Articles & Press

The Wall Street Journal - Search for CEOs

09/02/2013

By Joann S. Lublin

"Who's in Charge?" That is one of the big questions a number of companies will have to answer this fall. While there are always some companies looking for new chief executives, the pace of CEO changes is picking up again. Nearly 20 major companies are now looking for a new leader.
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Agenda - What Makes a Great Independent Chairman?

11/19/2012

By Katie Wagner

As more boards appoint independent chairs, governance experts are paying close attention to who fills this very important role. A healthy ego and excellent listening skills are among the qualities that experts say can help in the position, which is by nature a sensitive one.
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NewsFactor - Qualcomm Grabs Intel Veteran as Chief Marketing Officer

08/06/2012

By Jennifer LeClaire

Qualcomm on Monday announced a key appointment in its marketing group. The tech giant hired Intel veteran Anand Chandrasekher as its chief marketing officer. In his new role as CMO, Chandrasekher is tasked with overseeing global marketing and external communications. He reports to Steve Mollenkopf, president and COO of Qualcomm.
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The Wall Street Journal - For Yahoo CEO, Two New Roles

07/17/2012

By Joann S. Lublin and Leslie Kwoh

Just hours after Yahoo Inc. named Marissa Mayer as its new chief, the real conversation kicked in: how she will juggle pregnancy and being the CEO charged with saving a fondling Internet giant. The 37-year-old former Google Inc. executive is expecting her first child, a son, in early October. On Tuesday, she started her new job at Yahoo, which reported another quarter of lackluster sales growth.
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Agenda - Demand Mounts for Directors With Digital Smarts

1/17/2012

By Amanda Gerut

More companies are seeking directors with digital and social media expertise, and the urgent demand is prompting boards to consider some people who at first glance would appear to be unlikely candidates. The Starbucks board in December made headlines when it invited 29-year-old Clara Shih to join its ranks.
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NewsFactor - Apple Strengthens Disney Ties with Board Pick

11/16/2011

By Jennifer LeClaire

Apple has always had the best of the best. When Jerry York, the IBM CFO and financial guy extraordinaire, passed away -- and when Google Chairman Eric Schmidt departed -- Apple didn't just replace them with anyone," said Dora Vell, principal with Vell Executive Search. "Apple was methodical, putting superstars on its board that add value.
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Mass High Tech - New England's Largest Technology Employers

03/02/2011

By Lynette Cornell

Even the industry giants are not immune to the changes happening in the various tech sectors, and consequently, they are adapting their hiring priorities when looking for executives to fill leaderships roles, according to Dora Vell, CEO of executive search firm Vell Executive Search.
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Nwi.com - Market Yourself to Overcome the Past

11/07/2010

By Mildred Culp

Executive search consultant Dora Vell (vell.com) has watched applicants omit contact information and "pour their heart out to strangers . . . potential employers and recruiters" on their online resumes.
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NewsFactor - Ray Ozzie Will Join Executive Exodus from Microsoft

10/19/2010

By Jennifer LeClaire

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie will leave the software giant, joining an exodus of executive talent. Ozzie led Microsoft's move to the cloud and will focus on the troubled entertainment unit before he leaves. Many of Microsoft's personnel losses may be related to technologists being replaced by executives loyal to CEO Steve Ballmer.
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Agenda - Did Bank Directors Bolt As Going Got Tough?

08/16/2010

By Katie Wagner

Director departures at publicly traded banks and investment banks rose during the years and months preceding the financial crisis, peaking in 2008. This raises questions over the reasons why these directors left just before or during tumultuous times for their companies.
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Agenda - Lead Directors Should Help Set Meeting Agendas: Survey

08/02/2010

By Katie Wagner

A majority of independent directors and corporate executives agree that a non-management board leader — a non-executive chair, lead director or presiding director — should be involved in setting board meeting agendas.
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The Wall Street Journal - The Keys to Unlocking Your Most Successful Career

07/06/2010

By Joann S. Lublin

Finding a job, flourishing on the job and moving into a better job demand plenty of work – especially during a jobless recovery.
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Inc. Magazine - 5 Tips on Hiring a CEO

04/21/2010

By April Joyner

Being in charge isn't easy - but neither is handing over the job to someone else. Entrepreneurs who've made the transition share their pointers.
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Agenda - What Are Some Succession Planning Missteps?

02/08/2010

By Dora Vell

The following question was proposed by a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company. For an answer, we reached out to Dora Vell, CEO of Vell Executive Search, who was previously a partner at Heidrick & Struggles.
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Agenda - What is Most Rewarding about being a Director These Days

12/21/2009

By Katie Wagner

Directors say the challenges they encounter and the people they work with are among the most "rewarding" aspects of serving on boards these days.
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Agenda - More Directors Selected for Sector Expertise

10/19/2009

By Katie Wagner

Boards at companies including Boeing, BJ's Wholesale Club and Armstrong World Industries have been appointing directors with experience in their industries or sectors.
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Agenda - July’s Moves: Financial Expertise Still at a Premium in Director Recruitment

08/10/2009

By Katie Wagner

The financial crisis has underscored for boards the importance of recruiting directors with financial expertise. Read more...

Forbes.com - CEO Power: There’s Room at The Top

07/22/2009

By Klaus Kneale

The best leaders aren't afraid to surround themselves with powerful people-even if those people might eventually pose a threat.

Dora Vell has seen the best and the worst in CEO power struggles as the CEO of Vell Executive Search. In 12 years as a headhunter, she's seen CEOs intentionally fill their top ranks with puppets, throw cellphones at topquality interviewees and block succession plans.
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Agenda - Responsibilities for Lead Directors Go Beyond Chairing Executive Sessions

07/20/2009

By Katie Wagner

Over the past few years, lead directors' authority within their companies and their general duties have been increasing. Read more...

Agenda - May’s Moves: Boards Under Pressure to Change

06/08/2009

By Katie Wagner

Pressure to make changes to boards has increased since the financial crisis began, especially for TARP participants, say board recruiters.
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MSN Business on Main - Creating a Successful Succession Plan

05/2009

By Toddi Gutner

When Frank Bruffey Jr., the founder of Protech Associates Inc., a company that provides technology solutions to member-based trade and professional associations, decided it was time to step down from day-to-day management as chief executive officer.
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Mass High Tech - Engineering Experience Helps Tech CEOs Drive Growth

04/03/2009

By Lynette F. Cornell, Mass High Tech Intern

Companies looking for a new CEO may be looking in the wrong places for people with the wrong backgrounds, according to the latest report from Vell Executive Search.
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