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Tech Execs Appointed to Non Tech Boards 12/10 to 1/9 2012 Featured

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Telecom CEO Named Chair of Auto Parts Manufacturer

Autoliv has elected Lars Nyberg, 60, as Chairman. He has been on Autoliv’s Board since 2004. Nyberg is the CEO of TeliaSonera, a leading Nordic and Baltic telecom company. He is also the Chairman of DataCard, a manufacturer of card printers. Earlier in his career, Nyberg served as the Chairman & CEO of NCR and held several managerial positions at Philips.

Furniture Maker Adds to its Board

Flexsteel Industries has appointed Lynn Davis, 63, as Chairman. Most recently, he served as the COO of August Technology, a leading supplier of inspection equipment to the semiconductor industry. Before joining August Technology, Davis was the COO of ADC Telecommunications, a manufacturer of hardware and software for broadband communication providers. He was also a Founding Partner of Tate Capital Partners, a private equity firm.

Travel Technology Expert on Entertainment Board


Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a regional amusement park operator, has appointed Tom Klein, 49, to its Board. Klein is the President of Sabre Holdings, one of the world's leading providers of technology to the travel industry. Before Sabre Holdings, he held various sales, marketing, and operations positions at American Airlines and Consolidated Freightways. In 2010, Klein was appointed to the Board of the Corporation for Travel Promotion by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. He also serves on the executive committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council. In 2006 and 2007, Klein was recognized by Business Travel News as one of the industry's "25 Most Influential Executives.”

Former Apple Execs on Media & Merchandising Board

Michael Kramer, the COO of J. C. Penney, has been selected to join the Board of Directors at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Before joining J. C. Penney, Kramer was CEO of Kellwood Company, a premier fashion brand manufacturer. Prior to Kellwood Company, he served as CFO of Apple Retail and VP & CFO at Abercrombie & Fitch. Earlier in his career, Kramer held various leadership roles at The Limited, Pizza Hut, and Einstein/Noah Bagel.

The company has also named Daniel Walker to the company’s Board. He is currently the Chief Talent Officer for J. C. Penney. Before joining J.C. Penney, Walker was the Chief Talent Officer at Apple and led the Global Human Resources team during a period which saw the launch of the iPod, iTunes, Apple’s Applications Division, and the Apple retail stores. He has also served as the VP of HR at Gap and as Director of Human Resources for the Specialty Retail Group at General Mills.

Energy Company Elects New Director


Genie Energy has appointed Ira Greenstein, 48, to its Board. He currently serves as Counsel to the Chairman of IDT, a telecom and energy provider. In the past, Greenstein served as President and Director of IDT. Prior to IDT, he was a Partner at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he served as the Chairman of the Business Department at its New York office. While at Morrison & Foerster, he also served as General Counsel and Secretary of Net2Phone. Early in his career, he was an Associate at the Law Firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Greenstein also serves on the boards of Document Security Systems, Ohr Pharmaceuticals, NanoVibronix, and Regal Bank of New Jersey.

Date range: December 10th - January 9th

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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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