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New Chairman & Board Appointments 6/25 to 7/24 2012 Featured

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Qualcomm Appoints Biomedical and Energy Research Heavyweight to Board

Qualcomm elected Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., 60, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Hockfield served as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until July 2012, where she also holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Neuroscience. The first woman and the first life scientist to lead MIT, Dr. Hockfield helped the university break new ground across a range of disciplines. Under her leadership, the university launched the MIT Energy Initiative in 2006, known as MITEI, a $350 million effort to accelerate research, policy and education to achieve a clean energy future.

Public and Private Sector Heavyweight leaves Accenture Board

Dennis F. Hightower, 71, has resigned from Accenture’s board. Hightower, a member of Accenture’s board since 2003, is a retired business executive who has had distinguished careers in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he was the United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Prior to that, he was CEO of Europe Online Networks, a privately held broadband interactive entertainment company based in Luxembourg. Prior to joining Europe Online in 2000, he was a professor of Management and a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, President of Walt Disney Television & Telecommunications, Managing Director and Los Angeles Office Manager with Russell Reynolds, VP of Corporate Planning and a Corporate Officer of Mattel, VP and GM with GE in Mexico; Senior Associate and Engagement Manager at McKinsey, and a manager at Xerox. Prior to entering the private sector, he served in the U.S. Army for eight years, where he rose to the rank of major and was awarded decorations for meritorious achievement and valor.

Cognizant Elects McKinsey Veteran to Board

Cognizant elects Michael Patsalos-Fox, 59, to its Board of Directors. He is a Senior Partner of McKinsey, where he has worked for 31 years. During his tenure at McKinsey, he has served on the Firm's Operating Committee and elected Board for several years. He has led the Americas region, the New York and New Jersey Offices, the North American Corporate Finance and Strategy practice, and the European Telecoms practice. Since 2009, he has been leading McKinsey's new global data and software growth opportunities. He serves on the Board of the Playwrights Horizons Theater Company.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education Technology Company names Independent Director as Chairman

K12 appointed Nathaniel A. Davis, 58, as Chairman of the Board. He has been an independent member of the Board since 2009. Mr. Davis is currently managing director of RANND Advisory Group, where he provides consulting services to technology and media companies. He previously was CEO, President and a board member of XM Satellite Radio. Prior to XM Satellite Radio, he was President and COO, and board member of XO Communications. Mr. Davis has also held senior executive positions like EVP of Technical Services at Nextel, President and CFO of MCI Telecommunications, and SVP of Network Operations and COO of MCI Metro.

Printing Company Nominates Director Replacement

Consolidated Graphics nominated I.T. Corley, 66, to fill the vacancy created by Larry J. Alexander's, 69, upcoming retirement from the Board in August this year. Mr. Corley was the President and CEO of Strategic Materials, a privately held recycling company, from its inception in 1995 until his retirement in 2009. Additionally, he has served as the CFO and COO, and board member of Strategic Materials. He served as a director of Apria Healthcare Group. He currently serves on the board of the Container Recycling Institute.

Larry J. Alexander retired from the San Antonio Spurs Professional Basketball Team in 1996, where he had been the VP - Administration and Communications since 1994. Prior to joining the Spurs, he spent 27 years with Southwestern Bell Corporation (now AT&T), where he had various responsibilities in advertising and corporate communications, as SVP - External Affairs. Mr. Alexander has been a director of the Company since 1995.

4G chipmaker Appoints high-tech Semiconductor Veteran to Board

Sequans Communications named Gilles Delfassy, 53, wireless semiconductor industry veteran, to its board of directors. Delfassy was most recently President and CEO of ST-Ericsson. Previously, he spent 28 years of his career at Texas Instruments where he created and ran the Wireless business and served as SVP and executive officer of the company. Under his leadership at TI, the company developed the OMAPT multimedia platform and became the world's number one supplier of semiconductors to the wireless industry with its chips inside more than half of the world's cellular phones. After he retired from TI in 2007 and before joining ST-Ericsson, Delfassy was an advisor to many high-tech companies and served on several corporate boards.

Open Source and Cloud Specialist named to Issuer Direct’s board; Former Oracle and IBM

Issuer Direct, the leading disclosure management solutions and cloud-based compliance technologies company, named Andre M. Boisvert, 58, to its Board of Directors. He is currently Chairman of Palamida, a software firm on composition analysis for intellectual property and security risk management. He also serves as Vice Chairman of River Logic, as a Director of Clario Analytics, Transera Communications, Emailvision, and Webtrends. He co-found Pentaho Corporation, a commercial open source business intelligence platform in 2004, later becoming an investor, advisor of several other leading commercial open source companies, including Revolution Analytics, Zenoss, and Infobright. Before that he was Chairman and CEO at Sagent Technologies (one of SAS’s investments, now sold to Group 1 Software), President and COO at SAS, SVP of Worldwide Marketing at Oracle and Cognos, and held senior management positions in sales, marketing and research & development at IBM which he served for 13 years.

Date range: June 25th - July 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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