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Software Exec & Board Appointments 6/18 to 7/15 2012 Featured

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Oracle Shuffles European Leaders

Oracle’s SVP for UK, Ireland and Israel, David Callaghan, switches role with SVP, Alliances & Channels, EMEA, Dermot O'Kelly. The exchange happened in recent weeks at the start of the vendor's new fiscal year in June and followed sluggish systems sales by Oracle's UK wing. Callaghan joined Oracle from KPMG and is President of Intellect and the British Quality Foundation, and a board member of e-skills UK.

In his capacity as SVP for Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel, O'Kelly will closely guard Oracle's key accounts. He pitched up at the vendor in 1997 and his previous roles included Managing Director of Consulting Sales in UK and Ireland, and SVP for Oracle Hardware. Prior to joining Oracle, Dermot O'Kelly was Sales Manager for Human Resource Systems for McDonnell Douglas Information Systems. The SVP movements came amid other headcount reshuffling as Oracle integrated the application, technology and hardware channel support teams, reducing costs and the points of contact for resellers.

SAP Appoints P&G Nordic CEO in Charge of HR

SAP has appointed Luisa Deplazes Delgado, 45, as a member of the SAP Executive Board in charge of global Human Resources (HR) and Labor Relations Director. Deplazes Delgado will begin in September 2012. She currently serves as CEO and GM of P&G Nordic. Previously, she served for seven years as P&G’s head and VP of HR for Western Europe, leading the transformation of its HR function to strategic business partner and change agent. She has worked for P&G in various local and international roles in Portugal, the UK, Belgium and Switzerland, both in business units and corporate HR.

HP Legal Exec Leaves for Venture Backed Video Ad Software Company

HP’s VP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Paul Porrini, has left the company. Porrini has taken a job as General Counsel and Secretary at YuMe, a company that provides video advertising software and services. Porrini had been at HP since 2001. Before that, he worked at Bluestone Software, which HP acquired in 2000. Earlier, he was a partner at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton; before that, he worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fiserv names US Payments Industry Connoisseur to Board

Fiserv names Dennis F. Lynch, 63, to its Board. Lynch has been a major contributor to the US payments industry for over 30 years, driving the adoption of card and payment solutions that have enhanced how consumers conduct financial transactions. Lynch is currently the Chairman of the Board at Cardtronics, the largest owner and operator of retail ATMs worldwide. He is also a Director, and former Chairman, of the Secure Remote Payments Council, a cross-industry organization dedicated to accelerating the growth, development, and market adoption of more secure ecommerce and mobile payments. Lynch was previously the Chairman and CEO of RightPath Payments and the President and CEO of NYCE Corporation. He was a founding Director of the New England-wide Yankee 24 ATM Network, serving as Chairman.

Autodesk's VP Finance leaves

Autodesk’s VP Finance and Principal Accounting Officer, Pamela Strayer, 44, is named SVP & CFO at Plantronics. Before Autodesk, she spent five years at Epiphany, a CRM software company acquired by SSA Global Technologies in 2005, the last three years of which as Epiphany's VP of Finance and Corporate Controller.

Pitney Bowes Elects Leap Wireless’ CEO to Board

Pitney Bowes elected S. Douglas Hutcheson, 56, as Director. Hutcheson is President, CEO, and a member of the Board of Leap Wireless International, the provider of wireless services and devices through its Cricket brand. Hutcheson joined Leap Wireless as a founding member of its management team in 1998. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as CFO.

Comverse Hires Finance Guru from Electronic Payment Products Company

Comverse Technology appoints Thomas B. Sabol, 52, the former CFO of electronic payment products company, Hypercom, as CFO of its wholly-owned subsidiary Comverse, a global leader in business support solutions (BSS), mobile Internet and value-added services (VAS). Joel Legon, currently serving as CTI's interim CFO, will continue in a leadership position within the Global Finance team at CNS. Previously he served as CFO of Suntron, where he also served as a Director. He held CFO and COO positions with Plexus, and served as CFO of Wolverine Tube. He also has senior auditor experience with Kemper Corporation and Coopers & Lybrand.

Board Changes at Verint Systems

Director Theodore H. Schell, 67, has resigned from the Verint Systems board. The company has appointed Earl C. Shanks, 56, as a director upon the recommendation of Comverse Technology, their majority stockholder. Mr. Schell, is Independent Director of Comverse Technology and is currently a Managing Director at Associated Partners, a PE firm focusing on media and telecommunications and prior to which, he held the position of Managing Director at Apax Partners where he oversaw U.S. investments in telecommunications and related technology companies.

Mr. Shanks is currently the CFO at Convergys and held various financial leadership roles with NCR Corporation the most senior role being that of global CFO. He also served as Chairman of NCR Japan. He served as VP and Treasurer of Farley Industries, a private equity firm, and Fruit of the Loom, an apparel manufacturer.

