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.
New CLO at Salesforce.com
Salesforce.com announced that Burke Norton, 44, has joined the company as EVP & Chief Legal Officer. Most recently, Burke served as EVP, General Counsel & Secretary of Expedia. Prior to joining Expedia, he was a Partner at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he practiced corporate and securities law for over a decade. While at the firm, Burke represented emerging growth and technology companies in the enterprise software, telecommunications, semiconductor, life sciences, entertainment, and e-commerce industries.
New Chief Medical Officer at Dell
Dell announced that Dr. Andrew Litt has been named as the company’s new Chief Medical Officer. Most recently, Litt served as the Head of Litt Healthcare Ventures, a consulting firm for private equity firms seeking to invest in healthcare. Prior to Litt Healthcare Ventures, he was EVP, Vice Dean & Chief of Staff of New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Before assuming the title of EVP, he served as Vice Chair for Financial Affairs in the Medical Center's Department of Radiology. Litt is a Board Member of CareCore National, a company which provides utilization and quality management programs for managed care companies.
IBM Promotes Female Insider to CEO and Board Positions
IBM announced that Virginia Rometty, 53, has been named as the company’s new President, CEO & Director, effective January 1, 2012. She is currently IBM’s SVP and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing & Strategy. Rometty will replace Samuel Palmisano, who will remain as Chairman of the IBM Board. Previously, Rometty served as SVP of IBM Global Business Services. She has also served as GM of IBM Global Services Americas and GM of IBM Global Insurance & Financial Services Sector. Rometty joined IBM in 1981 as a Systems Engineer.
Chairman of Emerson Electric on IBM Board
IBM announced that it has elected David Farr, 56, to the company’s Board of Directors. Currently, Farr is the Chairman and CEO of Emerson Electric. He also sits on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America and the Municipal Theater Association of St. Louis. He has been with Emerson for more than 25 years and has held a variety of roles, including SVP, COO, Manager of Investor Relations, VP of Corporate Planning and Development, President of the Ridge Tool Division, and Group VP for the Industrial Components and Equipment Business. Earlier in his career, Farr served as a director for the United Way of Greater St. Louis and DPH Holdings Corporation.
Facebook Exec Joins eBay Board
eBay announced that Katie Mitic is joining the company's Board of Directors. She currently leads Platform and Mobile Marketing for Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, Mitic served as SVP of Global Product Marketing at Palm, where she oversaw hardware and software product management and marketing. Before Palm, she was the VP & GM at Yahoo! Currently, Mitic serves on the Board of Special Olympics International.
Major Executive Shakeup at Qualcomm
Steve Altman, 49, has been appointed as the new Vice Chairman of Qualcomm. Most recently, Altman served as President of the company. Prior to being named President, Altman served as EVP & President of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Amylin Pharmaceuticals.
Electronic Arts announced Rajat Taneja has been appointed as Global CTO. Taneja joins EA from Microsoft, where he most recently served as Corporate VP of the Commerce Division. Before his time as Corporate VP, he was responsible for leading Microsoft's online digital advertising platforms. Prior to Microsoft, Taneja served as the Open Systems Manager at Digital Equipment and held senior roles at Wipro Information Technology.
Two Regional Presidents Retire from Verizon
Verizon announced that William Roberts has retired after nearly 30 years with the company. Most recently, Roberts served as the Regional President for Maryland and Washington D.C. Prior to joining Verizon, he held management positions at C&P Telephone Company. Currently, Roberts is a board member of the Federal City Council, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Greater Baltimore Committee, Kennedy-Krieger Institute, and National Aquarium.
CIO Departure at Caterpillar
Caterpillar announced that John Heller, 57, has retired from his role as CIO. Heller held various roles during his 35 year career at Caterpillar, including VP of the Global Information Services Division, Systems Manager for Corporate Information Services, Information Systems Manager for Switzerland, and Director of the Systems & Processes Division.
Chairman of IT Management Company Joins Pharma Board
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries announced that Dov Pekelman has joined its Board. Pekelman is currently the Chairman & CEO of Atera Networks, a cloud IT management provider. He also serves as a director at Makhteshim Agan Industries, an agrochemical manufacturer and distributor. In the past, Pekelman was a Senior Consultant to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. He has also served on the Board of Directors at Koor Industries and was a member of the Advisory Committee at the Bank of Israel.