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New Chairman & Board Appointments 7/25 to 9/3 2012 Featured

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Cisco Appoints salesforce.com CEO and Well-known Former Government Official to Board

Cisco appointed Marc Benioff, 47, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com and Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D., 54, CEO of Enduring Energy, to its Board. Marc Benioff co-founded Salesforce.com in 1999 and has been its CEO since 2001 and Chairman since 1999. He serves as General Advisor of Keas. He was employed at Oracle where he held a number of positions in sales, marketing and product development, and served as SVP.

Dr. Johnson most recently served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy before joining Enduring Energy. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Johnson served as Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. In addition to her academic career, she is an inventor and entrepreneur, holding over 45 U.S. patents (129 U.S. and international patents) and co-founder of several successful companies including, ColorLink.

EMC Hires Former CIA Director to Board

EMC named Jami Miscik, 54 to its Board. Ms. Miscik is President and Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates and former Deputy Director for Intelligence at the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She joined Kissinger Associates in 2009, and has been a Senior Advisor on Geopolitical Risk to Barclays Capital since 2009. She was Global Head of Sovereign Risk at Lehman Brothers from 2005-2008 and served at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1983-2005, rising to become the Deputy Director for Intelligence. Ms. Miscik is a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, a Director on the Council of Foreign Relations, Vice-Chairman of The American Ditchley Foundation, and a Trustee of In-Q-Tel.

Computer Sciences Corporation Names Board Member

CSC appointed Lawrence A. Zimmerman, 69, to its Board of Directors. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and accounting, previously serving as Vice Chairman and CFO of Xerox. He also spent 32 years with IBM, holding various senior finance positions, including Corporate Controller. Zimmerman currently serves as a director of Brunswick Corporation and Delphi Automotive, and previously was a director for Stanley Black & Decker.

Harris Corporation Appoints Board Member

Harris Corporation, the international telecommunications equipment company, appointed U.S. Army General Peter W. Chiarelli (Ret.), 62, who served for almost 40 years, to its Board of Directors. General Chiarelli most recently served as the U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff until his retirement earlier this year. During his military career he also served as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Commander of the Multi-National Corps in Iraq; Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and in Iraq; U.S. Army Chief Operations, Training and Mobilization; and Executive Officer, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He served as a commander at all levels within the Army - from platoon to a multinational corps in a combat theater. General Chiarelli is currently CEO of One Mind for Research, a non-profit organization bringing together healthcare providers, researchers and academics to cure brain disorders.

Jack Henry & Associates Chairman Change

The data and payment processing technology and software company, elected CEO John F. "Jack" Prim, 56, to serve as its new Chairman. Prim, who has been on the board since 2007, will continue to oversee the company as CEO. He replaces Michael E. Henry, 51, as Chairman. Henry, who started with the company in 1979, has served as Chairman since 1994.

Board Changes at Progress Software

Enterprise software company Progress Software elected Philip M. Pead, 59, as its new Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, succeeding Michael L. Mark, 66, who will remain on the Board. Mr. Pead was formerly the President and CEO of Eclipsys, a provider of enterprise clinical and financial software for hospitals, which was merged with Allscripts. He served as the Managing Partner of Beacon Point Partners, a healthcare consulting firm, as President and CEO of Per-Se Technologies, a provider of healthcare IT services, until its acquisition by McKesson.

Advent Software Appoints Lithium CEO to Board

Advent Software, developer of software designed to automate portfolio accounting for investment management firms, appointed Rob Tarkoff to its Board of Directors. Tarkoff brings vast experience from the technology industry, specifically in SaaS solutions and digital media, to Advent's board. He is the President and CEO of Lithium Technologies, a global company providing software that powers Social Customer Experiences. Prior to Lithium, he served as SVP and GM of the Digital Enterprise Solutions business at Adobe. At Adobe, he pioneered the Customer Experience Management strategy, and was responsible for the core Acrobat, Adobe Connect Web conferencing, Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform, and customer experience management offerings. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Former Business Objects CFO Named to Imperva Board

Imperva, the data security solutions company, named James Tolonen, 62, to its board of directors. He brings more than 40 years of experience in finance and financial management. Mr. Tolonen served as the CFO and SVP, Finance and Administration of Business Objects, until its acquisition by SAP. Before joining Business Objects, he served as the CFO and COO of IGN Entertainment, and as CFO and a member of the Office of the President at Novell. He is a past member and Chairman of The NASDAQ Issuer Affairs Committee.

Blucora Names Tax Industry Veteran to Board

Blucora, provider of online search and digital tax preparation solutions, appointed tax industry veteran Lance Dunn, CPA,  to serve on its Board of Directors. Lance Dunn has more than 28 years of experience in the tax preparation industry, serving most recently as CEO of the TaxACT business prior to its acquisition by Blucora in the beginning of 2012. Mr. Dunn co-founded the TaxACT business in 1998. Prior to that time, he was VP of Software Development at Parsons Technology, where he played a significant role in the development and growth of Parsons' tax program, Personal Tax Edge. He previously served as an accountant for Ernst & Young and TLS.

