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B2C Internet Exec & Board Appointments 12/24 to 1/24 2012 Featured

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Google Elects Former VMware Exec to Board; Division Head Promoted

Google has elected Diane Greene, 55, to its Board. Greene is the Co-founder and former CEO of VMware. Earlier in her career, she served as an EVP at EMC and held technical leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, Tandem, and Sybase. Currently, Greene serves on the Board of Directors at Intuit.

The company also announced that Stephanie Tilenius, 43, the VP of Commerce & Payments, has transitioned to a new role as the Head of International Commerce. Prior to joining Google, she served as the SVP & GM of Global Product at eBay, VP & GM of PayPal Merchant Services, and VP & GM of eBay Motors. Tilenius has also served as the SVP of Sales & Marketing at PlanetRx.

Yahoo! Names New CEO


Yahoo! has selected PayPal President Scott Thompson, 54, to serve as its new CEO. He replaces Carol Bartz, 52, who left in September. Interim CEO Timothy Morse, 42, has resumed his former responsibilities as CFO. Before being named President at PayPal, Thompson served as the company’s SVP & CTO. Prior to joining PayPal, he was EVP of Technology at Inovant and CIO at Barclays Global Investors.

The company also announced that Jerry Yang, one of the company’s Co-founders, has resigned as a Director. Yang co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 with David Filo and served as CEO from 2007 to 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Fund and Cisco.

Interim President at PayPal


eBay announced that John Donahoe, the company’s current President & CEO, will serve as Interim President of PayPal until a successor is named. This move comes in response to the departure of former President Scott Thomson, who has been selected to serve as the new CEO of Yahoo. Donahoe joined eBay in 2005 as President of eBay Marketplaces. Earlier in his career, he spent more than twenty years at Bain & Company, most recently as the firm’s Worldwide Managing Director.

Local.com Terminates CTO; Appoints SVP of Tech

Local.com terminated the employment of Michael Plonski as CTO. Before joining Local.com, he served as SVP, CIO, and COO of the Digital division at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Prior to Martha Stewart, Plonski was the VP & CTO of Tribune Interactive. Before Tribune, he was Director of Technical Operations at Classified Ventures.

Also, the company appointed Erick Herring as the SVP of Technology. Most recently, Herring founded Townloop, a website which provides daily deals and discounts. Prior to Townloop, he served as the CTO of Adapt Technologies, a provider of patient transfer equipment and ease of care systems. In the past, Herring also held management positions at Zenith Insurance and Digital Evolution.

Date range: December 24th - January 24th

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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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