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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  • 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.
  • Google appointed veteran programmer Jeff Dean, 50, as the new head of the company's artificial intelligence unit,
  • Facebook is making forays into the future with emphasis on technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented/Virtual Reality.

Giant technology companies have had plenty of action with their boards the first half of 2018. This is the second of a two part series of updates.

In this Edition -Tech Boards in 1H2018

  • Board Trends
  • Board Members Appointed/ Resigning by Functional Role & Gender
  • Board Leadership Changes: Companies Combining Chairman/CEO Roles; Companies Naming New Chairmen (non-CEO); Companies Naming New Lead Directors
  • CEO Successions: internally and externally sourced
  • Board Members Appointed/Resigning by Function: external CEOs/Presidents/GM; CFOs/Audit and Investment Professionals; CIOs/ CTOs. CISOs, Privacy.

Giant technology companies have had plenty of action with their leadership teams in the first half of 2018. This is the first of a two part series:

In this Edition

    Trends for Boards & Exec

  • Tech Hot Topics: AI, AR/VR, IoT and many others
  • Consumer Experience and Disruptive User Design
  • Security, Data Protection and Privacy

    Mammoth Company Changes

    The Big Re-Organizations

Also please look at Part 2 - Tech Company Board Appointment Trends, which will be posted on our blog and on our LinkedIN articles.

We welcome any feedback and insights you may have.

All the best,

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Athenahealth's CEO Jon Bush Steps Down Under Growing Pressure

Cloud-based software platform for medical providers, Athenahealth is in turmoil. CEO and co-founder Jonathan J. Bush, Jr., 49, stepped down as President, CEO and Board Member. He had been replaced as Chairman last year by Jeff Immelt

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 5/31/2018) and latest appointments for the month of May 2018.   

The average length of time the searches are open is 5 months, up from 4.7 months last month. There is little variance across geographies. 

Welcome to the 55th Edition of the Open Tech Roles  & Latest Appointements newsletter.  This edition covers the 31 days ending May 17th, 2018. 

Hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Summary and Stats for Tech Exec Roles

Xerox ended a planned $6.1 billion deal with Fujifilm, in which Fuji would take control of Xerox,  and reached a new agreement with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, who have a combined 15% stake at the company and have been opposing the Fujifilm deal. They launched a campaign to stop the merger and oust top managers, including CEO Jeff Jacobson, 58. Jacobson was a particular target as Icahn accused him  of rushing into the Fujifilm deal and acting against board instructions, something that he board denied in April. Jacobson was named CEO January 2017. He had been President and prior to that COO of the Xerox Technology business, and president of Global Graphic Communications Operations joining in 2012. Prior to joining Xerox, he served as Chairman &  CEO of Presstek. 

Facebook has re-organized its ranks in the wake of user privacy issues that has been creating waves across all quarters. The social network’s misuse in the spread of Russian propaganda and disinformation and the more recent Cambridge Analytica scandal have made data privacy and security issues the foremost priority for the social media giant.  

Board Shuffles

Jan Koum, 41, CEO of WhatsApp stepped down from the board over significant disagreements over privacy issues. The company hired heavyweight and Senior Obama Advisor, Jeff Zients, 51. Earlier this year, the company also hired its first non-white director, former American Express CEO, Ken Chenault, 66. More details on the board shuffles are outlined below.

May 3, 2018

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 4/30/2018) and latest appointments for the month of April 2018.  

The average length of time the searches are open is 4.7 months, up from 4.3 last month. There is little variance across geographies. 

NCR Names Frank Martire as Executive Chairman and Michael Hayford as CEO

NCR Corporation has named Frank Martire, 69, as Executive Chairman. Martire most recently served as non-executive chairman of FIS till last year. He served as CEO of FIS after acquisition of Metavante, where he served as CEO before the acquisition.