Sourcefire Appoints iCEO in current CEO’s absence

Cybersecurity Software Company Sourcefire’s CEO John Burris, 57, takes medical leave of absence to undergo a series of treatments for colon cancer. The Board has named Martin F. Roesch, 42, interim CEO to provide seamless leadership continuity and continued execution across Sourcefire's strategic initiatives. Mr. Roesch founded Sourcefire in 2001 and is the Company's CTO and a member of the Board. He will retain his current responsibilities while serving as interim CEO.

RealPage Appoints Software Industry Financial Heavyweight to Board

RealPage, the demand software provider to rental housing industry, appointed Charles F. Kane, 54, as a member of the Board. He has served as CFO of Global BPO Services, RSA Security, Aspen Technology and Informix Software, and President and CEO at Corechange. He served as President at “One Laptop Per Child” (OLPC), a non-profit organization founded at Massachusetts Institute of Technology that provides computing and internet access for students in the developing world. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of International Finance at MIT’s Sloan Graduate School of Management. He serves on the Boards of Demandware, Carbonite, and Progress Software.

Blackbaud Director Resigns

John P. McConnell, 61, resigned as Director of Blackbaud, the software provider to nonprofit industry. He is founder of McConnell Golf and serves as its CEO and President. He is a Partner with MVP Venture Capital Fund. Since 1998, he served as Manager of McConnell Venture Partners Fund.

SYNNEX appoints President of its CRM and Business Management Software Subsidiary

SYNNEX, the IT design-to-distribution business process services company with a strong software portfolio, promoted Christopher Caldwell to President, Concentrix Corporation. Most recently his title was SVP and General Manager of Global Business Services, Concentrix. He joined EMJ Data Systems in 2003 and ultimately joined SYNNEX in 2004 when the Company acquired EMJ Data Systems.

Progress Software hires CFO from UnitedHealth-acquired Healthcare Software Company Picis

The application infrastructure software company named Melissa Cruz to serve as its SVP, Finance & Administration and CFO. Prior to joining Progress, she served as CFO at several fast growing, profitable software companies, including Picis, a provider of Healthcare software solutions which was acquired by UnitedHealth and CFO at BladeLogic.

Avaya hires CMO from Sybase

Avaya named Mark Wilson as CMO. Formerly SVP of corporate and field marketing at Sybase (an SAP company), Wilson was named one of B2B Magazine's Best Marketers in 2011, 2010 and 2009. He spent about 12 years at Sybase, where in his most recent role, he oversaw branding and advertising, corporate communications, lead generation, sales enablement, and mobile product marketing functions. Previously, he co-led the strategy practice at KPMG Consulting’s Information, Communication and Entertainment Group, and was a Marketing Manager in AT&T's Business Solutions Group.

Clinical Software Company sees CFO Change

EMIS Group’s retiring CFO, Phillip Woodrow, 64, is being succeeded by Peter Southby, 38, who will join the Group from ENER-G where he is the Group Finance Director. Before ENER-G he was CFO at Augean, Group Financial Controller at White Young Green, Finance Manager at Leeds United and started his career with Arthur Andersen.

Former IBM and GSK software exec hired as CTO by on-demand Procurement Software Company

SciQuest appointed Charles Irek as VP, Technology. Irek brings more than 20 years of experience in the software development industry to SciQuest. Before joining SciQuest, Irek was the CTO and VP of Software Engineering for Diagnosoft, a point-of-care healthcare analytics company. He also served as VP of software engineering for Proventys, where he was responsible for building and leading the company's software development capability. Earlier in his career, he was Sr. Development and Program Manager at GlaxoSmithKline and Sr. IT Architect and Development Manager at IBM.

RealNetworks CEO Leaves

RealNetworks’ President and CEO Thomas Nielsen, 42, resigns. RealNetworks Chairman and Founder Rob Glaser, 50, has been appointed Interim CEO. The company is looking for a replacement, Rob Glaser not being a candidate for the same.

Prior to joining the company as CEO in 2011, Mr. Nielsen was VP, Digital Imaging Group at Adobe Systems. Before that he served as Sr. Director, Consumer Applications & Services and Director of Engineering, Layout and Illustration Products at Adobe Systems, Product Unit Manager, Imaging & Document Platforms at Microsoft, Director of R&D at MGI Software and as a Teacher at Tietgen Business College.

The company appointed industry veteran John Cunningham, 54, to Board. He has been a General Partner of Clear Fir Partners, a VC investment partnership, with a focus on wireless, telecom and the Internet. He also serves as a board member of AudienceScience, Qliance and is an advisor to Petra Growth Fund II.

