HPC Career Notes: October 2019 Edition

By Oliver Peckham

October 3, 2019

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high-performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!


Gregory Bryant 

Intel has announced that Gregory Bryant has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting directly to the CEO. Bryant is the general manager of Intel’s Client Reporting Group, the largest and most profitable Intel business dedicated to client computing solutions. Bryant joined Intel in 1992 and is based in Hillsboro, Oregon.

John Gunnels

John Gunnels, a distinguished research staff member with IBM’s Quantum Computing Research team, has been included on IBM’s 2019 list of Master Inventors. IBM’s Master Inventor badge “is given to employees who have mastered the patent process, mentored broadly, added value to IBM’s portfolio and demonstrated sustained innovation leadership and service.”

“I have been fortunate to work with several talented co-inventors, mentors, and mentees at IBM Research,” Gunnels wrote on his LinkedIn, “and this is just one of the many benefits stemming from those collaborations.”

Michelle Johnston Holthaus 

Intel also announced that Michelle Johnston Holthaus has been promoted to executive vice president. Holthaus is the general manager of Intel’s Sales, Marketing and Communications Group, reporting to the CEO. She is responsible for global sales and revenue at Intel and leads the company’s effort to foster innovative sales and marketing approaches. Holthaus joined Intel in 1996.

Kurt Lauk

Tachyum has announced that Kurt Lauk has joined the company’s board of advisors. Lauk has served on several management boards, including those of Daimler and Audi, and as a member of the European Union parliament. He is founder and president of Globe CP GmbH.

“Tachyum is honored to have an international business and technology luminary of Dr. Lauk’s caliber on our Board of Advisors,” said Dr. Radoslav Danilak, Tachyum’s founder and CEO. “I am personally excited to work directly with Kurt, to be able to rely on his advice and counsel, especially regarding EU business strategies and how Tachyum can help facilitate EU technological sovereignty.”

Marie de Lauzon 

2CRSi has announced the appointment of Marie de Lauzon as deputy CEO. de Lauzon has been an independent director of 2CRSi since its listing in 2018. Prior to her role at 2CRSi, she served in roles with Citigroup, PwC, Voltalia and others. “I am delighted that Marie is joining us to help us structure our Group and change dimension. With her invaluable work on our Board of Directors and her solid experience, Marie has all the qualities needed to deliver on our growth targets, alongside our teams,” said Alain Wilmouth, founder and CEO of 2CRSi.

“With its capacity for innovation, industrial excellence and strong sales performance, 2CRSi has an exceptional positioning in the sector and has already achieved remarkable growth,” said Marie de Lauzon. “I’m joining an experienced, talented team that has built a French champion in technology. I am thrilled to be part of this exciting adventure and to be able to use my skills to help ensure the success of the ambitious project that drives the company.”

Margaret Martonosi

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Margaret Martonosi to serve as head of its Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Since 2017, Martonosi has served as director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education while maintaining her role as a professor of computer science.

“I’m thrilled to accept this incredible opportunity to serve the research community and the nation at large,” Martonosi said. “The role of computing research in machine learning, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and many other societally-relevant topics has never been more important to the nation’s future. America cannot remain at the forefront of innovation without NSF’s crucial contributions towards advances in these research areas.”

Bill McNabb

The IBM board of directors has elected F. William “Bill” McNabb III. McNabb is the former CEO and chairman of The Vanguard Group, Inc., where he served in various leadership roles prior to those appointments. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer, said: “Bill McNabb is an outstanding business executive, well known for his leadership in corporate governance. His experience in global investing and deep commitment to delivering long-term shareholder value will make him a powerful addition to the IBM board.”

Andrea Siudara

Altair has announced that Andrea Siudara has joined as chief information officer (CIO). Siudara will lead Altair’s global IT team, overseeing IT systems, enterprise business systems and IT business strategy on a global level. Siudara was most recently global director, sales and marketing IT for Ford Motor Company. Previously, she has had roles at Delphi, Dell and General Motors.

“I am honored to be joining Jim and the Altair family,” said Siudara. “Altair solutions are helping drive true engineering and data intelligence innovation across industries worldwide. I’m looking forward to advancing our ability to positively impact so many customers and enabling our internal systems to be a platform for Altair’s growth.”

Adrian Tate

Adrian Tate has been announced as the next CEO of The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG). Tate, who is currently the foundation director of the Cray European R&D Lab, previously worked in Cray’s CTO Office and as the technical lead and manager of the Cray Scientific Libraries team. Prior to Cray, he was an HPC consultant at the University of Manchester.

“It’s a real honor to be chosen to lead the Numerical Algorithms Group – a company I’ve known and respected for my entire career,” Tate said. “I share NAG’s passion for the role of mathematics in technology and believe this remains highly relevant in the new era of computing. I look forward to working with such a talented team to continue providing quality to NAG’s many customers whilst innovating for future growth.”

Karen Walker 

Karen Walker will be joining Intel as senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO). Walker joins Intel from Cisco, where she was CMO since 2015. Prior to Cisco, Walker worked at HP, where she held business and consumer leadership positions. She serves as a board member of Eli Lilly, Spark Social and the Association of National Advertisers.

“Intel is an iconic company at a pivotal moment as it transforms to power a world of new possibilities and expanded market opportunities. It is one of the most globally recognized brands with a strong story to tell. I look forward to joining a great team and building the future of technology together,” Walker said.


To read last month’s edition of Career Notes, click here.

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