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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Monday, 24 January 2011 12:22

Vell Executive Search Update

January 2011

Read about Fourth Quarter 2010 Technology board and executive moves
In the fourth quarter of 2010, we saw heavy hitters continue to make key leadership decisions to position their companies for the expected tech industry recovery in 2011.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:25

Vell Executive Search Update

May 2011

Read about First Quarter 2011 Technology board and executive moves
In the first quarter of 2011, we saw more signs of economic recovery. For the first time in more than three years, Liberum is reporting that executive turnover has seen a real jump—and that the jump coincided with the significant drop in United States unemployment and the continuing growth in the number of jobs created.

Monday, 09 January 2012 14:08

Vell Executive Search Update

January 2012

Read about Second Half 2011 Technology board and executive moves
Two of the largest technology companies in the world—IBM and HP—now have female CEOs. Yahoo named PayPal President Scott Thompson as the company's new CEO.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 10:03

Vell Executive Search Update

July 2011

Read about Second Quarter 2011 Technology board and executive moves
In the second quarter, we saw major market moves in some sectors even as companies continue to seek top talent at the CEO and COO level. Indeed, we're witnessing more opportunities in the C-suite this year than in 2010 and that trend should continue into 2012. At the same time, Equilar, an executive comp data provider, reports a 23 percent jump in 2010 CEO pay compared to 2009.