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Rockwell Automation, Kansas City Southern & Many Other Non-Tech Boards Join the Bandwagon of Welcoming Tech Directors

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Rockwell Automation Appoints TSYS CIO as Newest Board Member Patricia Watson

Rockwell Automation announced that Patricia Watson, 50, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Watson is senior EVP and CIO at Total System Services (TSYS). She currently serves as a board director for Texas Capital Bancshares.

Wolseley Appoints Former Amazon Exec as Non-Executive Director

Wolseley plc, the plumbing and heating products company, named Nadia Shouraboura to the Board. Nadia, a US Citizen, was formally a VP at Amazon.com  where she served on senior leadership team and was responsible for implementing a new retail supply chain. After 8 years at Amazon, she founded Hointer.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of Cimpress NV.

NASDAQ Elects AT&T President to Board

NASDAQ announced that Melissa M. Arnoldi, 43, was elected to the board. Arnoldi has been President of Technology Development at AT&T since September 2016. Arnoldi has served in various capacities at AT&T since 2008.

Microsoft Canada's Presidenbt Joins Board of Kansas City Southern

Kansas City Southern added Janet Kennedy to its Board of Directors. Kennedy is the President of Microsoft Canada. She has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing of business solutions and previously spent time in the West and Central regions of the U.S. as the VP of Enterprise Customers. Kennedy addsvaluable experience leading a significant business unit within Microsoft and has understandings regarding specific technological applications and developments that will benefit the transportation industry as well as issues related to cybersecurity.

Stockland Appoints Former IBM Vet to Board Andrew Stevens

Stockland announced that Andrew Stevens will join the company's Board. Stevens has some 30 years' experience in business and technology, most notably holding senior leadership roles at IBM for 12 years. As the Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand at IBM from 2011 to 2014, Stevens led the transformation of the business to become a leader in cloud-based computing, helping blue chip clients to derive business benefits from new and emerging technologies.

CEO of Compute Software Joins Morningstar Board

Morningstar announced that Caroline Tsay, 34, CEO of Compute Software, has been elected to Morningstar's board of directors. Prior to Tsay's top leadership position at Compute Software, she was VP and general manager of the online channel division at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company from 2013 to 2016. Earlier, she held several product leadership positions at Yahoo!  across its consumer search, e-commerce, and advertising businesses. Tsay, is nationally renowned as a technology influencer and advisor, and was recognized among the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. She currently serves on the board of directors at Rosetta Stone.

British Transport Group Taps Former GE IT Exec for Board Role

Martha Poulter, 49, has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director at the British transport group Firstgroup plc. Martha brings a wealth of IT and business process transformation experience to the Board from her senior executive career at General Electric (GE) and most recently at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Forrester Research Names New Board Members from Tech Industry

Forrester Research has added new board members. Dave Boyce, 49, SVP, product and strategy, InsideSales.com.  Boyce is an experienced operating executive who has helped build and sell four software companies. He has expertise in product, strategy, and marketing. Boyce previously worked at Oracle, where he was global VP of product and strategy for the company's retail business unit.

Yvonne Wassenaar, 48, COO, Airware. Wassenaar is a thought leader in cloud, big data analytics, and business digitization. For the past two years, she served as CIO for New Relic, a cloud-based SaaS company. 

Former Capital One CISO Joins as Board Member of Peapack-Gladstone

Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation appointed Tony Spinelli to its Board. Spinelli recently left Capital One Financial, where he served as SVP, Chief Information Security Officer, responsible for developing and leading the cybersecurity program for the organization. Currently, he serves as COO and President, Cyberdivision for Fractal Industries.  Prior to Capital One, he was the Chief Information Security Officer of Tyco International, Equifax and First Data Corporation.

Date Range: May 6th - June 23rd

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults, garage.ca, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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