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, 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.

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Absolute Software and Sierra Wireless are both looking for CEOs.

Pacific: Intel Corporation, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Rambus, Sigma Designs, Marchex, Tintri, BSQUARE, Support.com, Airgain, Simulations Plus, Digital Locations, Infomart Data Centers are companies without CEOs. 

Mountain: Lavu's CEO left in 2016, after only three months. It is unclear as to whether the company is still looking.

 

Midwest: Convergys,  Deluxe Corporation, BH Media Group,  Stratasys are looking for CEOs.

South Atlantic: Birch Communications,  World Health Energy Holdings are also looking for CEOs.

 

Open Tech CEO Roles in the US - Northeast and Mid-Atlantic  as of June 30th, 2018

athenahealth, Commvault Systems, Wayside Tech. Group, and Everbridge are all looking for CEOs.

 

 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:22

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Resigns

Intel announced that CEO Brian Krzanich, 58, has resigned.  Robert Swan, 57, Intel’s CFO has been named as the interim CEO. Intel was recently informed that Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. A subsequent investigation resulted in the resignation.  Outside of the affair,  Kraznich’s reputation suffered as a result of two 2017 events:  (1) the  scary security flaws in two chips, named  Meltdown and Spectre,  and (2)  Krzanich’s stock sale of $24m, ahead of the security flaws being made public.

Ultimately, Intel’s first quarter results in 2018 were very strong, seemingly unaffected by the chips’ security flaws.

Themes in the Giant Tech Reorgs:

  • Acquisitions: Vantiv acquires WorldPay. Sprint/T-Mobile US Merger; failed acquisition of Qualcomm.
  • Deals with Investors (activist or not): Akamai, Ericsson, uber.
  • Disappointing Results: Micro Focus, BT Group.
  • Other: F5 Networks (growth), Nuance (long term CEO transition), Vodafone (surprise), InfoSys (whistle blower).

60 % of the Giant Tech companies promoted CEOs internally, while 40% hired CEOs externally. Cerner is the only company that hired a CEO externally and also made him Chairman. 100% of the newly named CEOs were men. (vs. 90-95% overall in a larger set of tech companies).

Apple Steals Machine Learning and AI Star from Google 

Apple Music Promotes Two

Apple has hired Google's former head of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea to lead the company's 'machine learning and A.I. Strategy.

The giant also has appointed International exec Oliver Schusser as VP of Apple Music and international content to oversee its music streaming business, relocating from the UK to California for the new position. With Oliver’s promotion, Apple marketing executive Tracey Hannelly will lead International for Apple music, which services 155 markets. She joined the company in 2007 beginning in Australia and New Zealand.

 Amazon Studios Hires NBC Chief as a New Head

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke has been named head of Amazon Studios. Salke will oversee all television and film production for Amazon's entertainment arm.

Board Changes

Facebook board: Jan Koum, 41, CEO of WhatsApp stepped down from the board over significant disagreements over privacy issues.

Joining Akamai’s board is Amazon’s CISO - Tom Killalea, 49.

LogMeIn has named Sara Andrews, SVP and Global CISO of PepsiCo to the company’s board of directors.


  • Samsung Electronics Announced the Launch of The Samsung Design Innovation Center (SDIC). SDIC, a design lab dedicated to the integration of disruptive user-experiences to product design.
  • Microsoft names Rajesh Jha to lead Experiences & Devices as EVP. The word Windows is dropped from the title, but the role includes Windows, Office, third-party applications and devices on an integrated 365 Experience.
  • Cisco names Salesforce executive Maria Martinez, 60, joins Cisco as EVP and chief customer experience officer. She’s also held a number of leadership positions at Microsoft, Motorola, AT&T as well as CEO of the start-up, Embrace Networks.