Former Dell and Red Hat Exec Joins Board of Font and Imaging Software Provider

Monotype Imaging names Timothy B. Yeaton, 53, President and CEO of Black Duck Software, to board. Prior to Black Duck, Yeaton served as CMO at EqualLogic until its acquisition by Dell. As Dell's VP of the Nashua Design Center, Yeaton led the integration of the two companies and managed Dell's operations in the region. Yeaton also spent several years at Red Hat as SVP of Worldwide Marketing and GM of Enterprise Solutions. He was also CEO of Avaki, a venture-backed data management software company acquired by Sybase and he was SVP and GM of the Server Products Division at Macromedia , via its acquisition of Allaire where he was SVP of Products. Yeaton spent the early part of his career at Compaq and Digital Equipment, where he was also VP and GM of Compaq's UNIX/Linux Software Division.

RealNetworks Names Digital Media Pioneer and Visionary to Board

RealNetworks appointed John E. Cunningham, IV, 54, to its Board of Directors. He has served as a director of Blucora (formerly known as InfoSpace), a provider of online solutions for consumers and businesses, and as the Chairman and Lead Independent Director of Blucora’s Board. He has been a general partner of Clear Fir Partners, a VC investment partnership with a focus on wireless, telecom and the Internet. Previously, he served as CEO of RealCom Office Communications, a national telecom services company.

Digital Development Group Welcomes Entertainment Media Expert to Board

The Digital Development Group, the Internet TV distribution content company, appointed Bryan Subotnick to the Board of Directors. The media industry veteran is CEO of Nyce Play, a designer of Smartphone Applications. Serving as VP of Big City Radio from 1995 to 2004, Mr. Subotnick helped the firm expanded from four regional radio stations to 16 national radio stations. He provided leadership and strategic direction in acquisitions, programming, budgeting, and client relations. He held the position of VP, and General Counsel at New York-based Papamarkou & Company, an asset management company. He is a founding partner of the entertainment law firm Shanker & Subotnick.

CopyTele Appoints Director

CopyTele, the telecom products compay, named Kent B. Williams to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Williams is the managing member of Vista Asset Management, an investment advisory firm, providing wealth management and strategic capital introductions. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the capital markets, including positions with U.S. Trust, Wood Island Associates and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Williams is a founder of VIA Motors, a clean tech, plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) company. VIA is a development stage automotive company which has designed a highly efficient, environmentally friendly, powertrain technology for light duty trucks, vans and SUVs.

Scientific Learning Announces Changes in Board Of Directors

Scientific Learning Corporation Director Dino Rossi, 58, steps down from the Board due to recent increased professional demands in his role as Chairman and CEO of Balchem Corporation. He served as the CFO of Balchem previously and also as its Treasurer. He served as VP, Finance and Administration of Norit Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Norit, a chemicals company, and VP, Finance and Administration of Oakite Products.

The company appointed Rodman W. Moorhead III, 68, to serve on the Company's Board of Directors in place of Mr. Rossi. Mr. Moorhead previously served on the Company's Board from 1998 to 2011. In 2007, he retired from Warburg Pincus, a global PE firm, where he had been employed since 1973. His last position at Warburg Pincus was as Senior Advisor and Managing Director.

Data Center Management Software Company Appoints Directors

Rackwise appointed John Kyees, 65, and William Andrew as new directors. William Andrew is a private investor and is a co-founder and life member of the Andrew Family Foundation, a co-founder and president of the AFC Public Foundation, President of Andrew Trust Company, CEO of Werdna Corporation which is a family wealth management organization, co-founder and chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Summit School of Ahwatukee, a general partner of the PE firm Inlign Capital Partners, a Limited Partner of and current member of the Executive Committee of the Arizona Diamondbacks, an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of Valley Youth Theatre, a Director of the Arizona Community Foundation and a Trustee of Xavier College Preparatory.

John Kyees retired from active business practice in 2010 but continues to serve on the board of directors of 5 public companies (Casual Male Retail Group, Vera Bradley, Teavana, Hot Topic and Rackwise). Prior to retirement, he was CFO for several companies including Urban Outfitters, bebe Stores, Skinmarket, HC Holdings, Ashley Stewart, Limited’s Express, Chas. A. Stevens (division of Hartmarx), J.L. Hudson Co. (division of Dayton Hudson which became Target), The Model A and Model T Motor Car Reproduction, and Ford Motor.