UK-Based Capture Enabled BPM Software Company Appoints Leader to Drive Growth

Kofax, the BPM Mobile Capture software company, names Drew Hyatt, 50, as SVP of Mobile Applications to drive its mobile capture strategy and sales efforts. He most recently worked at Mitek Systems, where he served as its SVP of Sales, Product Management and BD for approximately two years. Prior to that he was President of Financial Services Group at HNC Software, SVP of Product and Marketing at Digital Insight and SVP-Financial Services at Pay By Touch.

KIT Digital Reconstitutes Board; Appoints CFO

William V. Russell, 60, and Greg B. Petersen, 49, were elected to the Board of the video management software firm, as Daniel W. Hart, 38, and Lars Kroijer, 40, resigned as directors of the Company. Mr. Russell has been appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board. He serves as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of PROS Holdings. He is a HP veteran, serving as VP and GM of Enterprise Systems Group and its Software Solutions Group.

Greg B. Petersen is currently a private investor and serves as a director of PROS Holdings. He was the EVP and CFO of several technology companies like Activant Solutions and Lombardi Software (IBM). He started his career after business school at American Airlines where he worked in corporate development and finance.

Resigning directors Daniel W. Hart is the founder and managing partner of River Road Ventures, a private equity and advisory firm. While, Lars Kroijer is the CEO of Holte Capital, a London-based special situations hedge fund which he founded in 2002.

The company also appointed Fabrice Hamaide, 46, as CFO. He is a senior financial advisor to the company since May 2012. He most recently served as CFO of ATARI, the global entertainment software developer. Prior to ATARI, he was CFO of Parrot, a European maker of wireless hardware and software for the mobile communications industry.

Express Digital CEO and CFO takes over as CFO at GlobalSCAPE

GlobalSCAPE, secure information exchange software company, names James Albrecht as CFO. Desiree Smith, who has served as interim CFO since February of this year, will continue her role as corporate controller. Most recently, James was CEO and CFO of Express Digital Graphics, which was acquired earlier in 2012 by Imaging Spectrum. Albrecht is a part-time faculty lecturer at the university's McCombs School of Business. He also is a certified public accountant in Texas and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mitek Systems names CTO and SVP of Sales & BD

Mitek Systems, the mobile document capture software company, names Michael Strange, 46, as CTO. Prior to joining Mitek Systems, Strange was CTO of Green Dot, a provider of retail-based prepaid products. Strange has also served as Director at Neudesic, and SVP at William O'Neil + Company.

Michael Diamond has joined the company as SVP of Sales & BD. Prior to joining Mitek, Diamond was SVP, Business Development, of Obopay, a global mobile payments company. Diamond has also served in senior BD roles at a number of global companies including IBM Corporation where he led a worldwide team of business development managers within IBM Software Group. Prior to IBM, as SVP and GM of S1 Corporation, Diamond was responsible for worldwide strategic partnerships and new market entry.

Enterprise Software Sales Professional takes up Global Sales Role at Commtouch

Commtouch named Pete Shah as SVP of Worldwide Sales. With more than 20 years of experience in international sales management, Shah most recently served as SVP of Worldwide Field Operations at InfoVista and previously served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Telarix. He also held various sales positions like Regional Sales Director, U.S. at Portal Software (an Oracle company), National Account Executive at Lawson Software, and Major Account District Manager at ADP.

Traffic Management Software Company Names Divisional Head

Tom Blair, an experienced software industry leader has joined Iteris as SVP, iPerform group. Prior to joining Iteris, Blair's previous positions included serving as GM for Trimble Navigation, VP for new Business Development at @Road, and Director of Business and Corporate Development at iAnywhere Solutions, a Sybase company.

Fast Learning Educational Software Company re-appoints CEO and CFO

Scientific Learning Corporation, the Fast ForWord educational software company, names Bob Bowen, 70, Chairman of the Board, as CEO and Jane Freeman, 59, has been named CFO and Treasurer. Bowen previously served as CEO till 2008. Before joining the company, he was senior executive of National Computer Systems.

Freeman previously served as CFO and Treasurer till 2008. She joined the Company as VP, Finance and Treasurer in 1999, and then became SVP and then EVP, finally being promoted as the CFO. Prior to joining the Company, she spent 20 years in the investment business, being employed by Rockefeller & Co, to lead the global asset allocation process and US Small Cap equity product.

China-based Education Software Company Makes Series of Management Changes

Neologic Animation, the education software company, named Mr. Gencai Chen as CIO. He is a professor in the School of computer science in Zhejiang University since 1981. Mr. Chen has a varied field of expertise ranging from database management, data mining with specialization and knowledge in intelligence and information gathering techniques in computer science.

They appointed Gangfeng Zhan, Technical Director of Insigma Technology as Chief Development Officer, responsible for the over-all integration and development of the website as well as all the technical issues.

