those or members of the President's Club, as it usually does. So names are emerging as individual companies issue press releases. U.S. winners that have tooted their horns include Blue Horsehoe, mcaConnect, Rand Group, Socius and Western Computer. First impressions: it's a heavily AX club.
Arlen Shenkman has been named as CFO of SAP North America. He was previously global head of SAP corporate development from January 2012 until accepting the new assignment. Before stepping up to the SVP role in corporate development, he was VP in the same area from May 2004 through January 201. Shenkman fills the spot left vacant by Rouven Bergmann, who joined Medidata as CFO in April.
Terry Hicks, who had led Intuit's QuickBooks Online operations, has taken a job as chief product officer at Infusionsoft. Hicks' left his position as VP and GM of QBO in February at a time in which that application was becoming an increasingly central part of Intuit's software business. Based in Chandler, Ariz., Infusionsoft makes sales and marketing automation applications for small companies. The company has a channel program that enlists resellers, referral partners and affiliates.
Now that Donald Trump has thrown his hair into the ring, the real GOP heavyweight, N.J. Governor Chris Christie, has announced he is running. They are not worried about him supporting the platform. They are worried about the platform supporting him. ... With Greece defaulting on its international loans does that mean we'll see the country feature on Operation Repo? "Just hook that up to this column."
Bill.com has hired David Appel as head of direct sales for the online invoicing software company. Appel left NetSuite in May after slightly more than seven years with the cloud accounting software publisher. From January 2011 until his departure from NetSuite, he was director of new market sales. His LinkedIn page gives a detailed description of a significant job with these words: