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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Friday, 20 April 2018 07:43

121 CIO/CTO Appointments & 44 Open Roles

April 17th, 2018

Welcome to the 55th Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending April 15, 2018. 

  • 121 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs.
  • 8 % of these roles were filled by women
  • The majority of these roles are filled with people hired externally (77%)
  • There are 44 open roles

April 3, 2018

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 3/31/2018) and latest appointments for the month of March 2018.  

The average length of time the searches are open is 4.3 months, down from 5.2 last month. There is little variance across geographies. 

Twitter’s Chief Information Security Officer to Leave after Three Years In Role

Twitter’s CISO Michael Coates steps down from his role to launch his own security startup. Coates joined the company in January 2015. He had joined from Shape Security, where he was the Director of Product Security. Earlier in his career, he held roles at Mozilla, Aspect Security and Motorola.

Friday, 23 March 2018 08:19

84 CIO/CTO Appointments & 41 Open Roles

March 18th, 2018

Welcome to the 53rd Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending February 17, 2018.

  • 84 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs. 
  • 14 % of these roles were filled by women
  • The majority of these roles are filled with people hired externally (71%)
  • There are 41 open roles 

 

March 1, 2018 

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 2/28/2018) and latest appointments for the month of February 2018.   

The average length of time the searches are open is 5.2 months, up from 4.4 months last month. There is little variance across geographies

 

Vell Executive Search captures the most recent board appointments in tech, from October 29, 2017 to February 8, 2018.

Tech Giants

Alphabet Names Board Veteran as Chairman to Succeed Schmidt. Alphabet appointed John L. Hennessy, 65, former President of Stanford University, to serve as Executive Chair of Alphabet’s Board. Hennessy has served on the Board since April 2004 and Lead Independent Director since April 2007. Eric Schmidt, 62, becomes technical advisor to the company while continuing to serve on its board. Alphabet said that Canadian-born Shirley M. Tilghman, 71, 19th President of Princeton University, also retired from the board effective Feb. 15, 2018.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 07:38

109 CIO/CTO Appointments & 42 Open Roles

February 20th, 2018

Welcome to the 53rd Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending February 17, 2018.

We’ve seen a lot of shake-ups, as 109 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs. 

February 1, 2018

Welcome to our Technology CEO Transitions Newsletter.

We endeavor to catalog all open technology CEO roles (as of 1/31/2018) and latest appointments for the month of January 2018.  

The average length of time the searches are open is 4 months, up from 4.4 last month. There is little variance across geographies. 

Vell Executive Search captures the most recent female board appointments in tech, from November 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

Tech Giants Welcoming Women on Board

Microsoft Elects Former US Secretary of Commerce as Newest Board Member. Entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist and former United States Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker, JD, 58, joins as director of Microsoft.

Broadcom Appoints Former Benchmark Electronics CEO as Independent Director. Broadcom appointed Ms. Gayla J. Delly, 57, as an independent director of the company. Ms. Delly served as CEO of Benchmark Electronics.

Friday, 19 January 2018 05:42

65 CIO/CTO Appointments & 42 Open Roles

Happy Holidays!!! and all the best for 2018!!

Welcome to the 52nd Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending January15, 2018. 

We’ve seen a lot of shake-ups, as 65 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs.