Dora Vell

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,, 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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March 16, 2020

I hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe in these unusual times. This is the 67th Edition of the Open Tech Officer roles [and latest appointments] newsletter. This newsletter covers open technology officer roles as of March 13th, 2020 and technology appointments for past 46 days ending March 13th, 2020.

Titles for Technology Officers have been evolving and multiplying

  • Heads of IT and Digital Organizations: they usually have titles, such as CIOs, CTOs or Chief Digital Officers (or combinations of these titles)
  • Head of Tech Vendor Tech organizations: CTOs and/or SVP, Engineering.Occasionally, the Chief Product Officer title is a CTO and Product role.
  • Other tech roles at the executive level: Information Security Officers, Chief Data / Analytics Officers, and many others.

January 2009

We have completed our research into Characteristics of Successful Technology CEOs. We invite you to download the final report.
I must admit I was surprised at some of these results in spite of assisting search committees select CEOs for over a decade. Busting some of these myths may prove to be very useful in improving the performance of our corporations.

Thursday, 10 June 2010 11:19

Vell Executive Search Update

April 2010

Read about First Quarter 2010 technology industry moves & board changes
After decades in the technology industry, I've noticed this: Different companies respond differently to troubled times.

Monday, 28 June 2010 08:02

Vell Executive Search Update

June 2010

Read about Second Quarter 2010 Technology board and executive moves
What has been happening in the technology sector? The key word in the technology sector these days is "shakeup."

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:28

Vell Executive Search Update

October 2010

Read about Third Quarter 2010 Technology board and executive moves
In the third quarter 2010, overall public company CEO and CFO departures become more rare.