HP Recruits New General Counsel
HP announced that it has appointed Gregg Melinson as Deputy General Counsel and VP of Global Government Affairs. Most recently, he was the Chief Marketing Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath. Gregg has also served as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania.
HP Promotes Division Executives
HP has promoted Stephen DiFranco, former GM of the Solutions Partner Organization, to the role of SVP & GM for the Americas region of its Personal Systems Group (PSG). DiFranco joined HP from Lenovo, where he served as VP of Consumer and Commercial Channels. Prior to Lenovo, DiFranco held senior marketing positions at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Maxtor. DiFranco will replace Stephen DeWitt, who has been named SVP & GM of the webOS Global Business Unit. Prior to his promotion, DeWitt was leading the Personal Systems Group Americas region. He joined the company in 2008.
HP also announced that Jon Rubinstein, 54, the visionary behind webOS, has been named SVP of Product Innovation in the Personal Systems Group. Rubinstein has previously served at Apple, NeXT Computer, and FirePower Systems.
HP Executive Joins Apple
Apple announced that BJ Watrous, a patent lawyer, has joined the company as the new VP & Chief IP Counsel. Watrous comes to Apple from HP, where he most recently served as VP & DGC of IP & Licensing.
Major Executive Shuffle at AOL
Jeff Levick, 40, has announced his retirement from AOL after a two year stint as the company’s President of Global Advertising & Strategy. Prior to AOL, Levick spent six years at Google where he last served as VP of Industry Development and Marketing for the Americas.
The company also reported the departures of the Head of PR, Lauren Hurvitz, and the Head of HR & CPO, Kathy Andreasen, 45.
Additionally, AOL announced that sales executives Tim Castelli, Wendy MacGregor, Tim Richards, and Jim Norton have been named SVPs. Michael O'Connor, the Director of Global Business Operations, will assume the title of Head of Sales Operations.
New Board Member at Motorola
Motorola has selected Kenneth Dahlberg to be a member on its Board. In the past, Dahlberg has served as Chairman and CEO of Science Applications International and as EVP of General Dynamics. Prior to General Dynamics, he was the President and COO of Raytheon Systems. He is currently a director of Teledyne Technologies and Parsons. Additionally, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Surface Navy Association, the Association of the US Army, and a lifetime member of the US Navy League.
Regional CEO Selected at Management Consulting and Technology Services Company
Accenture has named Jorge Benitez, 51, as MD of North America and CEO of the United States. For the past five years, Benitez has served as COO of Accenture's Products Operating Group. He was recently named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s "2011 Top 25 Corporate Elite" list. In 2004, the publication selected him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the US.
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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.