People: EA’s CEO; Facebook, Microsoft Execs on the Move

A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week:

Electronic Arts named Andrew Wilson, its former Executive Vice President of EA Sports and Origin, as its new Chief Executive Officer, concluding a six-month search. Wilson plans to focus on adapting the company’s business model to the changing monetization strategies in the games industry, namely the rise in free-to-play games. Wilson succeeds John Riccitiello, who resigned suddenly due to “financial shortcomings”.  [Tech Crunch]

People Moves IconHewlett-Packard hired Microsoft’s former General Manager of Windows Azure Product Management, Bill Hilf, as Vice President of Converged Cloud Products and Services. He reports to Bill Veghte, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Enterprise Group, who is also a former Microsoft Executive. [GeekWire]

Greg Badros resigned from his position as Vice President of Engineering and Products at Facebook, where he worked in various roles for the last four years. Before that, he was a Senior Director of Engineering at Google. He hasn’t specified what’s next, though he hinted at a possible role as a venture capitalist in his farewell statement. [All Things D]

Justin Shaffer also left a position at the social media giant, as Product Manager for Video Ads. His departure comes after three years of co-leading multiple projects, including “Places”, Facebook’s check-in function. He joined the company through its acquisition of his mobile check-in startup Hot Potato. [The Wall Street Journal]

Meanwhile, Ashley Zandy left a management position with Facebook’s Corporate Communications Division. She will become the Director of International Corporate Affairs for Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba, where she will lead all corporate and financial communications outside of China. [The Wall Street Journal]

Jean-Baptiste Queru left Google’s Android Open Source Project, where he served as a tech lead, to become a Senior Principle Engineer and Architect on Yahoo’s Mobile Team. Queru’s leave was likely related to frustration with Android hardware partners and driver compatibility issues, evidenced by a rant he wrote on his Google+ page last month, in which he claimed he planned to do so. [All Things D]

Microsoft vet Christian Kleinerman joined YouTube as Director of Product Management. He was at Microsoft for 13 years. [All Things D]

Twitter appointed Bob Moczydlowsky to be its new Head of Music. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at Topspin Media. An outsider to the music label world, Moczydlowsky will hire deputies to handle artist relations. He succeeds Tatiana Simonian, who resigned from the position just over a month ago. [All Things D]

Jeff Sandquist also joined Twitter, as Director of Platform Partnerships. He comes from Microsoft, where he co-founded the developer platform and served as Senior Director of Developer Relations. Sandquist’s departure, ironically, comes as Microsoft tries to encourage third party development for its Windows Store to better compete against iOS and Android. [Geek Wire]

P&C Insurance company Cover-All Technologies announced an organizational alignment that will become effective October 1. The company will re-structure into five business units, and has appointed an executive leader for each of them. Product Management and Technology will be led by Shailesh Mehrotra; Client Services by Alyssa Hostelley; Product Support by Maryanne Gallagher; Finance and Administration by Ann Massey; and Sales and Marketing will report to Manish Shah. [Cover-All Technologies]

SoMedia, a cloud-based video production company, named Ben Pickering President and Chief Operating Officer. He brings more than 15 years of experience in online media and software, most recently from his position as CEO at Strutta. He’s also held positions at Yahoo, eBay, and Spinway. Although Pickering is taking over the President role vacated by SoMedia’s Chief Executive Officer George Fleming, the company says Fleming will continue as CEO. []

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