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Telecom Products Exec & Board Appointments 5/20 to 6/17 2012 Featured

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Senior Executives Step down from Nokia 

Three of Nokia’s senior executives - Jerri DeVard, EVP and CMO, Mary McDowell, EVP of mobile phones, and Niklas Savander, EVP of Markets, are stepping down from their current roles.

Jerri DeVard, 53, who now serves as an Advisor to the company, served as the Principal of DeVard Marketing Group, SVP of Retail Markets Group at Verizon Enhanced Communities, SVP of Marketing and Brand Management of Verizon Communications, SVP of Brand Management and Marketing Communications, CMO of Citigroup, VP of Marketing for Revlon and Harrah's Entertainment, Director of Marketing for NFL's Minnesota Vikings. 

Mary McDowell, 47, previously served as the Chief Development Officer and EVP of Nokia which she joined as EVP and GM of Enterprise Solution. Prior to Nokia, she served as SVP of Strategy and Corporate Development for HP, VP and GM of the Industry Standard Server Division of Compaq and VP of Marketing, Server Products Division of Compaq. 

Niklas Savander, 49, serves as Secretary and Board Member at Waldemar von Frenckells Stiftelse. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board at Tamfelt, Director at Symbian and Nokia-Neu Communitech. He has held various leadership roles at Nokia Siemens Networks like VP Mobile Internet Applications BU and VP Marketing; and served as Director, Technical Systems EMEA, Global Accounts Sales Director, Channel Marketing Manager, Area Sales Manager, and Account Manager at HP. 

PCTEL Director Retires 

Richard (Dick) Alberding, 80, retires from the board of PCTEL, the developer of software-based radios for wireless network optimization and antenna solutions. Alberding was one of the three original independent directors on the PCTEL board and was initially elected in 1999. He is a former HP executive and retired as EVP of Global Sales and Corporate Marketing. He has served on several public company and non-profit boards including Sybase, Cytec, Quick Eagle, Inc, Kennametal, Page Net and several privately held companies. 

Novatel Wireless Appoints Former CEO of Sage Software to Board 

Novatel Wireless, the provider of wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, appointed Sue Swenson, 63, to its board. Since 1994, she has been a director of Wells Fargo and is also a director on the boards of Spirent Communications and Harmonic. She recently retired as president and CEO of Sage Software. Before joining Sage she held positions in a variety of telecom companies, including COO of Atrinsic, COO of Amp'd Mobile, President and COO of Leap Wireless and President and CEO of Cellular One. 

Former Motorola and Samsung Exec Appointed CEO at Mobile Ad Technology Platform Provider 

Former CMO for Motorola Mobility, Bill Ogle, 44, joins Blue Calypso as Chairman and CEO. He has a deep knowledge of brand and consumer marketing, as well as the digital and mobile industries thanks to an extensive marketing background that spans 20 years. While at Motorola, he helped lead the successful launches of DROID, DROID X and the DROID RAZR. Prior to his tenure at Motorola, he served as CMO for Samsung Telecommunications America where he developed an extensive knowledge of the mobile device industry as he helped drive that company's rise in the North American market. He also served as CMO of Pizza Hut, where he helped reposition the brand and achieved significant sales and market share growth.

Date range: May 20th - June 17th

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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.

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