Hospitality Focused Software Company Sees Board Changes

Roomlinx appointed Erin L. Lydon, former VP at JP Morgan Private Bank, to its Board of Directors. Previously, she served as a VP at the JP Morgan Private Bank where she oversaw $400 million in assets. Prior to joining JP Morgan, she was the Director of Development at Northwestern Memorial Foundation. As the Foundation's youngest appointed director, she consulted and negotiated with hospital senior management, physicians and board leadership on philanthropic priorities and strategies. Erin L. Lydon is a Director at Marbles: The Brain Store, a national retailer based in Chicago. She has served on several non-profit committees including the Bates College Alumni Council.

Carl R. Vertuca, Jr., 65, a former senior executive with the DII Group, StorageTek, and IBM, was also appointed to Roomlinx’s Board. He served as the EVP of Finance, Administration and Corporate Development at the DII Group. Prior to the DII Group, he held various senior level management positions in manufacturing, engineering and finance at IBM Corporation and StorageTek.

Judson Just, CFA, 42, resigned as a member of the Board of Directors of the company. Mr. Just, CFA stablished PEAK6 Investments and served as a Portfolio Manager, Analyst, Trader and Manager of the founding family's Family Office. Prior to PEAK6, he spent six years as a Trader for Heartland Funds, a specialist in small cap equities. He serves as a Board Member for Solution BioSciences, an animal health technology company; and Vassol, the developer of NOVA, the first commercially available technology to measure actual blood flow rates in individual vessels using MRA/MRI scanners.

GraphOn Appoints Board Member

Sam M. Auriemma, 56, was appointed as director of GraphOn, the developer of remote application access and Web-enabling software solutions. Mr. Auriemma is a veteran financial executive with over 30 years of senior-level experience at a variety of technology companies. Until its acquisition in by Symphony Technology Group, a PE fund, he served as EVP and CFO of MCS Software. He also held executive positions at IBB/FileNet Corporation, Wonderware Corporation, Platinum Technology/Locus Computing Corporation, Distributed Logic Corporation, and Applied Circuit Technology. He is a certified public accountant.

PCS Edventures!.com Appoints Investor to Board

Todd R. Hackett, 51, was appointed to the Board of Directors of PCS Edventures!.com.He is the owner Todd Hackett Construction, a successful construction company in Iowa where he has served as President for the last 25 years. Mr. Hackett first became aware of PCS as an investment opportunity in 2007. Over the past five years, his involvement with PCS has grown from a casual investor to providing short-term financing to us to meet our operational needs. He is a strong advocate for bringing educational opportunities to both children and young adults to strengthen their knowledge in math and science. Many of his projects involve educational institutions such as community colleges, middle schools, libraries and applied technology labs.

InsPro Technologies’ Director with Legal and Government Experience Steps Down

Developer of software applications for use by insurance administrators, InsPro Technologies’ Director Frederick Tecce, 76, chose not to stand for re-election to the Board. He served on the board since 2007. He currently serves as of counsel with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. He was an attorney with Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling when it joined Buchanan in 2006. Mr. Tecce also serves as counsel to Cross Atlantic Capital Partners and has served on the investment committees of three of the funds managed by it. He previously served as SVP and General Counsel of Academy Life Insurance Company. Mr. Tecce served on the transition team for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and was appointed on board of the $50 billion Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS), and was appointed by U.S. Senator Rick Santorum to the Federal Judicial Nominating Committee.

Social Media Marketing Company IZEA Appoints Investors to Board

IZEA adds Brian Brady, Founder and CEO of Northwest Broadcasting, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Brady has been the founder and operator of several successful broadcasting and media ventures. Northwest Broadcasting owns and operates seven television stations including FOX affiliates in four U.S. markets. Mr. Brady also served on the FOX Affiliate Board for nine years, serving as Chairman for four of those years. The FOX Affiliate Board is a representative body of independent stations affiliated with the FOX Network, part of News Corporation. In addition to his role at Northwest Broadcasting, he is also the President of Eagle Creek Broadcasting, which owns and operates a CBS affiliate in Laredo, Texas.

Dan Rua rejoins IZEA Board of Directors , having previously served as Executive Chairman and as an early investor in then-IZEA Innovations, from 2006 to 2011. He is a Managing Partner of Inflexion Partners, Florida's early-stage venture capital fund. Prior to Inflexion, he was a Partner with Draper Atlantic, the east coast fund of Silicon Valley's early-stage venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Before that Mr. Rua led Internet protocol development at IBM's Networking Labs in Research Triangle.

Flipboard Founder Steps Down From Twitter Board

Flipboard co-founder and CEO Mike McCue stepped down from Twitter's board. McCue joined Twitter's board as a compromise between Twitter and one of its investors, the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Kleiner wanted to put John Doerr, its lead partner, on Twitter's board—but Twitter balked because Doerr is on the board of Google, which is now competing aggressively with Twitter.

Date range: July 25th - September 3rd

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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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