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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July 10th, 2018

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We research and catalog all open technology CEO roles we can find (as of the end of June 2018) and also the latest appointments for the month of June 2018. We use CapitalIQ industry classifications and US census geographic regions.

Summary Trends

There are 55 Open Tech CEO Roles and 89 Appointments. Here is their geographic distribution:

The following tech companies appointed CEOs in the month of June 2018:

  • China:  Linekong Interactive Group.
  • Hong Kong: Digital China Holdings Ltd., PanAsialum Holdings Co. Ltd., Rentian Technology  Holdings, SGOCO Group.
  • India:  Genesys International Corp. Ltd.
  • Others: Grand Perfecta, Japan;  Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Malaysia; Philippine Telegraph and Telephone, Philippines.

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The following Tech Companies appointed CEOs in the month June 2018.

  • UK:  RedstoneConnect Plc; Earthport Plc; Dods Group Plc; Algomi Ltd.; LightwaveRF Plc; Catenae Innovation Plc; Finastra Group Holdings; Smart Communications; Interlinked Media; Starship Technologies. 
  • Germany: asknet, Ingenious Technologies AG, PlusServer.
  • Others – Europe:  Net Insight AB, Sweden; Riber S.A., France; Apptix, Norway;  MACCS International BV, Netherlands; 4finance Group S.A., Luxemburg; Moscow City Telephone Network, Russia.
  • Israel: Bezeq Israel, Magal Security Systems, Eltek Ltd., Elastifile.
  • Africa:  Ellies Holdings, South Africa; MTN Ghana Ltd, Ghana. 

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New Tech CEOs in Canada in June 2018

CEOs appointed in Canada in the month of June 2018:

  • British Columbia: UrtheCast, Cryptobloc Technologies Corp., eXeBlock Technology Corp., Rift Valley Resources Corp., AXS Blockchain Solutions.
  • Ontario: Romet Ltd, Titus Int’l.
  • Alberta: Glenbriar Technologies.


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Here are the Tech CEO appointments in the month of June in the Midwest and South Central regions of the United States

  • Midwest CEO Appointments: Workiva, Iowa; Intelligent Medical Objects, Illinois; Astute; Wilke Global, Ohio; MyAlerts, Minnesota; Outcome Health, Illinois 
  • Texas CEO Appointments: Internet Marketing,  Ziften Technologies 

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New CEOs Appointed:

  • West Mountain:  Cologix, Colorado; Array Technologies, New Mexico; Ridgetop Group, Arizona.
  • West Pacific
    California: Palo Alto Networks, Quantum Corporation, Machine Zone, ShareThis, Perforce Software,Simulations Plus,GitHub, Gopher Protocol, Giga Entertainment Media, Global Payout, Datrium.
    Other: AppViewX, Washington ; Smarsh, Oregon.

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The following South Atlantic states have appointed CEOs in June 2018

PerspectaKforce Government Solutions,xG TechnologyMobileSmithPowerDMSSmoke CartelPEARL Unlimited Holdings

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The following companies have appointed CEOs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic in the month of June 2018:

  • Verizon Communications, New York
  • ValueMomentum, New Jersey
  • Digital Ocean, New York
  • 1010data, New York
  • Critical Alert Systems, Maine
  • IIOT-OXYS, Massachusetts
  • Extreme Reach, Massachusetts
  • Personnel Data Systems, Pennsylvania
  • Buildium, Massachusetts
  • Canon Solutions America, New York

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These companies are looking for CEOs:

  • China: LightInTheBox Holding, Jiangsu NandaSoft Technology Co. 
  • Hong Kong: SUNeVision Holdings, TC Orient Lighting Holdings, GET Holdings Ltd.  
  • Taiwan: Innolux Corporation 
  • Thailand: CS Loxinfo 
  • India: ITI Ltd. 
  • Malaysia: Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Maxis Berhad 
  • Japan: J-Devices Corp.
  • New Zealand: Trade Me Group Ltd., Connexionz Ltd.  
  • Australia: Isentia Group, Big Un, Seeing Machines Ltd., Hotcopper Holdings Ltd. 

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These tech companies are looking for CEOs:

  • UK:  BT Group plc, IDE Group Holdings, Brady Plc, Imaginatik plc.
  • Sweden:  Mycronic AB, Cherry AB, Pricer AB
  • Finland: Incap Oyj, Digitalist Group Plc, Efecte 
  • Other: VEON, Netherlands; TDC A/S, Denmark; Escher Group Holdings, Ireland 

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