Founding Member Resigns from Qualcomm Board
Qualcomm announced that co-founder Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, 78, has resigned from the company’s Board. He served as CEO of Qualcomm from 1985 to 2005 and as Chairman until 2009. Early in his career, Jacobs co-founded Linkabit, a designer and developer of communications equipment which was later sold to M/A-Com. Jacobs is currently Chair of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received many business accolades over the years, including the National Medal of Technology in 1994, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell medal in 1995, the Financial Times Lifetime Achievement award (for 25 years in Telecommunications) in 2005, the IEEE and Royal Society of Edinburgh James Clerk Maxwell Award in 2007, and the Marconi Society Prize in 2011.
New Chairman at Harris
Harris, a wireless network transmission equipment manufacturer, has appointed Thomas Dattilo, 59, as Chairman. He has been on the Harris Board since 2001. Dattilo also sits on the Board of Directors at Alberto Culver, a household brands manufacturer. Earlier in his career, he served as a Senior Advisor for the Cerberus Operations & Advisory Company and as the Chairman & CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber. Prior to joining Cooper, he held senior positions at the Dana Holding Corporation, a supplier to vehicular and industrial manufacturers. Dattilo has also served as the Chairman of the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
Telecom Equipment Manufacturer Adds to Board
ARRIS Group has selected Andrew Heller to join its Board. Currently, Heller is Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor at Turner Broadcasting System. Heller joined TBS in 1998 and most recently served as President of Domestic Distribution. Before being named Vice Chairman, he was the Assistant General Counsel for Time Warner Cable. Prior to that, he served as Associate Counsel for HBO. In 2011, Heller was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Mobile & Optical Solutions Provider Appoints Interim CFO
Thomas Minichiello, 52, has been named as the Interim CFO of Tellabs. This move comes following the resignation of former EVP & CFO Timothy Wiggins. Most recently, Minichiello was the company’s VP of Finance & CAO. He has also served as the company’s VP of Financial Operations, VP of Finance for Global Sales & Service, and VP of Finance for North America. Before joining Tellabs in 2001, Minichiello served as the Group Controller and Director of Internal Audit at the Andrew Corporation. Prior to Andrew Corporation, he was a Senior Auditor and Treasury Analyst at Sterling Drug.
Executive Chairman & CFO at Unified Service Delivery Management Solutions Provider
NetScout Systems promoted CFO David Sommers to the role of Executive Vice Chairman. While CFO, he also held the titles of SVP of Operations, Treasurer, and Secretary. Before joining NetScout, Sommers was SVP & CFO at Flexiinternational Software, a developer of financial accounting software. He has also served as SVP & CFO of Lotus Development Corporation and as CFO of SystemSoft Corporation.
The company also announced that Jean Bua has been named as the new CFO. Bua joined the company in 2010 as CAO & VP of Finance. Earlier in her career, she was the EVP of Finance & Treasurer of American Tower, a provider of wireless and broadcast towers. Prior to American Tower, she served as SVP & CAO at Iron Mountain and as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.
Date range: November 19th - December 26th
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. www.vell.com