Yuwei Cheng was appointed as Chief Business Officer. He has been looking after the Company's marketing strategy and has been a key organizer for the online sales team. Prior to Neologic he joined Dongfang Software Development and has been developing education-oriented software.

Dr. Jisheng Wang has been named as the Head of Psychology Team. He has led a team of renowned psychologists and early childhood academics in creating the software that emphasizes early childhood development. He is a professor, Ph.D. Supervisor and a renowned expert in the fields of psychology and education.

VMWare EVP appointed to BluePhoenix Board

BluePhoenix, the enterprise legacy IT modernization solutions company, appointed Harel Kodesh, 50, to Board. He is an EVP at VMWare. Until very recently he was President of the Cloud Division at EMC. While at EMC, Kodesh was also the CEO of Mozy, a wholly owned EMC company focused on personal information management in the cloud. Prior to EMC, he previously served as Chief Product Officer at Amdocs and VP of the Information Appliance Division at Microsoft. Kodesh also served as President and CEO of Wingcast, a company formed by Qualcomm and Ford Motor Company.

Music Software Company’s CEO Changes

Karen L. VanDerBosch, 49, assumed the duties of CEO on an interim basis as Karen van Lith’s term ended with MakeMusic. The board of directors has initiated a search for a new CEO. Ms. VanDerBosch serves as the Company's CFO and COO, which she’ll continue with. Prior to joining the Company, she was the CFO of Sagebrush, developer of library automation software, and services, analytical software and book re-binder for the K-12 education market. She previously served as CFO for KB Gear Interactive, developer and marketer of interactive digital devices and applications serving retail markets.

Operations Exec leaves Hospitality focused Software Company

RoomLinX’s COO Steven G. Skalski, 51, resigned. Prior to joining Roomlinx, Mr. Skalski held numerous leadership positions with EchoStar, its spinoff Dish Network and more recently with Blockbuster (acquired by Dish Network in 2011). His extensive Pay TV experience includes brand launches, customer services, distribution channels, joint venture operations, sales and marketing, and human resources. Skalski's international experience focused on Asia where he recently served as COO for EchoStar Asia Multimedia. Domestically he was an early-stage executive of Dish Network.

Aviation Software Company Appoints CFO

Information Systems Associates appointed Adrian Goldfarb, 55, as President and CFO. As a result Joseph Coschera resigned as CFO but will remain CEO. Mr. Goldfarb has served as a director of the Company for the last two years. Since 2008, he has been the CFO of Ecosphere, most recently serving as the CFO on a consulting basis. Previously he was the President of WSR Consulting.

Intuit and Apple Execs hired by Social Travel Networking Company to Solidify Top Corporate Ranks

Airbnb, the network that connects travelers with accommodation hosts, has hired Intuit finance exec Andrew Swain as CFO. At Intuit, he was VP of finance for consumer group, which includes its well-known TurboTax, Quicken and Mint products. Previous to that, Swain was VP of Corporate Strategy and Development. Swain also worked at the Boston Consulting Group.

AirBnb also hired their Head of Talent — former Apple HR Exec Joni Reicher. She was most recently Senior Director of HR, focused on Apple’s Sales Organization and also on its International Recruiting.

Software provider to Financial Industry appoints future CEO

Orc Group has appointed Torben Munch as new CEO to start in 2013. He joins Orc from SimCorp, a global software provider to the international investment management industry, where he was EVP and COO since 2001. He joined the company in 1996. He will succeed Thomas Bill, who is leaving the company after six successful years where he has developed Orc to the leading global trading software company.

Coupa Appoints Software and Cloud Industry Veterans to Drive Innovation and Corporate Partnerships

Coupa Software, the cloud-based purchasing & procurement software company, hires Raja Hammoud as VP, Product Management and Roger Goulart as VP, BD & Alliances. Hammoud joins Coupa from Adobe Systems where she Group Product Marketing Manager for its business process management business. She subsequently drove the solutions roadmap for Adobe’s Customer Experience Management product line, and spearheaded the development of innovative Social Brand Engagement Solution. Prior to Adobe, Hammoud served as Senior Director of Product Management for webMethods.

Previously, Goulart was VP of Strategic Accounts and Business Development at Okta, VP of BD at Salesforce.com and VP of Alliances at SuccessFactors.

Content Security Software Vendor CEO Plans to Quit; Company looking for replacement

Barracuda Networks co-founder and CEO Dean Drako is to quit. During the past nine years he served as the CEO, also serving as President and Chairman. He will hand control to three fellow board members on an interim basis. Fellow founder and CMO Michael Perone, CFO David Faugno and director Gordon Stitt will take over his duties under the "Office of the CEO" while they search for his permanent successor. Drako will remain on the board.

Date range: June 18th - July 15th

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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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