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January 2011 Tech Execs Appoined to Boards of Directors Featured

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January 2011 had some notable appointments:

Ivan G. Seidenber, 63, Chairman and CEO of Verizon joined the board of BlackRock, Inc. Mr. Seidenberg has led Verizon since its inception in 2000 and before that he was Chairman and CEO of its predecessor companies, NYNEX and Bell Atlantic. He created Verizon Wireless in a period of massive industry transformation by merging Bell Atlantic Mobile, GTE Wireless and portions of Vodafone AirTouch. In June 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Export Council and in 2007 President George W. Bush named him to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Mr. Seidenberg is a member of the New York Academy of Science’s President’s Council and serves on the board of trustees of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Hall of Science, Pace University and the Paley Center for Media.

Rayford Wilkins, 59, CEO-Diversified Businesses of AT&T joined the board of Valero Energy Corporation. Dr. Yamada currently serves as President of the Global Health Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a position he has held since June 2006. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Dr. Yamada was Chairman of research and development for GlaxoSmithKline Inc. Dr. Yamada also served as Chairman of the department of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and Physician-in-Chief of the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Randall J. Weisenburger, 52 has been elected to the board of Valero Energy Corp. He has served as EVP and CFO for Omnicom Group Inc. since joining the company in 1998. Prior to that, he was a founding member of Wasserstein Perella and a former member of the First Boston Corp. 

Rayford Wilkins Jr., 59, CEO-Diversified Businesses of AT&T has been elected to the board of Valero Energy Corp. He has held several other leadership positions at AT&T and its predecessor companies.

William D. Green, 57, Chairman of Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services joined the board of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Prior to serving as CEO, Mr. Green was Accenture’s COO-Client Services with overall management responsibility for the company’s operating groups. In addition, he served as group CEO of the Communications & High Tech operating group from 1999 to 2003.

Google announced that Eric Schmidt, 54 has taken up the role of Executive Chairman, focusing externally on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership. He will continue to act as an advisor to Larry and Sergey.

 Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the appointment of Dr. Tachi Yamada, 64, to its board of directors. Dr. Yamada currently serves as President of the Global Health Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a position he has held since June 2006. Prior to that, Dr. Yamada was Chairman of research and development for GlaxoSmithKline Inc. Dr. Yamada also served as Chairman of the department of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and Physician-in-Chief of the University of Michigan Medical Center

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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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